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Top 19 Programming & Software Dev Conferences of 2018

Stephen Watts
Laura Shiff
by Stephen Watts, Laura Shiff

Last updated: 3/5/2018

Staying up-to-date with the latest developments is vital in any technology field, but especially when it comes to software and programming.

There is no better way to learn the newest emerging trends than by attending a conference, where you can meet other like-minded peers and watch the creative sparks fly. Developers will benefit from attending any one of the following conferences where they can listen to keynotes by leading professionals, hone their skills at technical workshops, expand their knowledge in specialized classes, and network with other software professionals.

BMC’s list allows you to find the top programming and software development conferences of 2018 that are relevant to you quickly and efficiently. Whether you are looking for a conference by date, location nearest to you, or a specific price range, our list provides both national and international options so you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.

This list will be updated regularly, so feel free to contact us if you would like to add a conference to the directory. To be considered, please email all details including the conference name, dates of the event, location, and a link to the event’s website to

Be sure to also check out our list of the top IT/Technology Conferences, DevOps Conferences, & CyberSecurity Conferences.

Top Programming & Software Development Conferences for 2018


Date: March 25-28
Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Cost: $1,549- $2,947

DEVintersection is an annual conference led by top Microsoft experts as they dive deep into new software developments and the intersection of technology. Featuring over 100 in-depth sessions presented by Microsoft engineers and other leaders, the conference will cover topics such as Azure, Visual Studio, SQL Server, AI, Big Data, Security, Mobile, and Machine Learning. Speakers at the 2018 event will include: Scott Guthrie, Executive VP at Microsoft; Scott Hanselman, Principal Community Architect at Microsoft; Kimberly Tripp, President and Founder is SQLSkills; and Michelle Bustamante, CIO and Architect at Solliance.


Date: July 18-19
Location: Portland, Oregon
Cost: $1,395- $3,495

Now in its 20th year, OSCON (Open Source Convention) is an annual event that brings together engineers, developers, and business leaders to transform the practice of software development and revolutionize the next wave of innovation. Focusing on real-world practices and how you can successfully implement open source in your work environment, OSCON 2018 will cover topics like: Blockchain beyond Bitcoin; Artificial intelligence; Emerging languages such as Kotlin, Go, Elm; Live coding: Python, R, Java, and C# using Jupyter Notebook; Software methodologies, from ideation to deployment; and Cloud strategies and implementation.

QCon New York

Location: New York City, New York

QCon is an international software development conference that aims to help software teams adopt new trends and technologies. QCon New York features 15 editorial tracks over three days with 140+ industry experts from companies such as Google, Uber, Slack, Dropbox, Twitter, and more. Some of last year’s sessions covered topics like: scaling event sourcing for Netflix downloads; productions and designing for testability; managing data in microservices; and patterns and practices for microservices. The event also occurs in other cities around the globe.

Microsoft Ignite

Date: September 24-28
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: $2,220

The Microsoft Ignite conference is Microsoft’s annual meeting specifically designed for enterprise professionals, services, and products. It features more than 700 sessions and offers attendees priority access to technical training, new and innovative tools, and opportunities to network with peers and experts in the tech community. It covers topics such as architecture, deployment, development, operations and management, implementation and migration, security, access management and compliance, and usage and adoption. The keynote speaker of Microsoft Ignite 2017 was Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft and discussed emerging trends in the industry and shared strategies for how your organization can utilize them.

IT/Dev Connections

Date: October 15-18
Location: Dallas, Texas
Cost: $1,299- $2,699

IT/Dev Connections is a conference aimed at developers and IT professionals that places an emphasis on technical information and practical solutions. It is a deep-dive event that focuses on various topics such as virtualization, DevOps, enterprise management and mobility, development platforms and tools, enterprise collaboration, and cloud and data center. It also explores Microsoft products such as Azure, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint. The conference features five main tracks: Cloud & Data Center, Data Platform & Business Intelligence, Enterprise Collaboration, Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security, and Development & DevOps.

DevOps Con

Date: May 28-31
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: €404- €1079

DevOps Con is noted as “The Conference” for Continuous Delivery, Microservices, Docker, Clouds, and Lean Business. DevOps Con is held in both German and English, and includes an expo floor as well as more than 60 unique sessions and keynotes. It covers topics like microservices, Docker, cloud computing, continuous delivery, lean business concepts, container technology, and shorter delivery cycles. Past speakers of the event include: Pieter Buteneers from Playn, Melanie Patrick from Trivago, Marc Cohen from Google, and Mike McGarr from Netflix.

Jax DevOps

Date: April 10-11
Location: London, UK
Cost: €399 to €1,199

JAX DevOps is a four-day conference designed for software experts that covers the latest technologies and methods for lean businesses. The event features in-depth workshops, sessions, and keynotes from international speakers and industry experts, and covers a wide range of relevant topics helping companies approach their daily challenges and find solutions. The 2018 conference tracks are: Agile & Company Culture; Cloud Platforms & Serverless; Container Technologies; Continuous Delivery & Automation; and Microservices. Session leaders include developers from IBM, Elastic, Siemens, Open Credo, Adobe, and more.

PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit

Date: April 9-12
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Cost: $260-$1,500

The PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit is an annual event featuring expert presenters and an opportunity for the entire PowerShell community to network and share ideas. It focuses on Microsoft’s PowerShell automation and configuration tool and provides attendees with an opportunity to engage with experts, product team members and like-minded peers. Speakers of the 2018 event include Don Jones, CEO of DevOps Collective; Jacob Morrison, Microsoft Engineer at Rackspace; Glenn Sarti, Senior Software Developer at Puppet; and Rob Pleau, Automation Engineer at FM Global.

DevOps Summit

Date: January 28
Location: Amsterdam
Cost: €275- €475

Organized by UNICOM Seminars, the DevOps Summit is a one day program that is designed to connect with a wide range of professionals and thought leaders. The conference focuses on microservices and containers and how they can be utilized to refresh DevOps architecture. Other topics that will be covered are agility and speed of automation, ChatOps & DevSecOps, changing culture to continuously deliver, and Docker Swarm in production environment. Some of the top speakers of the 2018 event include: Peter Eeles, Worldwide Lead for DevOps Adoption at IBM; Christoph Hartmann, Lead Engineer at Chef; and Tony Grout, Transformation Futurist at Atlassian.

GoTo Conference

Date: April 25-26
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Cost: $995 to $2,745

Chicago’s GoTo Conference is a highly technical event that was designed to provide software developers a platform for informal and easy contact with experts in the field as well as with peers and other developers. The 2018 conference will feature tracks covering topics like distributed systems, machine learning, containers, microservices, serverless, and cloud native. Some of the featured speakers include: Aaron Bedra, Chief Security Officer at Eligible; Aino Vonge Corry, Retrospectives Facilitator, Teacher & Technical Conference Editor; and Alena Hall, Senior Cloud Developer Advocate At Microsoft.

O’Reilly Fluent Conference

Date: June 12-14
Location: San Jose, California
Cost: $1,445- $2,245

Originally started in 2012, the O’Reilly Fluent Conference has brought together developers, software engineers, interaction and UX designers, and web professionals to share their expertise and learn about the latest trends and development tools. The event provides practical training in JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, and associated technologies and frameworks, as well as talks in a variety of subjects such as security, performance, frontend, and backend. Keynote speakers from the 2017 conference included John Allsop, Director is Web Directions; Erica Baker, Senior Engineer at Slack; Rey Bango, Web Developer Advocate at Microsoft; and Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate at Google.


Date: October 28- November 1
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $1,450- $2,050

Organized by Oracle, JavaOne is typically recognized as the largest conference for Java developers, with learning tracks covering subjects like Java and security; Java, DevOps and the cloud, and Java and the IoT. The 2017 conference features keynote speakers: Mark Cavage, Vice President of Software Development at Oracle; Georges Saab, Vice President of Development at Oracle; Buster Benson, Platform Product Lead at a Slack; and John Duimovich, Java CTO and IBM Distinguished Engineer at IBM. JavaOne is held at the same time as Oracle OpenWorld and attendees are able to get passes to both conferences.


Date: June 12-14
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $995- $1,395

DockerCon is a three-day conference that focuses on the next generation of distributed apps that are built with containers and provides numerous opportunities to learn how others are already using the Docker platform and containers. The conference features advanced technical talks, hands-on lab tutorials, as well as talks by leading practitioners and innovators. Among the speakers at last year’s event were Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker; Ben Golub, CEO of Docker; Laura Frank, Director of Software Development at Codeship; and Liz Rice, Technical Evangelist at Aqua Security.

Open Source Summit

Date: August 29-31
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Cost: $800- $1,100

The Open Source Summit is a combination of three sub-conferences- LinuxCon, ContainerCon and CloudOpen- which annually brings together more than 2,000 developers, operators, and industry leaders to learn about the latest trends in open source and dive into the newest technologies. Top speakers from the 2017 event included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor and founder of HITRECORD; Linus Torvalds, Linux Creator; Nir Eyal, Author; Tanmay Bakshi, Software & Cognitive Developer; and Bindi Belanger, Executive Program Director at Ticketmaster.


Date: February 3-7
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $200 to $1,390

DeveloperWeek is one of the world’s largest expo and conference series for developers which features 50 different events over the course of the week. The main DeveloperWeek Conference and Expo typically sees over 8,000 attendees and hosts talks from leaders in the field, this year including top professionals from ZenHub, Reddit, Facebook, IBM, Groupon, Airbnb, Zillow, and Microsoft. Some of the conferences include: JavaScript Conference, DevExec World, Artificial Intelligence Dev Conference, Blockchain Dev Conference, and Microservices & Container Conference, to name a few. The DeveloperWeek Hackathon sees more than 1,000 attendees and invites area developers to build apps from scratch to compete for a cash prize.

Apple WWDC

Date: June
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $1,599

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is Apple’s largest event for developers that dominates the tech scene and grabs the attention of press, industry experts, customers, and MacOS and iOS developers. The event features in-depth technical sessions, hands-on labs in a collaborative group setting, one-on-one consultations with Apple experts by appointment, and entertaining talks given by industry experts and luminaries. Some of these speakers from the 2017 event included Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States; Christine Darden, pioneering mathematician at NASA; and Todd Stabelfeldt, founder of C4 Consulting.

Google I/O

Date: May 16-19
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $900

Google I/O is an annual conference held in San Francisco that is often referred to has one of the most important developer conferences in the world. While the event isn’t strictly about mobile, it does heavily focus on the Android OS and its ecosystem. However, I/O also covers developer tools and APIs for other Google products and services such as Cloud Platform, Google Play, AdSense, and Analytics. Tracks of the event include: Ads, Android, Cloud, Design, Firebase, IoT, Machine Learning & AI, Mobile Web, and Virtual Reality, to name a few.

O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference

Date: February 26-28
Location: New York City, NY
Cost: $1,595- $2,345

The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference covers the full scope of a software architect’s duties and is designed to provide a forum for networking, expert speakers, and real-world professionals to share their insights and experiences. Sessions at the 2018 event will cover topics like continuous delivery, decentralized data management, risk reduction and harm mitigation, and microservices. Leaders of some of the sessions include: Paul Bakker, a senior software engineer on the edge developer experience team at Netflix; JP Morgenthal, CTO of application services at DXC; Suudhan Rangarajan, a senior software engineer on the Playback API team at Netflix; and Maria Gomez, a market tech principal at ThoughtWorks in Barcelona.

Facebook F8

Date: May 1-2
Location: San Jose, California
Cost: $595

Facebook F8 is a conference intended for developers and entrepreneurs who build products and services around the website. The event features over 50 different sessions and focuses on all concepts related to the social media giant, including updated cameras, Facebook Messenger, the future of video on Facebook, privacy, and Virtual Reality. While the highlight of the conference is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote, attendees can usually expect at least one big announcement, as well, regarding products or new innovations surrounding the site.

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About the author

Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts

Stephen is based in Birmingham, AL and began working at BMC Software in 2012. Stephen holds a degree in Philosophy from Auburn University and is currently enrolled in the MS in Information Systems - Enterprise Technology Management program at University of Colorado Denver.

Stephen contributes to a variety of publications including, Search Engine Journal, ITSM.Tools, IT Chronicles, DZone, and CompTIA.

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Laura Shiff

Laura Shiff

Laura Shiff is a researcher and technical writer based in the Twin Cities. She specializes in software, technology, and medicine. You can reach Laura at or her website at