The QtWS conference 2018 successfully took place on the 6th of December at the BCC Berlin Congress Center in Alexanderplatz.

Many demos from companies like Luxoft with the Qt Automotive suite and the Neptune 3 UI, ICS with the Alexa integration into Qt, the Qt company with Qt in micro-controllers and with highlight the new Mercedes Benz A class car and the MBUX HMI.

The keynotes started with Lars Knoll CTO at the Qt company talking about the Qt5.12 release happened on that same day, the recent developments and the future outlook of the Qt framework. Among all, Qt company aims to bring Qt to micro-controllers and add cross platform support for graphics APIs like OpenGL, Metal and Vulkan. They want also to work on their 3d solutions and provide a unified architecture for 2d and 3d as currently those two things are different.

A unified design tool is also something they consider developing, as eventually there are several UI design tools, like the recently released Qt Design Studio and the Qt 3D Studio. Most important of the points was that they have already started the works towards Qt6 where among others we should expect an overall clean-up, removal of deprecated APIs and finally a closer integration with standard C++. However, Qt5.13 and 5.14 will be normally released, and the timeline for Qt6 is somewhat in 2 years. Lars also talked about an easy upgrade path from Qt5 to Qt6.

The rest of the keynotes were also pretty interesting having Jared Spool from Center Center/UIE explaining the importance of the UX in our products, Murat Günak former Head of Design in Mercedes, VW and Peugeot talking about design principles in vehicles, Michel Min from Omron, presenting their Forpheus Ping Pong Training Robot making a really good introduction to the concept of “a future of integration between people and machines”, Mykhaylo Chayka presenting Mercedes-Benz’s Innovation Lab at Daimler, MBition, and the work done for MBUX, LG Electronics presenting the Qt based webOS and LivaNova talking about the difficulties they face developing their cardiopulmonary systems and how Qt helps them build secure but also good looking HMIs.

As every year, a variety of regular talks took also place with different technical and non technical topics like Mastering Qt for Python, Streamlined Integration of 3D Content straight from 3DS Max and Blender into Qt3D, Running Qt Apps in a Web Browser, Design Ops in Automotive, Fighting Driving Distraction, etc. You can find the complete agenda here.

No doubt, QtWS ’18 was a great event and we look forward to the next one!