Dates for your diary: tech events 2018
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In spite of aggressive growth across the tech landscape, the natural power of good old-fashioned face-to-face networking is still very much alive – fuelling our businesses with connections, ideas and knowledge.
There’s no denying that some largescale events are fading into insignificance, with some even shuffling off their mortal coils for good. But there are some stalwarts on the event scene which will not be moved – not now and not in the foreseeable. And to make darn sure they stay at the top of your must-attend hotlist, the organisers are pulling out all the stops to regenerate, re-energise and revamp their respective platforms.
Answering your demands for sharper focus, quenching your thirst for knowledge and satiating your desire for buzzing atmosphere, this year’s line-up of events promise more hustle and bustle than you can shake a selfie-stick at.
Whether you’re a startup, a corporate, a creative mind or tech enthusiast, there’s a rainbow of conferences, trade shows and summits to choose from on the 2018 calendar – the question is, which one is for you? To help you see the woods for the trees, we’ve cherry-picked just a few – from the mighty flagships to shiny newcomers – that we think will pique your interest and deliver some of the hottest tech moments for you this year.
Got your diaries at the ready? Then off we go!
CES (Consumer Electronics Show)
When: January 9-12
Where: Las Vegas
In brief: CES is widely regarded as one of the world’s top events for anyone who thrives on the business of consumer technologies – last year notched up more than 184k attendees and 4k exhibitors. For some 50 years, it’s been a respected global stage which has put next-gen innovations and breakthrough technologies right into the spotlight.
Twitter: @CES #CES2018
When: January 29-February 2
In brief: Cisco Live has been designed to deliver education, connection and inspiration to technology enthusiasts across the world. According to the organisers, it’s where heroes of the digital age unite to make anything and everything possible. ‘Heroes like you’. You’re IT.
Twitter: @CiscoLiveEurope #CLEUR
Mobile World Congress
When: February 26-March 1
In brief: MWC is hailed as the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry. Last year, MWC welcomed 108+k attendees, 2.3+k exhibitors, and 10+k operator attendees, from across 208 countries. It’s a veritable who’s who on the mobile scene.
Twitter: @GSMA #MWC18
Wearable Technology Show Europe
When: March 13-14
In brief: Now in its 5th year, this show is fast gaining respect as one of the biggest and best business and prosumer events for wearables, AR & VR, and connected technology. With more than 6k delegates, 200 speakers and 300 press representatives gathered under one roof, and running in conjunction with the AR, VR & MXR Show and Digital Healthcare Show, WTS2018 offers outstanding breadth and depth of content.
Twitter: @Wearabletecshow #WTS2018
I-COM Global Summit
Where: San Sebastian
When: April 9
In brief: This is one of the leading Marketing Data & Measurement Strategy events in the world, where the who’s who from Smart Data Marketing gather from around the globe to inspire, connect and develop. The summit provides an ideal platform for companies and individuals to gain recognition and exposure on an international scale.
Twitter: @icomglobal #icom18
AI Expo Global 2018
When: April 18-19
In brief: The AI Expo Global Conference & Exhibition, held at Olympia, is a showcase of next-gen technologies and strategies from the world of AI and provides the opportunity to explore the practical and successful implementation of AI in driving businesses forward. Attendees will consist of IT decision makers, developers and designers, heads of innovation, brand managers, data analysts, start-ups and VCs. This Expo will be co-hosted alongside the IOT Tech Expo, which attracts in excess of 12k attendees.
Twitter: @ai_expo #AIExpo
IOT Tech Expo Global 2018
When: April 18-19
In brief: The world’s largest IOT event series aims to bring together key industries and the most dynamic practitioners from across the globe for two days of top-level content and discussion. Join more than 12k attendees and discover the latest in IOT advancements for a spread of sectors including manufacturing, transport, health, logistics, energy, automotive and government.
Twitter: @iottechexpo #IoTTechExpo
Retail Business Technology Expo
When: May 2-3
In brief: One of Europe’s leading events for the retail industry, RBTE is a must-attend expo for retail and hospitality professionals who are searching for the right tools, solutions, innovations and advice on how best to run their business. There’s a host of dynamic conference sessions for enhanced learning and discussion, a comprehensive spread of solutions from more than 400 suppliers, and interactive features including the co-located Retail Design Expo and Retail Digital Signage Expo.
Twitter: @rbtexpo #RBTE2018
The Next Web
When: May 24-25
In brief: Bringing together great content and even greater people in an incredible setting and festival format, The Next Web’s unrivalled feeling of intimacy guarantees amazing business learnings and an awesome time. This year, The Next Web Conference boasts 18 tracks of pure inspirational content designed to cater to a huge range of different specialists, from marketing to music via marketplaces.
Twitter: @TNWconference #TNW2018
London Tech Week
When: June 11-17
In brief: A festival to beat all festivals on our home turf, LTW consists of exciting live events that are dotted across the city, showcasing and celebrating the best of tech whilst providing networking, learning and business opportunities. Attracting more than 55k attendees, LTW brings together global innovators, tech enthusiasts, start-ups, corporates and creative minds to help shape tomorrow’s world.
Twitter: @LDNTechWeek #LTW
The AI Summit London
Where: London (Kensington Palace June 12; ExCeL June 13-14)
When: June 12-14
In brief: Now in its 3rd year, the AI Summit explores the practical implications of AI for enterprise organisations in its own unique way. A quality programme brings exclusive, inspirational presentations to the fore from acclaimed C-suite speakers who represent the world’s leading enterprises. The summit aims to help the business leader, data scientist, and engineer to successfully implement their AI projects.
Where: Hong Kong
When: July 9-12
In brief: Forbes remarked that RISE is ‘the largest and most exciting tech conference in Asia’ – and who are we to argue? People from the world’s biggest companies and most exciting start-ups come to Hong Kong to share their stories and experiences at RISE. 20+k from across 100+ countries will convene with hundreds of investors for some legendary learning and networking.
Twitter: @RISEConfHQ #RISEConf
Festival of Marketing
When: October 10-11
In brief: The Festival of Marketing is a unique experience where ambitious marketers can discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future together. With more than 200 speakers, an array of workshops, awards, experience rooms and training, it’s recognised as a key event that reflects the creative, strategic and tactical job that marketers do.
Twitter: @FestofMarketing #FoM18
World Summit AI 2018
When: October 10-11
In brief: World Summit AI will guarantee fast-paced innovation and safe progress in machine and deep learning while sparking new partnerships, investment projects, and tech collaborations. Booking early is advisable!
Twitter: @WorldSummitAI #WSAI18
It may only be January, but 2018 is hotting up to be a busy year for all those who work in, or have an appreciation of tech. To say we’re excited is an understatement!
Are you heading to any of this year’s biggest tech events? Let us know on Twitter.