Choosing a good developer conference has always been hard. We make it easy by giving each conference rating from A+ (the best) to F- (the worst).
DevTernity is one of the most demanded developer conferences in Europe. We've been attending every year since 2015 and strongly believe it's the best conference available on the market. DevTernity focuses on the core areas that are paramount to your success — software architecture, clean code, and leadership. We took 1 star off because DevTernity is a victim of its popularity — the rooms are overflowing with people. At DevTernity you learn more than at other conferences (CRAFT and GOTO Berlin are perhaps the only rivals). DevTernity has the best cost/value ratio among competitors.
This is the biggest and by far the greatest event for developers interested in cloud technology, software architecture, and DevOps. Even though re:Invent is organized by Amazon is vendor-specific, we still highly recommend it, if your work background is not AWS. Amazon is putting so much money into this event, that it's worth every penny.
CRAFT is a full-stack developer conference that tries to cover many topics, including tools, methods, and practices that should be part of the toolbox of a modern developer and company. You can learn from the best speakers and practitioners in the software development community. CRAFT team excels at everything they do – from organization to the content. Our team has attended the conference and can confirm attention to every detail.
GeekOut is a two-day show for Java professionals. The conference is well-organized, the venue is great (it's some sort of a factory), and pretty stellar speakers lineup. GeekOut gathers ~600 participants every year and most of the feedback is extremely positive. The conference has a much better cost/value ratio than other Java conferences in Northern Europe. We'd rank GeekOut even higher if the conference offered hands-on workshops.
Devoxx (formerly named JavaPolis) is an annual community conference, created in 2001 by Stephan Janssen, organized by the Belgian Java User Group (BeJUG). The conference takes place every year in Belgium around November. With over 2,800 attendees in 2006, JavaPolis became the biggest vendor-independent Java conference in the world. Personally, we like Devoxx because it sets high standards for itself and other Java conferences. Because the expo is full of sponsors, you will take away a lot of cool swag.
Swansea is a one day, agile development and software craftsmanship conference. Swansea gives the right platform to gather cutting-edge information on technology from the best speakers and trainers of the industry. Taking into account the great speakers' lineup, the price is very appealing.
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. We talked to the conference's participants and the vast majority have expressed interest to attend the conference again. We see the conference as "the dark horse" that is slowly (but steadily) approaching A-league.
GOTO Conference is a software development conference designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers and is organized "for developers by developers". The content is very diverse and thought-provoking. The conference also allows you to meet new people easily, because there is plenty of breaks and room available between sessions to have a chat with others and hang out at one of the expo booths.
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. With a balance of content across team, tools and tech, The Lead Developer conference is designed with the complexities of the job in mind. Join the community of tech leads, engineering managers and CTOs for two days of inspiring talks and networking opportunities.
Riga Dev Days conference brings together experts in Java, .NET, SQL Databases, Microservices, and Cloud technologies to Riga for 3 days of sessions and workshops. At RDD you will enjoy quality content in a comfortable atmosphere in a cinema theater. It's the best place for learning new technologies, sharing experience, and meeting IT colleagues. Riga is easy to reach and is a relatively cheap location. RDD offers compelling prices. Unfortunately, attendees say that many talks are "filler talks" of low-to-medium quality.
GeeCON is Java conference with a lot of great speakers and the overwhelming Java climate. Here you can learn about Java and JVM based technologies, dynamic languages, enterprise architectures, patterns, distributed computing, software craftsmanship and mobile. We attended the conference and did not like the organization – quite messy process, average food, average location.
NewCrafts promises to challenge your pre-conceptions. The conference questions the way we develop, how we perceive our profession and craft. We attended the conference and the overall feeling is OK. Organisers are offering very compelling ticket price, but the problem lies in beautiful Paris – it's extremely expensive.
Jfokus is the largest developer conference in Sweden. It's a great opportunity to learn directly from the experts and interact with peers in an engaging informal environment. The content quality is very high with many famous speakers. We believe that the conference is overpriced, though.
QCon London is a conference for senior software engineers and architects on the patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops. The conference is well-organized, the talks are extremely diverse, most of them are relevant. The conference also is offering hands-on workshops led by industry experts. We believe that the conference is overpriced and it's possible to find better, cheaper alternatives. Also the conference lacks interaction between attendees, speakers and organisers.
JAX London is a long (four-day) conference for software engineers with emphasis on Java. When attended JAX, we didn't notice neither passion, nor attention to details. Apart of keynotes, most talks are of average quality. The conference lacks interaction between attendees, speakers and organisers.
The developer conference for techies, coder and tech interested decision makers. The location and organization are very good. Organisers give attention to details. Unfortunatley, only about 50% of the talks are held in English, this is why we cannot recommend it as an international conference.
I T.A.K.E. is a relatively small software development conference with emphasis on software craftsmanship. Some good things are happening there such as kata lounge for mastering software craftsmanship and open space discussion. The content requires significant improvement, and organisers have to inject more energy and passion.
Codemotion Milan (and other conferences under the Codemotion brand) is the best place to burn your company's money. With few exceptions, the content is pretty random and low-to-medium quality. There is nothing we have noticed Codemotion excels at. We talked to attendees and the vast majority sees no passion in organization. We recommend choosing other cross-discipline conference.
Codemotion Rome (and other conferences under the Codemotion brand) is the best place to burn your company's money. With few exceptions, the content is pretty random and low-to-medium quality. There is nothing we have noticed Codemotion excels at. We talked to attendees and the vast majority sees no passion in organization. We recommend choosing other cross-discipline conference.
Topconf Estonia (and other conferences under the TopConf brand) is the best place to burn your company's money. With few exceptions, the content is pretty random and low-to-medium quality. There is nothing we have noticed TopConf excels at. We talked to attendees and the vast majority agrees with our assessment. We do not recommend attending TopConf unless the quality is significantly improved.