The Top Conferences for Database Developers to Attend in 2023 

If you’ve been staying home with your cat and avoiding public events for the past two years, that’s perfectly understandable. But 2023 may be the year when things start to get back to normal. It’s time to get back to doing the fun things we’ve been missing out on—namely, attending tech industry conferences!

Conferences and other tech events offer the ideal opportunity to build your career skills, learn about new technologies and new approaches to software development, and network with other engineers and tech industry folks. You can also learn how other companies are solving the problems you may be struggling with.

No matter your specialty or your location, there’s an event for you. Attend one nearby, pick an exciting destination to visit, or even just attend online. Most are hybrid events with a virtual track, and some are fully virtual events.

In many cases, the details are limited—particularly those scheduled for later in 2023, when the venue and agenda are still scribbled on the back of an organizer’s envelope. However, the information here should help you organize your schedule and travel budget.

See you out there in 2023!

Year-round events

DevOps Days

Dates throughout all of 2023
Multiple locations
Cost to attend: TBD

DevOps Days is a worldwide series of technical conferences run by local volunteers and dedicated to the world of DevOps—software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Most events feature curated talks along with self-organized open-space content on topics such as automation, testing, security, and DevOps culture. The first 2023 event will be held in Goiânia, Brazil, on March 3-4, with additional March events in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Utah.

DevOps Days happen all over the world throughout the year. There are 2023 events planned in Tokyo, Geneva, Amsterdam, and Cairo, just to name a few. Check out the DevOps Days website to find the event nearest you—there’s sure to be one in your area.

FEBRUARY

FOSDEM ’23

Brussels, Belgium
February 4-5, 2023
Cost to attend: Free

FOSDEM is a free, non-commercial event for developers of free and open source software to “meet, share ideas, and collaborate.” This conference is extremely busy and offers something for everyone. Recent events have featured 400 speakers, 500 events, and a wide variety of topic tracks. The FOSDEM schedule page contains an overview of everything going on this year. No registration is required to attend this event, and you can also watch all the talks live online. For more information, check out the FOSDEM FAQ page.

In addition, FOSDEM is now accepting presentation proposals for developer room talks, lightning talks, and even online presentations; the proposal deadline is December 15, 2022. 

Developer Week

Oakland, California
Feb. 15-17 (live); Feb. 21-23 (virtual)
Cost to attend: PRO Pass $995; PREMIUM Pass $1,595; student and government discounts available

The world’s largest engineering and developer conference with a focus on new technologies, Developer Week 2023 will be a hybrid event with three days onsite at the Oakland Convention Center and three days online. The event will offer at least 15 conference tracks on topics such as API and microservices, AI/ML, containers and Kubernetes, and more, and feature 250 workshops, sessions, and keynotes by business leaders from companies such as AWS, Netlify, and Puppet. Check out the full Developer Week schedule, and don’t miss it online hackathon for a chance to win cash prizes.

March

TrailblazerDX

San Francisco, California
March 7-8, 2023 (Bootcamp dates TBD)
Cost to attend: $999 (conference pass); $3,998 (conference plus Bootcamp)

TrailblazerDX is Salesforce’s developer conference featuring 100 expert-led breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, certification opportunities, and a four-day pre-conference bootcamp. The event unites developers across Customer 360, MuleSoft, Slack, and Tableau, bringing together developers, admins, architects, and others, culminating with the Trailblazer Celebration, an epic catered party with a performance by a special musical guest.

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2023

San Francisco, California
March 20-24, 2023
Cost to attend: $188 (Expo only); $1,101 (GA); $1,784 (all-access pass) 

The game industry’s premier professional event, GDC attracts programmers, artists, game designers, and business leaders for an exciting five days of education, inspiration, and networking. Conference topics include game narrative, VR/AR, game career development, and more (consult the list of scheduled GDC 2023 sessions). The GDC Expo showcases the latest game development tools and services from companies such as Epic, Nvidia, Oculus, and Sony. The main stage will host a lineup of entertainment and prominent industry leaders, and there will be several award ceremonies, including the can’t-miss Game Developers Choice Awards

April

DevNexus

Atlanta, Georgia
April 4-6, 2023
Cost to attend: $595 (conference pass); $895 (conference and workshop pass)

Devnexus is the largest Java platform conference held in the United States. This year’s event is expected to draw 2,000 professional software developers eager to learn about the latest technology trends, hear from acclaimed industry experts and technologists, and network with their nerdy peers. The first day of the three-day conference will be a full day of hands-on workshops on topics such as Java programming, software design, and Kubernetes, followed by two more days of presentations and live demonstrations. While this year’s schedule is not yet set, check out the 2022 presentation schedule for a taste of the kinds of presentations you can expect at this premier developer event.

KubeCon / CloudNativeCon EU

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
April 17-21, 2023
Cost to attend: TBD

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference is where technologists and experts from leading open source and cloud-native communities come together to network and share their expertise on these bleeding-edge technologies. The event draws a wide variety of attendees, including application developers, IT ops folks, and product managers—in fact, anyone looking to learn more about cloud-native technology. An early peek at the 2023 schedule is available online and will be firmed up as the event approaches. 

PyCon 2023

Salt Lake City, Utah
April 19-27, 2023
Cost to attend: TBD

This year’s PyCon 2023 will be the 20th anniversary of the development conference dedicated to all things Python. Join your Python-coding peers from all over the world for a lively expo, fascinating keynote presentations, community talks, and PyCon’s “famed” lightning talks. In addition, there will be a job fair, summits, PyLadies auction, and more. Following the conference days, there are four additional days of sprints, free and open to the public, offering an opportunity for anyone to collaborate and contribute to a project—even first-timers! For those who can’t attend in person, live streams of all talks and keynote sessions during the main conference days will be available online.

Conf42: Golang 2023

Location: Virtual
April 20, 2023
Cost to attend: TBD. This may be free; current data is uncertain

Presented by online tech conference producer Conf42, this year’s Golang event is for anyone maintaining a project written in Go, using Go in production, or who just loves the language. This event is 100% virtual and will offer presentations and talks on topics such as cool Go libraries, frameworks, and tools; new Go techniques and tricks; adopting Golang for the first time; and getting started with Go when coming from another language. If you’d like to present at the conference, you have until March 20, 2023, to submit your proposal.

DevOpsCon

London, UK
April 24-27, 2023
Cost to attend: £1,599 – £699 (early bird prices available until 12/15/22)

Billed as the “conference for continuous delivery, microservices, containers, cloud, and lean business,” DevOpsCon is more than anything, the event for all things DevOps. This is your chance to meet internationally recognized DevOps thought leaders and benefit from their expertise. Check out the DevOpsCon 2023 session program for an early look at the keynote, workshop, and session titles. Those who can’t make it to London can participate online but must purchase a remote ticket. There will also be additional DevOpsCon events in Berlin and New York City later in the year.

May

WomenTech Global Conference

North America and Europe Virtual-Hybrid
May 9-12, 2023
Cost to attend: $99 – $149

Unite with 100,000 other women in tech to “foster innovation with purpose and impact” at this women-focused technology conference. This hybrid event brings together women, minorities, and allies from all over the world for live keynotes and panel discussions, technical workshops and training sessions, and both in-person as well as virtual networking opportunities. Conference themes include career-focused topics as well as more technical tracks such as software engineering, web development, data science, and emerging technologies—there’s honestly something for everyone. The first day of the conference is dedicated to a “Chief In Tech Summit” for senior leaders, VPs, and C-level executives in technology-driven companies. If you’d like to present a talk at the virtual segment, the application deadline is Feb. 1, 2023

Open Source Summit North America

Vancouver, Canada
May 10-12, 2023
Cost to attend: TBD

Organized by the Linux Foundation, the Open Source Summit is the place for thousands of open source developers, technologists, and open source community leaders to collaborate, solve problems, and share their knowledge about all things open source. It’s an umbrella conference composed of many different events dedicated to the open source community and the latest open source solutions. If you’d like to present at the Summit, the CFP opens in late December 2022. (The European version of this event will be held in Bilbao, Spain, September 19-21, 2023.)

DockerCon 2023

Location: TBD 
May 2023 (final dates TBD)
Cost to attend: TBD

DockerCon is a free event for developers who are building the next generation of modern applications and want to learn more about Docker for application development. The event also draws engineering managers and cloud architects and offers content targeted at all levels, from those brand new to Docker to advanced Docker users. In fact, developers who are new to Docker can attend pre-day, instructor-led workshops with hands-on training focused on getting started with Docker. For a sense of what you’ll learn at this event, watch the DockerCon 2022 presentations on demand (signup required to access content).

Microsoft Build 2023

Various global locations and online
May 2023 (final dates TBD)
Cost to attend: in-person ticket price TBD; online attendance is free

Microsoft Build is Microsoft’s hybrid event focused on developers and software development, where attendees get an early look at the newest Microsoft products and features. At Build, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in code and application development, meet Microsoft engineers and connect with your coding peers, and learn new technologies and techniques to take your career to the next level. This is a global event. In addition to English, conference content will be presented in French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. There will be something for everyone: “ask the expert” sessions, intro to tech skills classes, product roundtables, and a “cloud skills challenge.” Watch the 2022 Build presentations on demand for a sample of what you’ll experience at this conference by developers, for developers.

June

Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2023

Location: Virtual (not live)
June 5-9, 2023 (likely)
Cost to attend: Free

The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is for software developers, engineers, and Apple fans of all stripes to connect with those who build the Apple products, services, and software they love. Apple often makes several important product announcements at this annual event, which has been 100% virtual since 2020. Along with the much-anticipated keynotes and product presentations, WWDC also features the Apple Design Awards (see 2022’s award winners). In addition, you can request an appointment with an Apple engineer, designer, or other experts for a one-on-one developer lab to get answers to your questions.

Snowflake Summit 2023

Las Vegas, Nevada
June 26-29, 2023
Cost to attend: $2,195-$2,395 (early bird pricing available until April 30, 2023)

This June, thousands of Snowflake customers, partners, and industry peers will descend on Las Vegas to “make it snow in the desert” at the annual Snowflake Summit 2023. This in-person event is ideal for data engineers, data scientists, app developers, and data professionals of any kind. Learn about all the latest innovations coming to the Snowflake Data Cloud, emerging trends in data and analytics, and how to build and monetize data, tools, models, and applications in ways that were previously unimaginable. The event will offer an opportunity to take SnowPro Certification exams to boost your professional credentials. If you’d like to present at the Summit, the CFP deadline is Jan. 31, 2023.

Israel DevCon 2023

Tel Aviv, Israel
June 2023 (final dates TBD)
Cost to attend: TBD

This in-person event, which is hosted by Intel Software, draws architects, designers, engineers, and engineering managers from all over Israel to hear informative keynote speeches and presentations on topics such as enterprise and technical computing, AI/ML, and cybersecurity. There are also deep-dive technical sessions for developers and data engineers. Check out the 2022 agenda for a sense of what to expect at this year’s event.

September

Oracle CloudWorld 2023

Las Vegas, Nevada
Sept. 18-21, 2023
Cost to attend: TBD

CloudWorld is the place to learn everything you need to know about building apps and running workloads with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) for hybrid, multicloud, and dedicated environments. The 2022 event attracted more than 20,000 Oracle customers, business owners, IT administrators, and other industry professionals (you can watch the 2022 keynotes on demand). Attendees will get an early look at the newest Oracle products and features, along with exciting learning sessions and insights from Oracle experts from all over the world. The event culminates in a huge party at the world-famous Venetian with a special musical guest (to be announced). Subscribe to get updates about CloudWorld 2023 registration.

October

QCon San Francisco

San Francisco, California
October 2-6, 2023
Cost to attend: Ticket prices range from $875 – $4,995

QCon is an educational conference specifically for professional software developers, designed to help you “understand the emerging software trends you should pay attention to.” It’s a great opportunity to learn from practitioners driving innovation in software as well as leaders of innovative companies, discover emerging tools and trends, and validate your software development roadmap. In addition to presentations, the event offers a number of workshops and training sessions to help take your skills and career to the next level. The 2022 event featured 15 different topic tracks and over 75 technical talks, all of which you can watch on demand for a sense of what to expect at this practitioner-focused event.

Google Cloud Next 2023

Location TBD
Oct 2023 (final date TBD)
Cost to attend: Free

Google Cloud Next is a global, hybrid event and your opportunity to get “hands-on” with the newest Google Cloud products and technologies as well as meet the engineers who build Google Cloud. There are all sorts of special features and events designed to appeal to devs, including the Innovators’ Hive, DevFest, and the Drone Racing League. Developers watching the event online can sign in using their Google Developer Profile emails to gain access to exclusive content, badges, and more. With session tracks like Build, Modernize, Operate, and Collaborate, there are sure to be a number of interesting, informative presentations that you’ll want to check out, no matter your role. For a taste of what the event is like, watch any of the 2022 talks on demand, including the keynote with Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

November

KubeCon / CloudNativeCon North America 

Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 6-10, 2023
Cost to attend: TBD

This event is the North American version of the Amsterdam event held in April, also organized by Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Right now, the event website is a placeholder, with details on speakers and topic tracks to come later. As with the European event, keynotes and sessions will be live-streamed on the virtual platform and available to watch on demand.

Microsoft Ignite

Various global locations and online
Nov. 15-16, 2023
Cost to attend: $1,895 in person; online attendance is free

Ignite is a Microsoft-hosted conference for engineers and IT professionals, and the company uses the event to give attendees a sneak peek at its newest products and features. While Microsoft Build in May is focused on developers, Ignite is more geared toward sysadmins and ops folks. More than 200,000 people attended the 2022 event virtually, with 7,500 in-person attendees at various satellite locations. Ignite is a truly global event, with presentations offered in six languages and a content program highlighting six spotlight locations around the world, including China, Japan, and Latin America. This event is a great opportunity to gain world-class training skills on various Microsoft technologies such as Azure, Microsoft 365, and the Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform. For a sample of what attendees can learn, you can watch a number of 2022 presentations online, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s 2022 Ignite keynote.

SQL Server Live! 2023

Orlando, Florida
Nov. 2023 (final dates TBD)
Cost to attend: $650 – $3,575 (various conference packages available)

SQL Server Live is an event focused on training for database administrators, analytics experts, SysAdmins, and other IT professionals. This event is a great opportunity to learn specific technical skills and abilities, such as how to integrate cloud-based data services, run SQL Server technology in the cloud, and plan for SQL Server recovery and availability. It features nearly 30 different tracks on topics such as database development, intelligent apps, and even soft skills for IT pros. The event is co-located with four other events, giving you a lot of (conference) bang for your buck.

AWS re:Invent

Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 2023 (final dates TBD)
Cost to attend: $1,799

AWS re:Invent has become one of the largest cloud computing conferences in the world, and you can probably count on one hand the people you know who aren’t going. However, if you’re unable to attend in person, you can still register for free to watch the keynotes and leadership sessions online. In addition to all the informative sessions, you can participate in AWS Builder Labs to build practical skills in an AWS sandbox environment or expert-led AWS training bootcamps to help you prepare for an AWS certification exam. AWS re:Invent is a sprawling event that is also known for a variety of fun onsite activities such as a 5K race, a ping pong tournament, and the epic re:Play party (2022’s party featured performances by Chromeo and Thievery Corporation). Finally, a reason to visit Las Vegas!

If you can’t make it to Vegas for the AWS flagship event, smaller AWS Summits are held throughout the year all over the globe. Keep your eye on the event page and watch for one near you in 2023.

Of course, if you’re a Redis user, the place you most belong is with us at one of our many RedisDays events held throughout the year in a variety of locations. For details on upcoming RedisDays events, check out our RedisDays page. And sign up for the Redis newsletter, where we share events throughout the year where we have our own experts speaking or available on the show floor.

NOTE: All ticket prices are subject to change without notice.