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10 tech events to attend before 2015 is out

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2016 is fast approaching but there are plenty of tech events to attend before the year is out. Here are 10 to consider around the world.

We’re way past the mid-way point of 2015, and while a lot of the biggest tech conferences have already faded into the background until next year, there’s still plenty of events to get excited about before 2016 rolls around.

This list features the most highly anticipated tech conferences around the world still yet to come in 2015.

15092224373_e595a8c4de_oDublin Web Summit: 3-5 November

The Dublin Web Summit is a pretty big deal. Previous attendees include Bono and Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla and PayPal. In 2014 the conference managed to pull in around 22,000 guests, and the event serves as a platform for some of the hottest startups and investors to join forces on a range of projects.

For a tech conference, the speakers are a varied bunch, from Facebook’s CTO, Mike Schroepfer and Pixar’s president, Ed Catmull to Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Champions League winning goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

fintech weekFintech Week: 14-18 September

Based in the heart of London, Fintech Week is all about one of the fastest growing tech sectors. This tech conference aims to pair disruptive startups with the biggest investors and industry leaders.

Speakers include everyone from angel investors and university professors to block chain experts and CTOs from major banks in one of the strongest global rosters of fintech knowledge.

BarcampBarCamp: 27-28 September

Unlike some of the high-octane thrills that can be found at some of the big tech conferences, BarCamp has an emphasis on improvisational networking.

Describing itself as an ‘ad-hoc unconference’ Bar Camp, based in London, allows it’s attendees to make and sit in on presentations in a more free-form environment.

Don’t be fooled by the laid-back nature of the rhetoric though, BarCamp can count Microsoft and Braintree­ developers among its sponsors.

IP EXPO EuropeIPEXPO Europe: 7-8 September

In London, the IPEXPO Featuring a range of speakers and seminars, the IPEXPO is a chance for attendees to get their finger on the pulse of the digital world.

Billed as a learning platform as much as a networking event, IPEXPO allows guests to engage with the latest tech and hear from influential speakers from SAP, IBM, Microsoft and many more.

Performance Marketing InsightsPerformance Marketing Insights: 29-30 October

In the digital age it’s becoming difficult for marketers to keep in the loop with progression in the industry. Luckily there’s conferences like PMI’s London event to help advertisers to stay on top of the industry.

Spread over two days, there’s speed-networking, boot camps, and an after-party to keep guests entertained, and with over well over 1,000 attendees last year, opportunity abounds.

10170117824_d5737b4cb1_oGrace Hopper: 14-16 October

Held in Houston, Texas, Grace Hopper is a women only affair, and is the world’s largest technical conference for women. Expected to have over 11,000 attendees in 2015, the conference has networking and mentoring and frequently results in collaborative proposals. Google, LinkedIn and Facebook are all represented by the speakers.



15860956897_fb7b2eb592_oAWS re:invent: 6-9 October

Held in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services gives attendees an opportunity to get learned-up with AWS and hone their skills.

Sessions are provided to help AWS engineers get to grips with the latest developments and are split across introductory, advanced and expert levels, so engineers of all abilities are catered for.

As per there’s networking and after-hours events to keep everyone mixing with likeminded people.

StartupAsiaTech in Asia – Tokyo 2015: 8-9 September

In what is possibly Asia’s biggest tech conference, the MO is to get as many startups and disruptive tech companies involved with as many potential investors as possible. On top of the speakers, fireside chats and networking, there’s a night crawl of the local drinking establishments and startup investor speed dating.

This event is a must attend for any Asian startups looking for a funding round.


AfricacomAfrica Com: 17-19 November

Africa is a tech market that is growing rapidly, and in it’s 18th year, Africa Com is the hottest tech conference in the continent, with more than 350 speakers, 10,000 guests and 375 exhibitors.

Held in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa’s biggest tech fest is a must see for anyone looking to expand into what will become a giant market in the coming years.

Techcrunch Disrupt SF 2013. Photo by Max Morse for Techrunch.TechCrunch Disrupt SF: 21-23 September

Held in San Francisco, TechCrunch’s conference has got a mix of one-on-one chats and guest speakers featuring some of the biggest global VCs and investors.

There’s plenty of excitement, as each afternoon, the Startup Battlefield competition is held, culminating in six finalists gunning for the ‘Disrupt Cup’.

There’s plenty of other features, including a Hackathon broadcast to an online audience of millions.