How we make QCon an
experience for everyone

What We Believe

QCon is dedicated to helping software developers who strive to bring innovation in their teams. Our commitment to empowering every software professional is reflected in our "We Care" philosophy. We designed QCon as a place where everyone feels safe to express themselves, learn, and succeed in adopting new technology and practices that creates change and innovation.

We Care at QCon

Here are some of the ways that we are implementing our “We Care” philosophy.

Subsidized child care

Subsidized child care

Voting boxes designed with color-blindness in mind

Voting boxes designed with color-blindness in mind

Dedicated reception desk with staff ready to help and answer your questions all conference days

Dedicated reception desk with staff ready to help and answer your questions all conference days

Buffet labels to assist those with food allergies / intolerances

Buffet labels to assist those with food allergies / intolerances

Prayer room

Prayer room

Organized Community Events

Organized Community Events

Quiet areas

Quiet areas

Family Room

Family Room

Gender-neutral bathroom with clear signage

Gender-neutral bathroom with clear signage

A variety of food options including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan

A variety of food options including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan

Different colored lanyard for attendees who do not want to be photographed

Different colored lanyard for attendees who do not want to be photographed

Peer Sharing opportunities in the Open Space sessions

Peer Sharing opportunities in the Open Space sessions

All QCon Videos published on InfoQ include transcripts for accessibility

All QCon Videos published on InfoQ include transcripts for accessibility

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Women in Tech and Allies Event

The Women in Tech & Allies event is an unofficial QCon event designed specifically to create a space for women and allies in tech to network, connect and build deeper relationships at QCon. Our more recent ones took place at QCon New York 2019, QCon San Francisco 2019 (sponsored by Netflix), and QCon London 2020.

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Working as a Community

While we are working towards creating more attention and awareness around diversity and inclusion, we are happy to see that we are not alone. Some of the partnerships we have had along the way who are actively engaging with and advancing diversity and inclusion in software development include, but are not restricted to: Women Who Code, Girl Develop IT SF, Women in Data, Black, Hire Tech Ladies.

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The QCon Code of Conduct

View our code of conduct

The only way in which we can provide a safe and diverse learning space is by having and sometimes enforcing our code of conduct. The first sentence says it all "QCon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.”

We consider ourselves lucky that in over 10 years, we had to enforce it very few times. This is living proof of the fact that both our speakers and our attendees are prone to living in a diverse and inclusive conference landscape.

Our staff is as diverse as our attendees

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What are our speakers and attendees saying?

We are happy to hear how our small improvements brought about bigger changes for our attendees and speakers:

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QCon is unlike any other tech conference I've attended. There are several tracks to choose from but not an overwhelming number of attendees, so it's easy to gain knowledge about a variety of topics, open your mind to new ideas, find inspiration to solve engineering challenges and chat with a lot of smart & thoughtful people. I was impressed by the conscious inclusion of many women and LGBTQ speakers—that meant a lot to me personally and made QCon even better by spotlighting a diverse range of perspectives.

Tyler Collins, Software Developer at the University of Kentucky (QCon New York attendee)
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I'm really intrigued by the wide array of topics available and the focus on architecture and real-world implementations at companies of scale. I also admire the efforts toward diversity of gender and race among presenters.

Kelly Gajewski, Software Engineer II at ZEFR (QCon San Francisco attendee)
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I was amazed at the diversity of speakers and the depth of knowledge of speakers and attendees. As a first time attendee, I was certainly overwhelmed by the amount of content. I would love to attend in the future.

Allison Letson, Consulting Software Engineer at HCA Healthcare (QCon San Francisco attendee)
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I was very surprised to find that I enjoyed QCon, I never enjoy conferences. As a female engineer and introvert, I find them noisy and tiring and not usually that informative. You have really nailed it with QCon. It was informative, the breaks were frequent and of the right length for my brain to digest the information from the talks. You are openly supportive of women in Engineering. You have minorities right up there at the front giving inspiring keynote speeches. It was good, really good. Thanks.

Annette Tisdale, Technical Team Lead and Engineering Manager at BabyCenter LLC (QCon San Francisco attendee)
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The amount of women as track hosts is amazing. Thank you so much for helping change the identity of the tech community.

Vinicius Gomes, Software Developer at ThoughtWorks (QCon New York Speaker)
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The quality of most of the talks was high. I liked that the speakers are diverse. It made me feel welcomed and that my questions are welcomed.

Christine Schwerdtfeger, Software Engineer at Enova International (QCon San Francisco attendee)

Blog Posts about QCon from our
speakers and
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How to Run a Great Conference

Arguably, QCon is one of the best run conferences I have attended. It isn’t just the smooth administration, although that played an important part. Rooms were ready and prepared; audio-visual worked; sessions started on time and ended on time.

Security Transformation and The Three Faces of DevSecOps

One last word: QCon is one of my favorite conferences, and was a great home for such a track since its audience, for the most part, is senior enough to have deep conversations, and pragmatic enough to understand the world isn’t black and white and no solution is perfect. On top of that, the conference organizers run an amazing production, including the best collection of audience feedback I’ve seen.

My QConSF Adventure

I think overall that QConSF is a pretty chill conference, compared to the bigger ones. It’s basically the Fanime of developer conferences. Which is a great thing to be compared to! Fanime is basically a fan convention for the fans and by the fans. QConSF was made by developers for developers.

The “much betta” of doing conferences

Huge congrats to all the organizers, speakers, sponsors and volunteers. For now, I can say that this has been the most awesome conference I have ever got the chance to go to.

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I just returned home from QCon in London. This was my first year in attendance and honestly, I did not know what to expect. I was excited about some talks and there were time slots where I did not know what to choose. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised. To summarize things, QCon London 2020 was a really good conference and I learned a lot of things.

Building high performing teams, resilient systems and micro-frontends, takeaways from QConLondon ‘20

This week I attended the software engineering conference QCon in London. Like last year, I noticed a further trend in moving away from more shiny tools! towards how to more effectively guide teams to deliver value (using whatever tools). Here are my main takeaways on the themes which resonated with me the most: building resilient systems for humans, building high performing teams and whether or not your frontends are safe from the microservices virus.

How can we improve your experience?

The driving force behind every QCon Conference is our passion to accelerate the software side of human progress. This comes to life at every QCon event, through our efforts as a diverse and inclusive team. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our diversity and inclusion activities please send us an email to diversity@qconlondon.com