Greater Manchester will host its first-ever ‘DevCon’, on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 July bringing together the international tech community and confirming the city’s status as a tech hub.

The two-day event will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester city centre. Around 500 delegates, including tech founders and senior tech professionals, will attend to hear prolific tech speakers.

MCR DevCon is Manchester’s first conference tailored especially for founders and people in senior positions in tech as well as those looking to move into C-suite leadership. 

This conference is designed to help individuals and businesses progress to the next level with talks from some of the industry’s top leaders

The lineup of speakers at the ‘DevCon’ event will include Kubernetes expert Kelsey Hightower, Moneysupermarket Group Engineering Manager Claire Reckless, technologist and author Anjuan Simmons, along with other notable figures from the tech world. In addition, there will be a variety of panel discussions taking place throughout the event.

Founding partners of the event include leading global professional services company Accenture and award-winning IT global recruitment consultancy Oscar, which is renowned for tackling social issues and striving to make a difference in the local community. 

Matthew Southworth, MD at Oscar, commented:We’re delighted to be a founding partner for the very first DevCon that will showcase Manchester as the innovative tech hub it has become.”

Claire Reckless, Engineering Manager at Moneysupermarket Group adds:

“I’m thrilled to be part of the speaker lineup for Dev Con in Manchester in July. Thanks to the founding partners, sponsors and organisers this event will provide an inclusive platform for us to share our stories and knowledge with the fantastic and diverse community we have in this city. I’m also excited for our people to be able to see a number of big-name speakers from a wide range of technical backgrounds on stage at an event which will be accessible to so many in the North West, learn from their experiences, and use these to drive forward the innovative solutions we work on day to day as well as their own careers. “

Manchester’s tech industry continues to see rapid growth, establishing itself as the UK’s primary technology hub outside London and boasting a thriving ecosystem worth over £5 billion.

In 2022, tech companies in Manchester secured a record-breaking £532 million in funding – a remarkable 50% increase from the previous year, outstripping many European cities. 

The city’s dynamic and innovative tech landscape is a testament to its potential, and we look forward to inspiring its current and future leaders.

DevCon will see eight world-class speakers take to the stage as well as panel discussions, with talks dedicated to leadership, excellence and innovation in tech.

To learn more and buy tickets, visit the Manchester DevCon website.