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Registration for C++Now 2017 is open!

The Eleventh annual C++Now Conference (formerly BoostCon) will be held at the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, Colorado, May 15th to 20th, 2017.

Aspen Photograph by Laurie Clow. Used with permission.

We expect C++Now to sell out again. Register immediately so you won’t miss out.

Register now at our registration page.


Note to submitters: If you have submitted a session for the 2017 conference, do not register at this time. You will be contacted with registration instructions.


Sponsorship opportunities for 2017 are available. For a copy of the conference Sponsorship Prospectus contact

C++Now is presented by Boost in-cooperation with ACM.

Call For Submissions

The C++Now 2017 Call For Submissions is open. We invite you to submit session proposals to the 6th annual C++Now Conference: C++Now 2017 (Aspen CO, USA, May 15 – 20, 2017).

C++Now builds upon the resounding success of previous BoostCon and C++Now conferences, We look forward to considering your proposals, among those from leading speakers from the entire C++ community, to make C++Now 2017 even better.

The C++Now Conference is dedicated to discussion and education about C++, an open and free language and standard.  Our Conference will focus on discussion and education about open source software usage and developments in the C++ developer and user community. To reflect the breadth of the C++ and Boost communities, the conference includes sessions aimed at three constituencies: C++ and Boost end-users, hard-core library and tool developers, and researchers pushing the boundaries of computing. The program fosters interaction and engagement within and across those groups, with an emphasis on discussion.

As a multi-paradigm language, C++ is a melting pot with the most compelling ideas from other programming communities blended in powerful ways. Historically, some of the most popular sessions at C++Now have highlighted these concepts, from DSLs to functional programming to transactional memory and more.  Bring your C#, Python, Ruby or Haskell influences to bear in an environment that will broaden their exposure.

Presentations at C++Now 2017 should generally focus on the now established C++11 and C++14 standards, the upcoming C++17 standard, and how those standards shape C++’s future. However, by no means is this intended to restrict the topics of proposals we hope to see. Any other topic related to C++, as described below, is suitable for submission.

Aspen Photograph by Zoetica Ebb. Used with permission.

Important Dates

Proposal submissions due February 3rd (Note this date cannot and will not be extended.)
Proposal decisions sent February 27nd
Program online March 20th

Session Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • C++11/14/17 and how it changes life for users and library writers
  • New directions and proposals for upcoming C++ standards
  • Concepts and generic programming
  • Designing for testability and testing best practices
  • Using specific Boost libraries in depth
  • Extending or enhancing existing Boost libraries
  • Advanced implementation techniques used in Boost libraries
  • The design and/or development process
  • Software development tools and/or their application to C++ and/or Boost
  • Boost infrastructure topics such as build tools, website, testing
  • Any other topics likely to be of great interest to C++ developers
  • Tools for better developer productivity

Interactive and collaborative sessions are encouraged, as this is the style of learning and participation that has proven most successful at these events. Sessions can be tutorial, with an emphasis on interaction and participant involvement, or workshops, whether hands-on programming or paper-based, discussion-driven collaborative work.

Tool vendors

We actively encourage tool vendors and ISP’s to submit proposals about products related to Boost and C++ (compilers, libraries, tools, etc.). We discourge proposals about marketing, but are always interested in technology and its applications.

Session Formats

  • Lectures focus on a practitioner’s ideas and experience with anything relevant to the C++ community.

  • Tutorials are sessions at which instructors teach conference participants specific skills or knowledge relevant to C++.

  • Workshops provide an active arena for advancements in C++-relevant topics. Workshops provide the opportunity for experienced practitioners to develop new ideas about a topic of common interest and experience.

  • Case Studies are reports on a particular project or projects that attempted something new and the results of the experience.

  • Panels feature three or four people presenting their ideas and experiences relating to C++’s relevant, controversial, emerging, or unresolved issues.  Panels may be conducted in several ways, such as comparative, analytic, or historic and usually feature interaction between participants as well as Q&A with the audience.

  • Demonstrations show attendees what a particular process, product, technique, or library is capable of and how it is best used.

  • Other formats may also be of interest. Don’t hold back a proposal just because it doesn’t fit into a pigeonhole.

Submitting a Proposal

All submissions should be made through our submission page: here.

The conference schedule is based upon 90-minute sessions with breaks between. Shorter presentations will be grouped, when possible, to fill a 90 minute slot and longer presentations will be split across multiple sessions.

One registration fee is waived for a 90 minute presentation. Shorter sessions are prorated.

Submissions are considered for inclusion in the program by a peer review process.

Session materials will be shared with the C++ community on the C++Now website.

For general information on the C++Now 2017 paper submission process or the scope of technical papers solicited, please refer to the conference website at For any other questions about the submission process or paper format, please contact the Program Committee .

Note: Presenters must agree to grant a non-exclusive, perpetual license to publish materials submitted to C++Now, either electronically or in print, in any media related to C++Now.

C++Now is presented by Boost in-cooperation with ACM.

Bryce Adelstein-Lelbach (Program Committee Chair)

Jon Kalb  (Conference Chair)

IMC Financial Markets Provides Boost Summer of Code

The 2016 Boost Summer of Code happened because of IMC Financial Markets.

IMC IMC Finacial Markets

Boost has participated in the Google Summer of Code program for a decade and is very grateful for Google’s generous past support. This program allows college students to have a paid summer internship working on open source projects, giving them an interesting alternative to summer onsite internships. Because the students that work on Boost libraries tend to stay with the same libraries summer after summer, the continuity of this program is important to Boost and to the students that work on Boost projects.

Boost has traditionally been a model GSoC participant receiving a more than average slot allocation, so we were caught by surprise when Google rejected our 2016 application. They asked us to apply again next year, but to sit out 2016 so to give open source projects which don’t normally get awarded an opportunity. We understand this rationale, but this policy would mean no summer internships for Boost and leave students that have been working on Boost libraries looking for other alternatives for the summer of 2016.

When IMC Financial Markets learned about this situation, they saw it as an opportunity to support the Boost community and demonstrate their commitment to student development and open source.

IMC worked with Boost to create its own “Boost Summer of Code” program, deliberately patterned after Google’s program. IMC also stepped up to underwrite all the costs of this program for the summer of 2016.

We thank IMC for their support and community leadership.

Announcing C++Now 2017


C++Now 2017

The tenth annual BoostCon, C++Now 2016, wrapped up with the announcement of C++Now 2017.

The dates for next year’s conference will be May 15 through 20, 2017 and the location will again be the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, Colorado (with some sessions at the adjacent Aspen Institute). The Aspen Meadows Resort will again serve as the official hotel for the conference.

Best Session Winners

Also announced were the results of the Best Session balloting by C++Now 2016 attendees. The winners are:

Lisa Lippincott Lisa Lippincott

Jason Turner Jason Turner

Ansel Sermersheim Ansel Sermersheim

David Sankel David Sankel

Congratulations to all the winners!

Thanks for a great success The conference organizers would like to send a big thank you for a successful 10th annual BoostCon to all the speakers, the attendees, Patty Fox, the staff of the Aspen Center for Physics, the staff of Aspen Meadows Resort, the Program Committee, the Student/Volunteers, the conference planning committee, Software Freedom Conservancy, and, of course, all our wonderful sponsors.

We’ll see you all in Aspen next May.