8 tech conferences and events to add to your calendar in 2017

8 tech conferences and events to add to your calendar in 2017

With so many tech conferences, it can be hard to know which ones are worth your time and money. There are more conferences and events in the US alone than there are days in the year, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you’re not sure where to start. However, the right conference can help you advance your career or meet important people who can help your business grow, so it’s important to find what’s right for you and attend as many as possible that are relevant to your industry. Check out this list of 2017 tech conferences and events to add to your calendar today!


Why go to a conference?

Attending a conference is a great way to learn about new trends in your industry, network with other professionals, and get inspired. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to take a break from the everyday grind and learn something new. Here are 8 tech conferences and events to add to your calendar in 2017 1) FOWA – February 20-22

2) MWC – February 27-March 2

3) GOTO Copenhagen – April 12-15

4) TEDxKraljevo – May 4

5) Structure Data SF – May 18-20

6) Govloop’s Federal Innovation Summit West (GIFSWEST)- June 7-9

7) HR Technology World of Work (HRTWOWOW)- June 12-14

8) Adobe Max San Diego – October 23-25 9) Google I/O – May 17-19

10) SAPPHIRE NOW! – July 10-13.


The top 10 global technology conferences

  1. CES – Las Vegas, Nevada – January 5-8, 2017
  2. Mobile World Congress – Barcelona, Spain – February 27-March 2, 2017
  3. Game Developers Conference – San Francisco, California – March 1-3, 2017
  4. SXSW Interactive – Austin, Texas – March 10-19, 2017
  5. Internet of Things World – Santa Clara, California – May 16-18, 2017
  6. Google I/O – Mountain View, California – May 17-19, 2017
  7. E3 Expo – Los Angeles, California – June 13-15, 2017
  8. Computex Taipei – Taipei, Taiwan – May 30-June 3, 2017 ; International Broadcasting Convention – Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 11-14, 2017; European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Broadband Forum – London, UK – October 9-11, 2017; Milipol Paris Exhibition and Conference on Homeland Security & Defense Technologies – Paris, France November 29-December 1, 2017 ; Global Connected TV Summit – Las Vegas, Nevada December 5-7, 2017; National Association of Broadcasters Show – Las Vegas, Nevada April 23-27, 2018; SES Industry Day: Virtual Reality 360° Presentations with Facebook and Oculus’ Content in the Wild West – Washington DC February 21, 2018 ; TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 – San Francisco, CA May 15-17, 2018; DEF CON 26: The Darkest Hacker Event in History – Las Vegas, NV August 9-12, 2018; Gartner Symposium ITxpo Europe – Barcelona, Spain September 24-28, 2017.


Where are they happening?

San Francisco, CA February 16-17, 2017

Web Summit will bring together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry. Hear from some of the world’s most respected thought

leaders, including Al Gore, Samantha Bee, Tim Ferriss, Nancy Pelosi, Aaron Levie, and many more. With over 70,000 attendees expected, this is one event you won’t want to miss. We’ll see you there! San Jose, CA – March 18-19


Event highlights include an international summit of innovative minds with a day-long showcase at World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) with new product announcements; keynotes from Apple executives; the latest technology advancements and products through hands-on labs and interactive exhibits. Plus, unique sessions led by developers from around the world who share their work on developing innovations for Apple platforms.


When should you travel?

If you’re looking to get ahead in the tech world, then you need to start planning your trips for the year. Here are 8 conferences and events that should be on your radar

1) Bloc Con is a new event coming up in May. The goal of this conference is to bring together entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world, who are looking to change their lives by changing technology. With speakers like Tim Ferriss, James Altucher, Gary Vaynerchuk, Irena Medavoy, this event will cover everything from startups to marketing/PR tips for young entrepreneurs.

2) Stack Overflow brings together over 30 thousand developers from around the world with sessions geared towards beginners as well as experts of all levels so that everyone can learn something new.

3) SF New Tech connects founders and investors with each other through two days of networking, demoing and mentoring.

4) Women’s Entrepreneur Festival gathers business leaders, investors, press and media professionals to support women-led startups through networking opportunities.

5) Startup Grind hosts monthly fireside chats across 10+ cities where they invite entrepreneurs to share their story while answering questions from attendees.

6) Mobile World Congress brings together industry-leading mobile operators, handset manufacturers, software companies as well as tech decision makers from key markets such as Latin America or Asia Pacific for four days of innovation and knowledge sharing about mobile technologies.

7) Code Conference provides an intimate opportunity to engage with top thinkers, innovators and executives at one of the most important tech events.

8) SXSW Interactive includes talks from world-class speakers like Tony Hsieh, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and many more.

How do you get there?

Getting there is half the fun, right? Not always. Sometimes, getting to your destination can be a total pain. But we’ve got you covered. Here are eight tech conferences and events happening in 2017 that are definitely worth the trip. It’s time for our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for CES! What better way to see all of the newest technology than experiencing it firsthand at one of the largest consumer electronics trade shows on earth? CES will take place January 5-8, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


The Streaming Media West Conference & Expo features over 100 speakers from leading industry experts discussing innovations in streaming media including new technologies, techniques and strategies for creating compelling digital video content. The conference takes place January 18-20 at The Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa near San Diego.


Mobile World Congress (MWC) is coming up February 27 – March 2nd at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona Spain with exhibitors from across industries including telecommunications, mobile devices, IoT and emerging technologies. Headquartered in New York City, the NRF Retail’s Big Show brings together

retailers and suppliers from around the world every year to discuss and share cutting edge ideas, solutions and trends impacting retail success.


Taking place December 4-7 at NRF’s Annual Convention & Exposition in New York City, there will be more than 30 CEOs delivering keynote addresses, plus 250+ sessions on topics like data analytics, customer engagement solutions and retail innovation.

For those looking for some winter sunshine or a summer escape or both, March 20th through 22nd might just be your lucky day. The Destination Technology Summit brings senior leaders from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Facebook AI Research Lab to speak about Cloud services; Uber’s Chief Scientist Dr.


What do you wear?

In order to dress for success at a tech conference, you’ll want to be sure to pack a few key items.

First, don’t forget your business cards!

Second, make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing – you’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing.

Third, dress in layers so you can adjust to varying temperatures throughout the day.

Fourth, wear closed-toed shoes – you never know when you’ll have to step in for a last minute demo or presentation.

Fifth, ditch the denim – opt for slacks or a skirt.

Sixth, leave the gym clothes at home – this is not the time or place to show off your athleisure wear. Seventh, bring along an extra shirt just in case one gets stained with coffee or ink.

Eighth, avoid any drastic hairstyles that might get caught on something during the day (although we love a good pixie cut).

Ninth, take some food with you to keep your energy up (and it’s great for networking!). And finally, don’t forget about hydration – even if it’s raining outside and making you feel colder than usual.


What else should you know before going?

As we get closer to the end of 2016, it’s time to start thinking about which conferences and events you want to attend in 2017. Here are 8 that are definitely worth checking out AWE (New York City)

February 27-March 1, 2017 + The 4th Annual International Conference on Aging and Digital Technologies (Chicago) March 16-18, 2017 + Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) February 27-March 2, 2017. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, don’t be afraid to reach out to the event coordinators or attendees who have attended previous years’ events! We hope this helps with your planning, and please feel free to share your own favorite events in the comments below

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