Hackference is an annual conference + hackathon held in Birmingham, UK organized by Mike Elsmore (who goes by @mike on the forum here). This year it’s set for October 20-22. I went last year and had a great time. Lots of amazing speakers but small enough to really get to know people and learn something.
The CFP is open now and you have lots of room to be creative: “We’re looking for talks that introduce us to new and fun things that we can hack with.” @mike if you want to chime in - any tech on the radar you might want to see on stage?
Algolia offered a prize for best search hack last year. This is me (far right) with the team that won, looking surprisingly fresh in this photo despite staying up all night to code (them, not me, I caved and actually got sleep)