It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
As I write this, heading into Christmas week at the end of 2021, the pandemic that appeared to have been receding is back and bigger than ever! Nonetheless, the situation is different to before. Serious as it is now, between vaccines, boosters and antivirals, we still see a path out towards the end of winter. It's difficult to make predictions, especially about the future, but there is reason for some confidence in the next year.
With that in mind, it still feels odd to be announcing, in the current climate, that we intend to run an in-person conference next summer!
Yes, C++ on Sea is back by the sea! Or at least that is the current plan. We have booked the Leas Cliff Hall, once again, for July 4th-7th 2022. We're now busy, behind the scenes, working out all the details. We'll have updates first thing in the new year when we'll also open the call for speakers.
We're also thrilled to be able to announce a full line-up of awesome keynote speakers, already: Hana Dusíková, Kevlin Henney and Jason Turner.
All have spoken at C++ on Sea, before, although Hana is yet to join us in person (the first year her flights were cancelled and she had to give her talk remotely. The second year, she was due to give a keynote, but everything was cancelled! So we're looking forward to ending her travel jinx this time).
So, mark your calendars and watch this space for updates, soon.