Call for Papers

9th Workshop on Software Ecosystems (IWSECO)
29th of November, 2017
in Helsinki, Finland.

Software ecosystems are becoming increasingly pervasive, leading to new research, management, and engineering challenges. Opening product architectures and platforms for third parties, designing closed innovation networks among partners through APIs and SDKs, coordinating multiple platforms, or participative engineering across organizational borders are all variants of ecosystems that come with their own opportunities and threats at the same time.

IWSECO aims to further increase the body of knowledge about software ecosystems by providing a forum to exchange ideas and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and experiences in the field. IWSECO further aims to build and shape the community of leading practitioners and research experts by providing forums for the exchange of research results and industrial practice in software ecosystems.

IWSECO provides a venue for practitioners and researchers to share their lessons learned in two cross-cutting aspects of software ecosystems: (1) business and social and (2) architecture and technology aspect of software ecosystems.

SLUSH 2017

The IWSECO 2017 is planned to occur a day before SLUSH 2017. SLUSH is a startup and tech event organized on November 30–December 1, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. SLUSH has grown into one of the leading events of its kind and it is the largest one in Northern Europe. In 2016 Slush gathered over 17,500 attendees, including 2,300 startups, 1,100 investors and 600 journalists, from 130 countries.

As many of the talks and companies represented in the event are of interest to the software ecosystem research, planning IWSECO to side with SLUSH was a no-brainer. We strongly suggest researchers planning to come to IWSECO to stay a few extra days and buy tickets to SLUSH.


The IWSECO seeks submissions of papers describing novel research, experience reports, and emerging ideas. We invite the submission from research and industrial practice describing original and unpublished results in the field of software ecosystems.

In 2017 IWSECO specifically invites works that focus on the interaction of actors in an ecosystem. What constitutes a healthy software ecosystem? What is the role of the organizer/keystone? How does API economy based value networks emerge? Are API components reducing to commodities only competing with price? These are among the many interesting questions that have risen from looking deeper to ecosystem health and evolution. Submission tackling these question are at the centre of this years’ theme. Topics of interest include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Ecosystem and platform architecture, evolution and lifecycle
  • Tools for inter-system static and/or dynamic analysis, visualization, and monitoring
  • App architectures and app orchestration
  • Experience reports on best practices in ecosystem design, modeling and architectures
  • Empirical studies of ecosystem phenomena
  • Processes for ecosystems and community management
  • Business cases, economics, strategies and governance for software ecosystems
  • Social and collaborative aspects of software ecosystems


September 17 25, 2017   –>  Submission
October 15, 2017              –>  Notification
November 12, 2017         –>  Camera Ready
November 29, 2017         –>  IWSECO
November 30 – December 1, 2017     –>  SLUSH (


We welcome both research and industry papers. They must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other workshop, conference or journal. All accepted papers will be offered for CEUR-WS proceedings for publication. There is no page limit, but the recommended size for submissions is 10-15 pages. We will use LNBIP templates:

Papers should be submitted in electronic form (PDF) using EasyChair: