Indie Conference

A list of conferences for indies: software developers, freelancers, bootstrappers, bloggers, nomads, creatives, makers & 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, these are the conferences for you.

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December

Chaos Computer Congress
(27 - 30 December 2016, 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.

January 2017

Ludicious: Zürich Game Festival
(26 - 29 January 2017, Zürich, Switzerland)
Switzerland's biggest game event, with a focus on indie games. There's games business track includes presentations from Eric Zimmerman of Gamelab (makers of Diner Dash) and Koh Kim from Google Play Games Development.

February 2017

Webstock
(13 - 17 February 2017, Wellington City, New Zealand)
World class speakers on design, accessibility, usability, & web standards and online culture. Past speakers have included Amanda Palmer, Cory Doctorow, Cindy Gallop, Harper Reed, Amy Hoy, Peter Sunde and Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal).

March 2017

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!

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

DjangoCon Europe
(3 - 7 April 2017, Florence, Italy)
Five days of Django and Python coding talks in one of Europe's most vibrant and beautiful cities. This year includes workshops and an event hosted by Django Girls Florence.

Yosemite
(20 - 23 March 2017, Yosemite National Park CA, USA)
The Apple Conference With A View. Held at Yosemite National Park. Past presenters included Andy Ihnatko, Jim Dalrymple, Brent Simmons, Jean MacDonald, Serenity Caldwell, Neven Mrgan & Michael Lopp.

CeBIT
(20 - 24 March 2017, Hannover, Germany)
The world's largest Computer Expo, from the home of MP3 & "Vorsprung durch Technik".

iOSCon
(30 - 31 March 2017, London, UK)
Hackathon & talks for iOS developers

April

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

MicroConf
(9 - 13 April 2017, 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)

International Games Week Berlin
(24 - 30 April 2017, Berlin, Germany)
Conference for gamers, indie developers, industry professionals and lets players.

Peers Conference
(26 - 28 April 2017, Seattle, Washington, USA)
A friendly, inclusive conference for web and software developers, with emphasis on community.

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

YOW! West
(2 - 3 May 2017, Perth, Australia)
Bringing international software experts & showcasing the best local software talent. YOW West is a technically focused conference, with some talks designed to appeal to CTOs.

MBS Xojo Developer Conference: Germany
(4 - 5 May 2017, Berlin, Germany)
Conference for Xojo programmers (a cross-platform Visual-Basic-like language used by many solo developers). Held at the Ellington Hotel, a jazz themed hotel where Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington once played. In addition to presentations, the conference also offers training sessions in English & German.

JSConf
(5 - 7 May 2017, 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."

Gel
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid May, 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, 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.

UIKonf
(14 - 17 May 2017, Berlin, Germany)
A conference for serious indie iOS developers. UIKonf has a strong social / networking focus, with lots of fun events planned including kayaking, WWII bomb shelter tours and a visit to the Computer Games Museum.

Casual Connect Asia
(16 - 18 May 2017, Singapore, Singapore)
All about casual mobile games for phones & tablets & social platforms. Includes an Indie Prize & Dev Showcase.

Signal
(24 - 25 May 2017, 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, 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.

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

June

World Domination Summit
(11 - 17 June 2017, Portland OR, USA)
A conference for freelancers, bloggers, coaches, digital nomads, minimalists and anyone who wants to live an unconventional life.

WWDC: Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid June, San Francisco CA, USA)
The conference for Mac & iOS Developers. Tickets are now only available via random drawing.

AltConf
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid June, San Francisco CA, USA)
The alternative WWDC. A free community-run conference for Mac & iOS developers during WWDC week.

Small Is Beautiful
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid June, 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
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late June, 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
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late June, Stockholm, Sweden)
From Brennan Dunn, a conference about freelancing with a focus on web designers and developers. Speakers in previous years included Kai Davis, Nathan Barry and Mojca Marš.

July

LTV Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early July, 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
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid July, Stockholm, Sweden)

iOS DevCamp
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late July, San Jose CA, USA)
For iOS developers, web developers, UI designers, entrepreneurs and testers. iOS DevCamp seems to focus more on student level developers.

Gold Laces Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late July, Oakland CA, USA)
A conference specifically for bootstrappers, side-hustlers and anyone looking to make the jump into their own project. Past speakers have included Chris Liu from Mercedes Benz R&D, Elizabeth Yin from 500 Startups and Laura Nelson from Broadly.

Creative At Heart: Denver
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late July, Denver, CO, USA)
A conference for creative small business owners: especially photographers, designers, hand-letterers, planners, but all creatives types are welcome.

Laracon US
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late July, Louisville KY, USA)
Conference dedicated to the Laravel PHP framework. Featuring Taylor Otwell and Chris Fidao (@Fideloper) as speakers.

August

MicroConf Europe
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early August, Barcelona, Spain)
European version of the conference for self-funded & single founder software companies.

AnDevCon: Android Developer Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early August, Boston MA, USA)
The largest Android conference on the US east coast.

Assembly Summer
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early August, 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).

The Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid August, 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
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid August, Berlin, Germany)
The conference for creatives of all kinds: techies, photographers, clothing designers, typographers, film makers and baristas. Yup, baristas! Speakers in 2016 include Stevyn Colgan from Qi, Liz Smith from Wizards of The Coast (Magic, Pokémon) and Jess Brown from VICE.

360|iDev
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late August, Denver CO, USA)
Regarded by many as the best iOS developer conference for indies.

Laracon EU
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late August, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
European edition of the conference dedicated to the Laravel PHP framework

/dev/world
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late August, Melbourne, Australia)
Run by RMIT, a conference for Apple developers on Mac & iOS devices.

September

iOS Dev UK
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early September, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK)
UK based iOS development conference.

Business Of Software USA
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid September, Boston MA, USA)
US version of the conference for anyone running a software business. Past speakers included David Heinemeier Hansson, Patrick McKenzie, Laura Roeder of LKR, Dharmesh Shah of Hubspot, and Gail Goodman of Constant Contact.

Signal London
(2017 to be confirmed, London, UK)
The UK version of Twilio's conference about integrating SMS, VoIP and two-factor authentication into your software. Past speakers in London include Ryan Leslie of Disruptive Multimedia, Henk Kolk of ING Bank and Ryan Nichols of Zendesk.

Release Notes
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late September, Indianapolis, IN, USA)
About the business (not the tech) of running a business developing iOS & Mac software.

Double Your Freelancing USA
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late September, 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. Past speakers include Matt Inglot, Kai Davis, Sherry Walling and Laura Elizabeth.

October

XDC: Xojo Developer Conference
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early October, Houston TX, USA)
The conference for Xojo developers, a cross-platform RAD development language inspired by Visual Basic (and evolved from REALbasic).

TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Asia
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid October, Manila, Philippines)
Conference for travel bloggers & writers, and social media savvy tour guides.

Cocoa Love
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid October, Philadelphia PA, USA)
For the people (and about the people) in the iOS/Mac community.

IndieCade Festival
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid October, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Conference & festival of independent video games from around the world.

NSScotland
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late October, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Scotland's first conference for Cocoa developers. Tickets are free - instead, the conference is looking for sponsors to cover the costs of each keynote presentation.

Mixin Perth
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late October, Perth, Australia)
A conference primarily for web developers & designers, an alternative conference for developers living on Australia's west coast.

November

Úll
(2017 to be confirmed, usually early November, Killarney, Ireland)
A conference "for people who build and love great products". Speakers are predominantly from the Apple community.

Creative At Heart: Memphis
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid November 2017, Memphis, TN, USA)
A conference for creative small business owners: especially photographers, designers, hand-letterers, planners, but all creatives types are welcome.

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