Tech events, summits and conferences for 2021/22

While 2020 shuttered most industry events and conferences, some organizers pivoted to digital platforms—with mixed success. Since then, many have worked out the bugs of running digital and hybrid conferences, making the experience more engaging and interactive than ever.

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2021/22 tech events and conferences

Along with a (sort of) return to office, we’re seeing a (sort of) return to in-person events, summits and conferences—often with a strong virtual component. And some events will continue to be all-digital on a more permanent basis. Even better, some of these events are free.

Here are a few events to keep on your radar for the remainder of 2021—but keep in mind, these may be subject to change. Several conferences have bumped their dates by a few months, and some have reverted back to an all-virtual format—like Gartner’s symposiums this fall, which were originally scheduled to be live events—given current uncertainties around travel and safety challenges.

September 2021

DevOps World
Sept. 28-30, virtual (free)
DevOps World brings the software development community together to learn, network and explore the future of software delivery. This year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will deliver one of the keynotes.

Enterprise Connect
Sept. 27-29, virtual and in-person
Orlando, Florida
This conference brings corporate IT decision makers together with tech vendors, channel partners, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise communications and collaboration, such as changes brought on by the pandemic.

October 2021

Big Data and AI Toronto
Oct. 13-14, virtual and in-person
This event allows thousands of IT decision-makers and data innovators to explore the latest technologies and trends in artificial intelligence, big data, cloud and cybersecurity.

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo America
Oct. 18-21, virtual
This event brings together CIOs and IT executives to discuss key topics, including digital business acceleration, cybersecurity, customer experience, future of work and more.

November 2021

Web Summit
Nov. 1-2, in-person
Lisbon, Portugal
At a time of great uncertainty for many industries and, indeed, the world itself, Web Summit—dubbed Europe’s biggest tech conference—will gather the founders and CEOs of technology companies, fast-growing startups, policymakers and heads of state to ask a simple question: Where to next?

The AI Summit Silicon Valley
Nov. 3-4, in-person
Santa Clara, Calif.
With a comprehensive two-day program of aspirational and practical content and a virtual exhibition of emerging tech, this event lets attendees interact with a global audience of AI experts at the epicenter of tech innovation.

SecTor 2021
Nov. 3-4, online and in-person
SecTor has built a reputation of bringing together experts from around the world to share their latest research and techniques involving underground threats and corporate defences.

InterOp Digital: The Future of Networking
Nov. 18, virtual (free)
The use of cloud, sophisticated analytics and artificial intelligence is outpacing legacy infrastructures. This virtual event will explore strategies, new technologies and best practices to provide a secure, robust infrastructure needed to support today’s modern technologies.

December 2021

GOTO Amsterdam 2021
Dec. 6-9, in-person
This software development conference is designed for developers, team leads, architects and project managers, and is organized “for developers by developers.”


CES 2022
Jan. 11-14, in-person and online
Las Vegas
The Consumer Electronics Show is back, requiring in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For those unable to travel to Vegas, CES will again feature a digital event that will run in parallel with the in-person program.

Cisco Live
Feb. 7-11, online and in-person
Discover new innovations, technical sessions and demos, all while connecting with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

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