Top Tech Conferences: The Ultimate B2B tech events and show guide for 2018


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Love it or loathe it, events and conferences are often where wheelers and dealers in the world of technology meet to decide on the future of the industry.

Ironically, technology itself has accelerate the demise of some massive tech events (like Comdex) but the remaining ones are more focused, alive and bustling than ever before.

Techradar Pro and ITProPortal have joined forces with the tech B2B PR industry to curate a list of national and international technology events, conferences and happenings, focusing on B2B.

Open Source Leadership Summit

March 6th-8th, Sonoma Valley, California

Open Source Leadership Summit is coming to Sonoma Valley, March 6-8, 2018. Where open source leaders convene to drive digital transformation and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time. 

Why attend? The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit is the premier forum where these leaders convene to drive digital transformation with open source technologies and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time. 


March 10th-16th, Munich

CloudFest is a world-leading conference geared toward the cloud, hosting, and service provider industries. Focusing on three distinctive pillars – growth, connectivity and learning – the show provides cloud professionals access to the latest technologies, innovations, and trends that make modern, digital communication possible. 

Why attend? CloudFest embraces and celebrates the cloud industry –  it is everything new and exciting in technology and internet innovation. A place where like-minded thinkers and visionaries collaborate to move the cloud industry forward.  

ELC + OpenIoT Summit

March 12th-14th, Portland

The Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. For the past 13 years, ELC has had the largest collection of sessions dedicated exclusively to embedded Linux and embedded Linux developers.

Why attend?  OpenIoT Summit delivers the technical knowledge you need to deliver smart connected products and solutions that take advantage of the rapid evolution of IoT technologies. It is the only IoT event focused on the development of open IoT solutions. 

IFGS 2018

March 18th-20th, London Guildhall

FinTech is taking over London in 2018 as the Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS) convenes for two days on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th of March, at the Guildhall and across the City’s Square Mile.

Why attend? Taking inspiration from the expansion of FinTech globally, the summit will welcome the world’s leading lights, from innovators, institutions and investors to policy makers, regulators and international trade bodies.

CSW Arctic/Europe 2018

March 20th-24th, Sweden

This conference will bring the latest developments in crowdsourcing to centre stage, focusing around trending topics such as Finance, ICO’s & Green Bonds, Energy & Sustainability, Innovation & CrowdGaming, and Agriculture & Farming in the Sharing Economy.

Why attend? European and other international business leaders and changemakers will gather in Luleå & Vuollerim during the 5-day conference to share how crowdsourcing is shaping their industries and is transforming organisations today

Women of Silicon Valley

March 21st-22nd, San Francisco

Join 800+ tech leaders and professionals from the biggest names and hottest startups to learn from industry pioneers and boost your skills! Speakers include Arianna Huffington, Estée Lauder, Amazon, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Google, Sony Playstation, Facebook & many more! 

 Why attend? Be inspired by industry leaders, join a vibrant and talented community, grow your professional and personal skills.

Call & Contact Centre Expo 

March 21st-22nd, London

The event is the ultimate must-attend show for call and contact centre professionals looking to develop and learn from industry experts who know how to succeed in the world of customer engagement.

Why attend?  Over 700 exhibitors and 500 seminars taking place all under one roof. 

CeBIT 2018

March 20th-24th, Hannover, Germany

CeBIT is THE platform for experts and top decision-makers from all areas of digital business along the B2B value chain. The global market is present here – make sure you are, too! CeBIT is one of the world’s most important investment platforms for digital business processes. No other place can boast as many IT decision-makers and managers at the same time – or with such a strong focus on SMEs.

Why attend? The largest event for IT Decision Makers

EmTech Digital 2018

March 26th-27th, San Francisco

EmTech Digital is an annual conference designed to explore the latest digital technologies and trends, providing innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and venture capitalists the insight and intelligence to navigate this rapidly shifting landscape. 

Why attend? Meet the sharpest minds in the technology, management, startup, engineering, and academic communities–the people leading the next wave of intelligent technologies. 

Open Networking Summit

March 26th-29th, Los Angeles

ONS brings together business and technical leaders across enterprise, cloud and service providers to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open networking and orchestration. 

Why attend?  ONS is the best forum for companies to strengthen their brand, establish thought leadership, connect with both end customers and partners, showcase innovative products and drive the transformation in the emerging open source networking industry. 

RSA Conference 2018

April 16th-20th, San Francisco

 RSA Conference 2018 takes place April 16 to 20 in San Francisco – take this opportunity to learn about new approaches to info security, discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers.

Why attend?  Hands-on sessions, keynotes and informal gatherings allow you to tap into a smart, forward-thinking global community that will inspire and empower you. 

Blockchain Expo Global

April 16th-18th, London

Blockchain Expo, the leading global established blockchain for business event, will be arriving at London’s Olympia on 18-19 April 2018, bringing together industry leaders for two days of world-class content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies. 

Why attend? Blockchain Expo is expected to attract over 6,000 dedicated blockchain delegates over the two days.

IP Expo Manchester

April 25th-26th, Manchester

IP  EXPO Manchester is part of Europe’s number one Enterprise IT event series, for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive their business forward. 

Why attend?  The event showcases brand new exclusive content and senior level insights from across the industry, as well as unveiling the latest developments in IT. IP EXPO Manchester now incorporates six events under one roof including: Cloud & IoT, Cyber Security Manchester, Networks & Infrastructure , Data & Analytics, DevOps and AI.

IRMS Annual Conference 2018

May 20th-22nd, Brighton

This major industry gathering provides an annual opportunity to get an independent view on the key challenges surrounding this critical resource, brought to you by the internationally renowned Information & Records Management Society (IRMS). 

Why attend? A packed programme of inspirational speakers, lively discussions and unbeatable networking opportunities – centred around the latest thinking, industry innovations and best practice from world-class organisations. 


May 22nd-23rd, Gdansk, Poland

infoShare is where you can share your story and make your ideas happen. Here you will find knowledge and inspiration, form meaningful relations and create a truly innovative technological society.

Why attend? The biggest technology conference in central eastern Europe brings together thought leaders in the IT industry with a packed programme of speakers and sessions.


May 22nd-24th, Berlin

Top officials from NATO, European and North American companies will meet at NITEC18 industry conference to discuss NATO’s digital transformation and the Alliance’s emerging technological and cyber needs and to explain how companies can take part in NATO business. 

Why attend?   The event will outline upcoming business opportunities in the areas of NATO IT modernization, missile defense, Air Command and Control, cyber security, intelligence, etc. and will provide direct access to NATO Programme managers as well as get-together opportunities for NATO, academia, technology hubs and commercial technology companies (including start-ups, entrepreneurs, and Small and Medium Enterprises).

Diversity in Technology 2018

May 24th, London

Join the UK’s very first conference to have a holistic discussion about how we can increase diversity and equal opportunity in the fastest growing sector of our economy. Take a deep dive into the fundamentals of attracting, hiring, developing and retaining diverse talent. 

Why attend? Be part of the global movement committed to changing the diversity landscape in tech and make sure that you are reaping the rewards of advancing inclusion and driving workforce evolution.

Accountex 2018

May 23rd-24th, London

Accountex gives decision makers the unique opportunity to discover new products from over 200 exhibitors, hear keynotes from leading industry names, and all whilst networking with a who’s who of the industry.

Why attend? 16 theatres, 150 expert speakers, over 180 CPD-accredited Keynotes, seminars and workshops, and 200 exhibitors.

InfoSecurity Europe 2018

June 6th-8th, London

Infosecurity Europe (Infosec) is the region’s number one information security event featuring Europe’s largest and most comprehensive conference programme and over 400 exhibitors showcasing the most relevant information security solutions and products to over 19,500 information security professionals. 

Why attend?  Join Europe’s largest information security community and be part of the future of the industry. 

Machine Intelligence Summit

June 6th-7th, Hong Kong

The 5th Global Machine Intelligence Summit will explore the latest technical advancements in A.I., machine learning and their applications in different areas such as business, healthcare, education, finance, automation, etc.  

Why attend?   Confirmed speakers from: Alibaba, HSBC, DBS Bank, TVB, NASA, GogoVan, DHL and more.   

Machine Learning in Healthcare Summit

June 6th-7th, Hong Kong

The 5th Global Machine Intelligence in Healthcare Summit will showcase the opportunities of advancing methods in machine learning and their impact across healthcare and medicine. Learn the AI tools and techniques set to revolutionise healthcare applications, medicine & diagnostics from a global line-up of experts 

Why attend?   Discover the machine intelligence tools & techniques set to revolutionise healthcare applications, medicine & diagnostics.

Tech for Britain

June 7th, London

Tech for Britain is the UK’s premier conference for those working in technology, with some of the finest leaders in the space taking to the stage to deliberate over the challenges and opportunities surrounding technology impact within the enterprise. 

Why attend? With sessions on everything from disruption to tech culture, there is something for all sectors.

AI Summit London

June 12th-14th, London

Now in its 3rd year, The AI Summit is the world’s first and largest conference & exhibition to look at the practical implications of AI for enterprise organisations, the actual solutions that are transforming business productivity. The AI Summit aims to help the business leader, data scientist, engineer successful implementing their AI projects.

Why attend? Join 10,000+ visitors, 3000+ delegates, 300+ speakers at The AI Summit London and secure your place at the front-end of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Open Source Summit Japan & Automotive Linux Summit 

June 20th-22nd, Tokyo

Automotive Linux Summit connects the developer community driving the innovation in automotive Linux together with the vendors and users providing and using the code in order to drive the future of embedded devices in the automotive arena.  

Why attend? The leading conference for technologists and open source industry leaders to collaborate and share information, learn about the latest in open source technologies and find out how to gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.

Women of Silicon Roundabout 2018

June 26th-27th, London

Join 3000 tech leaders and professionals at the UK’s vibrant centrepiece for women in tech. Speakers include Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho CBE, Baroness Joanna Shields, Microsoft, Monzo Bank, Facebook,, eBay & many more!

Why attend? Hear from the best speakers in the industry, enhance your entire skills portfolio and celebrate gender diversity in the world’s fastest growing industry.

LinuxCon China

June 26th-28th, Beijing

At LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen, attendees will collaborate, share information and learn about the newest and most interesting open source technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud technologies, networking, microservices and more; in addition to gaining insight into how to navigate and lead in the open source community.

Why attend?  Three conferences in one, this event is a technical conference for developers, operations experts (architects, sys admins, devops), business, compliance and legal leadership and other professionals to come together in an informal setting to learn from open source experts, have fascinating discussions, collaborate with peers, and gain a competitive advantage with innovative open solutions. 

Open Source Summit North America

August 29th-31st, Vancouver

Open Source Summit is the premier open source technical conference in North America, gathering 2,000+ developers, operators and community leadership professionals to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Why attend?  Four events in one, Open Source Summit is a technical conference where 2,000+ developers, operators, and community leadership professionals convene to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Open Networking Summit EU

September 25-27th, Amsterdam

ONS Europe brings together business and technical leaders across enterprise, cloud and service providers to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open networking and orchestration.

Why attend?  ONS is the largest and most inclusive Open Networking & Orchestration event in the world, bigger and better than ever before.

World Summit AI 2018

October 10-11th, Amsterdam

World Summit AI will gather the whole ecosystem, Enterprise, Startups, Investors and Deep Tech from every corner of the globe in Amsterdam for 2 days of knowledge-sharing and networking. From applied solutions for corporate and enterprise to the implications of Artificial Intelligence on society, including ethics and AI4good, World Summit AI will tackle head-on the most burning AI issues for 2018 and beyond.

Why attend? In 2017, the summit sold-out and brought together thousands of AI explorers, the most influential people in AI as speakers and all the big tech companies including Google, Facebook, IBM, Amazon, Intel, Uber and Apple. In 2018, we’re expecting over 4,500 attendees and 140 of the brightest brains on stage to tell you everything you need to know about AI.

Open FinTech Forum

October 10th-11th, New York

Focusing on the intersection of financial services and open source, Open FinTech Forum will provide CIOs and senior technologists guidance on building internal open source programs as well as an in-depth look at cutting-edge open source technologies, including AI, Blockchain/Distributed Ledger, Kubernetes/Containers, Quantum Computing, that can be leveraged to drive efficiencies and flexibility.

Why attend? Hear the latest news, views and opinions from some of the industry-leading minds.

Open Source Summit Europe

October 22nd-24th, Edinburgh

Open Source Summit is the premier open source technical conference in Europe, gathering 2,000+ developers, operators and community leadership professionals to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Why attend?  Four events in one, Open Source Summit is a technical conference where 2,000+ developers, operators, and community leadership professionals convene to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud computing and more.

Big Data LDN

November 13th-14th, London

Big Data LDN is a free to attend conference and exhibition where delegates discuss the big questions and share ideas with forward-thinking peers and leading members of the Data community.

Why attend? Hear from 100+ expert speakers in 8 technical and business-led conference tracks, including real world use-cases and discuss your business requirements with 80+ leading technology vendors and consultants.

Hyperledger Global Forum

December 12th-15th, Basel, Switzerland

Developers, vendors, enterprise end-users, and enthusiasts of business blockchain technologies will converge in Basel, Switzerland December 12–15, 2018 for the inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum. 

Why attend? The first two days will feature a forum with keynotes, breakout sessions and a technical showcase. The following two days will feature hands-on tutorials, and workshop events, with the week culminating in a hackathon.

CES 2019

January 8th- 11th 2019, Las Vegas, USA

For 50 years, CES has been the launch pad for new innovation and technology that has changed the world. Held in Las Vegas every year, it is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

Why attend? More than 3800 of the biggest tech firms exhibiting.

BETT 2019

January 24th-27th, London

Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together the global education community to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

Why attend? Over 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start ups and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented) will all be present.

Mobile World Congress 2019

February 25th – 28th Barcelona

The world’s biggest mobile trade show marks another year in Barcelona with a stellar line-up of speakers and exhibitors.

Why attend? Over 2,300 exhibitors will gather in Barcelona to showcase the newest technologies and most innovative products available. Take your place among the companies that are shaping the connected future.

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