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The 4 Serverless Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted by on May 26, 2017

The concept of serverless architecture has been gaining steam over the last year or so and this has led to a handful of conferences either completely dedicated to the topic or with a heavy focus on it. There’s no better way to learn more about the advantages and developments related to the serverless trend than to hear it from experts. We’ve put together a list of can’t miss conferences that will bring together some of the top minds and companies leading the serverless evolution.

Serverlessconf.io: The Title Says It All

This event surely won’t disappoint the serverless-oriented developer. The first leg of Serverlessconf took place last month in Austin and the speaker lineup of 40+ people delivered some truly innovative sessions, not to mention the 5 hands-on workshops which received rave reviews. One of the most interesting things to note from Austin, however, was the range of definitions of ‘serverless’ and how they differed from presenter to presenter. This comes as no surprise as serverless is still in its infancy or as Charity Majors called it ‘the toddler years.” If you didn’t make it to Austin, don’t worry as the conference will also be held later in the year in London, New York, and Tokyo and the team at Serverlessconf said they would announce the dates for each upcoming location soon so stay tuned.

QCon: Learning from Expert Peers

QCon has been a fixture on the scene for the last 10 years, and every year the conference gets even better. In 2017, there will be 3 more QCons: New York (June 26-30), Shanghai (October 19-21) and San Francisco (November 13-17). Each event – a 3-day conference followed by 2 days of workshops – features 15+ tracks and 100+ speakers from leading companies including Google, Slack, Netflix, GitHub, and Twitter. All of the conferences are peppered with talks and workshops focusing on building and running serverless apps and the benefits of serverless infrastructures.

MuCon: All about Microservices

MuCon, brought to you by Skills Matter and scheduled for November 6-7 in London, focuses on microservices. When designing flexible systems that meet ever-changing business needs, microservices are an important part of any architectural approach. This conference keeps that in mind and focuses on discussing emerging technologies and innovative approaches. The keynote speaker for 2017 will be Russ Miles, an expert in software delivery processes.

AWS Re:Invent: Amazon, Enough Said

If you’ve never attended AWS Re:Invent, you’re certainly missing out on one of the best developer conferences of the year- hosted by Amazon, we’d expect nothing less. Although only the 2017 dates for the Las Vegas-based conference have been released (mark November 27-December 1 on your calendar now), if this year’s conference is anything like last year’s, you’ll be in for an educational treat. We’re sure that there will be a handful of sessions focusing on serverless architecture again this year, but the question remains as to who will be presenting. In any case, make sure you get your seat well in advance as these packed lectures filled up quickly in the past. And, of course, the most anticipated part of this conference comes from AWS’ new product announcements. We can’t wait to hear what the company will be unveiling.

Bonus: Can’t Travel, Find Something Local

We know that not every company or individual has the budget to hop on a plane and pay for tickets and the expenses that accompany these top-notch conferences. And, while conferences may bring together the cream of the crop, some of the speakers may be based in your local city and attending a Meetup near you. These more intimate gatherings are no less important, and the networking alone makes these small scale events well worth attending. Here are some of our favorites but if none of these cities is your hometown, you’ll find more than 90 Serverless Architecture Meetups hosted around the globe.

If you’re on the West Coast, check out the San Francisco-based Serverless Meetup which gets together once a month and is over 1100 strong or the younger LA-based Meetup.

Serverless London Meetup group is 1000+ members strong and gets together on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss everything and anything related to serverless. If you’re in the city and interested in building web, mobile and IoT apps using serverless architecture, this group is for you.

Serverless NYC has been going strong since 2015, now with over 400 members. They meet up every few months to discuss topics around the development, deployment, and maintenance of distributed systems in the cloud without provisioning servers.