Avanscoperta’s 2020 Conferences and Events Guide

Avanscoperta’s list of must-attend Tech Events and Conferences

Another year, another learning plan, another budget to be approved, another language to learn, another community to meet…
As we constantly strive to improve and learn more, and after a successful blog post on the same topic last year, we thought it was still a good idea to put a list of cool conferences and events taking place in 2020, stuff you might be interested in if you’re a software developer, a change agent, a product leader, or a UX designer.

Are you ready? Fasten your seat belts:
It’s time for Avanscoperta’s 2020 Conferences and Events Guide!

Disclaimer – How to read this post:

Events are listed by month. Every month or so we’ll update this post, so this is valid throughout the year. That’s right, you can save it in your bookmarks. You’re welcome! 🙂

This list includes mainly tech events but, as our community is getting bigger and more diversified, you might find something that can interest you and is not strictly tech-related.

How did we put together this list? These events are suitable for an international audience (e.g. talks are mainly, if not totally, in English), some have some of our trainers in the line-up, and we’re making sure all parts of the world are represented here.

When you see a “TBC”, it means the event has no published date yet. If it falls within a certain month, that’s because that same event is usually held in that very month. Keep refreshing the page and a date will come up sooner or later. 😉

Did we forget anything (we surely did… Lanyrd we miss you!)? Drop us a line: digital@avanscoperta.it.

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January 2020

Global CfP Diversity Day [Various locations world-wide, 18 January]
An event to help you get started on putting together your first talk proposal.
There will be an event in Milan too – check it out!

NDC London [London, England, 27-31 January]
Inspiring Software Developers since 2008. If you’re into: Software Development and Agile practices.

DevOpsDays [Various locations and dates world-wide]
Check out where’s your closest DevOpsDays and join these technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them.

Play14 [Various locations and dates world-wide]
Play14 is a serie of events taking place all over the world. Each event is an international gathering of like-minded people who share the common idea that playing is the best way to learn and understand. Check out the closest Play14 to your location!

February 2020

Agile Venture Milano [Milan, Italy, 1 February]

Interaction [Milan, Italy, 2-7 February]
The Milan edition of one of the largest events dedicated to design and its consequences.

DDD Europe [Amsterdam, Netherlands, 3-7 February]
Software Design and Modelling conference. Topics covered: Domain-Driven Design, EventStorming, Software Architecture.

Africa Tech Summit [Kigali, Rwanda, 4-6 February]
Africa’s prime tech event, a cross-sectional view of technology advances and opportunities from across the continent.

Mind The Product Engage [Manchester, England, 6-7 February]
The regional version of Mind the Product, the world’s largest product management conference.

ServerlessDays Rome [Rome, Italy, 21 February]
One day. One track. One community.

World IA Day [Various locations world-wide, 22 February]
For fans of: Information Architecture, UX, UI and Design Thinking.

March 2020

QCon London [London, England, 2-6 March]
If you’re into: Software Development and Agile practices.

A4I – Agile for Innovation [Milan, Italy, 4 March]

Agile Scotland [Edinburgh, Scotland, 6 March]
Agile in Scotland? Agile Scotland. For the community, by the community – since 2002.

DevOps Gathering [Bochum, Germany, 9-11 March]
All about DevOps and Container Technologies.

Agile India [Bengaluru, India, 15-22 March]
Asia’s premier and largest conference on leading edge software development methods.

Scrum Day Ukraine [Kiev, Ukraine, 21 March]
The best Scrum open space in Ukraine supported by Scrum.org.

FutureTech [Utrecht, Netherlands, 25 March]
The Microsoft Developer conference.

Mind The Product Conference [30 March – 3 April, Online]
The Mind the Product conference has been canceled and it will be substituted by a series of live events and online training.

Unleashing Change Management [Amsterdam, Netherlands, 31 March – 1 April]
Bringing together cross-industry leaders to discuss key trends and innovative approaches to Change Management processes.

Agile Munich [Munich, Germany, 31 March-2 April]
This year’s theme is: “Agile Learning”

April 2020

NDC Copenhagen [Copenhagen, Denmark, 1-3 April]
Inspiring Software Developers since 2008. If you’re into: Software Development and Agile practices.

Code Beam Lite [Bologna, Italy, 6 April]
A one-day community lead conference striving to engage the local Erlang and Elixir ecosystems.

Agile-Lean Ireland [Cork, Ireland, 20-21 April]

Serverless Architecture Conference [The Hague, Netherlands, 20-22 April]
Mastering Cloud Native Architectures, the Kubernetes Ecosystem and Functions.

SmashingConf San Francisco [San Francisco, California, US, 21-22 April]
The focus is on front-end and UX but they cover everything web, be it UI design or machine learning.

ACCU Conference [Bristol, England, 24-28 April]
The foremost annual conference for people interested in C++ and C, (at least in and around the UK), as well as other languages and approaches such as D, Chapel, Java, Kotlin, C#, F#, Groovy, Rust, Go, Python, Ruby, Lisp, and. Git, Mercurial, CMake, Meson, TDD, BDD.

GOTO Chicago [Chicago, US, 27-29 April]
Learn from the creators, pioneers and thought leaders.

beyond tellerrand [Berlin, Germany, 27-29 April]
An affordable single-track event where creativity and technology meet.

Agile Austria Conference [Graz, Austria, 29-30 April]
The Road to Agile.

YOW! Data [Melbourne, Australia, 29 April – 1 May]
A conference focused on exploring data-driven technology and applications.

AfroTech Fest [London, England, TBC]
A tech festival by and for Black people of African and Caribbean heritage.

Agilia Prague [Prague, Czech Republic, TBC]
A conference on improving business performance with Agile.

QCon.ai [San Francisco, California, US, TBC]
Your QCon conference with an AI and Machine Learning twist.

May 2020

DevDays Europe [Vilnius, Lithuania, 5-7 May]
Explore the emerging technologies and best practices in the software development industry – regardless of technological platform or language – without commercial hype.

YOW! Lambda Jam Conference [Brisbane, Australia, 6-8 May]
Into Functional Programming? This is the conference for you!

BUILD STUFF España [Málaga, Spain, 8-9 May]
For people who actually build stuff… under the sun!

App Builders [Lugano, Switzerland, 10-12 May]
A 2 days, double track, mobile conference about the latest trends in Google and Apple technologies.

HalfStack Tel Aviv [Tel Aviv, Israel, 11 May]
A UI-centric, one-day single track JavaScript event hosted in a relaxed environment.

JAX 2020 [Mainz, Germany, 11-15 May]
The conference for Java, architecture and software innovation.

jsday [Verona, Italy, 12-13 May]

Google I/O [Mountain View, California, US, 12-14 May]
I/O brings together developers from around the globe for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at Google’s latest developer products.

Small Giants Summit [Detroit, US, 12-14 May]
We identify, connect and develop purpose-driven business leaders.

InfoShare [Gdańsk, Poland, 13-14 May]
The biggest tech conference in Central Eastern Europe, a great event whether you’re a developer, an investor, a marketer, or simply a tech fan.

Devoxx Uk [London, England, 13-15 May]
A 3-day conference where developers and architects come together and explore the latest technology advancements and fascinating ideas, with some of the most inspiring speakers in our sector.

J On The Beach [Marbella, Spain, 13-15 May]
Bringing developers and DevOps together around Big Data.

GeeCon Prague [Kraków, Poland, 13-15 May]
Java and JVM based technologies, dynamic languages, enterprise architectures, patterns, distributed computing, software craftsmanship, mobile and much more.

Balkan Ruby [Sofia, Bulgaria, 15-16 May]
A brand new conference dedicated to Ruby and satellite technologies.

ACE! [Kraków, Poland, 20-22 May]
Building Software Better. Building Better Products.

PHP Serbia [Belgrade, Serbia, 21-23 May]
The main PHP event in the Balkan region.

Accessibility Days [Milan, Italy, 22-23 May]

Agile Venture Vimercate [Vimercate, Italy, 23 May]

Techorama [Antwerp, Belgium, 25-27 May]
Join this healthy mix between developers, IT Professionals, Data Professionals and SharePoint professionals.

NCrafts [Paris, France, 28-29 May]
A conference for professional developers who care about quality code and bettering their practices.

Agile Coach Camp Italy [Dimaro, Italy, 28-30 May]
ACCITis a two-day highly collaborative, non-profit community-organised event in the form of an Open Space for peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, the creation of new ideas, support and networking.

Agile People Day [Bologna, Italy, 30 May]

CitCon [Ghent, Belgium, TBC]
CITCON is a world-wide series of free Open Spaces events for developer-testers, tester-developers and anyone else with an interest in Continuous Improvement and the types of practices that goes along with it.

June 2020

CukenFest [London, England, 3-4 June]
A BDD conference.

LambdaConf [Estes Park, Colorado, US, 3-5 June]
Master the theory and practice of industry functional programming.

Socrates Italy [Dimaro, Italy, 4-6 June]
The 6th edition of this Italian International Software Craftsmanship and Testing Conference is back.

WordCamp Europe [Porto, Portugal, 4-6 June]
The largest WordPress conference in the world.

ServerlessDays Milan [Milan, Italy, 5 June]
A developer-oriented conference about serverless technologies.

Ohana Meetup [Online, Italy, 5-6 June]
There is a change going on in the world of work. Beyond the buzzwords and the marketing around it, there are people sprouting and living a revolution. We are our Ohana. And we’re gonna get together. Join the party.

USI Conference [Paris, France, 6-7 July]
Knowledge has value only when shared. USI provides a space for opinion leaders, attendees, and key digital transformation players to congregate for two days of unique and disruptive talks.

JBCNConf [Barcelona, Spain, 6-8 June]
A conference on Java and JVM, three days to share knowledge and experiences, meet enthusiasts and geeks and learn about new technologies related to the JVM in English.

.NET Day Switzerland [Zürich, Switzerland, 8 June]
Topics: .NET technologies all around .NET, C#, ASP.NET Core, Azure and more.

GOTO Amsterdam [Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8-11 June]
“Good old plain programming”. Learn from the creators, pioneers and thought leaders.

NDC Oslo [Oslo, Norway, 8-12 June]
Inspiring Software Developers since 2008. If you’re into: Software Development and Agile practices.

SmashingConf Austin [Austin, Texas, US, 9-10 June]
The focus is on front-end and UX but they cover everything web, be it UI design or machine learning.

CraftConf [Budapest, Hungary, 9-12 June]
A conference on software craftsmanship.

Codemotion Rome [Rome, Italy, 11-12 June]

Italian C++ Conference [Milan, Italy, 13 June]

DockerCon [Austin, Texas, US, 15-18 June]

QCon New York [New York City, New York, US, 15-19 June]
For senior software engineers and architects, a conference on patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops.

Product Management Festival [Singapore, 17-18 June]
The Product Management Festival is a conference that showcases the latest information and innovation in product management from leading experts across the world.

CoMoCamp [Soltau, Germany, 19-20 June]
Collaborative Modeling Camp is an unconference inspired by Domain-Driven Design and Behavior-Driven Development. We reach out to bring practitioners of collaborative modeling methods together with creators and thought leaders.

Agile Testing Days US [Chicago, Illinois, US, 21-25 June]
From Berlin to Chicago. Join North America’s greatest Agile Testing Festival.

Mind the Product Engage [Hamburg, Germany, 24-26 June]
The regional version of Mind the Product, the world’s largest product management conference.

Architecta Summer School [Bari, Italy, 25-28 June]
A 6-modules event dedicated to human-centered Information Architecture curated by Architecta’s partners… including Avanscoperta! 🙂

July 2020

ScalaDays – Berlin [Berlin, Germany, 1-3 July]

HalfStack Newquay [Newquay, England, 3 July]
A UI-centric, one-day single track JavaScript event hosted in a relaxed environment.

USI Conference [Paris, France, 6-7 July]
A potent concentration of all things digital, the USI conference challenges, explores and questions the future; artificial intelligence, ethics, design, economy, philosophy, neuroscience… The event offers an eclectic and impressive roster of speakers that provide our attendees with refreshing takes on new technologies.

Mind The Product Conference [San Francisco, California, US, 13-14 July]
Mind the Product is the world’s largest product management conference.

CSSCamp [Barcelona, Spain, 15 July]
The first CSS one-day, one-track conference for  Web designers and developers in Barcelona.

JSCamp [Barcelona, Spain, 16-17 July]
A two-day developer-driven International JavaScript Conference and one day with workshops and activities, crafted for and by the community.

Agile2020 [Orlando, Florida, US, 20-24 July]
The annual North American conference, dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish. This is where the Agile tribes meet!

Curry On! [London, England, TBC]
An unusual non-profit conference focused on programming languages & emerging challenges in industry co-located with ECOOP.

August 2020

DDD Perth [Perth, Australia, 1 August]
DDD Perth is an inclusive non-profit conference for the Perth software community.

BusConf [Rückersbach, Germany, 6-8 August]
The ultimate Functional Programming conference.

HalfStack New York [New York City, New York, US, 14 August]
A UI-centric, one-day single track JavaScript event hosted in a relaxed environment.

Socrates [Soluat, Germany, 27-30 August]
International Conference for Software Craft and Testing. Check out your closest Socrates as this conference takes place in many different cities and at different times throughout the year!

Frontend Conference Zürich [Zürich, Switzerland, 29-30 August]
Where design meets technology.

Scala World [Lake District, England, 31 August – 4 September]
Join the world’s most important conference on Scala.

September 2020

React Native EU [Wroklaw, Poland, 3-4 September]
First community conference in Europe focused exclusively on React Native.

EXPAND Conference [Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4 September]
A new and non-profit international software engineering conference for people involved in building and maintaining quality software.

EventStorming Master Class [London, England, 7-8 September]
Alberto Brandolini’s EventStorming Master Class is back at the Business Design Centre at its first edition organised by Avanscoperta.

SmashingConf Freiburg [Freiburg, Germany, 7-8 September]
The focus is on front-end and UX but they cover everything web, be it UI design or machine learning.

Agile Business Day [Venice, Italy, 11-12 September]
An international conference covering the topic of agile from a business, organisational, and technical point of view.

Agile Prague [Prague, Czech Republic, 14-15 September]
Join the first agile conference in the heart of Europe.

Strata Data [London, England, 14-17 September]
Topics: Machine Learning, AI, Fintech, Data Science, IoT, UX.

Explore DDD [Keystone, Colorado, US, 14-18 September]
Explore DDD sets the perfect stage to discover how industry peers and leaders are using DDD to build better software.

Heroes Maratea [Maratea, Italy, 17-19 September]
The biggest Euro-Mediterranean event on business innovation.

HalfStack Vienna [Vienna, Austria, 18 September]
A UI-centric, one-day single track JavaScript event hosted in a relaxed environment.

Business of Software US [Boston, Massachusetts, US, 21-23 September]
Join the world’s smartest software entrepreneurs for 3 days of learning, listening, and networking. Learn about scaling SaaS and Software businesses from expert speakers and smart attendees.

BigData London [London, England, 23-24 September]

EuroIA [Berlin, Germany, 24-26 September]
An international Information Architecture conference whose theme is “Impact”.

Voxxed Days Milan [Milan, Italy, 26 September]
For the second time in Italy, the conference “From Developers, For Developers”.

Agile Venture Firenze [Florence, Italy, 28 September]
Evolution over evolution.

SingularityU Italy Summit 2019 [Milan, Italy, 29-30 September]
For the fourth edition in Italy, this cutting-edge event brings you the future of the world, the Silicon Valley state of the art technologies and next to come.

Agile Greece Summit [Athens, Greece, TBC]
Build great team that can change the world… under the Greek sun!

Agile Rock [Kyiv, Ukraine, TBC]
A major conference on agile management of organizations and creative process. Plus musical performances and jam sessions for all participants right at the conference!

APIdays.io Barcelona [Barcelona, Spain, TBC]

Event-driven Microservices Conference [Amsterdam, Netherlands, TBC]

FullStack Fest [Sitges, Spain, TBC]
A 3-day, single-track conference with topics ranging from GraphQL, WebAssembly, the JAMStack & Progressive User Interfaces to HTTP/3, Automation Testing, Serverless and the P2P web.

Scala Italy [Bologna, Italy, TBC]
The go-to Scala event in the Italian soil is back and this time it will be held in Bologna. Don’t miss it!

School of PO [Paris, France,  Date TBC]
This edition’s theme is #SkinInTheGame.

vueday [Verona, Italy, Date TBC]

October 2020

GSAS – Global Software Architecture Summit [Barcelona, Spain, 1-2 October]
one day summit which aims to attract and connect software architecture experts from all over the world as well as all those interested in building working software to improve their skills, share knowledge, and connect.

Mind The Product Conference [London, England, 1-2 October]
Mind the Product is the world’s largest product management conference.

Marketing Forum by Performance Strategies [Milan, Italy, 2-3 October]
Italy’s premier event on strategic marketing.

Full Stack Europe [Antwerp, Belgium, 7-9 October]
The conference for the whole team.

Lean Agile Scotland [Edinburgh, Scotland, 7-9 October]
Returning for its 9th year, Lean Agile Scotland will provide three days of inspiring learning from a dynamic mix of stimulating keynotes and practitioners working on the front line of the industry.

Agile People Camp [Montegrotto Terme, Italy, 9-11 October]

JDD [Kraków, Poland, 12-13 October]
A 2-day conference on Java.

TestCon [Vilnius, Lithuania, 13-15 October]
The biggest software testing conference in Europe.

UX Dojo [Rome, Italy, 13-17 October]
At its third edition, the Dojo is where you learn people-based research and planning.

Lambda World Cádiz [Cádiz, Spain, 15-16 October]
One of the largest functional programming events in Europe.

SmashingConf New York [New York City, New York, US, 20-21 October]
The focus is on front-end and UX but they cover everything web, be it UI design or machine learning.

Test & Quality Summit [Dublin, Ireland, 20-21 October]
Learn about new trends in software testing and quality assurance. Tackle potential problems and take solutions back to your workplace. Test & Quality Summit is a one-day event focused on giving you new ideas that you can implement immediately.

World Usability Congress [Graz, Austria, 21-22 October]
The World Usability Congress is an international premier user experience design conference.

GOTO Berlin [Berlin, Germany, 28-30 October]
Learning is a life-long process and that’s why we create conferences for developers by developers. It’s what drives us to produce the best meeting place for innovators and thought leaders.

CAS – Conferencia Agile Spain [La Coruña, Spain, 29-30 October]
Spain’s premier conference on Agile.

KanDDDinsky [Berlin, Germany, 29-30 October]
The art of business software.

Architecta Summit [Date and Location TBC, Italy]
14th edition of Italian’s premier Information Architecture Summit.

Agile By Example [Warsaw, Poland, TBC]
Agile conference.

Durazno Conf [Durazno, Uruguay, TBC]
The human side of programming.

HackConf [Sofia, Bulgaria, TBC]
A software development conference for developers, by developers.

Intersection Conference [Milan, Italy, TBC]
UX and Development conference in Italy’s tech capital.

Software Craftsmanship London [London, England, TBC]
Join London’s premier conference on Software Craftsmanship. With a talk by Alberto Brandolini.

The Choice Conference [Madrid, Spain, TBC]
The role of business choices in shaping a better future.

November 2020

World Usability Day [Various locations and dates world-wide]
Designing for the future we want.

Web Summit [Lisbon, Portugal, 2-5 November]
At a time of great uncertainty for industry upon industry and the world itself, we gather the founders and CEOs of technology companies, fast-growing startups, policymakers and heads of state to ask a simple question: where to next?

Øredev [Malmö, Sweden, 4-6 November]
International conference for Software Developers!

F# Europe [Bruxelles, Belgium, 4-6 November]

PyCon Florence [Florence, Italy, 5-8 November]
The Italian Python conference where professionals, researchers and enthusiasts of the most beautiful programming language (Python, of course!) gather together.

Agile Testing Days [Potsdam, Germany, 8-13 November]
The Agile Testing Days Conference is a festival for the agile community. Network & get deep insights into testing & agile excellence.

Meaning Conference [Brighton, England, 12 November]
An international guest list of speakers, panelists and workshop hosts to inspire you on your own journey to better business.

CanUX [Ottawa, Canada, 12-15 November]
Canada’s premier UX conference.

O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference [Berlin, Germany, 16-19 November]
The event provides senior developers, engineers, tech leads, and software architects the essential training to make informed decisions and stay ahead of the latest technologies and frameworks.

EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference [Antwerp, Belgium, 16-19 November]
The 28th annual EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference will take place in Antwerp Zoo with full-day & half-day tutorials, active workshops, dozens of track sessions, networking & social events.

QCon San Francisco [San Francisco, California, US, 16-20 November]
For senior software engineers and architects, a conference on patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops.

HalfStack London [Vienna, Austria, 20 November]
A UI-centric, one-day single track JavaScript event hosted in a relaxed environment.

droidcon Italy [Turin, Italy, 27-28 November]
Italy’s go-to event for all the things Android and mobile. This year Avanscoperta will be sponsoring the event, come and meet us at our booth!

BUILDSTUFF Lithuania [Vilnius, Lithuania, TBC]

Good Tech Conf [Brighton, England, TBC]
A non-profit conference bringing together 200 technologists with a passion for large scale computer systems, ethics, and diversity.

GOTO Copenhagen [Copenhagen, Denmark, TBC]
Discover the technologies, methodologies and skills you need to know today to build systems of the future.

IAD Italian Agile Days [Date and Location TBC, Italy]
Italy’s premier Agile conference, the birthplace of our Mascot DDDino! 🙂

ISTA 2019 [Sofia, Bulgaria, TBC]
Collaborate, Innovate, Master.

Italian Community Manager Summit [Date and Location TBC, Italy]

Productized [Lisbon, Portugal, TBC]
We know that great products are hard to build, and just as difficult to manage. How can you improve your methods to make your processes easier and more efficient?

Product Management Festival [Zürich, Switzerland, TBC]
The Product Management Festival is a conference that showcases the latest information and innovation in product management from leading experts across the world.

NodeConf EU [Kilkenny, Ireland, TBC]
The key Node.JS event in Europe.

SDD Deep Dive [London, England, TBC]
SDD stands for Software Design & Development. Not to be missed!

Swift Heroes [Turin, Italy, TBC]

December 2020

KotlinConf [Copenhagen, Denmark, TBC]
The must attend conference for all Kotlin maniacs.

FlowCon [Paris, France, TBC]


And don’t forget: we also organise our workshops! 🙂
Head to Avanscoperta’s Training courses list! #WeAreLearners

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