Events: Top tech conferences to attend this winter

Some New Year resolutions are harder to keep than others. That new diet or exercise plan may fall by the wayside in a few months (or days), but one resolution that’s easier to keep is a commitment to developing your skills and increasing your knowledge base.


And it’s easier when it comes in the form of a summit, conference or trade show on a topic of interest, where you can network with like-minded individuals and be inspired by the industry’s brightest minds — whether you’re looking to take your career to the next level or ramp up a digital transformation strategy.

RE-WORK: Deep Learning Summit
San Francisco, Jan. 24-25
Learn how to bridge the gap between the latest research and real-world applications in areas such as healthcare, manufacturing and transportation. This summit features a global lineup of experts, with an opportunity to interact with 900+ industry innovators sharing best practices to advance artificial intelligence.

Cisco Live
Barcelona, Jan. 28 – Feb. 1
Cisco’s annual customer conference offers everything from technical education to future-focused thought leadership and 1:1 meetings with Cisco experts, as well as a chance to connect with Cisco partners and network with peers — and, of course, let loose at Cisco’s always-popular Customer Appreciation Event.

SaaStr Annual 2019
San Francisco, Feb. 5-7
More than 12,500 attendees come together for SaaStr Annual, the largest non-vendor SaaS conference on the planet, with 200 sessions over three days on how to scale faster. This year will feature more than 300 speakers, as well as 1,000+ Braindates, AMAs and mentoring sessions — no commercials, no paid content, no boring panels.

RPA Summit
Toronto, Feb. 11
Learn about robotic process automation, cognitive and AI technology — considered the next frontier for businesses looking to streamline processes, increase productivity and improve the bottom line. Attendees will hear from subject matter experts currently evaluating RPA in areas such as finance, procurement, human resources, outsourcing and automation.

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit
Sydney, Australia, Feb. 18-19
Gartner’s thought-leading sessions will explain how to build a world-class data and analytics strategy, modernize your infrastructure and adopt new architectural approaches to support digital transformation, and drive innovation through technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, virtual/augmented reality, the Internet of Things and digital twins.

MWC Barcelona
Barcelona, Feb. 25-28
Formerly Mobile World Congress, this is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations from more than 2,400 companies with a programme that delves into hot topics influencing the industry. The event also features extensive learning opportunities from GSMA seminars; this year, learn how to make 5G a reality.

RSA Conference
San Francisco, March 4-8
One of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world, RSA brings together infosec pros for illuminating keynotes, training sessions, tutorials and learning labs. This year’s theme is ‘better,’ from technology — such as using AI and machine learning to help outsmart cybercriminals — to making security a top priority from the C-Suite to the frontlines.

CIO Summit of America
New York, March 27
CIOs are at the centre of the digital transformation journey, so they are uniquely positioned to fuse emerging technologies with process redesign and people skills. This one-day summit is aimed at fostering the leadership traits required to drive the digital roadmap to a customer-centric enterprise.

World Summit AI Americas
Montreal, April 10-11
The world’s largest AI summit is coming to Montreal, bringing together the brightest brains in AI to discuss the industry’s opportunities and challenges. Over two days, attendees with learn about applied solutions for enterprise, with hands-on workshops, knowledge-sharing and networking — and entertainment from DJ Sleeper.

Artificial Intelligence Conference: New York
New York, April 15-18
Although many organizations are now planning for artificial intelligence, few are successfully deploying AI in production. From bots and agents to voice and IoT interfaces, this conference is designed to help you bypass the hype and discover how emerging developments can be applied into practical — and profitable — AI for your business.

Smart City & IoT Expo
Toronto, April 30 – May 1
Learn about solutions for smart cities, including technological advancements, from more than 100 speakers and 100 exhibitors across 50 countries. The programme covers a range of smart city vertical applications, such as smart grid, smart transportation, smart health, smart building management systems, enterprise IoT, fog computing, big data analytics and smart governance.

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