Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Format & Experience

What is a track?

There are 15 primary themes at QCon. Each of the major themes is organized into what we call tracks. A track represents four curated talks and one panel. All of the sessions are led by domain experts who guide the selection process. If a track is sponsored by a vendor, it is separated from the main editorial tracks and labeled as sponsored. These are separate from the 15 editorial tracks at QCon. You will never find sponsored content hidden into the main editorial content at the conference.

What is a Hallway Track?

QCon offers intentionally planned longer 25 Minute Breaks that we also call  “The Hallway Track”.

Longer breaks between sessions are a meeting space where you can continue the conversation after each session to connect with peers, attendees, speakers & sponsors - or take time out to re-energize.

What are the Workshops that you offer?

QCon offers a wide reach of workshops on the two days following the conference. Click here to see our offer of full-day and half-day workshops.

If desired, workshop attendees can request a QCon Certified Certificate of Completion once they have successfully completed the workshop.

What is an Unconference Session?

QCon features scheduled Unconference Sessions. These facilitated sessions are designed to bring together groups of individuals to work on a crowd-sourced agenda of topics. These provide valuable opportunities to learn and connect with peers.

What do you mean by "no hidden marketing"?

Outside of the main 15 tracks, QCon will offer additional sponsored tracks. If a track is sponsored by a vendor, it is separated from the main editorial tracks and labeled as sponsored. These are separate from the 15 editorial tracks at QCon. One of the core tenants of QCon is transparency, you will never find sponsored content hidden into the main editorial content at the conference.

What are the timings for QCon New York? In-person ticket

QCon New York takes place from Tuesday, June 13th to Thursday, June 15th.

Badge pick-up for in-person attendees opens on June 13th from 7:15 a.m.

Which rewards does the QCon alumni program include?

You will automatically qualify as a QCon alumni when you have registered to attend any 2 or more QCon events (in-person or online).

If you attend QCon frequently, you will move up the QCon alumni tiers, unlocking more benefits.

You can read more about the alumni program and rewards on the QCon alumni page.

Is there a call for papers?

We do not have a formal CFP and usually directly invite our speakers, however, we do have a submission form for spontaneous submissions.

Does QCon offer scholarships?

We are committed to creating accessible products for software developers from different backgrounds, and to be more representative of the present diverse software community.

Free tickets for senior engineers from underrepresented groups will be available closer to the conference.

At the conference

How do I collect my badge for QCon? In-person ticket

Badge pick-up will start at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, and at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Please arrive well in advance of the keynote. While we do our best to minimize the lines, there may still be some wait times. Attendees can enjoy a light continental breakfast before the first session.

A photo ID is required in order to pick up your badge. Attendees may only pick up their own badges.

How can I get help during the event?

If you need any support during the event, you can use the chatbot in the right corner of the QCon website or email us at info@qconnewyork.com and a staff member will be happy to help you.

In-person attendees are also welcome to pass by the QCon info desk located in the venue.

How can I see the agenda for the conference whilst at the event? In-person ticket

During the conference, you can access the agenda with your mobile devices on the QCon website. You will also find TVs displaying the agenda of the day on all the event floors.

When and how can I build my personal schedule?

All attendees will be emailed their login credentials a couple of weeks prior to the conference, once the schedule builder is available. 

  1. You will be emailed a one-time login and will need to set up your own password.
  2. Once you logged in, visit the schedule page where you can build and access your custom schedule.
  3. Click on the bookmark icon on the schedule page and it will turn yellow. This is your indication that it’s saved in your personal schedule. All saved sessions will be listed under “My schedule”. You can also save sessions to watch them later on-demand by clicking on the video icon.

While there are many talks from which to choose, there are only 21 time slots (including keynotes). In order to optimize your experience at QCon, we encourage you to pre-plan the talks that you would like to attend. If you have any technical questions please contact webmaster [at] qconsf.com (webmaster@qcon)target="_blank"newyork.com.

What Social & Peer Sharing Events does QCon offer? In-person ticket

To help you make connections with the world's most innovative senior software engineers, architects and team leads, we encourage you to participate in our QCon Conference Social, Women & Allies in Tech Breakfast, Exhibitor Reception, QCon Reception, Peer sharing in the Unconference sessions and Lunch Discussions Tables & Discussion Cafe.

Will attendees get access to the presentation slides?

We are encouraging speakers to share their presentation slides to be able to make them available to QCon attendees. If the speaker agreed to share their slides, they will be made available in the schedule and on the presentation page within days.

Will presentations be available on-demand?

QCon New York attendees will get access to a majority of keynote and presentation recordings. Video recordings will be available within days and will remain available for 3 months. Talks can be accessed via the conference site. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox to watch session recordings as we frequently observe technical difficulties with Safari.

How can I give feedback on presentations I attend?

Please rate the presentations that you attend. Your feedback helps us improve our content and organization. In-person attendees will be able to vote at the exit of each session and online through their account. Online attendees can vote when logged into their accounts.

You have the choice of selecting:

  • red: failed to meet any of my expectations
  • yellow: lacked fundamental expectations
  • green: met or exceeded expectations

You can then edit your vote and/or provide additional feedback on your voting trail.

 

Will wifi be available at the conference? In-person ticket

Yes, wifi will be available at QCon New York. You will find wifi details on your attendee badge.

What is the QCon code of conduct?

We designed QCon as a place where everyone feels safe to express themselves, learn, and succeed in adopting new technology and practices. We enforce this through the QCon Code of Conduct to provide a safe and inclusive learning space for our thousands of inspiring attendees.

By joining QCon, you agree to our Code of Conduct. All QCon participants, speakers, sponsors, and staff are required to abide by our code of conduct.

What does QCon do to support diversity and inclusion?

At QCon, we want to foster an environment that is both diverse and inclusive. The ideas and thoughts generated within a diverse group tend to be more innovative and thought-provoking. This atmosphere characterizes the very essence of QCon. Some of the things we are doing at QCon New York to make the environment more inclusive include:

  • Enforced Code of Conduct
  • Childcare stipends
  • Deconstructed menus (to cater to allergies or food preferences)
  • Access to all-gender restrooms
  • Prayer room 
  • Women and Allies in Tech events
  • Lactation Room
  • Quiet Area
  • Assistance and Guide Dogs are welcome
  • Wheelchair accessible

If there is something that would make you feel more welcome, you feel we’re missing at the conference, or would like more information on, please let us know at info [at] qconnewyork.com.

What are Lunch Topic Discussion Tables? In-person ticket

You can join one of the Lunch Topic Discussion Tables and share your insights and questions with fellow attendees. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of every minute of your time at QCon by connecting with peers who are working with the same tools, constraints and challenges you are!

This is an incredible opportunity to bring up anything you’d like to talk about! You can have unstructured conversations and debates around some of the major topics presented at QCon.

What is the Slack community for?

All QCon attendees will be part of the QCon New York Slack community - a dedicated space for Attendees, Speakers and Track Hosts to interact during the event and to receive updates regarding the conference program and onsite logistics. All registered attendees will receive an email invitation to join the QCon Slack Community during the week before the conference.

What is the event hashtag?

Tag us using the #QConNY, #QCon and #QConCares

Find us here:

On LinkedIn you can find us at https://www.linkedin.com/company/qcon-conferences/

On Facebook you can find us at https://www.facebook.com/QCon

On Instagram you can find us at https://www.instagram.com/qconconferences/

On Tik Tok you can find us at https://www.tiktok.com/@qconferences

What is the dress code for the conference? In-person ticket

QCon doesn’t have a formal dress code.

What are Wellbeing activities?

At Qcon, we really mean it when we say We Care! This includes caring for your mental wellbeing while you’re with us. With so many great ideas being exchanged, interesting conversations happing, and new connections being made, you may need to take a moment for yourself. That’s why this year we’re offering wellbeing sessions. 

We encourage you to join us Monday - Wednesday from 1:15 PM - 1:35 PM in the Marina room. There is limited availability, so participation in these activities is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Monday
Chair Yoga - Grab a chair, get up and stretch! This session will include gentle breathing and stretching exercises with the use of a chair. No yoga mat, sweat, floor work or change of clothes needed. It’s better than coffee!

Tuesday
Stress Less - Learn 5 tricks on how to shift your energy from feeling stressed to feeling more at ease with peace of mind. Five minutes is all it takes to feel better in mind and body.

Wednesday 
Guided Meditation - This guided meditation will bring you back into your body, starting with a body scan and finishing with a technique you can use to ground at any time you need it during your meeting

Food and Beverage

Do you cater to special dietary requirements? In-person ticket

Yes. We cater to many special dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. All food will be clearly labeled to show the dietary requirement and ingredients. If you have any dietary requirements outside of the ones mentioned or any questions, you can contact our team at info [at] qconnewyork.com.

If you require a kosher lunch, please let us know. All kosher meal requests are due by June 2nd, 2023. After this time, we will not be able to accommodate any additional requests.

Will Breakfast, Coffee Breaks & Lunch be Provided ? In-person ticket

A light continental breakfast is provided each morning prior to the scheduled start time of the daily sessions. A buffet lunch will also be provided as well as morning and afternoon refreshment breaks.

Health and Safety

Do I need to be fully COVID vaccinated to attend the conference? In-person ticket

QCon New York does not require attendees to be vaccinated or provide any proof of vaccination.

Will I need to wear a face mask at the conference? In-person ticket

Face Masks are Required: Please bring your own face mask (Substantial cloth masks, surgical masks, N95 masks, KN95 masks are acceptable. However, exhale valves or bandannas are not acceptable).

You will be required to wear a mask fully covering your nose and mouth during the entire event, unless you are drinking or eating in designated areas or speaking on stage. Participants failing to comply with the face mask guidelines that are in place at the event will be asked to leave the event without a refund.

Can the Covid-19 Safety measures change? In-person ticket

In addition to the COVID-19 related safety requirements, we follow government, venue and event safety guidelines that might be in place at the time of the event. Should new government/venue guidelines be different from what is stated in these Terms, we will communicate these changes to QCon participants via email as soon as we are made aware. Any attendee not complying with the health and safety requirements in place at the time of the event, will be asked to leave the event without a refund.

About QCon

Who is behind QCon?

QCon is presented by InfoQ. We’ve been helping software development teams adopt new technologies and practices for over 17 years. The driving force behind every QCon conference is our passion to accelerate the software side of human progress.

Senior software developers rely on QCon and InfoQ to keep ahead of the adoption curve. One of the main reasons senior software engineers, software architects, and team leads tell us they keep coming back to QCon and InfoQ is because they trust the information provided and selected by their peers. Join a global professional engineering community and adopt the right software innovations and practices.

Who is QCon for?

QCon is designed for senior software engineers, software architects, and team leaders.

Why is QCon a conference for practitioners by practitioners?

At QCon, we prefer Engineers over Evangelists, Practitioners over Trainers/Coaches, and Team Leads over Consultants. That is not to say we don't find value on the people on the right, we just prefer those on the left. This simple mantra guides our editorial content. We want to hear from the people who are living with decisions and implementations. This is core to what makes QCon QCon.

What is a QCon software development conference?

QCon is an international software development conference for senior software engineers, software architects, and team leaders.

QCon focuses on emerging software trends and innovations in software development and technical leadership with all talks by software domain experts. Our Programming Committee identifies the key trends and creates a curated learning journey by selecting leading software practitioners to deep-dive on each topic.

Sessions are composed of keynotes from world-class practitioners, tech talks with leading authorities, Q&As, and an opportunity to engage with peers to help answer your questions. You’ll gain actionable ideas that you can take back to your team and implement right away.

Do you offer online software development conferences?

Yes. QCon Plus is our online software development conference for senior software engineers, software architects, and team leaders. The next QCon Plus will take place November 29- December 9, 2022. You can register by clicking here.

QCon Plus focuses on emerging software trends and innovations in software development and technical leadership with all talks by software domain experts. Our Programming Committee identifies the key trends and creates a curated learning journey by selecting leading software practitioners to deep-dive on each topic.

Sessions are composed of keynotes from world-class practitioners, tech talks with leading authorities, Q&As, and an opportunity to engage with peers to help answer your questions. You’ll gain actionable ideas that you can take back to your team and implement right away.

Questions?

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Code of conduct

We expect all participants to follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that all QCon participants can enjoy a safe and productive environment. Please review our code of conduct before the conference.