16 tech conferences you should attend in 2018
A new year brings a new slate of IT events. There’s a show for everyone, from developers to CIOs, to hone new skills and find out what’s new from all the big names. But it can be hard to decide which events to attend.
Here are our picks for the must-attend IT conferences of 2018.
Developer Week: Feb. 3-7, San Francisco, California
With 200 workshops and bootcamps to a 1,000-participant hackathon, developers won’t want to miss this conference. Developer Week offers a week’s worth of hands-on workshops and networking to fuel innovation. No matter your industry, all developers can benefit from attending this conference.
HIMSS18: March 5-9, Las Vegas, Nevada
Each year, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition gets larger, with over 45,000 attendees expected to attend this year. The event always draws out the latest tech slated for health care, and keynotes from Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and basketball legend “Magic” Johnson will make this year’s HIMSS even better.
IBM Think 2018: March 19-22, Las Vegas, Nevada
IBM is rolling several of its events into one, dubbed Think. New in 2018, this conference promotes collaboration and integration across IT disciplines, including machine learning, data, internet of things, and security.
Aruba ATMOSPHERE 2018: March 25-30, Las Vegas, Nevada
Three thousand IT professionals will converge to network, collaborate, and learn how to meet the demands of a mobile-first enterprise, from BYOD to virtualization to IoT and cloud. Tracks include Enterprise Network Security, Considerations for the Next-gen Branch, and more.
Dell EMC World: April 30-May 3, Las Vegas, Nevada
Last year’s conference gave us the first major look at the Dell/EMC merger. This year, get ready to talk more cloud, converged platforms, storage, data protection, and digital transformation with some of the best IT practitioners in the field.
Interop ITX: April 30-May 4, Las Vegas, Nevada
Whether it’s AI and machine learning, DevOps, data analytics, security, infrastructure, 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 covering all the IT essentials, and network with fellow IT professionals.
ISTE 2018: June 24-27, Chicago, Illinois
With over 550 companies, 1,000 sessions, and 16,000 educators, ISTE is the conference IT professionals in the education sector don’t want to miss.
Cisco Live: June 10-14, Orlando, Florida
Cisco Live is a constant on our must-attend list, giving IT pros opportunities for hands-on training, seminars, and networking. This year Cisco will continue to focus on its collaboration with Apple and more ways to improve the IT experience across all business sectors.
HPE Discover: June 18-21, Las Vegas, Nevada
To simplify the transition to hybrid IT, HPE Discover gives IT professionals the opportunity to test and experience the breadth of HPE solutions. Also offering hundreds of business and technical sessions, this event is one of the most dynamic technology conversations of the year.
GMIS MEETS: Aug. 19-22, St. Louis, Missouri
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 2018: Aug. 26-30, Las Vegas, Nevada
Last year’s conference showed a big push for digital transformation. No details on this year’s conference yet, but you can become a VMworld 2018 insider and get notified as soon as registration is open.
NIGP Forum: Aug. 19-22, Nashville, Tennessee
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. 24-28, Orlando, Florida
With valuable networking and learning opportunities, Microsoft Ignite continues to cater to a broader audience and foster collaboration between business and IT leaders.
Adobe MAX 2018: Oct. 15-17, Los Angeles, California
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 to add tools for your creative team, you won’t want to miss this event.
Educause 2018: Oct. 30-Nov. 2, Denver, Colorado
Educause gathers IT professionals to discuss the best technology to support the ever-changing landscape of higher education.
AWS re:Invent 2018: Nov. 26-30, Las Vegas, Nevada
AWS re:Invent wrapped in December, but its new releases and offerings are still buzzing. A leader in IoT, cloud, virtualization, and machine learning, re:Invent 2018 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.