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Top 20 Software Developer Conferences for 2022

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With the winter thaw approaching, software developer conferences are beginning to surface. Many events offer virtual options, but many of them are happening face to face. 

If you’re wondering how we came up with the list, it was no easy task because the number of conferences being planned for developers and R&D teams has grown, particularly over the last couple of years. But it was important for us to choose conferences that were a combination of face-to-face meetings and online. We also picked conferences that were a mix of generic and specialized community-based events. We wanted to be sure to highlight conferences across the globe, with a particular focus on developers in the Americas and Europe.

We know that you’ve got to get organized to attend conferences like these early on in the year - especially if you’re making travel plans. So have a look at this list here. Our team shortlisted 20 conferences that are definitely on our radar here at Swimm, with a quick summary of highlights and speakers planned.

1 - StaffPlus

April 4-5, New York

The StaffPlus software developer conference will be the first major technical leadership event of Q2 this year with Tanya Reilly (Principal Software Engineer, Squarespace), Ryan Harter (Senior Staff Data Scientist, Shopify), Silvia Botros (Software Architect, Twilio), and David Daly (Staff Engineer, MongoDB). A series of lectures for CTOs and team leads are planned emphasizing senior individual contributors (ICs), their role in development ecosystems, and how they can influence scale.

2 - LeadDev

April 5-7, New York

A popular conference for engineering managers and executives, LeadDev’s three-day event will be preceded by a leadership workshop conducted by experts and influencers like Meri Williams (CTO, Healx), Jason Wong (JWong Works), and Pat Kua. There will be 25 talks to choose from after the workshop, including sessions with Amanda Sopkin (Engineering Manager, Asana), Jai Chakrabarti (Director of Engineering, Spotify), Denise Yu (Github), and Marek Kiszkis (Netflix).

3 - DGS2022

April 6-7, Online Event

If you’re living on the West Coast or still busy with the StaffPlus event in New York, check out the Developer Growth Summit. Leading experts like Tyler Hawkins (Senior Software Engineer, Adobe) and Tejas Chopra (Senior Software Engineer, Netflix) are speaking this year. Participation is free.

4 - React Miami

April 18-19, Miami, Florida

This year React Miami will be at the Miami Beach Convention Center with lectures on full-stack development, machine learning, and user experience (UI/UX). React, JavaScript, and Web3 experts will be making their presence felt this time around with many speakers planned, including Emily Thomas (Engineering Manager, Bellhop), Will Johnson (Developer Advocate, Auth0), Gregory Johnson (Co-founder, DataGovs), Camila Ramos (Developer Advocate, PlanetScale), and Jenn Creighton (Senior Software Engineer, Netflix).

5 - International JavaScript Conference

April 25-28, London and Online

iJS London is a four-day-long hybrid event this year, helping participants network with the JavaScript community, learn about the latest developments, and participate in a power workshop with live on-prem coding to assess where you currently stand. The speaker lineup includes Roy Derks (StepZen), Ana Cidre (Auth0), Derek Binkley (Localize), Joel Lord (MongoDB), Sherry List (Microsoft), and Syneva Runyan (Mailchimp).

6 - Developer Week Europe

April 27-28, Online Event

With over 3000 participants expected this year, Developer Week Europe has conference tracks for topics like AI & Machine Learning, JavaScript, DevOps & Security, API & Microservices, and Containers & Kubernetes, to name a few. You’ll also get the chance to participate in a virtual hackathon.

We also recommend checking out the other Developer Week Global events in 2022:

  • Developer Week Global Management, May 10-11
  • Developer Week Global Cloud, September 7-14
  • Developer Week Global Enterprise, November 16-22

7 - PyCon US

April 27 - May 3, Salt Lake City

US-based Python professionals, there’s a massive event at the Salt Palace Convention Center this spring. The agenda is pretty comprehensive. The first couple of days will feature exclusive talks and tutorials. This will be followed by the main conference, after which all participants can join a job fair and take part in real-time sprints - an actual end-to-end experience.

8 - NDC London

May 9-13, London

The Queen Elizabeth II Center is hosting NDC London this year. Participants will get exclusive access to 12 workshops (Python, Microservices, DevOps, and more) and around 100 conference sessions (JavaScript, Agile, Embedded, Big Data, Serverless, .NET, Design, Artificial Intelligence, Docker, IoT, and Architecture). The list of speakers includes Charles Sekwalor (Founder, Moveme-back), Carl Franklin (Microsoft MVP), Adrienne Braganza Tacke (MongoDB), and Chris Sainty (Microsoft MVP).

9 - YOW!

May 10-11, London

Since 2008, YOW! conferences have hosted over 30,000 software developers. This year’s event will be in London with 20 presenters, including Jessica Kerr (HoneyComb.io), Sid Anand (Datazoom), Chris Richardson (Microservices.io), Randy Shoup (Chief Architect, eBay), and Stefan Tilkov.

10 - VUEJS Amsterdam

June 2-3, Amsterdam

The first Vue.js conference was held in 2018 and was an instant success due to the presence of Evan You, the creator of Vue. This year’s event is going to be no different, with over 2000 attendees from around 50 countries expected to create a productive and positive experience for everyone involved. Ramona Schwering (Shopware), Natalia Tepluhina (GitLab), and Debbie O’Brien (Bit) are amongst the speakers.

11 - JSConf Budapest

June 2-3, Budapest

With tech giants like Mozilla, Microsoft, and Twilio sponsoring the event, JSConf Budapest looks like it’ll be one of the year’s biggest software developer events. Gil Tayar from Roundforest will be talking about ES Modules in Node.JS, Adrián Bolonio from GitHub will cover Testing Web Accessibility, and you’ll also get to learn about Communicating Intention with Functional TypeScript.

12 - ArchConf Central

June 6-9, Chicago and Online

Quality over quantity is the ArchConf Chicago motto, with physical attendance limited to a maximum of 350 developers only at Westin Chicago Northwest. All tickets will also include no less than ten virtual workshop credits. The workshop list is quite extensive including Kubernetes, Microservices, AWS, Cloud Computing, and Machine Learning. Attendees will get to hear from speakers like Peter Pavlovich (CTO, Censinet), Raju Gandhi (Founder, DefMacro Software), and Alexander von Zitzewitz (Founder, Hello2morrow).

13 - LeadDev

June 7-8, London

LeadDev will reach London in early June, helping executives understand key metrics and create sustainable growth strategies, including nurturing team culture and elevating developer happiness. The speaker lineup includes Jasmine James (Engineering Manager, Twitter), Vitor Reis (Delivery Hero), Nickolas Means (VP of Engineering, Sym), and Gabby Llanillo (Riot Games).

14 - WeAreDevelopers

June 14-15, Berlin

WeAreDevelopers is planning two intensive days, with over 200 speakers and around 5000 participants - and is one of Europe’s biggest software developer conferences every year. This mega-event is aimed primarily at software developers. DevOps engineers, QA professionals, product owners, UI/UX experts, security specialists, and all kinds of decision-makers. There are tracks and talks for everyone.

The list of confirmed speakers includes Douglas Crockford (Inventor of JSON), Kristijan Ristovski (CEO, Sizzy), Ire Aderinokun (VP Engineering, Helicarrier), Sébastien Chopin (CEO, NuxtLabs), and Tanya Janca (AppSec Trainer).

15 - React Summit

June 17, Amsterdam

If you’re a frontend or full stack developer working exclusively with React, this event for all things React is expected to feature two tracks with over 60 speakers this year, including Tejas Kumar (Spotify). Anjana Vakil (ObservableHQ), Siddharth Kshetrapal (GitHub), and Sunil Pai (Cloudflare). There’ll also be an online-only event on June 21.

16 - Open Source Summit

June 21-24, Austin

Open Source Summit is essentially a conference umbrella for many events - LinuxCon, CloudOpen, ContainerCon, Embedded IoT Summit, and more. It’s a highly recommended event for open source developers, technology leaders, freelancers, and decision-makers to share information and promote innovation. The list of speakers is still being finalized.

17 - KubeCon

October 24-28, Detroit

KubeCon, hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, has easily become one of the most significant software developer events in the United States. This year’s event is sponsored by Intel, AWS, and PrismaCloud, which means that we can expect dozens of insightful lectures and unlimited networking opportunities. The list of speakers will be announced over the coming months.

18 - DevLearn

October 26-28, Las Vegas

Last year’s DevLearn was an astounding success, with thousands of software developers absorbing insights about the latest trends and developments from industry leaders. The 2022 edition, held at The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip, is expected to be no different. Over the next couple of months, visit the website to see the complete speaker list and sign up for the conference.

19 - Web Summit 2022

November 1-4, Lisbon

With pre-registration already open, Web Summit 2022 is shaping up to be one of the biggest software developer conferences again. Hundreds of software engineers, DevOps professionals, and IT experts from around the world are expected to attend this event. Jen Wong (COO, Reddit) and Brad Smith (President and Vice-Chair, Microsoft) were among the speakers last year. This year should be equally promising.

20 - TechBash

November 8-11, Pennsylvania

TechBash will be returning to Poconos in 2022 and hundreds of software engineers are expected to be in attendance. This three-day conference will focus on topics such as DevOps, Cloud, Architecture, Soft Skills, and more. The organizers have also planned an optional fourth day with workshops. Stay tuned to learn more about the speakers.

Bottom Line

This year is no different from other years in terms of more software developer conferences than you could ever imagine or have the time to attend. Time is forever the factor that forces us to pick and choose, but we're already starting to block out time on our calendars.

I encourage you to take the time to check out Swimm’s free beta to see how Continuous Documentation can become a part of your dev team’s workflow - to create documentation that is coupled to the code itself, auto-synced, and always up to date.