Your guide to top tech conferences

Credit: George A. Chidi Jr.'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 '16, Adobe 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've paid 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.

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EventDatesCityState or CountryInfo
CIO 100 Aug 14-16, 2016 Rancho Palos Verdes CA Every year, the CIO 100 Awards honor 100 companies that demonstrate excellence and achievement in IT, companies that are using IT in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage to the enterprise and enable growth. The CIO 100 Symposium is's most powerful gathering of CIOs and senior IT and business executives. Leadership, innovation and business strategy top our agenda as we examine the latest opportunities and challenges in our fast-changing world. Join us to gain a new business edge and fresh perspective from peers across the nation. You?ll leave inspired by innovation, excellence and confidence to pursue a dynamic year ahead.
Gartner Catalyst Conference Aug 15-18, 2016 San Diego CA Technically focused and designed to feature pragmatic, how-to content, the Gartner Catalyst Conference wants to provide you with a blueprint for project planning and execution. It's all about learning and insight, and is aimed at technical pros in applications , business intelligence, infrastructure and operations, and security and risk roles.
VMworld 2016 Aug 28-Sep 1, 2016 Las Vegas NV VMworld returns to Las Vegas (from San Francisco), and will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It has evolved from the go-to virtualization conference to the go-to data center conference. And since it's the first major conference since the Dell acquisition of both VMware and parent company EMC, this year?s conference promises to be an interesting one.
nginx.conf Sep 7-9, 2016 Austin TX The third annual nginx.conf user conference will focus on practices and techniques in app architecture and infrastructure, including microservices, DevOps, cloud, containers, and more. Last year's event feature more than 600 IT pros, from developers to application architects, sysadmins to CTOs.
Oracle OpenWorld Sep 18-22, 2016 San Francisco CA As Oracle continues to pivot to being a major cloud computing vendor, Oracle OpenWorld caters to business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users, partners and customers alike with five days of conference keynotes, sessions and exhibits.
Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit Sep 19-21, 2016 Las Vegas NV The Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit is a forum for executives in the hosting, cloud computing, datacenter and Internet infrastructure sectors. Hosted by 451 Research, the agenda is carefully crafted and provides insights and offers practical guidance on designing and implementing effective IT strategies. This year's event returns to the Bellagio, and is ideal for service providers, industry visionaries, hardware or software vendors, and investment professionals looking for actionable insight into the evolving IT landscape.
Gigaom Change Sep 21-23 2016 Austin TX Gigaom Change is an immersive conference that delves into state-of-the-art technologies, and how they're transforming industry. This year's event will focus on the seven most disruptive enterprise technologies - Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Nanotechnology, Cybersecurity, 3D Printing and Human-Machine Interfaces - and will feature such speakers as Robert Metcalfe, Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Rodolphe Gelin, Manoj Saxena, Dr. Heike Riel, Mark Rolston, Rob High and Dr. Michael Edelman, among others.
NetApp Insight Sep 26-29, 2016 Las Vegas NVNetApp Insight conference is targeted at storage and data management pros, presenting them with almost 300 technical sessions and self-paced hands-on labs, and allows attendees to earn NetApp certifications at no extra cost. This year's event will be held at Mandalay Bay in Vegas, and includes a solutions expo. It's a good chance to upgrade your skills, connect with experts and network with peers, customers, partners and experts.
.conf2016 Sep 26-29, 2016 Orlando FL The 7th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users' Conference, .conf2016, offers three days of Splunk University training, almost 200 technical sessions, 70 different technology partners and the largest gathering of Splunk enthusiasts in one place at one time. This year's event will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts.
Microsoft Ignite Sep 26-30, 2016 Atlanta GA Ignite 2016 is for IT pros looking to find out what?s next in technology, and through its deep dive sessions, offers the chance to build skills across Microsoft?s technologies. Hands-on learning, industry insights and direct access to product experts.
Dreamforce '16 Oct 4-7, 2016 San Francisco CA Dreamforce is a four-day tech conference devoted to idea sharing, imaginative business solutions and more than 1,500 inspiring informational sessions. More than 120,000 attendees will pack San Francisco to the gills, to listen to speakers, participate in cloud expos tailored to their industry needs, and network with thousands of potential partners. Expect big-name entertainment, too.
South Summit Oct 5-7, 2016 Madrid Spain South Summit aims to bring together some of the greatest technology innovators, thought leaders, market disruptors and change makers from Southern Europe & Latam and connect them to some of the region's largest customers and investors. Last year's event had 12,000 attendees. In addition to keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and more, South Summit also features a startup competition, with the 100 most disrupting startups from any industry from the South of Europe, Mediterranean and Latin America.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Oct 19-21, 2016 Houston TX The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and touted as "the world's largest gathering of women technologists." The GHC has been around for 20 years. Last year's conference included such tech luminaries as Megan Smith, Susan Wojcicki, Hadi Partovi (CEO of and Sheryl Sandberg. This year's event promises even more emphasis on diversity.
DX Summit

Nov 14-16, 2016 Chicago IL CMSWire's DX Summit brings together some of the world's foremost DX thought leaders and practitioners who are defining the next generation of digital experiences. This year's event will feature speakers from Hilton Worldwide, Clorox and, among others.
Amazon re:Invent Nov 28-Dec 2, 2016 Las Vegas NV AWS re:Invent is the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community. Designed for current customers and cloud newcomers, this conference promises to provide the skills and knowledge to refine users' cloud strategies, improve productivity, and increase performance and security, all while reducing costs. Attendees can choose from more than 250 technical sessions and gain hands-on experience through self-paced labs, all-day bootcamps and hackathons. The architects and engineers that built the AWS Cloud will also be on-hand to answer questions and provide advice before the after-parties and pub crawls commence.

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