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The best software engineering conferences of 2022

Linda Rosencrance Freelance writer/editor
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One of the best ways for software engineers to keep up to date with trends in the field is to attend conferences. And after a couple of years of virtual conferences and even canceled events, many organizations will be back in 2022 to holding in-person gatherings, and others are opting for hybrid events.

Attending these conferences will allow you to hear keynotes from world-class practitioners and learn from tech talks with leading authorities. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in informative Q&A sessions, as well as engage with peers who can help answer your questions. In addition, you'll acquire actionable ideas that you can bring back to your team and implement immediately.

Here is TechBeacon's shortlist of the most popular software engineering conferences in 2022.


ICSSE 2022

Twitter: N/A
Web: icsse.org
Date: January 21–23
Location: Paris, France (also online)
Cost: $170 to $500, depending on whether you're a student, presenter, or other type of attendee; whether you register before September 25; and whether you're attending online or in person

The fifth annual International Conference on Software and Services Engineering brings together top researchers from Asian-Pacific nations, North America, Europe, and elsewhere to exchange research results and address issues in computer science, software engineering, and service science.

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

Data Council US – Austin 2022

Twitter: @DataCouncilAI
Web: datacouncil.ai/austin
Date: January 27–28
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Cost: $599 to $1,499

Data Council is a worldwide, community-driven technical conference that bridges the gap between data science, engineering, and analytics. This year there are six unique tracks, including data engineering, data science and analytics, machine-learning infrastructure, AI products, and a series of peer-led workshops.

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


Twitter: @PyCon, #pycon
Web: pycon.org
Date: January–December
Location: Multiple (many are hybrid)
Cost: Varies by location and whether you'll be online or in person; US national conference registration costs between $100 and $1,200

The international community for the Python programming language holds more than 50 conferences annually. Many of the conferences change venues every year and rely on volunteers to make them happen.

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



Twitter: twitter.com/developerweek, #DevWeek2022
Web: developerweek.com
Date: February 2–9
Location: Virtual, and in person in Oakland, California, USA
Cost: Until December 16: Pro Pass, $355; Premium Pass, $595

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.

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


Web: fosdem.org/2022
Date: February 5–6
Location: Online
Cost: Free

FOSDEM is a two-day event that offers developers who work with open-source and free software a place to meet, share ideas, and collaborate. Renowned for being highly developer-oriented, the event brings together more than 8,000 geeks from all over the world. 

Who should attend: Developers, testers, and DevOps engineers


Twitter: @confooca, #ConFoo
Web: confoo.ca/en/2022
Date: February 23–25
Location: Virtual, and in person in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cost: Three-day in-person conference ticket, $995; three-day virtual conference ticket, $745 (early-bird discounts available); workshops, $700 and $1,100

ConFoo is a multi-technology conference for developers in Canada with international speakers; it focuses on pragmatic solutions for web developers. The conference typically features more than 150 presentations.

Who should attend: Developers and data scientists


SREcon22 Americas

Twitter: @SREcon, #SREcon
Web: usenix.org/conference/srecon22americas
Date: March 14–16
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Cost: TBD

SREcon22 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: April 4–6
Location: London, UK
Cost: £1,715 plus VAT, but more after December 6

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 team leads


Twitter: @devnexus, #devnexus
Web: devnexus.com
Date: April 11–13
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Cost: TBD

Conference organizers claim Devnexus is the largest Java platform conference in the United States. The conference is geared to professional software developers who want to hear from and interact directly with internationally acclaimed presenters and technologists. Devnexus also aims to connect developers from all over the world and promote open-source values. The conference focuses on Java, JVM (Java Virtual Machine) languages, cloud, and big data.

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


Twitter: @Devoxx, #devoxx
Web: devoxx.fr/en/
Date: April 20–22
Location: Paris, France
Cost: Varies; from €290 for one day to €960 for all three days

Devoxx France is part of a family of conferences held globally each year. The conferences primarily focus on Java but cover a few other topics as well. The Paris conference attracts some 3,000 participants and more than 300 exhibitors and 240 speakers, with hands-on labs and workshops.

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

DeveloperWeek Europe

Twitter: @DeveloperWeek, #DeveloperWeekEurope
Web: developerweek.com/europe/
Date: April 27–28
Location: Virtual
Cost: TBD

DeveloperWeek Europe 2022 is a virtual software developer conference and expo dedicated to Europe's tech community. The event showcases more than 100 technical speakers from Europe, top technology companies, and corporate engineering teams. Some 2,000 engineering professionals and technical practitioners and leaders from across Europe will virtually gather for two days of education and networking

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


QCon Plus Online

Twitter: @QCon#QConPlus
Web: plus.qconferences.com
Date: May 10–20
Location: Virtual
Cost: $799 (for the two-week conference); early bird pricing available

QCon Plus brings together senior software engineers across multiple domains to share their real-world implementations of emerging trends and practices. Attendees will find practical inspiration (not product pitches) from software leaders deep in the trenches creating software, scaling architectures, and fine-tuning their technical leadership to help them make the right decisions.

Who should attend: Senior software engineers, architects, and team leads

RailsConf 2022 

Twitter: @railsconf, #RailsConf
Web: railsconf.com
Date: May 17–19
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Cost: TBD

RailsConf is the world’s longest-running gathering of Ruby on Rails enthusiasts, practitioners, and companies. With a specific focus on Rails, conference topics can range from new users to administration to advanced techniques.

Who should attend: Ruby developers


Twitter: @gluecon@defrag#gluecon
Web: gluecon.com
Date: May 18–19
Location: Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Cost: $995

GlueCon is a developer-oriented conference focused on providing the latest in-depth technical information, presented in a format that fosters community. Topics change from year to year and have included APIs, DevOps, serverless, edge computing, containers, microservices, blockchain-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

ICSE 2022

Twitter: @ICSEconf, #ICSE2022
Web: conf.researchr.org/home/icse-2022
Date: May 21–29
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Cost (2021): Free

ICSE, the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, provides a forum where researchers, practitioners, and educators gather to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and issues in the field of software engineering.

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

Microsoft Build

Twitter: #MSBuild
Web: microsoft.com/en-us/build
Date (2021): May 25–27
Location: Virtual
Cost (2021): Free

Build is a massive conference for developers who are building apps for Windows, Office 365, Edge/Internet Explorer, SQL Server, Azure, Xbox, and HoloLens. Build is now also relevant for Android, iOS, and open-source developers, thanks to Microsoft's push to distance itself from its old Windows-only strategy. Microsoft uses the conference to make important announcements for its ecosystem.

Who should attend: Windows developers, SQL Server DBAs, Azure admins, and general developers, IT administrators, and managers

DockerCon 2022

Twitter: @DockerCon#DockerCon
Web: docker.com/dockercon
Date: May 28
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

This is multi-track conference, sponsored by Docker, focuses on the Docker platform and ecosystem. DockerCon Live is a container-industry conference for makers and operators of next-generation, distributed applications built with containers.

Who should attend: Developers, DevOps engineers, CxOs, and managers


React conferences

Twitter: Varies
Web: reactjs.org/community/conferences, renderatl.com, reactsummit.com
Dates: January 27–30 (Austria), June 1–4 (Atlanta), June 17 (Amsterdam), June 21 (online)
Locations: Dornbirn, Austria (AgentConf); Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Render); Amsterdam, Netherlands (React Summit); online (React Summit);
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: June 21–24
Locations: Austin, Texas, USA; virtual
Cost: TBD

Open Source Summits are a series of conferences sponsored by the Linux Foundation. In addition to the Austin forum, the Foundation will hold Open Source Summits in Dublin, Ireland, and Tokyo, Japan.

The vendor-neutral conference in North America allows open-source developers and technologists to collaborate, share information, and learn about the latest technologies and innovations across open source.

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 22–24
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Cost (2021): Conference, $600 to $800

Talks at Strange Loop, created in 2009 by a team of St. Louis-based friends and developers, are code-heavy and avoid process-oriented topics such as agile and testing. The organizers keep marketing to a minimum. Keynotes aren't sold to sponsors, and mailing lists of attendees are never sold or given to sponsors.

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


DotNETOS Conference

Twitter: @dotnetosorg#dotNetconf
Web: conf.dotnetos.org
Date (2021): October 4–6
Location (2021): Virtual
Cost (2021): Free

This three-day conference is dedicated solely to .NET performance, focusing on .NET 5, .NET Core, and .NET performance. Attendees will hear from top speakers from around the globe, including from companies such as Microsoft and JetBrains. All talks are in English.

Who should attend: Members of the .NET community

DjangoCon US

Twitter: @djangocon, #djangocon
Web: 2021.djangocon.us
Date (2021): October 22–23
Location (2021): Virtual
Cost (2021): Free

This is conference for users of the Django web framework caters to the entire spectrum of Django users, from those who develop business apps on the framework to those who tinker with it in their spare time. Conference planners are committed to diversity.

Who should attend: Web developers and hobbyists


Microsoft Ignite

Twitter: @MS_Ignite#MSIgnite
Web: microsoft.com/en-us/ignite
Date (2021): Nov 2–4
Location (2021): Virtual
Cost (2021): Free with registration

Microsoft Ignite is for IT pros to explore the latest tools, receive deep technical training, and get questions answered by Microsoft experts. Ignite covers architecture, deployment, implementation and migration, development, operations and management, security, access management, compliance, usage, and adoption.

Who should attend: Microsoft developers, decision makers, implementers, architects, developers, and data professionals

.NET Conf

Twitter: @dnetcnf, #dotnetconf
Web: dotnetconf.net
Date (2021): November 9–11
Location: Virtual
Cost (2021): Free

This virtual conference for developers is organized by the .NET community and Microsoft. During the three-day event, developers participate in live streaming sessions where they can learn and ask questions in real time.

Who should attend: .NET developers


Twitter: @rubyconf
Web: rubyconf.org
Date (2021): November 8–10
Location (2021): Denver, Colorado, USA; virtual
Cost (2021): $200 to $1,000

RubyConf is organized by Ruby Central, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and advocacy of the Ruby programming language. Its RubyConf event is designed to allow the full spectrum of Ruby users, from novices to experts, discuss emerging ideas, collaborate, and socialize.

Who should attend: Ruby developers and hobbyists



Twitter: @GopherCon#gophercon
Web: gophercon.com
Date (2021): December 6–10
Location: Virtual
Cost (2021): Conference, December 8–10: free; half-day workshops, held on December 6 and December 7, for $295 each, and a "full-day" workshop that spans both days for $495

GopherCon is an annual conference for the Go programming language community. Originally organized in 2014 by the Gopher Academy, a community-driven group of developers who want to promote the use of Go, the event has steadily grown in size, to over 1,500 attendees. The conference is preceded by two days of workshops.

Who should attend: Go developers and users


Twitter: @devternity
Web: devternity.com
Date (2021): December 10–11
Location (2021): Virtual
Cost (2021): €399 to €798

Rather than focus on a particular framework, technology, or language, DevTernity addresses the fundamental building blocks and practices necessary for building better, modern software systems. The forum covers the latest developments in coding, architecture, operations, security, leadership, and many other IT topics.

Who should attend: Developers, architects, operations professionals, and DevOps engineers


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

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.

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