Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions, if you can't find the answer to your question below, please contact

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.

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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.

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How do I get a group discount?

We do offer discounts for groups as small as 3 attendees. Please email 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.

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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.

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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 by February 17th with the following details for the new participant: first name, last name, email, position, company and phone number.

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Can I share my badge with my colleagues?

No, badge sharing is not allowed at QCon.

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Can I cancel my registration and get a refund?

We Do Not Offer Refunds. Once paid, registration fees for QCon are non-refundable.

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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.

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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 and the general public over the following 90-120 days. There is no upcharge for videos at QCon.

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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.

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

Please email us the following information at Full name as on passport, company name, position, 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.

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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 24th, 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Is there childcare?

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

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Should you require childcare services, you may contact the following organization:
PMC Nursery:
Rates: £26 per hour, 2 hour minimum

Note: This should be booked by February 20th to ensure availablity.

QCon Subsidy & Eligibility:
If childcare is contracted by an attendee and takes place in the QEII during the week of QCon (Monday, March 5, 2018 to Friday, March 9, 2018) 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.

C4Media and QCon do not endorse nor vouch for PMC Nursery. C4Media and QCon can assist in making the connection between the attendee and PMC Nursery but will not be held responsible nor liable for any injury, illness, death, loss, or damage.