Best app conferences for mobile app developers in 2021
COVID-19 is upending everything, including conferences, but conferences are adapting. Mobile app conferences have already been forced to run virtually and while you may be missing out on fun work trips, we've already seen an increase in attendance and engagement on virtual platforms.
Here’s a list of some of the top developer conferences still happening online for mobile apps and games in 2021. These events are a great opportunity for developers to learn, network, create, and play your part in the app and mobile gaming community. We encourage you to not miss out despite the circumstances.
We'll be updating this post with more mobile app conferences as they become available.
Mobile app conferences
PG Connects London
When: January 2021
What: PG Connect brings together the world’s leading developers, publishers, tool companies, monetization experts, investors, media and more to share their thought leadership and valuable insights. With 2500+ delegates, 300 expert speakers, and 850+ leading companies, you’ll be connected to the best and brightest in the industry.
Why: PG Connects has an unmissable agenda with 26 tracks to choose from, such as the growth track, the indie track, global publishing and much more. Buying a ticket for PG Connect also gives you access to the Blockchain Gamer Live event which discusses the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize the gaming industry.
White Nights Online
When: January 2021
What: The White Nights Conference is a leading B2B event for the game industry. It gathers key companies from around the globe to share the latest industry news and insights on particular regions, bring on local communities, showcase the best games, and offer online networking opportunities.
Why: Attending White Nights gives you the opportunity to meet major decision-makers in the industry. You’ll have the ability to connect directly with any conference attendees on the WN hub and share your thoughts or ask valuable questions. White Nights is also dedicated to showcasing industry thought leadership from many different cities which gives you a well rounded knowledge of varying geos.
When: January 11-14, 2021
What: The CES is a global stage for innovation, which offers a highly personalized experience for its attendees. There’s a front row seat for everyone to hear the keynotes speakers and world tech leaders announce groundbreaking news and insights.
Why: Through dynamic product showcases and live demos, you will be able to explore brands and products that peak your interest. You will also have the ability to engage with brands, thought leaders, and business connections at your will, which makes this conference highly personalized and valuable to you.
Mobile Growth Summit Virtual Conference
When: February 10-11, 2021
What: The Mobile Growth Summit solves the old problems and new ones with technological advancement to keep the mobile industry in motion. MGS offers a place for leaders from high-growth and at scale-brands, such as Facebook and Jam City, to share their best practices and industry knowledge. Get your questions answered, visit the trade show and network tremendously at this virtual conference.
Why: With the mobile industry booming and downloads on the rise, MGS is a valuable place to create a long term plan for your mobile growth. In this more than a webinar experience, you will have access to three different geos, Latin America, US, and Europe, in just two days.
Mobile World Conference Shanghai
When: February 23-25, 2021
Where: Virtual and in person options
What: The headline for this season’s MWC is connected impact, which will showcase how the entire digital ecosystem transforms our lives in a positive direction. MWC will offer open conversations from technological visionaries, valuable networking opportunities, and a packed exhibition, all of which will transform and innovate your business strategy. It takes flexibility and adaptability to shape the future, and this conference hopes to guide you on the path of technological innovation.
Why: Some of the themes of this year's MWC include 5G connectivity, AI, connected industry, creative technology, and startup innovation. Through discussion of these themes with major industry leaders, you’ll discover how mobile can be a key partner long term, where investment should be prioritized, whether fragmentation is in our best interest, and discover how new tech will shape our lives.
When: May 4-6, 2021
Where: Vegas but TBD
What: MAU is the world's leading mobile acquisition and retention summit. MAU gathers 2500+ leaders from top mobile brands for two full days of learning and relationship building in an environment specifically focused on user acquisition for your mobile growth. Past speakers include the world's leading minds in mobile growth, such as the Head of User Acquisition at Hopper and the Performance Marketing Director at Next Games.
Why: MAU provides the full trifecta of expert speakers and panels, networking opportunities, and best-in-class software vendors which helps marketers get to the core of monetization strategies and best practices. It allows you to devote time for planning ahead without sacrificing your day-to-day business.
Game Developers Conference
When: July 19-23, 2021
Where: Virtual and in-person options in San Francisco
What: The Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings together programmers, artists, producers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, and business leaders together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry. GDC champions game developers and offers them a place to advance their professional careers.
Why: The GDC offers an expo, which showcases the latest game development tools and services from companies such as Amazon, Epic, Google and more. The GDC also hosts the Independent Game Festival which honors the most innovative indie game development projects.