3 Shows you should attend in 2015 – 2. DevFest (Istanbul)

In my first article I wrote about JavaOne (San Francisco). In this second part, I will recommend a totally different type of event…

Whereas JavaOne is a very corporate, (expensive!) event in one location organized by a single Company, DevFest is a whole series of community events organized for free by the Community across the globe. The overall ‘brand’ is provided by Google who also define the approximate time of year the events will run. But, beyond this, the events are totally organized by local volunteers and each event is unique.

Istanbul is beautiful at night

Even though I live in the UK, my favorite event is DevFest (Istanbul). This is why I think it is worth attending:-

1. The scale of the event rivals some commercial shows

Despite being a free event, DevFest Istanbul is a multi-track event covering a huge range of technologies covering multiple languages including JavaScript, Java, Android. It attracts speakers from all over the world with talks in Turkish and English. There is a huge range of talks and workshops (last year it even included a MineCraft hackathon). This year will have new surprises…

2. It is very hands on

If you are looking for an event where you can sleep through some PowerPoint slides, or spend your time catching up on email and surfing, then DevFest is not the show for you. There is a strong emphasis on practical demos in talks, useful takeaways and workshops.

3. It is also the most professionally organized and slick event

I have ever attended with huge attention to detail and an army of volunteers making it all happen. It all works and the organizers come up with innovations each year. Last year featured a ‘sandpit’ with speakers talking adlib for 3 minutes or so on a technical topic.

4. It is a very dynamic

One of the big reasons to attend a Community event is to connect with others. DevFest has an energy, enthusiasm and excitement I have not found at any other show. It is infectious and you will bring it home with you.

5. It is in Istanbul

DevFest happens at a weekend. So you can spend a day deep in code and a day site-seeing in one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful cities. And say hello  to the cats.

Ernest is a attendeeYou can find out more about the event at http://devfesttr.com/ and announcements will start to appear then in the near future. DevFest events will run all over the world between September 1st and November 30th. I hope to see in Istanbul later this year….

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.
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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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