Frequently Asked Questions

How is different? is a machine learning software conference designed for software engineers. It's about machine learning and AI use cases helping software engineers remove friction in writing code. This is not another machine learning conference for machine learning experts. It's designed for the SWE (software engineer).

Why do you say practitioners?

At QCon, we prefer Engineers over Evangelists, Practicitioners over Trainers/Coaches, and Team Leads over Consultants. That is not to say we don't find value on the people on the right, we just prefer those on the left. This simple mantra guides our editorial content. We want to hear from the people who are living with decisions and implementations. This is core to what makes QCon QCon.

How do I get a group discount?

We do offer discounts for groups as small as 3 attendees. Please email with the number of attendees you would like to register and we will send you your custom promo code. You will be able to register as a group or individually with the code.

Are there any discounts for non-profit companies or students?

We do not offer any discount for non-profit companies or students at the moment.

Can I transfer my registration to another attendee?

If you can no longer attend QCon, you can transfer your registration to another person if you contact by Friday, March 29th, 2019 with the following details for the new participant: first name, last name, email, position, company, and phone number, approval of the buyer if the buyer is not the attendee. While the first ticket transfer is free of charge, we will charge a fee of $50 to all subsequent name transfers on the same ticket or that are requested after the deadline of Friday, March 29th, 2019. 

Can I share my badge with my colleagues?

No, badge sharing is not allowed at QCon.

Can I cancel my registration and get a refund?

We Do Not Offer Refunds. Once paid, registration fees for QCon are non-refundable. However, you can transfer your registration to another person. (See details above)

Are breakfast and lunch included?

A light continental breakfast is included as well as a buffet lunch with vegan /vegetarian /gluten-free /dairy-free options.

Can I get an invitation letter for a visa application or border control?

Please email us the following information at Full name as on passport, company name and position. Note that we encourage you to apply for a visa before buying a conference ticket as we will not refund your registration fee if your visa application is turned down.  

How do I select my workshops?

If you purchased a ticket including workshops, you will receive an email with your access code to log in on the QCon website and pick your workshops online, about 6 weeks prior to the conference. You need to pick your workshops ASAP to secure your seat as workshops have limited availability and selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check your spams if you can't find the email from 

Is there a call for papers?

We do not have a formal CFP and usually directly invite our speakers, however, we do have a submission form for spontaneous submissions on 

What does QCon do to support diversity and inclusion?

At QCon, we want to foster an environment that is both diverse and inclusive. The ideas and thoughts generated within a diverse group tend to be more innovative and thought provoking. This atmosphere characterizes the very essence of QCon. Some of the things we are doing at QCon San Francisco to make the environment more inclusive include:

If there is something that would make you feel more welcome, you feel we’re missing at the conference, or would like more information on, please let us know at