Your guide to top tech conferences

Credit: George A. Chidi Jr.'s sortable, searchable directory of technology conferences makes it easy to find events coming to a convention center near you (or ones worth a trip out of town).

IBM InterConnect, Code/Media, SXSW, Google Next, Microsoft WPC, Dreamforce '16, Adobe conferences you may have only dreamed of attending! So many technology conferences, so little time (or money).

Maybe you're looking to stay on top of emerging trends in your industry, or get a read on what your customers are excited about. Perhaps you're actively networking for customers, vendors or even a new job. Or you might simply be looking to mingle with your peers in more informal surroundings.

Regardless of your intent, there's never a bad reason to maintain a solid network of professionals and experts in your vertical or other fields.

We also know it's hard to keep track of all the great technology conferences you might want to attend in any given month, quarter or year.

That's why we developed this sortable list, which we'll update regularly to include the most relevant tech events. While we've naturally focused on shows in the U.S., we've paid attention to some of the more notable international events as well.

If you can't make it, or if you've already blown through your travel budget, many of these conferences offer virtual and live-streaming options as well.

The annual
EventDatesCityState or CountryInfo
Conversion Conference May 17, 2016 - May 19, 2016 Las Vegas NV Held at the Rio All Suites hotel in Las Vegas, Conversion Conference is all about teaching attendees how to optimize their websites and grow their businesses. Topics include cross-device targeting, A/B and multivariate testing, highly personalized landing pages, real-world case studies, one-on-one advices from leading conversion experts, live critique sessions and much more.
MIT Sloan CIO Symposium May 18, 2016 Cambridge MA Held on the MIT campus, the one-day MIT Sloan CIO Symposium ? ?Inventing your future: accelerating success through technology? ? allows you to engage and connect with global business and industry thought leaders, acquire actionable insight through leading academic research, and explore the newest enterprise technological innovations.
How Design Live May 19, 2016 - May 23, 2016 Atlanta GA Billed as the largest gathering of creative professionals, HOW Design Live wants to inspire you, and give you actionable tips and information you can put to use immediately to advance both your work and your career. The conference is divided into five different programs so attendees can customize their experience. If you can't attend all five days, one- and two-day registration options are available.
MuleSoft CONNECT May 21, 2016 - May 25, 2016 San Francisco CA MuleSoft's Connect is a conference brings together thought leaders and IT execs from a variety of industries to focus on such topics as IoT, big data, the cloud, mobile and addition to topics of explicit interest to the MuleSoft community. Notable keynote speakers from leading companies will round out myriad breakout sessions and classes.
Cloud Foundry Summit May 24, 2016 - May 25, 2016 Santa Clara CA Originally developed by VMware, Cloud Foundry is one of the leading providers of open source Platform as a Service (PaaS), and is used by IBM, HP, CenturyLink, Pivotal and many others. The Cloud Foundry Summit is the premier event for developers, providers and users of this technology.
Red Hat Summit June 28, 2016 - July 01, 2016 San Francisco CA The Red Hat Summit is one of the leading open source technology events to showcase the latest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage and systems management technologies. Keynotes from industry leaders, more than 200 breakout sessions, hands-on labs and plenty of networking opportunities.
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference July 10, 2016 - July 14, 2016 Toronto Canada WPC 2016 is focused on helping Microsoft Partners drive business growth and continue to deliver solutions to their mutual customers. In addition to making connections and gaining insights, the conference offers great business leadership sessions and features the experiences of other partners.
Cisco Live July 10, 2016 - July 14, 2016 Las Vegas NV Cisco Live is the company's flagship education and training conference for IT professionals worldwide, and bills itself as five 5 days of education, networking and fun.
Wonder Women Tech July 15 2016 - July 17, 2016 Long Beach CA Wonder Women Tech highlights, celebrates and educates women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) and innovation. The conference offers a variety of speakers, panel discussions, coding classes, hackathons and more, all geared toward empowering women and girls in STEAM. This year's theme, #WeArePioneers, will highlight the women who have paved the way, and explore the next generation of pioneers.
CIO 100 August 14, 2016 - August 16, 2016 Rancho Palos Verdes CA Every year, the CIO 100 Awards honor 100 companies that demonstrate excellence and achievement in IT, companies that are using IT in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage to the enterprise and enable growth. The CIO 100 Symposium is's most powerful gathering of CIOs and senior IT and business executives. Leadership, innovation and business strategy top our agenda as we examine the latest opportunities and challenges in our fast-changing world. Join us to gain a new business edge and fresh perspective from peers across the nation. You?ll leave inspired by innovation, excellence and confidence to pursue a dynamic year ahead.
Gartner Catalyst Conference August 15, 2016 - August 18, 2016 San Diego CA Technically focused and designed to feature pragmatic, how-to content, the Gartner Catalyst Conference wants to provide you with a blueprint for project planning and execution. It's all about learning and insight, and is aimed at technical pros in applications , business intelligence, infrastructure and operations, and security and risk roles.
VMworld 2016 August 28, 2016 - September 01, 2016 Las Vegas NV VMworld returns to Las Vegas (from San Francisco), and will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It has evolved from the go-to virtualization conference to the go-to data center conference. And since it's the first major conference since the Dell acquisition of both VMware and parent company EMC, this year?s conference promises to be an interesting one.
nginx.conf September 7, 2016 - September 9, 2016 Austin TX The third annual nginx.conf user conference will focus on practices and techniques in app architecture and infrastructure, including microservices, DevOps, cloud, containers, and more. Last year's event feature more than 600 IT pros, from developers to application architects, sysadmins to CTOs.
Oracle OpenWorld September 18, 2016 - September 22, 2016 San Francisco CA As Oracle continues to pivot to being a major cloud computing vendor, Oracle OpenWorld caters to business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users, partners and customers alike with five days of conference keynotes, sessions and exhibits.
Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit September 19, 2016 - September 21, 2016 Las Vegas NV The Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit is a forum for executives in the hosting, cloud computing, datacenter and Internet infrastructure sectors. Hosted by 451 Research, the agenda is carefully crafted and provides insights and offers practical guidance on designing and implementing effective IT strategies. This year's event returns to the Bellagio, and is ideal for service providers, industry visionaries, hardware or software vendors, and investment professionals looking for actionable insight into the evolving IT landscape.
NetApp Insight September 26, 2016 - September 29, 2016 Las Vegas NVNetApp Insight conference is targeted at storage and data management pros, presenting them with almost 300 technical sessions and self-paced hands-on labs, and allows attendees to earn NetApp certifications at no extra cost. This year's event will be held at Mandalay Bay in Vegas, and includes a solutions expo. It's a good chance to upgrade your skills, connect with experts and network with peers, customers, partners and experts.
Microsoft Ignite September 26, 2016 - September 30, 2016 Atlanta GA Ignite 2016 is for IT pros looking to find out what?s next in technology, and through its deep dive sessions, offers the chance to build skills across Microsoft?s technologies. Hands-on learning, industry insights and direct access to product experts.
Dreamforce '16 October 04, 2016 - October 07, 2016 San Francisco CA Dreamforce is a four-day tech conference devoted to idea sharing, imaginative business solutions and more than 1,500 inspiring informational sessions. More than 120,000 attendees will pack San Francisco to the gills, to listen to speakers, participate in cloud expos tailored to their industry needs, and network with thousands of potential partners. Expect big-name entertainment, too.
South Summit October 5, 2016 - October 7, 2016 Madrid Spain South Summit aims to bring together some of the greatest technology innovators, thought leaders, market disruptors and change makers from Southern Europe & Latam and connect them to some of the region's largest customers and investors. Last year's event had 12,000 attendees. In addition to keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and more, South Summit also features a startup competition, with the 100 most disrupting startups from any industry from the South of Europe, Mediterranean and Latin America.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Oct 19, 2016 - Oct 21, 2016 Houston TX The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and touted as "the world's largest gathering of women technologists." The GHC has been around for 20 years. Last year's conference included such tech luminaries as Megan Smith, Susan Wojcicki, Hadi Partovi (CEO of and Sheryl Sandberg. This year's event promises even more emphasis on diversity.
DX Summit

November 14, 2016 - November 16, 2016 Chicago IL CMSWire's DX Summit brings together some of the world's foremost DX thought leaders and practitioners who are defining the next generation of digital experiences. This year's event will feature speakers from Hilton Worldwide, Clorox and, among others.
Amazon re:Invent November 28, 2016 - December 02, 2016 Las Vegas NV AWS re:Invent is the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community. Designed for current customers and cloud newcomers, this conference promises to provide the skills and knowledge to refine users' cloud strategies, improve productivity, and increase performance and security, all while reducing costs. Attendees can choose from more than 250 technical sessions and gain hands-on experience through self-paced labs, all-day bootcamps and hackathons. The architects and engineers that built the AWS Cloud will also be on-hand to answer questions and provide advice before the after-parties and pub crawls commence.
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