echnology is infiltrating every aspect of our lives. From the moment we wake up to the moment we get ready for bed, most of us interact with some sort of technology. While I am in the business of face-to-face events, we can’t deny that the explosion in new technologies makes our lives easier while facilitating growth and connectivity in our businesses. Additionally, much of today’s innovation, even in the most traditional industries, is coming from adapting digital technologies to improve on existing products.
With that in mind, I have compiled a list of some of the most popular technology trade shows & events. You may choose to attend just to expand your knowledge of what’s new in technology, register for a show that is in your industry to network with your peers and learn what is new or decide if you want to exhibit or fund a sponsorship at one of these events. If there is an important tech show I missed, please let me know so we can ensure that this list is complete.
Jan. 9-12, 2018 – Las Vegas Convention Center
CES is the most widely known technology business event. Last month, CES turned 50 and showcased some tech innovation milestones on its website. People of all walks come from all over the world to see what’s new in technology. This show has broadened in the past few years to include other industries that feature innovations using technology. For instance, sports, automobiles, and even houseware companies now have larger booths at CES. This show is a great place to see the largest selection of hands-on exhibits featuring emerging innovation.
2. SANS Security East 2018
Jan. 2018 (dates TBA) – New Orleans
Hands-on, immersion-style security training courses taught by real-world practitioners are offered at SANS Security East. They also offer the CORE NetWars Tournament as an add-on experience, which is a network security challenge to test participants experience and skills in a safe environment. There are multiple skill ranges available for participants to be tested, challenged and educated all at the same time.
Feb. 14-16, 2018 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
This tech conference connects vendors and resellers in the office technology space. It offers workshops and specialized training into Cloud, software, hardware, mobility and managed services. Get a crash course in project management or attend an all-day seminar and learn how to increase ROI as you share best practices with peers.
Feb. 19-23, 2017 – Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla
This is one of the top, if not the top, show for Healthcare IT professionals. It provides educational sessions, world class speakers, products, networking and more. The user conference usually has keynotes, more than 300 education programs, more than 1,000 healthcare IT vendors exhibiting and about 30,000 attendees.
May 1-4, 2017 – NRG Park, Houston
OTC is the largest offshore oil and gas conference and exhibition in the world, featuring more than 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries. OTC also hosts more than 70,000 delegates from more than 100 countries, who come annually to learn and see the latest technologies in oil and gas exploration, drilling and production. Offshore drilling and production feature some of the most complex and advanced technologies and the world comes to OTC see those advancements on display across more than 600,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space.
April 22-27, 2017 – Las Vegas Convention Center
This media and entertainment industry show features innovation and cutting-edge technologies, and showcases content creation from new and established industry players. The goal of the organization is to improve the quality and profitability of broadcasting, encourage content and tech innovation and provide a forum for the industry to showcase how they serve their communities. Attendees represent broadcasting, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom, post-production, academia, advertising, security, sports, events, online video, IT, augmented reality and more.
Sept. 10-15, 2018 – McCormick Place, Chicago
This show happens every other year and serves aerospace, automotive, machine shop, medical and the power generation industries. Co-located with the Industrial Automation North America show, IMTS features the cutting-edge in factory, process and building automation. This event is the place to see the automation industry’s most innovative solutions and technologies.
Sept. 5-9, 2017 – San Diego Convention Center
CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The CEDIA show is the international trade show for the Residential Custom Electronics Industry where they feature new home technology products, training and certification programs.
Nov. 6-9, 2017 –McCormick Place, Chicago
FABTECH is the premier fabricating event series across North America. Every year, thousands of manufacturing decision-makers attend these major events to source metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing equipment and products. With more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and more than 40,000 attendees, this is a show worth attending to meet potential suppliers, see industry innovations and network with peers.
June 14-16, 2017 – Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla
InfoComm International is the world’s largest annual professional audio/visual information communications systems conference and exposition. InfoComm serves nearly 1,000 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees from all 50 U.S. states and more than 110 countries.
March 27-30, 2017 – Gaylord Palm, Orlando, Fla
Enterprise Connect is the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise communications and collaboration in North America. Produced by UBM Tech, Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry’s vendors, analysts and more. Connect with more than 180 exhibitors in enterprise IP Telephony, Converged Networks and unified communications.
12. ISC West
April 4-7, 2017 – Sands Expo, Las Vegas
ISC WEST is the largest security industry trade show in the U.S. At ISC West, you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from more than 1,000 companies in the security industry and network with more than 280,000 security professionals. There are multiple courses offered to learn about the security industry and a new event focusing on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unmanned Robotics and supporting applications. Also, the Connected Security Expo moved to ISC West.
March 10-19, 2017 – Austin, Texas
The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2017 event features compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to discover the technology of tomorrow, today.
14. Interop ITX
May 15-19, 2017 – MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Interop returns to host a global headquarters for IT professionals to learn, explore the latest in network infrastructure, leverage the applications and technologies the network supports, elevate their careers and drive business success.
Jan. 2018 (dates TBA) – Hilton New York Hotel, New York City
At Legaltech, law firms and legal departments can get hands-on, practical information for improving their law practice management. Legaltech provides an in-depth look at what the technological world has in store for you and your practice, and offers an expansive exhibit floor with the most extensive gathering of innovative products designed to meet your current and future technology needs. Learn how to prepare for the future, including alternatives to traditional legal service providers, discover cloud-based process automation tools and understand how the millennial workforce is expected to affect data privacy and security.
Legaltech West will take place June 12-13 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco.
16. Cloud Expo
June 6-8, 2017 – Javits Center, New York City and Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017 – Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
As companies of all sizes embrace cloud computing, this is a great show to learn about strategy meet vendors and network with peers. The event is targeted to senior technologists and business executives as well as product, IT and purchasing managers. The show includes keynotes, general training, breakouts and signature panels. The expo floor has a Demo Theater to view the tech up close.
Nov. 12-17, 2017 (Exhibition Nov. 13-16) – Colorado Convention Center, Denver
Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, SC brings together the international supercomputing community, gathering scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and developers. The internationally recognized technical program will include presentations, papers, informative tutorials, research posters and educational sessions. The show will feature the latest technologies and accomplishments from leading vendors, research organizations and universities. SC16 will be the very first opportunity to learn about many of the technologies that will shape the future of large-scale technical computing and data-driven science.
Nov. 26-Dec. 1, 2017 – McCormick Place, Chicago
RSNA is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 54,000 members from 136 countries across the globe. RSNA hosts the world’s premier radiology forum, drawing approximately 55,000 attendees annually and featuring an extensive exhibit hall with top medical equipment companies from around the world.
Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017 – Las Vegas Convention Center
SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities. The 2016 SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components.
20. RSA Conference
April 16-20, 2018 – Moscone Center, San Francisco
Connect with technology, trends and people working on protecting the digital world in our hyper-connected, data-driven world. This conference includes an expo, educational sessions, learning labs and crowdsourced sessions. In addition to their U.S. show, they hold events in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
I did not include private tech events in this list. However, there are many large tech events that are user or vendor conferences that draw hundreds if not thousands of people from all around the world to discuss not just the particular companies that are sponsoring the events and their products, but also provide broader technology education.