Every year, there are hundreds — if not thousands — of events hosted around the world aimed to inspire, enlighten and enact change. Conferences, trade shows, panels, workshops and more are filled to the brim with excited patrons and enthusiastic experts. Tech events are often some of the most widely-attended of these events, filling arenas with people ready to innovate and change the world.
From big name brands and organizations like Microsoft, IBM and Salesforce, to smaller startups and businesses, from industry experts in blockchain, artificial intelligence and web design to entrepreneurs and investors — tech events have the potential to radically disrupt the world of tech and design.
Companies take to these events to launch new products, learn from the competition and gain insights into the evolving trends of their industries. Others go to invest in new innovations and acquire valuable tips on how to excel going forward and make their mark on the market.
Tech events change lives, and they certainly change the way people think. Some of the worlds biggest innovations come from trade shows and conferences — they took to these events to see if their ideas really were as lucrative and exciting as they thought, and they were right.
But sometimes you can’t help but wonder — what’s in it for you?
Why Should You Attend A Tech Event?
Whether attending a conference held by a specific brand or group of companies, one held by industry experts and innovators or attending a conference put on by a group of energetic volunteers, there are a lot of benefits of attending a tech that can help you with your future endeavors.
Tech events — like conferences, workshops and panels — can help answer a lot of questions you might have about the industry, trends and certain products. If you’re a professional looking to learn a new skill or become a better employee, tech events can help equip you with the necessary skills to rise to the top.
Similarly, it’s a great way to learn about new products and stay in the know — whether you’re actually working in the industry or not. These events are great for those who just want to learn and possibly buy.
You also might be looking for a new job, and if you’re already in the tech industry, attending these tech events can help give you a better idea about how a company operates, where its priorities are and how enthusiastic their employees are.
Tech events are full of information and excitement. You can learn a lot about specific brands and products. People can gain insights into the ebbs and flows of the industry. They can learn about future innovations and motivations. They can even learn more about the competition and how they are faring in the world of tech.
There’s a lot to uncover at these events, and if you have the opportunity to attend one, you’d certainly have severe FOMO if you let it pass you by.
So now that it’s decided that you’re going to attend a tech event, it’s time to start planning. Where is the best place to attend an event and how can you really make that happen?
Tech events can get pricey — but registering in advance can help you snag some cheaper-priced tickets. Going in large groups also often comes with discounted prices as well. Students and military personnel can also benefit from cheaper tickets.
But you shouldn’t let the price or distance stop you from gaining knowledge that could drastically change your future career.
There are quite a few events to choose from, and trying to navigate these waters and find the event for you can be tricky and confusing. These events happen all across the globe, in big cities in nearly every country you can think of. But businesses don’t always have the luxury of sending their employees halfway across the globe, and individuals can’t always make ends meet and find some spare change to buy an international plane ticket.
But just because you can’t make it to London or Berlin doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Some of the world’s largest tech events happen right in the United States — in cities spanning the entire country.
East coasters, west coasters and everyone in between can rejoice — there is likely a tech event, conference, trade show and panel in a city near you.
With summer quickly approaching, it can be difficult finding the time to check of this task as well, which is why we’ve done some research and looked to the future for you fine innovators. These exciting events will take place in fall 2018, giving you plenty of time to prepare and get enthusiastic.
Here are some of the most hyped tech events in the fall of 2018, in some of the biggest cities for tech innovation and inspiration in the United States. Whether you’re on the east coast, west coast or somewhere in between — there’s an event for you. And this list will help you find your niche and get learning.
The Best Fall Tech Events — From NYC And Boston To Chicago, Austin & San Francisco
Design Gurus Summit — San Francisco: TBD
The Design Gurus Summit is a two-day-long summit held in San Francisco in September. This event, hosted by Uncharted Minds, brings together technology professionals and innovators to offer insights into the industry and share personal stories of their own experiences. Attendees can ask questions, pose scenarios and interact directly with the panelists and speakers. This is a great tech event for getting one-on-one insights and engaging vis-a-vis with professionals on a personal level.
An attendee from last year — Yiying Lu, A Design Lecturer of Program of Creativity + Innovation at New York University Shanghai — said this about the event:
I have been longing for an event in San Francisco which brings a unique group of diverse speakers, with interesting and educational messages to share about design - Thanks, Design Guru Summit for making this happen!
Inbound — Boston: September 4-7
Inbound 2018 is a four-day-long event held in early September in Boston. This conference brings together keynote speakers to host an event that is inspiring, jam-packed with insights and best of all, fun. Attending this event gives you access to enlightening breakout sessions where you can get more dedicated and direct contact with professionals in tech. Ask questions, get answers and have fun at this event that will give you a leg up on the competition and help you feel more comfortable in your field. This event aims to foster a community of forward thinkers and innovators, and attending can put you on that list.
INBOUND is one of the fastest-growing business events in the world because of the unmissable content. INBOUND features four days of inspiring talks from speakers like Michelle Obama, Issa Rae, and Gary Vaynerchuk, plus educational breakout sessions led by innovative marketing, sales, and customer success practitioners. And of course that comes with three nights of great parties and uproarious entertainment
Dreamforce — San Francisco: September 25-28
Dreamforce is a revolutionary conference aimed to help businesses transform the customer experience and create better products for their customers. That means that companies need to start from within, fostering a more organic and innovative community of thinkers excited about their work. That’s what Dreamforce by Salesforce is all about, and this four-day-long event combines the world’s best thinkers for a long weekend of fun, excitement and learning.
Whether you’re a company of five or a Fortune 500, what you learn during your four days at Dreamforce will transform your business and lead to a boom in success. The knowledge you gain from 2,700+ breakout sessions, world-renowned leaders and Salesforce experts, hands-on training, hundreds of partners with thousands of innovative solutions, and connecting with your fellow Trailblazers will help you be your best, no matter your industry, role, or company size.
Strata Data Conference — New York City: September 11-13
It’s important to stay at the top of your game in the tech sphere, and that’s what the Strata Data Conference held in New York City in September tries to do. It puts people in contact with industry leaders. They can ask questions, dissect data and compare notes on the state of tech and the future of these evolving and emerging technologies. Whether you’re a decision maker, developer or analyst, there’s something for you at this large-scale conference.
Strata Data Conference is where cutting-edge science and new business fundamentals intersect—and merge. It's a deep dive into emerging techniques and technologies. You'll dissect case studies, develop new skills through in-depth tutorials, share emerging best practices in data science, and imagine the future.
FutureStack — San Francisco: September 11
New Relic is a company that offers application performance monitoring in the form of a SaaS product. They use cloud technologies to create integral tools for companies big and small, connecting them with others around the world. And they’re hosting FutureStack 2018, where they will help enlighten and educate the industry on modern cloud initiatives. This is a global event with conferences that take place in three separate cities — London, San Francisco and Sydney.
Since the first FutureStack in 2013, our annual conference has become the go-to gathering for the teams responsible for building and running modern digital businesses. At first it was mostly developers who attended—and now they’re being joined by operations managers and DevOps teams, site reliability engineers, and digital leaders of all kinds. FutureStack keeps getting bigger and better because the community of people who rely on data as a strategic decision-making tool grows every year.
TechCrunch Disrupt — San Francisco: September 5-7
This highly-anticipated event is one of a series that TechCrunch puts on each year across the globe. Startups and businesses of all sizes can come together to learn, invest and uncover new innovations and exciting projects that have the potential to make major waves in the tech community. Get access to breaking news, exciting demonstrations and more at this San Francisco event. Participate in interactive workshops and stay up-to-date on future trends right from the mouths of the experts.
If you’re serious about startups, we’re still keeping it as real as ever. At Disrupt, everyone is a startupper – no matter if you’re an founder, investor, hacker or tech leader. So much more than just on-stage interviews, Disrupt is where you’ll find the renowned Startup Battlefield competition, a virtual Hackathon, hundreds of startups in Startup Alley, Workshops and legendary networking at our After Parties… and we’re in San Francisco, right where startup dreams began.
CyberSecurity Chicago — Chicago: September 26-27
CyberSecurity Chicago is the largest cybersecurity event hosted in the city and offers invaluable insights into the cybersecurity landscape for all businesses and individuals looking to protect their data and their businesses against growing threats. The event boasts more than 4,000 attendees, 90 speakers, 100 seminars and 60 exhibitors.
What is CyberSecurity Chicago? The must-attend cyber security event in the mid-west providing cybersecurity experts, decision makers, hackers and technical specialists with the latest tech and knowledge in the field.
The Fintech Symposium — Chicago: October 15-16
This two-day conference hosted in Chicago is sure to enlighten businesses on the practicality of tech in finance and how the two combine to create a business that runs at the best of its abilities. It poses questions to its audience about whether or not they and their business are prepared for new developments and innovations in the field. Otherwise, these brands will get left behind. They want people to achieve career success, and this exclusive event can help get them there.
The Fintech Symposium is a unique forum to discover, discuss and document the latest FinTech best practices. Registration for the Fintech Symposium is limited in order to maximize meaningful conversations. If your career success is tied to the finance and/or technology industries, this is an event that you can not afford to miss.
Oracle OpenWorld — San Francisco: October 22-25
Oracle OpenWorld puts you in contact with the transformative and the innovative. It aims to leave attendees feeling inspired and transformed. New ideas, exciting concepts and creative keynote discussions make up this three-day conference where attendees can learn from experts, ask hard-hitting questions and become familiar with concepts and ideas that are otherwise foreign to them.
At Oracle OpenWorld you will be surrounded by the new, the cutting-edge, and the sometime unfamiliar. From today's most-trusted products to tomorrow's technologies, you will leave infused with inspiration, new ideas and relationships. Whether you attend for a day or four, you’ll engage in free-flowing ideas that will help you and your business achieve tomorrow’s business goals, today! With a portfolio of keynotes, product demos, collective learning sessions, and so much more, you won't want to miss out on today's premiere business and technology event.
Spice World — Austin: October 8-10
Spice World calls itself "the most happenin' tech conference around." And it's easy to see why. Attendees can get practical knowledge about products and innovations, meet and network with some of the brightest thinkers of our generation and do it all while having a good time and getting a little bit silly. This conference is packed with energy and excited IT pros that are ready and willing to dive right in.
Calling all IT pros and tech marketers: Join us for SpiceWorld 2018 in Austin, TX — the live music capital of the world! We’re bringing together thousands of IT pros, dozens of sponsoring vendors, and hundreds of tech marketers for 3 jam-packed days. Get ready for practical how-to sessions, all the networking, and tons of fun! It's no wonder SherpaDesk and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have both named SpiceWorld a "must attend" conference for IT pros.
Business of Software — Boston: October 1-3
The Business of Software Conference in Boston is a friendly, approachable and educational conference that brings together great minds and excited pros to talk about the trials and tribulations of creating and selling quality software products. This conference takes a very personal approach to gaining insights and connects you directly with similar peers to discuss, dissect and come up with plans for the future.
We’re a friendly conference for independent thinking people running successful software businesses. Honest talks, like-minded people, sharing the challenges of building and selling software. Return with ideas, plans and connections that will have lasting impact on your career and business.
AlterSpark — Chicago: October 15-19
This three-day workshop teaches attendees how to master digital psychology and emotional design. As many designers know, designs can make an impact — whether we're talking print, web, app or otherwise. Designs can transform thought and engage on a deeper, emotional level. This workshop aims to educate more specifically on how to help people change their strategies and connect with wider audiences.
All our workshops are science-based, but we present our lessons with plain language and a focus on practical applications. To aid rapid learning, we use case studies, examples, and hands-on exercises that are both accessible and memorable. And, if you’d like to share your current challenges during the workshop, chances are you’ll also walk away with new insights, strategies, and wireframes that you can apply immediately.
ODSC West — San Francisco: October 31-November 3
ODSC West is a must-attend event if you're interested in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and machine learning. The focus of this expo is on deep learning, big data, machine learning, AI, data science and more. This in-depth conference will help you understand more comprehensively about these complex topics and how they are revolutionizing the way we look at tech and our every day lives.
Attendees will get insider tips and access to tools that can radically transform the way businesses and individuals use tech in their daily operations, as well as for future projects and products.
ODSC West 2018 is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Our speakers include some of the core contributors to many open source tools, libraries, and languages. Attend ODSC West 2018 and learn the latest AI & data science topics, tools, and languages from some of the best and brightest minds in the field.
InfoSecurity North America — New York City: November 14-15
InfoSecurity North America is a two-day event hosted in NYC. This conference focuses on information security and aims to combine all of the vital information about this topic in one helpful and insightful place. We live in a world where cybersecurity threats are growing at alarming rates, and businesses of all shapes and sizes need to understand these growing threats. People need to have a better understanding of what these threats are, what risks they pose to everyday business operations and how people can prepare themselves and their data for the future.
The Infosecurity North America conference program provides access to the latest information security insight presented by leading experts, practitioners and thought leaders. The panel discussions, presentations, demos and workshop will provide you with the information and skills you need to strengthen your organization’s cyber defenses against the threats of tomorrow.
How Tech Events Can Change Your Professional Future
Tech events are full of opportunity for businesses and individuals alike. They can help newcomers to learn more about the industry and better understand how to navigate the different sects and niches, and they also provide places for these professionals to learn by asking questions and gaining first-hand knowledge from people with the best experience.
They are also great places to learn about new projects and products that will have an impact on the future of our world as a whole. And they can inspire other brands and investors to start their own projects and create products that have an impact as well.
Tech events are the events of the future. They inspire change and encourage passion and drive. It’s at these conferences and expos that the future unfolds, and attendees get a sneak peek at all of that action.
Whether you’re a designer on your own, or an agency looking to grow and inspire, there’s certainly an event for you.
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