The top 21 tech conferences to attend in 2020
With dozens (maybe even hundreds) of tech conferences held each year, we know how hard it can be to sort through the possibilities and decide which ones to attend. That’s why we’ve done the work for you. From C-suite to network admins to developers and engineers, our annual list of must-attend tech conferences has something for everyone.
Mark your calendars now. We’ll see you there!
DeveloperWeek: Feb. 12-16, San Francisco
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: Feb. 24-28, San Francisco
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: March 9-13, Orlando, Florida
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.
Aruba Atmosphere ’20: March 22-27, Las Vegas
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 your skills, learn how to adopt automation in new ways, and build solutions to improve the experience of your end users.
Adobe Summit: March 29 – April 2, Las Vegas
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.
Google Cloud Next ’20: April 6-8, San Francisco
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.
Red Hat Summit: April 27-29, San Francisco
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.
Dell Technologies World: May 4-7, Las Vegas
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.
IBM Think 2020: May 4-7, San Francisco
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.
Cisco Live: May 31 – June 4, Las Vegas
At Cisco Live, you’ll grow your network and build upon the skills and knowledge you already have 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.
HPE Discover: June 23-25, Las Vegas
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: June 28 – July 1, 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: June 30-July 1, Houston, Texas
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: July 31-Aug. 6, Las Vegas
If you’re a security practitioner, executive, analyst, investor, or hacker, you won’t want to miss Black Hat, one of the 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: 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.
VMworld 2020: Aug. 30-Sept. 3, San Francisco
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: Sept. 21-24, 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, Los Angeles
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: Oct. 26-29, 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: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 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.
Microsoft Ignite: TBD
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.