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Top virtual tech conferences to attend in 2020

Tech conferences have moved from the convention hall to the Internet. The new formats make them more accessible, innovative, and usually free.

The world of tech conferences and trade shows was upended by the pandemic, but most have recovered as online events. It's not the same experience, but in many ways, it's better. For example:

  • There are no travel costs.
  • Most of the conferences themselves are free to attendees.
  • The all-online format has allowed innovations that were impractical for a physical conference, such as short sessions.
  • Events that have concluded are generally available for replay not long afterward.

There is reason to believe that in-person tech conferences and trade shows will recover when people feel safe with them, but the innovations of online conferences will probably survive as well.

Below is a list of online events to come and some that have concluded. But don't ignore the completed ones; the archived sessions may be just what you're looking for.

Unless otherwise specified, all of these events are free.

Online conferences are a new phenomenon, and some events have suffered from technical problems. These problems may be reflected in the archives of past events, but as the producers of the conferences gain experience, quality should improve.

 

August

2020 HMG Live! New York CIO Summit of America

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/08/20/default-calendar/2020-cio-summit-of-america
Date: August 20, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

2020 HMG Live! Silicon Valley CISO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/08/25/default-calendar/2020-silicon-valley-ciso-executive-leadership-summit
Date: August 25, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

IDC West Africa CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCMEA
Website: https://www.idcciosummit.com/lagos/
Date: August 25, 2020, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

IDC East Africa CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCMEA
Website: www.idcciosummit.com/nairobi/
Date: August 27, 2020, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

2020 HMG Live! Silicon Valley Global Innovation Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/08/27/default-calendar/2020-hmg-live!-silicon-valley-global-innovation-summit
Date: August 27, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

September

SaaStr Annual at Home

Website: www.saastrannual.com/
Dates: September 2-3, 2020

Billed as the world's largest B2B software conference, SaaStr Annual at Home features SaaS company leaders from major players such as Slack, Salesforce, GitHub, and Zoom sharing tactical advice and lessons learned about scaling, growing, and other challenges. It offers opportunities to network with "industry peers, mentors, VCs, VPs, customers, and maybe your next co-founder."

2020 HMG Live! Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/09/03/default-calendar/2020-denver-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: September 3, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

2020 HMG Live! Boston CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/09/11/default-calendar/2020-boston-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: September 11, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme of Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work, gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

Infor Inforum 2020: The Digital Experience

Twitter: @infor
Website: https://inforum.infor.com/
Dates: September 15-16, 2020

Infor's flagship event will be a mix of on-demand and live sessions that will include product roadmaps, networking opportunities, live product demos, and industry-specific sessions. Its opening session also promises product and service announcements as well as insights from company executives.

2020 HMG Live! Washington D.C. CISO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/09/15/default-calendar/2020-washington-d.c.-ciso-executive-leadership-summit
Date: September 15, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

IDC Quatar CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCMEA
Website: www.idcciosummit.com/doha/
Date: September 16, 2020, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

IDC Greece CIO Summit Module II

Twitter: @IDC_EMEA
Website: https://www.idc.com/cee/events/67703-idc-cio-summit-module-ii-the-future-of-trust#category_721
Date: September 16, 2020, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

IDC Turkey CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCMEA
Website: www.idcciosummit.com/turkiye/
Date: September 17, 2020

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

Re-Work AI Applications Summit

Twitter: @teamrework
Website: www.re-work.co/summits/virtual-ai-summit-september-2020
Dates: September 17-18, 2020

A five-in-one virtual summit in part replacing live events postponed until 2021, it includes tracks for AI in retail, AI in finance, AI in marketing, AI in regtech, and AI in insurance.

Industry of Things World

Twitter: @IoTClan
Website: https://www.industryofthingsworld.com/hybrid-networking-concept
Dates: September 21-22, 2020

This is a hybrid event; the tickets include both in-person and virtual components. Online offerings including keynotes, sessions, roundtables, workshops, meetups, and group chats.

IDC Mauritius CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCMEA
Website: www.idcciosummit.com/mauritius/
Date: September 22, 2020, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

2020 HMG Live! Minneapolis CISO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/09/22/default-calendar/2020-minneapolis-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: September 22, 2020, 2-4 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

Microsoft Ignite

Twitter: @MS_Ignite
Website: www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite
Dates: September 22-24, 2020

Microsoft has reimagined its Ignite conference as a virtual event. The agenda is not yet announced; you can sign up on the conference website to receive updates as they become available.

IDC Bratislava CIO Summit

Website: www.idc.com/cee/events/67812-idc-summit
Date: September 23, 2020

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

IDC Russia & CIS CIO Summit

Website: www.idc.com/cis/events/67780-idc-future-of-enterprise-digital-summit
Date: September 24, 2020, 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

IDC Egypt CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCMEA
Website:
www.idcciosummit.com/cairo/
Date: September 24, 2020

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

IDC Austria CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCCEE
Website:
www.idcciosummit.com/vienna/
Dates: September 29-30, 2020

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

VMworld

Twitter: @vmworld
Website: www.vmworld.com
Dates: September 29 – October 1, 2020

Seven learning tracks cover critical areas of digital transformation: app modernization; multicloud; intrinsic security; digital workspace; virtual cloud network; vision and innovation; and telco 5G. The conference will follow the sun, offering sessions at any time to suit attendees anywhere in the world. A preliminary agenda is now online. The conference will be web-based, with interactive activities held on Zoom.

Black Hat Asia

Twitter: @blackhatevents
Website: www.blackhat.com/asia-20/
Dates: September 29 – October 2, 2020

Black Hat is the conference for security researchers, with the unveiling of new research, development, and trends, plus training, an expo, and networking opportunities. The embedded CISO Summit features content specifically for the C-suite.

IDC Greece CIO Summit Module III

Twitter: @IDC_EMEA
Date: September 30, 2020, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

MSPWorld

Website: www.mspworldconference.com/
Dates: September 30 - October 2, 2020

The MSP Alliance offers all of the expected sessions and networking from an on-site event in a virtual environment, plus it will be offering a free workshop for any MSP in attendance who wishes to achieve a Cyber Verify A-Rated Certification.

October

Predict 2020

Twitter: @RecordedFuture
Website: https://www.recordedfuture.com/predict/
Dates: October 5-8, 2020

Predict will deliver 30-plus hours of security content during the three-day event. Organizers say attendees will "gain access to keynotes from well-renowned speakers, fireside chats, and interactive sessions with security experts across the world."

2020 HMG Live! Washington, D.C. CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/10/06/default-calendar/2020-washington-d.c.-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: October 6, 2020, 1 – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit @home

Twitter: @theSAScon
Website: https://thesascon.com/
Dates: October 6-8, 2020

Kaspersky's live event has been rescheduled to the spring of 2021. Meanwhile, it is developing an online program, yet to be announced.

DTG Summit

Twitter: @theDTG
Website: https://dtgsummit.com/
Date: October 7, 2020, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Speakers will discuss the technology, business, and public policy implications flowing from innovation across the digital television ecosystem.

2020 HMG Live! Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/10/08/default-calendar/2020-detroit-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: October 8, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

IDC European CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDC_EMEA
Date: October 14, 2020

This invitation-only event takes place online, looking at topics in the same overarching theme of all of IDC's virtual events this year, "Harnessing the Forces of Change to Reshape the Enterprise," but from the local perspective.

IDC Adriatic CIO Summit

Website: www.idcciosummit.com/adriatic/
Dates: October 14, October 21, 2020

This invitation-only event takes place online over two days, looking at the same overarching theme of all of IDC's virtual events this year, "Harnessing the Forces of Change to Reshape the Enterprise," but from the local perspective.

IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit

Website: www.idcciosummit.com/riyadh/
Date: October 14, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

SecTor

Twitter: @sectorca
Website: https://sector.ca/
Dates: October 17-22, 2020

Black Hat training October 17-20; conference sessions October 21-22, 2020. Canada's premiere IT security education conference, this year SecTor has partnered with Black Hat to provide Black Hat training in addition to its own sessions by global experts.

Gartner CIO Symposium/ITxPo

Twitter: @Gartner_inc
Website: www.gartner.com/en/conferences/na/symposium-us
Dates: October 19-22, 2020

Gartner's flagship conference will explore how to shape technology to respond to adversity, looking at how data, analytics, and artificial intelligence can contribute; how to create operating models that work in today's environment; and how culture change can be a driving factor,

EmTech MIT 2020

Twitter: @techreview
Website: https://emtech.technologyreview.com/emtech-mit-2020/
Dates: October 19-22, 2020

"Now is the time to reset, rethink, and rebuild," says the conference blurb, and conference speakers such as AI guru Geoffrey Hinton will explore the road ahead for technologies such as cloud, AI, biotech, economy, cybersecurity, and more.

2020 HMG Live! Greenwich CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/10/22/default-calendar/2020-greenwich-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: October 22, 2020, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

IDC South Africa CIO Summit

Twitter: @IDCMEA
Website: www.idcciosummit.com/johannesburg/
Date: October 22, 2020, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

IDC's 2020 CIO Summit series is assembling global analysts, vendors, and C-suite leaders to provide guidance in the areas of AI, 5G, robotics, cybersecurity, IoT, big data and analytics, cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Attendees will be able to engage with their region's leading C-suite executives and learn from industry pioneers during the interactive event.

2020 HMG Live! San Diego Technology Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/10/27/default-calendar/2020-san-diego-technology-executive-leadership-summit
Date: October 27, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

2020 HMG Live! New York CISO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/10/29/default-calendar/2020-new-york-ciso-executive-leadership-summit
Date: October 29, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

McAfee MPOWER Digital

Twitter: @mcafee
Website: www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/about/events/2020/mpower.html
Dates: October 29, November 5, November 12, 2020

McAfee's annual security conference, described as "Cybersecurity to the power of you," will be presented over three Thursdays, offering more than 100 sessions (the agenda will be announced on August 15, as will the training schedule).

November

2020 HMG Live! Philadelphia CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/11/05/default-calendar/2020-philadelphia-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: November 5, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme of Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work, gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

2020 HMG Live! Seattle CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/11/23/default-calendar/2020-seattle-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: November 17, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme of Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work, gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

2020 HMG Live! St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/11/17/default-calendar/2020-st.-louis-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: November 17, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

2020 HMG Live! Silicon Valley CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/11/19/default-calendar/2020-silicon-valley-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: November 19, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

AWS re:Invent

Twitter: @AWSreInvent
Website: https://reinvent.awsevents.com/
Dates: November 30 – December 18, 2020

This year, AWS re:Invent will be presented across three weeks of keynotes, launches, sessions, and surprises. The agenda has yet to be announced; sign up on the conference website for email updates.

December

2020 HMG Live! Global Innovation Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/12/03/default-calendar/2020-new-york-global-innovation-summit
Date: December 3, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

2020 HMG Live! Financial Services CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/12/10/default-calendar/2020-financial-services-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: December 10, 2020, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

Following are virtual conferences that have already happened but may be available for playback:

LF AI Day

Twitter: @LFAI_Foundation
Website: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/lf-ai-day-onnx-community-virtual-meetup/
Date: April 9, 2020

LF AI is "an umbrella foundation of the Linux Foundation that supports open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning." The LF AI Day event will cover ONNX (Open Neural Network Exchange) community updates, partner and end-user stories, and SIG/WG updates.

ODSC East 2020 – Open Data Science Conference

Twitter: @odsc
Website: https://odsc.com/boston/
Dates: April 14-17, 2020

This conference is all about the data science community rather than any given industry or topic. Here, the data science community gathers for in-person networking and to learn from one another. And that community is quite large. This is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world.

Because the event focuses on data science for a community that works in data science, the focus areas, topics, and tool discussions are very technical and of interest to both open source and open science communities. Speakers are often of the living-legend ilk. For example, one of the many notable speakers is Kirk Borne, who is a former astrophysicist at NASA and professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University and currently principal data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Simmons Leadership Conference

Twitter: @SimmonsLeads
Website: https://leadership.simmons.edu/boston/
Date: April 16, 2020

The 41st annual Simmons Leadership Conference is the leading one-day leadership program for women. The goal is to motivate, educate, and empower women in leadership roles, whether they are just starting their careers or have years of experience. The program includes featured presentations with prominent speakers, including tennis champion Serena Williams, and skill-building workshops.

Bit by Bit: Breaking the Barrier for Girls in Tech 2020 Conference

Twitter: @bit_by_bit_nyc
Website: http://blogs.dalton.org/bitbybit/
Date: April 18, 2020

Bit by Bit is a conference for high school girls, devoted to bringing together girls interested in computer science. The organizers believe that by gathering successful women with experiences to share, they can help female coders, entrepreneurs, and leaders of the future better prepare to work in an industry in which women are underrepresented.

ACM/IEEE IoTDI 2020

Twitter: @IoT_DI
Website: https://conferences.computer.org/iotDI/2020/
Dates: April 21-24, 2020

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI) is a premier venue on IoT. To reflect the interconnection of IoT with both cloud computing and cyber-physical systems, IoTDI is colocated with IC2E and also part of CPS-IoT Week for 2020.

International Conference on Learning Representations

Twitter: @iclr_conf
Website: https://iclr.cc/
Dates: April 26-30, 2020

Launched in 2013, the International Conference on Learning Representations, or ICLR, is a machine learning conference held every spring. This is a serious conference, widely known as the top conference for researchers focused on representation learning, which basically is what people mean when they refer to deep learning.

One researcher notes that his machine learning research wouldn't go anywhere without learning representation. It's how a system can translate sets of training images so it can learn to tell the difference between a fish and a child swimming.

Drawing researchers from academia and industry, entrepreneurs, engineers, and graduate students, the conference is focused on cutting-edge research on all aspects of deep learning used in the fields of artificial intelligence, statistics, and data science, as well as important application areas such as machine vision, computational biology, speech recognition, text understanding, gaming, and robotics.

Out of 1,591 paper submissions for the 2019 conference, 24 were invited to make oral presentations of their work.

Red Hat Summit 2020

Twitter: @RedHatSummit
Website: www.redhat.com/en/summit
Dates: April 28-29, 2020

Does your company use Red Hat Enterprise Linux? How about Fedora or CentOS? Hybrid cloud, automation, cloud-native development, or OpenShift? If you answered yes to any of those, Red Hat Summit is a must. Besides getting the latest news about Red Hat products and services, the conference is a convenient way to get Red Hat training for its many certifications, such as performance tuning, implementation of microservices architectures with Java EE, and OpenStack administration. There are also many lectures and interactive opportunities with subject matter experts.

IBM Think

Twitter: @ibmlive
Website: www.ibm.com/events/think/
Dates: May 5-6, 2020

Although primarily aimed at the CIO level and above, Think includes lots of educational opportunities for sysadmins and DevOps, with tracks devoted to cloud, blockchain, supply chain, infrastructure, security, mobile, and data and AI.

Microsoft Business Applications Summit

Twitter: @MSFT_Business
Website: www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit
Dates: May 6-7, 2020

The summit brings together a "community of power users and business decision-makers in a new digital format to learn, connect, and grow."

Leadercast 2020 – Positive Disruption

Twitter: @Leadercast
Website: www.leadercast.com/positive-disruption
Date: May 7, 2020

Learn to bring disruptive changes that inspire innovation to your organization. Hear from a variety of speakers, led by Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

2020 OCP Global Summit

Twitter: @OpenComputePrj
Website: www.opencompute.org/summit/global-summit
Dates: May 12-15, 2020

The organizers plan to provide a full conference-like experience, with keynotes, executive tracks, a show floor with exhibits and talks, engineering workshops, and more.

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference

Twitter: @SAPPHIRENOW, @ASUG365
Website: https://events.sap.com/sapandasug/en/home
Date: Check back

2020 SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG (American SAP User Group) Annual Conference are the key events for SAP-based enterprises to connect with others and learn the latest in the world of SAP. They were scheduled to colocate but will both now be virtual.

Confab

Twitter: @ConfabEvents
Website: https://www.confabevents.com/
Dates: May 18-20, 2020

The Content Strategy Conference is for people who are committed to making content more useful and usable. The event will include Q&A sessions with experts, live demos of tools and processes, group networking, and live broadcast of speakers. Registrants will have on-demand access to all conference content for one year afterward.

MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

Twitter: @mitcio
Website: https://mitcio.com/
Date: May 19, 2020

This event brings together IT executives from around the world with leading faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management. The organizers promise that at least some of the conference will proceed online and be delivered on the scheduled date.

Microsoft Build

Twitter: @msdev
Website: www.microsoft.com/en-us/build
Dates: May 19-21, 2020

Build is Microsoft's annual developer conference, covering the vast repertoire of development opportunities for Microsoft products. The plan now is to present it as a digital event on the same dates.

WSJ Tech Health

Twitter: @wsj
Website: https://wsjtechhealth.wsj.com/
Date: June 2, 2020

This is the second annual WSJ Tech Health conference, bringing together leaders in government, technology, healthcare, and other industries. There are keynotes and focused discussion groups. Admittance is by invitation only, but you can request an invitation.

Cisco Live

Twitter: @CiscoLive
Website: www.ciscolive.com/us.html
Dates: June 2-3, 2020

Cisco Live is the premier event for Cisco customers and partners, offering a variety of talks and training. Originally planned as a five-day event, it will now be a two-day digital event, still including interactive sessions with Cisco experts.

Atmosphere 2020 | Aruba

Twitter: @ArubaNetworks
Website: https://www.arubanetworks.com/atmosphere/
Date: June 9, 2020

This all-virtual event will provide sessions on networking, security, artificial intelligence, IoT, 5G, and more. It will showcase business continuity best practices for today's immediate challenges while discussing how to accelerate digital transformation at the edge.

MongoDB.live

Twitter: @mongodb
Website: https://www.mongodb.com/world
Date: June 9-10, 2020

MongoDB is a popular, open source, document-oriented database program, one of the many classified as NoSQL database management systems. MonglDB.live is the online version of what was supposed to be MongoDB World.

The event is thick with technical sessions, both live and on demand. The topics include Schema Design, Security, Query Performance, Automation, and Multi-Document Transactions.

LiveWorx 2020

Twitter: @LiveWorx
Website: www.liveworx.com/
Date: June 9, 2020

A major event focused on industrial digital transformation, with content on augmented reality, IIoT, robotics, and more. Planned as a four-day event, it will instead be a one-day virtual event.

CircleCityCon

Twitter: @circlecitycon
Website: https://circlecitycon.com/
Dates: June 12-14, 2020

CircleCityCon tries to be the fun and affordable hacker conference. The themes are fun, and there are hacker game shows to watch and participate in. This year's theme is, fittingly, "apocalypse."

Training is free, and you can reserve a spot for a modest fee. Past classes included Wi-Fi exploits, threat hunting with ELK, social engineering, persuasive communication skills, Splunk, Cuckoo sandboxing, exploit development, memory forensics, and client-side attacks.

DeveloperWeek Global 2020

Twitter: @DeveloperWeek
Website: https://www.developerweek.com/global/
Dates: June 16-17, 2020

This conference is organized by DevNetwork, which runs conferences and content sites for developer communities organized around specific technologies and fields.

The conference tracks this year include Containers & Kubernetes Innovation, Artificial Intelligence Innovation, and API Innovation. There will be a virtual expo/show floor, awards, and a hackathon.

HPE Discover Virtual Experience

Twitter: @HPE_Discover
Website: https://www.hpe.com/us/en/discover.html
Dates: Starting June 22

The world has changed, bringing with it new challenges and shifting priorities. This event will be an ongoing virtual experience starting with a live keynote by CEO Antonio Neri, along with live and on-demand sessions, demos, and training designed to help you and your organization now and into the future.

Apple WWDC

Twitter: @apple
Website: https://developer.apple.com/wwdc20/
Date: June 22, 2020

The World-Wide Developer Conference is a major annual event, with significant product announcements, appearances by Apple executives and engineers, and early access to new Apple technology. You can prepare for the conference by downloading the Apple Developer app, through which the latest news and information on events and sessions will be provided. Apple also has announced a contest called the Swift Student Challenge, the winner of which will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set.

Collision

Twitter: @CollisionHQ
Website: https://collisionconf.com/
Dates: June 22-25, 2020

Collision is a tech conference with a broad scope and an emphasis on thought leadership. You'll find VCs, entrepreneurs, activists, journalists, and who knows what else. Rebranded Collision from Home, the show is still scheduled for four days.

Autonomous Vehicle Summit

Twitter: @theinformation
Website: https://www.theinformation.com/events/autonomous-vehicles-summit-2020
Dates: June 25-26, 2020

There will be no new car smell at the online Autonomous Vehicle Summit, but there will be briefings on the state of technology, investment, and public policy in this area from speakers in the know.

International Conference on Machine Learning

Twitter: @icmlconf
Website: https://icml.cc/
Dates: July 12-18, 2020

As its name makes clear, this 37th annual conference is all about machine learning. It was originally planned for Vienna but will now take place on the Internet instead. The show is geared to look at all aspects of the field, such as artificial intelligence, statistics, and data science, as well as important application areas such as machine vision, computational biology, speech recognition, and robotics.

"I think this is one of the top conferences for researchers working on machine learning," says Sergey Serebryakov, a research engineer at Hewlett Packard Labs. "They cover a broad range of topics and have a nice mix of theory and practice."

Stefano Ermon, an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University and a founder of Atlas AI, called ICML a "top academic conference for machine learning research."

DrupalCon Global 2020

Twitter: @drupalconNA
Website: https://events.drupal.org/global2020
Dates: July 14-17, 2020

Drupal is a free open source web content management framework with a huge developer community across the world. The online DrupalCon will include an address by Dries Buytaert, the original author of Drupal, education sessions for professional development, and ad hoc and organized community discussions. The agenda is still being developed.

Microsoft Inspire Live

Twitter: @msuspartner
Website: https://myinspire.microsoft.com/home
Dates: July 21-22, 2020

Microsoft told all its MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) and RDs (Regional Directors) that they were switching "all external and internal events to a digital-first experience through July 2021."

Inspire is Microsoft's annual event for partners. Attendees learn about Microsoft plans for the upcoming year, network, share best practices, and download "digital swag."

Landmark CIO Summit

Twitter: @LandmarkCIO
Website:
https://www.landmarkciosummit.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=475321
Date: July 23, 2020

This is an invitation-only, one-day summit that brings together "leading CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, CDOs, corporate technology leaders, and venture capital executives" to collaborate and discuss industry developments.

2020 HMG Live! San Francisco CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website:
https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/04/23/default-calendar/2020-san-francisco-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: July 23, 2020

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

Black Hat USA

Twitter: @blackHatEvents
Website: https://www.blackhat.com/us-20/
Dates: August 1-6, 2020

Black Hat is the conference for security researchers, with unveiling of new research, development, and trends, plus training, an expo, and networking opportunities. The embedded CISO Summit features content specifically for the C-suite.

Enterprise Connect Virtual 2020

Twitter: @enterprisecon
Website: www.enterpriseconnect.com/virtual/august-ve
Dates: August 3-6, 2020

Attend dozens of sessions on critical enterprise technology trends, including cloud, collaboration, security and management, telephony, contact centers, and more, plus networking opportunities so attendees can compare notes with their peers. The AI-driven platform will help match attendees with the partners, vendors, and technology that suits their needs.

EmTech Asia

Twitter: @EmTechAsia
Website: https://emtechasia.com/
Dates: August 4-6, 2020

An invitation-only event co-organized by MIT Technology Review, EmTech Asia focuses on emerging technologies, bringing together experts from around the world to share their research in fields such as artificial intelligence, materials science, biomedicine, immersive media, and space. A special track recognizes innovators under 35.

Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Twitter: @Official_GDC
Website: www.gdconf.com/
Dates: August 4-6, 2020

GDC features technical content, educational sessions, and a new series of career development sessions. The GDC Summer Sponsor Showcase hosts game development companies that will offer solutions and business opportunities to attendees.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked

Twitter: @SamsungMobile
Website: https://youtube/BzGvi0n3zEM
Date: August 5, 2020

If you want a look at the newest goodies from Samsung, this is the place to be. At its August event each year, the company unveils new Note series smartphones as well as other innovations.

Support World Live

Twitter: @ThinkHDI
Website: www.hdiconference.com/
Dates: August 11-12, 2020

Sessions encompass all things support, from customer experience and continual process improvement through employee engagement and new support models. The conference also offers AI-powered matchmaking between attendees, exhibitors, and sessions, as well as virtual socializing to allow plenty of networking time.

IoT World

Twitter: @iotworldseries
Website: https://tmt.knect365.com/iot-world/
Dates: August 11-13, 2020

If your interests lie in the areas of Industrial IoT, AI, edge, 5G, security, and other things IoT, the conference's virtual platform will provide plenty of interaction with speakers and exhibitors during the sessions, as well as opportunities to network with the global IoT community. Data-driven algorithms will point you to the right people.

2020 HMG Live! Atlanta CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Twitter: @HMGStrategy
Website: https://hmgstrategy.com/events/upcoming-summits/2020/08/13/default-calendar/2020-atlanta-cio-executive-leadership-summit
Date: August 13, 2020

HMG's virtual summits all focus on the theme "Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work," gathering speakers who can address the issues in each location to share their advice on the roles CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

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