We have been attending conferences since 2001 and they are a bit of a tradeoff. On the one hand they are expensive and time-consuming. On the other hand they can be a great learning experience, a chance to meet lots of new people and a welcome break from normal routine.
In 2013, we attended FOUR conferences –
- Toccon (New York). A very interesting publishing conference run by O’Reilly. Tim O’Reilly and lots of high profile speakers were there.
- JavaOne (San Francisco). The official JavaOne conference and generally the place for big announcements by Oracle and other parties.
- Devoxx (Belgium). The biggest technical gathering in Europe (and usually the only conference with decent Internet connectivity)
- DevFest (Istanbul). A one day technical extravaganza on all web-related technologies.
I would have liked to also attend Business of Software (Boston), but the dates clashed. This is my favorite venue for meeting other Entrepreneurs and getting recharged and inspired with new ideas. The PDF association also offers some potentially interesting conferences that might be worth attending…
Toccon is no longer running, but all the others are taking place in 2014.
So which conferences should we attend? Where would you like to see us? And have we missed any gems which should be on our list in 2014?