Early Bird Deadline is This Week

If you’ve been thinking about registering for CppCon 2021 onsite or online, now is the time — EarlyBird discount ends this week!

Because of the health and travel situation, we know that many who want to attend onsite don’t know for certain yet if they can make it onsite. Here are some things to help ease your mind about registering:

  • Any Online Early Bird registration can be upgraded later (even after the Early Bird deadline) to an Early Bird rate onsite registration. So if you get an Online Early Bird registration now, you will lock in the Early Bird rate if you later convert it to any of our onsite registration options.
  • Any onsite registration can be converted to an online registration with full refund of the difference in rate, no questions asked.
  • Any registration can be cancelled for a full refund with no questions asked until the day before the conference (October 23rd). So if you plan to attend onsite and get an Early Bird onsite registration now, you can get your money back in full if it turns out international travel restrictions or any other issues get in the way.
  • The Gaylord Rockies‘ refund policy for hotel room reservations is a complete refund with notice that is three working days prior to arrival date.

These registration/refund policies and the low price on Online Early Bird registration make that a no-brainer. Online registration gives you exclusive early access to all the videos that we’ll be adding to the CppCon YouTube channel, but it is easy to justify the cost of Online Early Bird registration even if you are only able to spend one day (or even just a couple of evenings) watching sessions and engaging online with CppCon attendees in our awesome virtual venue. Early access to session videos is just an amazing bonus.

Don’t let COVID deprive you of the opportunity to engage with the C++ community in 2021!

In any case, you can register now to lock in the Early Bird rate. We look forward to seeing many of you in person or online at CppCon 2021 for what will surely be one of the most memorable CppCons ever.

Announcing CppCon Academy 2021 Classes

class attendeesRegistration is open for almost twenty CppCon Academy classes that will be held in the days before or after CppCon 2021 in October.

Four classes are open to online attendees and the rest will be offered to onsite attendees at the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora.

This year we are offering classes that range from those that are focused on updating you to the latest versions of C++, to those focusing on better code, testing, or design skills. This year we are offering a class on computing in mixed CPU/GPU/FPGA environments and two on embedded programming.

class instructor with studentsRead about all the offered classes on the CppCon Academy 2021 page. There are seven classes on Language Updates, four on Design, three on Better Code, two on Quality, two on Embedded Programming, and one on Heterogeneous Computing.

Online classes will be held either on the last three business days of the week before the conference or the first three business days of the week after the conference.

Onsite classes are held the weekends immediately before and after the conference.

class instructorMost of the classes feature two days (onsite) or three days (online) of class instruction and all feature hands-on opportunities to improve your programming skills.

CppCon instructors are selected from the best C++ instructors in the world. They feature rare combinations of deep technical knowledge, extensive development experience, and the ability to explain things in an approachable manner.

Reminder: Early Bird Registration ends at the end of July, so register now!

Classic Railroad Field Trip Announced

The CppCon 2021 Field Trip will be an adventure into the mountains to sample classic mountain cuisine from Beau Jo’s, followed by a train trip over the far-famed Georgetown Loop.

Georgetown Loop Railroad

Spend a fun-filled Sunday on October 24 with fellow attendees as we ascend to 9,101 ft (2,774 m) via air-conditioned buses and railroad coaches. This trip will encompass Geologic, Historic, Natural, and Culinary wonders west of Denver.

North Denver Metro C++ MeetupThis year’s field trip is sponsored by the North Denver Metro C++ Meetup. Jason Turner, one of the meetup’s organizers, recommends:

You cannot go wrong with a trip up to Georgetown and a stop at Beau Jo’s for a truly Colorado experience. You get a feel for the amazing Rocky Mountains, a look into the mining past that shaped this state, and a taste of a Colorado classic! Just be aware these Pizzas can be ridiculously huge (and crazy tasty)! We always take visiting family to one of the Beau Jo’s locations, and you cannot beat the original in Idaho Springs. There’s also a local brewery right next door with grab-and-go, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Mountain Pie

Beau Jo’s is a Colorado institution, where we will sample some of their wonderful mountain pizzas in Idaho Springs, a mining boom town, now a historic landmark near the heart of many outdoor adventures.

After lunch, we will venture higher to Georgetown, and board the steam-powered Georgetown Loop to wind around an amazing train trip up and over itself to climb the mountain valley into Silver Plume, a mining camp started in the 1860’s silver rush.

If you are arriving for CppCon 2021 by Sunday morning, this is your opportunity to get to know some of your fellow attendees while touring some of the inspiring wonders Colorado has to offer.

See the CppCon 2021 Field Trip page for details.

Register here!

CppCon 2021 Call for Volunteers and Volunteer Grant Program

Be a part of making CppCon 2021 an exciting event.  Please join us as a volunteer.

As a hybrid conference for the first time, we anticipate new challenges. To meet these challenges we’ll need both onsite and online-only volunteers.

Delivering some of our content online this year will require more training of online 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.

For more information about volunteering and the Volunteer Grant Program, please see our Volunteer page.

Join a great team and be a part of history making in the C++ community, please complete the CppCon 2021 Volunteer Application Form. There will be other steps after completion, we will contact you to assist you with setup for the conference.

Thank you

Brett Searles

Please note that registration to be an onsite volunteer will be ending October 1st. Registration to be an online volunteer is closed.

New Software Design Track at CppCon 2021

CppCon 2021 introduces a new Software Design Track.
Lisa LippincottEvery year CppCon presents dozens of sessions on how to produce high quality C++ code. But high quality software products require more of software engineers than just good coding. Great software products are built by engineers with great design skills, so CppCon also presents sessions focused on designing software components of high quality.
To advance this objective, CppCon now features a dedicated Software Design Track. This track will address the art of managing the interactions between software entities, of reducing coupling and of creating good and meaningful abstractions. It will focus on maintainable code and on how to design for changeability, scalability, extensibility, and testability.
Klaus IglbergerIf you have something to share about software design and want to contribute your experience to the entire C++ community, please consider submitting a talk. Possible topics include design techniques for all paradigms and both static and dynamic polymorphism, design and architectural patterns, good and bad experiences from real world projects (i.e. war stories), and even advice on how to manage big projects via proper software organization. The call for submission is open till July 19th.
Please contact the Software Design Track Chairs, Klaus Iglberger and Mike Shah, if you have any questions or suggestions.