Your guide to top tech conferences 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting many technology conferences around the world. CIO.com's directory of technology conferences can help you stay up-to-date on which events are proceeding as planned and which have canceled, postponed, or moved online.

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For decades technology conferences have been a way for CIOs and other IT leaders to stay on top of emerging trends, get a sense for what’s exciting customers, network, and help employees up their skills. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown a wrench in those works.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11. As of this writing, the virus is affecting 195 countries and territories around the world. Municipalities, regions, and countries have ground to a halt, and so has travel. With quarantines and social distancing measures in effect in many of those countries, technology conferences are experiencing disruption like never before.

Conferences scheduled for March and April have canceled, postponed, or transitioned to digital-only formats. Most conferences slated for May or later this year are taking a wait-and-see approach. They’re cautiously proceeding with their events for now, but may opt to cancel, postpone or move to digital formats as world leaders and health officials provide further guidance.

Anyone planning to attend a conference is advised to check the status of conferences as their dates approach. We’re updating this list regularly to help you stay on top of which events are proceeding as planned and which have canceled, postponed, or moved online. 

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Cancelled 

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Mumbai: June 8-9  

Gartner Customer Experience & Technologies Summit, London: June 8-9  

Gartner Enterprise Architecture & Technology Summit, London: June 10-11  

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Geneva: June 15-16  

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference, Frankfurt: June 16-17  

O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, Santa Clara, Calif.: June 15-18  

O'Reilly Infrastructure & Ops Conference, Santa Clara, Calif.: June 15-18  

Gartner Customer Experience & Technologies Summit, Sydney: June 16-17  

Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit, Frankfurt: June 18-19  

Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Shanghai, June 30-July 2  

O'Reilly Open Source Software Conference, Portland, Ore.: July 13-16  

Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit, Sydney: Aug. 24-25  

Gartner Catalyst Conference, San Diego, Calif.: Aug. 24-27  

O'Reilly Strata Data & AI Conference, New York, NY: Sept. 14-17

Gartner Catalyst Conference, London: Sept. 17-18  

Gartner IT Sourcing, Procurement, Vendor & Asset Management Summit, Dallas, Tex.: Sept. 21-23  

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Grapevine, Tex.: Sept. 21-24 (formerly March 23-26)  

Gartner Digital Workplace Summit, London: Sept. 24-25 

O'Reilly TensorFlow World, Santa Clara, Calif.: Oct. 19-22  

O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, Berlin: Nov. 16-18  

O'Reilly Infrastructure & Ops Conference, Berlin: Nov. 16-19  

Postponed 

Enterprise Data World, Chicago, Ill.: Oct. 18-23 (formerly March 22-27)

DevOps Talks Conference, Auckland: March 30-31, 2021 (formerly March 24-25) 

HMG Strategy 2020 Hybrid CIO Summit of America, New York, NY: Oct. 30, 2020 (formerly March 26) 

Black Hat Asia 2020, Singapore: Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (formerly March 31-April 3)

HMG Strategy 2020 Dallas Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Dallas, Texas: Sept. 9 (formerly April 2)

HMG Strategy 2020 New Jersey Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, New Brunswick, NJ: Oct. 1 (formerly April 9) 

HMG Strategy 2020 San Francisco Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, San Francisco, Calif.: Sept. 17 (formerly April 23) 

CSO50*, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Dec. 7-9 (formerly April 27-29)

ICMI Contact Center Expo, Dallas, Texas (formerly Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): Oct. 12-15 (formerly May 11-14) 

AI & Big Data Expo Europe 2020, Amsterdam: Nov. 24-25 (formerly July 1-2)  

14th Annual MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium, Cambridge, Mass.: Aug. 18-20 (formerly July 21-23) 

Online-only 

Collision, Online (formerly Toronto): June 22-25

LiveWorx Digital Transformation Event, Online (formerly Boston): June 9 (formerly June 8-11)  

Spark+AI Summit 2020, Online (formerly San Francisco, Calif.): June 22-26 

Enterprise Connect, Online (formerly Orlando, Fla.): Aug. 3-6 (formerly March 30-April 2)

SupportWorld Live, Online (formerly Las Vegas, Nev.): Aug. 11-12 (formerly April 19-24) 

ODSC Europe, Online (formerly Dublin, Ireland): Sept. 17-19 (formerly Sept. 14-18)  

VMworld, Online (formerly San Francisco, Calif.): Week of Sept. 28 (formerly Aug. 30-Sept. 3 ) 

Scheduled conferences 

June 2020  

Collision, Online (formerly Toronto): June 23-25  

Spark+AI Summit 2020, Online (formerly San Francisco, Calif.): June 22-26 

The New Digital Workplace: The Future Is Now*, Online: June 23, 24, 29 and 30

July 2020  

Reinforcement Learning Summit, San Francisco, Calif.: July 15-16  

The New Risk and Security Landscape: The Resiliency Imperative*, Online: July 21

August 2020  

Enterprise Connect, Online: Aug. 3-6 (formerly March 30-April 2)

SupportWorld Live, Online.: Aug. 11-12 (formerly April 19-24) 

CIO 100 Symposium & Awards*, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA: Aug. 17-19  

The New Business Process Mandate: AI & Automation at the Center*, Online, Aug. 18

14th Annual MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium, Cambridge, Mass.: Aug. 18-20 (formerly July 21-23) 

VMworld, Online (formerly San Francisco, Calif.): Week of Sept. 28 (formerly Aug. 30-Sept. 3)  

September 2020  

HMG Strategy 2020 Denver Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Denver, Colo.: Sept. 3 

HMG Strategy 2020 Dallas Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Dallas, Texas: Sept. 9 (formerly April 2)

ODSC India, Bangalore: Sept. 9-12  

AI in RegTech Summit, New York, NY: Sept. 10-11  

AI in Finance Summit, New York, NY: Sept. 10-11  

AI in Insurance Summit, New York, NY: Sept. 10-11  

HMG Strategy 2020 Boston Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Boston, Mass.: Sept. 11 

HMG Strategy 2020 San Francisco Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, San Francisco, Calif.: Sept. 17 (formerly April 23) 

AI in Healthcare Summit, London: Sept. 17-18  

ODSC Europe, Online: Sept. 17-19  

HMG Strategy 2020 Minneapolis Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Minneapolis, Minn.: Sept. 22 

HMG Strategy 2020 Philadelphia Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Philadelphia, Penn.: Sept. 24 

Black Hat Asia 2020, Singapore: Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (formerly March 31-April 3)   

October 2020  

HMG Strategy 2020 New Jersey Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, New Brunswick, NJ: Oct. 1 (formerly April 9) 

HMG Strategy 2020 Washington, D.C. Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C.: Oct. 6 

HMG Strategy 2020 Detroit Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Dearborn, Mich.: Oct. 8 

HMG Strategy 2020 Greenwich Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Greenwich, Conn.: Oct. 22 

Enterprise Data World, Chicago, Ill.: Oct. 18-23 (formerly March 22-27)

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo, Gold Coast, Australia: Oct. 26-29  

ODSC West Hybrid Conference, San Francisco, Calif.: Oct. 27-30  

HMG Strategy 2020 San Diego Hybrid Technology Executive Leadership Summit, San Diego, Calif.: Oct. 27 

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Frankfurt: Oct. 27-28  

Mobile World Congress Americas, Los Angeles, Calif.: Oct. 28-30  

HMG Strategy 2020 Hybrid CIO Summit of America, New York, NY: Oct. 30 (formerly March 26) 

November 2020  

Forrester Technology & Innovation North America, Chicago, Ill.: Nov. 3-4 

HMG Strategy 2020 Southern California Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Huntington Beach, Calif.: Nov. 5 

IDC European Future of Work Summit, Online: Nov. 10  

HMG Strategy 2020 Seattle Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Seattle, Wash.: Nov. 10 

HMG Strategy 2020 Atlanta Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Atlanta, Ga.: Nov. 13 

HMG Strategy 2020 Silicon Valley Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Menlo Park, Calif.: Nov. 19 (formerly Aug. 27) 

AI & Big Data Expo Europe 2020, Amsterdam: Nov. 24-25 (formerly July 1-2)  

December 2020  

Forrester Data Strategy & Insights 2020, Austin, Tex.: Dec. 1-2  

HMG Strategy 2020 New York Hybrid Global Innovation Summit, New York, NY: Dec. 2, 2020 (formerly Aug. 20) 

HMG Strategy 2020 Financial Services Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit, New York, N.Y.: Dec. 3 

CSO50*, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Dec. 7-9 (formerly April 27-29)

* This event is presented by IDG Communications, the parent company of CIO.com 

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