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I'm a 21 year old student in my last year of University, and I am looking for information about developer conferences.

I live in Derby (United Kingdom) and there's not (As far as I know) many conferences local to where I live. I do have a car at my disposal so travelling shouldn't be a problem.

I was hoping somebody could recommend the best way to go about finding and attending a conference, which one is probably the best to go to and what kind of things I'd need to know and take beforehand.

I've done a couple of Google searches and searched SO itself but nothing specific to my needs was found.

Note: I'm primarily a C# developer using WPF and WinForms but I'm open to pretty much anything.

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Most uses of the StackOverflow tag "derby" refer to the Derby software, not to the Derby town (though the two are related, actually, since the software is at least partly named after the town). –  Bryan Pendleton Aug 20 '10 at 21:21
Opps! I never realised that, could you link me to an example of the "Derby Software"? I get so many random results in Google if I try "Derby software". –  Jamie Keeling Aug 20 '10 at 21:54
I believe he is referring to Apache Derby (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Derby). And judging by their logo it might be named after the bowler hat (called a derby in the US), not necessarily after the town. –  Tom van Enckevort Feb 22 '11 at 13:51
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I'd recommend you check out the various regional "DDD" (Developer Developer Developer) community events centred around .NET. They run a few times a year in a few locations and tend to cover a wide variety of mostly .NET based topics.

Free and community run.


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Thanks, the "Free and community one" helps a lot =] –  Jamie Keeling Aug 20 '10 at 23:30
While there, try to find your nearest .NET User Group. You can attend meetings regularly, and there will often be announcements about upcoming conferences, including discounts for user group members and/or opportunities to volunteer. –  Kate Gregory Feb 22 '11 at 14:05
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The BCS events calendar might be worth a browse (there's a lot of non-BCS events listed too).

Bear in mind most conferences aren't cheap. I suspect you're more likely to find the more academic-influenced ones run by the likes of BCS/IEEE/ACM/universities offering student discounts than the purely commercial ones (vendor-subsidised promotional events excepted).

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Wow, I never knew they would cost that much. Better get saving! –  Jamie Keeling Aug 20 '10 at 23:31
Well back in my day the way impoverished students would get to attend these things was by volunteering to help out. e.g siggraph.org/s2010/call_for_volunteers/student_volunteers/index No idea how common that sort of programme is though. –  timday Aug 21 '10 at 22:15
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