If you’re under the impression that technology conferences are reserved for developers, hackers and start-ups, keep reading. Because technology has found its way into every industry and even our day-to-day lives, anyone can attend summits and conferences to make their business, their career and their life more streamlined and more successful.
From marketers to managers and everyone in between — these Bay Area conferences cover topics in brand development, storytelling, artificial intelligence and more. And there are even a few concerts, after parties and one giant Hackathon thrown in to make learning fun. Enjoy!
April 12 – 13, 2018 | Parc 55 | Registration
With more than 100 attendees, the Internet of Things Summit is two days of keynote speakers, interactive workshops and open forum discussion. The 2018 event is part of the San Francisco Data Innovation Festival 2018 which also includes the Big Data Innovation Summit and the Data Visualization Summit, each with their own tickets. To add more education and experience in June of 2018, you can also attend the Internet of Things Developers Conference!
April 16 – 20, 2018 | Moscone Center | Registration
Focused on Internet security, the RSA Conference features hands-on sessions, keynotes and informal gatherings that will cover new approaches to info security, the latest technology and top security leaders and pioneers.
April 23 – 25, 2018 | San Jose Convention Center | Registration
MarTech is one of the most popular marketing, technology and management conferences especially suited for marketers and technologists. The 2018 event boasts over 40 presentations, more than 45 experts, four workshops and over 100 exhibitors so you can adapt your organization, craft remarkable customer experiences, manage cross-functional teams and so much more.
May 1 – 2, 2018 | McEnery Convention Center | Registration
Facebook’s annual developer conference is a must-attend for social media, digital and technology-driven businesses everywhere. Over two days, the industry leaders at Facebook showcase new tools and the amazing work of the developers who are using them. Attendees — whether you’re there in-person or attending virtually — will learn about the latest products and innovations across the Facebook family of services, best practices and new ways to bring the world closer together.
May 8 – 10, 2018 | Moscone Center | Registration
At the Red Hat Summit, they believe open source technology gives us a platform for imagination and a focal point to collectively push for new possibilities. With a focus on automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, this conference will explore the endless possibilities of open source and how you can better use them in your life and business. In 2017, the event hosted more than 6000 attendees. In 2018, they’re making the party even better with a live performance by Weezer at the Red Hat Summit party hosted inside the San Francisco Armory.
I/O | Mountain View
May 8 – 10, 2018 | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Registration
Google’s annual developer conference is one of the largest and most important conferences for technologists using Google products and services. Themes cover various connection platforms, growing, acquiring and engaging new users, building on mobile devices and even moving beyond mobile. Guests will participate in Codelabs, Sandboxes and get a chance to talk with Googlers who will be on-hand to share insights!
May 30 – 31, 2018 | Parc 55 | Registration
Chief Marketing Officers, brand leaders and over 60 innovative brands come together to present this conference that maps out the state of and the future of marketing. The agenda includes tracks like The Science of Storytelling, Personalizing Customer Journeys and The Next Generation of Social Media with programs in content creation, automated personalization, organic versus paid and so much more.
WWDC 2018 | San Jose
June 4 – 8, 2018 | McEnery Convention Center | Registration TBA
WWDC stands for Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple’s yearly, week-long summer event for third-party software developers. At the event, attendees participate in workshops, training, parties and networking events but also get to hear the opening keynote speech which announces major updates to the software running on Apple products as well as upcoming hardware. Find out how to get tickets to attend in-person here.
June 24 – 28 | Moscone Center | Registration
The DAC is recognized as the premier conference for design and automation of electronic systems. Attendees cover a diverse worldwide community of more than 1000 organizations from system designers and architects to CAD managers and senior executives. Each year, the event includes around 300 technical presentations highlighting information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies.
June 25 – 26, 2018 | Grand Hyatt | Registration
The presenters and coordinators of this annual conference understand that new technologies in artificial intelligence and data are combining with a new Millennial mindset to transform the way product managers, marketers and growth engineers need to think and operate. Suited for anyone who interacts with the digital industry (i.e. everyone), this event will introduce attendees to some of the top minds in Silicon Valley, all discussing the latest strategies that will help you get an edge on your competitors.
July 24 – 27, 2018 | Moscone Center | Registration TBA
Centered on Google Cloud and the ways it can enhance your business, Google Cloud Next is a four-day conference that includes breakout sessions, meetings, networking and, of course, happy hours. Attendees will get the chance to share ideas and solve problems with other IT professionals, developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, executives, students and Google experts while also learning from experts and getting inspired. Check out the website to sign up for email announcements.
September 5 – 7, 2018 | Moscone Center | Registration
Disrupt has been one of the Bay Area’s most important conferences since the days before tech conferences were trendy. At this start-up focused event, founders, investors, hackers and tech leaders get the chance to learn on four stages, from interactive workshops and through networking. There are twelve category tracks that include everything from Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to HealthTech and Space. Don’t miss the renowned Startup Battlefield competition, a virtual Hackathon, hundreds of startups to meet in Startup Alley and legendary after parties!
September 25 – 28, 2018 | Downtown San Francisco | Registration
This annual event is one of the largest software conferences in the world. No matter your industry, role or company size, Dreamforce promises more than 2700 breakout sessions, world-renowned leaders and Salesforce experts, hands-on training, certification opportunities and demos as well as network connections with fellow trailblazers. With epic live concerts in the mix as well, this is a must-attend annual event.
November 28 – 29, 2018 | Santa Clara Convention Center | Registration
Three co-located events, 15 conference tracks, more than 12000 attendees, over 300 speakers and over 300 exhibitors make this one of the leading artificial intelligence conferences in the world. Hosted alongside the Internet of Things Tech Expo, these two days will bring together brands, market leaders, AI evangelists and start-ups to explore, debate and learn everything about Artificial Intelligence — from development to impacts and everything in between.
February 20 – 24, 2019 | Oakland Convention Center + Galvanize San Francisco | Registration TBA
Where will you be?
In the comments below, let us know which technology and digital marketing conferences you’ll be attending this year!