Top 20 Tech/IT Conferences of 2018

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Last updated: 2/9/2018

Conferences are designed to not only promote fellowship and create networking opportunities among like-minded peers, but they also provide access to the newest ideas and concepts. Fortunately, there are hundreds of tech and IT conferences around the globe each year, so you have the chance to find the right ones that will fit your area of specialty as well as your budget (or your company’s).

Attending one of these conferences is an excellent opportunity for both personal and professional growth, but it can put a strain on your time and energy to find the correct one. Whether you are looking to stay up-to-date with emerging trends in the industry, wanting to stay on top of the newest technologies, or are actively looking to network for customers or vendors, there is a conference for you.

This list will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back and feel free to contact me if you would like to add a Tech/IT conference to the directory. To be considered, please email all details including the conference name, dates of the event, location, and a link to the event’s website to stephen_watts@bmc.com.

Be sure to also check out our list of the top DevOps Conferences as well.

Top IT/Technology Conferences for 2018

Consumer Electronics Show

Date: January 9-12
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $100- $1,700

For over 50 years, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been the starting point for the newest technologies and innovations in the world. Held in Las Vegas, CES has been the global gathering place for all those involved in consumer technologies and the next generation of innovations, showcasing products in the areas of 3D Printing, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Computer Hardware/Software/Services, and more. CES 2017 saw over 184 thousand attendees and 1,200 speakers. Featured speakers of the 2018 event will include Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford Motor Company; and Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer of Youtube.

Dublin Tech Summit

Date: April 18-19
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Cost: €349

The Dublin Tech Summit is a two-day event that brings together the top global leaders in technology, innovation, and business to help shape the future of trends and technologies. The tech summit saw over 10,000 attendees in its first year alone, quickly solidifying its place as one of the biggest newcomers in the tech conference space. Sessions follow the eight core themes of the conference: The Internet of Things, Big Data, FinTech, Innovation, MusicXTech, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security. There are over 250 expert speakers, with keynote headline speakers including global leaders such as Jinyoung Englund, Former Director of The Bitcoin Foundation; Jeremy Ashley, Group Vice President at Oracle; Bruce Daisley, Vice President EMEA at Twitter; and Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure.

Google Cloud Next

Date: July 24-27
Location: San Francisco, CA
Cost: $1,499

Google Cloud Next is the conference to attend if you are interested in hearing more from Google executives about new and updated cloud services. Offering more than 200 sessions, as well as many keynote speakers, Google Next’s conference explores broad themes such as service scale and maturity, usable machine learning, and enterprise-friendliness. The 2017 event also included topics like how large enterprises and organizations are embracing the cloud, open source, cloud native architectures, deep dives on Kubernetes and TensorFlow, as well as product demos and presentations from start-ups and the venture capital community on future innovations.

IBM Interconnect

Date: March 19-22
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $1,095- $2,395

IBM InterConnect is the premier conference for cloud, mobile, and security. The event is for anyone interested in transforming industries and creating better solutions, whether you are a developer, designer, architect, security executive, or analyst. The conference includes top keynotes, over 200 sessions, and plenty of opportunities for networking. Some of the expert speakers at the 2018 conference will include: Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM; Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of American Airlines; Dr. Michio Kaku, Renowned Physicist, Futurist, and Popularizer of Science; and David Kenny, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform at IBM. Hot topics from this year’s conference will cover Cloud, Dev, Internet of Things, Mobile, Security, Watson, and IBM Research.

CeBIT

Date: June 11-15
Location: Hannover, Germany
Cost: €100- €2,400

With more than 3,000 companies and over 200,000 people attending, CeBIT is one of the largest and most internationally recognized computer expos in the world. Held each year in Hannover, Germany, CeBIT is the leading platform for experts and top decision-makers in all areas of digital business. CeBIT covers topics such as artificial intelligence, cyborgs & biohacking, robots, virtual worlds, the Darknet and cybercrime, and features many keynotes by global experts and leaders. Some of the speakers at the 2017 event included Professor Adrian David Cheok at the Imagineering Institute; Dr. Niels Brabandt, CEO at NB Networks Group; and Andreas Lauterbach, Global Client Director at BT Germany GmbH & Co. oHG.

EmTech Digital

Date: March 26-27
Location: San Francisco, CA
Cost: $2,095-$2,795

EmTech Digital is a two day conference that covers human-computer interaction and everything AI. The event is designed to give attendees insights and intelligence needed in order to navigate this ever evolving landscape, and offers educational sessions and expert talks from some of the sharpest minds in technology. The 2018 event will cover topics including the latest in AI research, measuring intelligence in machines, industry impact of AI, AI in Asia, and Ethics in AI. It will also feature speakers: Oren Etzioni, Chief Executive Officer at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence; Zoubin Ghahramani, Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge and Chief Scientist at Uber; and Dario Gil, Vice President of AI and IBM Q at IBM Research.

Citrix Synergy

Date: May 8-10
Location: Anaheim, California
Cost: $1,395- $2,295

Citrix Synergy is one of the top industry conferences on digital business transformation. The conference features strategic insights, business and technical training, and professional networking, all while providing opportunities for networking with peers and learning from some of the leading industry experts. With interactive features that will keep you engaged and interested, Citrix Synergy will share solutions for how to ensure your organization and your infrastructure can scale for the future. The 2018 event will cover topics like: Application delivery and cloud networking, Security, App virtualization and VDI, Enterprise mobility, File sharing and collaboration, Cloud services, and Analytics.

Digital Enterprise Show

Date: May 22-24
Location: Madrid, Spain

The Digital Enterprise Show (DES) by the Digital World Congress is the world’s leading event on Digital Transformation. The event showcases some of the most cutting-edge technology from the top tech companies in the industry, and helps you explore how to become more competitive in the digital market. The 2017 conference included vertical forums in fields like: Industry 4.0, Banking & Insurance, Health & Pharma, Media & Entertainment, Logistics, and Cities & Public Sector It also featured presentations from some some top industry experts, such as Alex Tapscott, Founding Member International Monetary Fund at Blockchain Revolution; Anders Indset, Business Philosopher; and Jens Meggers, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Cisco Cloud Collaboration.

Augmented World Expo

Date: May 30- June 1
Location: Santa Clara, California
Cost: $695- $1,200

The Augmented World Expo (AWE) is the largest conference and expo on augmented reality in the world. Held each year in Santa Clara, California, this three-day event brings together a huge mix of industry leaders and enthusiasts, including CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and the top media outlets. AWE brings together more than 5,000 attendees from all over the world, with a large percentage of them representing Fortune 1000 companies. The conference has features Keynotes from leading industry figures like “Shots of Awe” filmmaker, philosopher, and futurist, Jason Silva; “The Fourth Transformation” author and Transformative Group partner, Robert Scoble; and game designer, author, and Carnegie Mellon scholar, Jesse Schell.

Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit

Date: May 15-17
Location: Toronto, Canada
Cost: $3,475 CAD

The Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit was designed to empower CIOs and IT leaders to adapt to all of the fast-paced changes in the ever-changing digital world. It features many top industry leaders and will teach you how to apply digital business concepts to real-world scenarios, how to put that theory into practice, ways to create agility within the enterprise, and how to best manage the top digital talent. It will also showcase cutting-edge technologies, applications, and approaches. The 2017 event featured four tracks: CIO Leadership, IT Infrastructure, Operations & Data Center, Applications and Data & Analytics. These tracks covered topics like agility, bimodal IT, talent management, cloud computing, and more.

InfoSecurity Europe

Date: June 5-7
Location: London, UK

Infosecurity Europe is the region’s largest information security event. The event features Europe’s biggest and most comprehensive conference program, with over 360 exhibitors showcasing the newest information security solutions and products to close to 14,000 attendees. The 2017 Keynote Stage featured many headlining speakers, including: Dame Stella Rimington, Former Director General of MI5; Bret Arsenault, CISO of Microsoft; Bruce Schneier, Security Technologist of Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame Alumnus; and Jaya Baloo, CISO of KPN Telecom. The conference featured sessions on the latest research on vulnerabilities and how to defend against them, and short presentations that addressed the latest business challenges, how to align info security with your organization’s strategic business plan, and how to overcome new challenges.

Pure//Accelerate

Date: May 22-24
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $495

Pure//Accelerate is a conference that aims to challenge how to think about storage, data, and the Cloud. It provides a large variety of breakout sessions, as well as plenty of opportunities to network with some of the biggest leaders and companies in the industry. Pure//Accelerate features top tech and IT initiatives, and provides access to some of the most cutting-edge tech innovations. Past Keynotes have featured Pure Storage executives John (Coz) Colgrove and Scott Dietzen, as well as other leading technology professionals like: Liz Centoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Computing Systems Product Group and Arthur Riel, Director of World Bank Group. The 2017 conference covered breakout sessions about the Cloud, Applications, Analytics, and Pure Storage Basecamp.

IFA 2018

Date: August 31- September 5
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: £449

IFA is held in Berlin, Germany, and is the leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. Known for offering an extensive overview of the international market, this six-day event attracts close to 240,000 visitors from more than 100 different countries. IFA serves as the main meeting place for key retailers, buyers, and experts from the industry, showcasing the latest products and innovations. IFA 2017 exhibited products from leading companies all over the world, in categories that included: TV, Blu Ray Entertainment, Home Cinema, Home Servers and Recorders, Gaming devices, Computing equipment, Photo Imaging, and Memory Solutions equipment.

IP EXPO Nordic

Date: September 19-20
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

IP EXPO Nordic is part of Europe’s leading IT event series that is designed for those interested in the latest IT innovations and how they affect company growth. This two-day event is held at the Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, and offers exclusive content and expert insights into the latest IT developments. IP Expo Nordic covers tech areas such as: Cloud & IoT, Cyber security, Networks & infrastructure, Data analytics, DevOps, and AI. Some speakers from past events include Alexander Bard, Digital Philosopher & Artist; Danilo Poccia, Technical Evangelist at Amazon Web Services; James Staten, General Manager of Cloud Strategy Microsoft; and Ann Hellenius, CIO at Stockholms Stad.

Microsoft Ignite

Date: September 24-28
Location: Orlando, Florida
Cost: $2,220

Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s annual meeting designed for enterprise professionals, services, and products. Microsoft Ignite offers over 700 different sessions that cover topics like deployment, development, architecture, implementation & migration, security, access management & compliance, usage & adoption, and operations & management. The conference provides advanced technical training for attendees, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking and sharing the latest ideas. It also offers demos on more than 150 products. The keynote speaker of Microsoft Ignite 2017 was Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. He shared his thoughts on emerging trends in the industry, as well as how your organization can utilize them. There are more than 700 hours of past sessions that you can explore, including keynote presentations, overviews, and deep dives.

IT Arena 2018

Date: September 29- October 1
Location: Lviv, Ukraine
Cost: $160- $400

IT Arena is the largest tech event in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The three-day conference, conducted exclusively in English, brings together more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, business analysts, and designers every year. Some of the previous speakers of IT Arena included representatives of Twitter, Uber, Facebook, Philips, Samsung, IBM, Google, and Microsoft and the 2017 conference consisted of three streams: Business, Product, and Technology. This conference is known for its everyday after parties, which are excellent networking opportunities. On the last day of the conference, the FutureLand Festival takes place, which attracts more than 3,000 visitors.

Oracle Openworld

Date: October 28- November 1
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $2,150

Oracle OpenWorld is an annual convention for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users. It is held in San Francisco and will cover everything from commerce, Cloud, social engagement and supply chain management, to IT security, scalability concerns, big data, and business analytics. OpenWorld aims to share the latest technologies and solutions with companies, including application development, Artificial Intelligence, ways to increase agility and efficiency, and using Oracle’s Data Cloud. Whether your focus is in sales, service, marketing, or social, you will learn about various ways to deliver consistent and personalized experiences. Past speakers of the event include Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer of Oracle and Dr. Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Infosys.

World Summit AI

Date: October 10-11
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cost: €399

The World Summit Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a unique platform for all AI innovations and projects. World Summit AI is the result of a collaboration between the global City.Ai Network and 100+ international AI events, and it provides unique networking and discussion opportunities for the 2,000 attendees. This two-day conference brings together the three main pieces of the AI system: Enterprise, Startups & Investors, and Deep Tech. The 2017 conference saw many top speakers, including: Rob High, VP, IBM & CTO, IBM Watson; Ralf Herbrich, Director of Machine Learning, Amazon; and Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Director of AI Research, Apple and Associate Professor in Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University. World Summit AI is the industry’s only organized tech summit that brings together the entire applied AI ecosystem, and it can’t be missed.

Cyber Security Chicago

Date: September 26-27
Location: Chicago, IL
Cost: $99- $499

Cyber Security Chicago is a specialized conference that offers security insight for both IT managers as well as security specialists. The conference features some of the top cybersecurity experts as they share their knowledge on how you can build stronger defenses against attacks and how to recover if your systems are compromised. These experts cover all ranges of cyber security topics, from firewalls to threat intelligence solutions. Cyber Security Chicago focuses on six specific areas: Protection, Detection, Mitigation, Intelligence, Hacking, and Devsecops.

SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference

Date: June 5-7
Location: Orlando, FL
Cost: $1,850- $2,350
More information coming soon!

 

Whether you are a CEO, developer, IT professional, customer, or simply an employee in the technology field, attending one of the above conferences can help you to stay current on the latest trends and up-to-date on the newest innovations and technologies. All of these events are designed to provide you with all of this information, as well as life-changing networking opportunities and the chance to listen to top industry experts. No matter which one of these you choose, you are guaranteed to walk away with increases personal and professional growth.

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Stephen Watts

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Stephen Watts is an IT marketing professional based in Birmingham, AL. Stephen began working at BMC in 2012 and focuses on creating best-in-class web content.

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