Anyone who is interested in keeping current in the technology industry should make technology conferences a regular event in her yearly business plans. In its simplest form, a technology conference consists of professionals, vendors, and luminaries within the industry who convene at a set location for anywhere from a single day up to several days, depending on the particular conference. After some form of opening ceremony is given, possibly with the conference’s guest of honor addressing the attendees, the convention properly opens up with a variety of scheduled keynote speeches, seminars, demonstrations, and discussions.
In addition to all the scheduled events, attendees are given plenty of opportunity to meet and discuss with one another. This can lead to mutually improving company networks, a deeper understanding of some aspect of the industry, negation of the potential for an echo chamber of ideas within your own company, or even the potential for offers of employment.
A few tech conferences to keep an eye on in this year of 2014 include:
- Interlop Las Vegas This IT conference is for those interested in further business within the IT field, new applications, enhancing infrastructure, cloud computing and other forms of virtualization, SDN, Risk Management, and Mobility.
Occurs: March 31st-April 4th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
- TechEd North America This is Microsoft’s finest conference for both IT professionals and developers. It promises several hands-on learning experiences as well as panels hosted by leading Microsoft experts.
Occurs: May 12-15th at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
- HDI A UBM conference for VPs, directors, team leads and supervisors, analysts, technicians, CIOs and CTOs, and customer service and call center professionals. HDI has been held since 1990. Notable events include Peter Sheahan’s Talent Revolution keynote speech, and an array of pre-conference workshops such as “Trimming Six Sigma for the Business World.”
Occurs: April 1st-4th at the Gaylord Palms Orlando in Florida.
- ISTE The International Society for Technology in Education is a leading organization for educators interested in using technology in their PK-12 classes. Previous ISTE keynote speakers have included Steve Jobs and Sir Ken Robinson.
Occurs: June 28th-July 1st at the Georgia World Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia.