Frequently Asked Questions

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 NY to make the environment more inclusive include:

  • Enforced Code of Conduct
  • Family/mother’s room
  • Non-binary bathrooms
  • Prayer room
  • Quiet Area
  • Childcare Stipend

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@qconnewyork.com.

Why do you say practitioners?

At QCon, we prefer Engineers over Evangelists, Practicitioners 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 track?

There are 18 primary themes at QCon. Each of the major themes is organized into what we call tracks. A track represents five curated talks and one experiential talk/workshop/peer sharing session. 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 18 editorial tracks at QCon. You will never find sponsored content hidden into the main editorial content at the conference.

How do I get a group discount?

We do offer discounts for groups as small as 3 attendees. Please email info@qconnewyork.com with the number of attendees you would like to register and we will send you your custom promo code. You will be able to register as a group or individually with the code.

Is there any discount for returning attendees (alumni)?

We offer $130 off of a QCon New York conference ticket to returning attendees as a thank you for their loyalty for tickets purchased after March 8th, 2019.

Are there any discounts for non-profit companies or students?

We do not offer any discount for non-profit companies or students at the moment.

Can I share my badge with my colleagues?

No, badge sharing is not allowed at QCon.

Can I transfer my registration to another attendee?

If you can no longer attend QCon, you can transfer your registration to another person if you contact info@qconnewyork.com with the following details for the new participant: first name, last name, email, position, company and phone number.

Can I cancel my registration and get a refund?

We do not offer refunds. Once paid, registration fees for QCon are non-refundable.

Is there a special hotel rate for QCon attendees?

Yes! QCon attendees can book a room at the conference venue at a special negotiated rate. You will find more details on our venue page. We recommend that you book your hotel room early as the special rate is on first come, first-served basis for a limited number of nights.

Is there a volunteer program?

Yes! You can find more details on our volunteer page.

Is breakfast and lunch included?

A light continental breakfast is included as well as a buffet lunch with vegan /vegetarian /gluten-free /dairy-free options.

Do I need to preselect the presentations I want to attend?

You do not have to pre-register in advance for the presentations you wish to attend. We do, however, recommend that you use the online schedule builder tool to pre-select in advance the sessions you plan to attend. We actually use this data to project room attendance, so by building your personal schedule, you help us map talk interest to appropriately sized session rooms.

What are the different sessions and peer sharing opportunities offered?

At QCon, you’ll attend 50-minute long presentations, keynotes, panels, and Ask Me Anything sessions with the speakers (AMAs). There are also two optional workshop days if you purchase a 5-day ticket. You’ll be able to network with similar-minded attendees during the 25-minute breaks (referred to as “the hallway track"), at breakfast and lunch and during our reception and conference social.

How can I give feedback about the conference and the sessions I attend?

We constantly strive to improve the overall conference and all presentations. To help us, you can provide us with your vote on your way out of the session room. Please note that these votes should only be in reference to the presentation (not the room temperature or venue amenities). You have the choice of voting: 

  1. green - met or exceeded expectations
  2. yellow - lacked fundamental expectations
  3. red - failed to meet any of my expectations

Workshop feedback will be collected separately via an evaluation form. After the conference, attendees will also receive a survey to provide additional feedback to help us improve the overall attendee experience.

Where can I find the slides?

After the conference, slides will be made available for download on the schedule page, when the speakers allow it.

 

What is the video access about?

QCon offers registered attendees early access to most videos of presentations before the conference ends on Friday. Private access will be at https://www.infoq.com/conferences/qconnewyork2019 You can authenticate with your QCon attendee custom ID that will be sent to your email address during the conference. These videos are meant for personal use and can only be shared with a 3rd-party using the "share with a friend" feature that the video page offers. Videos are not meant for downloading. The QCon organizers hold the right to block a user's account in case any of the above rules are broken.

Videos will also become freely available to the general public (non-attendees) at the rate of five published per week over the next four months after the conference at https://www.infoq.com/qconnewyork2019/presentations/

Please note that a few sessions have a "no filming icon" in the schedule.

What does video access cost?

Nothing outside of a conference pass. We make video recording available to all editorial speakers. If the speaker allows us to record their session, we make that video available to you within 24-72 hours of the talk. It's made available to InfoQ.com and the general public over the following 90-120 days. There is no upcharge for videos at QCon.

Can I get an invitation letter for a visa application or border control?

Please email us the following information at info@qconnewyork.com: Full name as on passport, date of birth, company name, position, nationality, city and country of residence, and if you have been to New York before and if so, on what dates. Note that we encourage you to apply for a visa before buying a conference ticket as we will not refund your registration fee if your visa application is turned down.

What are the different workshops that you offer?

We offer two types of workshops: 1). full-day "workshops" and 2). half-day "workshops"

Workshops are purchased in full-day increments. If you buy 1 full-day workshop, you can later select either a one 1-day class or two 1/2 day classes. Please remember that you have to select specific workshops before the conference and you have to be on the class list of the workshop(s) you want to attend. We will send you an email, once selections are open (6-8 weeks before the conference). If you want to select two 1/2 day workshops, they have to be on the same day (one in the morning & one in the afternoon).

How do I select my workshops?

If you purchased a ticket including workshops, you will receive an email with your access code to login on the QCon website and pick your workshops online, approximately 6 weeks prior to the conference. You need to pick your workshops ASAP to secure your seat as workshops have limited availability and selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check your spams if you can't find the email from webmaster@qconnewyork.com.

Can I pick 2 half-day workshops on a different day?

No, if you purchase one day of workshop(s), you can either attend on Thursday or Friday. You can’t select a half-day workshop on Thursday and a half-day workshop on Friday.

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 on https://qconnewyork.com/talk-submissions

What do you mean 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.

How can my company become a conference sponsor?

Please email sales@qconnewyork.com with your inquiry, and our sales team will respond with information about our sponsorship opportunities.

Is childcare available?

Childcare may be contracted directly through the Baby Sitters Guild. If childcare takes place inside the attendee's hotel room at the New York Marriott Marquis during the week of QCon (June 24, 2019-June 28, 2019) & the hotel guest is a verified QCon attendee, QCon will contribute $70 towards the expense with proof of payment.