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11/27/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/27/2019 13:49

Best Software Developer Events and Conferences: A Global Guide

This post was updated November 27, 2019 with new event listings 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.

December 2019


December 2-5, 2019
Price €539 - €1,781

DevOpsCon bills itself as 'the conference for continuous delivery, microservices, Docker, clouds & lean business.' That may sound like an invitation to the Buzzword Bingo world finals, but the DevOpsCon program clearly walks the walk-putting culture-building topics front and center, and also hitting the right notes with a program focused on timely topics like continuous delivery and automation, and monitoring and traceability. With relatively affordable entry fees and a lovely holiday-season stay in Munich in the cards, this event should be on every European DevOps team's short list of educational opportunities.

AWS re:Invent 2019

December 2-6, 2019
Las Vegas
Price $1,799

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, and stay tuned for highlights from the 2020 event.)

dotJS 2019

December 5-6, 2019
Price €199 - €299

For the first time, 'the world's largest JavaScript' conference is expanding to a two-day event format. The first day will focus on frontend development, including UI frameworks and browsers; the second day will shift to backend topics, including a generous helping of Node.js and related content. (It's not too late to submit a proposal to speak at either day of dotJS 2019, by the way.) The new format is a logical next step for dotJS, which launched in 2012 and grew to more than 1,400 attendees in 2018. And even if the timely educational content or myriad networking opportunities don't sell you on dotJS 2019, the fact that it happens in Paris certainly should!


December 6-7, 2019
Riga, Latvia
Price €2992 (main day ticket only; full-event and workshops sold out)

According to the Devternity event website, it's the third biggest tech event in Europe (presumably in terms of registered attendees). One key to its success might be the event's unusual focus on 'turning developers into architects and engineering leaders.' Another is probably the emphasis on quality content rather than 'Agile bullsh*t bingo and marketing talks,' as the Devternity event site puts it. And while a trip to Latvia in December may seem like a foray off the beaten path, you're still inside the European Union-and in a city renowned for its culture and hospitality.

January 2020


January 7-10, 2020
Sandusky, Ohio.
Price $350 - $1,000

Is CodeMash a Ruby conference? A Java conference? A security conference? Try all of the above: The event that likes to call itself the 'everything conference' returns to Sandusky, a city located on Lake Erie about halfway between Cleveland and Toledo. If that does not sound like somewhere you want to be in January, keep an open mind: CodeMash has built a reputation as a solid event with an eclectic but consistently high-quality program; a rich source of networking opportunities; and happenings like KidzMash that give the next generation of geeks a starting point to develop their talents. And since the Kalahari Resort, which hosts CodeMash, offers amenities like a heated indoor pool, it turns out that a trip to Lake Erie in the dead of winter might be warmer than you expect.

February 2020

Africa TechSummit

February 4-6. 2020
Kigali, Rwanda
Price US$225 - US$400

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 'unrivaled insight, networking, and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to drive growth in Africa.' And by all accounts, Kigali is a lovely host city for the event-and an eye-opening opportunity to see a side of Africa that should get far more attention than it does.


February 19-21, 2020
Price $395 - $670 (prices increase December 18)

DevNexus is currently the largest Java platform conference in the United States; its pedigree dates back 15 years to the Atlanta Java Users Group. This year's event expects to attract 2,500 or so attendees for three days of workshops, presentations, demonstrations, and conversations. The conference includes a respectable emphasis on cutting-edge topics like advanced Kubernetes, cloud-native microservices, and test-driven development. We know that events on this scale aren't everybody's cup of tea, but if Java is part of your job description, DevNexus probably belongs on your event shortlist.

EmTech Asia

February 25-26, 2020
Price S$1,795 - S$2,795 (prices increase February 24)

'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.

DeveloperWeek SF Bay Area

February 12-16, 2020
Oakland, Calif.
Price $645 - $995 (prices increase December 5)
DeveloperWeek bills itself as the world's largest developer conference and event series-a credible claim for an event where 8,000+ devs hack it out with 200+ technologies. If the CTO World Congress or the Hiring Mixer don't tempt you (and yes-the latter is a networking event, not an amusement park ride), 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 such topics as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and microservices? Let's be honest here: If you can't find a DeveloperWeek event that interests you, are you really in the right line of work?

March 2020

QCon London

March 2-6, 2020
Price £1,5656 - £2,625 (prices increase December 14)

Like its New York-based sibling event, the UK version of QCon aims its programming clearly at front-line development practitioners. The 2019 event featured conference tracks such as, 'Architectures You've Always Wondered About,' 'Don't $%@! Up the Culture,' and 'Security from First Principles.' While the 2020 program isn't available yet, 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.

IoT Tech Expo Global 2020

March 17-18, 2020
Price £349 - £799 (prices increase December 7)

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.


2020 Event Canceled
Hong Kong
Price TBD

What happens when 'the largest tech conference in Asia' takes place in a city where massive anti-government protests have dominated news headlines around the world for months-and where the unrest shows no signs of dying down? The event's organizers have decided not to find out and canceled all 2020 activities-stay tuned for details on a planned 2021 re-launch.

April 2020

Google Cloud Next

April 6-8, 2020
San Francisco
Price $1,699 (group and academic discounts available)

Google's signature, big (big!) picture cloud event is all about inclusion. Developers are invited, of course, but so is 'anyone passionate about an accessible, scalable, socially responsible cloud.' But if Google's 'everyone's invited' message and event FAQ seem a little thin on practical information, that's because they are-at least for now. That won't stop Cloud Next from selling out weeks, and possibly months, ahead of time-and really, if you're ever going to attend a tech event as a leap of faith, it might as well be this one.

Dublin Tech Summit

April 22-23, 2020
Dublin, Ireland
Price €259 (special two-for-one 'Black Friday' pricing; increases to €389 per person December 2)
'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!' Expect a speaker list on the same level as the 2019 lineup, which featured Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Reddit CTO Chris Slowe, and not one but two astronauts! (Event organizers have started a 2020 speaker list, along with a complete listing of all 150+ 2019 speakers, if you'd like to follow along as they build out this year's program.)

May 2020

php[tek] 2020

May 18-21, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.
Price: $195 - $895

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). 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. (Be sure to check the event site frequently; detailed schedules for this year's event are not yet posted but should be soon.)

GlueCon 2020

May 20-21, 2020
Denver (Broomfield), Colo.
Price $795 (prices increase December 1)

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 last year's agenda (two standouts: 'Quantum Computing Application Development Is Here,' and 'DevOps Security for Multi-Cloud and Kubernetes Infrastructures') confirms that GlueCon walks the walk with its developers-first focus.

June 2020

QCon New York

June 15-19, 2020
New York City
Price: $1,985 - $3,545 (prices increase December 14)

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. What last year's event schedule did include was a wealth of practioner-friendly material with titles like 'Architecting for Failure,' 'Software-Defined Infrastructure,' and '21st Century Languages.' (If you live in Europe or the UK, scroll back for details on QCon London, which takes place March 2-6.)

July 2020

OSCON 2020

July 13-16, 2020
Portland, Ore.
Price: $1,395 (complete pricing and package selections are not yet available)

When it comes to open source, OSCON is 'where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, business people, and investors.' As with the 2019 event, organizers will build the event program (which is still being put together in case you'd like to pitch a proposal) around five pillars of modern software development: Open Source, Cloud Native, Data-Driven, AI-Enhanced, and Customer-Driven applications. If you're looking for an open source focused event with street cred, it's hard to go wrong with OSCON-the place where Kubernetes 1.0 and OpenStack both made their public debuts, as have countless other influential open-source projects.

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!