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

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
O’Reilly: Software Architecture Conference2/26/182/28/18Isight 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 York4/30/185/2/18The event is a networking and knowledge-sharing platform focused on the business-centric aspects of AIAI in the enterprise, AI development
TechDay NY5/10/18Insights 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 York7/18/187/20/18The DevExec Conference (which is a part of the DeveloperWeek) provides strategies for hiring, scaling development teams, and leadershipThe latest in App Development, DevOps, Dev Management, FinTech, and AI
O’Reilly Velocity Conference: New York9/30/1810/1/18Great for tech execs and architects seeking insights in web ops, system engineering, DevOps, and related topicsDevelopment and maintenance of complex systems, site reliability engineering, chaos engineering, infrastructure as code

 

Tech events in Boston, MA

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
MIT Venture Capital + Innovation Conference2/9/18This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event that typically features many prominent speakersAll things innovation, venture capital, strategies for startup founders
MIT Technology Review: the Business of Blockchain4/18/18Practical, mostly hype-free overview of the potential of blockchain from the technology’s pioneersImplementation of blockchain-based systems across different industries and verticals
Red Hat Summit5/8/185/10/18Despite the focus on architects, this event typically offers valuable business-centric insights. Besides, it’s from a major name in the Open Source communityModern application architectures, Agile software development, business automation, etc
LiveWorx ’186/17/186/20/187000+ technologists (with 60% represented by senior managers and executives)Digital transformation of enterprises via blockchain, IoT, AR/VR, AI, machine learning, and robotics
Identiverse 20186/24/186/27/18Thought leadership in digital economy with a strong business focusDigital economy, security, identity ecosystems, fintech, cloud infrastructures: from standards updates to real-world deployments and best-practices
DevSecCon: BostonTBD (September 2018)The focus of this event is building security into business processes, which should be interesting to tech execsDevelopment, DevOps and Security as seen through the prism of new technologies and business strategies

 

Seattle, WA

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
Angel Shark Tank1/12/18Angel Shark Tank is an American Angel’s convention that offers informal communication and networking opportunities for startup founders and entrepreneursCrowdfunding, high-tech startups, venture capital
Microsoft Build5/10/185/12/18An event packed with news and announcements from MicrosoftAll things Microsoft: products, strategies, etc.
AI NEXTCon Conference9/27/18The range of speakers includes influential technologists, VPs, and data scientistsAI in the enterprise, AI development,
CSW Summit10/5/18Insights from speakers from Uber and Microsoft, as well as startup founders and C-level executivesSecond-wave crowdsourcing, crowd economy, microtasking, crowdsourcing in machine learning, AI in game development,
Geekwire Summit10/1/1810/3/18Past speakers include C-level people from DARPA, Bloomberg, Zillow Group, etcInnovation economy; treds on the intersection of interests of entrepreneurs and technical leaders

 

San Francisco, CA

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
Angel Shark Tank1/12/18Angel Shark Tank is an American Angel’s convention that offers informal communication and networking opportunities for startup founders and entrepreneursCrowdfunding, high-tech startups, venture capital
Microsoft Build5/10/185/12/18An event packed with news and announcements from MicrosoftAll things Microsoft: products, strategies, etc.
AI NEXTCon Conference9/27/18The range of speakers includes influential technologists, VPs, and data scientistsAI in the enterprise, AI development,
CSW Summit10/5/18Insights from speakers from Uber and Microsoft, as well as startup founders and C-level executivesSecond-wave crowdsourcing, crowd economy, microtasking, crowdsourcing in machine learning, AI in game development,
Geekwire Summit10/1/1810/3/18Past speakers include C-level people from DARPA, Bloomberg, Zillow Group, etcInnovation economy; treds on the intersection of interests of entrepreneurs and technical leaders

 

San Jose, CA

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
Strata Data Conference: California3/6/183/8/18Actionable ideas delivered by thought leaders from Google, Atlassian, Pinterest, Slack, and other prominent companiesBig data, data driven transformation of businesses
GPU Technology Conference3/26/18One of the most important events in GPU developmentGPU development, deep learning, AI, data analytics, autonomous vehicles
F8 (Facebook Developer Conference)5/1/18F8 is a trendsetting event dedicated to and hosted by FacebookFacebook: development, new features, trends, forecasts
O’Reilly: Velocity Conference6/12/186/14/18One of the major conferences in DevOps, WebOps, and system engineeringNews, emerging technologies, and strategies for DevOps, WebOps, and system engineering
O’Reilly: Fluent Conference6/12/186/14/18The Fluent conference is a cornerstone event in web developmentDevelopment and deployment of complex distributed applications and systems

 

Los Angeles, CA

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
Upfront Summit2/1/18The 1000+ attendees include professional investors, tech entrepreneurs and thought-leadersTech startups, venture capital, trends in tech
Future Festival: Los Angeles3/15/18The Festival has 85% approval rate from past attendees;Future of tech, trends, innovation

 

Washington, DC

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
State of the Net ConferenceTBD (1/29/2018)The statewide controversy surrounding net neutrality makes this conference a must-attendInternet Policy, net neutrality, cyber security, etc
KTL Solutions’ 13th Annual User Conference5/9/185/10/18The convention provides insights into the latest enterprise solutions from MicrosoftAzure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, Dynamics ERP, Power BI

 

Las Vegas, NV

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
CES (Consumer Electronics Show)1/9/181/19/18With 4K brands, 1.2K speakers, and 180K attendees, CES helps you stay on top of innovation in consumer techLatest and greatest in consumer tech, including brands, products, media, thought leaders
IBM Think3/19/183/22/18One of the A-level tech conferences with an extensive coverage of enterprise-centric topics in all major industriesStrategies and case studies in IT infrastructure development, IoT, security, blockchain, AI, data science
Dell EMC World4/30/185/3/18Showcase 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 Conference5/8/185/10/18The conference explores threns on the intersection between corporate culture and the IT landscapeLeadership and technology, digital transformation, innovation and tech solutions
VMworld US8/26/188/30/18Excellent collection of case studies involving VMware-based cloud infrastructuresScalable SDDCs, enterprise security, cloud and hybrid cloud systems, hyper-converged infrastructures, etc
Talent Connect10/3/1810/5/18Valuable insight into talent search and recruitment process from LinkedInCandidate engagement, talent auditions, talent acquisition, data-driven recruitment and HR, high volume recruiting
AWS re:Invent11/26/1811/30/18One of biggest events in serverless attended by 30,000 decision makers, architects, system admins and developersAll things AWS

 

Chicago, IL

R&D Innovation Summit3/21/183/22/18Comprehensive coverage of topics related to strategic planning and management of R&D operationsImplementation of R&D strategies, optimization of teams performance with Big Data,
The Economist’s Innovation Summit3/22/18Content from Fortune 500 executives, successful entrepreneurs, policy makers, and academicsThis years’ summit revolves around AI and machine learning
Developer Week: Chicago6/19/18TBDThis year, 100+ speakers will cover of 80+ technologies for an audience of 3000+ CEOs, tech executives, architects and developersManagement of processes in tech companies, challenges for tech executives, the AI ecosystem, smart cars, media dev,
GOTO Chicago4/25/184/26/18Workshops that dive into topics relevant for developers, architects, and executivesAgile development, Serverless, distributed systems, Cloud Native
Techweek: ChicagoTBDC-level speakers from 30+ tech startups and established companiesTalent cultivations, investment, diversity in tech,
Future Festival: Chicago7/19/18Takeaway-focused keynotes and 1:1 sessions with innovatorsDevelopment teams efficiency and productivity, trends for executives in tech, generational trends, business model innovation, future tech

 

Austin, TX

EventStarts on (date)Ends on (date)Why attend?Coverage
SXSW (Code and Programming)3/9/183/13/18SXSW offers a high-level overview of trends in consumer technology and software engineeringSCRUM, AI, A/B testing systems, mobile, AR with ARKit, security and privacy model, data science
SXSW (VR / AR)3/13/183/15/18Exploration the potential of AR, VR and Mixed reality for media, business, and industryCase studies of projects involving Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality
SXCW (Intelligent future)3/9/183/15/18A practical look at futuristic topics and trendsAI & Design, AI and NASA, Bitcoin, VR in healthcare, autonomous cars, transhumanism, Sound As Interface
SXSW (Startup & Tech Sectors)3/9/183/15/18Insights into where the innovation economy is heading in the USBlockchain, trends in music tech, fintech, BSB sales, science startups, corporate/startup dealmaking
Developer Week11/8/1811/9/18The largest development-centric trade show in AustinApplication development, VR, Fintech, machine learning

 

Tech conferences and conventions in other cities

Half Moon Bay, CAForbes CIO Summit4/15/184/16/18Forbes-quality content that caters to CIOsModern-day challenges that CIOs face, strategies and solutions
Rancho Palos Verdes, CACode Conference5/29/185/31/18Speakers include Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Reed Hastings, and Hillary ClintonThe event is dedicated to business strategies that lie on the intersection of software development, media, and politics
Redwood City, CAStartup Grind Global Conference2/12/182/14/185,000+ founders, 40+ sessions, 50+ exhibiting startups, speakers from PayPal, Tesla, LinkedIn, Fitbit, Google, Coursera, and ZenDeskStartups, venture capital
Santa Clara, CAOCP US Summit3/20/183/21/18The event has amassed a community of 3000+ decision makers, executives, architects and developersThe open hardware ecosystem
San Diego, CAPredictive Analytics Innovation Summit2/6/182/7/18Case studies and expertise from industry leaders including MasterCard and PlaystationData and analytics platforms, data science, decision science, marketing analytics
Aspen, COFortune Brainstorm Tech7/16/187/18/18Insights from prominent tech entrepreneurs and executives from Fortune 500 companiesInvestment, bitcoin, tech trends, business insights, emerging technologies
Sonoma Valley, VAOpen Source Leadership Summit3/6/183/8/18The convention enjoys support from the Linux Foundation and has a thriving community revolving around itDigital transformation driven by Open Source solutions
Cambridge, MALinux Storage Filesystem and MM Summit4/23/184/25/18The event is developer-centric, yet it provides a vision into how Linux distributions will evolve in the next 24 yearsStorage filesystem and memory management in Linux
Charleston, SCDIG Innovation Conference4/25/184/27/18Content from C-level executives and prominent software architectsTech startups, scaling businesses and teams
Cleveland, OHINDUSTRY: The Product Conference10/1/1810/3/18Keynotes from prominent technologists including Ash Maurya, the creator of Lean Canvas, and Merci Victoria Grace, the founder of Women in ProductProduct Management: strategies for building, launching, and scaling software products
Marina Del Rey, CARecurring Revenue Conference4/12/18Networking and knowledge for 500+ attendees; the event primarily targets executives from SaaS and subscription businessesSubscription Economy; with creating, managing, and growing subscription-based software products; migration from traditional licenses to subscription models
McLean, VAProCollabCon 20184/30/185/2/18ProLabCon sessions typically cover case studies and expert panel discussions relevant for tech execsProductivity and collaboration within teams; workshops for Office 365 Business and Nintex Workflow users
New Orleans, LACOLLISION4/30/18Past speakers include the CTO of Coca-Cola, the Chief product owner of YouTube, and the VP of Product of Facebook MessengerManagement of tech product development processes, tends, IoT, drones, autonomous cars, etc.
Orlando, FLFuture Festival: Orlando1/18/18The event offers a practical exploration of the trends driving innovation in OrlandoGenerational trends, future tech, innovation in the leisure and retail industries
Pensacola Beach, FLITEN WiredTBDNetworking/experience-sharing platform with lots of content for executive-level attendeesCyber security, VR/AR, AI and robotics, tech startups and entrepreneurship
Portland, ORO’Reilly Open Source Convention7/18/187/19/18OSCON caters to engineers, architects, and business leaders with actionable contentModern-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, TXInc 500010/17/1810/19/1820 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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