DConf Returns to London

DConf is back! The D Language Foundation is excited to announce that our friends at Symmetry Investments are hosting the D Programming Language Conference in London once again from August 1–4, 2022. Mark your calendars and book your flights!

DConf is the largest meetup event of the D programming language community. Like many other annual gatherings throughout the world, we were sidelined for two years by events beyond our control. We've had regular meetups online to tide us over, but we're eager to once again meet face-to-face in the real world. Whether you're a long-time member of the D community or new, whether you're heavily involved or lurk in the periphery, even if you aren't currently active in the D community at all, we invite you to join us for four days of education, knowledge sharing, fellowship, and fun.

Keynote Speakers

Walter Bright
Creator and comaintainer of the D programming language.

Roberto Ierusalimschy
Associate Professor at the PUC-Rio Department of Informatics and head designer of the Lua programming language.

Átila Neves
Comaintainer of the D programming language.

Important Dates

All deadlines end at 24:00 in the AoE time zone.

Call for Submissions

Coming up with an idea for a talk is as simple as the way you use D. Just look at your code, and it makes a presentation...
— Ali Çehreli, DConf Online 2020

We are accepting submissions for DConf ’22 until May 15, AoE. If you have an idea for a talk, demo, or panel, don't hesitate to submit it. We're interested in anything and everything related to the D programming language. We want to hear what you have to say. If your talk is selected, you don't have to pay a registration fee, and we'll reimburse you for transportation and lodging. What's to lose?

Never presented at a conference? Don't let that stop you! Several D community members have given their first conference talks at DConf.

Not sure what to talk about? As Ali pointed out in one of his DConf Online 2020 Q & A sessions, if you're using D now, you probably already have material for a potential talk.

If you need inspiration, visit the DConf 2019 Schedule to see what sort of talks were presented, then follow the links in the menu bar to past conferences for more. Any topic related to D is a potential talk, such as:

Don't feel constrained in topic or format. Follow your inspiration where it leads and tell us about it!

Selection Criteria

This year we're looking to expand the amount of time we have to chat and mingle between talks. Rather than the traditional 50 minutes, long talks should be kept to 45 minutes. The sweet spot for short talks is 25 minutes. Additionally, we will evaluate submissions according to the following criteria:

Submission Guidelines

We expect submissions in plain text format or one of the usual rich document formats, such as PDF or DOCX. All submissions should be directed to social@dlang.org and should include:

  1. Title
  2. Kind (e.g., talk, panel, contest)
  3. Duration (we're aiming for 45-minute or 25-minute presentations)
  4. Target Audience (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  5. Abstract: the "elevator pitch" of the talk, in one paragraph
  6. Extended Description: an extended abstract including any details you believe are relevant for evaluating the submission
  7. Brief Speaker Biography: including a summary of the speaker's expertise relative to the talk topic

We can't wait to see what you send us!

Registration

GBP rates are based on the HMRC Exchange Rate for the current month. A 20% VAT is added to the base registration rates.

Early-Bird Registration: $423.30 (£324.42), VAT included
Early-bird registration is currently open at a 15% discount off of the general rate: $352.75 + 20% VAT. The last day to register at this rate is May 31 AoE, so register now!

General Registration: $498.00 (£381.67), VAT included
General registration opens on June 1 AoE. The base rate is $415.00, with a 20% VAT.

Students: $120.00 (£91.97), VAT included
The student rate is a fixed $100 + 20% VAT until general registration closes. If you qualify, please contact social@dlang.org for details on how you can take advantage of this discounted rate.

Major Open Source Contributors: $240.00 (£183.94), VAT included
The rate for major open source contributors is a fixed $200 + 20% VAT until general registration closes. If you think you qualify, please contact social@dlang.org for details on how you can take advantage of this discounted rate.

Hardship Rate
If you want to attend DConf but cannot afford the early-bird or general rates and do not qualify for one of the discounted rates, we are willing to offer you a discounted "hardship" rate. This is only a discount on registration. We cannot assist you with transportation or lodging. Please contact social@dlang.org to explain your situation, and we'll let you know more details.

Register now at the early-bird rate!

(USD) $352.75 + 20% VAT ($423.30)

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(GBP) £270.35 + 20% VAT (£324.42)

Please be aware that by attending the conference, you acknowledge that you are responsible for any property that you bring to the venue and that neither the D Language Foundation nor its sponsors can assume any responsibility for damaged, stolen or lost property belonging to the attendees.

Venue

Our DConf '22 venue is CodeNode, a space in Central London specifically designed for tech conferences. It's conveniently located close between Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations, and is a 10–15 minute walk from Old Street Station to the north.

Our presentations will happen on the ground floor in the CTRL room, and we'll have the entirety of the ESC area downstairs to ourselves, where attendees can relax, chat, or play table tennis or foosball between talks.

Accommodations

There are a several budget hotels in easy walking distance. The following are some options that, according to Google Maps, are less than a 20-minute walk from the venue. Some of them are near an underground station that is one stop away from Moorgate or Liverpool Street stations. Click a link to see the walking route(s) between a hotel and the venue. On the map, you'll find links to reserve a room.

BeerConf!

Traditionally, on each of the first three evenings we designate a location where attendees can gather to hang out and chat over drinks. Ethan Watson coined the term BeerConf, and it stuck. Since 2020, when DConf was canceled due to the pandemic, we've also been holding an online BeerConf on the last weekend of every month. You can read more about it on the D Wiki.

Often, BeerConf takes in the lobby or bar of a nearby hotel. When we are unable to find a hotel with a sutiable space, we look for a pub that has space for hire. For BeerConf '22, we have our eye on a couple of locations. We're in the process of finding sponsors to help us with the rent. Once we've got the space reserved, we'll post the details right here. We can't wait to raise a glass with our fellow D programmers in the real world once more!

Sponsors

Symmetry Investments

DConf ’22 is hosted by our friends at Symmetry Investments. With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Jersey, and the Cayman Islands, Symmetry employs D in their investment management mission. This is the second time they've hosted a DConf. Their first go in 2019 was a smashing success. They are also the sponsors of the Symmetry Autumn of Code, an annual event that, since 2018, has provided experience to emerging programmers while enhancing the D ecosystem. We couldn't be more thrilled to be working with Symmetry in bringing DConf to London once again.

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