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Top Tech Conferences to Attend in 2019

Industry Advice Computing and IT

Unprecedented advancements in technology and the growing complexity of the world’s research challenges demand novel approaches to discovery and innovation. One way for leaders in STEM to stay ahead of this curve is by attending the nation’s top tech conferences.

These conferences are an excellent chance for STEM professionals to develop valuable connections, exchange groundbreaking ideas, share best practices, and learn new skills. The top technology conferences of 2019 help industry leaders stay abreast of emerging trends and practices in the ever-evolving technology landscape, enabling them to lead change and innovation within their organizations.

There are, however, dozens of conferences to choose from. So, unless you have an unlimited professional development budget, you’ll have to decide which conferences will provide the most value to you and your organization. Below, we’ve put together the top ten technology conferences of 2019 to help you narrow down your choices.

Top 10 Technology Conferences of 2019

1. Deep Learning Summit

Date: May 23-24; June 20-21; September 19-20; October 24-25

Location: Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA; London, UK; Montreal, CA

At Rework’s 2019 conference, STEM professionals will discover the latest advancements in deep learning from the world’s leading innovators and explore ways to leverage new AI methods to solve problems in their organizations. Voted the “#1 Best Artificial Intelligence Conference for Business Leaders in 2018-2019,” this two-day event will showcase emerging deep learning trends that are impacting businesses, industries, and society. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with STEM professionals across industries, including data scientists, data engineers, developers, machine learning scientists, entrepreneurs, and big data experts.

2. Augmented World Expo (AWE)

Date: May 29-31

Location:  Santa Clara, CA

Named by Forbes as “the most essential AR/VR conference,” the 10th Annual AWE promises an immersive and educational experience for developers, entrepreneurs, product leaders, investors, and creators alike. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore emerging applications of AR and VR across sectors, and the potential technical, ethical, and legal challenges that accompany the development of such disruptive technology. They’ll also hear from leading organizations, including Facebook, Google, Disney, GE, and Amazon.

3. O’Reilly Software Architecture

Date: June 10-13

Location: San Jose, CA

Designed for any employees making decisions at the software architecture-level, this conference will grant attendees exposure to essential techniques, trends, and other frameworks within the technology industry. The program will be led by engineers, senior developers, and high-level tech experts who will guide participants in an exploration of the real-world experiences of companies like Google, IBM, Ticketmaster, and Pivotal. Attendees will also have the chance to train in areas such as domain-driven design, distributed systems, and chaos engineering, alongside a variety of architecture-specific practices.

4. Big Data Toronto

Date: June 12-13

Location: Toronto, Canada

Attendees of this two-day conference will be exposed to 150 speakers and over 90 exhibiting brands, resulting in a 360-degree view of the data industry. The two-day event aspires to be “the most productive conference you attend this year,” offering exclusive access to skill-based workshops and product demonstrations as they relate to data, as well as discussions of tools, strategies, and trends within the industry. Participants will not only practice their skills but engage with experts from organizations such as Bank of America, Hopper, IBM, LG, and Uber.

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5. Cyber Security Summit

Date: June 25; September 17; November 6

Location: Seattle, WA; Charlotte, NC; Boston, MA; (plus six additional locations)

This conference aims to connect C-level and senior executives in charge of using technology to protect their organizations’ critical infrastructures with leading cyber solution providers. The structure of the event includes interactive panels, networking opportunities, and round table discussions with experts in the field. The conference is held in a variety of the nation’s top cities to accommodate the demand and travel limitations of high-level executive attendees. Individuals who participate in a full day of the summit will not only gain insight into top cybersecurity strategies but also earn six “Continuing Professional Education” (CPE) credits for their time at the event.

6. Black Hat USA

Date: August 3-8

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Considered the “world’s leading information security event,” Black Hat USA has been granting the opportunity for individuals to learn about the latest trends in information security for over 20 years. Offered in a vendor-neutral environment, this conference includes training sessions made up of technical courses often created exclusively for this event, briefings with leading security researchers, and more. The programming is also uniquely ideal for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including members of the security field, sponsors, career seekers, recruiters, members of academia, and more.

7. VM World

Date: August 25-29

Location: San Francisco, CA

Hosted by VMware, this event is designed to help businesses expand their knowledge and use of software within their organization. Through a series of panels, workshops, and breakout sessions, attendees will dive into topics such as cloud-based solutions, networking and security, digital workspace, and the exploration of emerging industry trends. VM World also offers hands-on labs in which participants can test out VMware’s latest solutions alongside experts in the technology who are available to answer questions.

8. O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference

Date: September 9-12

Location: San Jose, CA

Experts predict that the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in business will be common practice in the future, and this conference is designed to bring together experts in technology and business leaders to explore the extent of that convergence. Through face-to-face discussions with innovators, keynote speeches, tutorials, networking opportunities, and more, participants will learn how to leverage AI within their workplace today, while also exploring how this technology will impact business in the future.

9. Open Data Science Conference

Date: October 29-November 1

Location: San Francisco, CA

Considered “one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world,” this event offers an opportunity for 4,500 individuals interested in data science and machine learning to train, network, and hear from leaders within the industry. With 40 training sessions, 50 workshops, and over 200 speakers set to attend in 2019, this conference boasts over 320 hours of content for those looking to broaden their understanding of data science and sharpen their practical skills. Attendees will also have the chance to interact with some of the latest data science projects being developed today, including work in AI, virtual reality, and more.

10. AWS re:Invent

Date: December 2-6

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Hosted by Amazon Web Services, the AWS re:Invent conference features more than 2,500 sessions over a 4 ½-day period. Perfect for tech developers, engineers, system architects, and other technology-based employees, this people-focused event includes bootcamps, hands-on labs, and onsite AWS Certification exams. It also offers additional opportunities to network, learn from experts in the field, and gain a better understanding of emerging technologies being developed by this group through keynotes, an Expo experience, and more.

Looking for More?

These top tech conferences are a great place for leaders in STEM to develop the skills required to foster technological innovation in their organizations. For professionals looking for more comprehensive and specialized training, however, a certificate or degree may be the next step.

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Home to a wide variety of companies and institutions that share the university’s vision, these locations serve as a hub for cutting-edge thought leaders who inspire, create, and execute on new technologies and research daily.

These epicenters of discovery have a significant need for workers educated in science, technology, engineering, and math. Northeastern’s unique programs, grounded in experiential learning, are customized to offer students the knowledge and skill sets that these regions’ employers demand.


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