The Conference at the End of the World


January 5 – 21nd 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.


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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The theme of the first day will be lightning talks, workshops, panels and presentations 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.

Heather Wilde



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.


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.

Matt Gagnon

CPCC, Founder, Lifestory Coaching

Born and raised in the woods of central Maine where he graduated from Thomas College with a degree in Marketing Management and where he met his future wife, Nikki.  He would spend seven years working in management for Staples Inc.

By the summer of 2006, Matt was recruited and relocated to Austin, TX by Cole Haan. Matt would spend the next 9 years building and leading powerful teams for some of the most iconic brands on the planet including Under Armour, Carter’s/Osh Kosh, and even had an internship with NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs. After the economic crash of 2009 while with Cole Haan, Matt was responsible for leading the charge in what would be one of the biggest turnarounds in company history.

After 15 years in the retail industry, Matt had two major events in his life that set him on a course into entrepreneurship and coaching. In April of 2013 Matt’s son, Fox, was born.  As soon as Matt held his son for the first time he knew that he wanted to show his son that it’s never too late to pursue your true calling in life and to build something of your own. One month later Matt would lose one of his dearest friends, his Dad. The quote from Matt below best speaks to his experience:

“For 15 years I sold my soul to the corporate lifestyle. I missed birthday parties, family events, holidays, funerals, anniversaries…I was missing out on life. With having little to no boundaries at work, I burned myself out to the point I had to go on medical leave with several severe and life threatening health issues.”

By the spring of 2015, Matt’s health issues become too complicated to continue his work in retail and this is where he started to focus on his health and building a new future for him and his family. Today Matt is healthy and is the founder of LifeStory Coaching & Development, LLC where he works with a variety of clients from work-at-home moms to NBA executives. He helps people achieve what they really, really, really want to do in life; coaching entrepreneurs and corporations in transforming their work into a meaningful and profitable career. With a specialty focus in social media, specifically with LinkedIn, Matt built a network with over 20,000 connections, having built 70% of his business on that platform alone. Now he leverages his experience to empower others to do the same.


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 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


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.

Greg Young


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
4 Days of Content

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.

Free food and drink!

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!

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.


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.

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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If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.


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