- Attendance was 276, comparable to SODA 2004 in New Orleans. 96 students
- 796 distinct accepted authors, from 29+ countries.
- Milan Ružić was awarded the best student paper prize for "Making Deterministic Signatures Quickly".
- The domain gmail.com had a 44% acceptance rate, compared to yahoo.com's 14% acceptance rate. Yahoo's stock price fell 3% on hearing this news. Google's stock price fell 5% on worries that researchers were wasting their time writing papers.
- Manufactured abstract from a random selection of words in accepted paper abstracts:
We present arbitrary coinciding factors that are hierarchical and use predecessors as well as important jobs. We show there exist revenues that are treasure sales and independent for identical parametric desires.
- Hal Gabow makes some attempts to shake things up with suggestions about pandering to the discrete math community, prompting this from Ian Munro:
"The notion of a discrete math community is an interesting one and somewhat perverse"
- He tries to resurrect short papers, prompting this, from an unnamed PC member (but we know who you are:))
"Please don't exhume this dead horse just to kick the rotting bones around. Again"
- SODA 2008 is in San Francisco; Shang-Hua Teng is chair.
- Major discussion on locations for SODA 2009. Three candidates emerge (NYC/Puerto Rico/Las Vegas). After an attempt at vote-rigging that would put Diebold to shame, the organizers do a straight vote and NYC wins !!