This post was updated March 3, 2020, with new event details and pricing updates.
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 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.
Like its New York-based sibling event, the UK version of QCon aims its programming clearly at front-line development practitioners. QCon vows to continue delivering 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 persuasive video, Why People Come Back to QCon London.
Looking for a crash course in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the technology revolution it triggered? Get yourself to the Olympia Grand in London, where the IoT Tech Expo will connect thousands of attendees with more than 300 exhibitors and a conference program featuring 21 topic tracks and over 500 speakers. With track titles such as Smart Energy & Cities, Developing for the IoT, Connected Industry, Connected Transportation, IoT Innovations & Technologies, Connected Enterprise and Privacy & Smart Buildings and Infrastructure, you may be overwhelmed, but you’re unlikely to be bored.
March 25-26, 2020
Price: Free – €35
This event brings together more than 6,500 IT and business leaders, 135 speakers, and 100 exhibitors to learn about and discuss the technologies enabling digital transformation. Focus areas include DevOps, cloud, network infrastructure, AI, cybersecurity, data analytics, unified communications, and IoT. Best of all? Advance registration is free.
Google Cloud has decided to reimagine Google Cloud Next ’20 to Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Connect, a free, global, digital-first, multi-day event connecting attendees to Next ’20 content and each other through streamed keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive learning, and digital “ask an expert” sessions with Google teams.
April 15-17, 2020
Price: €220 – €625
“From developers for developers.” What more could you want? Devoxx events are all about community, and the 2020 series (with additional events in London, Krakow, Poland, and Agadir, Morocco) will provide opportunities to hear from “local and internationally known speakers.”
PyCon, the largest annual gathering for developers and users of the open source programming language Python, is backed by the nonprofit Python Software Foundation, making it more affordable than comparable technology conferences. PyCon covers a lot of territory, including two days of tutorials, three main conference days offering almost 100 talks, followed by four days of developer sprints. And of course, there’s the PyCon Charity Auction. There’s a job fair, too.
April 22-23, 2020
“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.
If you’re looking for full-body, no-holds-barred immersion in All Things PHP, then look no further—this is the longest-running event focused on the PHP language, which today is used on more than 80% of the world’s websites. The first half of the four-day event is devoted entirely to full-day training classes and half-day workshops; both emphasize hands-on work with cutting-edge PHP techniques and tools. There’s also a strong emphasis on networking and community-building (organizers style the event as an annual “homecoming” for the PHP dev community). The schedule covers topics including Kubernetes, going serverless, and the rise of no-code tools. And if you can’t attend in person (or find your event budget stretched a little tight), the event offers an inexpensive “digital ticket” that includes video from every session.
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!
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.” Registration for their 2020 event is open, and 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.
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. Check out the schedule and register. (If you live in Europe or the UK, scroll back for details on QCon London, which takes place March 2-6.)
June 15-18, 2020
Santa Clara, CA
Price: $1,345 – $2,095
You won’t want to miss the first Infrastructure & Ops Conference, offering the latest innovations on building modern, scalable infrastructure. More than 1,500 software engineers, senior developers, and tech leads will share best practices and in-depth insights about what’s next in the infrastructure space, from deploying AI to mastering site reliability and everything in between. Check out the full schedule.
June 18-19, 2020
Price: €300 – €325
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.
OSCON, the O’Reilly Open Source Software Conference, “covers everything shaping software development today—from AI and cloud technology to distributed computing.” You’ll learn about how to avoid expensive and time-consuming bottlenecks and have the opportunity to test drive new tools. You’ll also find a community to exchange ideas and build connections with people who share your headaches and understand what rocks your world.
September 14-16, 2020
San Francisco, Calif.
Price: $145 – $1,995
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 25 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. Past speakers and judges include: Marc Benioff, Emily Weiss, and Dara Khosrowshahi.
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.”
October 7-10, 2020
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. The call for papers opens on June 5.
November 30-December 4, 2020
Las Vegas, Nev.
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!