Last month I attending C++Con in at the Meyenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. It was the first year, but you never would have known. There were 600+ attendees and a strong set of presenters. The presentations came from standards committee members, NASA employees, and even Bjarne himself.
Jon Kalb was the organizer and he used a similar format to his other conference, C++Now (formerly BoostCon). The days are long and packed with a huge variety of talks. Topics covered ranged from using Boost to bridge the C++98/11 gap and large scale refactoring to vision systems on Mars rovers and what is coming in the C++17 standard. Most daytime talks were slideshow-style. Most evening talks were panel discussions. Each morning had lightning talks by people who just signed up and presented on any topic.
From F5 there were about 8 people attending. Neeraj Poddar and I were the only ones from the LineRate team. Rachel Cheng and Michael VanLoon presented on using Boost to bridge the gap between C++98 and C++11. I gave a lightning talk on Test-driven Performance.
Type Deduction and Why You Care - Scott Meyers
Modernizing Legacy C++ - James McNellis & Kate Gregory
Lock-Free Programming - Herb Sutter
Efficiency with Algorithms, Performance with Data Structures - Chandler Carruth
Implementing wire protocols with Boost Fusion - Thomas Rodgers
Embind and Emscriptem - Chad Austin
Pragmatic Type Erasure - Zach Laine
Lightning Talks - Kate Gregory, Jeff Trull, Leor Zolman, Jens Weller, Michael VanLoon... more
Philosohy of Google's C++ Code - Titus Winters
C++ on Mars - Incorporating C++ on Mars Rover Flight Software - Mark Maimone
Making Allocators Work - Alisdair Meredith
Large-Scale Refactoring @ Google - Hyrum Wright
Grill the Committee
Practical Type Erasure - Cheinan Marks
Data-Oriented Design - Mike Acton
STL Feature and Implementation Techniques - Stephan T. Lavavej
Mo' Hustle Mo' Problems - Andrei Alexandrescu
Types Don't Know # - Howard Hinnant
await 2.0 - Stackless Resumable Functions - Gor Nishanov
Back to the Basics! Essentials of Modern C++ Style - Herb Sutter
Humor was definitely on this packed agenda. It wasn't all super-dry type deduction talks. There were arguments, jokes, and a poll about Scott Meyer's hair. This is a conference for C++ programmers, not beginners. It has talks which do span the range of capabilities, but attendees are required to have knowledge of C++ as a base. Having an understanding of language design certainly helps attendees get the most out of it.