15 IT conferences you should attend in 2017
A new year, a new batch of conferences. We obviously don’t expect you to be able to attend all of these events, but perhaps you’ll try a few different ones than last year. Here are our picks for the must-attend IT conferences of 2017.
Developer Week: Feb. 11-16, San Francisco
As the way in which we work and interact shifts almost totally to mobile, it’s no wonder developer conferences are gaining popularity. Developer Week offers a week’s worth of hands-on workshops and networking to fuel innovation. Developers in all industries can benefit from attending this conference.
HIMSS17: Feb. 19-23, Orlando, Florida
Each year, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition gets larger, with an estimated 45,000 attendees expected for this year’s event. The event always draws out the latest tech slated for health care, and keynotes from John Boehner, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec will make this year’s HIMSS even better.
IBM Connect 2017: Feb. 20-23, San Francisco
With all the buzz about IBM Watson, we had to add IBM Connect to the list. In addition to finding out how machine learning is assisting in all industries, you’ll also discuss digital workplace technologies from analytics to collaboration.
Dell EMC World: May 8-11, Las Vegas
This will be the second conference since the Dell/EMC merger, so get ready to talk cloud, converged platforms, storage, data protection, and more with some of the best IT practitioners in the field.
Microsoft Build: May 10-12, Seattle
If you’re a developer, this conference is for you. Discuss and learn about the latest technologies available to help you build and boost productivity.
Interop ITX: May 15-19, Las Vegas
Whether it’s network optimization, big data, cyber security, or anything in between, you can bet that it’s being talked about at Interop ITX. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from six different tracks and network with fellow IT professionals.
ISTE 2017: June 25-28, San Antonio
With over 500 companies, 1,000 sessions, and 15,000 educators, ISTE is the conference IT professionals in the education sector don’t want to miss.
Cisco Live: June 25-29, Las Vegas
Cisco Live is a constant on our must-attend list. This year Cisco will continue to focus on Cisco Spark, its collaboration with Apple, and more ways to improve the IT experience across all business sectors.
GMIS International: Aug. 20-23, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Government CIOs, technology directors, and public sector IT professionals alike shouldn’t skip the annual GMIS MEETS conference. Attendees will explore, and exchange ideas for how IT can best support the public sector.
VMworld 2017: Aug. 27-31, Las Vegas
No details on this year’s conference yet, but you can become a VMworld 2017 insider and get notified as soon as registration is open.
NIGP Forum: Aug. 27-30, Salt Lake City, Utah
Deemed the “largest educational conference […] for public procurement professionals,” attendees will spend three days networking with colleagues and getting hands-on experience with the latest education technology.
Microsoft Ignite: Sept. 25-29, Orlando, Florida
This year’s conference will include Microsoft Envision, as well as cater to a broader audience and foster collaboration between business and IT leaders.
Adobe MAX 2017: Oct. 16-20, Las Vegas
Adobe MAX is probably one of the most well-known creativity conferences and combines innovation with software. Whether you’re an artist or an IT professional looking for tools for your creative team, you won’t want to miss this event.
Educause 2017: Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Philadelphia
Educause gathers IT professionals to discuss the best technology to support the ever-changing landscape of higher education.
AWS re:Invent 2017: Nov. 27-Dec. 1, Las Vegas
AWS re:Invent wrapped in December, but its new releases and offerings are still buzzing. No doubt a leader in cloud, virtualization, and machine learning, re:Invent 2017 will likely be bigger and better than the last one. Details are still in the works, but keep checking for previews of what’s in store.