If you’re reading this and you work in the software development world (and especially if you’re in the Baltimore/DC area), I encourage you to submit a paper that you think would be of interest to software engineering researchers or other developers.
I have a strong suspicion that the software engineering research community doesn’t have a good sense of the kinds of problems that software developers really face. What I’d really like to do with the industry track is bring professional developers and software engineering researchers together to talk about these sorts of problems.
Also, if you’re reading this and you live in the software world, I encourage you to check out what ESEM is about, even if you’re not interested in publishing a paper. This is a conference that’s focused on empirical study and measurement. If you ask me, every software engineering conference should be focused on empirical study. Because, you know, science.