Call for Volunteers and Volunteer Grant Program

Volunteering at CppCon

If you would like to attend CppCon 2019, see great C++ content, and meet our speakers and attendees, but conference registration doesn’t fit your budget, consider volunteering.

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We are looking for volunteers to help run the conference. We need people to:

  • help assemble registration packets and badges,
  • register attendees,
  • assist speakers with Audio/Video (AV),
  • and, in general, be on hand to make things run smoothly.

In exchange, we’ll see to it that you’ll spend at least half of your time in sessions. It would be great if you could join us for the whole week, but if you can only make it for one or two days, we can work with that. We have information on our Volunteer Page. If you would like more information, please email volunteers@cppcon.org.

Volunteer Grant Program

This program has grants to cover some or (in a few cases) all of the costs of lodging and travel for a limited number of volunteers. Grants will be awarded to applicants that can commit to volunteering for five days. Grant applications will be judged on the basis of participation and leadership in the C++ community.

If you:

  • are active in the C++ community on-line, in your local user group, or at C++ events,
  • are actively supporting C++ on StackOverflow or GitHub,
  • have worked on an Open Source C++ project like an Open Source library, CppReference, C++VAP,
  • write reviews for Open Source libraries on Boost, Boost Incubator, or C++ Reviews,
  • or, have a blog, podcast, or YouTube channel on C++,

but have not attended CppCon because you can’t afford the travel and lodging, this is your opportunity.

For more information about the Volunteer Grant Program, read our Volunteer Page.

Casa Bonita / Hyperspace Arcade Field Trip Announced

Casa BonitaJoin us for fun and games in Denver!

The CppCon 2019 Field Trip will be to Casa Bonita and Hyperspace Arcade.

Spend a fun-filled Sunday afternoon on September 15th, with other CppCon attendees, at the world famous Casa Bonita restaurant for lunch and then free 80’s style arcade games all afternoon at the nearby Hyperspace Arcade.

Casa Bonita is the Mexican restaurant made famous by the South Park episode in which the boys declare that it’s like the Disneyland of Mexican restaurants. The restaurant features a number of different entertainments, such as cliff divers, shows, and a secret hideout.

Hyperspace Arcade features unlimited game play on over one hundred fifty machines including classics and rare titles.

If you are arriving for CppCon 2019 by Sunday morning, this is your opportunity get to know some of your fellow attendees in a fun-filled stress-free environments.

See  the CppCon 2019 Field Trip page for details.

Engage, Entertain, Educate: Technical Speaking that Works

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Attendees at last year’s Engage, Entertain, Educate (EEE) workshop wrote to us: “Please rehire!” “Please repeat!” and “You should have this class every year.”

Well, we can’t promise every year, but we are are bringing it back this year as a one-day pre-conference workshop.

This workshop is presented by three of the most widely recognized presenters in the C++ community: Andrei Alexandrescu, John Lakos, and Kate Gregory.

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The workshop will combine some lecture (“I like the opening by Andrei, it highlights things we need to look [at in] our talk”) with actual presentation practice (“the breakout where we have to simulate the actual talk was really useful!”).

EEE 2018 PresentationWhether you are planning to speak at a conference, a local user group, or at your own company, this workshop will help you build the skills and confidence that are key to being a successful technical presenter.

This year we are lowering the class size limit which allows more time for attention from each instructor, but does mean that the class will fill sooner. Don’t miss this opportunity to get individual attention and coaching from some of the best presenters in our community.

Register for this workshop and all the rest of this year’s classes on our Registration Page.

CppCon 2019 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 seven tracks of one hour sessions.

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 2019.

The submissions deadline is May 20 with decisions sent by July 8.

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.

Registration for CppCon 2019 is Open

Registration is now open for CppCon 2019 to be held September 15-20, 2019 at the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, Colorado, USA.

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. You will enjoy inspirational talks and a friendly atmosphere designed to help attendees learn from each other, meet interesting people, and generally have a stimulating experience.

This year, the conference is taking place at our new home at the Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado, very near Denver International Airport. The venue is brand new and we’ll have lots more space, but we’ll still have all the events which you’ve come to know and love, including multiple diverse tracks. The conference will appeal to anyone from C++ novices to experts.

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What you can expect at CppCon:

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  • Invited talks and panels: Expect a week full of insight from some of the world’s leading experts in C++. Still have questions? Ask them at one of CppCon’s panels featuring those at the cutting edge of the language, such as the Grill the Committee panel, where you’ll be able to ask questions of ISO Standard C++ Committee members.
  • Presentations by the C++ community: What do embedded systems, game development, high frequency trading, motion picture graphics, the defense and aerospace industries, and particle accelerators have in common? C++, of course! Expect talks from a broad range of domain experts focused on practical C++ techniques, libraries, and tools.
  • Lightning talks: Get informed at a fast pace during special sessions of short, less formal talks. Never presented at a conference before? This is your chance to share your thoughts on a C++-related topic in an informal setting.
  • Poster Competition: Enjoy the insights on display and vote on your favorite posters. Or share your insights and enjoy competing.
  • Exhibitors and Tool time: Have a question or interest about a particular tool? Have one-on-one conversations with tool experts.
  • Field Trip: This year’s trip is to world famous Casa Bonita Mexican restaurant and to an “all you can eat” video arcade.
  • Student Program: We support full-time students with special registration, content, and social activities.
  • Evening events, dinners, and “un-conference” time: Relax, socialize with speakers and other attendees, or start an impromptu coding session.

Meet the Speakers Banquet 2018

CppCon’s goal is to encourage the best use of C++ while preserving the diversity of viewpoints and experiences. The conference is a project of the Standard C++ Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to support the C++ software developer community and promote the understanding and use of modern, standard C++ on all compilers and platforms.

Call for Proposals for CppCon 2019 Classes

The conference is asking for instructors to submit proposals for pre- and post-conferences classes to be taught in conjunction with next September’s CppCon 2019.

If you are interested in teaching such a class, 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 21st, 2018.

Call for Open Content Sessions

As we do every year, we offer Open Content session in the early morning, over lunch, and in the evening.

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Open Content is just that, open! Attendees and regular program speakers alike can propose sessions on anything that interests them. These might feature a single facilitator leading a room through an exercise, activity or demo, a panel of 3-5 people taking questions from the room, a “hackathon” on a specific project, or an open conversation among the whole room. The projector is available for slides or public note taking.

Open Content is designed for flexibility so that a “Birds of a Feather” talk may be proposed even after the conference has begun. A speaker who gets a lot of post-talk questions may agree to host a Q&A session in the Open Content time. An attendee inspired by a session may host a session to explore a topic further or start on a group implementation of something.

Anyone can submit an open content session, you don’t need to be a conference speaker (or even a registered attendee). To submit, visit our Open Content Submissions page.

These sessions will be open in another way too – Open Content does not require conference registration. That’s right, everyone who is in the area is welcome to come and join us for all the early morning/lunch/evening sessions, including proposing or leading a session. This is part of our goal to be an inclusive conference for the entire C++ community.

Free Friday

All CppCon 2018 events on Friday, September 28th, do not require conference registration. That’s right, just like all our evening sessions (except the Registration Reception and the dinner), all Friday sessions are open to the public without a conference registration. This includes talks by some of our popular speakers.

Cougar Mountain Zoo Field Trip Announced

cougars at Cougar Mountain ZooJoin us at the Zoo!

The CppCon 2018 Field Trip will be to Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon on September 23rd, with other CppCon attendees, at Cougar Mountain Zoo. The zoo is filled with wild and exotic animals and is located in the mountains near the friendly and historic city of Issaquah.

The zoo is primarily focused on endangered species and education. Many of the animals have been born or raised in-house and have a self assured attitude around humans, enabling visitors to take deep glimpse into the beauty and mysteries of these beautiful creatures.

The trip includes a guided tour, which last for about 60 minutes and is designed to introduce the group to the immense beauty and mysteries of the Earth’s vanishing wildlife.

See  the CppCon 2018 Field Trip page for detail.

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CppCon 2018 Program Available

Kate GregoryThe program for CppCon 2018 is now live!

We’ll have over 100 regular sessions delivered by the best C++ presenters in the industry, many returning from previous years as well as some exciting new voices. We’ll have six or seven concurrent tracks full of sessions containing C++ best practices and what you need to know about C++17 and even what is planned for C++20.

In addition to the main program, we’ll have panels, lightning talks, Open Content talks, BOFs, author signings, exhibitors, standards committee meetings, community social events, workshops, classes, and some awesome headline speakers. Watch the attendee video from last year to get a hint of what you’ll see this year.

Our closing panel, moderated by Matt Godbolt of Compiler Explorer, will feature representatives from Google, Microsoft, and Red Hat discussing the Spectre vulnerability and how the industry is addressing it.

Most of the program is published, but we are still working a few surprises, so keep checking back.

We’d like to thank the Program Committee, our speakers, and the many professionals who proposed talks which we, unfortunately, just couldn’t squeeze in this year. Thank you for your hard work and enthusiastic support for this year’s program!

2018 is a great year for C++! Register here to join in Bellevue and discover why!

Early Bird Registration Ends this Weekend

No matter when you register for CppCon 2018, you be able to :

  • Meet with
    • over a thousand other professional C++ engineers, including
      • book, blog, and library authors,
      • standards committee members,
      • compiler and other tool implementers, and
      • teachers and trainers
    • scores of the best presenters in the industry, and
    • exhibitors from all over the world
  • Attend
    • five days of six or seven tracks of peer-reviewed presentations,
    • daily plenary talks from recognized industry leaders,
    • multiple lightning talk sessions,
    • expert panels and special sessions,
    • poster presentations, and
    • social events.

But if you do it by this weekend, you save more than enough money to treat yourself to the Meet the Speakers Dinner.

To help you decide, here, for the first time, is this year’s promo video:

If you recognize someone you know, let them know that you’ll see them in September.