C++ On Sea 2022 - Trip Report
Folkestone, UK, July 4-7
C++ on Sea is an international C++ conference taking place by the sea, in the UK.
It started in 2019, kept going (online) during the pandemic and now returned in a hybrid format in 2022.
Right from the start it attracted great speakers and a fantastic mix of attendees from all over Europe and even US/Canada.
This year, there were almost 200 attendees on site, while others preferred to follow the online format from home.
C++ on Sea is hosted at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone in Kent, UK, overlooking the English Channel. This historic seaside town is also home to The Channel tunnel and, as such, has excellent links to the rest of Europe.
The Leas Cliff Hall is a working theater that also has a dedicated conference suite. Built into the cliffs, and with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the sea on three sides, the views are spectacular (if the classic British fog doesn’t get in the way 😄).
The schedule looked fantastic this year, as well. Lots of interesting presentations I wanted to see and many new speakers made their debut here with captivating talks. More details about the sessions I attended are in this separate post with pictures and my takeaways.
The Hallway Track
As with all conferences, the best part is the “Hallway Track” cleverly disguised in the schedule as “refreshment breaks” between the sessions. Besides the opportunity to grab a drink or snack, the best part is that you get to do that with others and chat about the previous sessions, interesting work they’re doing or get good recommendations of what presentation to attend next.
For this venue, given the exceptionally great weather we had that week, taking the lunch up on the sun terrace was an unexpected delight each day.
This year’s plenary sessions were:
- Hana Dusíková - Lightning Updates
- Kevlin Henney - For the Sake of Complexity
- Jason Turner - Making C++ Fun, Safe, and Accessible
- Victor Ciura 😄 - C++ MythBusters
Out of the 3-day x 4 tracks schedule, full of interesting talks, I managed to attended 15 sessions that I found very engaging. Check out this separate post, where I go into detail about each one (with pictures 😄).
A great way to end a full day of conference is to unwind with some entertaining & insightful short stories. The lineup of speakers signed up for this did not disappoint. You’ll have to check them out when the recordings are published. Here’s the list as a teaser:
I would be lying if I would say I went to C++ On Sea just for the great content. Truth is, a big part of the joy was reuniting with great friends after 2+ years of pandemic: just online events & video calls.
I can’t wait to return next year (hopefully post-pandemic), to an even bigger in-person event!