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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August

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

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! Speakers in 2016 include Stevyn Colgan from Qi, Liz Smith from Wizards of The Coast (Magic, Pokémon) and Jess Brown from VICE.

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

/dev/world
(29 - 31 August, 2016, Melbourne, Australia)
Run by RMIT, a conference for Apple developers on Mac & iOS devices.

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.

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)

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
(22 - 23 October 2016, 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.

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

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!

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

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.

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 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
(24 - 30 April 2017, 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

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."

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

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.

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.

MBS Xojo Developer Conference: Germany
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid May, 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, Berlin, Germany)
A conference for serious indie iOS developers.

Signal
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late May, 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

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 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
(2017 to be confirmed, usually mid July 2016, Stockholm, Sweden)

iOS DevCamp
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late 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.

Gold Laces Conferences
(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 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
(2017 to be confirmed, usually late July 2016, Louisville KY, USA)
Conference dedicated to the Laravel PHP framework. Featuring Taylor Otwell and Chris Fidao (@Fideloper) as speakers.

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