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Best Conferences for Mobile App Developers in 2019

With 2019 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 2019:

Mobile Growth Summit
Where & When: San Francisco / February 13 – 14
Why: MGS is dedicated to building a helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable community of experts. Connect with mobile growth and marketing experts specializing in UA, monetization, retention, and so much more.
Don’t miss: Panels on hyper-casual, UA, in-app fraud, and everything that is trending right now within our industry.
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Mobile World Conference aka #MWC19
Where & When: Barcelona / February 25 – 28
Why: Simply put, MWC is the world’s largest mobile industry B2B event. Anyone and everyone using mobile tech in their business will benefit from attending this truly global conference.
Don’t miss: Confirmed keynote speakers from Microsoft, Universal, Huawei, and more. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by and say hello to ironSource.
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Where & When: Austin, Texas / March 8 – 17
Why: The ultimate conference for those who love to create. From film and entertainment panels to programming tracks and more, SXSW is a great conference for the convergence of creative and tech. It’s a great place for devs looking to spice things up a little bit, advertisers looking for inspiration, and anyone who likes film, art, tech, and other creative industries.
Don’t miss: SXSW Gaming.

Ad:Tech New Delhi
Where & When: New Delhi, India / March 14 – 15
Why: Ad:Tech New Delhi is all about what’s new and trending in the digital ecosystem and it’s the place to be if you’re into consuming engaging content on how the tech and mobile industry is evolving in India and Southeast Asia. Also, India is emerging as a leader in the global mobile game ecosystem, so there are some panels here not to be missed!
Don’t miss: Hot and engaging topics like mobile gaming in India, programmatic advertising, and so much more.
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GDC: Game Developers Conference
Where & When: San Francisco / March 18 – 22
Why: GDC is the Mecca for game devs – it’s the largest professional game industry event with 5 days of sessions and speakers on all things gaming. GDC includes something for everyone. Whether you’re a game designer, programmer, biz dev whiz, UA manager, or even team leader, there is something for you at GDC. And ironSource will be there too!
Don’t miss: At GDC there are 9 tracks to choose from, covering everything from design and programming to business and marketing, and just about everything in between. Be sure to check out the Classic Game Postmortem for an in-depth look at game design with some of the creators of some of the most innovative (and successful) games ever. Need help convincing your boss? Check their “Convince your Boss” letter. You can thank them later.
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Where & When: University of Chester / April 1 – 4
Why: CodeMobile is created by developers for developers in the mobile space. You’ll have the chance to network, collaborate, and share innovative ideas with devs from around the world.
Don’t miss: This conference has two tracks: one for iOS and the other for Android. There’s something for everyone.
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App Promotion Summit London
Where & When: London, UK / April 4
Why: Looking to learn growth marketing strategies directly from the world’s experts? Look no further. App Promotion Summit has you covered.
Don’t miss: Can’t make it to London? Fret not! There are summits happening in Berlin and NYC, too!
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Droidcon Italy
Where & When: Turin, Italy / April 4 – 5
Why: Italy’s biggest developer (and Android!) conference. This conference provides opportunities for innovation, recruitment, and most of all networking. Check out awesome keynotes, different streams, workshops, and so much more.
Don’t miss: Following the conference, there is a two day hackathon for everyone who wants to participate!
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Google I/O
Where & When: Mountainview, California / May 7 – 9
Why: This is a Google event – need I say more? Google I/O is arguably one of the most important developer conferences in the world and it’s the place to be for anyone working in the Android ecosystem. In classic Google fashion, they released the details in a rather cryptic fashion.
Don’t miss: While we don’t know what exactly Google has up its sleeve, we know it’ll definitely be worth the wait.
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Microsoft Build
Where & When: We assume Seattle, Washington / Sometime in May
Why: While they have yet to release any information, we can assume that Microsoft Build will happen this May in Seattle (if we were to base our knowledge on past years).
This conference is packed full of engaging discussions, live demos, and hand-on labs led by industry leaders. From artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mixed reality, to cloud, data, and everything in between. Microsoft Build has something for everyone, whether you’re a develop, engineer, programmer, or industry professional.
Don’t miss: In the past, the conference has been flexible, with a build your own schedule approach to learning. Options to join demos, deep dives, and more. Everything is designed to help you learn and gain inspiration in a way that’s best for each individual developer.
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Casual Connect London
Where & When: London / May 28 – 30
Why: Connect with and learn from both up and coming and established industry leaders. Explore the intersection of creativity and business in the gaming ecosystem. This year’s conference will cover everything from game design and esport, to funding, next-generation technology, and best practices.
Don’t miss: There are 11 different content tracks available to participants. Also, be sure to catch the keynote from both Voodoo and Zynga!
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Israel Mobile Summit
Where & When: Tel Aviv, Israel / June 12
Why: Israel Mobile Summit is only of the biggest and most influence mobile app, games, and ad tech events in EMEA. It is also the largest international mobile event that takes place in Israel annually – this year marks conference number 9!
Don’t miss: Keynote presentation from speakers from leading mobile networks, panels about the latest trends in the mobile space, an innovation showcase, and so much more.
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When & Where: Denver, Colorado / July 18 – 19
Why: 360|AnDev focuses on the Android community – offering content that will enhance all the skills you need as a dev. With sessions to help advance your skills and a valuable idea exchange , this 2-day conference is a great opportunity for anyone in the Android ecosystem to learn and grow.
Don’t miss: An event focused on inclusivity, you can apply for the diversity scholarship for a subsidized chance to participate in this year’s conference. And if you were too busy networking to attend the keynote you wanted to hear – never fear, the sessions are recorded for post-conference catch ups, making it virtually impossible to miss out.

When & Where: NYC / August 26 – 27
Why: Learn from the leaders in the Android community. droidconNYC will feature 70+ technical talks, workshops, codelabs, and keynote addresses from Android teams in the US, Europe, and across the word.
Don’t miss: There are 5 tracks to choose from! And, last year there were speakers from Uber, Tinder, Instagram, Google, and more. While the official schedule for this year hasn’t been released, we’re sure it’ll be packed full of interesting content.
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Mobile Growth Summit Europe
When & Where: Berlin / September 18 – 19
Why: MGS Europe is dedicated to building a helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable community of experts. Connect with mobile growth and marketing experts specializing in UA, monetization, retention, and so much more.
Don’t miss: The official schedule has yet to be released, but there will be over 300 companies in attendance, 100 speakers, and 2 days of conference. There is certainly going to be something for everyone.

Tokyo Games Show
When & Where: Tokyo, Japan / September 19 – 22
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.
Don’t miss: 300 exhibitors from 40 countries. There is something here for everyone! Japanese game makers make up the majority of exhibitors, so this is where you want to be if you want to learn more about the Japanese gaming industry.
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Disrupt SF 2019 by TechCrunch
When & Where: San Francisco, October 2 – 4
Why: Disrupt is all about startup culture. This conference is for founders, investors, developers, hackers, and just about everyone else in the industry. The content generated at Disrupt brings you right to the heart of the startup tech community. Get breaking news straight from the belly of the beast.
Don’t miss: The Startup Battlefield competition! Here, the world’s top early-stage startups come together and compete for a $100K prize – and the attention of the media and investors.

Ad:tech Tokyo
When & Where: Tokyo / November 27 – 28
Why: ad:tech Tokyo is Asia’s largest marketing conference. Come here and learn all about the latest trends in the ad tech industry.
Don’t miss: No word yet on this year’s speakers, but last year’s keynotes include reps from Amazon, Yahoo, and more. Stay tuned for more announcements as the year goes on.

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