Best Software Developer Events and Conferences: A Global Guide

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This post was updated on September 25, 2020, with new event details and pricing updates. Due to COVID-19, some events are postponed or canceled, and many are now virtual events.

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 for 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.

September 2020

DeveloperWeek Global

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September 29-30, 2020

Virtual Conference and Expo

Price: Free - $895


Join cloud engineers, developers, IT managers, entrepreneurs, and innovators at the premiere international cloud computing conference. You’ll have access to more than 100 keynote and technical talks, a developer technology virtual pitch contest, developer awards, a virtual hackathon and expo, and more. Discover this year’s newest cloud computing innovations by registering now.

ApacheCon @Home 2020

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September 29-October 1, 2020

Virtual event

Price: Free


Hosted by the Apache Software Foundation, which “provides free software for the common good,” the event promises three days of Apache project content across dozens of categories, including big data, machine learning, search, and web frameworks. Keynotes include Thomas Huang, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Sheng Wu, Founding Engineer, Check out the full schedule. Extra donations support the event and the Apache Software Foundation, but registration is free.

October 2020

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JAX London 

October 5-8, 2020

Online conference

Price: €349 - €899


With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, JAX London is transforming into an online conference for software engineers and enterprise-level professionals innovating in the fields of Java, microservices, continuous delivery, and DevOps. The program offers eight tracks, covering a broad range of topics, from agile and culture to software architecture and design. Register now to take advantage of discounts.

Nerd Days 1.0 (Americas)

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October 13, 2020

Virtual event

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT

Price: Free


Nerd Days 1.0—a free one-day event, designed for engineers and developers—offers five tracks covering New Relic fundamentals, cloud migration, DevOps, open source, and observability. Register now for the event and tune in to get your hands on the software and solve problems efficiently.

Oracle Developer Live—MySQL

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October 13, 2020 | Americas

October 15, 2020 | Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific

Virtual events

Price: Not available


The in-person Oracle Code One conference has been replaced with a series of free virtual events. This is your opportunity to learn about the latest developments in MySQL 8.0 directly from the MySQL engineering team. Gain from the experience of DBAs who use MySQL to power some of the world’s most well-known web properties. Learn about the latest SQL advances in MySQL 8.0. And, get agile with NoSQL in MySQL. The events include virtual hands-on labs. Register now.

Dublin Tech Summit Virtual

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Virtual event

Price: €40 - €75


Register now for the Dublin Tech Summit Virtual, “a new virtual event offering unique content, inspired insights, and respected voices.” Access the summit content for up to three months post-event, including the virtual exhibition hall and networking lounge. Stay tuned for more details about the live DTS21 event.

All Things Open

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October 19-20, 2020

Virtual conference

Price: Free - $129

Check out the technology conference focusing on the tools, processes, and people making open source possible. The conference offers an “an inclusion and diversity in open source” event, a community leadership summit, DevOpsDays, extended technical sessions and workshops, 15 minute plenary/keynote talks distributed throughout the day to accommodate multiple time zones, and more traditional 45- and 90-minute sessions across more than 20 tracks. Register today.

Nerd Days 1.0 (APJ)

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October 22, 2020

Virtual event

Start Time: 12:00 p.m. AEDT/ 9:00 a.m. SGT/ 6:30 a.m. IST

End Time: 5:00 p.m. AEDT/ 2:00 p.m. SGT/ 11:30 a.m. IST

Price: Free


Nerd Days 1.0 (APJ) is a free, one-day event designed for engineers and developers. You’ll hear from fellow engineers who built New Relic solutions and users from various industries. Whether you’re new to New Relic or a tried-and-true data nerd, there’s an interactive session for you. Register now for the event and tune in to get your hands on the software and solve problems efficiently.


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October 26-29, 2020

Virtual conference

Price: Free


Connect with others across the globe who are using Prometheus, Loki, and Grafana, and learn from the experts at Grafana Labs who are pushing these tools to the next level. The virtual conference will include live talks and demos on the newest features, functionality, use cases, and everything else you love in the open source observability ecosystem. For observability practitioners of every skill level, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Register for free.

Open Source Summit Europe

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October 26-29, 2020

Virtual experience

Price: $50


Attend the premier vendor-neutral conference for open source developers and technologists. With 250-plus sessions and 15 technology tracks, the Open Source Summit has something for everyone across all interests and levels, from professional to hobbyist. Register now.

November 2020

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Open Core Summit Digital

November 4-6, 2020

Online event

Price: Free

Open Core Summit (OCS) is the world’s ecosystem conference focused on accelerating the democratization and distribution of knowledge in the rapidly growing COSS (Commercial Open Source) category. Register today to hear from 200 speakers, access 10-plus tracks, and more. OCS 2020 Digital will be produced on a new digital conference platform that offers networking, lead generation, learning opportunities, and more.

QCon San Francisco

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San Francisco, Calif.

Price: $2,315 - $3,785

@QConSF #qconsf

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

Nerd Days 1.0 (EMEA)

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November 10, 2020

Virtual event

Time: 9:00 a.m. CET - 2:45 p.m. CET

Price: Free


Nerd Days 1.0, a free one-day event designed for engineers and developers, offers three tracks covering New Relic fundamentals, open source, and observability. Register now for the event and tune in to get your hands on the software and solve problems efficiently.

KubeCon | CloudNativeCon

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November 17-20, 2020

Virtual event

Price: Free - $100

#KubeCon #CloudNativeCon

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference brings together adopters, developers, and practitioners for four days to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing. Register here to tune in to all things Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy, CoreDNS, containerd, Fluentd, Jaeger, Vitess, TUF, OpenTracing, gRPC, CNI, Notary, NATS, Linkerd, Helm, Rook, Harbor, etcd, Open Policy Agent, CRI-O, TiKV, CloudEvents, Falco, Argo, Dragonfly, SPIFFE, and SPIRE.

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AWS re:Invent

November 30-December 18, 2020

3-Week Virtual conference

Price: Free



DrupalCon Europe 2020

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December 8-11, 2020

Online event

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CET

Price: €125 - €250

This year’s online event includes keynotes, five tracks, including Makers & Builders, focused on DevOps, backend development, site building, frontend development, and accessibility competencies. The conference covers a broad range of conference talks—from Gitlab deep dive for Drupal developers to Imposter syndrome and Open source has won. Register here.


April 2021

Dublin Tech Summit 

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Price: not available


The Dublin Tech Summit draws influential tech and business leaders from around the world to a city “fast becoming the heart of the European tech community.” The two-day agenda promises opportunities to scale your startup, future-proof your business, learn more about diversity in tech, and make global change. The DTS21 speaker list includes industry leaders, such as Gwynne Shotwell, President & COO, Space X; Eric Yuan, Founder & CEO, Zoom; and Bryan Che, CSO, Huawei.

May 2021

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May 18-19, 2021 [Postponed from 2020]

Denver (Broomfield), Colo.

Price: $995 - $1,295

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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 is now open.

June 2021


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Bouville, France

Price: €375


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!