As QCon approaches, set for April 8 - 10 at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, anticipation builds for the tech talks, innovation showcases, and the unparalleled networking opportunities. QCon is more than a conference, it's a pivotal moment for career development, especially for business developers and tech aficionados looking to deepen their industry footprint.

With Imaginary Cloud sponsoring QCon London 2024, we've crafted this strategic guide not just to navigate the event but to transform it into a milestone for your professional journey. Whether networking is second nature to you or the thought fills you with dread, we're here to ensure your time at QCon propels you forward.

Let's dive into how you can maximise your QCon experience!

Table of Contents

Preparing for QCon
Networking Strategies at QCon
Why Visit Imaginary Cloud's Booth?
Beyond the Initial Meeting

Preparing for QCon

QCon London 2024 is a convergence of the brightest minds in tech, offering a rare chance to tap into the pulse of industry innovation and trends. Attending QCon means positioning yourself at the forefront of technological advancements and business strategies.

As a sponsor, Imaginary Cloud is more than a participant. We're your ally in maximising these opportunities. Our presence at QCon is a testament of our commitment to driving the tech community forward, offering a platform for meaningful exchanges and collaborative prospects.

Before you even step into QCon London 2024, there's a bit of groundwork to do. Preparing effectively can transform your networking experience from good to outstanding. Here's how to lay the foundations for a successful networking adventure at QCon.

Set Your Networking Goals

Begin by asking yourself what you want to achieve. Then set clear, achievable goals will guide your actions and help you measure your success post-conference.

Schedule a meeting with our business development team! Drop us a message with the dates you'll be at QCon, and we'll arrange a time to connect before the event begins. This is a great opportunity to connect ahead of time.

Research Attendees and Speakers

QCon attracts a diverse crowd, from innovators and pioneers to business developers and tech enthusiasts. Take advantage of attendee lists and speaker bios often provided in advance by event organisers. LinkedIn and X are also goldmines for preliminary research. Did you know that 80% of professionals consider professional networking essential to career success? This shows the value of understanding who's who before the event.

Plan Your Approach

With your research in hand, plan whom you'd like to meet. Perhaps there's a keynote speaker whose work you admire or a business developer whose insights could benefit your project. Crafting a few conversation starters tailored to their interests can make those first interactions smoother.

Prepare Your Elevator Pitch

In the bustling environment of QCon, you often have just a short time to make an impression. Whether you’re there to do business or find a vendor fit to your business needs, the goal is to spark interest.

Equip Yourself

Business cards may feel traditional, but they're still handy for quick exchanges. Alternatively, consider digital options like LinkedIn QR codes for a contactless exchange. According to a survey, 42% of professionals believe regular online interaction with their professional network can lead to possible job opportunities. This underscores the importance of being ready to connect both in-person and digitally.

Embrace Diversity

Networking is not a one-size-fits-all activity. People come from various backgrounds and have different communication styles. Some may prefer a direct approach, while others value building rapport first. Respecting and adapting to these differences can enhance your networking experience and outcomes.

Networking Strategies at QCon

Engage Authentically

Genuine interest and authenticity go a long way in networking. When you approach someone, be it a keynote speaker, a business developer, or a fellow attendee, show genuine interest in what they do. Ask open-ended questions that encourage a dialogue rather than a monologue. Networking is about building relationships and accumulating contacts.

At our booth, you'll find a team eager to share and learn, embodying the two-way street that is networking.

Leverage Technology

In today's digital age, technology is a powerful tool for networking. Use social media platforms to connect with attendees and speakers before, during, and after the event. X, LinkedIn, and even Instagram can be great platforms to engage in conversations related to QCon. These digital tools help you keep track of the people you meet and facilitate follow-up conversations.

Join Breakout Sessions and Workshops

Breakout sessions and workshops are learning opportunities and networking goldmines. These smaller, more interactive settings are perfect for initiating conversations in a more relaxed environment. Engage with the content, participate actively, and don't hesitate to share your thoughts and questions. This can naturally lead to exchanges with fellow participants who share your interests.

Practice Active Listening

Active listening is a critical skill in networking. It involves listening attentively, asking follow-up questions, and showing interest in the conversation. This helps you understand the other person better and demonstrates your respect and appreciation for their insights. Plus, it provides valuable information that can help tailor your conversation and make meaningful connections.

Follow Up

The real magic of networking often happens after the initial meeting. Make sure to follow up with the people you meet. A quick LinkedIn message or email thanking them for their time and mentioning a memorable part of your conversation can set the stage for a lasting professional relationship.

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Beyond the Initial Meeting

Congratulations! You've successfully navigated the networking landscape at QCon, making valuable connections with business developers and other tech professionals. However, the journey continues. Effective networking is about cultivating these new relationships long after the conference lights dim. Here's how to ensure your connections grow into valuable, lasting relationships.

The Art of Following Up

A prompt follow-up after the conference is crucial. Whether it's a LinkedIn message, an email, or a connection request, make sure you stay connected with the contacts you deem relevant for you. 95% of people say face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships, and at Imaginary Cloud we pride ourselves in our commitment to clear communication and keeping you involved since our first point of contact.

Reconnect at Future Events

Future conferences and events are great opportunities to reconnect with your QCon contacts. Before an event, reach out to see if they'll be attending and suggest a meet-up. This not only rekindles the connection but also provides a chance to catch up on each other's progress and explore new opportunities for collaboration.

Why Visit Imaginary Cloud's Booth?

At this year's QCon, one booth stands out for enterprises and scale-ups: Imaginary Cloud. Why should you make it a point to stop by? It's simple. Our positioning revolves around a promise that resonates deeply with the needs of delivery teams in both sectors: Build Faster. World-Class Nearshore Teams for Enterprises and Scale-ups.

With this, we aim to emphasise the speed of our development processes and the quality of our nearshore teams, focusing on catering to established enterprises and growing scale-ups like yours. Here's why you should talk to us:

Expertise and Capability

We understand enterprises are looking for nearshore teams with a solid track record, deep industry knowledge, technical capabilities, and domain expertise. Imaginary Cloud meets these needs head-on, showcasing our extensive experience and proficiency in handling complex, large-scale projects.

This is why we are continuously recognized as a Top Software Developer by Techreviewer, one of Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies by the Financial Times, and as a Fast 50 Company by Deloitte, amongst many other accolades.

Cultural and Language Compatibility

Effective communication is the backbone of successful projects. Our teams are culturally aligned and possess the language skills necessary to ensure seamless collaboration, minimising any potential communication gaps that could hinder project progress.

Cost-effectiveness and Efficiency

Delivering high-quality work within budget and timelines is a non-negotiable for enterprises and scale-ups. Imaginary Cloud's pricing structure, resource allocation, and project management methodologies are designed to be efficient and aligned with our clients' financial and timing needs.

Data Security and Compliance

With stringent data security measures, reliable infrastructure, and strict compliance protocols, we ensure that partnering with us means your data is in safe hands. This is a critical consideration for enterprises that must maintain security and regulatory compliance.

Flexibility and Adaptability

The ability to quickly adapt to changing business priorities and project requirements is crucial for scale-ups. Imaginary Cloud prides itself on its flexibility and adaptability, ensuring we can pivot as needed to meet your evolving needs.

Innovation and Technological Expertise

We do our best by bringing fresh ideas, innovative solutions, and advanced expertise. Our focus on innovation and seamless digital technology ensures that scale-ups benefit from cutting-edge solutions that push their projects forward.

Speed to Market

In today's fast-paced business environment, speed to market is a game-changer, especially for scale-ups looking to gain a competitive edge. Imaginary Cloud is committed to accelerating development cycles, providing rapid prototyping, and helping you quickly bring your products or solutions to market.

Scalability and Capacity for Growth

As scale-ups aim to expand rapidly, they need partners to scale with them. Imaginary Cloud offers the resources, talent, and infrastructure necessary to support your current and future growth, making us the ideal partner for your scaling journey.

Visit the Imaginary Cloud booth at QCon to learn more about how we can support your enterprise or scale-up with our world-class nearshore teams. Feel free to reach out to our business developers before the event to get the conversation started. See you there!


Reflecting on QCon, it's the connections we've made that stand out. Networking here goes beyond simple exchanges—it's about cultivating relationships that can shape our futures. The key is the follow-up and the ongoing dialogue that transforms initial meetings into lasting partnerships.

For more insights and to continue building valuable connections, visit the Imaginary Cloud booth at the next QCon. We're excited to meet you, share ideas, and explore potential collaborations. See you there!

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