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 and optimize your travels over the coming twelve months, here’s our comprehensive, chronological, regularly updated list of the most awesome events for software developers and engineers around the world.
Test-drive the latest Microsoft technology and sit in on hundreds of sessions covering everything from enterprise security to teamwork solutions. This year sees an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, plus a big spotlight on Microsoft Azure. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the keynote speech.
The SaaS giant’s annual San Francisco blowout is pretty much unmissable—and of course, sold out. Aside from an opening keynote from Salesforce CEO (and new owner of Time Magazine) Marc Benioff, lucky attendees will hear from big-name speakers including Al Gore, will.i. am, and PG&E CEO and President Geisha J. Williams.
September 30 – October 3, 2018
New York, N.Y.
$1,895 – $3,695
The 2018 incarnation of this huge O’Reilly Media conference is titled “Build Systems That Drive Business.” With activities split between training, tutorials, keynotes, and sessions, names to look out for here include Pilot’s Jessica McKellar, Google’s Jaana Burcu Dogan, and Anil Dash of Fog Creek Software. New this year: Kubernetes Day!
New Relic’s flagship user conference comes to the UK. “Accelerate to the Future” with inspiring speakers, modern IT perspectives, demos, and networking, plus training from New Relic University. Featured speakers include Simon Young of LEGO Group, Olaf Zschiedrich of OLX Group, and Carl Phillips of AO.com as well as a special keynote by Professor Brian Cox.
Europe’s number one enterprise event is designed for those looking to drive their business forward with the latest innovations. This massive gathering is co-located at Digital Transformation EXPO which incorporates Cyber Security X, Developer X, AI-Analytics X, Internet of Things X and Blockchain X. Speakers include Google’s Carla Echevarria and author Andrew Keen.
Famed for its Startup Competition, which annually identifies the “100 most disruptive” startups worldwide, South Summit brings 12,500+ 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 include NASA astronaut Jeanette J. Epps and Blockchain co-founder Nicholas Cary. “Be the next unicorn!”
October 8-11, 2018
£549 – £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 2018 iteration will feature more than 60 workshops, sessions, and keynotes, plus an expo attended by a slew of top tech companies. Talks will include “Cloud-Native Applications Made Easy—Don’t Code, Generate!” with IBM’s Bethany Griggs and ControlPlane’s Andrew Martin on “Continuous Kubernetes Security.”
Techweek Kansas City 2018 will bring together the local technology and innovation community, showcasing exciting current and future developments with national and global relevance. Keynote speaker Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, will share his insights on the implications of AI, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. Other speakers include Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code and NASA’s Kira Blackwell. Track topics range from FinTech and AR/VR to Crypto/Blockchain and Venture Capital. The highlight of the final day will be the LaunchKC Grants Competition, when $500,000 in grants will be awarded on the spot!
In the third and final leg of New Relic’s global event series, FutureStack comes to springtime Sydney. “Accelerate to the Future” with inspiring speakers, modern IT perspectives, demos, and networking, plus training from New Relic University. SVP of Product Management Aaron Johnson will deliver a keynote on why New Relic is “The Platform for Modern Times,” and Alistair Roberts of Ladbrokes will reveal the “Secrets of High-Performing Modern Software Teams.”
Formerly JavaOne, this popular event has been rebranded as “the most inclusive developer conference on the planet” for its 2018 iteration. Java still features heavily, but discussion will also focus on Go, Rust, Python, and many others. Sessions on chatbots, artificial intelligence, and blockchain ensure there’s something for everyone. Featured speakers include Trisha Gee of JetBrains and OpenValue’s Bert Jan Schrijver.
The European edition of this massive O’Reilly Media 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 Systems That Drive Business”—on hand to help with that will be GitHub’s Omoju Miller, Yaniv Aknin of Google Cloud, and New Relic’s own Amy Boyle, among many others.
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.
Now in its 12th year, this gathering of professional software developers promises to deliver “Bleeding-edge for the Enterprise.” The 2018 lineup features speakers from Google, Netflix, Stitch Fix, Coinbase, and more. Join the Q!
Playing host to over 3,500 “Devoxxians” from more than 40 countries, the Belgian leg of this globetrotting series offers 200 sessions including Hands-On-Labs. Billed as a community conference “from developers, for developers,” devs of all stripes should find plenty to get excited about.
November 13-15, 2018
Los Angeles, Calif.
$400 – $700
RubyConf has been “fostering the Ruby programming language and the robust community that has sprung up around it” since way back in 2001. The event brings together Rubyists both established and new to socialize, collaborate, and discuss emerging ideas. So if Ruby’s your thing, you should probably consider going. Heads up: this one is all presentations, so there’ll be no workshops or tutorials.
Promoting African tech excellence and bringing together key figures in the international and African tech innovation ecosystem, the second installment of AfricArena will welcome more than 800 attendees. Themes up for exploration include Smart Agri, Smart City, Smart Commerce, and Smart Media. The AfricArena Tour will present exciting startups from 10 tech-hotspot cities across the continent.
AWS re:Invent is THE cloud computing event of the year and should not be missed. 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, join in the 4K and 8K runs, but pace yourself to make the most of the end-of-week re:PLAY party. (Read our coverage of last year’s event.)
The European leg of San Francisco’s renowned startup fest offers everything you’d find at its American original: Startup Battlefield, Startup Alley, a virtual Hackathon, workshops, and after-parties. With the European fintech wave gathering momentum every day, the appearance of Starling CEO Anne Boden will be significant. “Startups Start Here…”
“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.
Not in SF? Try DeveloperWeek Austin (November 6-8, 2018).
Details are still scarce for the 2019 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.
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 2200+ 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.
Devoxx US [site still in beta]
March 2019 (tentative)
San Jose, Calif. (tentative)
“From developers, for developers.” What more could you want? Devoxx events are all about community, and the 2018-19 series (with events in Paris, London, Krakow, Anvers, and Casablanca) will have welcomed more than 12,000 devs by the time it wraps up. After a hiatus in 2018, Devoxx US is back and promising to be better than ever.
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 ’19 edition promises to be every bit as awesome.
April 10-11, 2019
€349 (currently two-for-one)
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!”
With the excitement of I/O 2018 still resonating, maybe it’s a little early to be looking ahead to next year. 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 Auction: “The intention is to have fun and laugh.”
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 it 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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