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 over the coming 12 months, here’s our comprehensive, chronological, regularly updated list of the most awesome events for software developers and engineers around the world.
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
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.
Many developers consider AWS re:Invent to be THE cloud computing event of the year. 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 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 $100,000 in cash and prizes in the hackathon? Or the various two-day sub-conferences devoted to topics including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and microservices? That’s what I thought.
Not in SF? Try DeveloperWeek Austin (November 6-8, 2018).
Details are still scarce for the 2019 edition of this conference for professional developers, but expect a strong focus on “Bleeding-edge for the Enterprise” and a commitment to “engineers over evangelists, practitioners over coaches, and team leads over consultants.” Intrigued? Check out this nifty (and persuasive) video, Why People Come Back to QCon London.
Touted as “the professional developers conference,” DevNexus convenes for the thirteenth time to connect developers from all over the world, provide affordable education, and promote open source values. The 2019 event will bring in 2,200+ attendees for an experience that will span three days, beginning with an optional day of 12 hands-on workshop sessions, followed by 2 days of presentations and live demonstrations on the industry’s hottest topics. If you didn’t “Join the <dev/>olution” in 2018, you should dev-initely consider doing so in 2019.
The signature event for Google’s enterprise cloud platform. Next ’18 was a global exhibition of inspiration, innovation, and education connecting big thinkers and doers. The 2019 edition promises to be every bit as awesome.
April 10-11, 2019
€188 (US$ 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!”
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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