Each year, hundreds of tech and IT conferences deliver access to top professionals, sneak peeks of the latest technologies, and unique networking opportunities that can help you advance your career.
Of course, this past year saw many annual conferences move online to virtual convention centers, and, unfortunately, many other conferences cancelled altogether. In 2021, we should expect more online-only events.
Advantages of online events:
- You can hear directly from leaders in a more intimate way, without the hassle of travel.
- The content might be spread out or recorded for later, so you can engage with it when you’re ready.
- Many of these events are free. Even those with attendance fees cost less than in-person events.
But it is important to remember that some advantages of face to face meetings you will never be able to substitute.
Face to face meetings are very important for your customer loyalty and trust
In real life meetings make focusing much easier
Body language and facial expressions make conversation more natural
We’ve chosen different types of events, so you can choose whatever is best for you.
This year as every year, we research and curate a list of the top IT and tech conferences. We’re excited to share this year’s top conferences with you. This list is ordered by date and will be updated regularly, so check back often.
Date: October 17-21, 2021
This year, GITEX offers you access to five high-octane tech conferences, each one deep-diving into a core industry with the world’s leading tech minds and business magnates headlining the sessions. This year’s conference program is your unprecedented platform to unlearn pre-COVID strategies, rethink or shift your perspectives, and prepare your business & career for the next set of opportunities that are arising in today’s fast-mutating business world. Times may be uncertain, but one thing remains true. The power of people coming together. That’s why this year, GITEX, GITEX Future Stars, GISEC, Future Blockchain Summit and Marketing Mania will be the year’s ONLY tech event, LIVE, in-person, in Dubai.
Date: September 3-7, 2021
Location: Berlin, Germany
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.
Details for the 2021 edition aren’t released yet, but take a look at events and contents from last year’s version on the website.
Date: TBD (Likely fall)
TNW Conference is a highly anticipated technology festival that brings together international technology executives, top-tier investors and promising startups for two days of business and knowledge sharing. Over the past 12 editions, TNW Conference has grown from a 200-person event to one of the leading technology events, bringing together 15,000 attendees a day and 3,500 companies from all over the world.
TNW2020 was taken online. Thought we don’t have new details for the 2021 version, we have a hunch TNW will be back. Check back here later for more details.
Date: October 27-28
Location: London, UK
CREtech London lets to explore the next frontier in Built World Tech while you network and learn from the brightest minds in the business. CREtech’s conferences are proven to deliver outstanding ROI for technology companies, VC’s, landlords/developers, asset managers, brokers and professionals servicing the real estate industry. Register at the lowest rate today to get the most exclusive content, dealmaking opportunities and more unique experiences.
Date: October 26-28, 2021
Location: Los Angeles, California
MWC Los Angeles is taking place Oct 26-28, 2021. As Covid-19 remains a critical planning consideration, we continue to monitor global and national circumstances seeking expert advice and incorporating local health authority guidance in this dynamic situation. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, staff and, the people of Los Angeles remain our top priority. In the first half of the year, the GSMA has held two safe and successful in-person events. The plan for each event requires a unique approach. The GSMA is committed to incorporating learnings and the latest guidance into our plans for MWCLA while creating a collaborative environment where networking and deal-making can thrive.
Date: October 12-14, 2021
Google Cloud Next is the conference to attend if you are interested in hearing more from Google executives about new and updated cloud services. According to Google, “It is too early to determine the exact shape and experience of the event and how it might potentially span the digital and physical worlds—so please stay tuned for updates as we plan with the health and safety of all in mind.”
In the meantime, watch content from the 2020 in-person event or listen to speakers like:
Sundar Pichai, CEO Google & Alphabet
Thomas Kurian, CEO Google Cloud
Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer & Employee Engagement, Google
Kelsey Hightower, Developer & Open Source Advocate, Google
Of course, we can’t forget our flagship annual event BMC Exchange. Last year marked the first time we took Exchange online, with three days full of live speakers, classes, and brainstorming sessions.
BMC Exchange 2020 offered a customizable format so you could curate content for your career, something we expect to build on for this year. The event included inspiring keynotes and use case-focused sessions to help you meet today’s technology challenges while preparing for tomorrow’s opportunities. BMC Exchange includes:
Exciting keynotes to help you drive organizational change
Interactive, informational, and entertaining sessions focused on your role
Product and strategy insights to see where BMC innovation can take you on your growth path
Exhibition Hall featuring BMC partners, cutting-edge technology vendors, and BMC Innovation Labs
Date: November 9-11, 2021
The Augmented World Expo (AWE) is the largest conference and expo on augmented reality in the world. This year’s tagline is “It’s time to go spatial. Get awe-inspired with the best in AR/VR and Spatial Computing!”
Though this year’s event will be held entirely online, you can still expect the three-day format that includes a virtual exhibit hall, the Auggie Awards ceremony, happy hours, and the AWE playground and after-hours experiences.
Date: November 1-4, 2021
Web Summit brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry.
The conference's topics center on internet technology, emerging technologies, and venture capitalism. Web Summit partners range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, with attendees representing all levels and sectors of the global high technology industry.
Date: November 29-December 3, 2021
Location: Las Vegas, NV
The largest gathering of the global cloud community has announced dates and locations for its 2021 events. Sign up on their website for details and updates.
Join the global cloud computing community for keynote announcements, training and certification programs, over 750 technical sessions, energy hub-the partner expo, after-hours events, and more opportunities to educate, entertain, and engage with the best and brightest business and IT decision-makers, hottest startups, and visionary technology leaders.