Here’s my top 5 list of tech events to attend over the next few months.
Easily one of the biggest exhibition and conferences in tech Mobile World Congress (MWC) attracts over 85,000 attendees and hosts the worlds biggest companies. Last years speakers included company presidents such as Ford’s Stephen Odell and CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and you can expect more of that calibre this year. It’s not cheap though with a conference and exhibition ticket setting you back €2200 (£1600, $2500).
This year it’s taking place on 2nd – 5th March in Barcelona.
A somewhat smaller event that MWC but interesting nonetheless. This event run by RE.WORK brings together over 200 technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators together to discuss the rapidly changing Internet of Things (IoT) landscape. There are 50 speakers at the London event on 12th and 13th March including John Lewis’ Paul Coby, Hugh Knowles from the Internet of Things Academy, and many other industry and business leaders.
3. TNW Europe
The NextWeb’s European conference kicks off this year on 23rd April in the great city of Amsterdam. With 3,500 attendees and speakers including Neelie Kroes and Werner Vogels this year promises to be a must-attend event. For start-ups Boost offers the chance to pitch in front of conference attendees and maybe spark the interest of eager investors. Tickets are quite reasonable at around £400 and students can get full 2-day access for only £180.
On April 28th and 29th IDTechEx plays host to one of their largest conferences yet with six co-located events in Berlin. The co-located conferences include 3D Printing, Electric vehicles, Energy Harvesting, Graphene, IoT, Wearable, and Printed Electronics. They’re expecting 2000 attendees with 150 exhibitors. Speakers from companies such as Qualcomm and Jaguar Land Rover means this event can’t be missed for anybody in these industries.
TechCrunch’s conferences are known world-wide as some of the best with their legendary Startup Battlefield giving new companies a once in a lifetime chance to pitch to attendees, investors and press, and be in with the chance of winning $50,000. Taking place on 4th – 5th May at the Manhattan Center in New York it also hosts some of techs best speakers with Aaron Levie of Box fame already confirmed. If you can’t quite make it New York you have to get to their European conference which usually takes place in October.