Frequently Asked Questions

At the conference

How do I collect my badge for QCon?

Badge pick-up will start at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, and at 8:00 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday.

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 and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are 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 San Francisco website or email us at info [at] qconsf.com and a staff member will be happy to help you.

How can I see the agenda for the conference whilst at the event?

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.comtarget="_blank".

What Social & Peer Sharing Events does QCon offer?

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. You can read more about them by clicking here.

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 QCon San Francisco 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. You will be able to vote on the QCon website when logged into your QCon San Francisco account. 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?

Yes, wifi will be available at QCon San Francisco. 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 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 [at] qconsf.com .

What are Lunch Topic Discussion Tables?

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?

QCon attendees will be part of the QCon San Francisco 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 San Francisco Slack Community during the week before the conference.

What is the event hashtag?

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

Find us here:

On Twitter, you can find us @QConSF

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?

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

Can I skip the Covid-vaccination line?

If you've submitted your COVID health & safety details online early, by the end of day on October 21st PST, you can skip the COVID documentation verification line on Monday morning before the badge pick-up.

Attendees who haven't submitted their info by this deadline or whose submissions are incomplete will have to go through the verification process on site before being able to collect their conference badge.

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 [at] qconsf.com. If you require a kosher lunch, please let us know. All kosher meal requests are due by October 14, 2022. After this time, we will not be able to accommodate any additional requests.

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.

Conference Format

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 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 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.

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.

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 click here to find the timings for each conference day on the schedule.

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.

Diversity Scholarships are available for senior developers from underrepresented communities in tech. The application for the QCon SF scholarship program is open until September 29th, 11:59 pm PST.

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.

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 have partnered 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.

You can submit your COVID documentation online early, and skip the COVID documentation verification line on Monday morning before the badge pick-up. Check your emails for the 'Skip the QCon COVID verification line - submit your proof online now' email. Submit your COVID health & safety details online by October 21st. Attendees who don’t submit by this deadline or whose submission is incomplete will have to go through the verification process onsite before being able to collect their conference badge.

In order to attend this year’s QCon SF, all participants must either:

  • Show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (this can be done online now).
  • Show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 90 days (this can be done online now).
  • Show an official proof of a negative COVID-19 from either the current calendar day or the prior calendar day. This can only be done onsite due to the submission timing. Full details can be found in our Terms & Conditions (paragraphs 6a, 6b, and 6c).
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 have been working with the Hyatt Event Manager to provide some resources for Covid testing offsite from the Hotel (please note that QCon does not endorse these services nor is QCon affiliated with any of these providers):

Please email us at info [at] qconferences.com if you need 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.

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.