Deadlines & Contact

ASAP: Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio -- See Details Below

September 18, 2012 - Fill in the online form

October 22, 2012 - Tutorial Info-- See Details below


If you have any questions regarding being a speaker at QConSF 2012 please contact Bente Bidmann

Anti-harassment Policy

QCon is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found here

Speaker, presentation and tutorial information

Photo & bios

We need your photo (high res., b&w if possible), bio and a one line bio (e.g. creator of ..., loud-mouth on..., founder of...,  Strategist, ... authority, author of..., queen of ...) from you in order for us to have your individual speaker's page as updated as possible.  If you were a speaker at past QCons or GOTO conferences we already have uploaded your picture and bios.  If you would like to post any changes please send them to Bente Bidmann

Presentation abstract and title

A presentation abstract should be around 70 words in length, and it needs to contain the main benefits from your presentation. E.g.: "You will learn to...", "... get an insight into ..." etc.

Furthermore please write

  1. The keywords of your presentation (e.g. Java, .NET, Architecture, Process, Patterns, Web 2.0, Languages, Code-near, Enterprise, Hot topic)
  2. The target audience. Describe in a line or two who would benefit from this talk


Tutorials slides

If you are doing a tutorial we need a .pdf copy of your tutorial slides October 22, 2012. We will not print out the tutorial material for the attendees. The tutorial attendees will be able to download the slides from a hidden and secret URL on the QCon SF website before the training day, and we will stress the fact that they are not allowed to distribute the files, as the slides are copyrighted. We will also have extra usb sticks available at the conference with the slides.

The training slides you send me must:

  • be .pdf format
  • have 1 or 2 slides per page

Please let us know if you have any requests for the class room like table set-up, or flip charts. By default, there will be notepad, pens, projector and WI-FI in each room and table set up is classroom style. Plase also let us know if there anything you want the attendees to know in advance/bring – e.g. a laptop with special software installed.

Contact: Bente Bidmann


Tutorial schedule

Please plan your tutorial presentation (Monday November 5 or Tuesday November 6) according to the following breaks: 

09:00: Training start

10:30-10:45: Coffee break

12:00-13:00: Lunch

14:30-14:45: Coffee break

16:00: Training end

Hotel, Travel & Registration


If we provide a hotel room for you during the conference the deadline for letting us know when you arrive and depart is September 18, 2012, and then we will book the room for you. The hotel will send you a booking confirmation no later than one week before arrival.

Let us know when you arrive and depart by filling out this form

QCon Speaker Hotel Policy: QCon covers hotel up to three nights for US-based speakers and four nights for overseas-based speakers unless you are giving a tutorial as well as a presentation. Further nights are on your own and will be charged upon departure (special QCon SF conference rate).

The QCon Speaker's hotel is:

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco
California 94111

Tel +1 415.7881234

Fax +1 415.398.2567


You find directions on getting to the conference area and hotel here

Speaker's registration

QCon will register all speakers and QCon covers the conference fee for speakers. You will receive your conference badge, conference kit and speaker's information upon registration, and you have the opportunity to register for social events too.

At QCon SF


As a speaker, your presentation is assigned to a track; and we would like to encourage you to stay with the track all day and help to build a good discussion during the day.

Please come to your presentation at least 15 minutes before the start. Each track will have a host. The host will introduce you before going on stage and (s)he will help you with practical issues if needed. Volunteers will be guarding the door.

Each room will have screen, projector and lapel mic (expections: no mics/sound system in Wordsworth and Shelley Room). You will also have wireless internet access. You have to provide a presentation laptop and suitable adapters yourself. It is important that your laptop resolution is set to: 1024 x 768 or 800 x 600 on the VGA output plug. This will prevent display issues between the laptop and the projector.

Presentation slides

We upload your presentation slides and make them available on the QCon website. The host will have a memory stick to hold your slides for upload. Please provide your host with a .pdf copy of your slides immediately after the presentation.

Filming Sessions

Some conference presentations will be filmed for posting on where the speakers can get viewed by thousands instead of just hundreds at the conference. We will ask you if we may record your presentation upon onsite registration. Example videos.


Each presentation will be evaluated. The attendees will get an opportunity to either give a green, yellow or red note for each presentation. Green = great presentation, yellow = average presenation, red = poor presentation. We kindly ask you to inform and encourage the attendees to help us with this. After your presentation you will receive the results of the evaluation from your own presentation at the Information Desk and after the conference we will send you the results too. 

We will also ask you as a speaker to evaluate the conference. We will send you an electronic evaluation form when we send you your presentation evaluations. Please spend 2 minutes to fill in the speaker's evaluation form - it's very important for the QCon Team in order to improve communication with speakers and the conference.


Social events

All social events are free of charges for speakers!

Wednesday November 7

  • Conference Party, 19:30-23:00. Location: ThirstyBear, 661 Howard Street, San Francisco (20 min walk from the hotel)
Thursday November 8
  •  Speakers Dinner, 20.00 - 23.00, Sens Restaurant, 4 Embarcadero Center (Right beside the hotel)
Friday November 9
  • Meet the speakers, 17:50-18:50: We have invited all attendees to meet you! It is a great opportunity for mingling and networking. We encourage you to be there.