Thanks for a great conference, and to everyone who made UCCSC 2014 possible. Presentations and recordings will be posted soon. See you next year in Riverside!

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UCSF will host the 2014 University of California Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) on August 3 - 5 , 2014 at our Parnassus Campus. The theme for this year's UCCSC is 32 Years of IT Collaboration.

Begun as a grass-roots effort by UC campuses to share knowledge and information, technologists from the UC campuses have met each summer since 1982 to discuss common issues associated with providing and supporting information technology services at the University of California.

Registration gets you:

  • 1 ticket to the Social Event on the evening of Sunday, Aug 3
  • Access to all the conference sessions on Aug 4 - 5
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Aug 4 - 5
  • Entry to the Keynote speech, Sautter Awards presentation, and CIO report
  • Participation in Birds of a Feather (BoF) and breakout sessions, as well as eligibility for a social media game with fabulous prizes
  • Access to sponsor demonstrations and give-aways


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is UCCSC?

UCCSC is the annual University of California Computing Services Conference.

Each summer a different UC campus hosts UCCSC.

The first "conference" was at UC Santa Cruz in 1982. It was hosted by Jim Mulherin, a consultant who suggested that UCSC find out what other UC campuses were doing with respect to academic software. The focus was strictly on academic software and it was held in a conference room on campus. Twenty-one people attended.

Where will UCCSC be held this year?

UCCSC 2014 will be hosted by UC San Francisco August 3 - 5, at UCSF's Parnassus Campus.

Who can attend UCCSC?

UCCSC is open to all UC staff and faculty who have an association with or interest in information technology. Subjects for presentations are generally intended for IT professionals, but there are numerous sessions that cover more general subjects such as project management, service delivery, procurement, planning for UCPath, and others. We invite you to review the list of sessions to see what might be of interest.

Who should attend UCCSC?

Each year, UCCSC draws between 200 and 300 computing professionals and others for whom technology plays a significant role in their daily activities from across the University of California.

Participants include technical support staff, system administrators, unit directors and managers, librarians, information security experts, and others.

If you are interested in learning how other campuses are addressing the technology issues and challenges you face, or if you wish to build a network of professional IT colleagues through the UC system, you should attend UCCSC.

By creating an account am I now an attendee?

No. By creating an account, you are able to browse the website and propose a session. To become an attendee, you must register. Registration opens June 2.

If I’m a presenter, do I have to pay the normal registration fee?

No! We are waiving the registration fee for the primary presenter on all accepted sessions.

How will I know if my proposal has been included in the program?

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel of technical staff for appropriateness and to reduce duplication. The conference organizers will contact you if the review panel has any questions about your proposal. When your proposal has been accepted, you will be notified via email. The schedule for sessions will be available in June soon after registration opens.

What is a UCCSC Ambassador?

The UCCSC Ambassador represents a UC campus in the planning and running of UCCSC. Together, the Ambassadors team makes the conference better for all attendees.

The ambassador is asked to use her or his network of contacts on campus to raise awareness and enthusiasm for UCCSC.

UCCSC often includes “campus updates” in which each attending campus reports on IT accomplishments, projects of note, and who from each campus is in attendance and may be a resource to the other campuses. Sometimes this takes the form of a five-minute oral presentation, sometimes a printed poster, sometimes an automated slide show. Usually the ambassador has the best sense of what UCCSC is all about and leads the development of the update for her or his campus.

The ambassador usually attends UCCSC and serves as a conduit of information from the conference to the members of his or her campus who are in attendance.

Often, the Ambassador has the privilege of leading the planning when it's her or his campus' turn to host UCCSC, but the CIO for each campus makes the official appointment.

Who is the UCCSC Ambassador for my campus?

The UCCSC Ambassador is a person designated by each campus to help plan UCCSC, to encourage participation, and to answer questions. Ambassadors for 2014:

Does UCCSC have an existence beyond the summer conference?

Absolutely! There is a mailing list which IT professionals throughout UC use to communicate year-round.

If you wish to participate in the UCCSC list, fill out the subscription form at

Where has UCCSC been held?

Year Campus Theme
2015 Riverside  
2014 San Francisco 00100000 Years of IT Collaboration
2013 Irvine Keeping Grounded While in the Clouds
2012 Berkeley Campus Collaboration
2011 Merced Information Technology on the Horizon
2010 Los Angeles No Limits
2009 Davis Focus on Security
2008 Santa Barbara Now UC IT...
2007 Santa Cruz Celebrating 25 Years of Technology Excellence
2006 San Diego Imagine What's Next
2005 San Francisco Getting IT Done. Getting IT Right. Getting IT Done Right.
2004 Riverside Fast Forward: UC IT 2010
2003 Irvine Threads in the Academic Fabric
2002 Berkeley Improving Life Through Technology
2001 Los Angeles Universal Access: Anytime, Anywhere
2000 Davis Portal to the Future
1999 Santa Barbara  
1998 Santa Cruz  
1997 San Diego Connections
1996 San Francisco  
1995 Riverside Preparing the Inn Along the Information Super-Highway
1994 Berkeley Building Quality Computer Services
1993 Irvine Using Networking and the Network to Create Less Net Work
1992 Davis How Do We Leverage Our Diversity?
1991 Los Angeles Computing Sourcebook Instead of Annual Reports
1990 Santa Cruz  
1989 Santa Barbara  
1982 Santa Cruz  


Proposal Submission Tips

The theme for this year's conference is 32 Years of IT Collaboration. We will be exploring what it takes to have successful collaborations—shared vision to solve common problems, technology platforms that support differences in campus practices, and governance models that ensure sustainable resource and participation commitments. We’ll also take a look at how collaboration helps our campuses find solutions in with budget constraints. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is June 2, 2014. You will need to create an account on their website in order to submit a proposal. The San Francisco UCCSC conference committee invites sessions to highlight successful IT-related collaborations across campuses, as well as collaborations within campuses at departmental, collegiate, and administrative levels. Presentations can be about common applications, shared services, joint development, communities of practice, infrastructure strategies, cost sharing, building IT organizations for collaboration, technical and information architecture to support collaboration, and other innovative efforts in the spirit of campus collaboration.

Steps to help new UCCSC conference participants consider a proposal:

The committee also is interested in a mix of presentation formats — for example, individual speaker, moderated panel, demonstrations, etc.

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