Although the world is becoming increasingly virtual and many businesses are conducted from small rooms with just a couple of founder-employees, it is always a good idea to go out and meet some people who are in the same position as you are and exchange thoughts and, why not, connections.
The best way to become a part of a an increasingly viable apppreneurs community is by being where they are.
Here are several big events all over the world you better not miss this year.
When? February 22-25, 2016
Where? Barcelona, Spain
Why? Mobile World Congress is one of the largest technology events, taking place in sunny Barcelona. It is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference that features prominent executives representing the mobile operators, device manufacturers and technology providers from around the world.
The keynote speakers include successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), Patrick Collison (Stripe) and executives of large companies like Vodafone, Ericsson, Telefonica and many more. So it is a great place to find out everything about the latest developments in mobile industry, network and learn from the experts.
How? The visitor pass is €749. Anyone can visit the event. You can learn more about how to register on their website.
When? May 11-12, 2016
Where? Santa Clara, CA, USA
Why? App World North America is a great chance for newly started companies to present themselves and connect with thousands of other developers and industry experts.
It is also a good opportunity to recruit, and thus, to find a good job. You can participate in a hackathon, take part in the CIO summit or just mingle around and find interesting people to talk to.
How? The best part is that you go there for free, if you don’t want to have access to all keynote speeches and don’t need a booth to pitch yourself. Find out more about the event registration and pricing here.
When? Sometime in June. Apple still has to announce the dates
Where? San Francisco, CA, USA
Why? Every year, Apple holds an annual WWDC at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, giving thousands of developers from all over the world a chance to meet with Apple engineers and attend workshops and software sessions. The conference starts with keynote speeches that usually are about the upcoming products and services and new operating systems. It is the best way get the freshest insights on iOS and OS X development.
How? Because of the growing popularity of the event and the limited space they have, last year Apple introduced the lottery ticket system. Basically this means that even if you buy a ticket, your place in the conference is not guaranteed. Of course, you will get back your money if you don’t go. The price of the ticket is $1599, but scholarship and funding is available for student developers.
Why? TechWeek is probably the one event that you really don’t want to miss. It has a very special vibe and it truly designed for tech entrepreneurs to learn, try and expand their network. All the group activities, business sessions and pitching are spiced up with awards and, of course, inspiring speeches.
Where? Florence, Italy
Why? #Pragma Conference is probably the 2nd biggest conference (after the Mobile World Congress) for mobile developers in Europe. It is more about app development than app business in general. The guest speakers are mainly developers from various big and small companies, so it is a great place to find a mentor for you or a good developer fellow.
However, this doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to be if you want to pitch your business or get some business advice or find potential partners or users. I am sure you know how networking works. And after all, if you are a developer, it must be easier for you to get along with other developers rather than marketing and business people.
How? Tickets are still not available, but keep your eye on their website, they might show up soon.