Staying on top of the app development game means not just building great apps, but being aware of changes in technology, trends in the industry, and interacting with peers to learn about tips and tricks to help you stay ahead of the game. Industry conferences are a great way to do that, so here’s a list of some of the most important mobile-focused app developer conferences happening this year. (Events with an asterisk are ones that New Relic will have a presence at.) ModevUX, May 19-20, 2014, McLean, VA: ModevUX focuses specifically on the intersection of mobile development, design, and user experience, with a focus on putting customers at the center of every product design and development decision. Sessions will cover lean UX principles, designing for context, and new UX technologies available. *Gluecon, May 21-22, 2014, Denver: GlueCon covers mobile technology, cloud technology, and big data, and focuses specifically on speakers and sessions aimed at developers. Topics of interest include mobile apps, APIs, backend-as-a-service and mobile DevOps. New Relic’s very own VP of Engineering Bjorn Freeman-Benson will be delivering the closing keynote, “Carpe Datum! Time for Software Psychologists to Become Analytics Heroes,” on Wednesday, May 21 at 6:00 pm. Be sure to stop by and check it out! *AnDevCon, May 27-30, 2014, Boston: The Android Developer Conference focuses not just on Android development, but mobile app development training for developers at any level. Participants can take mobile app development classes, Androi app development classes, and also have a chance to earn a certification during the four-day event. (New Relic will also be at this conference, so come chat with us at booth 804!) *WWDC, June 2-6, 2014, San Francisco: The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference has sessions for everything developers want to know about creating and improving iOS apps. The event includes tracks on design, app frameworks, services, tools and performance, among others. WWDC also results in numerous other events that happen around it, a few of which New Relic will be either sponsoring or hosting:
- On Monday, June 2nd, we’ll be hosting a live recording of the 5by5 Live podcast, followed by a meet and greet with the hosts from 6:30 – 10 pm at New Relic HQ in San Francisco.
- On Tuesday, June 3rd, New Relic is hosting the NSHipster Pub Quiz on Objective-C internals, Cocoa APIs, and assorted Apple arcana from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at New Relic HQ in San Francisco.
- On Wednesday, June 4th, we’ll be hosting the WWDCGirls Fundraiser on behalf of AppCamp for Girls from 6 – 8 pm at New Relic HQ in San Francisco. More details on this to come…
*Future Insights Live Future of Mobile, June 16-20, 2014, Las Vegas: Future Insights has three events with different focuses (web apps, web design and mobile), but registrants can choose to sign up for just the Future of Mobile event. Future of Mobile has both product and platform tracks, which include sessions on developer tools, mobile web, wearable tech, and customer-centric and contextual design. Jonathan Karon, New Relic’s mobile engineering manager, will be giving a talk, “Faster is Better: Making Native Mobile Apps Sing,” on Friday, June 20 from 1:30 – 2:20 pm Google I/O, June 25-26, 2014, San Francisco: Google’s own developer conference showcases what Google can do across the board, not just mobile, but they have a heavy mobile emphasis and offer participants the chance to build an entire app from scratch with the help of actual Google employees. Mobile+Web DevCon, July 15-17, 2014, Chicago: This is a platform neutral conference, with sessions covering both Android and iOS, as well as HTML5, and a focus on usability, dev tools, and design. You can also participate in hands-on labs to learn how to build iOS and Android apps. *FutureStack, October 8-9, 2014, San Francisco: New Relic’s very own annual conference is back! Ideal for both mobile and web developers, futurists, and technologists, FutureStack14 will be all about building connections between you and your data, so you can make better decisions and build a better future. More details to come, but book now to get the Early Bird discount! GigaOm Structure Connect, October 21-22, 2014, San Francisco: This conference is aimed at developers interested in the “Internet of Things,” and what kinds of connected devices and technology we can expect to see in the near future. Apps World Europe, Nov. 12-13, 2014, London: This massive event has separate tracks dedicated to developers, Droid, HTML5, APIs, Second Screen, and more. The Developer tracks and Droid tracks are free to attend. (The next Apps World North America will be held March 13-15, 2015, in San Francisco.) BONUS: Wearables DevCon March 9-11, 2015, Santa Clara: If you’re interested in designing and developing apps for all kinds of wearable technology, this conference is solely focused on that. Now that’s a pretty solid schedule of mobile developer events, don’t you think? We hope to see you at one (or some) in the coming months ahead!