Competition Proposals

General Information

The Competitions Chair of GECCO 2023 invites domain experts to submit proposals for organizing a competition at GECCO 2023. The deadline is:

  • Proposals for competitions: December 1, 2022
  • Acceptance Decision: December 15, 2022

If you submitted a proposal you can view it via the My Info page.

Competitions demonstrate how Evolutionary Computation and related techniques can be utilized in challenging practical, real-world and gaming settings. They also enable fair comparisons between algorithms and (for recurrent competitions) provide the possibility to follow the development of approaches over time.

We are offering the publication of short algorithm descriptions as 2-page contributions to the GECCO Companion. The competition organizers decide whether they want to offer this to the competition participants — the 2-page paper will require at least one author to register at the conference as a presenter. The deadline for these algorithm descriptions will be in April 2023, and they will be reviewed by the respective competition organizers. Your competition’s deadline can be after the 2-pagers are due, e.g. in June.


While fame and certificates attract some participants, others are attracted by prizes. We encourage the competition organizers to source sponsor prizes. The sponsors can either directly donate a prize to your competition, or they can sign up for an official ‘GECCO-level’ sponsorship (or a customized variant of one) where, of course, an agreement would be made that their donation is meant to sponsor (in part or in total) the competition. Please note that we are merely encouraging this as a way of attracting additional attention — it is not mandatory to have a sponsor, and we might even be able to organize a sponsor for you, if interested.

Competition Proposal Submission

To submit a proposal click in the button below (you need to log in). Submitters should be prepared to provide the following information:

  1. The competition title. Please refrain from using special characters in the title.
  2. A description of the competition. This field will also be displayed on the website as the default description for the competition if it is accepted.
  3. The name, affiliation, email and short bio of the organizer(s). The first organizer will be the default contact person, but more organizers can be designated as contact person.
  4. (Optional) A URL with more info about the competition.
  5. The deadline for competitors to submit their artifacts/results (it can be after the 2-pages are due, if this option is offered to the participants).
  6. (Optional) If the competition has been held before, then also provide the web address of the last edition and what you will change in case you plan any changes.
  7. Description of any prizes and how they will be sourced.
  8. Description of the judging process.
  9. (Optional) How do you plan to encourage newcomers? Can you provide tutorials (incl. videos) to make the entrance easier?
  10. (Optional) What is the dissemination plan for the submitted artifacts (please explain how you would like to handle the potential issues related to intellectual property of the artifacts, if any).
  11. (Optional) Any other relevant information to evaluate the competition proposal.

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Review Process

Competition proposals will be reviewed by the Competition Chairs and other members of the GECCO 2023 organizing committee, based on GECCO attendees' and competitors’ likely interest, the breadth and the depth of the topic(s), and the expertise and credentials of the organizer(s).

The outcome of the review process is scheduled to be announced on December 15, 2022.

If you have questions regarding the competitions at GECCO 2023, please contact the Competitions Chair:

William La Cava
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
Email: william.lacava (at) childrens.harvard.edu

If you encounter issues or have questions about the Competition Proposal submission process on the GECCO website, please contact the Electronic Media Chair:

Irene Moser
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Email: imoser (at) swin.edu.au

Arthur Guijt
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, The Netherlands
Email: Arthur.Guijt (at) cwi.nl