The Conference at the End of the World
SHARE. LEARN. MARVEL.
January 5 – 21, 2020
Antarctic Peninsula (from San Antonio, Chile)
January 5 – 21, 2020
Antarctic Peninsula (from San Antonio, Chile)
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Antarctica?
What if there was a conference that could take you there?
AntarctiConf 2020 is a 4-day mastermind, mini-conference, and retreat onboard a 16-day cruise to Antarctica on January 5 – 21, 2020.
The per-person cost of the cruise is anticipated to be around $3,750 (USD) for all-inclusive accommodations for all 16 days, plus the price of a flight to South America.
Several of us have attended and spoken at conferences on every continent in the world, except for Antarctica. So, we’d like to check off this bucket-list item while surrounding ourselves with a group of like-minded people.
In addition, making this a professional conference means that all expenses are business expenses for attendees, speakers, and sponsors.
If any of this is of interest to you as well, please help us out by filling out the following survey:
With 4 full days of content, you’ll have plenty to do and learn at the bottom of the world!
Speak at the only conference in Antarctica, while having the trip of a lifetime.
On this amazing cruise on the Coral Princess your food and drinks* are included.
*Additional charge for specialty drinks.
The recently upgraded Coral Princess is a beautiful ship and a perfect way to visit South America and Antarctica!
Christina Aldan is a TEDx speaker, trainer, and digital advertising consultant whose boutique agency, LG Designs, offers businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over a decade of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, training workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She has presented trainings for the Microsoft MVP community, among others. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer for PrayerSpark and as Marketing Coordinator for Starmark1. Christina uses her charisma and expertise to inspire others by mentoring women in business like herself. She also has sat on state and local boards supporting women in tech, entrepreneurship, and children with learning disabilities.
She is the recipient of the Las Vegas Women in Tech Community Service Award, the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award in STEM. Learn more at: ChristinaAldan.com.
My software has been sent into space, carried up Mt. Everest, and strapped to the head of an Indy 500 driver. I’m involved with numerous open-source projects, was the creator of a 3D algorithm that’s now widely used, and was even the primary (or sole) inventor on a few medical device patents.
I founded a Web services company in 1998 and co-founded an IoT company in 2014 which ultimately got sold. I designed the Web-based medical monitoring system used by the two U.S. Navy hospital ships USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy (and was even awarded a challenge coin by the Comfort to prove it — a rarity for a civilian). At two different companies, I have helped develop training programs and content.
I have over 15 years experience teaching at Boston University. I’ve also taught seminar classes, tech courses for senior citizens, and even AP classes for high school students.
For fun, I create computer games and am one of the authors of “Cragne Manor” (a collaborative effort written by 84 authors), and the Ultima homage “Minima” (written in the extremely restrictive PICO-8 environment, this game was nominated for two awards). Similarly, I regularly participate in hackathons, with my annual involvement with “Hack-for-the-Sea” being of special note.
My interest goes into other areas, too, and I’ve got publications in topics ranging from local history to latent fingerprint analysis, and I founded an international ghost story contest.
Principal Security Consultant, Cypress Data Defense, LLC
GDE, UX/UI Designer & Developer
Focusing on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and usable, Martine delivers products that adhere to WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 for accessibility and compliance. She approaches User Experience from both Art and Science, drawing from her degrees in Psychology and Visual Communications. Martine has worked as an artist, educator, and consultant since 2005.
She stays active in the industry, teaching new developers at Eleven Fifty Academy, attending and speaking at conferences and meetups, and publishing the occasional blog. In 2015 Martine’s children’s book “Programming Languages ABC++” was published by Inedo, and in 2016 the Workbook Edition sold over 20,000 copies.
Entrepreneur. Coder. Gamer. Geek.
Student, Maker, and Gamer
Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise-level voice, mobile and C#/.Net applications. She focuses on external thought leadership, encouraging fellow programmers to present on topics outside of the office and in the community. She is an international technical speaker and co-host of the YouTube channel “The Hello World Show” — a weekly video series that interviews software masters and teaches the audience something valuable in less than 10 minutes.
Heather encourages those with nontraditional backgrounds to enter the world of software development, as she changed careers at 27 and does not have a degree – yet has built a reputation as an early adapter of new tech. She is an advocate of women in tech, and part of Kansas City Women in Technology. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.
Tech Community Advocate
AppSec nerd, at your service
Teacher, translator, manager previously, nowadays software engineer and IT community activist. Passionate about free education and diversity. I’m doing all I can to support and promote women in IT.
After finishing GeneralAssembly 5 years ago on a web-development immersive 3-month course, I stepped into the IT world and started my journey as a web developer at Thoughtworks. Nowadays, I’m working at Hireup as a software engineer and as Founder of Muses Code JS (former NodeGirls), a countrywide non-profit organization in Australia.
Frontend Tech Lead at Patterson Agency
Debbie holds a Frontend and FullStack Tech Degree and is Microsoft certified. She is an international speaker and organizer of MallorcaJS and VueSpain. She also works as a tech degree moderator for Treehouse and a mentor for OpenClassrooms and is a webpack and nuxt.js contributor. She is a teacher at Vue School and a writer for Ultimate Courses.
When she is not programming she loves doing sport – Taekwondo, Skiing, Cycling, Running….
Heather Wilde is CTO of ROCeteer, and is also known as the “Unicorn Whisperer” due to her special focus on entrepreneurs. She is a personal and professional growth expert, executive coach, author, and speaker.
As a founding employee of Evernote, she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100,000,000 customers. She is one of the only women to have wholly programmed, designed, produced and published a game at the company THQ. She has led development, scalability, and reliability engineering of websites with 60+ million unique monthly visitors, 1.7+ billion monthly page views, and 99.99% uptime SLA requirements.
Heather has received commendations for her work from the United States Government, as well as Awards for Mentor/Coach of the Year, Female Executive of the year, Business Role Model of the year, Entrepreneur of the Year and CIO of the Year and been named Top Writer on Quora 3 years in a row. Among her other awards, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid selected her for a commendation for her work in increasing STEM education in schools.
Wilde’s writing and speaking spans social media, entrepreneurialism, startups, leadership, cybersecurity, customer experience, fundraising, and diversity issues. She writes for Forbes and hosts the “Entrepreneurial Revolution” column for Inc Magazine.
She currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.
Siren Hofvander is passionate about making security something that everyone feels that they understand and has access to. She works as a CSO for Min Doktor, where she ensures that security is built not only into the service itself, but into the backbone of the company. She is the founder of the malmö based security user group SecuriTea and an avid forum contributor.
Shawn Wildermuth has been tinkering with computers and software since he got a Vic-20 back in the early ‘80s. As a Microsoft MVP since 2003, he’s also involved with Microsoft as an ASP.NET Insider and ClientDev Insider. You may have taken one of his more than twenty courses on Pluralsight. He’s authored eight books and innumerable articles on software development. You can also see him at one of the local and international conferences he’s spoken at including TechEd, Oredev, SDC, NDC, VSLive, DevIntersection, MIX, Devteach, DevConnections and Dev Reach. He is one of the Wilder Minds. You can reach him at his blog at wildermuth.com. He’s also making his first, feature-length, documentary about software developers today called “Hello World: The Film”. You can see more about it at helloworldfilm.com.
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
Aleks is a founding member, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and business/technology leader with 20 years of operational design and management experience, with focus in financial technology, software product management, cybersecurity, and cloud platforms. With projects ranging from small startups to Fortune 50 organizations, Aleks has delivered over $2B in benefits through his career’s project leadership. Aleks holds both a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Lake Forest College, and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
The official call for speakers is currently closed.
However, we still have a few speaking slots available.
If you’re interested, send us a message and we’ll talk.
The theme of the first day will sessions from our speakers on their past successes and failures of projects, companies, and personal lives.
The theme of the second day will be lightning talks, workshops, panels and presentations on what are you currently excited about in your life, business, technology, etc.
The theme of the third day will be lightning talks, workshops, panels and presentations on where are you taking your business, personal lives, technology, etc. in the future.
The theme of the last day will be bringing everyone together — in a way that makes everything actionable.
Our venue just happens to be your hotel as well.
With prices starting from $2800pp + airfare, this is the time to book your spot for the conference of a lifetime!
Contact our travel agent Beth Rudin from Outlander Travel to get an exact quote for your party. All tickets for AntarctiConf must be booked through our travel agent to get into our discount block.
AntarctiConf is a mini-conference that is taking place aboard a 16-day cruise to Antarctica on board the Coral Princess from Jan 5 to Jan 21, 2020.
This conference is open to everyone. If you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, learning from your peers, and marveling at the wonders of Antarctica, then this event is for you!
The organizers of this conference are a group of international public speakers. We have spoken on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. In addition, there has never been a technology conference (to our knowledge) in Antarctica, so we decided to make history with this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Many people will never see Antarctica in their lifetime because they don’t have enough of a “reason” to go. As a professional conference, this gives all participants a business case to make the journey to Antarctica. In addition, for the speakers, you’ll get to say you’ve spoken at a conference in Antarctica!
We’re currently gathering feedback from our peers and interested parties to determine what format will work best for all participants. However, we’re currently planning to have presentations, workshops, ignite talks, discussion panels, small-group discussions, and a lot of opportunities to socialize.
We’re currently gathering feedback to see which topics are most appealing. However, we expect the theme will involve technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and self-improvement. We’re currently anticipating the overall theme of this conference will be to reflect on the future direction of our careers.
(US). Upgrades to premium accommodations and all-inclusive alcohol packages are also available.each participant (including speakers) will need to pay for their own flights and accommodations. The per-person cost of the cruise, with all-inclusive accommodations, is currently around $3000
Absolutely! Your family members are more than welcome to join us for the cruise. In addition, they’re welcome to attend or participate in the conference as well. However, please check with the cruise line for all rules and regulations regarding passengers and service animals.
Antarctica is warmest in January, so there is a small window of time that cruise ships travel there. This means that there were only three possible cruises to choose from in late Dec through mid-January. We chose the January 5th date to minimize conflicts with holidays and work/school schedules.
In January, the temperatures on the Antarctic peninsula rise to 60° F / 15° C, and the weather is generally stable. It’s definitely much nicer than being in Des Moines, Iowa in the middle of January (e.g. 23° F / -5° C). Just dress accordingly and you should be just fine.
The length of the sailing is 16 days.
While we recognize that it can be a long time to spend away from work or school, the overall cost is around 75% less than the shorter 7-10 day cruises in the same region. Additionally, our hope that we are giving you enough warning to plan for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you might think this is a long time. However, many veteran cruisers (especially the retired ones) will tell you that they prefer longer cruises like this one. You’d be surprised how much there is to do and see on a cruise ship and at its ports.
There is so much to do on a cruise ship and its ports that the real question is, how will I fit everything into 16 days. Between the conference, excursions, sights, amenities, events, nightlife, and relaxation, it’s unlikely that you will find yourself struggling to find something to do.
We want this conference to have a relaxed schedule. We don’t want it to be four days of intense back-to-back speakers with no downtime. So, we plan to have several activities spread out over the four days. We hope that the main activities will lead to lots of small-group discussions during the downtime.
Due to environmental regulations, no more than 100 people can land on Antarctica at a time — so the ship itself will not be going ashore. We’ll be just offshore for 4 full days, close enough to see the wildlife (and people) on shore.
We are planning to offer a separate excursion after we return to Buenos Aires for people who are interested in making landfall. This is not included in the conference price and will be subject to capacity.
Additionally, the ship has historically offered day-long flight excursions from Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina to land on Antarctica should you wish to do so.
If you don’t think you can make it 16 days without internet, then this is exactly why you need to go on a 16-day cruise without the internet. We’re so caught up in technology and social media that we don’t have time to reflect on what’s essential in our lives and careers anymore. Think of this as a time to disconnect and focus on the things that matter most… the bigger picture of our lives, our families, and our careers.
It’s surprisingly very expensive to put on a professional conference. This is why most professional conferences cost so much to attend. However, with AntarctiConf, most of the large expenses (e.g. food, venue, accommodations) are covered by your all-inclusive cruise package. The rest, we’re covering ourselves and with the help of a few sponsors and volunteers.
Absolutely! We are interested in talking to anyone who is willing to help sponsor AntarctiConf. We plan to use any sponsorship money to help cover conference costs and provide speakers with a small gift for their efforts. If you’re interested, please visit our sponsorship page.
Yes, we’d love to have your assistance! If you’d like to participate in AntarctiConf but are not interested in public speaking or sponsoring, we have plenty of opportunities for volunteers. If you’re interested, please send us a message.
Unfortunately, we do not anticipate having a sufficient budget to cover travel and expenses for speakers. However, if we can secure enough sponsors, we would be happy to provide speakers with a stipend to help cover their costs.
Sun, Jan 5 — Santiago ( San Antonio), Chile
Mon, Jan 6 through Wed, Jan 8 — At Sea
Thu, Jan 9 — Punta Arenas, Chile
Fri, Jan 10 — Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina
Sat, Jan 11 — Cape Horn (Scenic Cruising)
Sun, Jan 12 through Wed, Jan 16 — Antarctic Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)
Thu, Jan 16 — At Sea
Fri, Jan 17 — Falkland Islands (Stanley)
Sat, Jan 18 & Sun, Jan 19 — At Sea
Mon, Jan 20 — Montevideo, Uruguay
Tue, Jan 21 — Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you still have questions, please be sure to send us a message on our website.
If you have any questions or would like to speak, volunteer, or sponsor at this event, please contact us.