by CIO staff

Your guide to top tech conferences 2020

Oct 27, 2020
EventsIT Leadership

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancelation of in-person technology conferences for the time being, but virtual conferences are now going strong.

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For decades technology conferences have been a way for CIOs and other IT leaders to stay on top of emerging trends, get a sense for what’s exciting customers, network, and help employees up their skills. COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in those works.

Gathering in convention halls and shaking hands may have become a thing of the past (at least for the time being), but virtual conferences are starting to pick up the slack. While networking virtually may not be the same as making an in-person connection, virtual events have a great deal to offer in terms of flexibility, often allowing participants to replay sessions for a period after the event and ask questions live in chat during the session.

Here’s a list of upcoming virtual events to help you stay in the loop.


A searchable and sortable spreadsheet of the top tech conferences CIO Staff CIO Staff

Scheduled conferences

October 2020   

API:World Virtual, Oct. 27-29

ODSC West Virtual Conference, San Francisco, Calif.: Oct. 27-30   

HMG Live! San Diego Technology Executive Virtual Summit, Calif.: Oct. 27  

November 2020   

Forrester Technology & Innovation Global, Chicago, Ill.: Nov. 4-6  

CSO50*, Nov. 17-19 

AWS re:Invent, Nov. 30-Dec. 18

December 2020   

HMG Live! New York Global Innovation Summit, Dec. 3, 2020

IDC FutureScape: European Predictions for 2021**, Dec. 10

The Multicloud Advantage: Digital Innovation, Agility and Resilience*, Dec. 8-10

HMG Live! Financial Services CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Dec. 10  

* This event is presented by IDG Communications, the parent company of

** This event is presented by IDC, a sister company of IDG Communications