7 Essential Conferences Every Mobile App Developer Must Attend in 2019
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
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
7. driodcon London
Where & where: 24th – Friday, 25th October| London, UK
How much: 525 pounds (early bird), 798 pounds norlam ticket
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?