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Tech Events & Meetups

We love being part of the tech community and keeping our fingers on the pulse. As well as sponsoring many industry events, our team is always on the move, diving into developer conferences and meetups because they’re our scene and, let's face it, that's where the magic happens. ✨

While we usually talk about upcoming tech meetups in our monthly newsletters, we thought it might be handy to keep track of regular and one-off events in one spot.

We’ve compiled a list of awesome tech events and meetups in Australia, as well as a few big ones overseas if you fancy getting on the plane.

While you're at it, read our tech meetups beginner's guide, learn how to support your favourite meetups and if you'd like to become a speaker (here are the benefits), our own Debbie shared her first-timer tips here.

These things come and go but we’ll try to update the list as best as we can. If you’re planning a tech event or meetup in Australia (or overseas), let us know.

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Tech Events In Australia

_Southstart 24
South Australia, 5-7 Mar, 2024

_SOUTHSTART is a dynamic festival that showcases the latest in innovation and technology, fostering a community of thinkers, creators, and leaders in the tech industry.

Rails Camp
Next date TBA

Imagine yourself and a posse of like-minded ruby hackers on a country retreat with zero internet for a weekend of fun. You'll laugh, hack, learn, cry (well, you probably won’t cry… but you know… it felt poetic) and most likely play a crap-load of Werewolf.

Women In Tech Festival
Melbourne, 20-22 Feb, 2023

Back for its 8th year in Victoria, this event offers a revamped lineup of speakers, new content, and enhanced networking opportunities. This unique event provides key insights and skills for advancing women's careers in technology, featuring keynotes, panels, and case studies. It's a crucial platform for staying ahead in tech while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Programmable
Melbourne, Mar 19, 2024 - Sydney, Mar 21, 2024

The Australian software engineering conference celebrates fantastic developer content coupled with a focus on human connection; bringing people together to create serendipitous interactions...and that’s just the beginning, there’s so much more to enjoy!

AWS Summit Sydney
Sydney, 10-12 Apr, 2024

This event provides a platform to learn about the latest AWS products and services, featuring opportunities for hands-on learning, networking with AWS experts, and exploring new technologies that are shaping the future of tech development.

Sourcing Summit
Sydney, 10-11 Apr, 2024

Sourcing Summit (#SOSUAU) started in 2011 in Australia to highlight the growing importance of talent sourcing, promote and spread new thinking, and bring together practitioners to network and learn from each other. The event is now held annually in four continents.

CampJS
TBC, April, 2024

CampJS is a 3-night code retreat for anyone interested in web technology. The 2023 camp was held at Koonjewarre (in Springbrook), on the Gold Coast Hinterland. The official camp schedule included talks and workshops, but attendees also ran other activities like bushwalking, drone flying, and even knitting.

The next camp is planned for Sydney, sometime in April 2024. Join this slack to stay up to date and connect with the community.

Rubyconf
Sydney, 11-12 Apr, 2024

A conference to share Ruby knowledge among like-minded Rubyists.

Sunrise Festival
Sydney, 1-2 May, 2024, Carriageworks

Organised by Blackbird VC founders, Sunrise is a festival of creativity, technology and ambition. It's a love letter to startups and the people who build them. A place to be immersed in our community. A place where ideas collide.

Web Directions Code
Melbourne, 8-9 June, 2024

This Web Directions offshoot conference caters specifically to JavaScript Developers and Front End Engineers. Known as Code, it focuses on frontend and full-stack engineering, making it a vital event for professionals and enthusiasts in these specific fields.

Tropical Innovation Festival
Cairns, Jun 17-21, 2024

Celebrating innovation, investment and entrepreneurship while being inspired, learning, and connecting in Tropical North Queensland.

Startup to Scaleup Summit 2024
Sydney, Thur, Aug 1, 2024, 8:00 am, AEST

The annual Australian Startup to Scaleup Summit brought to you by Tank Stream Labs celebrates the key milestones in a founder's journey from idea through to successful exit. Join them in 2024 for a full-day event of keynote presentations, panel discussions, education, leadership development, networking with fellow peers and industry leaders in the Australian startup and scaleup ecosystem and so much more! Learn new insights, build new strategies, and expand your network.

Web Directions Summit
October 2024

Held in October, the Web Directions Summit is a comprehensive event designed for the entire digital team. It features diverse tracks covering frontend engineering, the React ecosystem, design, and product management, and introduces new topics like design systems and product and growth marketing.

Web Directions AI
2024 date TBA

At Web Directions AI we'll cover the technologies and use cases, the opportunities and challenges of generative AI, with experienced experts not talking heads and 'thought leaders'. Plus, we'll be showcasing relevant research, and early-stage companies developing related technologies here in Australia, as well as products and solutions relevant to you.

Spark Festival

Spark is a Not For Profit, a grassroots festival whose mission is to drive prosperity for all Australians via the growth of thriving new economy businesses. Our community is large and strong: startups, investors, SMEs, big corporates and innovators at every stage are all invited. Whether you are getting started or going global, you'll find your spark at Spark.

PyCon AU

PyCon AU is the national conference for the Python programming community, bringing together professional, student and enthusiast developers, sysadmins and operations folk, students, educators, scientists, statisticians, and many others, all with a love for working with Python.

DjangoCon Au

DjangoCon AU is an annual gathering of Django developers in Australia. It is held as a one-day mini-conference at PyCon AU.

YOW! Conference
Melbourne, Thursday 5 & Friday 6 Dec, 2024
Sydney, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 Dec, 2024

YOW! Conferences will return to Sydney and Melbourne in 2024 to bring together internationally recognised speakers and developers for an in‑depth look at emerging technologies and best practices in the software industry – regardless of technological platform or language — without commercial hype.


Tech meetups In Sydney

Elixir Sydney
Elixir Sydney is currently meeting up as Elixir Australia, your one-stop meetup for all things concerning the Elixir programming language in the land down under! Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, every month except January.

ROROSyd - Ruby on Rails Oceania Sydney
Ruby on Rails developers are passionate about developing some of the best, industry-leading web applications out there. We are also passionate about our community and welcoming new members into our fun-expanding group. We hold monthly meetups in Sydney, where we give talks and discuss topics about Ruby on Rails, software development and just a friendly chat. We usually have a packed house and welcome anyone along.

SydJS: Classic
In Sydney and into JavaScript? You need to join SydJS! Every 4th Wednesday of the month you'll find us talking about what we're doing and what's happening around us in the world of JavaScript.

React Sydney
This group is for those interested in the React.js scene, both new and experienced.

Sydney Data Engineering Meetup
Anyone interested in the movement of data and getting data from one place to another. We talk about cloud-based and open-sourced solutions - sharing our knowledge on how we've managed to achieve real-time streaming and the challenges we've faced along the way. We have our a slack group and website which you can find out more details about here.

Data & Analytics Wednesday
On the second Wednesday of the month, the digital analytics community gets together for one or two short talks in an informal setting. Open to anyone interested in digital analytics, we have people ranging from beginners to analytics gurus and from marketing through to technical spaces, and everything in between. There's lots of time for open-ended discussion and to socialise. Plus there are free drinks!

Sydney AI/ML/Data Developers Group
Join us to learn and practice AI, Machine learning, Deep learning and Data Science technology together with like-minded developers.

Sydney Technology Leaders
This is a professional group is focused on Technology Leadership. A place for CTOs, Dev Managers, Directors and Team Leads (and those aspiring to those positions!) to go and share ideas, discuss problems, network, and provide/receive mentoring. Join our Slack channel.

Frontenders Sydney
Meetup for Sydneysiders and visitors involved in "frontend" software development. We cover all modern frontend frameworks, especially javascript/web (React, Vue, Angular, Svelte, etc), but also mobile (React Native, Flutter, etc). We also encourage discussion of UX/UI design topics relevant to developers (design systems, Figma, for example).

SyDjango ReConnect
We are excited to announce our first event of 2024, SyDjango ReConnect, which will be held on the 21st of February at Cover Genius. We are looking forward to seeing you all again and to welcome new members to our community.


Tech meetups in Melbourne

Angular Melbourne
This group is for web developers in Australia who want to learn more about Angular and applications built with this framework. Each meetup hosts 2 speakers who have built amazing stuff with Angular and want to share it with others. After that and during the breaks - networking and sharing of experience.

Ruby and Rails Melbourne
Ruby on Rails developers are passionate about developing some of the best, industry-leading web applications out there. We are also passionate about our community and welcoming new members into our fun-expanding group. We hold monthly meetups in Melbourne, usually at the awesome Teamsquare space, where we give talks and discuss topics about Ruby on Rails, software development and just a friendly chat with mates.

Elixir Melbourne
For anyone using or interested in Elixir (with a healthy side dose of Erlang). Welcome to Elixir coders of all levels: newbies; dabblers; everyday users; pros. For meeting admin, check out Elixir Melbourne on github

React Melbourne
React JS Meetup Group - A group for those interested in React, Flux, React Router, Webpack, Javascript and other related web (and now App Native) development.

Platform Engineers Melbourne
Technology platforms let us solve cool and wicked problems while standing on the shoulders of others. This meetup is for those Platform Engineers who love to design, discuss, probe and evangelise the platform technologies and scaled approaches that have helped them make a difference. This meetup covers a huge breadth of technology, by doers and for doers, so that we may all learn from each other.


Tech meetups in Brisbane

Brisbane Full Stack Group Angular + React + .Net
Meeting on the 1st Tuesday of the month. We discuss .NET including (.NET Core), Angular, React, Azure, and whatever else interests the group. We also discuss the latest trends and news from the Dev World.

BrisbaneJS Group
The Brisbane JavaScript group - BrisJS for short. We do talks every first working Monday of the month, and periodic social meetups between. Our mission is to provide a community and a voice for Brisbane's JavaScript technology community. We aim to further everyone's knowledge and explore all aspects of technology for all skill and interest levels. BrisJS is open to ALL people in tech and always encourages having new speakers.

ReactBris
This is a group for any developers interested in exploring React, Redux, React Native or any other parts of the awesome frontend development ecosystem. All skill levels are welcome. This group was started for React enthusiasts & professionals to come together, share knowledge and have fun hacking.


Tech meetups in Perth

Python WA

Let's get together to discuss Python in Perth! Or else join the online community on Slack! Our topics cover everything from the latest developments in web technologies to using Python for hardware hacking. All skill levels are welcome and there's always time for catching up and networking before and after the talks.

Perth Data Engineering Meetup
The Perth Data Engineering Meetup is the bringing together of folks who are interested in the movement of data and everything that it entails to make it reliable, trustworthy and performant. The world of data is extremely broad so we focus specifically on engineering and not other disciplines such as Data Science, Machine Learning, AI, Analytics and others because we feel that there is already so much to talk and share about in Data Engineering.

Perth Mobile App Developers
A group for Perth devs to talk about all things mobile and mobile app-related. We're interested in native, cross-platform, and web/hybrid technologies. All are welcome to participate.

Perth Microsoft Data, Analytics, AI and Power Platform
Welcome to the official Microsoft Data, Analytics, AI, and Power Platform User Group in Perth! Our group is dedicated to fostering connections among enthusiasts who share a passion for data, artificial intelligence, and the power platform. Join us as we explore and exchange knowledge on Microsoft Fabric, Azure Databricks, Azure Synapse, Azure Data Factory, Azure OpenAI, Azure ML, SQL, Big Data, Data Engineering, AI, Data Science, and the Microsoft Power Platform suite (Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages, and Power Virtual Agents).


More Australian cities

Adelaide .NET User Group
A monthly meeting of professional and enthusiast software developers, discussing all things .NET (Microsoft and open source), as well as languages, web frameworks, IoT, cloud, back end, testing, mobile and other related topics. Find out more at https://www.adnug.net

Canberra .NET User Group
Every month, SSW hosts the Canberra .NET User Group where developers meet to exchange ideas and listen to presentations by local and international industry experts. Topics focus on .NET development, SharePoint and general ALM strategies. We also love discussing the latest industry news and exciting new trends.


International tech conferences & events

Github Universe: An annual conference hosted by GitHub, showcasing the latest in software development, DevOps, and open source. It features keynote speeches, technical sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities for developers and industry professionals. The event is known for highlighting new GitHub features, industry trends, and fostering a community among GitHub users and enthusiasts.

Web Summit: Taking place in Lisbon, Web Summit is one of the largest and most important tech conferences worldwide. It covers a wide range of topics, including internet technology, emerging tech, and venture capitalism.

Mobile World Congress (MWC): This event, primarily held in Barcelona, focuses on advancements in mobile technology. It's known for major announcements from top smartphone manufacturers and insights into the future of mobile networks, like 5G and beyond.

SXSW (South by Southwest): Hosted in Austin, Texas, SXSW is a unique blend of tech, music, and film festivals. It's notable for its focus on creative and digital industries, startup culture, and interactive media.

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung): Based in Berlin, IFA is one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany and a significant event for consumer electronics and home appliances.

TechCrunch Disrupt: Known for its startup competition, TechCrunch Disrupt is held in various locations, including San Francisco. It's a hub for startup launches and discussions on emerging technology trends.

Google I/O: This is Google's annual developer conference, where the company announces new software, updates to existing products, and occasionally hardware.

Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference): Apple's annual event is primarily for software developers but has gained widespread attention for major product announcements.

Microsoft Build: Similar to Google I/O and Apple WWDC, this is Microsoft's annual conference for developers, focusing on new technologies and products from Microsoft.

GITEX Technology Week: Held in Dubai, GITEX is a significant event in the Middle East for showcasing global technology and innovations.


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