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 13th.

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.

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.

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 (related to C++) 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 2019 events on Friday, September 20th, do not require conference registration. That’s right, just like all our evening sessions (except ones involving food–the dinners and reception), all Friday sessions are open to the public without a conference registration. This includes talks by some of our popular speakers.

Lightning Talks and Lightning Challenge

Whilst many of the main conference talks go deep, Lightning Talks are, well, lighter. That doesn’t mean you won’t gain deep insights from some. Many, however, are humorous, entertaining – and often high-energy!

They can also be a great opportunity for newer speakers to break in to speaking at the CppCon venue.

So if you have something to share that the C++ community might enjoy, and you think you can fit it into a five-minute package, post your submission here

Note that the lightning talk sessions are open to anyone, regardless of whether they have a conference ticket – even if you want to speak!

Lightning Challenge

If you’re looking to level up, and want a chance to speak for more than five-minutes, perhaps you’re up for the Lightning Challenge?

The catch is it’s up to the audience (using “modern technology”) whether you get the full eight minutes, or get cut off at four!

Sign up at the same place for this gamified format or come and observe the antics as the presenters try to win you over for more time.

Whether presenting or being entertained, get ready for the always entertaining Lightning Talks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night. See you all there!.

For more details on submissions, see The Lightning Talks Submissions page

CppCon 2019 Call for Poster Submissions

Are you doing something cool with C++? Got a great new library, technique, or tool?

We want you to share it with the C++ community by creating a poster and presenting it at CppCon 2019!

The poster submissions deadline is July 29th, with decisions sent by August 6th. For topic ideas, submission instructions, and advice on making the best possible submission, see the 2019 Poster Submissions page.

 

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 accepted until June 25th and 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.

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.

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.