With the world in a constant state of flux, it’s important that brands and entrepreneurs are constantly looking for new avenues of growth and success. And one way to do that is by attending a conference or summit — tech events, in particular, are often full of exciting and impactful insights that can help transform how you do business.
Attending a tech event is a great way to grow your team and expand your mind. These events are often full of keynote speeches, one-on-one collaborations, workshops, panels and more. And they’re run by some of the biggest minds and biggest businesses in the industry — so you know you’re going to gain access to quality, informative and enlightening content.
Whether you’re a brand that’s in the tech industry, or you use technology to keep business running smoothly (which is all businesses) tech events can shed some light on areas of weaknesses and give you the heads up on evolving innovations that will seriously transform the technological landscape, and ultimately your brand as a whole.
From mobile insights to VR and AR application innovations, there’s something to be learned and knowledge to be gained by taking your growth into your own hands and registering for these powerful events.
Some of the best tech events occur in the winter, and we’ve gone ahead and found the best conferences, summits and panels that will help open your eyes and lead you down new roads of discovery to hopefully give your brand the edge it needs to succeed. You won’t regret signing up.
The 14 Best Winter 2018-2019 Tech Events To Inspire Innovation
ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology: Tokyo, Japan — November 28- December 1
This four-day conference is geared towards the tech industry, mainly businesses, developers and researchers in the field of virtual reality, augmented reality and machine learning. Bringing together a host of research from a variety of expert sources, this event aims to present new trends in the industry and new innovations being made in the field to better equip individuals and businesses for the impact these technologies will have on the world in the future.
The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) is the premier international symposium for the presentation of new research results, systems and techniques among researchers and developers concerned with augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AR/VR/MR) software and technology. The VRST brings together the main international research groups working on AR/VR/MR, along with many of the world’s leading companies that provide or consume AR/VR systems.
Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Conference: Las Vegas, Nevada — December 3-6
The world is quickly becoming a hybrid of the digital and the physical, and businesses need to get on board and learn how to integrate these two different business models and technological necessities in order to succeed. In order to manage your business, you need the help of technology. And that technology is changing alongside the demands of the digital world. This conference will help enlighten business owners about how to properly use these technologies and what they can do to ensure operations run smoothly.
The ground is shifting for IT Infrastructure & Operations. The adoption of fast-moving technologies and methodologies – from Cloud, Edge Computing and IoT to DevOps and AIOps – are cutting across the functional roles of typical infrastructure & operations teams, challenging their skills and demanding a new kind of dexterity. The day of the traditional data center may be waning, but IT infrastructure and operations – increasingly digital and distributed – aren’t going away. Are you and your team moving fast enough? Attend Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference 2018, the only infrastructure & operations conference of its kind. Guided by the latest impartial Gartner research and input from infrastructure & operations leaders and your peers from around the world, this singular event explores what makes a successful strategy – from cloud, IoT, to artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning. See how to accelerate innovation and agility in a hybrid world and enable your organization’s digital future.
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VRX Conference & Expo: San Francisco, California — December 6-7
There's a market for VR and AR technologies, and this summit helps business leaders find a way to integrate these technologies into their operations for innovative and groundbreaking success. Consumers are leaning towards a more immersive, well-rounded experience and these new technologies can give them what they're looking for. So it's time that businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries start educating themselves on how to incorporate them. And this two-day conference can help.
The global summit where business leaders track the real market opportunities and impacts of virtual, augmented and mixed reality. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, VRX is purpose-built to cut through the noise and provide a reality check on the current state of VR & AR market development. With visionaries from across the world speaking, and case studies from those succeeding on the front line, you’ll hear about the latest advances and innovations in immersive tech and get insight on the real opportunities that are arising as the markets mature.
Hyperledger Global Forum: Basel, Switzerland — December 12-15
Blockchain is more than just cryptocurrency nowadays, and brands can learn a lot from these digital chains and links. They can have a powerful impact on business operations, changing how we see and store data, how we fight off hackers and how we run our businesses overall. You might not think blockchain matters, or you might even think it doesn't affect your business. But in this day and age, with technology everywhere and likely keeping your business running at peak performance, all innovations and trends in the tech industry are important. You don't want to miss the transformative insights this four-day forum has in store.
The Hyperledger Global Forum agenda will comprise both a technical and enterprise track covering a mix of Distributed Ledger and Smart Contracts 101, sharing roadmaps for Hyperledger projects, cross-industry keynotes and panels on use cases in development, social networking for the community to bond, and hacking activities with mentors to help deliver specific pipeline features and bring developers up the learning curve. Blockchain technologies are transforming the modern workplace and will soon become fundamental to the way we live our lives. Don’t miss the boat on this big trend! Attend Hyperledger Global Forum to absorb everything you can about blockchain, how it’s being used and how it will impact our day to day lives. Meet potential partners and build relationships in highly interactive workshops. Flex your technical skills and keep sharp on cutting-edge DLT frameworks by attending the 2-day hackathon.
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CES: Las Vegas, Nevada — January 8-11
If you're in the market of consumer tech, then CES is the premier destination for you and your team's needs. This three-day event is full or groundbreaking technologies in the industry, enlightening speeches and must-know trends in the tech sphere. Anybody who is anybody in the tech world knows about CES and plans on attending. Are you one of them?
CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.
EmTech Asia: Singapore — January 22-23
Just because this event is only two-days long doesn't mean it's lacking in any way. Quite the opposite, actually. This conference is all about emerging technologies and the ways in which they impact business and society. Enjoy networking opportunities, applicable insights and actionable strategies for learning how to harness these evolving technologies going forward.
EmTech Asia is co-organised by MIT Technology Review, the world’s oldest and most respected technology publication since 1899, and Koelnmesse, one of the world's largest trade fair companies since 1922. Since its inception in 1999, EmTech has become the world’s most influential conference on emerging technologies that matter, growing into a global community which runs in the United States, Europe, South America, India, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. EmTech is where technology, business and culture converge. At EmTech Asia, you will meet the innovators, the scientists, the investors and the tech executives at the heart of the next technology revolution.
AI Assistant Summit: San Francisco, California — January 23-25
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are two areas of technology that are growing rapidly, and they're becoming more apparent in our society through smart technologies and other services. If you're curious about AI assistants and artificial intelligence, these experts are here to shed some light on misconceptions, innovations and applications for use. This event is for all types of leaders -- in tech, business and more. So there's no excuse for you not to attend.
Discover advances in AI Assistants and artificial intelligence from the world's leading innovators. Learn from industry experts in predictive intelligence, voice recognition and data mining. Explore how AI Assistants will impact business including communications, healthcare & industry. The summit will showcase the opportunities of advancing trends in AI Assistants. What impact will predictive intelligence have on business efficiency & personal organization? Learn the latest technological advancements & industry trends from a global line-up of experts. A unique opportunity to interact with business leaders, influential technologists, data scientists & entrepreneurs creating next-generation AI assistants. Learn from & connect with 200+ industry innovators sharing best practices to advance the predictive intelligence software.
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Bett: London, UK — January 23-26
Are you interested in edtech, or education technology? Then Bett is the perfect show for you. This two-day event will help you start 2019 with a bang by introducing you to new technologies taking over the edtech landscape, and how these applications can be of use inside the classroom and out.
Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech startups and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented) from the global education community, that come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive. At Bett we believe in creating a better future by transforming education. Our mission is to bring together people, ideas, practices and technologies so that educators and learners can fulfill their potential.
Future of Education Technology Conference: Orlando, Florida — January 27-30
Another event geared towards technology and education, FETC aims to address the problems in the world of education and how certain technologies can solve them. This is the 39th year that the conference has been in business, which shows that it is an impactful conference that is sure to enlighten any and all who attend. Come together as a community of educators and innovators at this event and you'll leave with the knowledge you never thought was possible.
Each year, FETC is tailored to the needs of an increasingly technology-driven education community — and 2019 will be no exception. The 39th National Future of Education Technology Conference features industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an Expo Hall filled with the latest and greatest solutions, and a community of thousands eager to network with like-minded peers. Your colleagues at FETC may come with different experiences and expertise, but they share your challenges and goals. School and district administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education directors, curriculum and media specialists, and other educators with roles or interest in ed tech, attend FETC year after year to find the professional learning, technology solutions and connections they need to transform learning in and out of the classroom. Join them for four days of collaboration, innovation and learning, and discover new ways to spark change with technology.
SaaStr Annual: San Francisco, California — February 6-7
Software-as-a-service is a booming industry with new technologies, applications and software flooding the market and changing how businesses and brands perform even the most menial of tasks. And this event is here to help businesses understand this complex field, offering insights and educational tools to understand its importance. But it's also here to help professionals in the field grow their skillset and potential.
With 3 full days of content sessions, featuring over 300 speakers from the best SaaS companies around the world, and 1000+ Braindates, AMAs, and mentoring sessions, SaaStr Annual is filled with actionable advice and learnings to help grow your business from $0 to $100M ARR. Explore hundreds of sessions on best practices around revenue growth, sales, marketing, customer success, product, funding, and more. The Annual provides a complete playbook to scale your company and grow your career. For both you ... and your team. Our unparalleled session content is just the beginning. SaaStr is all about our community. We provide endless opportunities to meet and network with peers from every role, function, industry, company size, and beyond.
Vibrant Digital Future: London, UK — February 6
This is a one-day event -- so it's the perfect choice for busy professionals in the tech industry. Learn about strategy, cybersecurity and the future of the technological landscape all in one day packed with helpful speakers, enlightening Q&As and more. If you're short on time but still want to know what innovations and trends are coming your way, Vibrant Digital Future is right for you.
Following last year's successful Vibrant Digital Future Summit it will be returning 6 February 2019 at the QEII Centre, London. Strategy. Governance. Security. The list of things keeping us all awake at night just keeps getting bigger, from cybersecurity to the rise of new technologies that are changing the way our world works. Our Vibrant Digital Summit will explore what the future might look like. Join Nominet and friends on 6 February 2019 for a day of discovery, debate, and learning how to stay ahead. We look forward to seeing you there.
New Work Summit: Half Moon Bay, California — February 12-13
You've got questions and this conference has the answers to everything from artificial intelligence to strategy to IT infrastructure and more. Run by the New York Times, this event is full of expert opinions and insights, journalistic integrity and unparalleled learning sessions that will give attendees an experience they won't soon forget. There's a lot happening in the world today, and it's time businesses and professionals alike take their future into their own hands.
On February 12–13, as the impact of artificial intelligence is accelerating across a myriad of industries, the New York Times will convene leaders in technology and business to explore the unprecedented questions, challenges and opportunities that AI is unleashing for leaders of organizations. Through provocative, journalist-led interviews, intimate interactive sessions and networking events in a spectacular setting, The New Work Summit is designed to provide an unparalleled experience for attendees. We will address important questions such as what sectors are experiencing the most dramatic transformations, and how does that impact top decision-making? How can C.E.O.s harness the power of AI to optimize their companies’ performance? Is China posed to surge ahead of the rest of the world on AI? And — more broadly — what kind of role should regulators play in managing the disruption from AI and its impact on the global economy?
Developer Week: San Francisco, California — February 20-24
This week-long event was made for developers -- literally. This is the world's largest developer expo and it's sure to leave you feeling motivated and excited for the road ahead. The conference regularly sees big names in the industry in attendance -- organizations like Oracle, Google, Facebook and many more. This conference tackles developing tech, and even gives attendees the tools for understanding and integrating them into their own work with the help of handy workshops. If you've got a week to spare, you should definitely attend.
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Mobile World Congress: Barcelona, Spain — February 25-28
We live in a world where almost everything is done on mobile -- from buying a new pair of shoes to reading the news to reserving a seat on a plane. Consumers live on mobile, and Mobile World Congress was created with that in mind, giving businesses a sneak peek into the digital, mobile world and promoting specific devices, integrations and features that will help create a more pleasing user experience.
The GSMA Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, incorporating a thought-leadership conference that features prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. View the 2018 Event Highlights or download the post event report to take a closer look at what unfolded at #MWC18. Mobile World Congress 2019 will once again take place at Fira Gran Via with selected events, including 4YFN, taking place at Fira Montjuïc.
The Best Tech Events Can Transform Your Entire Business And Brand Infrastructure
From IT insights and database explorations to VR applications and mobile trends, tech event run the gamut when it comes to their content structure and the technologies dissected. But each of these events serves a powerful purpose that can set your business up for future enlightenment and success.
Even if you yourself don’t know about technology, there is likely someone on your team that does — and should in order to keep everything running in tip-top shape. So it’s important that your team has access to these events in order to stay motivated enough to offer creative solutions to looming problems in the tech sphere.
The world is still growing, and technology is still advancing. And there is still a lot we don’t know, meaning there is so much out there left to learn. And these tech events can help put you in contact with the minds that can make those predictions and help prepare you for the changes to come.
Are you looking for tech events that are even sooner? Check out our list of the best fall tech events in your area!