C++Now 2020 conference organizers are announcing that this year’s conference is canceled.

I want to thank everyone who has put so much effort into making the conference possible including everyone who made a submission to be a presenter, everyone who applied to be a Student / Volunteer, the Program Committee members who collectively wrote almost three hundred fifty reviews, and all the conference staff and organizers who year after year do so much to make the C++Now magic happen.

I want to thank the corporate and individual sponsors who supported us generously and have stood by us loyally.

I want to thank the organizations that we rely on year after year to put on the conference, some of whom have been gracious about allowing us out of our contractual obligations at this difficult time.

It is a disappointment that we’ll not see you in Aspen this year.

We’ll be back better than ever and we’ll see you all in Aspen in May 2021.

Jon Kalb
C++Now 2020
Conference Chair

This year applications to the Student / Volunteer Program shot up to a record of over twice the previous number of applications.

It is gratifying that word is getting out about what a valuable opportunity this program provides to people beginning their careers in C++.

volunteers - Photograph by Laurie Clow. Used with permission.
Photograph by Laurie Clow. Used with permission.

But it creates a dilemma for conference organizers. We don’t need more volunteers to run the conference. But help running the conference is only part of the reason that we have this program.

An important element of the S/V Program is to introduce promising young people to community engagement in a way that they don’t experience in classrooms or even in entry-level engineering jobs. This part of the program has been tremendously successful.

The Student / Volunteer Program has existed for only a few years, but already participants have gone on to:

  • be interviewed on C++ podcasts
  • present at international conferences like C++Now, CppCon, and ACCU
  • author papers for the Standards Committee
  • one has been teaching a two-day workshop at CppCon
  • one has become a Boost Library author

You can read more in the words of our volunteers themselves in the Volunteer Stories or even in a recent comment on LinkedIn. The program has been much more successful than anyone predicted when it was proposed in 2012.

This return on our investment means that if we have quality candidates we want to accept them into the program. Applications are still being reviewed; but the chair of the S/V Program, Bryce Adelstein Lelbach, estimates that there are at least nine applications that meet the quality bar that we’ve established over the years.

The Student / Volunteer Program is supported by the Boost Scholarship Fund which is supported by our Individual Sponsors. If you have been to C++Now and met our wonderful volunteers or even if you just want to support bright young people that want to engage with our community, please check out the program and, if possible, give to show your support for the program.

Registration for C++Now 2020 is open!

The ninth annual C++Now Conference will be held at the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, Colorado, May 3th to 8th, 2020.

badges - Photograph by Zoetica Ebb. Used with permission.
Photograph by Zoetica Ebb. 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.


Make your lodging arrangements as soon as possible.


Note to submitters: If you have submitted a session for the 2020 conference, do not register at this time. You will be contacted with registration instructions.


Sponsorship opportunities for 2020 are available. For a copy of the conference Sponsorship Prospectus contact

2020 Call For Submissions

The C++Now 2020 Call For Submissions is open! We invite all members of the C++ community, including first time submitters, to submit session proposals to the 9th annual C++Now Conference: C++Now 2020 (Aspen CO, USA, May 3 – 8, 2020).

C++Now builds upon the resounding success of previous BoostCon and C++Now conferences. We look forward to considering your proposals. You will be joining leading speakers from the entire C++ community in making C++Now 2020 better than ever.


It is my pleasure to announce the eighth year of the C++Now Student/Volunteer program! We are again inviting students with an interest in C++ to attend the May 2-7, 2021 conference in Aspen, CO as Student/Volunteers.

Volunteers - Photograph by Zoetica Ebb. Used with permission.
Photograph by Zoetica Ebb. Used with permission.