Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Related

Who can I contact for questions relating to payment?

You can contact us for any payment questions at payments@qconlondon.com.

Do ticket prices include VAT or Sales Tax?

All amounts are stated in Great British Pound Sterling (GBP/£).

In-person (Conference 3-day) Tickets are subject to VAT:
VAT is charged because the place of supply 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. Prices are quoted excluding VAT. 20% VAT will be added at purchase. 

Video-Only Passes may be subject to Canadian Sales Tax:
Video-Only passes may be subject to Canadian sales tax. Sales tax will be added at purchase, if applicable.

 

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept Paypal and major credit cards. A payment charged to your credit card or Paypal account is processed directly by us in the funds stated on the website. Please note that QCon is a trademarked and wholly-owned brand of C4Media Inc., which is located in Canada. Customers outside Canada or cards denominated in other currencies may incur foreign transaction or exchange fees from their issuing bank. C4Media does not control nor collect these fees. 

What are the early bird discounts?

We offer discounted prices for purchasing earlier. We call this offer our “early bird” pricing. The earlier the ticket is purchased prior to the start of the conference, the larger the discount offered. You can review our list of early bird deadlines and pricing changes in our pricing table (subject to change without notice). For early bird pricing offers, we show the savings (as a percentage) if the ticket is purchased today versus the full price charged at the conference.

Do you offer discounts for multiple ticket purchases for teams or groups looking to attend?

In-person Conference Ticket: groups as small as 3 attendees working for the same company are eligible for a group discount. We also offer our returning QCon and QCon Plus attendees an alumni discount. For more details and to apply for a discount code, please contact info@qconlondon.com and mention the size of a group or the alumni name(s). Discounts cannot be combined or applied retroactively.

Video-Only Pass: no group discounts are available. An alumni discount is available for returning QCon attendees. For more details and to apply for a discount code, please contact info@qconlondon.com and mention the size of a group or the alumni name(s). Discounts cannot be combined or applied retroactively.

Do you offer alumni discounts for returning QCon or QCon Plus attendees?

We offer our returning QCon and QCon Plus attendees an alumni discount.

For more details and to apply for a discount code, please contact info@qconlondon.com and mention the alumni name(s). Discounts cannot be combined or applied retroactively.

You can read more about the alumni program and rewards on the QCon alumni page.

Do you offer a template to help convince my boss?

We've developed two templates you can use to explain to your boss how you and your team can benefit from the insights shared at QCon.

Both templates offer space for you to customize the sessions you want to attend, capture the costs for attending (including things like travel costs and expenses), and help you explain the value of attending. You can edit it as you see fit.

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

We are happy to assist you with an invitation letter. In order to do so you will need to provide the information below. Using your work email address, please send us the following information to info@qconlondon.com:

  • A screen capture or link to your LinkedIn profile
  • A paystub showing your name, current employer, and current payroll period (blocking out any personal information such as the amount or address.)
  • Proof of Visa Appointment Date (a copy of the confirmation email). This should show the visa authorities' name, your name, email, and appointment date.
  • Full Name (as on passport):
  • Date of Birth:
  • Company Name:
  • Position:
  • Date of Employment with Current Company:
  • Nationality:
  • City and Country of Residence (where will you return after QCon):
  • Travel Dates (To and From) London:
  • If you have been to the UK before and if so, on what dates:

Note: 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.

If I’m unable to attend QCon London 2024 in-person, what options do I have?

Conference registration fees are non-refundable. However, if for some reason you can no longer attend QCon London 2024 in-person, you have 2 options to still make use of the ticket:

  • Transfer: You can transfer your QCon London 2024 ticket to another person until Friday, April 5th, 2024 (transfer fee is waived). Email info@qconlondon.com to request the transfer.
  • Watch online: You can watch the sessions via your online access that comes with the in-person ticket during the 6 months following the conference.

It is the responsibility of the transfer-giver to make sure that the transfer recipient receives and agrees to the QCon London Terms of Participation, is fully informed about the requirements of attending QCon London 2024. Failure of the transfer recipient being made aware of, or agreeing to, the QCon Terms and Conditions will not be a reason for a refund.

 

Can I share my QCon badge with my colleagues?

No, badge sharing is not allowed at QCon.

Can I transfer my registration to another attendee?

You can transfer your QCon London 2024 ticket to another person until Friday, April 5th, 2024 for free (the transfer fee is waived). Email info@qconlondon.com to request the transfer.

What is the Cancellation and Refund policy?

In-person Conference registration fees are non-refundable. 

Please refer to QCon London Terms of Participation for more information.

How will I receive access to QCon after a ticket is purchased?

You will receive confirmation of your registration by email once you have completed your registration details. If you can’t find your confirmation email, please check your spam folder, and email info@qconlondon.com.

 

 

What are the QCon Terms of Participation?

QCon Terms of Participation can be found at https://qconlondon.com/terms-conditions.

Can I pay for tickets by invoice?

You are able to pay by invoice online by checking the "Do You Want to Pay Later by Invoice?" check box during registration.

When paying by invoice, our terms are NET 30*. Net 30 means that payment will be due 30 days from the day on which you register and the invoice is issued. PLEASE NOTE that this may mean the pricing will increase if the 30-day deadline falls within the next early bird discount period as our pricing is based on when payment is received. Refer to the FAQ section “What are the early bird discounts” for full details. Carefully review the registration early bird deadlines and pricing changes on the pricing table to check the price you will pay.

Invoice Deadlines for In-Person Tickets:

Payment by invoice online will be available until March 5th, 2024 (subject to change without notice). All invoices must be paid in full by March 12th, 2024 in order for attendees to receive their badges and/or gain access to the conference. After March 12th, 2024 you can email us at payments@qconlondon.com to request payment by invoice. This request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any tickets purchased after March 12th, 2024 must be paid via credit card or Paypal on our online registration portal.

*except where an invoice is issued between February 9th and March 5th, 2024, in which case payment is due no later than March 12th, 2024.

Invoice Deadlines for Video-Only Passes:

Payment by invoice online will be available until April 15th, 2024 (subject to change without notice). All invoices must be paid in full by April 19th, 2024 in order for users to gain access to the conference recordings. Participation is not permitted unless payment is received. Any tickets purchased after April 15th, 2024 must be paid via credit card or Paypal on our online registration portal.

*except where an invoice is issued between March 20th and April 15th, 2024, in which case payment is due no later than April 19th, 2024.

Venue Related

Where will QCon London be held?

QCon London will be held at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, in the very heart of Westminster. The Venue is uniquely situated within walking distance of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye.

What is the address for the venue?
What travel options are there to get to the venue?

Whether you are coming by road, rail, tube, bus or air, there are various ways to get to The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

International Airports

Closest Tube Station

  • St James's Park - 4mins walk - Circle Line, and District Line
  • Westminster - 6mins walk - Jubilee Line, Circle Line, and District Line
  • Victoria Station - 14mins walk- Victoria Line, Circle Line, and District Line

Getting to QCon by Bus

Buses 11, 12, 24, 53, 77a, and 88 stop at Parliament Square

Car Parking, Disabled Parking, and Cycle Parking

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre website provides information and car parking, disabled parking and cycle parking.

 

Are there any special hotel rates for attendees?

QCon Attendees can benefit from negotiated rates in several hotels around the conference venue with our partner Eventay. To review the different rates and make your reservation, click hereFor any questions regarding accommodations, you can contact Eventay at 020 8017 2799 or hotels@eventay.co.uk

What accessibility options are available at the venue?

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre website provides accessibility information including blue badge parking, getting around the venue, accessible toilets, and induction loops. Assistance and Guide Dogs are welcome at the venue.

Will there be a cloakroom at the venue?

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

What are the venue emergency procedures?

The QEII Conference Centre Emergency Procedures can be found on this page.

At the conference

How do I collect my badge for QCon?

Badge pick-up will start at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, and at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please arrive well in advance of the keynote. While we do our best to minimize the lines, there may still be some wait times. Attendees can enjoy a light continental breakfast before the first session.

A photo ID is required in order to pick up your badge.

Attendees may only pick up their own badges.

 

How long will I have access to the pre-recorded talks?

Videos will remain available for 6 months after the conference.

Most talks will be available on-demand so you'll be able to catch up on the sessions you missed. Viewing time for all the technical content is around 60+ hours - all these sessions you will be able to watch at your own pace.

 

Food and Beverage

Do you cater to special dietary requirements?

Yes. We cater to many special dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. All food will be clearly labeled to show the dietary requirement and ingredients. If you have any dietary requirements outside of the ones mentioned or any questions, you can contact our team at info@qconlondon.com. If you require a kosher lunch, please let us know. All kosher meal requests are due by March 28, 2024. After this time, we will not be able to accommodate any additional kosher requests.

Conference Format & Experience

What is a track?

There are 15 primary themes at QCon. Each of the major themes is organized into what we call tracks. A track represents five curated talks, and most tracks also include an unconference 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 15 editorial tracks at QCon. You will never find sponsored content hidden into the main editorial content at the conference.

What do you mean by "no hidden marketing"?

Outside of the main 15 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 15 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 an Unconference Session?

QCon features scheduled Unconference Sessions. These facilitated sessions are designed to bring together groups of individuals to work on a crowd-sourced agenda of topics. These provide valuable opportunities to learn and connect with peers.

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.

What are the timings for QCon London?

QCon London takes place from Monday, April 8th to Wednesday, April 10th, 2024.

Onsite registration is open on April 8th from 7:15 a.m.

 

Which rewards does the QCon alumni program include?

You will automatically qualify as a QCon alumni when you have registered to attend any 2 or more QCon events (in-person or online).

If you attend QCon frequently, you will move up the QCon alumni tiers, unlocking more benefits.

You can read more about the alumni program and rewards on the QCon alumni page.

About QCon

Who is behind QCon?

QCon is presented by InfoQ. We’ve been helping software development teams adopt new technologies and practices for over 17 years. The driving force behind every QCon conference is our passion to accelerate the software side of human progress.

Senior software developers rely on QCon and InfoQ to keep ahead of the adoption curve. One of the main reasons senior software engineers, software architects, and team leads tell us they keep coming back to QCon and InfoQ is because they trust the information provided and selected by their peers. Join a global professional engineering community and adopt the right software innovations and practices.

Who is QCon for?

QCon is designed for senior software engineers, software architects, and team leaders.

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.

You can learn about diversity and accessibility at QCon London on our website. Some of the things we are doing at QCon London to make the environment more inclusive include:

  • Enforced Code of Conduct
  • Childcare stipends for speakers
  • Deconstructed menus (to cater to allergies or food preferences)
  • Access to all-gender restrooms
  • Prayer room 
  • Women and Allies in Tech events
  • Lactation Room
  • Quiet Area
  • Assistance and Guide Dogs are welcome
  • Wheelchair accessible

Apply now for your chance to receive a free ticket for developers from underrepresented groups in tech.

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 is QCon a conference for practitioners by practitioners?

At QCon, we prefer Engineers over Evangelists, Practitioners 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 the QCon code of conduct?

We designed QCon as a place where everyone feels safe to express themselves, learn, and succeed in adopting new technology and practices. We enforce this through the QCon Code of Conduct to provide a safe and inclusive learning space for our thousands of inspiring attendees.

By joining QCon, you agree to our Code of Conduct. All QCon participants, speakers, sponsors, and staff are required to abide by our code of conduct.

What is a QCon software development conference?

QCon is an international software development conference for senior software engineers, software architects, and team leaders.

QCon focuses on emerging software trends and innovations in software development and technical leadership with all talks by software domain experts. Our Programming Committee identifies the key trends and creates a curated learning journey by selecting leading software practitioners to deep-dive on each topic.

Sessions are composed of keynotes from world-class practitioners, tech talks with leading authorities, Q&As, and an opportunity to engage with peers to help answer your questions. You’ll gain actionable ideas that you can take back to your team and implement right away.

Misc

Is there a volunteer program at QCon London?

QCon London offers a volunteer program for students and young professionals who want to experience an international software development conference in exchange for volunteering and assisting with the tracks during the event.

As a volunteer at QCon London, you will get a chance to hear and learn from experts in the field and get access to the conference for free in exchange for volunteer work. 

The application form for the 2024 volunteer program is now available!

Does QCon offer scholarships or free tickets?

QCon is committed to creating accessible products for software developers from different backgrounds, and to be representative of the present diverse software community.

A limited amount of free tickets to attend QCon London are available for senior developers from underrepresented communities in tech. Submit your application below.

Requirements for candidates:

  • Be a senior software developer (5+ years of experience)
  • Identify as a member of a historically underrepresented group in tech
  • Participate in QCon London, April 8-10, 2024
  • Must agree to follow our Code of Conduct

The application form for the free tickets is available here. The application deadline is Monday, February 19, 11:59 pm BST.

What is the dress code for the conference?

QCon doesn’t have a formal dress code.

What sustainability initiatives does QCon implement?

QCon partners with conference venues that use innovation and best practices to make our conferences more sustainable. Food and beverage and the respective packaging have a significant impact on sustainability. That’s why at the QEII:

  • Cutlery is made from renewable plant-based material, that’s compostable after use
  • There are unbleached napkins made from recycled paper
  • Hot food boxes are made from recycled materials, collected once used, and sent on to be recycled further
  • Plastic containers used have a high recycled content which can then be recycled
  • Food waste is taken for composting via Westminster Council
  • They have partnered with the first caterer who joined the UK Plastics Pact