Check out this Language Workbench Competition.
I’ve met a few of the founders, but hadn’t seen much conversation between them until recently. I take this as some confirmation that the line of thought I’ve been pursuing for several years does in fact have some cohesion. Eelco Visser at SLE 2008/09 (and his lab at TU Delft), Markus Voelter at EcilpseCon 2008, and Steven Kelley who has commented on this blog in the past.
I’ll not likely have time to prepare a submission to the contest, but I’ll certainly be following it and if it does become a part of some conference, I’d love to attend.
Of all the topics and academic or professional software engineering, I think this one cuts right to the heart of the remaining productivity bottlenecks in software engineering. I’m happy to see this talented community gaining momentum.