As an app developer you must have heard how critical it is to attend industry events. Some talk about leveraging these events from a networking and reputational standpoint, others about fueling your BizDev efforts and some are in it just to learn and stay up to date with industry news, techniques and emerging tools.
Plus industry events break our daily routine which is always fun!
However, not everyone’s so positive about these events. Some complain about them being a waste of money, unfocused, not bringing any real news and lacking relevant colleagues to mingle with. On top of this, events can be viewed as not adding quality leads and as mainly serving to the financial interests of the event producers.
I say it’s all a matter of setting the right expectations and doing your research before attending, speaking or presenting at any given event.
Personally, I like to stay updated with all the relevant events in my industry. Of course, I don’t attend all the events but I base my decision to attend/not attend on key parameters and understanding the value I would gain from that specific event.
I’ve gathered a list of some mobile app / mobile dev / mobile games events (organized chronologically by date) that are focused on developers. Although some further mini research might be needed before you make a decision, the list below can get you off to a nice start.
In the mobile industry, events cover a wide array of topics including mobile innovation, full stack development, marketing solutions, game dev and more. Some events are quite popular among mobile app pros. Please drop us a note to: email@example.com if we left any important events behind!
Where: San Francisco, California (plus other locations as well)
When: 29 November – 1 December, 2016
Price for attendees: Starting from $50 (exhibition only)
Sponsorship: Available. You can have a booth and a speaking opportunity. Here you can find more details
Sponsors include: Google (not surprising…), Intel (also not surprising), Bugsnag, Perfecto Mobile, Branch and many more.
Estimated number of attendees: ~1000
About: AnDevCon event is mostly technical and focuses on practical solutions for app developers and engineers. At this event, you can attend learning classes, watch tutorials and listen to speakers with the hope to advance your technical expertise and learn from your peers. Some topics covered include: animations in Android and app building.
Where: Seattle, London & Hong Kong
When: 17-18 January 2017 (London), April (Hong Kong) and October (Seattle)
Price for attendees: Free for studios and mobile app developers, upon successful application
Sponsorship: Available – You can download / request more info here
Sponsors include: RevMob, Appodeal, Kochava and many more
Estimated number of attendees: ~500-700 (mostly C level)
About: MGF Seattle is a premium mobile gaming conference for C level executives that attracts roughly 500-700 attendees. The attendees list includes a variety of decision makers mainly from the gaming industry. It features opportunities for networking, as well as a quality lineup of speakers. Some of the topics covered include development trends and business strategy.
By the way, we will be attending MGF London, and we would love to set up a meeting with you and demo our solution that allows app developers to monitor SDKs in real time, with no need for a version update. Contact us to set up a meeting during the event.
Where: San Francisco, California
When: 11-16 February, 2017
Price for attendees: Starting from $35
Sponsorship: Available. Get details here
Sponsors include: Autodesk, Foursquare, Hipernet.io and more.
Estimated number of attendees: ~8000
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: 27 February – 2 March, 2017
Price for attendees: Starts at 799 Euro (but many people request a complementary pass from exhibiting companies they have good relations with)
Sponsorship: Yes. In all kind and forms you can imagine. Expect (very) high prices!
Sponsors include: Every mobile tech company you can think of…
Estimated number of attendees: Over 100,000
About: The biggest and most popular event for the entire mobile industry, where everyone takes part. Developers, mobile infrastructure players, operating system companies, mobile devices vendors, service providers, you can get the idea.
This event hosts between 90,000 to 100,000 attendees (and every year that number is growing).
There’s a mobile app hall – 8.0 and 8.1 (approx. 250 presenting companies, out of the total nearly 2000 exhibitors at the event)
This event is mostly appealing for BizDev executives, as many seniors from giant companies (including Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg) are attending the event for strategic meetings.
If you are visiting MWC, don’t forget to explore hall 3 that occupies many hardware vendors, presenting their latest and greatest technologies. Don’t be surprised by the amount of launch releases you will hear about. Many leading companies are releasing industry PR news during the event.
Ha, and of course, we will be there presenting SafeDK solution that allows app developers to monitor & control SDKs in real time with no version update. Come visit our booth at ‘the Israel Export Institute & International Cooperation Institute’ in Hall 5. Contact us to set up a meeting.
Where: San Francisco, CA, US & Moscow, Russia (and many other locations as well)
When: 27 February – 3 March, 2017
Price for attendees: Early bird (until 25/1) starts from $199
Sponsorship: Available. You can request more info here
Sponsors include: You can review an impressive exhibitors list here, it includes game studios as well as industry players like Swrve or AdColony
Estimated number of attendees: Up to over 25,000
About: This event focuses on the gaming industry and the producers claim that the event hosts 27,000 attendees (though, it’s not clear if this number reflects the attendees of all the yearly events from all geos but clearly, this is a popular event).
Where: Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, TLV, Amsterdam, Dublin, Warsaw, Dubai, Berlin and more
When: 24 – 25 March, 2017 (upcoming in Madrid and Milan)
Price for attendees: Tickets start as low as 45 euro.
Sponsorship: Available. You will need to do some digging on your own to understand more, as the deals vary between geos and type of sponsorship and also aren’t publicly shared.
Sponsors include: Microsoft, Intel, Accenture, Oracle, Google.
Estimated number of attendees: ~7000
About: The name says it all: this is a European event that is focused on coding. Codemotion, like other events is also about innovation but is focused on the coding aspect. The event will cover a wide array of topics including Cloud, UX, security methods, and game development.
Please notice it’s not focused on mobile coding only, but on coding in general.
On top of listening to great speakers, you can also attend workshops to pick up new skills or teach peers a thing or two. This event is expected to attract 7,700 attendees when it’s held in strategic geos. As this event is held in many cities around the world, the attendees’ lists are sometimes a lot more modest.
Where: Multi area event in over 25 countries and almost every continent.
When: 6-8 April 2017 – In Turin, Italy (check the event website for more dates and locations)
Price for attendees: 124 Euro per ticket at the Italian event (discounts are available for students, businesses and group bookings)
Sponsorship: Available, quite a few of them (including sponsoring a party) – Prices are not shared but here is some information about the packages.
Sponsors include: Cloudconf, Grusp, Top-ix and more.
Estimated number of attendees: ~1000
About: Like Codemotion, Droidcon is a conference series held in a number of countries, only this event is focused entirely on the mobile industry and the Android ecosystem. Droidcon discusses the constant advancements in the mobile industry and in Android advancement in particular. The topics covered at this event include visualizing Android’s future in a wide array of talks about software and hardware innovations. This event is a great place to network with other industry players. You can also choose to participate in the event hackathon and barcamp to put what you’ve learned to some good use. This event grows yearly and is usually hosting about 1,000 attendees per event.
Where: San Diego, California
When: 24-28 April, 2017
Price for attendees: Free Expo Pass. Other options starting at $1,595
Sponsorship: Available. Details here.
Sponsors include: Stickyminds, AgileConnection and more
Estimated number of attendees: This is not stated in the event collateral. We’ve sent an email with a question.
About: This event is a bit different than the other events mentioned above as it’s a standalone event in San Diego, and its focus is on mobile development and testing. The event offers tutorials and workshops on a wide variety of topics in the development and testing areas. Tutorial topics include smart home and office apps, wearable technology, and IoT technology. The program also offers pre-conference training classes.
Where: Santa Clara, California
When: 26-27 April, 2017
Price for attendees: $295
Sponsorship: Available. More details here.
Sponsors include: Microchip, Renesas, HP and more.
Estimated number of attendees: We’ve asked the organizers over email. We will update this field once we have an answer from the organizers.
About: Indeed, this isn’t titled as a ‘mobile event’ but I am still sharing it here as the boundaries between mobile and IoT are loose, and many mobile developers are gearing up towards adapting their apps to the wearable and IoT industry. This conference, designed specifically for IoT developers, offers networking opportunity featuring topics such as the future of IoT, making money with IoT, taking the IoT into the cloud and the evolution and adoption of the industry. IoT DevCon organizers say it is the only conference and trade show that’s created specifically for IoT product developers and includes tutorials, product update techniques, business strategies and in depth technical analysis.
Where: The 2016 event took place in Sausalito, CA. No details yet for 2017 event.
Price for attendees: Prices for attending 2016 event started at $1,098.00, but we know of many promo codes for significant discounts.
Sponsorship: Available. No data yet.
Sponsors include: Tune, Tapjoy, Supersonic, Glispa, Applovin and more
About: VentureBeat’s invite-only Mobile Summit is a strategic and marketing oriented event, rather than pure development. It brings together senior leaders to discuss the strategies and technologies they are using to capture and engage mobile audiences. This event has been running for 6 years, and targets C level executives – Founders, marketers and senior managers that are focused on strategies to boost significant growth through mobile.
12. Apps World
Where: San Francisco, London, Berlin and more
When: November 2017 (San Francisco)
Price for attendees: Not Available Yet
Sponsors include: Localytics, Rakuten, Applause and… us, SafeDK
Numbers of attendees: Varies between the events, but we felt that during the AppsWorld London event, there were no more than 500-1,000 attendees. The San Francisco event hosts about 5,000 attendees.
About: Appsworld events are focused, well, on apps… the events address many of the app ecosystem’s burning issues like marketing, development and monetization. The San Francisco event hosted 5,000 attendees in 2016.
13. Apple WWDC
Where: Probably in San Francisco (as the recent event took place there)
When: The 2016 event was held in June
Price: $1599 (but registration isn’t automatic. Read more here)
Sponsorship: We never fully know what is going on behind the scenes, but generally speaking, this event is not a commercial one, therefore we would assume you can’t easily become a sponsor or speaker for the event.
About: WWDC provides five full days of content, solely focused on Apple. If researching the latest Apple technologies is important to you or your company, this conference may be worth your consideration. The schedule includes classes and speakers that promise to inspire all attendees. You can also participate and might win an award in the Apple Design Awards competition.
14. Google I/O
Where: San Francisco
When: Usually in May or June
Price for attendees: Invite only, range from free to 900$
Sponsorship: Not available
Estimated number of attendees: 5000
Google I/O is Google’s annual festival for developers, announcing Google’s latest and greatest for developers. Like Apple WWDC, Google I/O offers a vast assortment of sessions for its attendees. The conference includes hands-on learning and “office hours” with Google experts where you can receive one-on-one assistance with your projects. And it’s more than just a conference; there’s an after party with music, food, and drinks!
15. 360 iDev
Where: Denver, Colorado
When: 13-16 August, 2017
Price for attendees: $549
Sponsorship: Available. More details here.
Sponsors include: Bugsnag, Firebase, essemble and more
Estimated number of attendees: Less than 500
About: 360 iDev is a four-day indie iOS/mac boutique conference with over 50 sessions and over 40 speakers. The ticket includes pre-conference training and two evening receptions. This event allows you to explore techniques from the iOS world that you can’t easily get anywhere else. Session topics include debugging, workflow automation, and building a sales pipeline.
16. Casual Connect
Where: Tel Aviv, Israel, Berlin, San Francisco
When: The upcoming event is in February – Berlin
Price for attendees: Starts at $550. Alternatively, you can volunteer in exchange for a ticket
Sponsorship: Available. More details and prices here.
Sponsors include: Vungle, Tapjoy, Applift, Optimove and many more.
Estimated number of attendees: ~2000
About: Like MGF Seattle, Casual Connect focuses on gaming as well as casino and next-gen technology and features speakers from major corporations like Google, Amazon, and Facebook. If you are looking to show off (there’s a Dev Showcase opportunity) your innovation and creativity this event is for you (you may even learn a thing or two along the way).
It is critical for B2B companies to exhibit at popular industry events. It’s how these companies boost their positioning and awareness and get introduced in front of thought leaders and potential customers. But, many mobile industry events can be valuable for mobile app developers too, in order to stay on top of the latest trends and tools, especially as the app development industry is evolving so quickly.
Don’t forget to further research every event that you find interesting enough, and smartly choose events that you feel are most relevant to your skillset and interests. After all, nobody wants to fly across the ocean for a redundant event that adds no value. If we have missed an important event that should you think should be included in this article, please drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org – We will be happy to consider adding it to the list.