The Recommender Systems Community Beyond the #RecSys conference

Our community beyond the RecSys conference

As we approach our 12th year of ACM RecSys conferences, it is important to highlight how our community has grown from the conference into more informal and smaller groups and activities around the world. Today, we highlight three of those groups in Amsterdam, London and New York.

The Recsys Amsterdam group, originally started in 2013 has now grown into a community of almost 500 people, who meet 3–4 times a year to discuss RecSys topics, with a focus on the startup and industry sphere.

Reaching hundred attendees in some of their events, the group has a clear purpose: “to increase the cross-pollination and exposure between academia and industry”, and the speaker lineup for each event reflects that purpose.

We talked to David Graus, one of the current co-organizers of the RecSys Amsterdam group:

The RecSys London Group had their first event in May 2017, and since then have already organized three events hosted by Just Eat!, Criteo and Redis. It has experienced an spectacular growth from 30 people attending their first event to expecting 60 in their next one!

We also talked to Robbert van der Pluijm, one of the co-organizers of the RecSys London group, to learn more about why and how things got started.

The France group, RecSys FR started in December 2015 and has been meeting every 3 months ever since, with many of the close to 700 members becoming regulars. While at the beginning the focus of the community was the exchange of practical knowledge across companies, their scope is now wider, including academic talks, and sometimes talks from relevant legal topics, such as the European Data Protection Regulation.

Talking with Alexandre Abraham, one of the co-organizers we already start seeing patterns that describe our global community:

These are three great examples of how our community has grown into local groups, attracting people into our field, and discussing problems that matter for them. Their events have been such a success that Robbert has recently started a RecSys NYC group, which will be having their inaugural event in April, hosted by eBay!

The 12th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems will take place in Vancouver, Canada, 2nd-7th October 2018 — if you want to submit your work or attend the conference, please check our website, where we have recently published our call for contributions and important dates.

The official Medium feed for the #RecSys community. Next conference: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27 — October 1, 2021

The official Medium feed for the #RecSys community. Next conference: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27 — October 1, 2021