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DConf Goes Online

We were all disappointed when we were faced with the decision to cancel DConf 2020 in London, and we're eager to get back to meeting the D community face-to-face at future DConfs. Soon after we canceled, we began looking into how we could take DConf online as the organizers of other canceled conferences have done this year. Then we asked ourselves why we should run an online event that was simply a substitute for the offline event. Why not do something that's independent of the traditional DConf? Something that's an event unto itself. Something we can repeat in the future.

The D Language Foundation is very pleased to announce that DConf Online 2020 (not DConf 2020 Online!) is taking place November 21 and 22, 2020. This two-day event will present a mix of pre-recorded talks and livestream sessions. No registration is required, no payment is necessary. It will be open to any and all who would like to participate in real time, and all talks and livestreams will persist on the D Language Foundation YouTube channel after the event concludes.

We'll have more to announce about DConf Online in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on this page and the official D blog to stay informed so that you don't miss out on any of the events we're planning for what we hope will be the first of many DConf Online editions!

Call for Submissions

Please send all submissions to social@dlang.org no later than August 31, 2020 AoE (Anywhere on Earth). We are accepting submissions for the following:

All submissions should be primarily related to the D Programming Language and, if not, relevant to the D community in some way. Livestreaming submissions (panel, livecoding) should be in Markdown format. Talk submissions should be in the form of a video no longer than five minutes in duration. All submissions should be as detailed as possible within the constraints of the requirements, which include the following:

We are looking to accept more pre-recorded talk submissions than there will be available slots for the DConf Online event itself. Talks that do not make the cut for the main event will be posted (with the speaker's permission) in a new 'The D Community Presents' playlist we'll be creating after the event. To that end, we will work with every speaker we accept to produce a quality video. Further details will be provided upon acceptance.


Speakers at an offline DConf are eligible to have their travel and lodging expenses reimbursed. Sadly, we can't offer any comparable reward for an online conference that is completely free, but we can offer something! Each speaker whose submission is accepted for the main event will be eligible to receive a DConf Online 2020 t-shirt and coffee mug. Those speakers whose talks are instead accepted for our new 'The D Community Presents' playlist will be eligible to receive any t-shirt or coffee mug listed at the DLang Swag Emporium.

DConf Online 2020 swag is now available for purchase at the DLang Swag Emporium. All proceeds will be directed to the D Language Foundation General Fund, which is the fund we'll use to provide the free swag to our speakers and prizer for lucky participants. (Direct donations to the General Fund are welcome, too!)

Prizes? Yes, prizes. Throughout the weekend, to show our gratitude for your support of DConf Online 2020, we'll hand out random prizes to a few lucky participants across the platforms we'll be using. Platform details will be announced as the conference date draws near, and the steps required for eligibility to get your hands on a prize will be announced throughout the event. So pay attention!

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