Events: Top tech conferences to attend this fall

Take a cue from students heading back to school and take your IT skills to the next level at the many conferences, summits and expos on offer over the coming months — while networking with the best in the business. Here are some of our top picks:


After the long, lazy days of summer, autumn heralds in cooler temperatures — and a plethora of conferences, summits and expos to fine-tune your IT skills. Head ‘back to school’ with these upcoming events to boost your knowledge or advance your career (many have live-streaming options if you don’t have the time or budget for travel).

Mobile World Congress Americas
Sept. 12-14, Los Angeles

This conference attracts 25,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors for three days of immersion in mobile technology. Gain insights from industry influencers — with more than 200 speakers and 300 analysts in attendance — while learning about the latest mobile tech and building relationships with senior-level executives.

Future Festival
Sept. 18-20, Toronto
This immersive conference brings together some of the world’s top innovators in an engaging, interactive format. Explore the key drivers of emerging trends and learn how to drive action from insight in application workshops; there’s also ‘trend conference safaris’ and a Future Party where you can demo some of the hottest new tech.

Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit
Sept. 24-26, Las Vegas
HCTS is designed for execs in the hosting, cloud, data centre and managed services sectors, crafted by 451 Research analysts and industry experts. In addition to analyst and executive sessions, you can expect plenty of networking opportunities with 500 like-minded senior decision-makers.

SecTOR
Oct. 1-3, Toronto
Back for its 12th year, SecTOR has built a reputation for “illuminating the black art of security.” IT pros can expect to hear from the industry’s top cybersecurity experts, who will share their latest research and techniques, and shed light on the underground threats and mischief that threaten corporate IT systems.

IP Expo Europe
Oct. 3-4, London
One of Europe’s top enterprise IT and digital transformation events, IP Expo is returning this year with a “star-studded lineup” of speakers and plenty of networking opportunities — thanks to six IT events under one roof, more than 300 exhibitors and 300 free-to-attend seminar sessions. Consider attending if you’re a CIO, head of IT, security specialist or tech expert.

SpiceWorld
Oct. 8-10, Austin
Spiceheads will gather for this annual conference in the live music capital of the world for three days of practical how-to sessions from IT peers and tech experts — as well as “real conversations” with key vendors and “in-the-trenches stories from IT pros just like you.”

World Summit AI
Oct. 10-11, Amsterdam
This year’s summit is expecting more than 4,500 attendees — and some of the brightest brains on the planet — to explore everything about AI over two days of knowledge-sharing and networking. It covers the gamut, from applied solutions for the enterprise to the implications of AI on society, including ethics and AI4good.

Infosecurity North America
Nov. 14-15, New York
Over two days, attendees will experience immersive learning from real-world user experiences, with actionable insights, and catch a glimpse  into the future threat landscape. Plus, there’s high-level networking as part of the Leaders Program, and digital networking tools to facilitate pre-show, on-site and post-show networking.

AI & Big Data Expo North America
Nov. 28-29, Santa Clara, Calif.
This high-level conference will showcase next-generation technologies and strategies from the world of AI and Big Data, where experts, evangelists and forward-thinking brands will explore and debate advancements in AI and Big Data, development platforms and digital transformation opportunities. Plus, it’s hosted alongside the IoT Tech Expo, the Blockchain Expo and the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo.

VRX Conference & Exp0
Dec. 6-7, San Francisco
Curious about AR and VR — what’s real, and what’s hype? VRX is designed to help you track the real market opportunities and impacts of virtual, augmented and mixed reality, with case studies from those on the front line to dedicated tracks showcasing the best in consumer-facing content and business applications.

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