International Software Development
Conference

3 Minute Intro Video

QCon London
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre - London

Software is changing the world

QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community.

A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

Tracks

Covering innovative topics

Monday, 7 March

Tuesday, 8 March

Wednesday, 9 March

Featuring more than 90 speakers

Co-founder and project lead of the Spring Framework
MasterMind Behind Google Docs & Engineering lead in the Google...
Co-founder @Couchbase & CouchDB Committer
Consulting CTO (former Google and eBay)
Director of Operations Engineering @Netflix
Creator of Domain Driven Design
Led the performance effort for Java's G1 Garbage Collector
Venture Partner @AccelPartners

Over 90 more speakers...

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Keynotes

Reflections on Software Architecture
by Linda Northrop Technical Fellow, Software Engineering Institute

Software architecture has enormous influence on the behavior of a system. For many categories of systems, early architectural decisions can be a greater influence on success than nearly any other factor.

After more than twenty years of research and practice, the foundations for software architecture have been established and codified, but challenges remain. Among other trends, increased connectivity, a shift to the cloud and to mobile platforms, and increased operational and market tempos have precipitated the need for changes in architectural practices and decisions.

This keynote shares a perspective on the history of software architecture, trends influencing the need for...

Speaker Bio
Linda Northrop has 45 years of experience in the software development field as a practitioner, researcher, manager, consultant, author, speaker, and educator. She is a Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) where she collaborates with academic and industrial researchers and works with federal, energy, healthcare, and computational science agencies as well as commercial organizations. Her main interests are software architecture, software product lines, ultra-large-scale systems, and software innovations to aide disabled children.
BLT: Babbage, Lovelace Turing (So who DID invent that computer?)
by John Graham-Cumming Writer of the award-winning open source POPFile email program , Sydney Padua Writer and drawerer of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

Was it Charles Babbage, Victorian polymath, code breaker and builder of mechanical marvels? Or Ada Lovelace, enchantress of numbers, daughter of Byron, and computer visionary? Or Alan Turing, creator of the Turing machine, code breaker and father of computer science?

Speaker Bio
Sydney Padua is a cartoonist and visual effects artist. Her cult webcomic The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, now a bestselling graphic novel, combines extensive research with alternate-universe comic-book escapes, where Babbage's 1840s mechanical computer is finally completed and used to build runaway economic models, defeat spelling errors, and of course, fight crime. Her 3-d animations of how the Analytical Engine would have looked and operated are some of the first visualisations ever created of that extraordinary machine. Her work has been featured in Wired and The... more
Speaker Bio
John Graham-Cumming is a wandering programmer who's lived in the UK, California, New York and France. Along the way he's worked for a succession of technology start-ups, written the award-winning open source POPFile email program and churned out articles for publications such as The Guardian newspaper, Dr Dobbs, and Linux Magazine. His first effort writing a book was the obscure and self-published computer manual GNU Make Unleashed which saturated its target market of 100 readers. Because he has a doctorate in computer security he's deeply suspicious of people who insist on... more
Monkeys in Lab Coats: Applying failure testing research @Netflix
by Kolton Andrus Founder of Gremlin Inc, former Netflix , Peter Alvaro Computer Science Assistant Professor @UniversityofCalifornia

Industry and academia need each other. Far from the tire fires of production, university researchers have the time to ask big questions. Sometimes they get lucky and obtain answers that change how we think about large-scale systems! But detached from real world constraints, systems research in academia risks irrelevance: inventing and solving imaginary problems. Industry owns the data, the workloads and the know-how to realize large-scale infrastructures. They want answers to the big questions, but often fear the risks associated with research. Academics, for their part, seek real-world validation of their ideas, but are often unwilling to adapt their “beautiful” models to the gritty...

Speaker Bio
Kolton is the founder of Gremlin Inc - helping companies build more robust services. He was a Chaos Engineer at Netflix, focused on the resilience of the Edge services. He designed and built FIT: Netflix’s failure injection service. Prior he improved the performance and reliability of the Amazon Retail website. At both companies he has served as a ‘Call Leader’, managing the resolution of company-wide incidents. Kolton is passionate about building resilient systems, primarily as it lets him break things for fun and profit.
Speaker Bio
Peter Alvaro is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California Santa Cruz. His research focuses on using data-centric languages and analysis techniques to build and reason about data-intensive distributed systems, in order to make them scalable, predictable and robust to the failures and nondeterminism endemic to large-scale distribution. Peter is the creator of the Dedalus language and co-creator of the Bloom language. While pursuing his PhD at while UC Berkeley, Peter co-developed and taught Programming the Cloud, an undergraduate course that explored... more
Unevenly Distributed
by Adrian Colyer Venture Partner @AccelPartners

The future is already here. In fact, many possible futures are already here. And they are carefully researched, implemented, evaluated, peer reviewed, and written down for you to study. The foundations and principles on which the future builds are also captured in exactly the same way. For over a year now, Adrian has been reading a research paper every weekday and posting a summary to his blog, 'The Morning Paper.' This is the story of what he has learned on the journey - both as it relates to the value of reading papers, and of course, what they tell about what the future may hold for us!

Speaker Bio
Venture Partner at Accel Partners, London Author of 'The Morning Paper' (https://blog.acolyer.org) Previously held CTO roles at SpringSource, VMware, and Pivotal.

London Venue

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre - London

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre - London

The Centre is located opposite Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament and with views of Big Ben and the British Airways London Eye. The location is minutes from the West End of London offering a whole host of bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels to make your visit to our venue and London, fun, relaxed and enjoyable.

Conference Location

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre London
Broad Sanctuary, Westminster
London SW1P 3EE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7798 4426
Fax: +44 (0)20 7798 4200
Website: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

Hotel Reservations

Book your hotel for QCon London here.

If you wish to contact "The Corporate Team", please quote ID Number: qcon

Tel: +44 (0) 2075923050
Fax: +44 (0) 2078286439
E-Mail: hotels@corporateteam.com


Open Space

Open Space is 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.

Why are we doing Open Space?

We’re doing Open Space at QCon because we want this conference to be yours. At QCon, we learn from the best and share with the best.

We come with passions and ideas that we want to share with each other. We want to connect with each other, create community around topics that we’re passionate about.


Social Events

Come attend to mingle and network with other speakers, editors, attendees, sponsors. Complementary and free for all conference attendees.

Things you’ll be enjoying at QCon London

  • High quality lunch and snacks with option for vegetarians and gluten free
  • Breaks between sessions to network with your peers
  • Receptions with drinks and snacks to recap the day

Past Years

2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007

Testimonials

What our attendees say about QCon

One Big City

Two great conferences

3 days conf, 2 days tutorial - March 7-11 - 1200 attendees
Run by InfoQ who runs QCon SF, NY, SP, Rio, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo

October 12-14
Run by Trifork who runs GOTO London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Chicago, Berlin, FlowCon, Scala days

InfoQ

Our Purpose

Software is changing the world. InfoQ was founded in 2006 with the purpose of facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in enterprise development. We do this by providing our audience with unbiased, practitioner-driven conferences, content, and online community.

To see how we measure progress on fulfilling our purpose, please visit our social purpose index!

Membership Benefits

  • 76% of respondents said they come because of practitioner-led, high-quality content 73% come for innovative information that drives innovation in their organizations
  • The three most followed content areas on InfoQ for respondents are Java (66% of respondents), Architecture (65%), and Agile (59%)
  • The top two "personas" (title segments) respondents identify with are Developer (76%) and Architect (72%)

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