Never one to wind down on the run up to the holidays, we at Hot Topics have decided to look forward into 2015 and arrange a go-to guide for the most talked about and must-attend tech events around the world.
Whether you are a startup, investor, company, media organization, student or even NGO, we have it covered. Take a look through the Top 10 events across the year and choose your destination. We’ll see you there.
Las Vegas, USA
About: Last year’s record breaking event saw over 160 000 attendees from over 140 countries pile into the 2 million net square feet of exhibit space. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) markets itself as the global stage for innovation in consumer technologies. The early 2015 event will see what’s trending in the omnipresent Internet of Things, smart home, sensors and wearables.
Mountain View, CA, USA
About: The global family of startup founders, mentors and investors invest in, you guessed it, startups. Always on trend and always showcasing the leading startups in tech around the world, this event allows people to meet, mingle and learn from each other with workshops, “unconference” style talks and family style meals.
For the accredited, active investors out there, don’t forget there is a private event on February 3rd hosted by 500 Startups: Demo Day, Batch 11. Check out the latest companies to be showcased here, selected for their “awesomeness”.
About: This will be the 11th DLD meet and it continues to be one of Europe’s premier conference invitations. An impressive mix of startups, high tech industry leaders, digital orgs and opinion makers from Munich allow this to be an invitation-only event, but if you’re quick there is a possibility of applying for a ticket. Munich is a high-tech hub but they like to accommodate; for students and NGOs, there are a limited number of free conference passes.
About: The mobiles communications revolution is behind many of the recent tech breakthroughs we have been lucky enough to experience. And there is no better place to keep your fingers on that pulse than here. Billed as the greatest Mobile event in the world, for three days in March, Barcelona will host more than 1, 900 exhibitors who will deliver and review keynote speeches, the annual Global Mobile Awards and where, of course, App Planet, the mobile app community gather to engage and learn from innovators.
San Francisco, USA
About: Named after the three men that founded the event, Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Len Adlemen, there are a number of RSA events around the world, but the San Francisco meet is its flagship event. Extremely relevant for cryptographers and information security related discussions and ideas, it will be seen as a key indicator as to how the security services will keep up with technological advances in online, web-based systems such as iCloud and machine-to-machine interfaces.
Santa Clara, CA, USA
About: Tapping into the major new tech space that is the Internet of Things, this Development Conference in California is the only conference and tradeshow that targets the Internet of Things (IoT) product developer. It allows a focus on technical analysis, business strategies and product updates whilst also facilitating hands-on demonstrations and tutorials for anyone out there keen to get ahead in what will undoubtedly be Tech’s next big thing.
About: IFA is always viewed as the key place where retailers, buyers and experts with industry and media backgrounds can meet to discuss the latest innovations in consumer electronics and home appliances. It attracts trade visitors from over 100 countries and prides itself on managing to spot emerging trends and premier products on the international market. Don’t miss out.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
About: IBC has been around since 1967 and it still going strong and is one of the most influential annual events for electronic media, management and creativity professionals. It has its origins as a technical broadcast platform but has grown, from high demand, to cover a wide array of technical media creations: digital cinema, automated workflows, high resolution capture and display and online content, to name a few. Join around 1, 700 exhibitors each showcasing the state of the art in technology.
About: What definitive list would be without our annual event? At the moment the exact date is TBC but what we can promise is that it will be like nothing we have done before. Earlier in the year we will have a competition for our best tech startups, and in October, the winners will congregate to deliver their views and share their ideas. We want to focus on the main elements in tech for the future: Internet of Things, Business to Consumer innovation and SaaS and cloud-based services, all delivered via key note speeches and looking to innovation to solve tech’s key issues. Watch this space.
About: An annual event on any techie’s diary, Le Web continues to influence. Le Web’s focus is on digital innovation where trends of today and tomorrow are analyzed to determine the future of technology and business. With an international mindset, it prides itself on attracting a wide range of attendees where brands, tech gurus, companies, startups and media can all meet, learn and develop.
The current Hot Topics 2014 event is on throughout publication of this list and next year’s date is provisional and not verified on their 2015 calendar. Keep up to date using the link we have provided.