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.
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
Price $50 – $1,495 (some prices will increase after February 13)
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.
Like its New York-based sibling scheduled for later in the year, the UK version of QCon aims its programming clearly at front-line development practitioners. A full schedule is now available for QCon London, which will include tracks with titles such as, “Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About,” “Don’t $%@! Up the Culture,” and “Security from First Principles.” QCon vows to deliver content geared towards “Bleeding-edge for the Enterprise” and to prioritize “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 13th 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 spans four days, beginning with a two-day workshop dealing with Micronaut, “a revolutionary new framework for building microservices and serverless applications, in concert with Google Cloud Platform services, such as Cloud SQL, Kubernetes, and Google’s Instance Metadata Server.” The second half of the event includes a mix of workshops, presentations, and live demonstrations on the industry’s hottest topics.
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; the full schedule includes sessions covering 18 featured technical themes—ranging from Application Development and Architecture to Security and Serverless—that promise something for almost everyone working in software development and related fields.
April 10-11, 2019
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.
We finally know the location, the venue (Shoreline Amphitheater, about midway between San Francisco and San Jose) and the dates for Google’s wildly popular developer event. We also know that Google will accept registrations for a random ticket drawing during the third week of February. One thing we don’t know yet is how much tickets will cost, although it’s unlikely to matter much to the event’s target audience. In any case, Google’s big dev event is always a blast, with highly technical in-depth sessions balanced with big-name keynotes and exciting new products. For the lucky ticket holder this is likely to be a memorable event.
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
Price £200-£510 (early bird pricing ends March 24)
“From developers, for developers.” What more could you want? Devoxx events are all about community, and the 2018-19 series (with gatherings in Pari; Krakow, Poland; Antwerp, Belgium; and Casablanca, Morocco, 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.
Price TBD ($1,599 in 2018)
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. Last year’s ducats were distributed via random drawing, and there’s no reason to believe the 2019 event will be any easier to get into.
June 24-26, 2019
New York City
Price $1,565- $2,095 (prices go up after March 9)
If you’re looking for an event that is long on technical content for practitioners and short on marketing fluff, QCon is worth your attention. Billing itself as an event that focuses “senior software engineers and architects on the patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops,” the event schedule includes tracks with intriguing titles such as “Architecting for Failure,” “Software-Defined Infrastructure,” and “21st Century Languages.”
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.
If the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit was a rock band, it would be a supergroup. The event consists of three distinct conferences—LinuxCon, ContainerCon, and CloudOpen—that cover three of the industry’s hottest technology topics. Last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 developers, operators, and open-source community leaders; the schedule (you can check out the 2018 program here) is sure to offer a diverse mix of technology deep-dive sessions, thought leadership, vendor-sponsored events, and networking opportunities.
Apache has long been the world’s most widely used web server; today, the open-source server powers claims a 44% market share. But this is just the tip of the iceberg for ApacheCon, which also includes events and educational programming for users of Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, and the vast array of projects managed within the Apache Software Foundation.
September 23-25, 2019
Price $295 (early bird pricing through June 14)
Just as there are tech events for even the most niche tools and topics, there are also events that deliver kitchen-sink diversity and enough attendees to populate a small city. Spiceworld 2019 tends towards the kitchen-sink end of the spectrum—last year’s event drew some 1,500 attendees, and the 60+ sessions are organized into fairly broad topic tracks. (The 2019 program isn’t available yet, but video from the 2018 sessions is available.) And if networking (or nightlife) are high on your list of developer event priorities, this event definitely deserves a spot on your calendar.
JAX London is a four-day conference and two-day expo with programming that “brings together the world’s leading innovators in the fields of Java, microservices, continuous delivery, and DevOps.” This year’s conference program includes 60+ sessions with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge software development tools and methodologies. There’s also a track devoted to blockchain technologies and solutions—a fitting topic for an event located in one of the world’s key financial centers.
Since 2014, Microsoft Ignite has provided a single, combined home for one very large event (TechEd) and a handful of smaller ones (Microsoft Management Summit, SharePoint Conference, and Project Conference, among others). This year’s event program preview promises a stronger focus on advanced and expert sessions; more hands-on learning lab activities, and more than 20 role- or priority-based learning paths for attendees. The event’s vendor expo included more than 100 participating companies in 2018.
AWS re:Invent is the undisputed cloud computing event of the year—and each year, AWS somehow manages to raise the bar a little higher. The 2018 event drew 40,000 participants to 1,000+ breakout sessions, multiple hackathons, bootcamps, workshops, and much more—all of it held across more than a half-dozen locations around Las Vegas. It’s not uncommon for attendees to walk miles simply getting around the massive event, although you’ll want to pace yourself to catch the epic, end-of-week re:PLAY party. (Don’t miss our coverage of last year’s event.)
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