As the tech world continues to progress in leaps and bounds, it’s close to impossible to keep tabs on all the upcoming innovations emerging out of the sector. Nevertheless, there are a number of events taking place around the world that not only exhibit the latest and greatest in current technology, but also provide visitors with insight into how the world of tomorrow may look.
These events, packed full of industry-leading speakers and engaging exhibition stands, are milestone events for businesses looking to boost their exposure and drive sales, as well as any individuals working within the tech world who wants to keep an eye on emerging trends.
Here are five of the biggest and best tech conferences from around the world:
1. Mobile World Congress – Barcelona, 22-25 February, 2016
Forbes contributor Edmund Ingham listed Mobile World Congress as one of his top five tech conferences of 2015 – and for very good reason. The event, organised by the GSM Association (GSMA), is one of the premier mobile-focussed events on the planet, exploring a variety of innovations such as apps, the cloud, mobile money, wearables and green technology.
Around 2,200 companies attended the 2015 iteration, with a plethora of trade show booths spread across nine halls and outdoor areas at Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuic.
Next year’s event promises to be of a similar scale, if this tweet from GSMA is anything to go by:
— GSMA (@GSMA) September 9, 2015
A number of excellent keynote speakers are already confirmed, including ARM Holdings CEO Simon Segars, Buzzfeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti and Ericcson President and CEO Hans Vest.
2. AfricaCom – Cape Town, 17-19 November, 2015
When we think of innovative regions, chances are most of us conjure up images of Silicon Valley or the Asian bastions of technology like Singapore, South Korea and Japan. However, there’s one event that is forcing many to widen their vision to include another continent.
AfricaCom is Africa’s leading tech event. It aims to bring the region’s innovation into the spotlight, while discussing the steps African businesses need to take to become digitally fluent in the years ahead. With more than 350 speakers and 375 exhibitors descending upon Cape Town between November 17-19, the 18th annual event also boasts more than 90 hours of valuable content and 25 hours of network opportunities.
You can catch a glimpse of the 2014 exhibition in this YouTube video below:
3. Lift Conference – Geneva, 10-12 February, 2016
As one of Europe’s largest digital-oriented events, Lift brings together people from all levels of the tech world, from budding entrepreneurs to engineers and everyone in between. This diversity gives participants the chance to engage with a range of new perspectives and gain a stronger understanding of how they can better their organisation within the industry.
Over the course of the three day event, attendees will be able to participate in inspiring and thought-provoking speeches from a number of industry leaders, get their hands on some exciting product prototypes and engage with custom, interactive exhibition stands.
Some of the topics that will be covered in the talks at Lift include artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, the ideal working environments for innovative thinkers and much more.
This tweet from Lift Conference offers a snapshot of 2015’s event:
— Lift Conference (@LIFTconference) September 22, 2015
4. Web Summit – Dublin, 3-5 November, 2015
From humble beginnings of just 400 attendees in 2010, Web Summit has exploded into into a gathering of tech giants, attracting some 22,000 visitors from more than 110 countries. There are 21 subject areas to explore, which cover every aspect of technology and innovation imaginable – investments, marketing, coding, content and design, to name but a few.
This year’s event looks to be the largest yet, with more than 30,000 attendees flocking to Web Summit between November 3-5. The speakers are sure to impress, with Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, Forbes Managing Editor Bruce Upbin and Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, among many others, taking the stage throughout the three days.
— Web Summit (@WebSummitHQ) August 6, 2015
5. International Consumer Electronics Show – Las Vegas, 6-9 January, 2016
The grandaddy of tech conferences, the International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) is the largest tech gathering grounds in the world.
The event is a showcase of some of the most innovative products available, as YouTube personality and tech expert Austin Evans discusses in his coverage of the 2014 iteration in the video below:
Featuring more than 3,600 exhibitors, 165,000 participants and countless international exhibition stands, CES is the number one place for those in the digital world to connect with their audience on a truly international stage.