Best conferences for mobile app developers in 2020

With 2020 off to an excellent start, we thought it would be great to give you a little heads-up at some of the developer conferences for mobile apps and games happening this year.

Mobile app conferences are a great opportunity for developers to learn, network, create, and play your part in the app and mobile gaming community.

Top picks for mobile app conferences in 2020
Mobile World Conference

Where & When: Barcelona / February 24-27, 2020

Why: MWC is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology alongside today’s most influential mobile visionaries.

Don’t miss: The event will cover seven core topics: AI, connectivity in the 5G era, customer engagement, industrial IoT and digital transformation, media and entertainment, our planet, and finally security and privacy.

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GDC: Game Developers Conference

Where & When: San Francisco / March 16-20, 2020

Why: GDC is the Mecca for game developers – it’s the largest professional game industry event with 5 days of sessions and speakers on all things gaming. Whether you’re a game designer, programmer, biz dev whiz, UA manager, or team leader, there is something for you at GDC.

Don’t miss: Be sure to stop by ironSource’s Developer Day this year. We’re hosting six sessions, given by our in-house experts paired with some of the industry's top game developers, covering everything from creatives, user acquisition and monetization. At the main GDC event, keynote speaker Siobhan Reddy from Media Molecule explaining in unprecedented detail how Dreams helps unlock players’ creativity. Be sure to check out the alt.ctrl.GDC exhibit, where visitors can play games using alternative controllers and meet the developers behind these uniquely interesting projects.

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Casual Connect London

Where & When: London / April 15-16, 2020

Why: Attend Casual Connect to learn from over 100 leaders in established and emerging markets of the games industry – covering game design, esports, liveops, publishing, next-generation technology and best practices.

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Mobile Apps Unlocked (MAU)

Where & When: Las Vegas / May 6-7, 2020

Why: The world's leading mobile acquisition and retention summit. This spring, 2500+ leaders from top mobile brands will gather in Las Vegas for two full days of learning and relationship building. 

Don’t miss: Talks from Eric Ma, VP of User Acquisition at Scopely and Chris Akhavan, Chief Revenue Officer at Glu. Numerous leaders from a range of apps, from VSCO to Bumble, will also be presenting.

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White Nights St. Petersberg

When & Where: St. Petersberg / June 25-26, 2020

Why: The White Nights Conference is a leading B2B event for the game industry in Europe. It gathers over 4,500 attendees per year from key companies in European countries, Russia & CIS, Asia, and the US. The main reason to attend the White Nights events - according to the visitors' feedback - is an opportunity to meet decision-makers face-to-face.



When & Where: Cologne / August 25-29, 2020

Why: Gamescom is the largest interactive trade show in the world, attracting visitors, media, and exhibitors from across the gaming industry. Test the latest games and discover the latest trends at the biggest event in the gaming industry. 

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Gamesforum Seattle

When & Where: Seattle / October, 2020

Why: Gamesforum Seattle is a two day conference that brings together senior executives, influential managers and ambitious independent developers with the aim of supporting cross platform game developers.



When & Where: Shenzhen / July 31 - August 3, 2020

Why: Also known as China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference, ChinaJoy is the largest gaming and digital entertainment exhibition held in China and is heading into its 18th year. The event showcases online games, console games, web games, hardware products related to digital entertainment, and is a great platform for game companies to directly interact with and conduct demonstrations for game players.

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Tokyo Games Show

When & Where: Tokyo / September 25 - October 2, 2020

Why: The Tokyo Games Show remains one of the top gaming conferences in the world. While the first two days are open for industry and press only, days three and four are open to the general public. Head to this conference to meet with people from major game publishers, console makers, and mobile gaming platforms, and learn about the Japanese gaming industry from those who know it best.

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When & Where: Tel Aviv, Date TBD

Why: Gamefest is an annual, invite-only mobile games summit hosted by ironSource that brings together 100 decision makers and thought leaders from the biggest game companies today. In addition to a full schedule of workshops and sessions on the most important issues facing the game industry, guests enjoy sightseeing trips and parties in the heart of Tel Aviv.


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