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Top 7 Tech Conferences to Attend in 2018

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Top 7 Tech Conferences to Attend in 2018

Going to conferences has become an industry standard for learning and networking. Read on to get an overview of the best conferences in 2018.

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What are the top conferences developers should attend in 2018? It depends on what your goals are.

  • Do you want to learn a new programming language?
  • Are you looking to implement DevOps within your organization?
  • Are you in the market for a new job?

You’ll also want to identify factors that will play a role in your decision-making process.

  • What’s your level of experience on the topic you’d like to learn more about?
  • Is your travel limited to certain geographies?
  • What’s your max budget for a ticket, travel, and accommodations?

With that being said, we’ve put together our list of the top 7 tech conferences for developers. We’ll give you the inside scoop on location, timeframe, cost, and more.

Top 7 Tech Conferences for Developers

github universe

1. GitHub Universe

Location: San Francisco, CA

Cost: $399 – $499

Date: October 2018

The past 3 years, GitHub Universe has been held at an old, industrial warehouse at Pier 70. We love the look and feel of the space. GitHub partners with creatives to build an experience unlike any other conference. Rather than visiting hotel conference rooms for lectures and exhibit halls filled with sponsor booths, this venue is very open so attendees can flow naturally from one space to the next. You’ll be exposed to new products and services by interacting with different art installations or kicking back in one of the many sponsored lounge areas. And you’ll always have access to good food and drinks.

The content is broken down with specific tags to help you identify which meet your goals: Enterprise, Open Source, Social Impact, Education, Community, Code, Operations, Architecture, Automation, Admin, People, Data, Electron, GraphQL, Git, Integrations, Scaling GitHub Collaboration, Security, Product Design, Hubot, GitHub Talk, GitHub Partner Talk, and GitHub Integrator Talk. The caveat for this conference is that GitHub users will get the most out of the content.

Because GitKraken integrates nicely with GitHub and GitHub Enterprise, as well as GitLab and Bitbucket, we’re able to offer something of value to almost every attendee. We’ve been sponsors since the conference’s inception in 2015, and you shouldn’t be surprised to see us again in 2018!

devops enterprise summit

2. DevOps Enterprise Summit

Location: San Francisco, CA

Cost: $1,250 – $2,150

Date: November 2018

DevOps Enterprise Summit caters to the leaders of large, complex organizations whose goals are to implement DevOps principles and practices. The event programming emphasizes both evolving technical and architectural practices and the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. Leaders will walk away with the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy software faster.

We love that it’s not just keynotes and panels; there are breakout sessions, DevOps workshops, speaker Q&A sessions, lightning talks, networking, and an expo hall where you can find out about useful DevOps tools like GitKraken! They’ve honed in on topics of most interest to the DevOps community, including Getting Business Buy-In, Security and Compliance, Ops and Next Generation Leadership, Architecture, Technology for Technology Leaders, and Experience Reports.

Pro Tip: Subscribe for DevOps Enterprise Summit updates. You’ll get updates about early bird pricing, and if you can’t attend, you’ll be able to watch the conference live stream—or videos and slide decks will get published afterward! 

electronconf

3. ElectronConf

Location: San Francisco, CA

Cost: TBD

Date: Summer 2018

Details: GitHub is launching this new conference in 2018. It’s focused on Electron, which GitHub touts as “the easiest framework for building cross-platform desktop apps.” Full disclosure, GitKraken is built on Electron, allowing us to provide developers with a seamless experience across Windows, Mac, and Linux.

We’re looking forward to ElectronConf paralleling the Universe experience. There will be hands-on workshops, sessions, art installations, and local vendors. It will be two full days of discovering what and how developers are building with Electron. We’re excited to discuss what’s next for this technology and the applications built on it!

nodesummit

4. Node Summit

Location: San Francisco, CA

Cost: TBD

Date: July 2018

Node Summit is the largest conference focused exclusively on Node.js. Node is designed to build scalable network applications, and Node.js’s package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world. The Axosoft GitKraken team uses the native node module NodeGit, for GitKraken, and is one of the main contributors to it.

At Node Summit, you’ll get a chance to mingle with experts and thought leaders; the attendees at Node Summit include some of the best Node.js engineers in the world, as well as tech executives, business leaders, Node enthusiasts, engineers, and investors. You’ll get to hear talks from experts at companies like Google, Twitter, Microsoft, NodeSource, and Node.js. 

5. Codeland

Location: New York, NY

Cost: $99 – $299

Date: May 2018

New to coding? Let us introduce you to CodeNewbie: the most supportive community of developers learning to code. They produce a tech podcast, twitter chats, events, and you guessed it— Codeland! Codeland is intentionally laid back, affordable, and welcoming to newbies. The organizers of this event emphasize inspiration and inclusivity as important components in solving problems.

There are practical planning talks on topics such as using side projects to build up your portfolio, contributing to open source, and crafting your personal learning strategy. You won’t want to miss the hands-on workshops where you can tackle technical and non-technical coding projects.

developerweek

6. DeveloperWeek

Location: New York, NY

Cost: $249 – $945

Date: Summer 2018

This is a big one! Join 3,000+ developers, DevOps pros, and executives at DeveloperWeek NY. There will be 30+ dev exhibitors showing off tools that can make your life easier, 100+ talks and technical workshops, and city-wide events.

There are 4 types of passes you can purchase: Exec, Pro, Open Dev, or the Expo pass. We recommend the Pro Pass which will get you access to the most valuable components of the conference: DevExec Conference, DevOps Conference, FinTech Dev Conference, API and Microservices Conference, JavaScript Conference, Mobile Dev and Serverless Tracks, city-wide partner events, open talks, an online networking app, mentorship mixers, keynotes, and a 2-day Expo Hall.

DeveloperWeek NY also includes a 300-person hackathon and a developer hiring mixer. There’s truly a little something for developers at every career level. Get the scoop on each “mini-conference” and events within the conference, to decide which align with your goals.

Pro Tip: DeveloperWeek hosts a series of conferences throughout the year, across the US. If New York doesn’t work for you, check out DeverloperWeek San Francisco, Austin, or Chicago. 

aws re:invent

7. AWS re:Invent

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: $1,799

Date: November 2018

Details: This conference is massive! AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event features keynote announcements, training, and certification opportunities. Over 30,000 developers, systems admins, systems architects, and technical decision makers are expected to attend, which means there will be over 1,000+ breakout sessions, multiple hackathons, bootcamps, workshops, and more ways to get hands-on experiences with AWS experts.

It’s impossible to attend every session; don’t stress! Some of the most popular deep-dive sessions are on the schedule more than once and others will be streamed to overflow rooms at other venues. This year, 75% of the seats for each session can be reserved and the other 25% are for walk-up attendees. Try to reserve seats ahead of time for the sessions you really don’t want to miss! Sessions are categorized by track, level, role, tag, day, speaker, etc.

You can also tune in to www.twitch.tv/aws for live streaming keynote recaps, interviews with AWS experts and community leaders, and demos of new product launches.

What you can’t get remotely is quality networking time! Make sure to take advantage of your time at the conference to speak with other attendees, presenters, and vendors. The Exhibit Hall is a great place to find solutions to problems you may have identified leading-up-to or while at the conference. Remember, you’ll be amongst developers who are likely experiencing the same challenges.

Plus, it’s Vegas! There will be tons of fun to be had; play broomball, attend the re:Play party, fitness bootcamps, Tatonka Challenge, pub crawl, and more.

Pro Tip: Whether you’re able to attend AWS re:Invent or not,  tune into the live stream to catch the keynotes from your home, hotel or office; you’re ensured a better seat that way. And if all else fails, most sessions are recorded and will be available on YouTube after the conference is over. 

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