QCon is a conference that is organized by the community, for the community.The result is a high quality conference experience where a tremendous amount of attention and investment has gone into having the best content on the most important topics presented by the leaders in our community. QCon is designed with the technical depth and enterprise focus of interest to technical team leads, architects, and project managers.
Standards are Hard to do!
Getting people to agree to something in principle is relatively easy but making them agree on the nitty gritty details of a spec is very hard. You can spend hours (days even) on single sentences.
I have a lot of respect for people who do standards work on a regular basis.