Top 5 Tech Events to Attend in 2014
In the tech industry, like most other fields, conferences provide a chance for the movers and shakers to gather, learn, network and have fun. Which are the biggest and best places to be seen by the tech crowd in 2014? The five events below are a hit with those in the know.
International Consumer Electronics Show
Las Vegas, NV – January 7-10
A veteran in the consumer electronics space, International CES has been running since 1967 and is one of the biggest annual conventions held in the massive Las Vegas Convention Center. Products such as the VCR, camcorder, CD player and HDTV all made their debut at CES – this is the place to take new products to market in the consumer electronics world. Keynote speakers at the 2014 CES convention will include Marissa Mayer from Yahoo, Kazuo Hirai from Sony, John Chambers from Cisco, Rupert Stadler from Audi AG, and Brian Krzanich from Intel.
South by Southwest Interactive
Austin, TX – March 7-11
While SXSW has been the event of the year in Austin since 1987, the Interactive portion of the conference began in 1994. Starting as a “multimedia” track with just 8 panels and 36 speakers, the conference has grown to be one of the biggest annual events for digital thinkers all over the world. SXSW Interactive celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, and 2014 promises to be the biggest year yet. This year, the conference will offer new tracks devoted specifically to sports and television. Also featured will be SXSW Create, a free space for makers and hackers that debuted in 2013, and the popular Startup Village, which is geared toward tech entrepreneurs. The majority of sessions and speakers were announced in October. Keynote speakers announced thus far include author Austin Kleon, TV personality Adam Savage, and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of the genetics website 23andMe.
San Francisco, CA – March 27-29
Formerly known as MacWorld, the annual iWorld conference started in 1985 as a gathering for those who would “best understand the far-reaching effects the Macintosh will have in business, schools and at home.” It later became Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ platform to showcase Apple’s biggest innovations. The conference was rebranded in 2012 to focus not just on Macintosh computers but to be more of a consumer electronics show – featuring other products such as the iPod and iPad, along with mobile applications and physical computing devices such as GPS wristwatches. Though the speakers for 2014 won’t be announced until December, you can check out the convention’s First Looks page for a sampling of new products that will debut at the show.
Las Vegas, NV – March 31-April 4
Marketed as the “leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inspire and inform the world’s IT community,” Interop tends to be a showcase for technology as much as products – historically, the conference has showcased technologies such as IP networks and cloud computing. Workshops focus on topics like networking, IT management, virtualization, security and more. The conference runs consecutively with the Cloud Connect Summit and the InformationWeek Conference.
Fortune Brainstorm TECH
Las Vegas, NV – January 6
A shorter, one-night affair, Fortune’s annual Brainstorm TECH meeting features top leaders in technology, marketing and business, who speak during a dinner event intended to foster the exchange of new ideas. The theme for 2014 is “Marketing Reimagined: Leveraging New Technologies for Growth,” and speakers will include Neil Ashe, President and CEO of Global eCommerce for Wal-Mart; Carolyn Everson, VP of Global Marketing Solutions for Facebook; and Anne Lewnes, Chief Marketing Officer at Adobe.