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Tech Conferences To Put On Your Bucket List

They're in pretty sweet locations, too
Mathew Coyte
6 Mar
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SXSW Interactive | March 9-13, Austin Texas, USA

South By South-West might be known as the place to go to discover new bands, but the tech conference that happens in the four days leading up to the music fest is fast becoming the regular Joe’s perfect intro to cutting edge tech media. Expect interactive Virtual Reality displays and lively panels rather than boring discussions on coding. SXSW Tech brings together entrepreneurs, creatives and influencers for a look at the future of tech, and some pretty decent nightlife. You’ll get to rub shoulders with some of the up-and-coming stars of the tech world and learn about the newest websites, games, and startups — all while tearing it up in Austin, Texas’s coolest city.

TED 2018 | April 10-14 Vancouver, Canada

By now most people will have seen at least one Ted Talk. The free online talks run the gamut of almost every topic you can imagine. Most of these Ted talks are filmed in front of a live audience at the popular annual Ted events held in different cities around the world. This year’s Ted Talks will take place in Vancouver (a Canadian city that Drake doesn’t live in) and unlike the free online talks, attendance costs a pretty penny with tickets starting at US$5,000.

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) | June 12-14, Los Angeles, USA

If you’re a gamer, a trip to E3 should be on your bucket list. Like the gaming version of Comicon, E3 is where the games companies unveil sneak peaks and demos of all of their upcoming releases, and many celebrate the launch of new games at E3 with elaborate parties (and infamous after-parties) dotted around LA. Last year, Call Of Duty WWII was launched at E3. This year we’re hoping to see The Last Of Us 2 and maybe even the much-anticipated Halo 6.

Tech Crunch Disrupt | Sept 5-7, San Francisco, USA

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC is often named the hottest tech conference of the year. If you’re a fan of HBO comedy Silicone Valley, you’ll recognise it as the event where the Pied Piper guys go to launch their app. It features pitches from up-and-coming startups, rock-star guest speakers, and a panels on pressing matters in the world of tech. It’s also held in San Francisco, the home of tech and the real life Silicone Valley, so it’s already more credible than the rest of this list.

Google I/O | May 8-10, Mountain View, California

If you want to be the first to find out about Google’s next driverless vehicle or VR goggles, head to Google I/O, held annually in a rather unimpressive amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Like Apple, Google choose to unveil their achievements with a lot of drama, and this year, you have to solve a complicated puzzle on the Google I/O website just to get info on the event.

News
|6 Mar|4 mins

Tech Conferences To Put On Your Bucket List

They're in pretty sweet locations, too
Mathew Coyte
6 Mar
Share:

SXSW Interactive | March 9-13, Austin Texas, USA

South By South-West might be known as the place to go to discover new bands, but the tech conference that happens in the four days leading up to the music fest is fast becoming the regular Joe’s perfect intro to cutting edge tech media. Expect interactive Virtual Reality displays and lively panels rather than boring discussions on coding. SXSW Tech brings together entrepreneurs, creatives and influencers for a look at the future of tech, and some pretty decent nightlife. You’ll get to rub shoulders with some of the up-and-coming stars of the tech world and learn about the newest websites, games, and startups — all while tearing it up in Austin, Texas’s coolest city.

TED 2018 | April 10-14 Vancouver, Canada

By now most people will have seen at least one Ted Talk. The free online talks run the gamut of almost every topic you can imagine. Most of these Ted talks are filmed in front of a live audience at the popular annual Ted events held in different cities around the world. This year’s Ted Talks will take place in Vancouver (a Canadian city that Drake doesn’t live in) and unlike the free online talks, attendance costs a pretty penny with tickets starting at US$5,000.

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) | June 12-14, Los Angeles, USA

If you’re a gamer, a trip to E3 should be on your bucket list. Like the gaming version of Comicon, E3 is where the games companies unveil sneak peaks and demos of all of their upcoming releases, and many celebrate the launch of new games at E3 with elaborate parties (and infamous after-parties) dotted around LA. Last year, Call Of Duty WWII was launched at E3. This year we’re hoping to see The Last Of Us 2 and maybe even the much-anticipated Halo 6.

Tech Crunch Disrupt | Sept 5-7, San Francisco, USA

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC is often named the hottest tech conference of the year. If you’re a fan of HBO comedy Silicone Valley, you’ll recognise it as the event where the Pied Piper guys go to launch their app. It features pitches from up-and-coming startups, rock-star guest speakers, and a panels on pressing matters in the world of tech. It’s also held in San Francisco, the home of tech and the real life Silicone Valley, so it’s already more credible than the rest of this list.

Google I/O | May 8-10, Mountain View, California

If you want to be the first to find out about Google’s next driverless vehicle or VR goggles, head to Google I/O, held annually in a rather unimpressive amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Like Apple, Google choose to unveil their achievements with a lot of drama, and this year, you have to solve a complicated puzzle on the Google I/O website just to get info on the event.

Mathew Coyte
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