Tech execs’ calendar must-haves: top local technology conferences and events in 2018

Largest tech conferences in the USA

What tech conferences are you attending this year? This post will help you stay on top of major technology conferences, conventions, and summits that will be taking place throughout the US in 2018.

Whether you’re in search of new insights or looking for networking opportunities, read on and you’ll find something useful. Click on the city name to see what events it’ll host or just scroll through the tables below.

 

Tech conferences in New York, NY

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
O’Reilly: Software Architecture Conference 2/26/18 2/28/18 Isight into all aspects of software design, development, deployment and management delivered by industry leaders including Google, Pivotal, and ThoughtWorks; Software architectures development, maintenance, and management; strategies for choosing a technology stack, management of development teams, soft skills development
Artificial Intelligence Conference: New York 4/30/18 5/2/18 The event is a networking and knowledge-sharing platform focused on the business-centric aspects of AI AI in the enterprise, AI development
TechDay NY 5/10/18 Insights and networking opportunities for early-stage startup founders; tech influencers from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Quora, etc; 20,000+ attendees, 500+ startups; Bringing startups, investors, and accelerators together
Developer Week: New York 7/18/18 7/20/18 The DevExec Conference (which is a part of the DeveloperWeek) provides strategies for hiring, scaling development teams, and leadership The latest in App Development, DevOps, Dev Management, FinTech, and AI
O’Reilly Velocity Conference: New York 9/30/18 10/1/18 Great for tech execs and architects seeking insights in web ops, system engineering, DevOps, and related topics Development and maintenance of complex systems, site reliability engineering, chaos engineering, infrastructure as code

 

Tech events in Boston, MA

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
MIT Venture Capital + Innovation Conference 2/9/18 This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event that typically features many prominent speakers All things innovation, venture capital, strategies for startup founders
MIT Technology Review: the Business of Blockchain 4/18/18 Practical, mostly hype-free overview of the potential of blockchain from the technology’s pioneers Implementation of blockchain-based systems across different industries and verticals
Red Hat Summit 5/8/18 5/10/18 Despite the focus on architects, this event typically offers valuable business-centric insights. Besides, it’s from a major name in the Open Source community Modern application architectures, Agile software development, business automation, etc
LiveWorx ’18 6/17/18 6/20/18 7000+ technologists (with 60% represented by senior managers and executives) Digital transformation of enterprises via blockchain, IoT, AR/VR, AI, machine learning, and robotics
Identiverse 2018 6/24/18 6/27/18 Thought leadership in digital economy with a strong business focus Digital economy, security, identity ecosystems, fintech, cloud infrastructures: from standards updates to real-world deployments and best-practices
DevSecCon: Boston TBD (September 2018) The focus of this event is building security into business processes, which should be interesting to tech execs Development, DevOps and Security as seen through the prism of new technologies and business strategies

 

Seattle, WA

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
Angel Shark Tank 1/12/18 Angel Shark Tank is an American Angel’s convention that offers informal communication and networking opportunities for for startup founders and entrepreneurs Crowdfunding, high-tech startups, venture capital
Microsoft Build 5/10/18 5/12/18 An event packed with news and announcements from Microsoft All things Microsoft: products, strategies, etc.
AI NEXTCon Conference 9/27/18 The range of speakers includes influential technologists, VPs, and data scientists AI in the enterprise, AI development,
CSW Summit 10/5/18 Insights from speakers from Uber and Microsoft, as well as startup founders and C-level executives Second-wave crowdsourcing, crowd economy, microtasking, crowdsourcing in machine learning, AI in game development,
Geekwire Summit 10/1/18 10/3/18 Past speakers include C-level people from DARPA, Bloomberg, Zillow Group, etc Innovation economy; treds on the intersection of interests of entrepreneurs and technical leaders

 

San Francisco, CA

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
Angel Shark Tank 1/12/18 Angel Shark Tank is an American Angel’s convention that offers informal communication and networking opportunities for for startup founders and entrepreneurs Crowdfunding, high-tech startups, venture capital
Microsoft Build 5/10/18 5/12/18 An event packed with news and announcements from Microsoft All things Microsoft: products, strategies, etc.
AI NEXTCon Conference 9/27/18 The range of speakers includes influential technologists, VPs, and data scientists AI in the enterprise, AI development,
CSW Summit 10/5/18 Insights from speakers from Uber and Microsoft, as well as startup founders and C-level executives Second-wave crowdsourcing, crowd economy, microtasking, crowdsourcing in machine learning, AI in game development,
Geekwire Summit 10/1/18 10/3/18 Past speakers include C-level people from DARPA, Bloomberg, Zillow Group, etc Innovation economy; treds on the intersection of interests of entrepreneurs and technical leaders

 

San Jose, CA

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
Strata Data Conference: California 3/6/18 3/8/18 Actionable ideas delivered by thought leaders from Google, Atlassian, Pinterest, Slack, and other prominent companies Big data, data driven transformation of businesses
GPU Technology Conference 3/26/18 One of the most important events in GPU development GPU development, deep learning, AI, data analytics, autonomous vehicles
F8 (Facebook Developer Conference) 5/1/18 F8 is a trendsetting event dedicated to and hosted by Facebook Facebook: development, new features, trends, forecasts
O’Reilly: Velocity Conference 6/12/18 6/14/18 One of the major conferences in DevOps, WebOps, and system engineering News, emerging technologies, and strategies for DevOps, WebOps, and system engineering
O’Reilly: Fluent Conference 6/12/18 6/14/18 The Fluent conference is a cornerstone event in web development Development and deployment of complex distributed applications and systems

 

Los Angeles, CA

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
Upfront Summit 2/1/18 The 1000+ attendees include professional investors, tech entrepreneurs and thought-leaders Tech startups, venture capital, trends in tech
Future Festival: Los Angeles 3/15/18 The Festival has 85% approval rate from past attendees; Future of tech, trends, innovation

 

Washington, DC

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
State of the Net Conference TBD (1/29/2018) The statewide controversy surrounding net neutrality makes this conference a must-attend Internet Policy, net neutrality, cyber security, etc
KTL Solutions’ 13th Annual User Conference 5/9/18 5/10/18 The convention provides insights into the latest enterprise solutions from Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, Dynamics ERP, Power BI

 

Las Vegas, NV

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 1/9/18 1/19/18 With 4K brands, 1.2K speakers, and 180K attendees, CES helps you stay on top of innovation in consumer tech Latest and greatest in consumer tech, including brands, products, media, thought leaders
IBM Think 3/19/18 3/22/18 One of the A-level tech conferences with an extensive coverage of enterprise-centric topics in all major industries Strategies and case studies in IT infrastructure development, IoT, security, blockchain, AI, data science
Dell EMC World 4/30/18 5/3/18 Showcase of the newest enterprise solutions from Dell; huge amount of content: 200+ topics and 10+ session formats (breakouts, guru sessions, labs, keynotes) IT leadership, Agile and DevOps, development and architectures (including microservices and the 12-factor applications)
Evolve Technology Conference 5/8/18 5/10/18 The conference explores threns on the intersection between corporate culture and the IT landscape Leadership and technology, digital transformation, innovation and tech solutions
VMworld US 8/26/18 8/30/18 Excellent collection of case studies involving VMware-based cloud infrastructures Scalable SDDCs, enterprise security, cloud and hybrid cloud systems, hyper-converged infrastructures, etc
Talent Connect 10/3/18 10/5/18 Valuable insight into talent search and recruitment process from LinkedIn Candidate engagement, talent auditions, talent acquisition, data-driven recruitment and HR, high volume recruiting
AWS re:Invent 11/26/18 11/30/18 One of biggest events in serverless attended by 30,000 decision makers, architects, system admins and developers All things AWS

 

Chicago, IL

R&D Innovation Summit 3/21/18 3/22/18 Comprehensive coverage of topics related to strategic planning and management of R&D operations Implementation of R&D strategies, optimization of teams performance with Big Data,
The Economist’s Innovation Summit 3/22/18 Content from Fortune 500 executives, successful entrepreneurs, policy makers, and academics This years’ summit revolves around AI and machine learning
Developer Week: Chicago 6/19/18 TBD This year, 100+ speakers will cover of 80+ technologies for an audience of 3000+ CEOs, tech executives, architects and developers Management of processes in tech companies, challenges for tech executives, the AI ecosystem, smart cars, media dev,
GOTO Chicago 4/25/18 4/26/18 Workshops that dive into topics relevant for developers, architects, and executives Agile development, Serverless, distributed systems, Cloud Native
Techweek: Chicago TBD C-level speakers from 30+ tech startups and established companies Talent cultivations, investment, diversity in tech,
Future Festival: Chicago 7/19/18 Takeaway-focused keynotes and 1:1 sessions with innovators Development teams efficiency and productivity, trends for executives in tech, generational trends, business model innovation, future tech

 

Austin, TX

Event Starts on (date) Ends on (date) Why attend? Coverage
SXSW (Code and Programming) 3/9/18 3/13/18 SXSW offers a high-level overview of trends in consumer technology and software engineering SCRUM, AI, A/B testing systems, mobile, AR with ARKit, security and privacy model, data science
SXSW (VR / AR) 3/13/18 3/15/18 Exploration the potential of AR, VR and Mixed reality for media, business, and industry Case studies of projects involving Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality
SXCW (Intelligent future) 3/9/18 3/15/18 A practical look at futuristic topics and trends AI & Design, AI and NASA, Bitcoin, VR in healthcare, autonomous cars, transhumanism, Sound As Interface
SXSW (Startup & Tech Sectors) 3/9/18 3/15/18 Insights into where the innovation economy is heading in the US Blockchain, trends in music tech, fintech, BSB sales, science startups, corporate/startup dealmaking
Developer Week 11/8/18 11/9/18 The largest development-centric trade show in Austin Application development, VR, Fintech, machine learning

 

Tech conferences and conventions in other cities

Half Moon Bay, CA Forbes CIO Summit 4/15/18 4/16/18 Forbes-quality content that caters to CIOs Modern-day challenges that CIOs face, strategies and solutions
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Code Conference 5/29/18 5/31/18 Speakers include Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Reed Hastings, and Hillary Clinton The event is dedicated to business strategies that lie on the intersection of software development, media, and politics
Redwood City, CA Startup Grind Global Conference 2/12/18 2/14/18 5,000+ founders, 40+ sessions, 50+ exhibiting startups, speakers from PayPal, Tesla, LinkedIn, Fitbit, Google, Coursera, and ZenDesk Startups, venture capital
Santa Clara, CA OCP US Summit 3/20/18 3/21/18 The event has amassed a community of 3000+ decision makers, executives, architects and developers The open hardware ecosystem
San Diego, CA Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit 2/6/18 2/7/18 Case studies and expertise from industry leaders including MasterCard and Playstation Data and analytics platforms, data science, decision science, marketing analytics
Aspen, CO Fortune Brainstorm Tech 7/16/18 7/18/18 Insights from prominent tech entrepreneurs and executives from Fortune 500 companies Investment, bitcoin, tech trends, business insights, emerging technologies
Sonoma Valley, VA Open Source Leadership Summit 3/6/18 3/8/18 The convention enjoys support from the Linux Foundation and has a thriving community revolving around it Digital transformation driven by Open Source solutions
Cambridge, MA Linux Storage Filesystem and MM Summit 4/23/18 4/25/18 The event is developer-centric, yet it provides a vision into how Linux distributions will evolve in the next 24 years Storage filesystem and memory management in Linux
Charleston, SC DIG Innovation Conference 4/25/18 4/27/18 Content from C-level executives and prominent software architects Tech startups, scaling businesses and teams
Cleveland, OH INDUSTRY: The Product Conference 10/1/18 10/3/18 Keynotes from prominent technologists including Ash Maurya, the creator of Lean Canvas, and Merci Victoria Grace, the founder of Women in Product Product Management: strategies for building, launching, and scaling software products
Marina Del Rey, CA Recurring Revenue Conference 4/12/18 Networking and knowledge for 500+ attendees; the event primarily targets executives from SaaS and subscription businesses Subscription Economy; with creating, managing, and growing subscription-based software products; migration from traditional licenses to subscription models
McLean, VA ProCollabCon 2018 4/30/18 5/2/18 ProLabCon sessions typically cover case studies and expert panel discussions relevant for tech execs Productivity and collaboration within teams; workshops for Office 365 Business and Nintex Workflow users
New Orleans, LA COLLISION 4/30/18 Past speakers include the CTO of Coca-Cola, the Chief product owner of YouTube, and the VP of Product of Facebook Messenger Management of tech product development processes, tends, IoT, drones, autonomous cars, etc.
Orlando, FL Future Festival: Orlando 1/18/18 The event offers a practical exploration of the trends driving innovation in Orlando Generational trends, future tech, innovation in the leisure and retail industries
Pensacola Beach, FL ITEN Wired TBD Networking/experience-sharing platform with lots of content for executive-level attendees Cyber security, VR/AR, AI and robotics, tech startups and entrepreneurship
Portland, OR O’Reilly Open Source Convention 7/18/18 7/19/18 OSCON caters to engineers, architects, and business leaders with actionable content Modern-day trends in Open Source; Blockchain, AI, the SMACK stack, emerging languages (Kotlin, Go, Elm), software methodologies, evolutionary architectures, distributed computing, edge computing
San Antonio, TX Inc 5000 10/17/18 10/19/18 20 sessions and events, speakers from Ford, SharkTank, Dollar Shave Club, Inc. 5000 is a rating of America’s 5000 fastest-growing businesses

 

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