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The Best Software Engineering Conferences

Where U.S. Developers Go to Improve Their Skills

Passionate software developers are always learning and testing new software engineering methods. Staying on top of industry changes and trends is an exciting part of the job. The software engineering field is constantly evolving thanks to advancements in areas like the internet of things (IoT), agile development, big data analytics, visualization, AI, and much more.

These amazing software engineering conferences bring the brightest minds in software development together. Developers from all over the country flock to these events to learn about and discuss industry breakthroughs. These events create an environment where like-minded professionals can network and bounce opinions and ideas off each other. Regardless of the particular technologies that you’re interested in, these types of conferences are sure to sharpen your professional skills and prepare you to excel in the ever-changing of the industry of software development.

We have ranked them in two categories:

  1. Must-attend engineering conferences
  2. Cross-discipline conferences

Check out our comprehensive list of the top software engineering conferences happening around the country!

Must-attend engineering conferences

This selection is based primarily on the high interest we have observed among attendees, growing year-on-year.

Microsoft Build

Twitter:  @bldwin / #Build2018
Web: buildwindows.com
Date:  May 10-12
Location: Downtown Seattle, Washington

OSCON (O’Reilly Open Source Convention)

Twitter: @oscon / @OReillyMedia / #Oscon
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/open-source-us
Date:  July 16-19
Location: Portland, Oregon

QCon New York

Twitter: @QCon / @QConNewYork / #qconnewyork
Web: qconnewyork.com
Date: June 27-28 Conference; June 25-26 Workshops
Location: New York City, New York

QCon San Francisco

Twitter: @QCon / @QConSF / #qconsf
Web: qconsf.com
Date: November 5-7 Conference; November 8-9 Workshops
Location: San Francisco, California

GoTo Conference

Twitter: @GOTOcon / @GOTOchgo / #GOTOChgo)
Web: gotochgo.com
Date: April 25-26 Conference; April 24-27
Location: Chicago, Illinois


Twitter: @fluentconf / @OReillyMedia / #FluentConf
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/fluent/javascript-html-us
Date: June 11-12 Training; June 12-14 Conference
Location: San Jose, California


Twitter: @JavaOneConf / #JavaOne
Web: www.oracle.com/javaone
Date: October 28- November 1
Location: Downtown San Francisco, California


Twitter: @DockerCon / #dockercon
Web: 2018.dockercon.com/
Date: June 12-14
Location: San Francisco, California

ApacheCon North America & Apache Big Data

Twitter: @EventsLF / @ApacheCon / #ApacheCon
Web: events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/
Date: Typically in May
Location: Miami, Florida

Open Source Leadership Summit (formerly LinuxCon)

Twitter: @EventsLF
Web: events.linuxfoundation.org
Date: March 6-8
Location: Sonoma Valley, California


Twitter: @DeveloperWeek
Web: developerweek.com
Date: February 11-16 (Hackathon February 3-4 / Workshops February 5 / Conference and Expo February 5-7)
Location: San Francisco, California

Apple WWDC

Twitter: #WWDC18
Web: developer.apple.com/wwdc/
Date: Typically in June
Location:  Moscone Center, San Francisco, California

Google I/O

Twitter: @googledevs / #GoogleIO / #IO18
Web: developers.google.com (conference website isn’t up yet)
Date: Typically in May
Location: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California in 2016, Moscone (SF) in previous years

Software Architecture Conference

Twitter: @oreillysacon / #OReillySACon)
Web: conferences.oreilly.com/software-architecture/engineering-business-us
Date: February 25-26 Training; February 26-28 Conference
Location: New York, New York


Twitter: @smashingconf / #SmashingConf
Web: smashingconf.com/sf-2018/
Date: April 1-18
Location: San Francisco, California

Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Twitter: @Official_GDC / #GDC2018
Web: gdconf.com
Date: March 19-23
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California

Facebook F8

Twitter: @fbplatform / #F8
Web: fbf8.com
Date: May 1-2
Location: San Jose, California

Microsoft Ignite

Twitter: @MS_Ignite / #MSIgnite
Web: ignite.microsoft.com
Date: September 24-28
Location: Orlando, Florida

IT/Dev Connections

Twitter: @devconnections / #ITDevCon
Web: devconnections.com
Date: October 15-18
Location: Dallas, Texas

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Twitter: @PSHSummit
Web: powershell.org/summit/
Date: April 9-12, 2018
Location: Bellevue, Washington

Internet of Things Summit

Twitter: #iotsummit #IoTWest18
Web: theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/internet-of-things-summit-san-francisco-2018
Date: April 19-20
Location: San Francisco, California

Cross-discipline conferences

Conferences in this category are targeted at specific industries or technologies — for example, security, cloud computing, DevOps, and open source. Although they aren’t pure development conferences, we believe these gatherings will hold interest for many developers.

Velocity Conference

Twitter: @velocityconf / @OReillyMedia / #velocityconf
Web: velocityconf.com
San Jose, California — June 11-14
New York City, New York — September 30- October 3

DevOps Enterprise Summit

Twitter: @DOESsummit / #DOES18
Web: devopsenterprise.io
Date: typically in November
Location: San Francisco, California


Twitter: @LISAConference / @usenix / #LISA18
Web:  usenix.org/conference/lisa17
Date: October 28–November 2
Location: Omni Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee

DevOps Days

Twitter: @devopsdays / #devopsdays
Web: devopsdays.org
Date: Varies
Location: Held throughout the year in multiple cities, mostly in the U.S.

Cloud Computing Expo

Twitter: @CloudExpo / @SYSCONmedia / #CloudExpo
Web: cloudcomputingexpo.com
Date/Location: June 5-7, Javits Center in New York City, New York
November 6-8, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California

Agile Dev West

Twitter: #BetterSoftwareCon
Web: http://adcwest.techwell.com/
Date: June 3-8
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Agile Dev East

Web: http://adceast.techwell.com/
Date: Typically in November
Location: Orlando, Florida


Twitter: @gluecon / #gluecon
Web: http://gluecon.com/
Date: May 16-17
Location: Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado


Twitter: @rsaconference / #RSAC
Web: rsaconference.com/events/us18
Date:  April 16-20
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California


Twitter: @ChefConf / #ChefConf
Web: chefconf.chef.io/
Date: May 22-25
Location: Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Illinois

Jenkins World

Twitter: @jenkinsconf/ #JenkinsWorld
Web: www.cloudbees.com/jenkinsworld/home
Date: September 16-19
Location: San Francisco, California


Twitter: @pycon/ #PyCon
Web: us.pycon.org/2018/
Date: May 9-17
Location: Cleveland, Ohio


We hope you enjoyed this list, and ultimately we hope you book a trip to one of these incredible conferences. Get out there and continue to stay on top of everything that is happening in the world of software development. Check out more great conference resources on our blog.

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