Call for Volunteers

If you would like to a part of making CppCon an event, please join us as a volunteer.

Being entirely online this year, means the volunteer duties will be very different than previous years, but the mission to produce an event that runs smoothly for all attendees is that same.

Delivering all of our content online this year will require more training of volunteers to understand the content delivery technologies that we’ll be using.

If you want more information about volunteering, contact us at volunteers@cppcon.org.

The main volunteer detail will be between 0800 to 1500 Aurora, Colorado (Mountain) time. If you can volunteer all week, this would be excellent, yet if you only have limited time, we welcome you as well.

If you want to join a great team and be a part of history making in the C++ community, please complete the CppCon 2020 Volunteer Application Form. There will be other steps after completion, yet will contact you to assist you with setup for the conference.

Thank you

Brett Searles
Matthew Butler

Please note that registration to be a volunteer will be ending the August 31st so that there will be enough time to adequately train all volunteers.

CppCon 2020 Keynote: Empirically Measuring, and Reducing, C++’s Accidental Complexity by Herb Sutter

Tomorrow (August 5th) is the last day of Early Bird Online registration.

Keynote Speaker: Herb Sutter

Herb Sutter plenaryHerb Sutter is author of several popular C++ books and the chair of the ISO C++ committee. He is a Software Architect for Microsoft.

This talk will be the seventh in Herb’s series on Simplifying C++ and it explores the possibility of acquiring more quantifiable data that we could analyze to measure sources of C++ language complexity.

From his talk’s description:

This talk reports work to systematically catalog and measure C++’s unneeded complexity, how some current evolution proposals may address its major sources, and presents specific suggestions on what we might be able to do about it in the context of a future-evolution proposal to simplify parameter passing and provide meaningful initialization guarantees in C++.

CppCon Academy 2020

CppCon Academy, the classes that we host before and after the main conference days, has successfully recruited from among the top C++ instructors in the world.

Because these are the best instructors, because this year’s classes are online, and because attendees can enroll in classes without attending the conference, CppCon Academy 2020 is an unparalleled learning opportunity for C++ programmers all over the world.

We’re pleased to announce the CppCon Academy 2020 schedule. As always, we’re offering a wide variety of classes, with topics ranging from concurrency, to language features, to design, and to software quality.

In-person classes that traditionally would require one day onsite will be conducted over two shorter days online; likewise, two-day onsite classes will now take place over three days online.

Registration is open now, so check it out. We look forward to seeing you in class!

CppCon 2020 Keynote: The Beauty and Power of “Primitive” C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup

Don’t miss out on Early Bird Online registration. Only a week remains before the deadline.

Keynote Speaker: Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup is the designer and original implementer of C++ and the author of several classic books on C++. Dr. Stroustrup is a Technical Fellow and a Managing Director in the technology division of Morgan Stanley in New York City and a Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Columbia University.

Conference speakers tend to focus on novel, clever, and advanced features of C++. In contrast, in his keynote, The Beauty and Power of “Primitive” C++, Bjarne will look at addressing relatively simple problems in relatively simple ways under severe constraints of performance, ease of use, and reliability

From his talk’s description:

This is an exploration of a design space close to the hardware and of the use of C++ in that space, rather than a standards proposal or the presentation of a mature tool chain. And, no, by “primitive”, I don’t mean “old-fashioned, C-like” code; some of the general techniques are old, but some of the code requires C++17 and much could be done better given features we are unlikely to get even in C++23.

Going Virtual

CppCon 2020 will be following the lead of other C++ events, such as C++ on Sea, and will be held entirely online.

Bjarne Stroustrup

The organizers feel that a “virtual” conference in 2020 is the best way for us to provide the community with content consistent with the quality standard that we’ve set for the past six years.

Many details are still being determined, but we do know that the conference will be a multi-track conference filled with sessions from C++ experts like those from previous years. In addition to the dedicated Back to Basics Track, we are introducing a dedicated Embedded Track.

We’ll be using online conferencing software that helps us capture the “hallway-track” experience that has made attending CppCon one of the most anticipated C++ events of the year. Attendees will be able to meet and chat with other attendees, speakers, and exhibitors.

The sessions will be during the scheduled days of the conference (September 14 – 18) from 09:00 to 15:00 Aurora time (08:00 – 14:00 West Coast | 11:00 – 17:00 East Coast | 16:00 – 22:00 CET). Sessions will feature live Q&A from attendees.

Conference registration is available now with an early bird rate of $200 until August 5th.

Dates and times of the pre-/post-conference classes are still being coordinated with class instructors and we’ll update the website with this information as soon as we can.

We’ll update the website with details as they are determined, but if you have specific questions, they can be addressed to info@cppcon.org.

Registration for CppCon 2020 is Open

2020 has a been a challenging year for all of us. As C++ programmers with in-demand skills and, for most of us, the ability to work from home, we are better off than many, but it hasn’t been easy for any of us.

Most of us value the experience of having casual conversations with smart, knowledgeable C++ programmers, particularly when a new version of Standard C++ is out. In a year in which these opportunities have been severely reduced by a combination of working at home and the cancellation of in-person events such as conferences and user group meetings, we appreciate the in-person experience all the more. CppCon, one of the best C++ in-person experiences of the year, is needed this year more than ever and we are excited to be bringing it to you.

Vanderbilt University Medical CenterOf course, we can only do this if it is safe to do so. We are monitoring the situation closely and will hold the event only if it is safe to do so and only in a manner that is safe. We are working very closely with our venue, the Gaylord Rockies, in planning the event. They have selected Vanderbilt University Medical Center as their Wellness Advisor and have published their Health and Safety Cleanliness Standards.

We still have a lot of details to work out, but we know that this year’s conference will be very different than a “normal” CppCon. We’ll still have the most important aspects, a lot of great content (including a new Embedded Track joining our Back to Basic Track), great classes, and opportunities for you to meet and engage with some of the most knowledgable and articulate developers in the C++ world. We are planning on having much more personal space during and between sessions. Although there will be plenty of opportunities for engaging with other attendees, these will be in informal small-group settings. Large social events, such as the Meet the Speakers Banquet, that we’ve had in previous conferences will, no doubt, return in future years.

Because we must cap our attendance (we don’t yet have an exact number, we are still working that out), we are looking at the possibility, for the first time with CppCon, of selling out the conference. If you’d like to attend, register as soon as possible. You may be concerned about registering and then discovering that you can’t attend. This is understandable, so we are offering a no-questions-asked, complete refund until thirty days before the conference, August 14th. (At that point, we need to make certain financial commitments to our vendors, but if you need to cancel after that, we’ll apply your 2020 fee to provide a free registration for CppCon 2021.)

CppCon 2020 will be an exciting and memorable event in a difficult year, but I’m looking forward to what we are planning and hope that you are as well. I understand that many CppCon regulars will not be able to attend, but if can join us, please register to hold your spot and plan to take part in great discussions about best practices, new ideas and techniques, and C++20.

Jon Kalb
Conference Chair

CppCon 2020 Call for Submissions

CppCon is the annual, week-long face-to-face gathering for the entire C++ community. The conference is organized by the C++ community for the community and so we invite you to present. The conference regular program consists of five days of sixty minute sessions.

Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we feel it is best to be totally transparent with our planning process. We are closely monitoring the news regarding restrictions on travel and large gatherings. It takes about 9-12 months of planning for each conference and given that we do not know the situation in September, we are moving forward with the hope that it will be safe to see you all in Aurora.

Have you learned something interesting about C++, maybe a new technique possible in C++14/17/20? Or perhaps you have implemented something cool related to C++, maybe a new C++ library? If so, consider sharing it with other C++ enthusiasts by giving a regular program talk at CppCon 2020.

The submissions deadline is June 5th with decisions sent by July 27th.

We’ve made a format change to better serve the needs of our community. In addition to the dedicated track that we introduced last year (the Back to Basics Track), we’ve created another dedicated track (the Embedded Track).

For topic ideas, possible formats, submission instructions and valuable advice on how to make the best possible submission, see the Submissions page.

Note: Calls for Lightning Talks and Open Content sessions will be made this summer. The deadline for these is the conference itself.

Call for Author Participation

Book SIgningCppCon represents an unparalleled opportunity for C++ authors to engage with potential reviewers and readers.

For authors that are able to attend in person, the conference will schedule signing opportunities and panels with other authors. Authors can submit session proposals for the Main Program and/or Open Content sessions.

Book SigningEven for authors that cannot attend in person, the conference is an opportunity for exposure by working with authors to have their hard copy books available for sale at the conference and/or having special attendee discounts for ebook editions.

To register your interest in learning more about author opportunities at CppCon, please fill out the CppCon 2020 Call for Authors form.

Call for Proposals for CppCon 2020 Classes

The conference is asking for instructors to submit proposals for pre- and post-conferences classes and/or workshops to be taught in conjunction with next September’s CppCon 2020.

If you are interested in teaching such a class or workshop, please contact us at info@cppcon.org and we’ll send you an instructors’ prospectus and address any questions that you might have. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 20th, 2019.

Milestone | New Home | Trip Reports

A milestone

CppCon 2019 was the first year in our new home at the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, Colorado.

Long before I’d ever done it, I told people that I thought that moving a conference is almost as much work as starting one from scratch. Now that I have moved a conference, I’ve learned that started a conference from scratch is actually easier than moving that conference after it has been growing in one location for five years.

We asked a lot of the team of volunteers and professionals that make up our staff and the Aqua Army to make this move possible and our team came through in a big way.

As we expected there were first-year-at-a-new-location issues, but also as we expected, attendees were delighted by the new venue and I think we are all excited by the possibilities that we see for our conferences in coming years.

A new home

The first of the these conferences will be CppCon 2020 at the Gaylord Rockies during the week of September 13th, 2020.

Building on the success of this year’s pre and post-conference classes, we will be offering classes on September 12th-13th and 19th-20th. The CppCon 2020 Registration Reception will be on the evening of the 13th and sessions will be the 14th though the 18th.

One feature that met with great approval was the opportunity to have the hotel and conference center under one roof. But we did underestimate the demand for rooms in the GR (as we call it).

As we look forward to next year, we’ve requested more rooms, but we’ve already been told that we won’t be able to get all that we’d like. Other groups that will be at the GR during out dates have also asked for more rooms.

We are committed to finding suitable overflow venues and transportation for all of next year’s attendees, but if you are interested in enjoying the “under one roof” feature of staying at the GR, then you’ll need to reserve your rooms early.

Content

In the meantime, look for slides and source code for your favorite CppCon 2019 sessions at our presentation material repository. That is were you’ll also find the posters that were entered in the CppCon 2019 Poster Competition.

You can also watch CppCon 2019 session videos on YouTube. Some of them are already available on the CppCon YouTube channel in the CppCon 2019 playlist.

Thanks and trip reports

I want to say thanks very much to all the hundreds of people that made CppCon 2019 possible and, in particular, I want to thank those that have published trip reports:

CppCon 2019 Trip Report by Leslie Lai

CppCon 2019 Trip Report by Matt Godbolt

Cppcon 2019 Trip Report by Geoffrey Viola

CppCon 2019 Trip Report and Slides by Anthony Williams

CppCon 2019 trip report by Stephan Dollberg

CPPCON 2019 Trip Report by Jan Wilmans

À propos de cppcon 2019 by Patrice Roy (in French)

NDC TechTown and CppCon trip report by Martin Hořeňovský

CppCon 2019 Trip Report by Alan Shen

 

Podcasts:

CppCast: Provable Functions at CppCon 2019 by Jason Turner and Rob Irving (w/ Lisa Lippincott)

CppCast: Visual C++ Announcements at CppCon 2019 by Jason Turner and Rob Irving (w/ Marian Luparu, Stephan T Lavavej, and Sy Brand)

Take Up Code #257: CppCon: Interview With Sean Hale About Becoming A Software Developer Without A Degree In Computer Science by Wahid Tanner

Take Up Code #258: CppCon: Interview With Nicolai Josuttis About How The C++ Standardization Has Changed Over The Years by Wahid Tanner

Take Up Code #259: CppCon: Interview With Asad Naweed About Augmented Reality by Wahid Tanner

Take Up Code #260: CppCon: Interview With Josh Lospinoso About The Book C++ Crash Course by Wahid Tanner

Take Up Code #261: CppCon: Interview With Conor Hoekstra About C++ Algorithms And Ranges by Wahid Tanner

If you know of any trip reports I’ve missed, please let me know. I plan to update this post with new trip reports as I learn about about them.

look forward to seeing you in Aurora next September.