When it comes to industry events for software developers, new highlights are always popping up on an already-packed year-round schedule. How’s an engineer to know which hackathons to hit and which tech conferences to miss?
To help you plan your travels in the months ahead, here’s our comprehensive, chronological, regularly updated list of the most awesome events for software developers and engineers around the world.
December 10-13, 2018
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities around the world to share info on cloud computing and Kubernetes. Although the event is sold out, live steams of the keynote sessions from the likes of Microsoft, Lyft, Alibaba, Google, VMware, and others will be available.
“Where technology, business, and culture converge.” Since its inception in 1999, EmTech has established itself as an influential international conference on emerging technologies. Hosted by the MIT Technology Review, this event is famous for its Innovators Under 35 feature, which in the past has included such luminaries as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, not to mention Mark Zuckerberg. There’ll be plenty of other exciting speakers, too, including Samantha Payne, COO of Open Bionics.
Alongside its London-based partner event, this conference in the Rwandan capital brings together hundreds of stakeholders from across the African continent to explore the latest tech trends. Organizers aim to provide “unrivalled insight, networking, and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to drive growth in Africa.”
February 20-24, 2019
$50 – $1,495
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 the various two-day sub-conferences devoted to topics including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and microservices? That’s what I thought.
Speaker details are still scarce for the 2019 edition of this conference for professional developers, but tracks have now been announced. They include “Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About,” “Don’t $%@! Up the Culture,” and “Security from First Principles.” Expect a strong focus on “Bleeding-edge for the Enterprise” and a commitment to “engineers over evangelists, practitioners over coaches, and team leads over consultants.” Intrigued? Check out this nifty (and persuasive) video, Why People Come Back to QCon London.
Touted as “the professional developers conference,” DevNexus convenes for the thirteenth time to connect developers from all over the world, provide affordable education, and promote open source values. The 2019 event will bring in 2,200+ attendees for an experience that will span three days, beginning with an optional day of 12 hands-on workshop sessions, followed by 2 days of presentations and live demonstrations on the industry’s hottest topics. If you didn’t “Join the <dev/>olution” in 2018, you should dev-initely consider doing so in 2019.
The signature event for Google’s enterprise cloud platform. Next ’18 was a global exhibition of inspiration, innovation, and education connecting big thinkers and doers. The 2019 edition promises to be every bit as awesome.
April 10-11, 2019
€188 (US$ 216) (super-early-bird pricing)
Proudly touting itself as Europe’s fastest-growing technology conference, Dublin Tech Summit promises 10,000+ leaders, founders, and influencers from around the world. Two days of “growth and development, knowledge sharing, fun networking, and of course … the craic!” Confirmed speakers include NASA CTO Douglas Terrier, Google’s Cassie Kozyrkov, and Elena Gomez of Zendesk.
Given that many of the particulars have yet to be set, maybe it’s a little early to be looking ahead to the 2019 version of Google I/O. Or maybe, you 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!
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. There’s a job fair, too. And, of course, there’s the PyLadies Lunch.
May 8-10, 2019
“From developers, for developers.” What more could you want? Devoxx events are all about community, and the 2018-19 series (with gatherings in Paris, Krakow, Anvers, and Casablanca, as well as this one in London) will have welcomed more than 12,000 devs by the time it wraps up.
Since 2010, ACE! has been the largest regional conference of its kind in Central Europe. These folks are all about “Building Software Better, Building Better Products,” so it’s sure to be, well, ace.
June 2019 (tentative)
San Jose, Calif. (tentative)
It’s way too soon to say what exactly will go down at the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. But if past experience is anything to go by, it will be epic. Our advice: Keep WWDC in mind when you’re planning next year’s summer vacation—if you can snag a hard-to-come-by ticket.
From the team behind Web Summit comes RISE, a gathering of the world’s biggest companies and most exciting startups. With more than 15,000 attendees and 350+ speakers expected, this is a truly massive event. “Buzzing and electric” according to Bloomberg. Sounds pretty fun, right?
When it comes to open source, OSCON is “where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, business people, and investors.” The 2018 event, which took place in July in Portland, Ore., featured Microsoft’s Jessica Deen and Flyball’s Mack Hendricks. Though it’s too early for details yet, the 2019 installment is bound to offer another awesome journey through the entire open source ecosystem.
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