The Conference at the End of the World

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January 5 – 21, 2020

Antarctic Peninsula (from San Antonio, Chile)

Hurry up — only a few cabins are available!

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.

Why?

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:

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Add to My Calendar 2020-01-05 12:00:00 2020-01-21 18:00:00 Europe/London AntarctiConf “The Conference at the End of the World” Coral Princess Antarctic Peninsula CTHthemes cththemes@gmail.com

What to Expect

4 Days of Content

With 4 full days of content, you’ll have plenty to do and learn at the bottom of the world!

Location

Speak at the only conference in Antarctica, while having the trip of a lifetime.

Free food and drink!

On this amazing cruise on the Coral Princess your food and drinks* are included.

*Additional charge for specialty drinks.

Accommodation

The recently upgraded Coral Princess is a beautiful ship and a perfect way to visit South America and Antarctica!

Speakers

Christina Aldan

AI Consultant

Biography

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.

Eric Brown

Software Developer

Biography

My software has been sent into space, carried up Mt. Everest, and strapped to the head of an Indy 500 driver.

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). I have helped develop training programs (and content) at two different companies.

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 — I’ll be part of a panel of these authors talking about it at the upcoming NarraScope), and the Ultima homage “Minima” (written in the extremely restrictive PICO-8 environment, this game is presently nominated for two awards).

Aaron Cure

Principal Security Consultant, Cypress Data Defense, LLC

Biography

Aaron is a principal security consultant at Cypress Data Defense and an instructor and contributing author for the DEV544 Secure Coding in .NET course. After ten years in the U.S. Army as a Russian Linguist and a Satellite Repair Technician he worked as a database administrator and programmer on the Iridium project, with subsequent positions as a telecommunications consultant, senior programmer, and security consultant. He also has experience developing security tools, performing secure code reviews, vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing, as well as risk assessments, static source code analysis, and security research. Aaron holds the GIAC GSSP-.NET, GWAPT, GMOB, and CISSP certifications and is located in Arvada, CO. Outside the office Aaron enjoys boating, travel, and playing hockey.

Martine Dowden

GDE, UX/UI Designer & Developer

Biography

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.

Michael Dowden

Entrepreneur. Coder. Gamer. Geek.

Biography

Michael Dowden is an Entrepreneur, Product Architect, and Google Developer Expert. For more than 20 years he has been writing code and geeking out over cool technology. He is passionate about keeping things simple and focusing on what provides real value to the end user. Michael enjoys speaking at conferences and helping other developers grow in their career. In 2015 he wrote Programming Languages ABC++ to share programming languages with children.

Xander Dowden

Student, Maker, and Gamer

Biography

I love making things, including video games and LEGO creations. When I was 3 years old I started learning about programming using Robot Turtles, and then discovered Hour of Code. Using my Kano I have created my own super-powers for Minecraft, and I’ve spent many hours creating games and worlds with Bloxels.

Heather Downing

quorralyne@gmail.com

Biography

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.

Cassandra Faris

Tech Community Advocate

Biography

Cassandra Faris is passionate about the human side of technology. Her career has focused on supporting tech professionals through community outreach, hiring, mentoring, and employee engagement. She is an international speaker who specializes in teaching people how to be more effective team members and advance their careers. She is also the President of the Microsoft and open source conference, DogFoodCon, and a Per Scholas Advisory Board member. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership. When she’s not busy with the tech community, she is avid tabletop gamer, runner, and soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

PJ Hagerty

Founder of DevRelate.io and Chief Community Officer

Biography

Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Community Advocate, PJ is the founder of DevRelate.IO. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

Tanya Janca

AppSec nerd, at your service

Biography

Tanya Janca is a senior cloud advocate for Microsoft, specializing in application security; evangelizing software security and advocating for developers through public speaking, her open source project OWASP DevSlop, and various forms of teaching via workshops, blogs and community events.  As an ethical hacker, OWASP Project and Chapter Leader, software developer, effective altruist and professional computer geek of 20+ years, she is a person who is truly fascinated by the ‘science’ of computer science.

Debbie O’Brien

Frontend Team Lead @patterson

Biography

Frontend Team Lead @patterson, TechDegree Moderator – @Treehouse, Mentor – @OpenClassrooms, @webpack contributor, Speaker. Loves Vue.js, nuxt.js, node.js, react, javascript and all things Front. When I am not programming I love doing sport – Taekwondo, Skiing, Cycling, Running….

Matthew Renze

AI Consultant

Biography

Matthew is a data science consultant, author for Pluralsight, international public speaker, a Microsoft MVPASPInsider, and open-source software contributor. Over the past 18 years, he’s taught over 100,000 developers and IT professionals how to make better decisions with data science. His clients include small software startups to Fortune 100 companies around the globe.
His focus includes data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He is also the creator of several popular open-source software projects including Data Explorer, an interactive data visualization tool.
A graduate of Iowa State University, he holds degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and minor in Economics.
He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV — where he awaits the AI dawn.

Shira Shamban

 Twitter
   LinkedIn

Biography

Shira Shamban is a security researcher and technical expert with a focus on threat intelligence. Shira started her professional career in cybersecurity as a military officer in the elite intelligence unit 8200 of the Israel Defense Force. During her 13-year service in the unit, Shira acquired hands-on experience in cybersecurity and intelligence operations while earning an engineering degree from Tel-Aviv University.
After her military service, Shira turned to security innovation in business. She lead the cloud security research at Dome9 Security (acquired by CheckPoint) and today she’s pursuing her dream as an entrepreneur. Shira strongly believes in empowering women in the world of technology. She volunteers as a lecturer and a mentor in forums such as SheCodes, Cyber Ladies and OWASP-WIA.

 

Swizec Teller

Biography

Swizec helps engineers improve their careers through books, blogs, video courses, and workshops primarily about JavaScript and the React ecosystem, but also business, sidehustles and the like.

Heather Wilde

CTO

Biography

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.

Heather Wilde is a multiple award-winning, 6-time CTO and 5x-certified Executive Coach. She is an Author, Speaker, Nonprofit Director, and Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Advisory Board Chair. Affiliated with 3 Entrepreneurial accelerators, she has also worked with governments on Economic Development projects for over 20 years.
Heather was an early employee of Spirit Airlines and a founding member of Evernote, where she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100 million customers. She was also one of the only women to have programmed, designed, produced and published a game at the company THQ. She has worked with the U.S. Navy, NASA and state and local governments around the world.

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.

Shawn Wildermuth

Biography

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.

Wisely Wong

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

Biography

I completed my Ph.D. in mathematics in 2013 at the University of Delaware, worked for a year at the University of California, San Diego, and am currently teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park. I enjoying eating, traveling, and video games. I also have 3 kidneys.

Greg Young

Biography

Gregory Young coined the term “CQRS” (Command Query Responsibility Segregation) and it was instantly picked up by the community who have elaborated upon it ever since. Greg is an independent consultant and serial entrepreneur. He has 15+ years of varied experience in computer science from embedded operating systems to business systems and he brings a pragmatic and often times unusual viewpoint to discussions. He’s a frequent contributor to QA sites, a speaker/trainer at Skills Matter and also a well-known speaker at international conferences. Greg also writes about CQRS, DDD and other hot topics on codebetter.com.

Sani Yusuf

GDE Web

Biography

Sani is the founder of Haibrid, a London-based consultancy that offers Ionic training & consultancy. Sani is also the co-organiser of Ionic UK & has spoken about Ionic on 4 continents. A published book author, Sani also recently created the first Ionic 3.0 course online VIA Lynda.COM. When he is not doing geeky stuff, he enjoys food tourism & paddle boarding on the ocean.

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.

 

Schedule

Reflect

The theme of the first day will sessions from our speakers on their past successes and failures of projects, companies, and personal lives.

Breakfast

07:00 AM

Opening Keynote

08:00 AM

Regular Session

08:45 AM

Regular Session

09:15 AM

Regular Session

9:50 AM

Regular Session

10:25 AM

Regular Session

11:00 AM

Regular Session

11:30 AM

Lunch

12:00 PM

Mastermind Groups

Afternoon (TBD)

Recharge

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.

Breakfast

07:00 AM

Keynote

08:00 AM

Regular Session

08:45 AM

Regular Session

09:15 AM

Regular Session

9:50 AM

Regular Session

10:25 AM

Regular Session

11:00 AM

Regular Session

11:30 AM

Lunch

12:00 PM

Mastermind Groups

Afternoon (TBD)

Refocus

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.

Breakfast

07:00 AM

Keynote

08:00 AM

Regular Session

08:45 AM

Regular Session

09:15 AM

Regular Session

9:50 AM

Regular Session

10:25 AM

Regular Session

11:00 AM

Lightning Talks

11:30 AM

Lunch

12:00 PM

Mastermind Groups

Afternoon (TBD)

Relax

The theme of the last day will be bringing everyone together — in a way that makes everything actionable.

Breakfast

07:00 AM

Keynote

08:00 AM

Regular Session

08:45 AM

Movie Screening

09:30 AM

Closing Thoughts

11:30 AM

Lunch

12:00 PM

The Venue

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AntarctiConf?

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.

Who can attend?

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!

Why Antarctica?

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!

Why a conference?

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!

What will the conference entail?

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.

What is the theme of the conference?

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.

What will this conference cost?

This conference is free to attend, as 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 (US). Upgrades to premium accommodations and all-inclusive alcohol packages are also available.

Can my spouse, partner, children, etc. come along?

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.

No, really, I have kids…
There are wonderful activities for your littlest family members, both on and off the ship, and daycare is provided free for young kids and there are clubs for the older teens. 
Additionally, we will have planned events where we bring everyone together at mealtimes. Also, the ship has many educational presentations relating to Antarctica and the ocean. Not only will your family be able to come with you, they’ll be well taken care of. 
Why would you go in January?

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.

Isn’t Antarctica super cold?

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.

How long is the cruise?

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.

Isn’t 16 days a long time to be on a boat?

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.

What will I do for 16 days on a cruise ship?

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.

How much time will I spend at the conference?

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.

How much time will I spend in Antarctica?

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.

Will I have internet?
Internet on cruise ships is unpredictable and generally very slow. In addition, it’s also a bit expensive. You can use generally use your cell phone and mobile hotspots in port towns with wi-fi. However, it’s best to assume that you will not have access to internet for most of the cruise.
How will I last 16 days without high-speed internet?!?

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.

How on Earth do you plan to pay for this?

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.

Can my company sponsor AntarctiConf?

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.

Can I volunteer to help out at AntarctiConf?

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.

What expenses are you covering for speakers?

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.

Where can I learn more about the details of the cruise?

To learn more about the cruise itself, visit Princess Cruises.

Itinerary:
Date
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

Are you serious?

Yes, we are legitimately making this conference happen! Even if it just ends up being a small group of 10 people, the organizers of this conference will be in Antarctica in 2020. We already have the first block of rooms booked and we are currently working with the cruise line for the remaining details.

What if you didn’t answer my question?

If you still have questions, please be sure to send us a message on our website.

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Send Us a Message

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