The Best Developer Conferences 2020
March 2019 · Berlin, Germany · comments
The list was updated in 2020.
Developer conferences are a great place to network with like-minded developers and learn from the best software engineers in our field. Thousands of conferences happening around the world, but not all of them are equally good. Below is my list of 13 best developer conferences to attend in 2020. I personally attended every conference on the list.
Location: Riga, Latvia Date: 3–4 Dec 2020
DevTernity is one of the most demanded developer conferences in Europe. Located in beautiful city of Riga, this conference focuses on coding, architecture and leadership skills. The first conference’s day is packed with high-quality talks. The second day is devoted to full-day workshops. This conference is in demand among developers and tickets are rarely available. If you can get ticket to this event – lucky you.
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia Date: 23–24 Oct 2020
This is one of the best conferences organized by Java User Group in Russia. The venue, the staff, the travel organization and of course the audience is excellent. The conference offers good soft and hard-core talk balance. The only issue is that some talks are in Russian and you will probably need a visa. That might scare some international attendees.
Location: Budapest, Hungary Date: 13–16 Oct 2020
CRAFT is a well-organized general software development conference in Europe. The conference organizers excel at everything they do – from organization to the content. Here you will learn about tools, methods, and practices from the best speakers and practitioners in the software development community. It’s a really good event, but four days may be too much.
Location: Berlin, Germany Date: 26–30 Oct 2020
GOTO is a general software development conference that covers wide range of topics from coding to management. The content is very diverse and thought-provoking. The conference allows you to meet new people easily and hang out at one of the expo booths, because there is plenty of breaks and room available between sessions. The conference also runs in Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
Location: Antwerp, Belgium Date: 9–13 Nov 2020
Devoxx is an annual community conference organized by the Belgian Java User Group. Devoxx has become one of the best and oldest Java conferences in the world. Devoxx sets high standards for other Java conferences. I believe that every Java developer must attend Devoxx at least once (and try Belgian beer). The conference also runs in the London, Poland, and Amsterdam.
The Lead Developer
Location: London, UK Date: 1–2 Feb 2021
As a tech lead, you have to be a great developer. But you also need to be a good team leader, be commercially astute, and stay on top of all the tech developments and trends coming over the horizon. The Lead Developer conference prepares you for a tech leaders role and covers the wide range of topics that every lead developer need to know. Great conference!
Location: Chicago, United States Date: 27–1 Apr 2020
Organized by developers, GOTO Chicago focuses on the latest trends in software engineering. The conference covers both deeply technical topics, as well as soft topics such as career and teamwork. The conference is well-organized. Majority of speakers are really good. If you are looking for a conference in the US and don’t have opportunity to visit Europe, then GOTO Chicago is perhaps the best choice.
Location: London, UK Date: 3–4 Oct 2021
SC is the place where passionate software craftspeople, community, and thought leaders come together. Being a software craftsperson calls on many hard and soft skills. This is where the mindset of a software craftsperson comes in and SCLConf is where this mindset plus latest technologies; agile ways of working and tools will be showcased and nurtured.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden Date: 3–5 Feb 2020
JFokus is a general software development conference about literally everything – Web, DevOps, IoT, AI, Cloud, Big Data, Future and Trends. Even so, I see a major focus on Java, Kotlin, Scala and other JVM languages (hence “J” the name). It’s a large and well-organized conference with some famous speakers on stage. I attended the conference in 2016 together with my team and we enjoyed it.
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania Date: 11–15 Nov 2020
Build Stuff Lithuania is one of the largest software development events in Baltics. The conference is well-organized, has many good speakers and diversity of talks. What makes this conference particularly great is that it’s not just another money-making conference. It’s organized with passion and special care about attendees and speakers.
Location: Soltau, Germany Date: 27–30 Aug 2020
SoCraTes is about software craftsmanship, sustainable creation of useful software in a responsible way. The event is run as a non-profit, low-cost event and has a lot of highly collaborative interactions and Open Space sessions. You should attend this event if you want are ready to interact with other attendees, not just sit and listen.
Location: Malmö, Sweden Date: 3–6 Nov 2020
The conference gathers more than one thousand participants to talk about literally everything related to software development. Diversity of talks is making Øredev interesting conference to attend. Where else you can hear a talk about behavioral neuroscience? The average quality of talks is good, but sometimes you can come across a low quality talk.
Location: London, UK Date: 25–29 Jan 2021
NDC is one of the best .NET conferences in Europe. NDC speakers come from all over the world and are recognized as experts and thought leaders in their field. What I like about NDC is that it offers many full-day workshops. The conference also runs in Copenhagen, Oslo, Sydney and Minnesota.
Still in doubt? Go to DevTernity.
I picked the best developer conferences for your convenience from the ultimate list. Now, make a good choice and mark your calendar. Prices may vary based on how early you register. Also, remember that hotel and travel costs are generally separate from the conference pricing. Enjoy!
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