|Technology is infiltrating every aspect of our lives. From the moment we wake up to the moment we get ready for bed most of us interact with some sort of technology. And while I am in the business of face-to-face events, we can’t deny that the explosion in new technologies makes our lives easier while facilitating growth and connectivity in our businesses. Additionally, much of today’s innovation, even in the most traditional industries, is coming from adapting digital technologies to improve on existing products.
With that in mind, I have compiled a list of some of the most popular technology trade shows and events in 2016. You may choose to attend just to expand your knowledge of what’s new in technology, register for a show that is in your industry to network with your peers and learn what is new, or decide if you want to exhibit or fund a sponsorship at one of these events. If there is an important tech show I missed, please let me know so we can ensure this is list is complete.
1. International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®)
Took place January 7-10, 2016 – Las Vegas
CES is the most widely known technology business event. People of all walks come from all over the world to see what is new in technology. This show has broadened in the past few years to include other industries that feature innovations using technology. For instance sports, automobiles, and even houseware companies now have larger booths at CES. This show is a great place to see the largest selection of hands-on exhibits featuring emerging innovation. CES 2017 will take place January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas.
2. SANS Security East 2016
January 25-30, 2016 – Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Hands-on, immersion-style security training courses taught by real-world practitioners are offered at SANS Security East 2016.
3. ITEXPO 2016
January 25-28, 2016 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
This four-day tech conference, hosted at the Broward County Convention Center, offers workshops and specialized training in Content Marketing, CVx, Ingate SIP Trunking and Telecom Reseller. Get a crash course in the Asterisk Project in an info-rich, all-day seminar and learn how to increase ROI at the ChannelVision (CVx) Expo.
4. Healthcare Information and Management Systems Software (HIMSS)
February 29 – March 4, 2016 – Las Vegas
This is one of the top, if not the top, show for Healthcare IT professionals. They provide educational sessions, world class speakers, products, networking and more. The user conference usually has well over 1,000 healthcare IT vendors exhibiting and about 30,000 attendees. The 2017 event is currently planned for 2/19-2/23 in Orlando.
5. Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)
May 2-5, 2016 – NRG Park, Houston, Texas
OTC is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.
6. National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB)
April 16-21, 2016 – Las Vegas
This media and entertainment industry show features innovation and cutting-edge technologies and showcases content creation from new and established industry players. Attendees represent broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom, post-production, academia, advertising, security, sports, events, online video, IT, augmented reality and more.
7. International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)
September 12-17, 2016 – McCormick Place, Chicago
Co-located with the Industrial Automation North America show, IMTS features the cutting-edge in factory, process and building automation. This event is the place to see the automation industry’s most innovative solutions and technologies.
September 14-17, 2016 – Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, Dallas
CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. The CEDIA show is the international tradeshow for the Residential Custom Electronics Industry where they feature new home technology products, training and certification programs.
November 16-18, 2016 – Las Vegas
FABTECH is the premier fabricating event series across North America. Every year, thousands of manufacturing decision-makers attend these major events to source metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing equipment and products.
10. InfoComm Conference
June 4-10, Exhibits June 8-10, 2016 – Las Vegas Convention Center
InfoComm International is the world’s largest professional audio/visual information communications systems conference and exposition. InfoComm serves over 900 exhibitors and more than 35,000 attendees from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries.
11. Enterprise Connect Expo
March 7-9 2016 – Gaylord Palms, Orlando
Enterprise Connect is the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise communications and collaboration in North America. Produced by UBM Tech, Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry’s vendors, analysts and more. Connect with over 180 exhibitors.
12. ISC West
April 6-8, 2016 – Sands Expo, Las Vegas
ISC WEST is the largest security industry trade show in the U.S. At ISC West, you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from over 1,000 companies in the security industry and network with over 28,000 security professionals.
13. SXSW – South by Southwest Interactive Festival 2016
March 13-17, 2016 – Austin, Texas
The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15, 2016. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2016 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to discover the technology of tomorrow today.
May 2-6, 2016 (Expo May 4-5) – Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
Interop returns to host a global headquarters for IT professionals to explore the latest in network infrastructure, leverage the applications and technologies the network supports, elevate their careers and drive business success.
February 2-4, 2016 – The Hilton, New York
At Legaltech, law firms and legal departments can get hands-on, practical information for improving their law practice management. Legaltech provides an in-depth look at what the technological world has in store for you and your practice AND offers an expansive exhibit floor with the most extensive gathering of innovative products designed to meet your current and future technology needs.
16. Connected Health Symposium
October 20-21, 2016 – Boston
This event is put together by Partners Healthcare and brings together some of the best digital technologies used for healthcare. The Connected Health Symposium promotes innovative thinking and the application of personal consumer health technologies to support new models of care. With a focus on trends using technology for health care delivery, the Symposium gathers thought leaders with the intent to grow the connected health marketplace.
17. SC16 Conference for High Performance Computing Networking Storage and Analysis
November 13-16, 2016 (Exhibition November 14-17) – Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, SC brings together the international supercomputing community; gathering scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and developers. The internationally recognized technical program will include presentations, papers, informative tutorials, research posters and educational sessions. The show will feature the latest technologies and accomplishments from leading vendors, research organizations and universities. SC16 will be the very first opportunity to learn about many of the technologies that will shape the future of large-scale technical computing and data-driven science.
18. Radiological Society of North America (RSNA®)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, 2016 – McCormick Place, Chicago
RSNA is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 54,000 members from 136 countries across the globe. RSNA hosts the world’s premier radiology forum, drawing approximately 55,000 attendees annually to McCormick Place in Chicago
November 1-4, 2016 – Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas
SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities. The 2015 SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components. NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
20. RSA Conference 2016
February 29- March 4, 2016 – Moscone Center, San Francisco
Connect with technology, trends and people working on protecting the digital world. This conference includes an expo, educational sessions, learning labs and crowdsourced sessions.
I did not include private tech events in our list. However, there are many large tech events that are user or vendor conferences which draw hundreds if not thousands of people from all around the world to discuss not just the particular companies that are sponsoring the events and their products, but also provide broader technology education. Some large tech events have become notable in their own right. These include: Sapphire (SAP), HP Discover, Dreamforce (Salesforce) , Dell World, VMworld, EMC World, Ignite (Microsoft), ad-tech, AWS Summit (Amazon)Cisco Live, IBM Interconnect 2016, Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, etc.
Resources used for this article include CIO.com Your guide to top tech conferences and the web sites for each of the trade shows and events listed. Also referenced was The Top Must-Attend Information Security Conferences from the digitalguardian.com.