Frequently Asked Questions

What does QCon do to support diversity and inclusion?

At QCon, we want to foster an environment that is both diverse and inclusive. The ideas and thoughts generated within a diverse group tend to be more innovative and thought provoking. This atmosphere characterizes the very essence of QCon. Some of the things we are doing at QCon London to make the environment more inclusive include:

  • Enforced Code of Conduct
  • Family/mother’s room
  • Non-binary bathrooms
  • Prayer room
  • Quiet Area
  • Pronoun Buttons
  • Childcare Stipend

If there is something that would make you feel more welcome, you feel we’re missing at the conference, or would like more information on, please let us know at info@qconlondon.com.

Why do you say practitioners?

At QCon, we prefer Engineers over Evangelists, Practicitioners over Trainers/Coaches, and Team Leads over Consultants. That is not to say we don't find value on the people on the right, we just prefer those on the left. This simple mantra guides our editorial content. We want to hear from the people who are living with decisions and implementations. This is core to what makes QCon QCon.

What is a track?

There are 18 primary themes at QCon. Each of the major themes is organized into what we call tracks. A track represents five curated talks and one experiential talk/workshop/peer sharing session. All of the sessions are led by domain experts who guide the selection process. If a track is sponsored by a vendor, it is separated from the main editorial tracks and labeled as sponsored. These are separate from the 18 editorial tracks at QCon. You will never find sponsored content hidden into the main editorial content at the conference.

How do I get a group discount?

We do offer discounts for groups as small as 3 attendees. Please email info@qconlondon.com with the number of attendees you would like to register and we will send you your custom promo code. You will be able to register as a group or individually with the code. Please note, no discounts can be applied while in our early bird pricing. Discounts will be available after November 25, 2019. 

Are there any discounts for non-profit companies or students?

We do not offer any discount for non profit companies or students at the moment.

Can I transfer my registration to another attendee?

If you can no longer attend QCon, you can transfer your registration to another person if you contact info@qconlondon.com by February 17th with the following details for the new participant: first name, last name, email, position, company and phone number.

Can I share my badge with my colleagues?

No, badge sharing is not allowed at QCon.

Can I cancel my registration and get a refund?

We do not offer refunds. Once paid, registration fees for QCon are non-refundable.

What do you mean no hidden marketing?

Outside of the main 18 tracks, QCon will offer additional sponsored tracks. If a track is sponsored by a vendor, it is separated from the main editorial tracks and labeled as sponsored. These are separate from the 18 editorial tracks at QCon. One of the core tenants of QCon is transparency, you will never find sponsored content hidden into the main editorial content at the conference.

What is the video access about?

QCon offers registered attendees early access to most videos of presentations before the conference ends on Friday. A private access link will be provided for attendees where you will authenticate with your QCon attendee custom ID that will be sent to your email address during the conference. These videos are meant for personal use and can only be shared with a 3rd-party using the "share with a friend" feature that the video page offers. Videos are not meant for downloading. The QCon organisers hold the right to block a user's account in case any of the above rules are broken.

Videos will also become freely available to the general public (non-attendees) at the rate of five published per week over the next four months after the conference.

Please note that a few sessions may have a "no filming icon" on the schedule.

What does video access cost?

Nothing outside of a conference pass. We make video recording available to all editorial speakers. If the speaker allows us to record their session, we make that video available to you within 24-72 hours of the talk. It's made available to InfoQ.com and the general public over the following 90-120 days. There is no upcharge for videos at QCon.

Is breakfast and lunch included?

A light continental breakfast is included as well as a buffet lunch with vegan /vegetarian /gluten-free /dairy-free options.

Can I get an invitation letter for a visa application or border control?

Please email us the following information at info@qconlondon.com: Full name as on passport, date of birth, company name, position, nationality, city and country of residence, and if you have been to London before and if so, on what dates. Note that we encourage you to apply for a visa before buying a conference ticket as we will not refund your registration fee if your visa application is turned down.

Is there any discount for returning attendees (alumni)?

We offer GBP100 off of a QCon London conference ticket to returning attendees as a thank you for their loyalty for tickets purchased after November 25, 2019.

Why do I need to be charged VAT on this ticket purchase?

The place of supplies of services in respect of admission to this QCon event is dictated by where the event actually takes place. In this case as the conference is to be held in London, the VAT place of supply is the UK and so we are required to charge UK VAT to an attendee and file and submit the VAT charged quarterly to the HM Revenue and Customs.

What are the different workshops that you offer?

We offer three types of workshops/trainings. 1). full-day "workshops", 2). half-day "workshops" and 3). 2-day "trainings". 

Workshops are purchased in full-day increments. If you buy 1 full-day workshop, you can later select either a one 1-day class or two 1/2 day classes. Please remember that you have to select specific workshops before the conference and you have to be on the class list of the workshop(s) you want to attend. We will send you an email, once selections are open (6-8 weeks before the conference). If you want to select two 1/2 day workshops, they have to be on the same day (one in the morning & one in the afternoon). 

"Trainings" are specific, named 2-day workshops offered by highly rated, professional trainers. You buy these trainings on the QCon registration page as a specific ticket-type. As a result, the 2-day trainings cannot be exchanged for 2 days of other QCon workshops and vice-versa. When you purchase a "Training", you buy a ticket to that specific class.

How do I select my workshops?

If you purchased a ticket including workshops, you will receive an email with your access code to login on the QCon website and pick your workshops online, approximately 6 weeks prior to the conference. You need to pick your workshops ASAP to secure your seat as workshops have limited availability and selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check your spams if you can't find the email from webmaster@qconlondon.com.

Can I pick 2 half-day workshops on a different day?

No, if you purchase one day of workshop(s), you can either attend on Thursday or Friday. You can’t select a half-day workshop on Thursday and a half-day workshop on Friday.

Is there a call for papers?

We do not have a formal CFP and usually directly invite our speakers, however, we do have a submission form for spontaneous submissions on https://qconlondon.com/talk-submissions

Will there be a cloakroom?

Yes, it is on the Ground floor of the conference venue, QCon attendees can leave their luggage, coat there while they are attending presentations / workshops.

Is there childcare?

There will be an unsupervised family room available in the QEII for your use.

Should you require childcare services, you may contact the following organization:
The Hotel Nanny: https://thehotelnanny.co.uk
Email: angela@thehotelnanny.co.uk

Note: This should be booked asap to ensure availability. 

QCon Subsidy & Eligibility:
If childcare is contracted by an attendee and takes place in the QEII during the week of QCon (Monday, March 4, 2019 to Friday, March 8, 2019) and if the attendee is a verified attendee on the QCon conference attendee list, QCon will contribute £50 towards the expense of this childcare service with proof of payment.

Note:
C4Media and QCon do not endorse nor vouch for The Hotel Nanny, and will not be held responsible nor liable for any injury, illness, death, loss, or damage.