If you’re currently working at a tech company, attending a conference can be an exhilarating change of pace from everyday work. Not only do tech conferences provide an opportunity to break free from one’s desk and travel to a new city, but they’re also a valuable way to network, hear from innovators in your field, and learn new skills to bring back to your organization.
Conferences are staging a comeback. After several years of virtual-only or hybrid conferences, many events plan to return to their roots as live, in-person events. The tech space is no exception: while many will continue to offer virtual elements, the top tech conferences of 2023 will seek to create an experience worth showing up for.
Mark your calendar for the best tech conferences in 2023.
Dates: January 5-8, 2023
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Hosted by: Consumer Technology Association
Summary: CES (originally short for Consumer Electronics Show, but now referred to only by its three-letter abbreviation) is considered the world’s splashiest tech event. Over the years, the trade show has seen the debut of iconic consumer products such as the home VCR, the Xbox, and the Oculus Rift.
It’s not all headline-grabbing product drops and celebrity cameos, though — CES hosts four days of conference programming for consumer tech professionals. Topics this year include AI, the creator economy, and digital health.
Attend this one if… you want the chance to be in the room for a moment of consumer tech history.
Dates: March 10-19, 2023
Location: Austin, TX
Hosted by: South by Southwest
Summary: SXSW is best known as the annual festival that brings the hottest musicians and filmmakers to Austin. But don’t be fooled by the star power — it’s also a can’t-miss conference for innovators from all corners of the digital world. Relevant tracks include Startups, Workplace Revolution, Health & Medtech, Metaverse, and Transportation.
Attend this one if… you’re ready to discover what can happen when creativity and tech collide.
Dates: April 12-13, 2023
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by: TECHSPO
Summary: TECHSPO events take place around the world from April to November — the Los Angeles event is the first of 30 global expos in 2023. These events offer innovators the opportunity to showcase the new technology poised to shape the industry. TECHSPO promises that “geeks, business professionals, entrepreneurs, sales executives, investors, marketers, and interested observers will all benefit from a TECHSPO Technology Expo.”
Attend this one if… you want to be immersed in insights and inspiration as you network with fellow “geeks” and tech professionals.
Dates: May 9-11, 2023
Location: Orlando, FL
Hosted by: IBM
Summary: This conference is one of several annual events hosted by a legacy tech giant. IBM breaks down the purpose of its THINK conference into four categories: vision, demonstration, immersion, and collaboration.
Attend this one if… the vast IBM ecosystem of technologies touches your work.
Dates: May 9-12, 2023
Location: Virtual-hybrid, with in-person meet-up locations
Hosted by: WomenTech Network
Summary: Grow your network, advance a movement, and share your knowledge at this mission-driven event, which is one of the largest women in tech conferences. Core tech topics this year at this women’s tech conference include robotics, life sciences, and cybersecurity, while career topics include mentorship, sponsorship, and allyship.
Attend this one if… you want to participate in promoting gender diversity in tech.
Dates: May 22-25, 2023
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Hosted by: Dell
Summary: Dell’s annual summit promises world-class networking and hands-on training opportunities to level up your career. Last year’s tracks included The Future of Work, Multi-Cloud and aaS, and Innovate with Data.
Attend this one if… you could benefit from deep, customized learning from Dell Technologies experts.
Dates: August 5-10, 2023
Location: Las Vegas, NV, or virtual
Hosted by: Black Hat
Summary: Black Hat is the leader in international events for cybersecurity and information security professionals. In its 26th year, Black Hat USA will continue to bring exclusive trainings and labs, as well as informative briefings from industry titans on the latest developments in the field.
Attend this one if… you want to stay up-to-date on the ever-changing world of cybersecurity.
Dates: September 19-21, 2023
Location: San Francisco, CA
Hosted by: TechCrunch
Summary: The popular industry publication TechCrunch brings together the start-up world once a year for its Disrupt conference. In addition to more typical conference fare, early-stage startups can participate in the famous “Battlefield 200” competition for a $100,000 equity-free prize.
Attend this one if… your startup is looking to take itself to the next level.
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