The ACCU Conference is the annual conference of the ACCU membership, but is open to any and all who wish to attend. The tagline for the ACCU is "Professionalism in Programming", which captures the whole spectrum of programming languages, tools, techniques and processes involved in advancing our craft. While there remains a core of C and C++ - with many members participating in respective ISO standards bodies - the conference, like the organisation, embraces other language ecosystems and you should expect to see sessions on C#, D, F#, Go, Javascript, Haskell, Java, Kotlin, Lisp, Python, Ruby, Rust, Swift and more. There are always sessions on TDD, BDD, and how to do programming right.

The ACCU Conference is a conference by programmers for programmers about programming.

At its core the ACCU Conference is about developers who want to share their experience through presentations and interactive workshops with other developers. To reach as many as possible we plan, again, to run a hybrid conference in 2024. All sessions will be onsite at our venue in Bristol. but most will be live streamed for remote attendees.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers for 2024 are:

Björn Fahller is the creator of popular open source C++ libraries: Trompeloeil for mocking and strong_type for type safety.

Herb Sutter is an author and speaker, chair of the ISO C++ standards committee, and a programming language architect at Microsoft.

Inbal Levi is chair of the Library Evolution Working Group and director at ISO C++ and Boost Foundations with an interest in code readability, compilers, language, and software design.

Laura Savino is a Photoshop engineer, globally recognized tech speaker, and expert in developer communications.

News: Attend ACCU 2024 Online

22nd March 2024 at 18:57

This year we have partnered with Digital Medium to offer an online conference experience for ACCU 2024. What does that look like?

Well, first we will stream all in-person sessions live, so you can attend at the same time as in-person attendees, as well as other online attendees. We have a conference Discord where discussion on the sessions can happen in dedicated channels, so you'll feel connected to other attendees - whether in-person or online. And you won't even get to miss the venue as it has been digitally recreated in Gather, so you can walk the halls, interact with other attendees through proximity based video chats, and even visit sponsor booths.

See the dedicated online conference sub-site for more details.

Lightning Talks

One of the highlights of the ACCU conference are the three evening lightning talk sessions, where any attendee can deliver a five minute talk. That includes online attendees! Lightning talks will be arranged during the week of the event, but get thinking about what you might want to present now!

Open Content and Online Posters

During the dinner entertainment, ACCU 2017

Exclusive to the online conference we're offering Open Content sessions, where participants can present extra content without going through the call for speakers, and the facility to showcase and present online posters.

Cost effective

For most of us being at the venue in-person offers the most immersive experience, but during the pandemic we were forced to learn how to run compelling online experiences that bring as much of the in-person experience as we can, while also embracing the best of what it means to be online.

So if you're unable to make it to Bristol physically our online event is a great way to still join us!

It's also considerably cheaper, so may also be an option if you are not able to afford a full, in-person, ticket (or the cost of travel and accommodation). Starting at £180 (inc. VAT) for ACCU members (£90 for students) this is our cheapest ticket!


In addition to all the above benefits, the online ticket gives you access to the on-demand recordings of the sessions shortly after they are recorded! These are unedited archives of what was streamed live, but will continue to be available until the edited productions are uploaded to YouTube - usually a month or more after the conference has ended.

So whatever your reasons and whatever you are looking to get out of it, get your online tickets, today.


The ACCU Conference is, once again, hosted at the Delta Hotels by Bristol Marriott, City Centre in Bristol, UK. Located in the city centre, close to shopping centres, main attractions and key transportation hubs the Bristol Marriott is renowned as one of the largest conference centres in South-West England.


Accommodation can be reserved at a special rate from the conference block on registration, or can be booked directly with the venue hotel or other hotels in the area.

The ACCU conference is run by Shaved Yaks Events in partnership with the ACCU Conference Committee.