For those currently employed at a tech company, attending a conference can offer an invigorating departure from the daily work routine. Beyond just breaking away from the desk and exploring a new city, tech conferences present a valuable opportunity for networking, gaining insights from industry trailblazers, and acquiring fresh skills to enrich your organization.
The resurgence of conferences is underway. After a period dominated by virtual or hybrid formats, numerous events are returning to their origins as vibrant in-person gatherings. In the realm of technology, this trend is no exception. While virtual aspects will persist, the foremost tech conferences of 2024 are poised to deliver an immersive experience that merits active participation.
About: CES showcases companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. It also includes a conference program where the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers address the industry’s most relevant issues.
Date: January 9 – January 12, 2024
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, USA
Attend If… You desire the opportunity to witness a moment of consumer tech history firsthand within the confines of the room.
About: The AI EXPO looks to clue businesses and individuals in on the latest developments in artificial intelligence. The event will feature workshops, panel discussions, and presentations providing the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technologies, such as natural language processing and computer vision.
Date: January 13, 2024
Location: San Antonio
About: NTEN’s conference — often referred to as the NTC — is the annual gathering of people who want to make the world a better place through the skillful and equitable use of technology. At the NTC, you’ll learn essential nonprofit technology best practices while connecting with a community that shares your commitment to social change.
Date: March 13-15, 2024
Location: Portland, Oregan
Attend if … you want to learn more about nonprofit technology and prioritize equality throughout the community.
About: Data Center World is the leading digital infrastructure event designed for data center professionals, technology business leaders, and innovators that are shaping the future of the digital industry. Our event delivers expert insight and strategies on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Featuring 100+ speakers, 70+ sessions, and 200+ solution providers, Data Center World is designed to provide the most up-to-the-minute industry education and networking for technology professionals dealing with a rapidly changing landscape. Data Center World offers four days of programming covering all the hottest topics dominating the industry: edge computing, colocation, hyperscale, predictive analytics, 5G, DCIM, cloud, security, AI, sustainability, cooling and much more.
Date: April 15-18, 2024
Location: Washington, D.C.
Attend if … you want to learn how to plan, manage, and optimize your data center.
About: The hybrid conference will bring women in tech, minorities, and allies from all over the world together through an interactive platform featuring live educational & training content, keynotes, engaging panels, breakout rooms, technical workshops, and networking with virtual and in-person sessions.
Date: April 23-25, 2024
Location: Virtual-hybrid, with in-person meet-up locations
Attend If… You aspire to engage in advocating for gender diversity within the technology industry.
About: Founded in 2004, Think is a national management consulting firm serving both the private and public sectors. Think is a transformative partner that helps innovators bridge the gap between the organization they are today and the one they want to become. Founded on the principles of trust and reliability, we approach every challenge with a determined spirit and the resolve required to redefine the standard for operational excellence across sectors and at any life cycle stage of growth. Our team comprises senior executives, operators, and subject-matter experts (SMEs) with deep experience in Innovation/Technology, Human Capital, Operations, Program/Project Management, Ecosystems, Capital, Venture Development, Resource Mapping as well as diverse industry sector knowledge, experience, and perspective. Simply put, our team of experts supercharge transformation and results using a metric + milestone driven approach. To learn more visit us at https://thinkconsulting.com.
Date: May 1-2, 2024
Location: Columbia, Maryland
Attend If… Your work is impacted by the extensive array of IBM technologies within their ecosystem.
About: Where Business, Tech, and Innovation Collide! TECHSPO is a two-day technology expo, which brings together some of the best developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators, and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology. Watch exhibitors showcase the next generation of advances in technology & innovation, including Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech and SaaS technologies. Be prepared to be inspired, amazed, and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth. As part of TECHSPO is a limited attendance event, Digi Marcon Midwest Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising Conference (https://digimarconmidwest.com). If the conference is where the learning, theory and inspiration happens, then the TECHSPO floor is where the testing, networking and product interaction takes place.
Date: May 1-2, 2024
Location: Show is offered in 12 different cities. Click the link to see if it’s offered near you!
Attend If… you want to be immersed in insights and inspiration as you network with fellow “geeks” and tech professionals.
About: For 31 years, RSA Conference has been a driving force behind the world’s cybersecurity agenda. And over that time, we’ve seen the need to expand our mission beyond yearly Conferences. Because cyberthreats are constantly evolving, and we as a community must continue to evolve, too. Today, RSA Conference is your ongoing source for timely insights, thoughtful interactions, and actionable intelligence. All designed to help cybersecurity professionals continually strengthen their organizations and push their careers further. RSA Conference is here to help you build your learning, find smarter solutions, and connect with the community. Join the conversation today. Join RSA Conference, where the world talks security.
Date: May 6-9, 2024
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco
Attend If… you want to learn about the latest cybersecurity solutions.
9. Dell Technologies World
About: This premier tech conference delivers everything you need to level up for tomorrow’s emerging trends — from visionary Keynotes and advanced Breakouts to curated networking opportunities.
Date: May 20-23, 2024
Location: The Venetian, Las Vegas
Attend If… You could gain valuable insights through in-depth and personalized learning provided by experts from Dell Technologies.
About: Microsoft Inspire provides an opportunity to recognize the pivotal role our partners play in driving customer success, while also unveiling fresh avenues and methods to interact with Microsoft products.
Date: July 2024
Attend If… Want to learn more about becoming a Microsoft partner or are a Microsoft Partner
About: Microsoft Ignite is a significant event for professionals and organizations that use Microsoft technologies or are interested in the latest developments in the tech industry. It provides a platform for learning, collaboration, and staying up to date with Microsoft’s offerings and industry trends.
Location: Virtual & In-person TBD
Attend if… you want to discover the best of what’s next in technology, problem-solve with experts, and make global connections to empower yourself to lead your organization.
About: Since their inception, Black Hat Briefings continue to provide security professionals with a place to learn the very latest in information security risks, research and trends. Leading security researchers from around the world take the stage each year to share their latest work and exploits in a friendly, vendor-neutral environment. Attendees will experience groundbreaking research on topics ranging from vulnerabilities within popular consumer devices, to critical international infrastructure threats, and everything in between.
Date: August 3-8, 2024
Location: Los Vegas, Nevada or Virtual
Attend If… You aim to remain current with the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity.
About: Join for an immersive experience that brings together AI/ML enthusiasts, engineers, and leaders. This conference offers a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts, gain hands-on experience with the latest AI tools, and understand the strategic implementation of AI in business. You will explore the ethical and legal landscape of AI/ML, discuss the future of work, and delve into how to build a culture that supports innovation and collaboration.
Location: Chicago, IL
Attend if … you are interested in the rapid growth of AI and technology.
Why is it important to attend tech conferences?
In 2024, the importance of attending tech conferences has reached new heights. In today’s rapidly changing world, staying well-informed about the latest trends, tools, and technologies has become a critical factor for succeeding in the tech industry. Tech conferences present a valuable opportunity to connect with peers, gain insights from experts, and delve into emerging trends and best practices in software technology. Additionally, these events open doors to meet potential employers, employees, clients, and partners, offering a platform for expanding professional networks and identifying new avenues for collaboration.