Frequently Asked Questions

What is QCon Plus?

Since many software engineers and technical leaders are currently unable to travel in order to attend conferences, network with their peers, and support their development, the team behind InfoQ and QCon has created an alternative virtual conference: QCon Plus.

QCon Plus takes place online between November 4-20 and features 3 weeks of live software-engineering content.  

What are the different session types and peer sharing opportunites constituting QCon Plus?

We have spent the last few months researching and testing different ways for attendees to engage virtually while participating in a conference-like event. 

QCon Plus includes 4 keynotes, 18 technical tracks each including presentations followed by live Q&A with the speakers. Attendees can also expand their skill-set by adding hands-on optional workshops to their ticket.

We also created a few additional formats to ensure different types of engagement and outcome for the attendee and speaker alike:

  • Interactive sessions - Instead of presentations, Interactive sessions are entirely live and blend expertise from multiple expert speakers at once with questions from attendees. These interactive sessions are designed as end caps for the entire track to summarize OR to pull in contrasting external views. These sessions are not recorded in order to foster frank and deep conversations between the participants to help push the envelope on a particular topic.   
  • Facilitated Open Space sessions are 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.
  • The Hallway Track is a meeting space where you can Continue the Conversation after each session. Attendees can connect with their peers and with speakers in the Hallway Track during the event, just as they would do at an in-person conference.
  • Cohorts are a place to gather via Slack to build connections with other attendees, share ideas, have profound conversations and will provide you with a more effective learning experience.

QCon Plus attendees and "Sponsored Sessions and Labs" ticket holders also have access to Sponsored Case StudiesSponsored Labs and exclusive sponsored content as ebooks, white papers, demos, and giveaways in the Sponsor Areas upon opt-in.

How should I prepare before the event?

Required:

  • Download the latest version of Zoom (5.4.0 minimum) (for the Hallway Track, the interactive sessions, the Open Space sessions, the Sponsored Labs and the Workshops) and Slack (for Cohorts)
  • Once you’ve received your login information (a few days prior to the event), make sure you can to log into your account to be able to access the event    
  • We expect all participants to follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that all QCon Plus participants can enjoy a safe and productive environment. Please review our Code of Conduct before the event

Recommended for a better QCon Plus experience:

  • Look for the Slack invite email to your Cohort and start to connect with your peers- available a couple of days prior to the event 
  • Read the presentation abstracts and build your Custom Schedule - available a couple of days prior to the event 
  • Opt-in in advance for the Sponsored case studies and Labs you plan on joining by clicking on “Attend this session” from the schedule page
  • Think about the questions you’d like to ask the speakers and your peers
  • Use the hashtag #QConPlus to connect with other participants
  • Test your microphone and webcam for the Hallway track, the Open Space and the Workshops

What Virtual Event Platform will be used?

QCon Plus was designed as a website that serves as the main gateway to the conference experience from where all presentation and meeting links will be made available. ClickMeeting and Zoom will be used for QCon Plus. While no software download is necessary for ClickMeeting, please make sure to download the latest version of Zoom for the Hallway Track, the interactive sessions, the Open Space sessions, the Sponsored Labs and the Workshops

 

Can I join QCon Plus from my phone or tablet?

While it is possible to join the event on your phone or tablet, we highly recommend participants to join by desktop to have access to all the functionalities and for better user experience.
Attendees will be able to log in with no more than one device at a time.

How do I build my Custom Schedule?

Once you’ve received your login details, you’ll be able to build your QCon Plus Custom Schedule.

Simply log in and from the schedule page, flag the sessions that interest you the most. Enable the Custom Schedule View on the top right corner.

During the conference, you can attend the presentations that interest you the most. You can stay in the same track, or attend presentations from different tracks according to your preference. 
Note: Q&As, interactive sessions, breakout discussions, peer sharing, workshops, sponsored labs, and cohort meetings will be kept live and video recording will not be made available for those. Therefore, we encourage you to attend these sessions the day they are scheduled.

 

Do I need to opt-in for the sessions I want to attend?

Once they’ve registered, attendees will get access to the sessions included in their ticket according to their ticket type.

For all the Sponsored case Studies and Labs, attendees will be asked for their consent to be contacted by the sponsor. This opt-in happens on the schedule page or directly on the Sponsored Session page.

Will attendees get access to the presentation videos?

QCon Plus conference ticket holders will have access to the video recording of the keynotes and editorial sessions directly on each session page, and to Sponsored Case Study upon opt-in

Q&As, interactive sessions, breakout discussions, peer sharing, workshops, sponsored labs, and cohort meetings will be kept live and video recording will not be made available. Therefore, we encourage you to attend these sessions the day they are scheduled.

"Sponsored Sessions & Labs only" ticket holders will have access to Sponsored Case Study videos upon opt-in.

Video access is personal and videos should not be shared.

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 Plus attendees. If the speaker agreed to share their slides, they will be available in the schedule and on the presentation page.

What is the event hashtag?

Tag us with #QConPlus, follow us @QCon

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 Plus website when available, or email us at info@qconferences.com and a staff member will be happy to help you.