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Your guide to top tech conferences 2018-2019

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Messe Berlin'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).

IBM InterConnect, Code/Media, SXSW, Google Next, Microsoft WPC, Adobe Summit...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.

Event Dates Location Info Category
AI World Conference & Expo Dec. 3-5, 2018 Boston The 3-day AI World Conference and Expo is focused on the state of the practice of AI in the enterprise and is designed for business and technology execs who want to learn about innovative implementations of AI in the enterprise. Artificial Intelligence
CIO Perspectives * Dec. 5, 2018 Houston CIO Perspectives Forum, this is the ultimate professional networking event. Loaded with rich content, conversation, and the exchanging of ideas, these regionally focused one-day executive events have been specifically designed for senior IT leaders from mid- to large-sized organizations. Leadership
Raleigh CIO Forum Dec. 5-6, 2018 Durham, N.C. The Society for Information Management (SIM) caters to career-minded IT leaders and executives and offers a low-key conference for IT professionals that provides presentations, panels and breakout sessions with plenty of opportunities for peer-to-peer networking. Leadership
Esri Federal GIS Conference Jan. 29-30, 2019 Washington, DC Join 4,500 of your peers, government thought leaders, your geographic information system (GIS) innovators, and subject matter experts from Esri at this year’s 2019 Esri Federal GIS Conference. Data Management
FOSDEM Feb, 2-3, 2019 Brussels FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community for the community. The goal is to provide free and open source software developers and communities a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. Open Source
Microsoft Ignite Feb. 4-5, 2019 Washington, DC Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with our community to gain practical insights and best practices on the future of cloud development, data, IT, and business intelligence. Cloud
Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit Feb. 7, 2019 Scottsdale, Ariz. CIOs and tech execs must identify how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, IoT, blockchain and cloud computing can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and gain a competitive edge. Leadership
Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit Feb. 12, 2019 Charlotte, N.C. CIOs and tech execs must identify how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, IoT, blockchain and cloud computing can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and gain a competitive edge. Leadership
IBM Think February 12-15, 2019 San Francisco, CA IBM Think is a conference that focuses on cloud and mobile solutions, security, AI, machine learning and advanced analytics. It's designed to help you build a "truly cognitive, customer-driven digital enterprise." Cloud
Silicon Valley Global Innovation Summit Feb. 26, 2019 Menlo Park, Calif. In today’s fast-changing business landscape, it’s not your competitors that threaten your company’s survival. It’s your organization’s willingness and capacity to disrupt its existing business model or be disrupted. As the center of the digital transformation journey, CIOs are uniquely positioned to deliver leadership and navigate the business into the future. Leadership
IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2019 * Feb. 26-28, 2019 Dubai Stay on top of your game! Explore the strategic choices that will shape the future at the confluence of technology and business at IDC’s CIO Summit. Forward-looking CIOs, executives, industry leaders, and IDC experts will reveal strategies, tactics, and technologies that make the difference. Leadership
DataWorks Summit March 18-21, 2019 Barcelona Join us in Barcelona at the world’s premier big data event for everything data. Hear about the latest developments in big data, AI, machine learning, cloud and more. Plus, you can network and learn how to apply open source technology to accelerate your digital transformation initiatives. Big Data
AGENDA19 * March 18-20, 2019 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. AGENDA is immersive, interactive and focused on giving you and your colleagues the practical tools to lead change for the year ahead. You’ll network with top digital achievers and rising technology leaders, and take home strategies to drive further digital innovation with measurable business results. Leadership
Adobe Summit March 24-28, 2019 Las Vegas Adobe Summit 2019 will deliver all the valuable insights, tools, and techniques to help you keep your customers engaged and driving brand loyalty and growth. Digital Marketing
CSO50 Conference & Awards * April 8-10, 2019 Scottsdale, AZ Attendees at CSO50 will explore how enterprise technologies are rapidly advancing, exposing new threats and how to proactively locate and deploy the latest innovative solutions to help mitigate those threats. Also, help CSO honor organizations that have delivered outstanding business value and thought leadership. Security
Google Cloud Next April 9-11, 2019 San Francisco, CA Google Cloud Next is where the company announces all the latest updates to the Google Cloud Platform. The conference will offer educational, networking and hands-on opportunities for attendees. Cloud
Industry The Product Conference April 15-17, 2019 Dublin Industry is a two-day conference designed for product managers, VP's of Product, CPO's and other "product people" who build, launch, and scale world-class products. Product Management
HardwareCon April 17-18, 2019 San Jose HardwareCon’s 2019 theme will be “Connecting AI, Machine Learning and Data through Hardware.” Hardware is an absolute necessity to achieve the full capabilities of AI, IoT and Machine Learning. It fuels everything from chips to robotics. Hardware
Dell Technologies/World April 29-May 2, 2019 Las Vegas, NV Dell EMC World 2019 attendees will have the opportunity to meet the experts who are making the future digital transformation become a reality. Digital Strategy
MIT Sloan CIO Symposium May 22, 2019 Cambridge, MA MIT's one day conference brings together CEOs, CIOs and senior IT executives to network alongside academic thought leaders, peers and IT vendors. The conference will take place on the MIT campus, but similar to past years, you will be able to watch sessions online. Leadership
CIO Visions Leadership Summit June 2-4, 2019 Las Vegas CIO Visions Leadership Summit is a 100 percent peer-driven educational program centered around 5 key themes addressing the entire IT spectrum. Leadership
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2019 June 3-6, 2019 Toronto, Canada The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo will focus on IT leadership and executive leadership in technology. It's designed for CIOs as well as leaders in applications, data analytics, and security and risk. Join us to explore the strategic trends and technologies that are driving digital transformation and shaping the future of IT and business. Leadership
Cisco Live June 9-13, 2019 San Diego Cisco Live looks at all the latest industry news, innovation, products and services coming from Cisco in the next year. Attendees will take part in executive presentations and panels on all the latest trends in technology. Enterprise Technology
Esri User Conference July 8-12, 2019 San Diego The Esri User Conference presents a unique opportunity to share your geographic information system (GIS) success story with your peers from the global user community. Data Management
CIO 100 * Aug. 19-21, 2019 Colorado Springs, Colo. Celebrating its 32nd year in 2019, the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards is the industry's most prestigious leadership event. It brings together more than 300 CIOs and senior IT executives, including the year's CIO 100 and CIO Hall of Fame award winners. Leadership
IFA 2018 Sept. 6-11, 2019 Berlin, Germany The IFA trade show runs for six days and is known for showcasing some of the latest innovation in consumer electronics and appliances. Devices are unveiled from some of the biggest tech companies in the world. Consumer Electronics
Global CIO Executive Summit Sept. 11-13, 2019 Westlake Village, Calif. The Global CIO Executive Summit provides a platform for us to develop tangible solutions to the biggest challenges facing our community. Now in its 11th year, our invitation-only conference unites the most influential CIOs from North America and abroad for a crucial day of insights, networking and candid conversations. Leadership
Dreamforce Nov. 19-22, 2019 San Francisco Whether you're a company of five or a Fortune 500, you're going to see a boom in success by coming to Dreamforce. With over 2,000 sessions and thousands of live solutions Dreamforce has tailed content specific to your industry, role and company size. Cloud

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