Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Format

What are the Workshops that you offer?

QCon offers a wide reach of workshops on the two days following the conference. We offer full-day and half-day workshops.

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 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 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 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.

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.

What are the timings for QCon San Francisco?

QCon San Francisco takes place from Monday, October 24 to Wednesday, October 26, 2022.  QCon San Francisco Workshops will be spread out over two days, Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28. Badge pick-up opens on October 24 from 7:15 a.m.

You can find the timings for each conference day on the Agenda.

 

What is the dress code for the conference?

QCon doesn’t have a formal dress code.

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.

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 San Francisco 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@qconsf.com .

 

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.

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.

Health and Safety

Do I need to be fully COVID vaccinated to attend the conference?

COVID-19 Vaccination OR Negative Covid-19 Test OR Proof of Recent Covid Recovery Are Required.

To attend QCon San Francisco, attendees must EITHER: 

a.) Show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or 

b.) Show an official proof of a negative Covid test from either the current calendar day or the prior calendar day or

c.) Show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 90 days

Accepted vaccines follow US guidelines and can be found in the QCon San Francisco Terms & Conditions (paragraph 6a).

Which COVID vaccines will be accepted?

To attend QCon, attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully Vaccinated” is defined as having received the last required dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to the start of the event. The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days. If you were vaccinated with a 2-dose vaccine, or a combination of them, you must have had both doses to be considered fully vaccinated. This applies in all cases, even if you’ve recently recovered from COVID-19 and might have natural immunity. Those who have only had one dose of a 2-dose vaccine, are considered unvaccinated for the purpose of this conference and will not be admitted.

Booster shots are currently not required in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccinations: QCon San Francisco follows the CDC’s, FDA’s and WHO’s guidance to determine which vaccinations are accepted. The current list of approved vaccines include:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • AstraZeneca 
  • Covaxin
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm Beijing
  • Sinovac
  • Novavax/Covovax
  • Convidecia
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (single dose vaccine)

You may mix 2 different types of vaccines from the above list, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Sinopharm Beijing.

You may have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programs, for example, Australia and Japan, UK and USA, France and Canada.

 

Will I need to show proof of my Covid vaccination?

All participants planning to enter QCon San Francisco based on their Covid-19 vaccination records (as opposed to a current, official, negative Covid-19 test result) will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter the Event. Failure to provide verifiable proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in compliance with these Terms will result in refusal of event access without a refund. We might partner with a 3rd party to verify your vaccination status at the event. Vaccination status and records will only be checked at the event entrance and no health data will be stored by QCon.

Will I need to wear a face mask at the conference?

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.

If I choose to show a Negative Test result, what are the conditions?

If you are planning to be admitted into QCon San Francisco based on a negative Covid-19 test result (as opposed to Covid-19 vaccination records), your Covid-19 test result must be: 

  • an official test, which means it must have been administered by a health service that provides a certificate (paper or electronic) and the name and location of the health service is on the certificate, AND 
  • the test must have been administered either on the day prior or on the current day, AND 
  • you must be able to show proof of the negative test result (electronic or paper) at the entrance to QCon, AND 
  • your name has to be on the Covid test result and match your photo identification, AND
  • the Covid-19 test result must be negative.
  • Unofficial and unmonitored at-home-tests are not accepted.


Repeating your Covid-19 Test to Stay Current for QCon. If you are planning to attend QCon for multiple days, please make sure to repeat your official Covid-19 test as often as necessary in order to provide an official negative test result from either the day before or the current day before entering the event venue for the day.

If I choose to show a Negative Test result, which ones are acceptable?

All COVID-19 test kits which are currently used in the USA and abroad by official, monitored Covid testing services are acceptable. This includes quick tests (lateral flow tests, which provide results in 15 minutes) as well as PRC tests and others.

What are the Requirements for Using Recent Recovery from Covid-19?

If you are planning to be admitted into QCon San Francisco based on having immunity due to a recent recovery from Covid-19, you must provide the following documentation to gain entrance into QCon: 

  • your documented Covid-19 infection has to be between 7 and 90 days ago, AND
  • you can prove your past Covid-19 infection with an official and documented positive test result, AND
  • you can provide a subsequent official, documented negative Covid-19 test result, proving that you are no longer infectious to others, AND
  • all documentation is from an official health organization and includes the name and location of the health organization, AND
  • all documentation bears your name which matches your photo ID
  • Unofficial and unmonitored at-home test results are not acceptable
What Covid-19 Test Locations and Resources are available?

We are working with the venue to provide you with convenient Covid-19 testing location recommendations near the venue. Please email us at info@qconferences.com for more information. You might also research online monitored testing services that allow you to use their at-home kit while being monitored via a Zoom call. An example of such a service is eMed.com (please note that QCon does not endorse eMed’s service nor is QCon affiliated with eMed.com). All attendees are solely responsible for their Covid-19 testing arrangements and associated expenses.

Can the Covid-19 Safety measures change?

In addition to the COVID-19 related safety requirements (paragraphs 6 and 7) in the Terms, 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.

Food and Beverage

Do you cater to special dietary requirements?

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@qconsf.com.

Will Breakfast, Coffee Breaks & Lunch be Provided ?

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.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at info@qconsf.com

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.