From London to Lisbon, Krakow to Hamburg, and Dublin to Madrid, Europe is full of incredible cities hosting awesome events designed especially for software developers.

Here, listed chronologically, are 10 vendor-specific and independent developer events happening across the continent over the next year that EU’d be wise to check out:


next conference logo1. NEXT17

Hamburg, Germany
21-22 September 2017
By invitation, via application
@nextconf #NEXT17

NEXT is all about shaping digital transformation, which makes this year’s theme—“Digital Sucks”—all the more interesting. Invitees (apply now!) will delve into “the limbo between overpromise and underdelivery.” If speakers like Jamie Bartlett and Google’s Nandini Stocker somehow aren’t enough to tempt you, consider the fact that NEXT takes places in Hamburg’s famous Reeperbahn district, “a fun setting, buzzing with energy during the day, and even more electric at night.”


IP Expo Europe logo2. IP EXPO Europe

London, UK
4-5 October 2017
Free if you register before 3 October; £35 after

Europe’s number one enterprise event is designed for those looking to drive their business forward with the latest innovations. This massive gathering also incorporates Cyber Security Europe and Machina Summit.AI, with tracks devoted to cloud, DevOps, networks and infrastructure, open source, and more. Speakers set to take the stage include U.C. Berkeley’s Stuart Russell, Ian Massingham of AWS (who recently spoke at FutureStack: London) and Wendy Nather of Duo Security.


South Summit Logo3. South Summit

Madrid, Spain
4-6 October 2017
€0 – €1,580
@south_summit #SouthSummit17

Famed for its Startup Competition, which annually identifies the “100 most disruptive” startups worldwide, South Summit brings developers, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovative corporations together for three intense days in the Spanish capital. Big names due to appear at this year’s event, which is subtitled “Time for Re:Evolution!”, include Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and Sanjay Sarma of MIT.


jax london -ogo4. JAX London

London, UK
9-12 October 2017
£399 – £949

This gathering of cutting-edge software engineers and enterprise-level professionals brings together the world’s leading innovators in the fields of Java, microservices, continuous delivery, and DevOps. The 2017 iteration will feature more than 60 workshops, sessions, and keynotes, plus an expo attended by a slew of top tech companies. Talks will include “Complicating Complexity: Algorithm Performance in the New Machine Age” with Maurice Naftalin and “A Breathless Tour of Blockchain” with Eoin Woods.


velocity5. Velocity

London, UK
17-20 October 2017
€895 – €1,295 (through 7 September; higher thereafter)
@velocityconf #VelocityConf

The European edition of this massive O’Reilly conference considers itself “the best place on the planet for web ops and systems engineering professionals like you.” This year the focus is on how to “Build & Maintain Complex Distributed Systems”—on hand to help with that will be Twitter’s Angie Jones and Sebastien Goasguen of Bitnami, among many others.


web summit logo6. Web Summit

Lisbon, Portugal
6-9 November 2017
€675 – €4,995 (for executive access)
@WebSummit #WebSummit

With more than 60,000 attendees and 650 speakers, Web Summit has quite rightly been called “the largest tech conference in the world” by Inc. And according to Forbes, it’s also the best. At this “Glastonbury for geeks” (The Guardian), innovators and businesses come together to define the next wave of game-changing tech developments. As if you needed a reason to visit Portugal’s historic capital.


devoxx logo7. Devoxx

Antwerp, Belgium
6-10 November 2017
€350 – €795
@Devoxx #Devoxx

Playing host to over 3,500 “Devoxxians” from more than 40 countries, the Belgian leg of this globetrotting series offers 200 sessions including Tools in Action, Hands-On-Labs, Quickies, Ignites, and BOFs (Birds-of-a-Feather, obviously). Billed as a community conference “from developers, for developers,” devs of all stripes should find plenty to get excited about.


qcon london logo8. QCon London

London, UK
5-9 March 2018
£545 – £2,829
@qconlondon #qconlondon

Details are still scarce for the 2018 edition of this conference for professional developers, but expect a strong focus on “Bleeding-edge for the Enterprise” and a commitment to “engineers over evangelists, practitioners over coaches, and team leads over consultants.” Intrigued? Check out this nifty (and persuasive) video, Why People Come Back to QCon London.


dublin tech summit logo9. Dublin Tech Summit

Dublin, Ireland
18-19 April 2018
€188 before 31 August; €349 thereafter
@DubTechSummit #DTS18

“Where Today’s Leaders Meet Tomorrow’s Technology”: 10,000-plus leaders, founders, and influencers from around the world will converge as the Irish capital showcases itself as a global tech hub. More than 250 speakers—including CNN anchor Gina London and NASA JPL’s Jordan P. Evans—will explore eight core themes: Fintech, IoT, Big Data, Innovation, Sustainability, Cloud Computing, AI, and Cyber Security.


ace conference logo10. ACE! Conference

Krakow, Poland
May 2018 (tentative)
@aceconf #aceconf

Since 2010, ACE! has been the largest regional conference of its kind in Central Europe. With the 2017 event still in the rearview, it’s too early to say exactly what will be on offer in 2018. But these folks are all about “Building Better Software and Building Software Better,” so it’s sure to be—well, ace.

If you’re a globe-trotter and want to attend events throughout North America as well, be sure to check out our longer list of 20 Essential Events for Software Developers.


Note: Event dates, prices, participants, and topics are subject to change without notice. 

B.J. Hinshaw is a freelance writer based in Northern California. View posts by .

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