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QCon London 2017 in Full Gear: Talks from Jonas Bonér, Sachine Kulkarni & Martin Thompson

With just under 50 days to go before QCon London 2017, tickets for the 11th annual technology conference hosted at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center March 6-8 are moving quickly.

In 2016, QCon London welcomed 1,300 senior software engineers, architects, CTO's and leaders who drive innovation in their teams for the largest QCon held to date in London. With current ticket sales outpacing last year by nearly 20%, 2017 is shaping up to be "the event" in the city to learn from, meet, and discuss shop with some of the world's most influential software leaders.

QCon boasts an impressive lineup of:

  • over 93 architecture and development topics for software engineers
  • 24 total tracks spread across three full days
  • ~11 to 1 attendee to speaker ratio
  • 17 workshops, such as Understanding Java Modularity with the Java Language Architect Brian Goetz and former LMAX and current performance Engineer Mark Price

As previously announced, QCon London's 18 tracks cover everything from Modern Distributed Architectures (led by Sky Bet's Chief Engineer Peter Morgan) to Engineer Culture (led by Uber's Sudhir Tonse). Arthur Tsang, a QCon San Francisco 2016 attendee, described the breadth of QCon content this way: "It simply covers everything you need to know to build modern applications and prepares you for the future.[...] not only technology, but also soft skills which is equally important in our careers. It's a conf you can't afford to miss".

Computerworld recently conducted a survey of their CTO and CIO membership. The survey asked respondents to describe their organization's technology spending plans over the next 12 months. 26% indicated legacy systems modernization in their response. One of this year's 18 tracks at QCon London reflects that struggle of innovating platforms while maintaining legacy systems and balancing tech debt. Michael Feathers (author of Working Effectively with Legacy Code) hosts a 2017 track called Dark Code: The Legacy/Tech Debt Dilemma. The track looks at fundamental questions around tech debt and managing legacy code that any software organization manages as they scale their engineering teams and code bases.

Each track at QCon is individually curated by software leaders within the domain of their track (like Michael Feathers). With trackhosts personally inviting each speaker, QCon offers relevant content from industry leaders. Because of the direct invitation nature, the content is slower to publish than CFP conferences; however, just over half of the content has been announced at the time of this writing. Here are some of the current confirmations:

In addition to the three full days of technical content, QCon London 2017 has 17 workshops in two bonus days on March 9th and 10th. Highlighted by Brian Goetz (the Java Language Architect) running an Understanding Java Modularity workshop, there are also architecture workshops on Kafka, Cassandra, Cloud Patterns, React, 12 Factor Apps, and Microservices. You can see the full lineup online at the QCon London workshop page.

Registration is £1,375 (£275 off) for the three-day conference if you register before January 28th. Register now to receive the best rate available.

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