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 May 17-28 and features 2 weeks of live software-engineering content.  

What are the different session types and peer sharing opportunities included in the QCon Plus ticket?

QCon Plus includes 1 keynote, 16 technical tracks each including Presentations followed by live Q&A with the Speakers.  

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

  • Panels - panels are entirely live and blend expertise from multiple expert speakers at once with questions from attendees. These are designed as end caps for the entire track to summarize OR to pull in contrasting external views.  
  • Unconference Sessions are an exciting and interactive way of peer problem solving that quickly produces valuable insights for the participants.
  • Hangouts With the Speakers are meeting rooms where you can continue the conversation after each session. Attendees can connect with their peers and with speakers during the breaks, just as they would do at an in-person conference.
  • The QCon Plus Slack Community is a place to gather to build connections with other attendees, share ideas, and will provide you with a more effective learning experience. - look for an email invite from feedback@slack.com

All of the above are included in the QCon Plus ticket. Attendees can also expand their skill-set by adding hands-on optional Workshops to their ticket for an additional fee.

In addition, QCon Plus attendees 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.

What is the conference timezone?

The conference will start around 9AM EDT / 2PM BST / 3PM CEST most of the conference days, for more details please refer to the Schedule page.

How much time do I need to attend QCon Plus?

QCon Plus allows you to work the event around your schedule:

  • Live technical talks take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays over 2 weeks.
  • Each day of talks features 3 core topics. Each topic has 3 live talks and 1-panel discussion.
  • To attend a single live topic will require 4 hours. To attend all the technical talks over the 2 weeks, you will require 24 hours (12 hours each week)
  • In addition to the live technical talks, the conference offers peer-sharing opportunities (Unconferences sessions, hangouts with the speaker to continue the conversation and a dedicated Slack group). Some of these take place between talks or async.

Talks will be available on-demand after the conference so you'll be able to catch up on the sessions you missed. Viewing time for all the technical content is around 70 hours - all these sessions you will be able to watch at your own pace.  Video recordings will be available within days and will remain available for 2 months.

How can I register a group

You can easily register a group on this registration page

How should I prepare before the event?

Required:

  • Verify you can to log into your QCon Plus account to be able to access the event  
  • Download the latest version of Zoom (for the Hangout With the Speakers, the Unconference Wessions, the Sponsored Labs and the Workshops)
  • Look out for an email inviting you to the event Slack Community where you can connect with your peers. The invitations are sent from feedback@slack.com
  • Familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive, harassment-free experience for everyone

Recommended for a better QCon Plus experience:

  • 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 via social media
  • Test your microphone and webcam for the Hangout with the Speakers, the Unconference sessions 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, attendees will need to download the latest version of Zoom to benefit of all the event features.

Will closed captioning be available?

While we won't provide live closed captioning, this feature can be enabled in google chrome, and will work for the presentations and panels happening in clickmeeting. Here is how to enable automatic closed captioning

Will attendees get access to the presentation recordings?

QCon Plus attendees will get access to the keynote, talk and panel recordings.

Sponsored Case Study recordings (without Q&A) will be available upon opt-in.

Video recordings will be available within days and will remain available for 2 months.

Sponsored Labs, Hangout With the Speakers, Unconference Sessions and Workshops 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" attendees will have access to Sponsored Case Study recordings (without Q&A) upon opt-in.

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 made available in the schedule and on the presentation page within days.

What are the Hangout with the Speaker sessions?

You can continue the conversation after each session by joining the Hangout with the Speaker in a zoom room. Attendees and speakers will be stopping by to chat. Please note that a zoom meeting room will open when joining. If you join the Hangout before the end of a presentation, we recommend you close the presentation page first, not to hear the audio of both sessions. Please join the meeting muted and unmute yourself to talk. Important: The latest version of zoom is required.

How do I build my Custom Schedule?

To build your QCon Plus 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 attend presentations from the same track or from different tracks according to your preference. 

Note: Hangout With the Speakers, Unconference Sessions, Workshops and Sponsored Labs 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 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.

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.

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.