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.

Tool Time 2019

Tool Time is Back!

Similar to tech labs at some other events, we’re offering the opportunity for anyone, from an author/creator, to a vendor, to a super-user, to represent a tool (app, library, framework, or service) and run their own table answering questions or showing demos.

This is an opportunity to both share and learn about the tools that make professional C++ development possible. We’ll have a ninety-minute session on Tuesday evening that is open to anyone that wants to talk tools.

Participation is free and we are currently accepting applications for tables.

See the Tool Time page for more details and to make your submission.

Sponsored Child Care Available for 2019

CppCon is announcing an Official Child Care Provider and new Child Care Sponsor.

Parenting responsibilities can make conference attendance challenging. Consistent with our mission to be the conference where the C++ community gathers to engage with itself, CppCon doesn’t want the lack of a child care option to prevent anyone from attending.

KidsTown: Drop-In Child Care CenterThe conference has selected KidsTown, located in Aurora, just twenty minutes from the Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center, as the Official Child Care provider for CppCon.

The KidsTown philosophy is to provide a safe and secure environment, while providing children with a fun, exciting, and entertaining place to visit. KidsTown’s professional staff strive to make each visit a new and positive experience, where children learn new skills, play with new toys, participate in group games and circle time activities, create art projects, and interact socially with other children. These activities are scheduled throughout the day to encourage learning in new areas and to provide children with additional social, physical and cognitive development.

To enroll your child in this service, please complete the CppCon Child Care Enrollment, by September 1st, the deadline for child care registration.

C++ AllianceThe support of The C++ Alliance, this year’s Child Care Sponsor, has made it possible for us to provide this service (for a limited number of children) at no cost to attendees.

If you’d like more information about this service, please contact us at Child Care <childcare@cppcon.org>.

The conference thanks both KidsTown and the C++ alliance for making this possible for CppCon attendees.

New Venue Report

The grand opening of the Gaylord Rockies, CppCon’s new home as of this year, was held this past weekend and they invited Gaylord Rockiesyour Conference Chair (that would be me) and the team from our event management partners, Krueger Event Management  (that would be Mike and Karen Krueger), along with five hundred other event planners to spend the weekend. This gave the team at the GR (yes, that’s what we call it) a chance to show off the brand new convention center and what they can do with everything from food and beverage to decorating and AV.

The team at our previous home, the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, was great and we don’t expect to ever find a better team, but from what we’ve seen so far, we may have found a team that can match them.

Gaylord convention centers are known for their inspiring atriums and impressive public spaces and the Rockies lives up that reputation. The main atrium is designed in a mountain lodge style with a view that overlooks downtown Denver and the Rockies beyond. This is the center of the public space and is large enough to feature design elements like enormous (faux) boulders and a historic nineteenth century railroad caboose on a train track that goes over a bridge crossing a water feature fed by the indoor waterfall.

Gaylord Rockies Atrium

This area has plenty of casual seating and also dining tables served by “ski village” food and drink bars. It also connects the three main restaurants (one Asian, one Italian, and a steakhouse) and the sports bar, which seats five hundred and features the largest video screen in Colorado. Well, the largest indoor screen. Apparently, the one at the Bronco’s stadium is bigger.

All of the venue is spacious, modern, and filled with Colorado/Rockies inspired art and decor.

To the left of the atrium, as you enter, is the spa, a huge fitness center, and an Gaylord Rockies Indoor Poolindoor/outdoor pool area that features a couple of water slides, one five-stories high, as well as a mile-long “lazy river.” I didn’t pack a swim suit, but I regretted it as soon as we stepped into the pool area. Even for an old guy like me, it looks like a lot of fun. Don’t forget your suit.

To the right of the atrium, is a store for souvenirs and the kinds of things that business travelers sometimes forget to bring and a “grab and go” market with snacks and things like salads and sandwiches. Beyond these is the corridor leading to the convention center which features a Starbucks and the largest FedEx/Kinkos in Colorado.

In our search for a new venue, we weren’t looking for luxury. We were looking for a home that would best accommodate our size and growth (and had good dates available). The Gaylord is a bit up-scale, but the space we are getting is so exciting that we knew it was the best match for our requirements.

We’ll have enough space to seat everyone in one room for plenary sessions (without resorting to an overflow room) for the foreseeable future. We’ll have enough breakout spaces that we can run the seven tracks that we have now and expand in the future with a possible academic track or other options. We’ll have the space to host the standard committee’s Low Latency and Game Developer Study Group (and perhaps other groups) under the same roof.

I don’t want to make a public commitment to anything that isn’t completely locked yet, but just as an example of what we can do with extra meeting space, we are working on a “quiet room.” This is a space with no conversation or phone calls, but with seating and power for charging stations and to work on slides or email. Or to just spend a few minutes of downtime in the middle of a long day.

As excited as I am about the additional meeting space, I’m even more excited about the ample public space. As we were outgrowing the Meydenbauer, we felt the pain first in the public areas. We use public space for the poster competition, exhibitor tables and booths, breaks and lunch concessions, the bookstore and author signings, public seating and whiteboards, registration and the information desk, and charging stations as well as its most important purpose, getting to sessions and talking with other attendees. This won’t be an issue at the GR convention center. As we were walking through the space this weekend, my comment to Karen and Mike was that it was an “embarrassment” of public space. The challenge for us as planners will be to make the best use of it. Not having enough public space won’t be an issue.

One of our top criteria for selecting a venue was finding a place where all attendees could be “under one roof.” Although our previous home at the Meydenbauer Center was a great experience, we weren’t happy about having attendees in half a dozen hotels scattered across Bellevue. We feel that the conference experience will be enhanced by having everyone staying together.

Jon and bear

Jon makes a new friend

Rooming at the GR will mean more opportunities to meet with other attendees and it will also make attending the conference less stressful. CppCon is packed with content which makes for a long, exhausting week (to nine days with classes). As Kate Gregory suggests, taking an afternoon nap may be a key survival technique. Knowing that your room is just an elevator ride away means you can get a cat nap in while missing only one session. It is also comforting to know that you don’t need to leave the building after attending a lightning talk session that ends at 10pm.

The GR has relaxation/stress reduction options. I personally tested out the spa (the sacrifices I make…) and I can’t think of a better way to relax and reinvigorate during the conference. A few minutes in the pool area would be a close second and that would be free. Did I mention that you should bring your swim suit?

I’m so excited about our new home that I vacillate between wishing it were September already and being overwhelmed with the work ahead of us in the next half year.

A key component of our preparation plan is involving local C++ programmers as much as possible. We are working with the North Denver Metro C++ Meetup group (thank you Jason and Scott), who are excited for us to make our new home near them. They are helping in several ways including working on the field trip (which we teased at the close of last year’s conference) and finding local partners such as an event/portrait photographer and a bookstore we can work with for books sales and author signings.

Gaylord Rockies Atrium with windowThis last weekend’s trip was very valuable to Karen, Mike, and me because it was our first chance to see the GR, to meet members of the their team, and see them in action. Because it was their grand opening, while we asked a lot of questions, it wasn’t an opportunity for us to sit down with the team and do any serious planning. We’ve set up another visit when we’ll have the team’s undivided attention and can really sit down, roll up our sleeves, and plan for the best use of this marvelous space.

That meeting will be later this month. Karen and I will return and in addition to the GR team, we’ll be joined by Herb Sutter, President of the Standard C++ Foundation, the organization that is ultimately responsible for CppCon. During this trip we’ll also be meeting with local members of the planning committee, who will get their chance to tour the space.

The GR is hosting a special meeting of the local C++ meetup on March 14th at the GR which will feature a talk by Herb. If you are anywhere near Denver, don’t miss this opportunity to hear Herb’s talk and to get a taste of the new home for CppCon.

I’ll see you all in Aurora in September!

Milestone | New Home | Trip Reports

A milestone

At the formal closing of CppCon 2018, we took a moment to consider how far we’ve come in the first five years of the conference. Those years have seen us grow in so many ways. Since our first conference, we’ve added classes, field trips, author signings, exhibitor tables and booths, Tool Time, and the SG14 co-located ISO meeting. The number of main program sessions has grown by about fifty percent to almost one hundred fifty.  The number of Open Content sessions has doubled to about two dozen. The number of conference days (including classes)  has doubled from four and a half to nine and the number of attendees has doubled from about six hundred to over twelve hundred.

A new home

It is fitting that we take stock of our growth this year because we’ve reached an important milestone for the conference. We’ve out-grown our original venue. The home of the conference during it first five years has been the Meydenbauer Center, whose staff has played a critical role in our great success during those years . It was with a great deal of excitement and not a little sadness that we ended CppCon 2018 by announcing that CppCon 2019 will be in our new home at the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, Colorado during the week of September 15th, 2019.

Building on the success of this year’s pre and post-conference classes, we will be offering classes on September 14th-15th and 21st-22nd. The CppCon 2018 Registration Reception will be on the 15th and sessions will be the 16th though the 20th.

Content

In the meantime, look for slides and source code for your favorite CppCon 2018 sessions at our presentation material repository.

You can find the posters that were entered in the CppCon 2018 Poster Competition in the poster repository.

You can also watch CppCon 2018 session videos on YouTube and Channel 9. Some of them are already available on the CppCon YouTube channel in the CppCon 2018 playlist.

Thanks and trip reports

I want to say thanks very much to all the hundreds of people that made CppCon 2018 possible and, in particular, I want to thank those that have published trip reports:

CppCon 2018 Trip report by Anny G

CppCon 2018 by Rainer Grimm (German version)

JetBrains C++ team at CppCon 2018: trip report by the JetBrains C++ team

CppCon 2018 trip report by Mathieu Ropert

Report on CPPCon 2018 by Eduardo Madrid

Back from CppCon 2018 by Juan Manuel Martinez Caamaño and Serge Guelton

CppCon 2018 Trip Report by Matthew Butler

À propos de cppcon 2018 by Patrice Roy (in French)

Trip report – CppCon 2018 by Jean Guegant

The (Late) CppCon 2018 Trip Report by JeanHyde Meneide

Video Trip Report:
My CppCon Story by Arno Lepisk

Podcasts:
Take Up Code #244: CppCon: What did I learn? And What Will Help You? by Wahid Tanner

CppCon Lightning Interviews by Jason Turner and Rob Irving (w/ Anastasia, Timur, Phil, Staffan, Matthew, Tony, Jens, Anny G., Borislav, Ezra, Jean-Louis)

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.

Thanks / 2018 Dates / 2017 Trip Reports

Save the date for the week of September 23th next year in Bellevue, Washington. Building on the success of this year’s pre and post-conference classes, we will be offering classes on September 22nd-23rd and 29th-30th. The CppCon 2018 Registration Reception will be on the 23rd and sessions will be the 24th though the 28th.

In the meantime, look for slides and source code for your favorite CppCon 2017 sessions at our presentation material repository.

You can find the posters that were entered in the CppCon 2017 Poster Competition in the poster repository.

You can also watch CppCon 2017 session videos on YouTube and Channel 9. Some of them are already available on the CppCon YouTube channel in the CppCon 2017 playlist.

I want to say thanks very much to all the hundreds of people that made CppCon 2017 possible and, in particular, I want to thank those that have published trip reports:

A Beginner’s Guide to CPPCon 2017 by Eva Bunny Conti

CppCon 2017 Trip Report by Charles L. Wilcox

CppCon 2017 Trip Report by Ben Deane

CppCon 2017 by Oliver Smith

CppCon 2017 Trip Report by Matt Godbolt

CppCon 2017 trip report by Viktor Kirilov

CppCon 2017 Trip Report by Isabella Muerte

My CppCon 2017 Trip Report – 10 great talks to watch and learn from by Quentin Duval

A CppCon 2017 trip report by Jens Weller

CppCon 2017 For Fun and Profit by Tim van Deurzen

Trip report: the JetBrains C++ team at CppCon 2017 by Anastasia Kazakova

Trip Report: CppCon 2017 by Chloe Jandsten

CppCon 2017 trip report by Mathieu Ropert

CppCon’17 Trip Report by Pan Deng

CppCon 2017: trip report by Giuseppe D’Angelo

CppCon 2017 Trip Report by Gordon Brown

And day-by-day dispatches from Sergey ‘No Bugs’ Hare Ignatchenko:

#CPPCON2017 Day 0: IMO best posters

#CPPCON2017. Day 1. Hope to get something-better-than-chevron-hell

#CPPCON2017. Day 2. Why Local Allocators are a Good Thing(tm) Performance-Wise, and Why I am Very Cautious about C++17 STL parallelized algos

#CPPCON2017. Day 3. The Future of C++

#CPPCON2017. Day 4. Async Rulezzz!

If you know of any trip reports I’ve missed, please let me know.

look forward to seeing you in Bellevue next September.

Early Bird Registration Ends this Weekend

No matter when you register for CppCon 2017, 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 this week, you save more than enough money to join us at the Boeing Future of Flight Field Trip.

To help you decide, here is this year’s promo video:

2017 Keynote Speakers

This year’s Call for Submissions has just ended, so it will be a few weeks before we have the program online, but we are ready to announce a few of our headliners for this year. Two have been headliners for every year of CppCon’s history and two are speaking at CppCon for the first time.

Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne is the designer and original implementor of C++. He is a founding member of the ISO C++ standards committee for C++ and a major contributor to modern C++.

He is the author of The C++ Programming Language and Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++.

Bjarne is currently a Managing Director in the technology division of Morgan Stanley in New York City and a Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Columbia University.

Herb Sutter

Herb SutterHerb is the convener (chair) of the ISO C++ standards committee.

He is the best-selling author of hundreds of articles and several books including  Exceptional C++  and C++ Coding Standards.

Herb is currently focused on evolving C++ to make it both more powerful and simpler — able to express more in efficient, portable code without relying on proprietary extensions, while also removing needless ceremony and ‘dark corners.’

Lars Knoll

Lars Knoll

Lars is The Qt Company CTO and Qt Project Chief Maintainer.

He has been working on Qt for more than 17 years starting as a software engineer to later leading the global Qt engineering team in Nokia before the Digia acquisition in October 2012. Lars has been an active member of the KDE community and the architect behind KDE’s HTML rendering library that formed the basis for the WebKit open source project.

Lars holds a PhD in physics from the University of Heidelberg. He is a German national and lives with his family in Oslo.

Matt Godbolt

Matt GodboltMatt’s Compiler Explorer project has made his last name both a noun and a verb.

He has been programming for nearly two decades on games, system design, and real-time embedded systems from 8-bit computers up to cutting edge technology on next-generation games consoles.

Matt is currently at DRW in Chicago where he works on cool and exciting secret things.

And 100 more…

These four, and a hundred other C++ experts will be presenting the latest thinking and best practices this September at CppCon. Don’t miss it.

Registration for CppCon 2017 is Open

Registration is now open for CppCon 2017 to be held September 24-29, 2017 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, 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. Taking place this year in the beautiful Seattle neighborhood and 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:

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.

Announcing CppCon 2017 Dates and Location

Save the date for the week of September 24th next year in Bellevue, Washington. Building on the success of this year’s pre-conference classes, we will be offering two-day classes on September 23rd and 24th. Registration and reception will be on the 24th and sessions will be the 25th though the 29th.

In the meantime, look for slides and source code for your favorite CppCon 2016 sessions at our presentation material repository. You can also watch CppCon 2016 session videos on YouTube and Channel 9. Some of them are already available on the CppCon YouTube channel.

gaby-thanks

I want to say thanks very much to all the hundreds of people that made CppCon 2016 possible and I look forward to seeing you in Bellevue next September.