Attending a tech conferences is arguably the best way to learn about the industry, meet people, and potentially advance your career. Individuals attending these conferences have the opportunity to listen to lectures by established industry leaders, while finding time to network with innovative teams and individuals. There are tons of tech conferences across the country, with a few important ones just getting their start in the past few years.
According to David Wither of the Huffington Post, the conference industry is growing exponentially; growth rates are expected to climb 44 percent by the end of the decade.
What’s the best one – or the right one for you – to attend?
Listed below are some of the most notable tech and entrepreneurial conferences to save on your calendar for 2016.
Tech Week is the perfect event to look into if you’re hoping to get involved in new emerging tech trends. It’s also a bit flexible; the conference takes place in different locations throughout the country over a week-long period. According to The Muse, Tech Week aims to enable “the tech innovation ecosystem” by bringing everyone involved in the industry under one roof. It features a startup/technologies expo, as well as renowned speakers and you guessed it – a hiring fair.
GPU Technology Conference
Located right in San Jose, neighboring Silicon Valley, the GPU Tech Conference is great for entrepreneurs hoping to meet researchers and developers. The conference’s main niches include artificial intelligence. The rapidly growing virtual reality industry is sure to be a highlight this year. According to Wither of the Huff Post, self-driving cars are also expected to be the major centerpiece of the conference’s conversation this year.
Information Technology dominates CIO Summit in Chicago.. The conference focuses largely on the challenges facing IT sphere. Leading experts enlighten attendees, encouraging collaboration and innovation for both established and growing companies.
Collision has become the fastest growing tech convention in the country. In between the two weekends of New Orlean’s Jazz Fest, the convention features a Launch Pad PITCH Competition that hosts competitors from eight different U.S. cities, pitching their products in attempts to win. Entrepreneurs swarm to woo investors.
TechCrunch Disrupt NYC
Disrupt NYC is known as one of the hottest conferences of the year. Startups and innovators from across the country come here to pitch new ideas to investors and possible business partners.The conference also features Hackathon, where tech gurus showcase their skills in competition against one another. Although Disrupt is mainly catered for early entrepreneurs and startups, individuals of all levels of business attend the east coast’s most important tech convention.
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