The top 21 tech conferences to attend in 2020

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Across industries, the conference scene has been upended due to COVID-19. Some events have been canceled while others are postponed or switching to a virtual model. We’ve updated our list below to indicate when and where you can find our favorite 2020 tech conferences. Information is current as of June 2.

Update your calendars accordingly!

Google Cloud Next ’20: Postponed, no new date yet

Through 500+ sessions, Google Cloud Next ’20 provides opportunities to hear how leading brands are using the cloud to transform their businesses and industries. Attendees can also meet one-on-one with Google experts on a wide range of topics – from AI and machine learning to security and other trends – and get hands-on with Google Cloud products.

Dell Technologies World: Postponed until October 2020

500+ sessions, customized briefings, technical trainings and certifications, and networking with 15,000 industry peers make Dell Technologies World an annual must-attend event. The 2020 program is still under development, but last year’s agenda gives a good sense of the caliber of speakers and presentations.

Cisco Live: Postponed

At Cisco Live, you’ll grow your network and build upon the skills and knowledge you already have, allowing you to better champion digital transformation within your organization. The conference will feature best practices for innovative technologies, powerful speakers, big ideas from your peers, and opportunities to swap ideas.

Aruba ATM Digital: Beginning June 9, 2020, virtual

Join 3,000 industry peers at Aruba’s annual conference to learn what’s new in the world of networking and security. Keynotes and over 100 breakout sessions will help developers hone their skills, learn how to adopt automation in new ways, and build solutions to improve the experience of end users.

HPE Discover: Beginning June 23, virtual, live and on demand

Edge-to-cloud, AI, and security take center stage at HPE Discover 2020. The full agenda hasn’t been released yet, but if it’s anything like last year, expect big announcements and compelling case studies that showcase innovative companies implementing the latest technologies.

ISTE20: Rescheduled for Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, in person in Anaheim, California

The annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is a favorite among our public sector team. It’s where educators and innovators unite to share big ideas, solve problems, and get hands-on with the latest education technology solutions. As an added bonus, event registration includes ISTE membership to continue the learning and access to resources even after the show ends.

AWS re:Inforce: Canceled

A new addition to our list, AWS re:Inforce bills itself as a “learning conference focused on cloud security, identity, and compliance.” Amid today’s increasingly complex and evolving threat landscape, this conference and the discussion it sparks have never been more relevant.

Black Hat USA: Aug. 1-6, virtual

If you’re a security practitioner, executive, analyst, investor, or hacker, you won’t want to miss Black Hat, one of the largest cyber security events in the world. From intense technical training to presentations on emerging platforms and development models to a vendor hall featuring 150+ solution providers, Black Hat provides ample opportunities for attendees to learn how tackle their most pressing security concerns.

GMIS MEETS: Still planning for Aug. 23-26, Philadelphia

Government CIOs, technology directors, IT administrators, and public sector IT professionals need to consider GMIS MEETS, a three-day event that typically splices its agenda into management, technical, and specialty tracks, plus a series of labs, for a tailored event experience.

Microsoft Ignite: Being offered as a complimentary digital event in September

More than 1,000 sessions and 200 expert-led and self-paced workshops in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development are the big draw for 25,000+ Microsoft Ignite attendees each year. Dates and location for 2020 aren’t available yet, but pre-register to receive updates when details are finalized.

VMworld 2020: Rescheduled for Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, virtual

This five-day conference of breakout sessions, hands-on labs, workshops, and expert panels is organized into specific tracks covering a range of timely topics and emerging trends that will help you transform your company into a software-defined business. 2020 listings aren’t up yet, but we’d still advise that you put this event on your calendar now.

Interop: Still planning for Sept. 21-24, in person in Austin, Texas

Networking and IT professionals of all experience levels should consider this event, which offers independent and vendor-neutral analysis and discussion of pressing technology, process, and talent challenges, as well as the strategies, products, and services that will help you overcome them on your journey to digital transformation.

Adobe MAX: Oct. 19-21, virtual

With over 14,000 graphic, web, and multidisciplinary designers, the Adobe MAX conference shows attendees where the creative industry is headed and teaches them new tricks and tools to improve their graphics.

EDUCAUSE 2020: Still planning for Oct. 26-29, in person in Boston, Massachusetts

From its executive career coaching to the New IT managers program, the EDUCAUSE higher education IT conference provides learning opportunities for all levels in your organization. More details on the 2020 event to come.

AWS re:Invent: Still planning for Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, in person in Las Vegas

Close out the year with this premiere AWS conference. Last year, AWS re:Invent hosted over 2,000 breakout sessions on topics like machine learning, IoT, containers, and more. Real-word implementation stories, new product announcements, and training and certification opportunities round out this event, which draws tens of thousands of attendees each year.

Already passed, but worth keeping on your radar for 2021

DeveloperWeek: 2021 conference planned for Feb. 17-21

From intro lessons to advanced tips and tricks on technologies like VR dev, artificial intelligence dev, blockchain dev, IoT dev, serverless technology, DeveloperWeek is a must-attend for developers, engineers, software architects, and tech executives of any level. This year’s keynotes include Evernote CEO Ian Small, StubHub Chief Product & Technology Officer Arnie Katz, and Chris Satchell, the CTO of Zume, the fast-growing food technology company, among others.

RSA Conference: RSAC 2021 has been moved from February to the week of May 17

RSA Conference offers five days of expert-led sessions and keynotes, hands-on demos, networking, and in-depth discussion on critical and emerging cybersecurity issues facing your organizations today. This year’s theme, the Human Element, recognizes the one thing that remains constant amid ever-changing cybersecurity threats, technologies, and strategies: you.

HIMSS20: Content available on demand

The most well-known conference in the health industry, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition brings together over 45,000 professionals to share expertise and inspire new solutions. HIMSS20 features two new areas this year: the Consumerism/Patient Engagement Pavilion, which will highlight person-generated health data, wearables, ingestibles, alternative health plans, and more, and the Value of Healthcare, which will explore how providers, payers, employers, and pharma using data-driven solutions to improve care and the patient experience.

Adobe Summit: 2020 content available to watch on demand

The Adobe Summit shows agency and marketing decision makers how they can combine data and design to improve customer experiences. The summit informs its lessons with real case studies as well as tracks on advertising, analytics and data management, platform and machine learning, and more. The agenda boasts more than 400 sessions and labs across 11 content tracks.

Red Hat Summit: 2020 content available to watch on demand

With 8,900+ attendees from 2,000 companies, last year’s summit was Red Hat’s largest gathering yet. 2020 promises to draw a similar crowd with a three-day agenda stocked with sessions on the latest advancements in open hybrid cloud, automation, cloud-native app development, and more.

IBM Think 2020: 2020 content available to watch on demand

IBM Think boasts a diverse speaker lineup (gamers, lawyers, artists, and CEOs) and hands-on experiences that will demonstrate how the newest hybrid multi-cloud, data, and AI technologies are transforming industries and lives. New this year, IBM is offering two pass options to ensure access to the insights and information that will benefit you most.

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  • Brad Kostreva

    Honorable Mention / #21:

    AWS Re:Inforce (Security Summit) June 25-26 in Boston

    “This hands-on cloud security conference offers a deep dive into the latest approaches to security best practices and risk management using AWS services, features, and tools.”

  • Regiane Folter

    Great post 🙂 “Never stop learning” is such an important piece of career advice, and conferences are great places to learn new things and get updates on tech trends. Recently I read another article about 2019 tech conferences, but it was more focused on CTOs. Take a look, you may find it interesting!

  • Dorina Szabadi

    How about Craft Conference? A professional playground for those practicing software crafts, with speakers like Bjarne Stroustrup, Mary Poppendieck and Dave Snowden. Pack your bag for May 7-10, 2019 and come to Budapest!

  • Abinayaa

    Tech conferences are a great platform to gain more knowledge on the latest technology trends. Check out the Top 10 Tech conferences for the year 2020 in the link. Hope it would be useful.

  • Taylor Livingston

    Acronis Global Cyber Summit
    October 19-21, 2020
    Miami Beach, FL
    Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach


    As the world’s largest community of cyber protection professionals, the Acronis Global Cyber Summit provides the insights, strategies, solutions, and industry connections needed to improve the protection of critical data assets and systems. For CIOs, IT infrastructure managers, managed service providers, resellers and ISVs, the Acronis Global Cyber Summit is an annual, must-attend event.

  • Barbara

    Hey! What about React Native EU 2020? It’s cool conference in Poland focused exclusively on React Native. 1 day of workshops, 2 days of the conference, +25 great speakers – Core Contributors and leaders of the community, +350 developers from all around the world – sounds amazing! Check out the website to get more info 🙂

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