With so many awesome events out there for programmers and software developers, it’s a wonder they get any developing done at all. So what’s the secret? Knowing which events are truly essential and worth the time, energy, and money to attend.

This post is our annual update to last year’s event list (how many of those great events did you make it to?). Here are 20 upcoming vendor-specific and independent technology gatherings we think you’ll want to make the pilgrimage to, listed chronologically.


vmworld 2017 logo1. VMworld US

August 27-31, 2017
Las Vegas, Nev.
$1,395 – $2,295

VMware’s big annual event in the United States is billed as a “premier thought-leadership and education destination for cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology professionals.” That means a raft of training and networking opportunities, plus a Solutions Exchange for demonstrations, contests, and giveaways. Session Tracks include Modernize the Data Center, Application Transformation, and Emerging Technologies and Trends.


techweek logo2. Techweek Kansas City

September 11-15, 2017
Kansas City, Mo.
$0 – $355
@TechweekInc #TechweekKC

With the 2017 Miami, Detroit, Chicago, and Toronto events already wrapped up, the Kansas City installment of Techweek will bring together the local technology and innovation community, showcasing exciting current and future developments. Like all Techweek events, this one will feature challenges, workshops, open forums, product demos, curated one-on-ones, hiring fairs (“come find your dream job”), and much more.

Can’t do Kansas? Check out these other Techweeks:
Washington, D.C. (October 2-6, 2017) #TechweekDC
New York City (October 16-20, 2017) #TechweekNYC
Dallas (October 30 – November 3, 2017) #TechweekDFW
Los Angeles (November 13-17, 2017) #TechweekLA


techcrunch disrupt logo3. TechCrunch Disrupt SF

September 18-20, 2017
San Francisco, Calif.
$1,795 and up (Lower student, nonprofit, and government/military rates available)
@TechCrunch #TCDisrupt

Home of the famous Startup Battlefield, Disrupt offers a raucous three days of thought leadership and innovation. CrunchMatch introduces investors to entrepreneurs, Startup Alley is an awesome showcase, and the 24-hour Hackathon is as crazy and exciting as it sounds.

Can’t make it to SF? There’s also TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin (December 4-5, 2017).


microsoft ignite logo4. Microsoft Ignite

September 25-29, 2017
Orlando, Fla.
$490 – $2,220
@MS_Ignite #MSIgnite

Test drive the latest tech and sit in on hundreds of sessions covering everything from defending against malware to saying goodbye to passwords. Ignite features special offers and networking opportunities for “Women in Business and Tech,” plus a keynote speech from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.


velocity5. Velocity

October 1-4, 2017
New York, N.Y.
$1,545 – $3,295

The 2017 incarnation of this huge O’Reilly conference is titled “Building and Maintaining Complex Distributed Systems.” With activities split between training, tutorials, keynotes, and sessions, names to look out for here include VM Brasseur, Google’s Tanya Reilly, and Joseph Breuer of Netflix.

Not in NY? You can also attend Velocity in London (October 17-20, 2017).


developer events: javaone6. JavaOne

October 1-5, 2017
San Francisco, Calif.
$50 – $2,050
@JavaOneConf #javaone

Subtitled “JavaYourNext (BreakThrough),” this Java extravaganza features keynotes from several big names, including Oracle’s VP of Development Mark Cavage. Tracks this year include Core Java Platform, Emerging Languages, and Java and Devices.


dreamforce7. Dreamforce

November 6-9, 2017
San Francisco, Calif.
$1,699 and up
@Dreamforce #DF17

Aside from a Save the Date, the folks at Salesforce are currently keeping their cards close to their chest when it comes their flagship 2017 event. Suffice to say, it will be huge, exciting, and basically unmissable. Watch this space!


web summit logo8. Web Summit

November 6-9, 2017
Lisbon, Portugal
€675 ($792 USD) –  €4,995 for executive access ($5,860 USD)
@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.


rubyconf new orleans logo9. RubyConf

November 15-17, 2017
New Orleans, La.

Details remain scarce for the 2017 installment, but RubyConf has been “fostering the Ruby programming language and the robust community that has sprung up around it” since way back in 2001. So if Ruby’s your thing, you should probably consider going.


futurestack new york10. FutureStack17

September 13-14, 2017
New York, N.Y.
$495 – $695

This year, our flagship user conference is all about “Digital Intelligence at Cloud Scale.” Join fellow DevOps and operations teams, developers and solutions architects, business leaders, and enterprise executives for two intensive, informative, and all-around awesome days. Oh, and Malcolm Gladwell (maybe you’ve heard of him?) will be giving a keynote. Yes! (Here’s a peek at last year’s event.)

Can’t make it to NYC? There will also be a 1-day FutureStack event in Sydney, Australia (Oct. 2017).


nodejs interactive logo11. Node.js Interactive

October 4-6, 2017
Vancouver, Canada
@nodejs #NodeInteractive

This is the marquee event for JavaScript developers, companies that rely on Node.js, and vendors supporting one or both of the above. Better your Node.js skills in IOT, backend, and frontend with keynotes, breakout sessions, collaboration summits, networking opportunities, and that rarest of unicorns—onsite childcare. Plus, a T-shirt design contest for all you closet fashionistas.


qcon san francisco logo12. QCon San Francisco

November 13-17, 2017
San Francisco, Calif.
$795 – $3,935
@QConSF #qconsf

Now in its 11th year, this gathering of professional software developers promises to deliver “Bleeding-edge for the Enterprise.” It will feature over 140 speakers from companies like Uber, Google, Twitter, Slack, Dropbox, and more. Tracks including 21st-Century Languages, Architecting for Failure, and Beyond Docker: Container Technologies. Join the Q!


aws re:invent logo13. AWS re:Invent 2017

November 27–December 1, 2017
Las Vegas, Nev.

At this bonanza for the global cloud computing community, you’ll find 1,000+ breakout sessions, multiple hackathons, bootcamps, workshops, and much more. Make time for a game of broomball, and pace yourself to make the most of the end-of-week re:PLAY party.


developer week sf14. Developer Week

February 3-8, 2018
San Francisco, Calif.
$35 – $1,999

In case you needed reminding, this is the world’s largest developer conference and event series, with 8,000+ devs hacking it out with 200+ technologies. If the CTO World Congress and Hiring Mixer don’t tempt you, how about the chance to compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes in the hackathon? Or two-day sub-conferences devoted to Artificial Intelligence and JavaScript? That’s what I thought.


DevNexus15. DevNexus

February 2018 (tentative)
Atlanta, Ga. (tentative)
@devnexus #devnexus

Touted as “the professional developers conference,” DevNexus convenes for the twelfth time next year. The 2017 meeting featured 1,700 devs, 9 workshops, 120+ presentations, and 13 tracks, so if you didn’t “Join the <dev/>olution” this year, you should dev-initely do so in 2018.


DEVOXX16. Devoxx US

March 2018 (tentative)
San Jose, Calif. (tentative)

“From developers, for developers.” What more could you want? Devoxx events are all about community, and the 2017-18 series will have welcomed more than 12,000 devs by the time it wraps up. Can’t wait till 2018? Following events in Paris, London, Krakow, and Casablanca, Devoxx will also be descending on Anvers, Belgium (November 6-10, 2017).


google-io17. I/O 2018

May 2018 (tentative)
Location TBD
@googledevs #io18

With the excitement of I/O 2017 still resonating, maybe it’s a little early to be looking ahead to next year. Or maybe, y’know, it’s not. Google’s big dev event is always a blast, with highly technical in-depth sessions balanced with big-name keynotes and exciting new products. Keep an ear to the ground for this one—it sells out fast!


python18. PyCon 2018

May 2018 (tentative)
Portland, Ore. (tentative)
@pycon #pycon

PyCon is the largest annual gathering of the Python community, dedicated to diversity and affordability. Tutorials and sprints are always central to the fun, as are “lightning talks” and poster sessions. And of course there’s the PyLadies Auction: “A good sense of humor is recommended and bidding is not required.”


apple logo19. WWDC18

June 2018 (tentative)
Location TBD

It’s way too soon to say what exactly will go down at the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. But if past experience is anything to go by, it will be epic. Our advice: keep it in mind when you’re planning next year’s summer vacation—if you can snag a hard-to-come-by ticket.


oscon20. OSCON

July 16-19, 2018
Portland, Ore.

When it comes to open source, OSCON is “where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, business people, and investors.” The 2017 event, which took place in May in Austin, Tex., featured IBM’s Va Barbosa and LightStep’s Priyanka Sharma. Though it’s too early for details yet, the 2018 installment is bound to offer another awesome journey through the entire open source ecosystem.


Looking for events in Europe? Check out 10 Essential European Events for Software Developers.

Note: Event dates, 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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