Conference: Nov 5-7, 2018

Workshops: Nov 8-9, 2018

Attending QCon includes:

  • 18 editorial tracks across 3 days
  • 140+ practitioner speakers from places like Uber, Google, Dropbox, Slack, Twitter, and more…
  • 11 to 1 attendee to speaker ratio
  • No hidden paid sessions/marketing!
  • Video recording for most sessions included
  • 28 optional workshops following the conference
  • Focus on healthy food, including gluten-free & vegan

Conference for Professional Software Developers

Last Year's Tracks

Monday, 13 November

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Architectural practices from the world's most well-known properties, featuring startups, massive scale, evolving architectures, and software tools used by nearly all of us.

  • DevOps: You Build It, You Run It

    Pushing DevOps beyond adoption into cultural change. Hear about designing resilience, managing alerting, CI/CD lessons, & security. Features lessons from open source, Linkedin, Netflix, Financial Times, & more. 

  • Performance Mythbusting

    Real world, applied performance proofs across stacks. Hear performance consideratiosn for .NET, Python, & Java. Learn performance use cases with OpenJ9, Instagram, and Netflix. 

  • 21st Century Languages

    Compile to Native, Microservices, Machine learning... tailor-made languages solving modern challenges, featuring use cases around Go, Rust, C#, and Elm.

  • Beyond Being an Individual Contributor

    Beyond being an individual contributor. Building and Evolving managers and tech leadership.

  • The Practice & Frontiers of AI

    Learn about machine learning in practice and on the horizon. Learn about ML at Quora, Uber's Michelangelo, ML workflow with Netflix Meson and topics on Bots, Conversational interfaces, automation, and deployment practices in the space.

  • Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Tuesday, 14 November

Wednesday, 15 November

  • The Art of Chaos Engineering

    Failure is going to happen - Are you ready? Chaos engineering is an emerging discipline - What is the state of the art?

  • Going Serverless

    Learn about the state of Serverless & how to successfully leverage it! Lessons learned in the track hit on security, scalability, IoT, and offer warnings to watch out for.

  • Security: Attacking and Defending

    Offense and defensive security evolution that application developers should know about including SGX Enclaves, effects of AI, software exploitation techniques, & crowd defense

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Applied trends in Computer Science that are likely to affect Software Engineers today. Topics include category theory, crypto, CRDT's, logic-based automated reasoning, and more.

  • Web as Platform

    All things Browser, from JavaScript Frameworks for animation and AR / VR to Web Assembly and from protocol work to open standards evolution.

  • Building Great Engineering Cultures

    Why engineering culture matters. Track features org scaling, memes as a culture tool, Ally skills, and panels on diversity / inclusion. 

  • Speaker AMAs (Ask Me Anything)

Bleeding-edge for the Enterprise

Bring trends from innovator and early adopter companies home to your team



Java 9

Deep Learning



SQL over Streams

SGX Enclave

Data Engineering


Infrastructure Orchestration

Machine Learning / AI





Chaos Engineering


Microservices Implementation




Brand Promise
  • QCon always represents the latest software technology trends to the audience. What makes QCon different for me is the organiser and how it is organised. Lots of care, love and passion are put in it.

    - Yun Bei
    Enterprise Architect @ING NL
  • I specifically chose to attend QCon for its cultural and leadership tracks, but I especially enjoyed the ability to interleave technical content into my focused tracks. The tracks were well curated, and the content exceeded expectations. The conference space was used well. The presentation technology was exceptional. The speakers were engaging, well prepared, and well versed. Overall, this conference benefits from skilled organizers that know how to create an amazing conference experience.

    - Blaine Green
    Senior Developer / Engineer @CashStar
  • Speakers at QCon talk about their war stories -- the hard-fought knowledge that is gained through experience and sometimes failure. Those talks contain valuable details and insights that can't be found in a technical book or article. QCon also focuses on soft-skills, culture, and organization. As a senior technical leader, these are essential for success.

    - Eric Turcotte
    Architect: Solution/Systems @The Climate Corporation
  • QCon is an excellent place to see innovators in various technical disciplines telling you what they did and what led them to do it. I don't know anywhere else where that is available and expected.

    - Tim Walker
    Architect: Solution/Systems @Parallon
  • 1. It's a great way to find out, as an early majority player, what is interesting right now 2. It's in the best place in the world for tech. You really get to meet the best of the best

    - Wouter Danes
    Technical Architect @ING Netherlands
  • Excellent staff and good speaker support.

    - Philip Wadler (Speaker)
    Haskell, Type Theory, & Functional Programming Theory Contributor
  • I particularly enjoyed hearing about industry trends from actual practitioners, as opposed to evangelists or even to hobbyist enthusiasts.

    - Rafael Ferreira (Speaker)
    Senior Software Engineer @Nubank
  • It was one of the best organized and best put-together trade (not academic) conferences that I have been to in a number of years.

    - Ramki Ramakrishna (Speaker)
    Staff Software Engineer @Twitter

Engineers over Evangelists,
Practitioners over Trainers/Coaches,
Team Leads over Consultants

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QCon SF 2018 Venue & Hotel

Hyatt Regency - San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

The hotel is located right on the Embarcadero waterfront with stunning views all around and close to popular attractions, events, and shopping. The conference venue is at the same location as the hotel.



Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California
USA 94111
Tel: +1 415 788 1234


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The Experience We Bring

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Is QCon Right for You?

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Software Developer / Programmer/ Engineer

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Technical Team Lead and Higher (including):

  • Technical Team Lead

  • Senior Management (VP, CTO, CIO, Director)

  • Architect: Technical / Application (platform specific)

  • Enterprise Architect / Chief Architect

  • Architect: Solution / Systems

  • Technical Project Manager

Meet and Learn from Your Peers

25 Minute Breaks “The Hallway Track”

Mingle and network with other attendees, speakers & sponsors.
Open Space is a kind of unconference, a simple way to run productive meetings for 5 to 2000 or more people, and a powerful way to lead any kind of organization in everyday practice and extraordinary change.
Conference Social & Dinner, Exhibitor & Hospitality Receptions. Opportunities to mingle, eat, drink and network with speakers, editors, attendees, sponsors. Complementary and free for all conference attendees.

QCon Healthy

Different menu items:

Vegan or Vegetarian 


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