7 Essential Conferences Every Mobile App Developer Must Attend in 2019

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Maciej Kasica
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Several days of learning, stunning locations, and after hours socializing with like-minded colleagues. Who doesn’t like a good industry conference?

While people participate in industry events for various reasons, it’s likely that you as a mobile app developer primarily expect hands-on workshops, latest technology insights, and a chance to interact with your mentors and peers.

The choice of industry events is mind-boggling. We all know the big three – Google I/O, Apple WWDC and Facebook’s F8 (for a recap of the last year’s trio check out this blog). What are the other conferences worth attending?

How to Choose the Right Conference for a Mobile App Developer in 2019?

If you’re looking to get up to speed on the latest developments in progressive web apps, hone your Swift skills, or build your React Native development competencies, you should make it a priority to attend at least one industry event next year.

To make your life easier, we have identified six different mobile app development conferences in 2019 where you’ll have a chance to expand on your Android and iOS app development knowledge.

What were our criteria?

⭐ The latest mobile technologies in focus.
⭐ Networking opportunities for mobile app developers, testers, and DevOps.
⭐ Coding workshops, labs, or hackathons included.
⭐ Lectures and sessions by industry thought leaders and contributors.
⭐ Participation of the leading mobile companies.

Let’s see what events have made it to our shortlist.

1. Mobile World Congress – Top Mobile App Development Companies All in One Place

When & where: 25-28 February | Barcelona, Spain
How much: The registration for 2019 is yet closed. In 2018, prices varied from €799 to €4,999.
Web & social: www.mobileworldcongress.com | Twitter #MWC19| Facebook

An event that cannot be ignored. The largest mobile show in the world, MWC each year brings together over 100,000 attendees and more than 2,400 companies under the enormous roof of Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via expo hall. The show creates a wealth of opportunities for mobile devs to learn, meet other mobile enthusiasts, and be the first to hear about the incoming mobile trends and technologies at the numerous keynotes and seminars. If you’re based in the Americas, check MWC Americas in the spring for more details about the US edition. There’s also an Asian leg of the event held in Shanghai, 28-29 June 2019 – MWC Shanghai.

2. Code Mobile – iOS, Android, and Cross-platform Development on the Agenda

When & where: 1-4 April | Chester, UK
How much: The super combo ticket including accommodation costs £342. There are cheaper options, too.
Web & social: http://www.codemobile.co.uk/ | Twitter | Facebook

It’s a complete opposite of MWC in its scale and size. Code Mobile is a UK-based event designed specifically for mobile apps coders by other developers of mobile applications. The event themes for 2019 will feature iOS and Android development, Swift, Java, Kotlin, as well as Mobile UX and frameworks and cross-platform development. The call for speakers is now on, so consider contributing!

3. React Europe – Inspiring the Evolution of React Native Development

When & where: 21-22 May (workshop) + 23-24 May (conference) | Paris, France
How much: Packages vary. A 2-day workshop ticket at €625.00 + €125.00 VAT. The conference ticket at €429.00 + €85.80 VAT.
Web & social: https://www.react-europe.org/ | Facebook

This event is a must-see for React developers. Another edition of a popular event that promises to bring web and mobile React Native apps to the next level in 2019. During the several days of workshops, lectures and networking events, the attendees will broaden their knowledge about React.js, React Native, Webpack, Relay, GraphQL, and other elements of the React ecosystem.

4. Droid Con – The World’s Largest Android App Developer Community Meeting

When & where: 1-3 July |Berlin, Germany
How much: €149 – €199
Web & social: https://www.de.droidcon.com/ |Twitter #DCBERLIN19 | Facebook

DroidCon started ten years ago in Berlin and since evolved into the largest series of Android-only conferences. Right now, the event spans over 20 cities across four continents. Each event engages the technical audience in hands-on, full-immersion workshops and talks around core Android development, testing, enterprise solutions, security, automotive/connected cars, mobile payment solutions, smart home solutions, devices, and more. To see all locations, go to https://www.droidcon.com/.

5. We Are Developers – The Woodstock of Developers. Mobile Included.

When & where: 6-7 June | Berlin, Germany
How much: Currently, at €299
Web & social: https://www.wearedevelopers.com/world-congress-2019/ | Twitter | Facebook

The MWC of developers. All developers, mobile included. With 10,000 coders expected in 2019, the organizers hail it “The Woodstock of Developers.” And rightly so. The event is divided into 16 subject blocks, frontend being one of them, and featuring such topic areas as JavaScript, UI/UX, React, Angular Vue, HTML5, CSS3, Data Visualisation, Responsive, SEO. Past speakers feature Steve Wozniak, Pavithra Vijay, Håkon Wium Lie, or Joel Spolsky. All sessions are divided into three proficiency levels, so even budding software developers will benefit from participation. Need more recommendation?

6. JSConf series – JavaScript Enthusiasts Encouraging Sharing Knowledge Worldwide

Where & where: 1-2 June | Berlin, Germany
How much: The early bird price starts at €999.
Web & social: https://2019.jsconf.eu/ | Twitter

JSConf is a non-for-profit conference organization holding over a dozen tech events worldwide, in locations including China, Colombia, Hawaii, or Budapest. All of them are focusing solely on JavaScript topics and are driven by the community of JS enthusiasts eager to share their knowledge with their peers. The EU edition of the conference this year attracted sponsorship from such household names as Google, Mozilla, Facebook, Microsoft, Bloomberg, and many others. See all events and locations worldwide here: https://jsconf.com/

7. driodcon London

Where & where: 24th – Friday, 25th October| London, UK
How much: 525 pounds (early bird), 798 pounds norlam ticket
Web: http://uk.droidcon.com/

Last year, developers from around the world gathered to listen to a range of keynote speakers, grow their skills, connect with other passionate Android developers and celebrate droidcon London’s 10th Anniversary!

This year, droidcon comes once again with two days packed with highly-technical talks from over 70 experts, including Stacy Devino and Christina Lee as keynote spekers.

Top Mobile Conferences to Look Out For in 2019 – Honourable Mentions

You’re not fully booked yet? Here are some more mobile-focused events that also look promising. Their dates and venues have not yet been confirmed, but it’s worth keeping them under your radar:

  • mDevCamp – the largest conference for mobile enthusiasts in Central Europe.
  • AppBuilders – a Switzerland-based conference that focuses specifically on mobile technologies and is dedicated to iOS and Android developers.
  • ReactiveConf – another event concentrating on the Reactive framework. Three days dedicated to functional development only.
  • Try!Swift – held in Tokyo, this event is a global gathering of Swift community discussing application development, best practices, open source, and other topics.
  • iOSCon – another one for iOS and Swift developers only, this conference provides an insight into the latest iOS & Swift technologies and applications.

Which of the above conferences will make it to your calendar?

Maciej Kasica

Head of Growth at Ideamotive. Highly skilled in SEM and copywriting.

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