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Your guide to top tech conferences 2017

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CIO.com's sortable, searchable directory of technology conferences makes it easy to find events coming to a convention center near you (or ones worth a trip out of town).

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IBM InterConnect, Code/Media, SXSW, Google Next, Microsoft WPC, Dreamforce '17, Adobe Summit...international conferences you may have only dreamed of attending! So many technology conferences, so little time (or money).

Maybe you're looking to stay on top of emerging trends in your industry, or get a read on what your customers are excited about. Perhaps you're actively networking for customers, vendors or even a new job. Or you might simply be looking to mingle with your peers in more informal surroundings.

Regardless of your intent, there's never a bad reason to maintain a solid network of professionals and experts in your vertical or other fields.

We also know it's hard to keep track of all the great technology conferences you might want to attend in any given month, quarter or year.

That's why we developed this sortable list, which we'll update regularly to include the most relevant tech events. While we've naturally focused on shows in the U.S., we'll pay attention to some of the more notable international events as well.

If you can't make it, or if you've already blown through your travel budget, many of these conferences offer virtual and live-streaming options as well.

If you would like to add a tech conference or submit an event to this directory, please email the details to us including the "conference name", the dates of the event, and a "link" to the event URL. Only national tech conferences will be featured here.

EventDatesCityState or CountryInfoCategory
ERE Recruiting Conference 17 April 18-20, 2017 San Deigo CA The ERE Sourcing Conference 17 agenda is built specifically for experienced Talent Acquisition and Recruiting Leaders. This conference isn’t about your typical “how-to” discussions or “Recruiting 101”, instead this is a host of sessions led by the industry experts covering deep discussions around everything from current changes in the industry shaping the role of TA’s, to the future trends, data predictions and metrics that matter. Sourcing
Forbes CIO Summit 2017 April 23-24, 2017 Half Moon Bay CA The Forbes 2017 CIO Summit is focused on bringing together the world’s leading Chief Information Officers. This exclusive, invitation-only summit is the third CIO Summit and will gather the best-in-class global CIOs and CEOs of leading technology and venture capital companies to discuss valuable ideas and provide networking opportunities. The agenda focuses on the opportunities and challenges that are at the forefront of these executives’ minds and motivations. Topics of discussion will include artificial intelligence, security, revenue growth driven from CIO innovation efforts, leveraging the concept of CIO-led innovation labs and much more. Executive Training
Oracle OpenWorld 2017 October 1–5, 2017 San Francisco CA Oracle OpenWorld 2017, the annual Oracle convention for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users is being held this year again in San Francisco this October. Covering everything from Cloud to commerce, from social engagement to supply chain management, IT security to scalability concerns, and from big data to business analytics and so much more. OpenWorld allows you to discover how you can simplify your IT infrastructure, lower your running costs and your risk, while providing your business with innovation. Oracle Related
Bluetooth World March 28-29, 2017 Santa Clara CA Bluetooth World 2017 will bring together innovators, futurists and decision-makers to inspire, educate and validate the market. This annual, two-day exhibition and conference is free to attend and draws nearly 1,000 thought leaders and developers to Santa Clara, CA. This event will explore and showcase how Bluetooth technology is impacting our world and making the Internet of Things accessible to everyone. Attendees will see the latest IoT innovations using Bluetooth 5 technology and Bluetooth with mesh functionality in such areas as Health & Fitness, Automotive, Smart Home, Wearables, Audio, and Industrial applications. Internet of Things (IoT)
Citrix Synergy 2017 May 23 - 25, 2017 Orlando FL This year’s premier conference on digital business transformation is right here, the Citrix Synergy 2017 conference. This is all about networking with your peers and industry experts, learning with Expert hosted TED-talk sessions and a two-day Instructor-led Learning Labs, and most importantly, it’s about discovery, with world class keynotes and innovation super sessions. Attend this conference to see how Citrix is redefining the future of business. General IT Related
.NEXT 2017 June 28 - 30, 2017 Washington DC The .NEXT conference is the datacenter event of the year, it focuses on tangible business impact to your organization by providing you with the tools, the knowledge, and the network opportunities you’ll need to deliver real IT driven transformation in your business. The .NEXT 2017 Conference is helping to build the future of the Enterprise Cloud and will introduce you to the product experts who will provide new solution demo’s that demonstrate the latest features and provide answers to your questions right there live. Cloud Development
CONSENSUS 2017 May 22 - 24, 2017 New York NY CoinDesk is presenting the 3rd annual blockchain technology summit which features over 100 speakers, and access to over 2,000 attendees available for networking, all ranging from industry leading startup executives, investors, financial institution leaders, enterprise technology leaders, as well as academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the global blockchain and digital currency economy. Consensus is the cryptocurrency event of 2017. If you’re interested in learning about the emerging cryptocurrency technologies and trends, this is the event for you. Cryptocurrency
MIT Tech Conference May 22 - 24, 2017 Cambridge MA The MIT Tech Conference is open to the general public and features such events as interactive expert panels, the biggest names in technology today for keynote speakers while showcasing the world’s most cutting edge technologies. The MIT Tech Conference objective is to help in the understanding of exactly what is preventing humanity from unlocking the full potential of converging exponential technologies and to encourage the exploration and the convergence of exponential technologies while providing a forum to study how these this new technology is helping to create more opportunities. Featured discussions will include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Inter of Things (IoT), Virtual and Augmented Reality, Robotics, and Synthetic Biology. Artificial Intelligence Development
Enfuse May 22 - 25, 2017 Las Vegas NV Put on by Guidance Software, it is one of the largest international gatherings of multi-national organizations and government agencies focused on current trends and recent industry news in cyber security, information risk and digital investigations. Enfuse provides professionals with a spectrum of keynotes, peer-to-peer sessions, hands-on labs, track sessions, tutorials and seminars, along with networking and social activities. Now in its 17th year, Enfuse is the only conference in the world that brings together nearly 2,000 IT security professionals, digital investigators and public policy makers to share ideas about how to reduce digital risk and bring peace of mind to end users. Topics will address the Internet of Things, industrial control systems, social, mobile, information risk, healthcare, automotive and Cloud. Our keynote speaker this year is Theresa Payton, Former White House CIO from 2006-08 and CEO of Fortalice. Cybersecurity
MicrosoftIgnite September 25 - 29, 2017 Orlando FL This year’s Microsoft Ignite once again offers five full days of hands-on learning, industry insights, and direct access to product experts. With over 700 sessions, Interactive Digital Labs, more than 300 partners participating in the expo, a complete listing of product roadmaps, vision, and strategies, the Expo will bring together Partner Solutions and Microsoft Product Groups to create an interactive space for attendees to network, learn, do business, and more. Bring your top questions and challenges to the Microsoft Showcase in The Expo, where you can explore your organization’s opportunities in focused conversations with Product Experts for all of Microsoft’s products and services at over 150 product demos. General IT Related
PURE//ACCELERATE 2017 June 12 - 14, 2017 San Francisco CA This conference is loaded with breakout sessions designed to challenge how you think about storage, Cloud, and data. You’ll have the opportunity to network with companies on the cutting edge of tech innovation while meeting leaders heading up top IT initiatives and peers who are facing the same technical challenges. Pure//Accelerate offers breakout sessions around Clout Applications, Analytics and Pure Storage Basecamp while delivering keynotes from Pure Storage executives John (Coz) Colgrove, Scott Dietzen and special guests from leading technology companies as they explore the transformative landscape of the new possible. General IT Related
LiveWorx 17 May 22 - 25, 2017 Boston MA LiveWorx 17 is the premier technology event for C-suite executives looking for a competitive advantage, enhanced ROI and speed-to-market presented by the Internet of Things. The LiveWorx Executive Summit will bring together business leaders from a variety of industries to exchange ideas and focus on new opportunities and challenges presented by quickly changing advancements in technology. Session Tracks include IoT, Manufacturing, Service, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Robotics & Autonomous Vehicles and Product Design & Business Process. Internet of Things (IoT)
Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit May 8 - 10, 2017 Orlando FL This year’s premier gathering for IT operations professionals, Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit is a key component for a healthy IT ecosystem. Focusing on the concept of rethinking traditional paradigms and saying no to “business as usual”. This year’s agenda will feature 5 main tracks designed to cover each of the biggest IT operational challenges and priorities. Participants will have the opportunity to drill down by track or session type to help tailor their own specific agenda. Tracks include Emerging Trends in IT Operations, Leadership & Strategy, DevOps & Agile in IT Operations, Optimize IT Operations and Cloud & Virtualization. General IT Related
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Oct 1 - 5, 2017 Orlando FL The ITxpo is centered around CIO‘s and senior IT leadership to provide them actionable advice and direction that drives digital technologies into your businesses products, processes and people. This symposium will also prepare you for the disruptive trends that will deliver long-term benefits to your business. The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 is desiged to allow you to see further, explore deeper and to discover how to make digital a core competence for you and your organization. Executive Training
Data Platforms 2017 May 24 - 26, 2017 Phoenix AZ Data Platforms 2017 brings together an exclusive group of practitioners, partners and luminaries to empower you to build a self-service data driven enterprise. Industry leaders from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, eBay and others will share best practices in a series of workshops, keynote sessions, and meetups and get hands-on technical training. This conference will include such speakers as R. David Edelman (Former special assistant to President Obama for Economic & Technology Policy), Karthik Ramasamy (Engineering manager and technical lead for real-time analytics at Twitter) and Ravi Murthy (Engineering director at Facebook). Data & Analytics
INDUSTRY: The Product Conference Sept 14 - 15, 2017 Cleveland OH INDUSTRY is a conference designed for product managers, VP's of Product, CPO's and other "product people" who build, launch, and scale world-class products. INDUSTRY is 2-full days of talks from some of the world's best product leaders, including Jason Fried (Basecamp), Megan Quinn (Spark Capital), Ty Ahmad-Taylor (THX) with, and of course the event includes plenty of time to mingle, network, and collaborate with your peers and industry experts. Product Management
CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference May 23 - 25, 2017 San Francisco CA This year marks the 21st year of CONNECTIONS with over 500-700 attendees expected this year covering all types of industries. Confirmed keynotes to date for CONNECTIONS 2017 include such industry leaders as Vivint, Intel, Cox Communications, and Comcast, with more to come and all focusing on where Internet of Things (Iot) is headed in 2017 and beyond. Internet of Things (IoT)
Midmarket CIO Forum April 9 - 11, 2017 Savannah GA Designed to be an engaging, informative, and social venue for IT Executives and Solution Providers who are focused on technology, the event provides a forum which helps to improve leadership skills, build new alliances, exchange ideas, and stay current on market trends. The Midmarket CIO Forum is an invitation-only conference there by insuring that each participant receives a customized and productive experience, sure to discover new and relevant connections. Executive Training
Landmark CIO Summit May 4, 2017 New York NY The world’s top CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, CISOs, Corporate Technology Leaders and Venture Capital executives will all be in attendance at this year’s Landmark CIO Summit. As enterprise businesses become more data-driven, on-demand and connected globally, this invitation only summit will provide a rare opportunity to discuss the latest trends in technology and innovations which are shaping the future of such topics as, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Cloud, Mobility and more. Executive Training
DevPulseCon April 20 - 21, 2017 Mountain View CA This two-day technical and educational conference is for women, and by women. Focused on women engineers, women developers, women users, women administrators and geeks of the female persuasion who are working in the industry. DevPulseCon, now in its second year, includes one day of technical talks and "safe-space" panel discussions on "uncomfortable" topics and a second day of purely technical hands-on workshops hosed and taught per CodeChix Hands-on Workshop Guidelines. Web Development
Marketing Innovations Summit April 5 - 6, 2017 San Francisco CA Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is considered essential to more than 90% of marketers with nearly 100% of them seeing extremely positive results when applying ABM. This year’s Marketing Innovations Summit will include 2 full-days focused around 700 plus fellow B2B marketers participating in a unique discussion around the latest trends in ABM as well as offering two ABM Certification courses. Advertising & Marketing
ONUG Spring April 25 - 26, 2017 San Francisco CA At ONUG Spring, IT professionals take center stage to share their hybrid loud infrastructure plans that address retooling IT teams with a new comprehensive instrumentation suite, security in a software/containerized world, software defining the wide area, and the new IT culture, skills, and organization needed for its lifecycle management. Network yourself with innovative industry leaders and learn from peers who have deployed open infrastructure solutions while learning about the challenges they faced, how they overcame those challenges, and the associated benefits they’re experiencing, including business value creation resulting from this digital transformation. Cloud Development
EEF17 April 20 - 27, 2017 San Francisco CA Erlang & Elixir Factory SF 2017, or EEF17 will be holding the following events and times, Conference: 23 - 24 March, Tutorials: 25 March, Training: 20 - 22 March and 27 – 30. This is the number 1 tech conference for developers interested in distributed and concurrent programming languages and is now in its 6th year. Highlights include Larry Wall (the inventor of Perl) and Carl Hewitt (creator of Actor Model) and Joe Armstrong (creator of Erlang) all talking at this years events. Web Development
SEJ Summit May 11, 2017 Chicago IL SEJ Summit is Search Engine Journal's flagship marketing conference series tailored specifically for search marketers. This conference is for SEOs, BY SEOs and all happening May 11. This year’s SEJ Summit marks the 10th US event to date offering SEOs with a well-rounded and diverse summit focused on the latest SEO and SEM tactics, hot topics and industry rockstars discussing such topics as link building, on-page SEO, and content strategy. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Data Disrupt March 29 - 30, 2017 New York NY DataDisrupt is a conference dedicated to financial services data analytics. The two-day event will focus on the impact of large scale data sets, new data sources, innovative analytic techniques, the latest technologies and the most creative entrepreneurs on the financial services sector. DataDisrupt will feature thought leaders, growth stage company CEOs / founders, corporate decision makers and top venture capital and private equity investors. The agenda will cover sector landscapes and trends, new market opportunities, innovative business models and disruptive vendor perspectives. Data & Analytics
Accelerate 2017 May 2 - 4, 2017 San Fransico CA Bringing together industry leaders, achievers, and innovators to share best practices and innovations with thousands of professionals just like you in Sales, IT, Operations, Marketing, Legal, Finance, and Executive roles, Accelerate 2017 is Apttus’ annual user conference where attendees will learn the latest innovations to transform the way companies drive revenue, engage with customers and grow their business. Executive Training
IoT Security and Connected Healthcare April 12 - 13, 2017 New York NY CableLabs is hosting a two-day conference to address the benefits and challenges of an increasingly connected world. On April 12, Inform[ED] IoT Security will bring together the industry's top business leaders, key technologists, security experts and policy pundits to address the opportunities, challenges and social implications arising from the proliferation of connected devices, as well as increase understanding around today’s most pressing security issues. The events will serve as a crash course on critical security and healthcare technology, featuring speakers from top companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, Qualcomm and more. Internet of Things (IoT)
Programmatic I/O April 4 - 5, 2017 San Francisco CA This year’s PROGRAMMATIC I/O conference includes access to attendee lounges, networking opportunities and refreshments throughout. You’ll have the all access opportunity to explore the strategy of programmatic by learning from leading edge thinkers as they bring to life key elements of programmatic media and how best to solve for the data-driven digital future of advertising and marketing. If you are interested in refining your company’s “ops" excellence as it relates to programmatic, and getting much deeper into its technical aspects, this is for you. Advertising & Marketing
Search Marketing Expo (SMX) June 12 - 14, 2017 Seattle WA Search marketing continues to be the biggest and most powerful form of digital marketing. Search Marketing Expo has been the leading event for SEO & SEM professionals since 2007, helping thousands of marketing practitioners succeed with actionable tactics learned during conference sessions and training workshops. Advertising & Marketing

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