Indie Conference

A list of conferences for indies: software developers, freelancers, bloggers, nomads, makers, musicians & more.

Indies are generally self-employed, run their own small / microbusiness, are bootstrapped, and distribute their creations independently. These are the conferences for anyone who doesn't have a boss, is non-conformist and unconventional, and lives outside the mainstream.
If that sounds like you, then these are the conferences for you.

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June

WWDC: Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
(13 - 16 June 2016, San Francisco CA, USA)
The conference for Mac & iOS Developers. Tickets are now only available via random drawing.

AltConf
(13 - 16 June 2016, San Francisco CA, USA)
The alternative WWDC. A free community-run conference for Mac & iOS developers during WWDC week.

Small Is Beautiful
(14 - 15 June 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland)
A conference for freelancers, sole traders, artists, designers and makers. Small Is Beautiful focuses on microbusinesses, including one-person-ventures. Speakers over the years have included Tara Gentile, Brennan Dunn, Alexa Clay & Rob Walling.

New Media Europe
(18 - 19 June 2016, London, UK)
A two-day conference for individuals starting out their entrepreneurial journey using new technologies, whether bloggers, podcasters, content creators or marketers.

Double Your Freelancing Conference Europe
(22 - 25 June 2016, Stockholm, Sweden)
From Brennan Dunn, a conference about freelancing with a focus on web designers and developers. Speakers include Kai Davis, Nathan Barry and Mojca Marš. Held at Yasuragi Hasseludden, a Japanese-inspired spa. In Sweden. Of course.

July

LTV Conference
(6 July 2015, Brighton, UK)
The "Life. Time. Value" conference, for people who are already selling their own products but know they can do better - whether software, writing, videos or other digital products. Speakers include Rachel Andrew of Perch, Patrick McKenzie of Starfighter, and Alex Hillman of 30x500.

TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Europe
(14 - 16 July 2016, Stockholm, Sweden)

iOS DevCamp
(22 - 24 July 2016, San Jose CA, USA)
For iOS developers, web developers, UI designers, entrepreneurs and testers. iOS DevCamp seems to focus more on student level developers.

Creative At Heart: Denver
(24 - 25 July 2016, Denver, CO, USA)
A conference for creative small business owners: especially photographers, designers, hand-letterers, planners, but all creatives types are welcome.

Laracon US
(27 - 29 July 2016, Louisville KY, USA)
Conference dedicated to the Laravel PHP framework. Featuring Taylor Otwell and Chris Fidao (@Fideloper) as speakers.

MicroConf Europe
(31 July - 2 August 2016, Barcelona, Spain)
European version of the conference for self-funded & single founder software companies.

August

AnDevCon: Android Developer Conference
(2 - 4 August 2016, Boston MA, USA)
The largest Android conference on the US east coast.

Assembly Summer
(4 - 7 August 2016, Helsinki, Finland)
Summer edition of the longest running Demoscene event in the world. Alongside its now popular eSports events & LAN party, Assembly focuses on the intersection of art & technology, primarily through 'Demos' (short electronic artworks).

World Domination Summit
(9 - 14 August 2016, Portland OR, USA)
A conference for bloggers, freelancers, coaches, and people who want to become one.

The Conference
(16 - 17 August 2016, Malmö, Sweden)
"Exploring Digital Complexity" is a very vague slogan... but with speakers like Derek Sivers, Aral Balkan, Anita Sarkeesian, folks from BuzzFeed and Frog Design, and a location in Malmö (one of the most wonderful startup cities in the world), this looks set to be one of the best conferences this year.

HybridConf
(18 - 19 August 2016, Berlin, Germany)
The conference for creatives of all kinds: techies, photographers, clothing designers, typographers, film makers and baristas. Yup, baristas!

360|iDev
(21 - 24 August 2016, Denver CO, USA)
Regarded by many as the best iOS developer conference for indies.

Laracon EU
(23 - 24 August 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
European edition of the conference dedicated to the Laravel PHP framework

September

iOS Dev UK
(5 - 8 September 2016, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK)
UK based iOS development conference.

Business Of Software USA
(12 - 14 September 2016, Boston MA, USA)
US version of the conference for anyone running a software business. Speakers in 2015 included David Heinemeier Hansson and Patrick McKenzie. 2016 speakers include Laura Roeder of LKR, Dharmesh Shah of Hubspot, and Gail Goodman of Constant Contact.

/dev/world
(2016 to be confirmed, usually late September, Melbourne, Australia)
Run by RMIT, a conference for Apple developers on Mac & iOS devices.

JSConf
(2016 to be confirmed, usually late September, Berlin, Germany)
A conference for the European Javascript community, but with a wide range of presentations, including Lewis Corper's "Forklift Driver to Front End Javascript Developer in 9 Months" and Curtis Lassam's "Horse Drawing Tycoon: The World's Best Horse Drawing Simulator."

Release Notes
(27 - 29 September 2016, Indianapolis, IN, USA)
About the business (not the tech) of running a business developing iOS & Mac software.

Double Your Freelancing
(28 - 30 September 2016, usually Norfolk VA, USA)
Organized by Brennan Dunn, a technologically agnostic conference for freelancers to learn how to grow their client base and increase their revenue.

October

XDC: Xojo Developer Conference
(5 - 7 October 2016, Houston TX, USA)
The conference for Xojo developers, a cross-platofrm RAD development language inspired by Visual Basic (and evolved from REALbasic).

TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Asia
(13 - 16 October 2016, Manila, Philippines)

Pioneer Nation
(2016 to be confirmed, usually early October, Portland OR, USA)
For independent entrepreneurs & freelancers. Organized by Chris Guillebeau.

Cocoa Love
(14 - 16 October 2016, Philadelphia PA, USA)
For the people (and about the people) in the iOS/Mac community.

IndieCade Festival
(14 - 16 October 2016, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Conference & festival of independent video games from around the world.

NSScotland
(2016 to be confirmed, usually late October, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Scotland's first conference for Cocoa developers.

November

Úll
(1 - 2 November 2016, Killarney, Ireland)
A conference "for people who build and love great products". Speakers are predominantly from the Apple community.

Creative At Heart: Memphis
(13 - 14 November 2016, Memphis, TN, USA)
A conference for creative small business owners: especially photographers, designers, hand-letterers, planners, but all creatives types are welcome.

December

Chaos Computer Congress
(2016 to be confirmed, usually late December, Hamburg, Germany)
One of the world's leading events on tech security, DIY hardware, how computing affects society, and electronic art. Great for embracing the DIY indie ethic. Hosted by the Chaos Computer Club for over 30 years.

February 2017

Webstock
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early February, Wellington City, New Zealand)
World class speakers on design, accessibility, usability, & web standards.

March 2017

DNX Global: Digital Nomad Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early March, Bangkok, Thailand)
The conference for digital nomads & online entrepreneurs. Speakers in 2016 included Jana Schuberth (Alivers), Conni Biesalski (Planet Backpack), Natalie Sisson (The Suitcase Entrepreneur) and Dave Cornthwaite (SayYesMore).

Yosemite
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid-March, Yosemite National Park CA, USA)
The Apple Conference With A View. Held at Yosemite National Park. 2016 presenters included Andy Ihnatko, Jim Dalrymple, Brent Simmons, Jean MacDonald, Serenity Caldwell, Neven Mrgan & Michael Lopp.

CeBIT
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid-March, Hannover, Germany)
The world's largest Computer Expo, from the home of MP3 & "Vorsprung durch Technik".

Game Developers Conference
(27 February - 3 March 2017, San Francisco CA, USA)
Mostly for bigger game developers, but often attended by indie developers too. This year it includes the Virtual Reality Developers Conference too!

mdevcon
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid-March, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The mobile developers conference, for developers, by developers.

Revision
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late-March, Saarbrücken, Germany)
The world's biggest pure Demoscene party.

DjangoCon Europe
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late-March, Budapest, Hungary)
Five days of Django and Python coding talks in one of Europe's most vibrant and beautiful cities.

April 2017

Build
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early-April, San Francisco CA, USA)
Microsoft's conference for Windows developers.

MicroConf
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early-April, Las Vegas NV, USA)
For self-funded startups and single founder software companies. 2016 speakers include Tracy Osborn (Wedding Lovely) and Rob Walling (Drip, Startups For The Rest Of Us)

Peers Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid-April, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)
Conference for people running software/web businesses based on the LAMP stack.

International Games Week Berlin
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid-April, Berlin, Germany)
Conference for gamers, indie developers, industry professionals and lets players.

NSNorth
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late-April, Toronto, Canada)
Conference for indie developers of iOS and Mac applications.

IndieCade East
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late-April, New York City, NY, USA)
East Coast version of the festival of independent video games, including for Oculus Rift & more.

May 2017

YOW! West
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early May 2016, Perth, Australia)
Bringing international software experts & showcasing the best local software talent.

Gel
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid May 2016, New York, USA)
A conference focused on customer experience. Past speakers have included Marissa Mayer, Seth Godin and Ira Glass.

Business Of Software Europe
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid May 2016, Dublin, Ireland)
Conference for anyone growing or starting a software business. Speakers in 2016 included Rand Fishkin from Moz, Steli Efti from Close.io and Bridget Harris from YouCanBookMe.

Casual Connect Asia
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid May 2016, Singapore, Singapore)
All about casual mobile games for phones & tablets & social platforms. Includes an Indie Prize & Dev Showcase.

MBS Xojo Developer Conference: Germany
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid May 2016, Koblenz, Germany)
Conference for Xojo programmers. Hosted by MonkeyBread Software, creators of MBS plugins. In addition to presentations, the conference offers training sessions in English & German.

UIKonf
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late May 2016, Berlin, Germany)
A conference for serious indie iOS developers.

Signal
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late May 2016, San Francisco, USA)
Hosted by Twilio. Learn how to integrate SMS, VoIP and two-factor authentication into your apps with their stack. Speakers in 2016 included Patrick McKenzie (@patio11), Leah Culver from Dropbox, Michael Kadin from Uber and Joseph Wilk from Soundcloud.

BaconBiz Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late May 2016, Philadelphia PA, USA)
Conference for folks running bootstrapped product businesses. Strictly limited to 65 attendees. Previous presenters have included Nathan Barry, Brennan Dunn and Patrick McKenzie.

iOSCon
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late May 2016, London, UK)
Hackathon & talks for iOS developers

TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) America
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late May 2016, Bloomington, Minnesota)

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