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Popular Software Engineering Conferences in 2023

Linda Rosencrance Freelance writer/editor
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In today's constantly evolving tech industry, attending conferences can help you keep up to date with the latest trends and innovations in software engineering. These events offer you the opportunity to refine and maintain your skills as well as learn about best practices. And now that the majority of events are again being held in person, you'll be able to network with your peers and develop strong professional relationships.

Here is TechBeacon's shortlist of popular software-engineering conferences in 2023. Not all dates, locations, and pricing were available at publication time, especially for those events taking place later in the year. In those cases, we have provided historical information about the event to give you an idea of what to expect and what you'll get out of attending.



Web: fosdem.org/2023
Date: February 4–5
Location: Brussels, Belgium; online
Cost: Free (although organizers accept donations and sponsorship)

FOSDEM is a two-day event that is organized by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open-source software (FOSS). The developer-oriented affair is expected to draw about 8,000 people.

Who should attend: Developers, testers, and DevOps engineers


Twitter: @DeveloperWeek
Web: developerweek.com
Date: February 15–17, in-person; February 21–23, virtual
Location: Oakland, California, USA (Feb. 15–17); online (Feb. 21-23)
Cost: $100 to $895

What the organizers have to say: "Each year, more than 8,000 developers, engineers, software architects, dev teams, managers, and executives from more than 70 countries gather for DeveloperWeek to discover the latest in developer technologies, languages, platforms, and tools. This year, DeveloperWeek will have an expanded DevExec World, which is two days of roundtable talks, educational talks, and networking events for engineering managers, tech executives, and lead developers. Additionally, DeveloperWeek will be co-located with ProductWorld and CloudConnect."

Who should attend: Developers, software architects, data analysts, system administrators, and DevOps engineers

ConFoo Montreal 2023

Twitter: @confooca, #ConFoo
Web: confoo.ca/en/2023
Date: February 22–24
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cost: Three-day conference ticket, C$950 (early-bird pricing; C$1,100 normally); workshops, C$700 and C$1,200 each

What the organizers have to say: "ConFoo is a multi-technology conference for developers [featuring] 155 presentations by popular international speakers. [It is] focused on pragmatic solutions for web developers."

Who should attend: Developers and data scientists


SREcon23 Americas

Twitter: @SREcon, #SREcon
Web: https://usenix.org/conference/srecon23americas
Date: March 21–23
Location: Santa Clara, California, USA
Cost: TBD

What the organizers have to say: "SREcon23 Americas is a gathering of engineers who care deeply about site reliability, systems engineering, and working with complex distributed systems at scale. SREcon strives to challenge those new to the profession as well as those who have been involved in it for decades. The conference has a culture of critical thought, deep technical insights, continuous improvement, and innovation."

Who should attend: QA testers, security teams, database administrators, network administrators, compliance experts, UX designers, government employees, and scientists

QCon London

Twitter: @qconlondon, #QConLondon
Web: qconlondon.com
Date: March 27–29
Location: London, England, UK
Cost: £2,340 plus VAT, but £2,070 until January 9

What the organizers have to say: "QCon London is a conference for senior software engineers, architects, and team leads. Deep-dive with software leaders on the patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by innovative software professionals."

Who should attend: Senior software engineers, architects, and tech leaders

Data Council Austin 2023

Twitter: @DataCouncilAI
Web: datacouncil.ai/austin
Date: March 28–30
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Cost: $1,199 until January 5; $1,499 until March 6; $1,699 until March 27; group and other discounts available

What the organizers have to say: "Data Council is a worldwide, community-driven technical conference that bridges the gap between data science, engineering, and analytics." This year, the conference will have 10 tracks: data engineering and infrastructure, data science and algorithms, MLOps and platforms, analytics, applied AI, lightning talks, data streaming, building data products, data culture and community, and workshops.

Who should attend: Software engineers, machine-learning experts, deep-learning researchers, and artificial intelligence buffs



Twitter: @devnexus, #devnexus
Web: devnexus.com
Date: April 4–6
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Cost: Conference pass, $495; conference/workshop pass, $895; group discounts available

What the organizers have to say: "Devnexus is the largest Java platform conference in the USA and one of the leading technology events held annually around the globe. Devnexus is also the premier conference for professional software developers who want to hear from and interact directly with internationally acclaimed presenters and technologists while also connecting with like-minded developers who are mastering their craft in a range of relevant technologies. . . .

This year they expect more than 2,500 people to attend the three-day event, which starts with an optional full day of hands-on workshops. The two days of presentations and live demonstrations on the industry’s hottest topics comprise 15 concurrent technology tracks and over 150 individual sessions.

Who should attend: Java developers, cloud administrators, security practitioners, network architects, software architects, JavaScript developers, mobile and web developers, and application performance testers

ICSSE 2023

Twitter: N/A
Web: icsse.org
Date: April 13–15
Location: Marseille, France; online
Cost: From $170 to $560, depending on whether you're a student, presenter, or other type of attendee and whether you're attending online or in person

At the sixth annual International Conference on Software and Services Engineering, expect to see and meet top researchers from around the globe gathered to address matters of the day spanning service science, management, and engineering (SSME).

Who should attend: Developers, software architects, researchers, practitioners, and educators

Devoxx France

Twitter: @DevoxxFR
Web: devoxx.fr/en/
Date: April 12–14
Location: Paris, France
Cost: Varies from €296 for one day to €990 for all three days plus training

Devoxx France is part of a family of conferences held globally each year. The conferences primarily focus on Java, but they cover a few other topics as well. The Paris conference attracts some 3,000 participants, more than 70 exhibitors, and over 200 speakers. Devoxx France also offers hands-on labs and workshops.

Who should attend: Developers, software architects, data analysts, system administrators, and DevOps engineers

PyCon US 2023

Twitter: @PyCon, #pycon
Web: us.pycon.org/2023
Date: April 19–27
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; online
Cost: TBD

This event includes tutorials, sponsor presentations and booths, and over 90 talks, not including lightning talks. Four days of post-conference sprints are free, offering an opportunity for anyone to contribute to a project.

Who should attend: Developers, business leads, experienced programmers, hobby hackers, beginners, and other members of the Python community

DeveloperWeek Europe

Twitter: @DeveloperWeek
Web: developerweek.com/europe/
Date: April 26–27
Location: Virtual
Cost: TBD

What the organizers have to say: "DeveloperWeek Europe 2023 . . . will be showcasing 100+ technical speakers from Europe and the world’s top technology companies and corporate engineering teams, inviting attendees from over 1,000+ companies to take part in Europe’s largest developer & engineering conference & expo."

Who should attend: Developers, software architects, data analysts, system administrators, and DevOps engineers


React Conferences

Twitter: @remixconfeu; @reactdayberlin; @remix_run; @appjsconf; @renderATL; 
Web: reactjs.org/community/conferences, remix.run/conf/2023, appjs.co, renderatl.com, reactsummit.comhttps://www.react-next.com/https://events.geekle.us/react23/

Dates: April 18–19, online; May 9-11 (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA); May 10-12 (Krakow, Poland); May 31-June 2 (Atlanta, Georgia USA); June 2 and 6 (Amsterdam, Netherlands; online) June 21 (online); June 27 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Locations: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Remix Conf 2023); Krakow, Poland (App.js Conf 2023); Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Render ATL 2023); Amsterdam, Netherlands (React Summit 2023 in person, June 2; online, June 6); Tel Aviv, Israel (ReactNext, June 27)
Cost: Varies

These conferences are staged by the community supporting React, a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. React conferences and locations vary from year to year.

Who should attend: JavaScript developers

Open Source Summit North America

Twitter: @linuxfoundation, #ossummit
Web: events.linuxfoundation.org/open-source-summit-north-america/
Dates: May 10-12
Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: TBD

Open Source Summit comprises a collection of events covering topics and technologies impacting the realm of open source. It includes LinuxCon, the Embedded Linux Conference, CloudOpen, ContainerCon, OSPOCon, Global Security Vulnerability Summit, SupplyChainSecurityCon, Critical Software Summit, the Community Leadership Conference, Emerging OS Forum, Embedded IoT Summit, Diversity Empowerment Summit, Open AI + Data Forum, and Open Source On-Ramp.

Who should attend: Software developers, programmers, open-source maintainers, Linux IT professionals, IT operations professionals, legal counsel, executives, managers, and students

ICSE 2023

Twitter: @ICSEconf, #ICSE2023
Web: conf.researchr.org/home/icse-2023
Date: May 14–20
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (likely virtual as well)
Cost: TBD

What the organizers have to say: "The IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) . . . provides a forum where researchers, practitioners, and educators gather together to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and issues in the field of software engineering. We are aiming to have ICSE 2023 substantially in person in Melbourne, Australia. Currently we are still researching what virtual options are feasible for those who can't attend in person[.]"

Who should attend: Software engineering researchers, practitioners, and educators

GlueCon 2023

Twitter: @gluecon, #gluecon
Web: gluecon.com
Date: May 24–25
Location: Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Cost: $1,195 until March 24; $1,395 until May 21; $1,495 starting May 22

What the organizers have to say: "GlueCon is a developer-oriented conference focused on providing the latest in-depth technical information, presented in a format that fosters community. GlueCon's topics change from year to year, but include things such as APIs, DevOps, serverless, edge computing, containers, microservices, AI-driven applications, and the newest tools and platforms driving technology."

Who should attend: Software architects, developers, mobile developers and architects, DevOps engineers, enterprise and startup executives, and team managers


DWX - Developer Week '23 Germany

Twitter: @developer_week
Web: developer-week.de/en
Date: June 26–30
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Cost: XL combination ticket, €2,335.97 (€2,363 after February 16); workshop combination ticket, €2,163.42 (€2,218 after February 16)

DWX is one of the largest independent developer conferences in Europe, offering direct interaction with more than 150 speakers spanning over 200 lectures, workshops, and dev sessions. 

Who should attend: Developers, software architects, data analysts, system administrators, and DevOps engineers

Embedded Open Source Summit

Twitter: @linuxfoundation, #ossummit
Web: events.linuxfoundation.org/embedded-open-source-summit/
Dates: June 27–30
Locations: Prague, Czech Republic; online
Cost: TBD

Embedded Open Source Summit is a collection of events covering open-source embedded projects and developer communities. It includes Embedded Linux Conference, Zephyr Project Developer Summit, Automotive Linux Summit, and Embedded IoT Summit.

Who should attend: Software developers, programmers, open-source maintainers, Linux IT professionals, IT operations professionals, legal counsel, executives, managers, and students


Strange Loop

Twitter: @strangeloop_stl
Web: thestrangeloop.com
Date: September 21–22
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Cost: Conference, $520 to $650

What the organizers have to say: "Strange Loop is a multidisciplinary conference for developers and thinkers building tomorrow's technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, security, and the web. . . . Keynotes aren't sold to sponsors, and mailing lists of attendees are never sold or given to sponsors. . . . This will be the LAST Strange Loop."

Who should attend: Developers, entrepreneurs, system engineers, security professionals, and scientists

October and Onward

Many other software-engineering conferences typically held in the fall and winter have not yet set dates, including GopherCon, DotNETOS, DjangoCon US, .NET Conf, RubyConf, DevTernity, and more.

Make your choices soon and mark your calendars because some conference prices can vary based on how early you register. Also remember that hotel and travel costs are almost always separate from conference pricing.

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