Open Content

Open Content

What Is Open Content?

Open Content Sessions are a way of presenting at C++Online that is open to anyone in the C++ community, even if you have are not registered at the conference.

Open Content Sessions can be 30, 60 or 90 minutes. They are not recorded, but they do appear in the conference program, just like our regular sessions. These sessions are non-prime time, but can be on any subject you’d like to discuss (subject to approval by the conference). This can include:

  • Presenting a lecture
  • Presenting a demo/workshop
  • Hosting a panel
  • Hosting a meetup for a group
  • Hosting a “birds of a feather.”/Special Interest Group (SIG)

When Can I Present Open Content?

We have up to 60 minute slots at 12:00 UTC on Friday and Saturday and up to 90 minute slots on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 20:30 UTC.

How Do I Present Open Content?

All Open Content will be presented in our Gather Town Virtual Venue.

Gather Town is a fully interactive virtual interaction platform, in the style of a retro video game. Users can explore an interactive 2d world through a digital avatar. Users view the space as a 2d top-down map where they can move their character around using keyboard controls. Users can interact with each other through proximity-based video and audio chat, as well as interact with various objects and features within the virtual world.

The Venue is split into a number of 'rooms' which are linked together by doorways, staircases, and other 'entrances'. These include:

  1. Presentation Rooms - Designed for giving Presentations/Talks to an audience either on your own or with another speaker
  2. Meeting Rooms - Designed for hosting panels/meetups or anything where you want to have more of an interactive discussion with attendees.

If your application is accepted, you will be assigned a time and a room to present your Open Content.

How Will My Session Work On The Day?

If your application is accepted, then you will be asked to join a technician in your assigned room 30 minutes before the start of your session where you and any other speakers will be given a quick tech check.

Then in terms of how the session itself will work, there are many different options:

  • If you just want to give a more standard presentation/workshop with slides/code, then you can stream your video and screenshare to all of the attendees in the room by walking into special "spotlight" tiles.
    • If you are wanting to run a panel or a session with multiple speakers, then each speaker can have their own "spotlight" tile they can use.
    • You can also have a "spotlight" tile that attendees can use to ask questions in Q&A.
  • If you are hosting a meetup or a session where you want more discussion between attendees, then you can either:
    • Split attendees into discussion groups
    • Or just have one large open discussion space

Or you can do a combination of the two (so present some material that the attendees can then discuss between themselves in groups).

What To Do Next?

If you would be interested in presenting Open Content, then please fill out our online application form which will ask you for information regarding what you want to present as Open Content.

Please provide as much information as you can as this will help us when working out what room to assign you and how your room should be configured.


If accepted, you will be given free access to C++Online and you will be sent further information regarding how to present your open content at C++Online

However, please note that all applications are processed on a first come first serve basis and there are limited slots available so apply as soon as you can to avoid disappointment