As an app developer, attending conferences is a great way to stay up to date with the latest trends, network with other professionals, and gain valuable insights from industry leaders. With so many conferences to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ones to attend. So, we did the work for you and compiled a list of the 10 best mobile app conferences for developers happening in 2023 (and a few in early 2024).
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is a must-attend event for iOS developers wishing to learn more about Apple platforms, technologies, and tools and engage with the company’s experts, as well as app developers. This year, the conference will be held entirely online, making its content accessible to anyone around the world. For those wishing to attend in person, Apple will host a special event for developers on June 5th, where you’ll be able to meet the teams at Apple, and celebrate at the Apple Design Awards ceremony! You’ll learn about everything, from Swift to using the App Store effectively - and what’s more, it’s completely free of charge this year.
This annual conference is aimed at mobile, web, AI, and cloud developers. It livestreams keynote speeches issued by Google’s world-class experts, from product managers to developers to security leads to designers. Mobile developers will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in Android, BigQuery, Flutter, Firebase and more, while connecting with other like-minded professionals in their field. All content will be available on demand after the keynotes are completed, however you will be able to connect with Google’s Developer Community much earlier on.
At its 10-year anniversary, AppDevCon is pulling out all the stops to bring you world-class speakers and immersive workshops on all things app development. You’ll hear from speakers from companies like Spotify, ING, Google, Github, and more, and get the latest insights on topics including building distributed applications, API governance, programming language, domain-driven design, and mistakes in UI testing, among others. The event is divided into two days of training, one day of tutorials, and one day of conferencing.
As the name suggests, the App Growth Summit focuses on just that... growing apps! The event series will look at different areas of app growth, including acquisition and engagement; marketing, data, and product; entertainment and more. As invite-only events, you’ll need to request an invitation by filling in a short form and specifying which location you’re interested in. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the gaming industry or want to further develop your expertise in the wider world of apps, this is an unmissable conference series for any app professional.
MAU Vegas is one of the leading mobile app industry events of the year, with 2 days full of inspiring sessions and networking opportunities. Known for its expertise in acquisition and retention, this is the perfect place for those interested in mobile marketing for apps to learn, innovate, and be inspired. You will need to apply to attend, and you might even receive free admission if you represent mobile apps, developers, or first-party brands. Just fill in their short form and head out to Nevada for this thrilling conference.
Often referred to as the premier conference for Android developers, droidcon boasts a series of events worldwide each year. Developers can attend workshops and sessions on the latest Android development trends and technologies, learn from world-class experts, and immerse themselves in the Android community on a global scale. Whether you work with devops, are a game developer, or are working on the next big app for Android, droidcon is the place to be!
Want to learn about the future of the mobile app industry? Look no further than the App Promotion Summit - one of the world’s leading app growth conference serieses. Particularly focused on app marketers, this event series is the perfect place to learn more about driving growth for mobile apps, and will cover strategies including influencer marketing, ASO, user acquisition, social media, engagement, and retention. Attendees at the San Francisco edition will also deep dive into monetization strategies, as well as activation and acquisition tactics.
MWC Shanghai is the place to go to make an impact and launch your product. This year’s theme centers around “unleashing tomorrow’s technology - today”, and looks at “digital everything”, “5G transformation”, and “reality +”. With speakers from Huawei, China Mobile, China Telecom, Asia Info, and more, the line-up boasts a who’s who on Asia’s technology scene. Join over 25,000 attendees as they navigate this monumental event, frequented by mobile operators, vendors, governments, and businesses alike.
With core values like content, community, and affordability, it’s no wonder that iOS developers flock to iOSDevUK. At just £350 for an all-inclusive ticket, this event sets itself apart as one of the most cost-conscious events on the market. It draws expert speakers in the field and runs in-depth workshops like how to build for WatchOS, or how to design interactive AR in SwiftUI. However, what the conference is truly most unique for is its emphasis on community. Whether that’s through sharing flats of 8 en-suite rooms with other attendees, or spending time with developers at social events, iOSDevUK really believes in the spirit of togetherness. It’s a must-attend event for anyone looking to make strides in app development.
Although more of a tech conference focused on startups, TechCrunch Disrupt remains a popular event for app developers, as well as entrepreneurs and investors. The event organizers give future attendees the chance to vote on what roundtables they would like to see held at the conference each year, creating a more tailored experience aimed at helping you make the most out of the event. This year, you’ll be able to choose a focus from among 6 different tracks - AI, SaaS, fintech, security, hardware, and sustainability. Keynote speakers include representatives from companies like Google, Switchboard, BlocPower, Airbnb, and more.
UXDX is a conference that focuses on the intersection of UX design and app development. This conference brings together designers, developers, and product managers to discuss how to build better products through collaboration and user-centric design. Over the course of two days, you’ll immerse yourself in presentations covering a broad range of topics, from building teams for better processes and retention; to how to make the right product decisions; to how to make UX design circular. With speakers from companies like Vodafone, Reed UK, Glovo, Figma, and more, this year’s event promises to be one for the books.
The Mobile World Congress is the largest mobile industry event in the world, attracting over 100,000 attendees each year. This conference provides developers with insights into the latest mobile technologies and trends, and offers networking opportunities with industry leaders and experts. The 2023 edition of the event welcomed keynote speakers like racing driver Laia Sanz, CEO of Maersk Vincent Clerc, President & CEO of China Mobile Xin Donc, and Co-CEO of Netflix Greg Peters, among many others. Sign up early for the 2024 edition of this spectacular event!
DeveloperWeek is a week-long conference and festival for developers, featuring workshops, panels, and hackathons on a wide range of topics including app development, machine learning, and blockchain. Lauded as the world’s largest developer and engineering expo, you’ll mix and mingle with over 8000 like-minded professionals in a wide array of specialized tracks focusing on topics like IoT, AI, APIs, and much more. Attendees will be able to network with other developers and engineers, as well as all of the conference exhibitors and other thought leaders.
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