Please consider taking part in one or several GECCO 2017 competitions, even if you cannot come to the conference. The deadlines are in mid or late June, so there is still time to start working on an entry.
More information is found here (or in the list below):
The General Video Game AI Competition
MicroRTS AI Competition
Optimisation of Problems with Multiple Interdependent Components
Black Box Optimization Competition
Industrial Challenge: Monitoring of drinking-water quality
Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization