This post was updated May 8, 2020, with new event details and pricing updates. Due to COVID-19, some events are postponed or cancelled.
When it comes to industry events for software developers, how’s an engineer to know which hackathons to hit and which buzzword-bingofests to miss?
To help you plan your travels in the months ahead, here’s our comprehensive, chronological, regularly updated (and just slightly opinionated) list of the most awesome events for software developers and engineers around the world.
Php[tek] 2020, originally scheduled for May 18-21, 2020, is cancelled.
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. QCon describes 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”—and like quite a few other top-tier tech events, its conference program includes no vendor-controlled content.
O’Reilly in-person conferences have been cancelled.
Devoxx has been cancelled.
O’Reilly in-person conferences have been cancelled.
September 9-10, 2020 [Postponed from April]
“What does tomorrow look like?” That’s the question the Dublin Tech Summit is intent upon answering with its 2020 event program. The summit—which claims to be the oldest of its type in Europe—brings together thousands of tech-industry leaders, founders, and influencers from around the world. The two-day agenda promises “days of growth and development, knowledge sharing, networking opportunities—and, of course, the craic!” The DTS20 speaker list includes dozens of industry leaders, including Gwynne Shotwell, President & COO, Space X; Eric Yuan, Founder & CEO, Zoom; and John Foreman, Chief Product Officer, Mailchimp.
September 14-16, 2020
San Francisco, Calif.
Price: $145 – $1,495
Home of the legendary Startup Battlefield Competition, this is the place where the startup world gathers to see the present and future of tech in one place. Participation is free and open to all pre-Series A startups. If you’re one of 20 companies chosen, you’ll receive advice, coaching, and the chance to pitch a panel of top-tier investors. There’s even a $100,000 cash prize someone will walk away with. Applications will open in Q2 2020. Startup Alley—where hundreds of early-stage startups showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors, and members of the press—is where you’ll get to check out tomorrow’s household names across all verticals and categories. This year’s speakers and judges include Cyan Banister, Partner, Founders Fund; Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-founder & Co-CEO, Atlassian; and Lo Toney, Founding Managing Partner, Plexo Capital.
Since 2010, ACE! has been the largest regional conference of its kind in Central Europe. ACE! 2020 combines two one-track conferences into one: building software better and building better products. They’ve also added a workshop day, so attendees can apply new skills and experiment with new ideas. It’s sure to be—well, ace!
September 17-18, 2020
By invitation, via application
NEXT20 is a two-day digital conference where decision makers, digital movers and shakers, and future-forward thinkers meet to learn, debate, and connect on the topic of digital transformation. Invitees (apply now!) will include 1,500 carefully selected leaders from many different countries, industries, disciplines, and departments. NEXT20 takes place in Hamburg’s famous Reeperbahn district, “a fun setting, buzzing with energy during the day, and even more electric at night.”
The call for papers is now open. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your insights with fellow developers.
October 7-10, 2020
Price: €469 – €909
JAX London brings together software engineers and enterprise-level professionals innovating in the fields of Java, microservices, continuous delivery, and DevOps. The program offers six tracks, covering a broad range of topics, from agile and culture to software architecture and design. Register now to take advantage of discounts.
GlueCon’s founders—the husband and wife team of Kim and Eric Norlin—promote their event as a “hand-crafted” antidote to “sales pitches disguised as talks, sessions that never do more than scratch the surface, throngs of people that seem more concerned with the after-parties than the education, and networking that has no lasting impact.” A look at the agenda (two standouts: “Modern Application Development: Serverless First,” and “DevSecOps: Delivering Secure Code Faster”) confirms that GlueCon walks the walk with its developers-first focus. Registration is now open.
At the QCon San Francisco conference for professional software developers, you’ll learn how to drive innovation and change in software, uncover emerging trends and tools, and validate your software development roadmaps. The conference includes 50-minute presentations, keynotes, panels, and “ask me anything” sessions with the speakers. If you purchase a 5-day ticket, you can attend two optional workshop days. You’ll have plenty of time to network with similar-minded attendees during the 25-minute breaks (referred to as “the hallway track.”) Register now for limited early bird tickets.
Salesforce is reimagining its events through the end of the year.
More than 3,000 developers and architects come together to dive into a range of topics, from Java, cloud, and artificial intelligence to machine learning, programming languages, and developer culture. Billed as a community conference “by developers, for developers,” devs of all stripes should find plenty to get excited about. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Devoxx Belgium has decided to postpone the call for papers and registration until further notice.
November 30-December 4, 2020
Las Vegas, Nev.
June 17-18, 2021 [Postponed from June, 2020]
Do you fancy a developer event that takes place at a French chateau? Billed as the “ultimate tech festival,” this conference offers three tracks. DevLife focuses on management, ethics, and the impact of tech. DevNews covers breaking news and disruptive thinking in the tech world. DevWorld delves into the technical challenges developers face. If that’s not enough, you can also hear an “orbital perspective” from Ron Garan, a decorated NASA astronaut, pilot, humanitarian, and social entrepreneur.
Keep up with New Relic events, too!
Finally, here at New Relic, we deliver our own program of events, user groups, and meetups! Be sure to bookmark the New Relic Events page, which we update on a regular basis. We’re looking forward to seeing you at a future event!