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10 Essential Conferences Every Mobile App Developer Should Consider In 2020

Dec 55 min read

Michał Rejman

IT Marketing Strategist at Ideamotive. Travel addict and remote work advocate.


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. What are the other conferences worth attending?

How to Choose the Right Conference for a Mobile App Developer in 2020?

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 ten different mobile app development conferences in 2020 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: February 24-27 | Barcelona, Spain
How much: Prices vary from €799 to €4,999
Web & social: www.mobileworldcongress.com | Twitter #MWC2020 | 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 for more details about the US edition taking place in the fall of 2020. There’s also an Asian leg of the event held in Shanghai from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July 2020 – MWC Shanghai.



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

When & where: April 28-29 | London, UK
How much: How much: The 2-day Conference Package costs £540 (£378 for students).
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 2020 will feature iOS and Android development, Swift, Kotlin, Java, Accessibility, Tools, UI/UX, Testing, Automation, TDD/BDD, APIs, Frameworks, Standards, and Techniques. 



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

When & where: May 12-13 (workshop) + May 14-15 (conference) | Paris, France
How much: Packages vary. A 2-day workshop ticket at €625.00 + €125.00 VAT. The conference ticket at €449.00 + €89.80 VAT.
Web & social: https://www.react-europe.org/ | Facebook


Another edition of a popular event that promises to bring web and mobile React Native apps to the next level in 2020. 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. DroidCon – The World’s Largest Android App Developer Community Meeting

When & where: July 1-3 | Berlin, Germany
How much: €359 (regular), €309 (when buying at least 5 tickets), or €119.00 (student)
Web & social: https://www.de.droidcon.com/ |Twitter #DCBERLIN20 | 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/.image5

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

When & where: May 28-29 | Berlin, Germany
How much: Early Bird Congress Pass at €129
Web & social: https://www.wearedevelopers.com/events/world-congress/ | Twitter | Facebook

The MWC of developers. All developers, mobile included. With over 10,000 coders expected in 2020, the organizers hail it “The Woodstock of Developers.” And rightly so. The event is divided into a variety of 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. Need more recommendations?



6. JSConf series – JavaScript Enthusiasts Encouraging Sharing Knowledge Worldwide

Where & where: September 24-25 | Budapest, Hungary
How much: The Early Bird price starts at €205.
Web & social: https://jsconfbp.com/ | Twitter

JSConf is a not-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 events attracted sponsorship and attendees from such household names as Google, Mozilla, Facebook, Microsoft, Bloomberg, and many others. See all events and locations worldwide here: https://jsconf.com/


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7. Appdevcon – Great Workshops in Small Groups

Where & where: March 10-13 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
How much: How much: €710 for the Full Experience pass. Tickets for specific days/trainings are also available.
Web & social: https://appdevcon.nl | Twitter | Facebook

Great and rather intimate event by app developers, for app developers. The organizers plan to have around 350 people attending all the 4 days of Appdevcon. Three first days are dedicated to training sessions following a few various tracks (e.g. working with Swift) while the last one, taking place at the fantastic Pathé De Munt cinema, is a conference day. Discussions and talks are held at five different rooms, allowing to cover multiple topics (Design & Inspiration, Apple Tech, Google Tech, Cross Platform, Backends).



8. mDevCamp – The Go-To Conference on Mobile in Central Europe

Where & where: May 29 | Prague, Czechia

How much: 2019 tickets cost 3558 CZK (around €140)

Web & social: https://mdevcamp.eu/ | Twitter | Facebook 

mDevCamp proves that you can fit tons of great talks and workshops in one day. The 2020 edition of this largest conference for mobile developers in Central Europe will be the 9th one in the event’s history and will bring together around 1000 like-minded devs from all around the world, not only the region.

Last year, the list of speakers included representatives from companies like Google and Spotify, as well as experts in mobile development, such as Mike Grabowski, a popular persona in the React Native world. This 2020 edition of mDevCamp will cover a variety of Android and iOS-related topics, such as augmented and virtual reality, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence. 


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9. dotSwift – TED-like Quality for iOS Developers

Where & where: February 3 | Paris, France
How much: €149 for standard Conference Pass. Tickets for trainings available for €299.
Web & social: https://www.dotswift.io/ | Twitter 

At dotConferences, the quality of each event is above everything else. They want to establish TED-level conferences developers, and so far they are doing really well.

Every dot’s event (besides Swift, they also run events on CSS, JavaScript and Go) takes place in a beautiful Parisian theatre, is accompanied by great French food, and brings together amazing speakers from all over the world. Speaking slots are not for sale, the dotConferences’ team says and focuses on inviting experts in respective topics. Each talk is also limited to 20 minutes, in order to make sure no one gets bored and tons of knowledge are passed through during the two-day conference.



10. Devoxx – Developers Conferences Beyond Mobile

Where & where: June 17-19 | Krakow, Poland
How much: Conference Pass for 999 PLN (250 EUR) + 23% VAT.
Web & social: http://devoxx.pl/ | Twitter 

Devoxx conferences are not focused entirely on mobiles, but this area is anyway a big part of the whole agenda. The events take place in six different countries (Belgium, France, UK, Poland, Marocco and Ukraine) and includes both local and global experts as speakers.

Mobile app development will be one of the main topics at the Polish conference in June, and therefore this is the one that we recommend you to attend in 2020. Other tracks will include sessions on Cloud & Big Data, Java SE, Internet of Things, and much more.




Top Mobile Conferences to Look Out For in 2020 – 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:

  • 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 (spring) and New York (fall), this event is a global gathering of Swift community discussing application development, best practices, open-source, and other topics.
  • Swift Alps – experimental conference that inspired similar events in other countries, such as Portugal. Attendees participate in coding workshops with mentors available on-site.


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

Michał Rejman

Michał is a digital marketing veteran with a growth hacking mindset and 10+ years of experience. His goal is building high-quality technological content, with particular emphasis on React and Ruby on Rails. Traveler, climber, remote work advocate.

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