Highlighting the program for Meeting C++ 2023

published at 19.09.2023 17:12 by Jens Weller
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While there is still some changes coming, I wanted to highlight the released schedule of Meeting C++ 2023. The conference it self is less than 2 months away (12th - 14th November).

The program will feature 3 keynotes (1 per day) by Kevlin Henney, Lydia Pintscher and Ivan Čukić. Its too early to really have details on the keynotes, but I do look forward to what all of them have to say. Kevlin Henney is well known for various topics, Lydia Pintscher has tons of experience in working for KDE in many positions and Ivan Čukić knows Qt, C++ and KDE well.

The conference will feature 4 tracks with 11 slots, 44 Talks in total. These tracks are known as A - D, A will be hybrid and feature a livestream to the online part. B and C are onsite, depending on the funding/pricing for the streaming/online conference the goal is to also stream these if this becomes feasible. The D Track is online only.

As it is a lot easier to plan a conference with having funding to spend, I'd like to quickly inform you that we'll again in this year raise the prices for tickets at Oct. 1st. This is now a 10 year old tradition, which has helped with planning and improving the conference a lot.

The online conference

I do want to highlight the online part, again - like in the last two years - we'll be using hubilo for the setup. Everything will be available to you within a few clicks. The student and support programs offer limited free tickets for the online event.
During 2023 it has became clear that other big C++ conferences have stopped offering the online option. Due to not enough sales or too much of an overhead. Meeting C++ is committed to offer an online part, and has plans to continue to do so. It is also the basis on which Meeting C++ online, the C++ user group of Meeting C++ is build upon.

Also its clear that not everyone likes the online format, thats fine. But there is a group of folks which may rely on it, a part of our community that can be and should be included. This goes from parents over students to all the international folks not albe to come to Berlin for various reasons. This also offers Meetign C++ a spot to host speakers which otherwise would not be albe to come to Berlin. And recent online surveys have shown a clear interest in the community on such events to continue.

Like last year we will prerecord the talks, so that speakers can hang out with you in the chat during their talks and answer the questions live. This worked very well last year. Whats different this year is the plan to hold public precording events with Meeting C++ online. The first one will be on October 12th, with more following in the second half of the month. This gives speakers two chances to engage with the audience of Meeting C++ and gives the C++ community an opportunity to see some of the talks.

Last but not least let me say something on the pricing. Every time one halfs the price, one needs to double the sales. While competing with the free videos on youtube. Meeting C++ continues to release the videos later for free on its youtube channel. The online conference aims at an audience that can buy the ticket through their employer/school mostly. The streaming and online platform are expensive and take some time to setup and run the conference it self on. And (un)fortunately the online conference is the wrong audience to sell things to. So far I've not had a sponsor ask a particular question about the online conference. This is currently 100% funded through ticket sales.

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