Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)


ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world’s computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.


The UMKC chapter of ACM participates in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), the CCSC Programming Competition, and most recently, the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition. In addition, the ACM Student Chapter also hosts weekly Programming Practices and semesterly Nerd Nights, and Book Sales. They also bring in technical speakers and tour local companies.

How to Join

Contact Brian Hare or go to the ACM national website for more information.

Interesting Facts

The Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, was founded in 1947 as the world’s first scientific and educational computing society. Its membership was approximately 83,000 as of 2007 and is headquartered in New York City. ACM is organized into over 170 local chapters and 35 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), through which it conducts most of its activities. Additionally, there are over 500 college and university chapters. The first student chapter was founded in 1961 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Many of the SIGs, like SIGGRAPH, SIGPLAN, SIGCSE and SIGCOMM, sponsor regular conferences which have become famous as the dominant venue for presenting new innovations in certain fields. The groups also publish a large number of specialized journals, magazines, and newsletters. ACM also sponsors other computer science related events such as the worldwide ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), and has sponsored some other events such as the chess match between Garry Kasparov and the IBM Deep Blue computer.