Some of the world's most acclaimed software experts will headline RebelCon 2018 this June, Ireland's only conference specifically for software developers.

Following the success of last year's sell-out inaugural RebelCon, the event is being run over two days in Cork in June to accommodate demand at a boom time for the software industry in the region.

We were blown away by the reaction last year so we've expanded it and we're delighted with this fantastic line up of world-class speakers," said organiser Stephanie Sheehan, VP of Operations, Poppulo. It's the only tech conference of its kind in Ireland, entirely focused on everything related to software development, from start to finish", she said.

This year's RebelCon has attracted some of the biggest and most influential names in global software development, including:

  • Sam Newman, author of Building Microservices and formerly of Google, Atomist and Thoughtworks
  • Melissa Perri, author of Escaping The Build Trap; CEO and Founder of Produx Labs
  • Randy Shoup, VP Engineering at WeWork (former Director of Engineering Google App Engine & former Chief Engineer at eBay)

The event is being supported by the major Cork software houses, Poppulo, it@corkSkillnet,, Xanadu, Johnson Controls and nearForm, and is expected to attract over 300 developers nationally and internationally for its unique focus on software development and best practice. It's being held in Cork's Clayton Hotel on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22, with workshops on Day 1 and the speaker Conference on Day 2. Limited Early-bird tickets are available from

"This is a really exciting time for the software sector in Cork, where there's some amazing work being done by extraordinarily innovative companies in a very vibrant space,"
co-organiser Damien Daly, Head of Engineering at Poppulo, the global leader in employee communications software.

Enterprise Ireland's Regional Director, Martin Corkery agrees: "RebelCon showcases the highly innovative tech scene in Cork to both national and international audiences. It's been wonderful to witness, and support, the emergence of really great Cork tech companies in recent years, and to see them become leaders in their domains."

EI has supported over 100 indigenous tech-led companies in Cork in recent years, employing over 3,100 people.