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Emerging Event Trends That Will Shape the Industry in 2021

2020 forever changed the way we plan events. As we welcome the new year, there is still much uncertainty ahead. However, a few things are for sure; virtual events are here to stay, and the future is hybrid. We’ve identified 26 emerging event trends that will propel our industry forward into the new hybrid events era.

Event Trend: The Rise of Hybrid Events

97% of event professionals believe we will see more hybrid events in 2021. Attendees and planners alike are missing in-person connections, but they also see the benefits of virtual. That’s why hybrid events will become the new normal, combining the best of digital and live experiences.

What will this look like? It’s hard to predict but here are some ways hybrid events could emerge in 2021.

Shared Experiences Between IRL and Virtual Audiences

Technology will drive the evolution of hybrid events. Events will utilize tech to create opportunities for attendees to share experiences no matter where in the world they are tuning in from. At our recent event (Almost) HYBRID, CEO and Co-Founder at Bizzabo, Eran Ben-Shushan spoke directly to this idea:

“Hybrid events will need to bridge the gap between virtual and in-person audiences. They will need to create opportunities for attendees to take part in shared experiences.”

Eran Ben-Shushan CEO and Co-Founder at Bizzabo

Be sure to watch his full keynote at (Almost) HYBRID.

Mirco-events with Virtual Components

Micro-events are smaller events that are usually part of a larger hybrid model. These types of events provide many benefits beyond safety alone. Smaller and more intimate events allow attendees to network and make strong connections. Having fewer people means there are opportunities for your guests to network on a more personal level. Attendees feel like part of the event, not just a number. Micro-events are a great way for planners to meet their attendees where they are and provide more flexibility for people to attend the event. Your guests can attend in-person one day and virtually the next day, creating their own event experiences based on their personal needs and comfort level.

IACC Americas announced they will hold their event in a hybrid format this year with micro-events or “MultiPOD locations”. Each pod will hold unique experiences but the main elements will be broadcast together offering a shared experience.

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Source: IACC

Broadcast Quality Production

Moving into the era of the hybrid event, it’s time to raise the bar on virtual event production, and this event trend does exactly that. We can’t go back to before virtual events. Your virtual audience won’t accept one camera streamed from the back of house. Your attendees will expect to experience a higher production value moving forward. However you deliver your content, it needs to be engaging to both audiences. This is why professional broadcasting will become much more prominent in 2021.

Recently at Convening Leaders 2021, PCMA partnered with the Singapore Tourism Board and Marina Sands Bay to create a dynamic broadcasting experience. Because this was a hybrid event, the broadcast was designed to resonate with both the IRL and virtual audiences. Using LED walls and floors, the studio could quickly transform backgrounds and bring in panelists from remote locations, allowing attendees across the globe to engage in a high-quality broadcast experience.

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Source: Convening Leaders 2021

Event Trend: A Focus on Safety

Safety will be a top concern for the foreseeable future of events. It will also be a major factor in your audience’s decision as to whether or not they feel comfortable attending your event. This is an event trend, but it needs to be taken very seriously. While nothing can fully mitigate the risk of attending events, there are many steps we can take to prevent spread. It will be up to the event organizers to do their best to provide an environment safe to gather in.

On-Site Rapid Testing

Rapid testing before event entry will create a bubble and help to eliminate the spread of COVID-19 at your event. Companies like EventScan are leading the charge to re-open the events industry by offering PCR and rapid testing for large gatherings that can be processed on-site in as little as 10-minutes.

Pre-Entry Health Screenings

Before entering events, expect to go through a health screening. This is likely to include a temperature check and filling out a health survey form.

It’s best to have some form of digital health screening before attendees even step foot on site. HealthShield is an SMS based COVID-19 pre-event health screening application that will send attendees automated daily screenings straight to them via text message. This is an easy way to track important health data and keep in-person events safe. In the case of an outbreak, organizers can also track the community, send out alerts, and share results with necessary parties as needed.

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Source: HealthShield

Wearable Tech

Wearable tech will be a must for a safe return to in-person events. It’s doubtful we’ll see touchscreen registration return to in-person events. Instead, we will see technology that helps attendees stay contactless. Smart Badges and wristbands using RFID technology can provide a way for contactless payment, digital lead retrieval. Wearable tech can also be used to mitigate risks by controlling crowds and providing contact tracing.

Klik offers a smart badge solution with built-in RFID technology that can help make your event safer. The smart badge can aid in crowd management, monitoring crowd density, and even controlling access when needed. If an attendee tests positive for COVID-19, the technology can provide a list of attendees who are at-risk due to close proximity and inform them to stop the spread as quickly as possible. Klik’s technology also allows attendees to have touchless interactions; with a click of the badge, attendees and exhibitors can exchange contact information.

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Source: Klik

Safety Signage

If you’ve been anywhere in 2020 you have likely seen social distancing signage. Event organizers will use this signage to remind attendees to protect themselves with reminders that encourage social distancing, wear masks, and wash their hands, as well as advice on when to stay home.

The Atlantis Bahamas recently hosted the SEARCH Foundation’s Hybrid Retreat. The resort had signage out for all their guests to encourage social distancing, and safety. The resort also made their policies and how they are keeping guests safe available on their website so guests knew what to expect on arrival, you can read more on how they are keeping guests safe here.

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Source: Thuy Diep

Looking for more information on how to plan events safely during the pandemic? Check out our Comprehensive Guide to Coronavirus for Events here.

Event Trend: Upskilling

Event professionals will need to evolve to keep up with the changing landscape of events. Our new normal is nothing like our past, and with the world just becoming comfortable with the idea of virtual events, there is a new type of event on the rise. Planners in a post-pandemic world will need to understand how to move into the new era of hybrid events. Many event professions are doing this by future-proofing their careers and obtaining event planning certifications.

Certifications like a DES (Digital Event Strategist) are gaining popularity as a direct result of virtual events. DES lets organizers stay relevant in the digital world, teaching them to plan, produce, and measure digital events from start to finish, including monetizing virtual events and learning how to choose the best tech solutions.

Event Leadership Institute also offers professional development certificate courses for event professionals looking to level up in subjects like Pandemic Meeting & Event Design, and Technical Meeting & Event Production Online.

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Source: Event Leadership Institute

Event Trend: Virtual is Here to Stay

While most event professionals are eager to return to in-person events, the virtual component of events is here to stay. 93% of event professionals plan to invest in virtual events moving forward according to our Event Outlook Report. Because of this, we’ll see large improvements in virtual conferences and events such as enhancements in cybersecurity, virtual networking, and event entertainment moving forward.

Interactive Event Entertainment

At the beginning of virtual events, planners weren’t worried about mastering virtual. Anything was better than just canceling your event, so planners around the world did their best to take their events online. Now that we are settling into our new normal, attendees will expect more from their virtual event experience. Because of this, we believe there will be an emphasis on interactive event entertainment moving forward. Event organizers will begin to think outside the box and push the boundaries of what is possible for virtual event ideas and entertainment. Hands-on cocktail making classes, mind reading, and games like Family Feud are all opportunities to provide interaction.

At our recent virtual summit, (Almost) HYBRID. We brought in North Coast, NYC’s premier hip-hop improv team for a live interactive performance. To make it interactive, North Coast asked the audience questions about their favorite parts of events in our chat. Before the show, even started attendees were interacting and swapping stories about past events.

When it was time to perform North Coast delivered personalized improv hip-hop and pulled stories from the chats into their performance. This allowed attendees to interact and be part of the entertainment.

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Source: (Almost) HYBRID

Improvements in Virtual Networking and Creating Community

Networking continues to be a challenge surrounding virtual events. When we surveyed event organizers for the Evolution of Events report over half (68.8%) of event marketers believe it is more difficult to provide networking opportunities in the virtual world. It’s a safe bet that event professionals will place a large emphasis on this event trend.

Communities offer a way for attendees to build meaningful connections. Traditional networking events are often hurried and don’t create an environment for attendees to connect on a deeper, more impactful level. At Bizzabo we recognized this issue and came up with a networking community that integrates with LinkedIn, and allows one-on-one messaging to make it easy for attendees to engage with each other before, during, and after the event.networking - event trends

Source: Bizzabo

Event Trend: Heightened Cyber Security

Since the pandemic began in 2020, the FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cyber crimes. (IMC Grupo). With virtual events becoming an event staple, there is a huge need for improved cybersecurity. Event technology solutions must provide adequate data protection for attendees and they should make the security and compliance procedures easy to access. A virtual platform holds loads of private information, from payment information and personal addresses to flight numbers and more. Event technology providers must do their due diligence to protect attendees’ information.

Security Audits

Event planners and event technology solutions will regularly conduct audits to maintain security. At Bizzabo we regularly conduct certified third-parties to maintain our best-in-class security.

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Passwordless Logins

Creating both a level of simplicity and added security, passwordless logins could be a glimpse into the future of events. This gives attendees a seamless experience and eliminates the use of easy to guess passwords. At Bizzabo, we’ve created a magic link that users click to be automatically logged into any Bizzabo web or mobile solutions they are looking to access.

reCAPTCHA

Secure your events and prevent bots from logging in with the latest version of reCAPTCHA. If you’ve ever filled out a submission form online you’ve probably taken a reCAPTCHA test. You may have seen this before; some common examples are checking specific boxes in a picture, and spelling words from the distorted text to prove you are human. It’s a frictionless way to detect and stop automated attacks and only allow attendees to get in. Be sure to check with your platform provider to make sure this can be enabled or disabled per event.

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Source: Google

Event Trend: All-In-One Event Solutions

We’re talking about a single platform for in-person, hybrid, and virtual events. Platforms that bridge the gap between the in-person and virtual experiences will play a pivotal role when moving into the hybrid event era. An all-in-one solution should encompass all of the following aspects:

Future-Proofing Your Event

You need event solutions that can evolve with the ever changing event landscape. Choose a solution that can adapt and change with your event strategy. Technology that can support both in-person and virtual audiences will be critical. Look for technology that is investing in the future of events.

Saving Time with All-in-One Solutions

Having an all-in-one solution can save you time, instead of needing to set up multiple solutions you can make one edit and save to all places such as your event website, platform and even event app.

“When things connect to each other the way they do [at Bizzabo] – for example, the agenda populates the app which connects to the website – it reduces administrative tasks and allows me to focus on the event strategy.”

Denise Hibbard, Senior Marketing Manager, DJI

Holistically Approach to Events

Give your team all the tools they need under one platform. Make sure your all-in-one event solution encompasses everything including tools needed to create events, streamline operations, unify branding, engage communities, and amplify your revenue streams.

Event Trend: Data-Driven Event Decisions

Event survey questions are a tried and true method for gathering event insights, but they never really told the full story. Virtual event technology has made it easier than ever to gather data and insights from your event. You can now track almost any KPI to measure event success; total registrations, how many attendees per session, how long they watched, the number of chats, how many views each sponsorship page had, and so much more. Organizers are using this new data to design better event experiences and help prove event ROI.

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You can even make changes in real-time based on your data. For example, if you have a session that attendees keep leaving you could post a survey question or start a Q&A to try to re-engage the audience.

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Another way to leverage data is to see which speakers had the highest engagement rates and session views, and alternatively which had the least. You can take this information to see what types of speakers resonated best and look for similar speakers for your next event to improve event engagement. Be sure to look at average session ratings, and the average view duration while going through data.

Event Trend: Personalization is Key

Personalization will play a key role in preventing webinar and “zoom fatigue” in 2021. According to our 2021 Virtual Events Benchmark Report, attendees are engaged for 53% of virtual sessions. One way to keep attendees engaged even longer is to add elements of personalization.

Session Tracks

Tailor the event experience and allow attendees to personalize their event journey through session tracks. Session tracks are suggested content themes that help attendees navigate what session might be most valuable to them.

INBOUND is well known for engaging content. Each year they have suggested tracks for different specialties including marketing, sales, and their own HubSpot Academy. Attendees can focus on one track, or choose their own adventure. This allows attendees to curate their experience.

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Source: INBOUND

Targeted Messaging

Curated outreach will have the most impact when engaging with attendees. Being able to segment your email campaigns by attendee persona, or create other personalization tokens can increase your open and click through rates.

Below is an example of how Bizzabo users can schedule email campaigns for different segments of their contacts when promoting events for personalization that captures attention.

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Event Trend: A Continued Effort in Sustainability

Events produce a lot of waste and have a major impact on our environment. Virtual events have a much smaller carbon footprint than in-person events. At a virtual event there is no need for air travel, food waste is eliminated, and hotel stays are not needed.

MeetGreen’s sustainability team captured data using their UnCarbon calculator from events that went virtual and compared it to the same event’s in-person carbon footprint. The results were staggering.

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Source: MeetGreen

As we return to hybrid events, there will be a continued effort to create more sustainable events and reduce our industry’s carbon footprint. According to Terrapass, conferences can produce up to 2000 lbs of CO2 or more per attendee, with the bulk of the carbon footprint coming from flights. Many hybrid models include localized micro or multi-hub events, which will minimize travel and reduce the need for air travel. Additionally, organizers will continue to focus on reducing food waste, using sustainable materials, and adopt more green approaches to create a more sustainable event.

2021 Event Trends Bring Experimentation and Testing

There you have it, our predictions for 2021 event trends. There is no doubt this will be a year of testing and experimenting. We are entering a new territory. While we blaze the path forward there will be a lot of trial and error, using data to measure the success of our experiments and guiding us through this uncertain but exciting time. As an industry we will share what works, and what falls short. We are stronger together!

Event Technology: The 2021 Guide

Welcome to the 2021 event technology guide. Here you’ll learn how to choose the right event technology for your next event to support your desired event outcomes.

What is Event Technology?

Event technology is any digital tool that helps you plan and produce an event. Some examples are event management software, engagement tools, virtual platforms, streaming services, and mobile event apps.

Why Event Technology Matters

In response to COVID-19, event technology is evolving faster than ever. This rapid evolution has proven greatly beneficial to the events industry. 90% of event professionals believe that technology can have a major positive impact on the success of their events.

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Before advances in event technology, event planning was a very manual process. Event planners used to draft the attendee list contact by contact. Event promotions were limited to mediums like print or direct mail. And prior to virtual event technology, organizers were only able to plan live events. But advances in data analytics have allowed event planners to track and measure each component of their events. Similarly, the boom of event technology made it easier to bring in-person, hybrid, and virtual event ideas to life.

Today, event marketers have an array of technologies to choose from and add to their event tech stack.

Each piece of the event technology stack does its part to support the full event lifecycle as it transitions from one phase to the next. Building websites, increasing event registrations, and email promotion are all made possible thanks to event technology.

Event tech has also led to a better user experience. Through the use of platforms, event engagement, and networking tools, attendees can connect with each other at the click of a button. Event apps allow attendees to easily navigate the event with features like chatbots that provide instant answers to their questions or maps to help them navigate massive convention centers. Live Streaming technology is another example that allows attendees to tune into sessions from all across the globe.

How to Choose the Right Event Tech

When choosing your event technology, it’s important to keep certain foundations of planning in mind. Use your event goals and overall vision to guide you and help you determine which event technology will truly serve you and your attendees. In this section, we will walk through the considerations to take and best practices for choosing event tech.

Consider Your Event Goals

Event technology can help you achieve your event goals no matter what type of event you’re planning. In order to select the right tech, you need to know exactly what your event goals are. Why are you organizing your event in the first place? Take a look at what you are trying to achieve and find technology that supports your goals. Consider your business goals, what event KPIs will determine if your event was a success? Think about your event strategy and what outcome you want attendees to take away from attending your event.

If you aren’t sure what your goals are yet, here are the most common event goals.

  • To increase brand awareness
  • To improve customer/organization relationships
  • To educate
  • To generate qualified leads
  • To drive surging activity in target accounts
  • To retain customers
  • To drive sales opportunities in target accounts

Interested in diving deeper into goals? Check out our article How to Set Event Planning Goals to Achieve Success.

Think About The Type of Event

There are many different event types. In order to choose the right event technology, you will need to factor in the type of event you’re hosting. Below is a brief description of the most common event types. For an in-depth look at the most common types of virtual events, check out our virtual events guide.

Virtual Summits

A virtual summit is the online version of an in-person conference. According to our Virtual Event Benchmarks, typically these events are one to three days in length with the majority (57%) being single-day events. Like in-person conferences, you will find keynote speakers, multiple session tracks and topics, product demos, and sponsors. With all the elements involved in a virtual summit, you will need a wide variety of event technology to execute your event and the tech you choose will depend largely on your event goals.

Some of the most common event technology used at virtual summits are virtual event platforms, audience engagement and networking tools, and live-streaming solutions.

Virtual Conference Series

A virtual conference series is designed to deliver content over the course of days or sometimes even weeks. These large scale events allow brands to engage with attendees for a longer duration of time. They also give attendees the chance to absorb content at their own pace, avoiding digital fatigue.

When planning a virtual conference, some of the most important event tech tools are your virtual event platform, audience engagement tools, networking capabilities, and live-streaming solutions.

Virtual Trade Shows and Expos

This type of online event helps companies showcase their products virtually. They can be a stand-alone event or paired with a summit or conference series, allowing attendees to discover new products and solutions and generate leads for companies.

Important event technology tools for a successful virtual trade show or expo hall include highly customizable environments, chat functionality, tools to host live or on-demand product demos, and potentially e-commerce.

Virtual Workshops

Virtual workshops provide education on specific topics to attendees. They usually are smaller events that have interactive elements allowing attendees to be part of discussions as well as network and interact with other professionals in their field.

Event technology such as video conferencing, whiteboarding or brainstorming tools, note-taking capabilities, and file sharing systems will make for a successful workshop.

Sales Kickoffs

Sales Kickoffs (SKO) are internal company events, typically held annually. The goal of an SKO is to bring the entire sales team together to talk about company goals, best practices, share exciting product updates, and learn from top executives. They are a great way to boost company morale and set the tone for the upcoming year.

Event technology tools needed to host a successful SKO include chat functions that allow team members to share ideas, Q&A for attendees to ask questions, 2-way communication for sales training and roleplaying, and audience engagement tools such as polling.

Webinars

These virtual events are on the shorter side, typically no more than 1-2 hours in length. Webinars cover very specific topics and can be designed for education, building brand authority, and engaging prospects.

Common event technology tools used for webinars include a webinar platform, chat functionality to spark conversations, polling, and Q&A for an interactive experience.

Hybrid Events

Hybrid events will combine components of both in-person and virtual events. Hybrid events are growing in popularity. In fact, in our Evolution of Events Report we found that 97% of event marketers believe we will see more hybrid events in 2021.

There will be many moving parts of hybrid events. Event technology will play a huge role in planning and execution. Depending on the type of event, tools will range from budgeting, registration, and venue sourcing tools, virtual event solutions for the online audience, and event technology to aid in streaming and production.

If you are interested in learning more about specific event tech tools, check out our recent article, 18 Tools for Hosting a Virtual Event.

Considerations When Evaluating Event Technology

The amount that event technology impacts event goals is the single best way to select the tech you use. Some technology is crucial and organizers simply can’t skip it, while other technology will support secondary goals that may be “nice-to-have” solutions.

Focus on Innovation

In most cases, event organizers will know the essential functions a tech tool needs to check off. But focusing on the essentials can lead to missing out on innovative new functions. Innovation is more important than ever as the industry starts moving into hybrid events.

Before smartphones became popular, there was the flip phone. Cell phone shoppers weren’t looking for a device that could place calls, send email, surf the web and store thousands of files of music. Of course, once the iPhone was released, all of this changed, and early adopters now had access to a cutting-edge solution years before mainstream customers.

If you want to stay ahead of the competition, find the iPhone of the technology providers.

How do you know if your provider is committed to innovation? Get to know the company and the people behind it. Browse the vendor’s social media pages and main website. Read their blog, and check out the LinkedIn profiles of the leadership team. Read recent product and official company announcements. Ask the company how they are planning to evolve as hybrid events start to pop up. Consider past performance and current events to predict whether this company is positioned to innovate.

Hybrid Readiness

It’s no secret that the event landscape is changing. Hybrid events are going to start taking place in 2021. Choose event tech that is future proof and can evolve with your events as we move into the hybrid era. One of the biggest challenges of going hybrid will be designing an experience for both the in-person and remote audience, and making sure that experience is personalized. Event technology will play an important role in merging these two worlds and delivering a great experience.

Look for solutions that can bridge the virtual and in-person experience. At our recent event (Almost) HYBRID, CEO and Co-Founder at Bizzabo, Eran Ben-Shushan spoke directly to this idea, “Hybrid events will need to bridge the gap between virtual and in-person audiences. They will need to create opportunities for attendees to take part in shared experiences.” Be sure to watch his full keynote at (Almost) HYBRID.

For example, find an event platform that seamlessly integrates with an in-person event app instead of having to build out an event app and platform separately. This will save you time and ensure a cohesive event experience no matter where attendees are tuning in from.

Ease of Use

An additional consideration is how easy tech is for organizers and event attendees to use. A platform that’s easy to use means everyone involved should be able to easily learn the platform. In turn, you’ll see greater ROI and increased efficiency.

Test the usability of the event technology by asking vendors for a live demo of the product or a free trial to make sure the user-interface is satisfactory.

Seamless Attendee Experience

Your brand should be accurately reflected in the event experience that you create for your attendees. Any disconnect in this experience—from the event platform to the mobile event app to onsite check-in—runs the risk of coming across as unpolished, and does a disservice to your brand. This will be even more important when hybrid events emerge. When you choose event technology, be mindful of how much customization is allowed. For instance, does the event registration experience require a website visitor to leave the main website? Can the agenda and homepage be tailored to your brand? Does the platform come with an event app? If so, can it be white-labeled?

ABM Readiness and Personalization

Choose solutions that will provide you with insights into the full attendee journey. This should include which promo codes bring in which attendees, what date attendees register for an event, how actively attendees are networking, which sessions they register for, which sessions they rate highest, and other actionable recommendations. This data should be accessible by ticket type, account, and individual contact. If you are able to find an event solution that allows you to create and track event personas, this will provide you with another channel of analysis. The result is that you will be able to personalize the attendee experience and follow-up in-line with an account-based marketing methodology.

Event Tech that is Brandable

The event technology you choose is a representation of your brand. Every interaction with attendees is an opportunity to leave an impression. According to G2, 70% of marketers say consistent branding is one of the most important things to keep in mind when communicating with customers. Additionally when we surveyed event professionals in our 2020 Event Marketing Report, 92% agreed creating a consistently branded experience was important. Make sure that any event tech you choose is highly brandable. Ask if you can add your logo and where logo placements can be. Check to see if you can change the background color, add an image or event videos on your event platform, apps, and other tools. Other important design elements to check are if you can select your font choices and overall customization that is offered.

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Reliability

Downtime is an event organizer’s worst nightmare. If the event live-stream or the event website is down (even for just a few seconds) people will start to leave your event. This can mean lost revenue, missed opportunities, negative press, and frustrated attendees. Selecting reliable event technology is critical to the success of your events. Ask tech providers what their plan is if anything would go down, and what the average downtime would be. Make sure to speak with referral customers, and read online reviews about the platform’s reliability.

Customer Support and Success

In addition to reliability, you should also ask what the tech provider offers for customer support and customer success. Customer support refers to employees who are available to troubleshoot unexpected issues, think technical support. If event registration is no longer working, you will want to contact customer support to get the issue resolved. When researching event tech providers, you will want to ask your provider what type of support they offer. For example, is customer support provided 24-7? Is the support via chat, an email, or will you have a direct line to call if you need help? What is the average time for response on a support ticket?

Customer success refers to a dedicated account manager who will be available to show you how to use the platform and provide you with helpful and strategic guidance. They will be your advocate and help you reach your goals and desired event outcomes.

While most (though not all) event technology providers offer some form of customer support, many do not offer customer success. Having both aspects of support can make all the difference in helping you reach your event goals.

How to Find the Best Event Technology

Event Technology Reviews Sites

Event tech review sites curate peer-driven testimonials and ratings based on a variety of factors tailored to the purpose of the software itself. They usually offer an analysis of pros, cons, and sometimes special insights you won’t find on the product’s main website.

G2 Crowd: G2 Crowd gives out prestigious innovators awards for a variety of SaaS products. Their rubric is typically broken down into four main categories: Leaders, Contenders, Niche, High Performance. Any product found on their award chart deserves a second look.

Capterra: Capterra is a good example of a user review site. They break categories down into most popular, most affordable, and most user-friendly.

Software Advice: This professional database allows event organizers to retrieve detailed search results alongside in-depth buyer’s guides for further assistance choosing the event tech that’s the best fit for your goals.

How To Research Event Technology

No matter what site you choose, there are 5 key things to keep in mind when researching event technology:

  1. Give Sales Reps a Challenge. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions about specific product features or about the industry as a whole. A sales rep who is willing to share information about their competitors in a positive light is one who is looking out for your best interests.
  2. Get multiple opinions. Besides reading review sites, cross-check with your network, and ask sales reps to put you in touch with their current customers for references. This will give you better insight into users’ experiences. Leave no stone unturned.
  3. Read event tech guides. New reports and benchmark comparisons are just as important (if not more so) than reviews because they’ll add some figures to those facts that you otherwise might not have assumed existed.
  4. Create an assessment for each event technology. Base it on your specific goals and strategy to make it worth your while. Event technology assessments help you generate awareness, manage registrations, and measure your success.
  5. Choose event tech that aligns with your business plan. It’s good to keep the big picture in mind. As with your goals, reference the goals of the company at large to see if the software you choose aligns with what you’re all really trying to achieve.

Wrapping Up: Event Technology Takeaways

Besides providing event planners with data-backed insights, streamlined workflows, and increased attendee engagement, event technology has become a staple for modern productivity.

To wrap-up, here are some main ideas to keep in mind:

  • Choose wisely. There are many types of event software, each with its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Create a tech stack based on your goals and the compatibility of those corresponding technologies.
  • Look for hybrid readiness. We are on the cusp of the hybrid events era, make sure that your event technology is future-proof and has plans to evolve to meet the hybrid needs of the future.
  • Focus on experience. Make sure the event technology you choose has a great user experience for you, your team, and your attendees
  • Innovation is key. Look for companies who innovate, you could gain access to cutting-edge technology solutions years before the competition.
  • Sort through the noise. In general, review sites serve as a great starting point for sifting through the many options available at your fingertips. Be sure to take your time when evaluating and consider the software from every angle before making an official purchase.

The power of event technology gives event organizers the freedom to continue improving their craft through effective tools that take the guesswork out of the equation. Unlock the potential of your next events in 2021 and beyond with the help of this guide and the event industries many transformative technologies.

Editor’s Note:This post was originally published on November 6, 2018 and has since been updated for relevancy.

2021 Education Conferences: The #1 Education Events Guide

One of the best ways to network and learn about the latest trends in education is to attend an educational conference. Here’s a look at some of the top 2021 education events.

This conference directory features dozens of must-attend education events taking place in 2021 and covering a wide range of fields, including higher education, education administration, education management, and education tech.

To better navigate this list, let’s quickly review the different event types you’ll come across.

  • Conferences – Conferences are large events that bring together education professionals in the field. Activities at these events include speakers, workshops, and networking sessions.
  • Summits – Summits are often meetings with high-level professionals to discuss the newest findings in a field. However, some summits function just like conferences.
  • Symposium – Symposiums are events where experts in the field give presentations to an audience.

The pandemic forced many events to shift their strategies and apply coronavirus best practices for events. Education conferences in 2021 will take a new approach with these major shifts in mind. Most of the gatherings featured in this directory will now take place in the form of virtual events.

If you are organizing an education event and would like us to add it to the Bizzabo blog, click here to submit it.

2021 Education Conferences

JANUARY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
2021 Joint Mathematics Meetings Online 1/6/21 This meeting is a must-attend for anyone interested in learning about innovative mathematical research, advancing mathematical achievement, providing the communication and tools to progress in the field, encouraging mathematical research, and connecting with the mathematical community.
MLA Annual Convention Online 1/7/21 MLA 2021 online will allow new modes of participation and encourage even more members to get involved. The convention reflects the best intellectual energies of many MLA members.
32nd Ann Ferren Conference Online 1/8/21 The conference will include 29 sessions; a morning plenary at which Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, Caty Borum Chattoo will host a session titled “The Creative Power of “Yes, And” in a World of “No, But”: Comedy for Empowering Community and Social Justice”; and a luncheon plenary titled “Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment” led by Interim Deputy Provost, Monica Jackson. The conference concludes with a virtual end-of-conference social.
Bett Online 1/20/21 Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new ed-tech startups, and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented) from the global education community.
Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference Online 1/20/21 The conference is designed to provide superb professional development and networking opportunities for K-8 classroom teachers, intervention (Reading Recovery, Special Education, ESL) teachers, instructional coaches, program specialists, and administrators.
Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead Online 1/20/21 The 2021 annual meeting will bring together campus leaders at all levels and from institutions of all types to explore the most pressing questions now facing higher education, to share effective educational practices and explore new financial models, and to work out together what undergraduate education will look like in a post-pandemic future.
Special Education Leaders Network by West40 Online 1/21/21 West40 is pleased to offer this networking opportunity for those who support social-emotional learning in our area. The network will explore the world of social-emotional learning in education. Members will discuss best practices, share ideas, and identify professional learning needs for themselves and their school staff.
Southern Conference on Children Online 1/23/21 The Southern Conference on Children continues to serve childcare providers, directors, teachers, and families by providing relevant, high-quality training on important issues.
Future of Education Technology Conference Online 1/26/21 FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive — FREE — virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology — not just a series of canned webinars. You’ll hear from blockbuster keynoters, learn from top experts and innovators in education technologies, experience AI-based networking to build your PLN, and explore the cutting-edge FETC Virtual Expo where solution providers will demonstrate all the latest apps, hardware, software, and tech tools to help your school or district emerge stronger in this new era.
2021 Leadership Summit on
Educator Mental Health
and Wellness
Online 1/27/21 Many teachers feel stressed and overwhelmed, especially as schools have made the big transition to virtual school or hybrid models. School and district leaders are tasked with supporting students through a difficult time.
Heads Conference Online 1/28/21 This conference is an annual exploration of school leadership, organized by the independent schools association of the central states (ISACS).
UMLA 2021: Survive – Strive – Thrive Online 1/30/21 The conference is one of the best sources of professional learning to be found in the state for Middle-Level Educators.
Common Ground 2021 Online 1/30/21 Together, 18 non-profit educational organizations are focused on creating an unforgettable learning experience rich in innovative ideas, best practices, and sharing what works.
Everyone Reading Conference Online 1/23/21 & 2/6/21 Learn new strategies from noted experts in the field of dyslexia and related learning disabilities, and experience the latest in teaching resources, technologies, schools, and programs.

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FEBRUARY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference Online 1/30/21 LitCon: National K-8 Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference is the largest and best K-8 literacy conference in North America. This year’s lineup features Cornelius Minor, Gerry Brooks, Pernille Ripp, Mary Fried, Anthony Muhammad, Sharroky Hollie, & many more.
TCEA Convention & Exposition Online 2/1/21 Since 1980, TCEA has worked to connect educators with the latest pedagogical ideas, teaching techniques, and tech tools — and with each other. Their annual Convention & Exposition showcases the most influential thinkers and leaders in education, along with the biggest names in the ed-tech business, all sharing a wealth of knowledge with our attendees.
Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy Online 2/3/21 The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Each year we welcome over 500 faculty and instructors in Higher Education dedicated to teaching excellence.
C W Austin Learning Disabilities Conference Online 2/6/21 This conference honors Christopher Austin who was a successful college student with dyslexia. He was a talented musician, writer, and visual artist tragically killed by a drunk driver at age 20. We celebrate his gifts and hope to give parents and professionals the tools they need to lift up the LD students in their lives through this conference.
National Convening on Personalized Learning Online 2/8/21 The Institute’s annual convening is an opportunity for educators to come together to discuss emerging best practices, lessons learned, and introduce new topics or aspects of personalized learning.
National ESEA Conference Online 2/8/21 With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, tomorrow is today, the future is now. Never before has the need for technology, innovation, and creativity been greater than it is in the current hour. This year, they gather the nation’s top leaders in education to explore the theme “Educating for Tomorrow”.
WISE Conference Online 2/10/21 WISE is the pioneering conference for faculty leaders, program coordinators, and administrators to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help students advance their intercultural skills and awareness during their abroad experiences.
National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change Online 2/11/21 The National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change serves as a professional diversity platform. Each year, clinicians, educators, higher education professionals, change agents, and students gather for two days of critical interactions and community around topics of oppression, identity, society, and social action.
AIEA Annual Conference Online 2/15/21 The AIEA Annual Conference is the only conference specifically for those leading international education at higher education institutions.
European Learning & Teaching Forum Online 2/18/21 The European Learning & Teaching Forum is an EUA event that provides an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss developments in learning and teaching at European universities. The Forum builds on EUA’s work with its member universities on this topic. Alongside the bottom-up approach, the Forum makes use of EUA’s extensive policy work in European higher education.
Crisis Leadership in High Education Online 2/22/21 Drawing on the combined expertise of the Harvard Kennedy School in crisis management and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in higher education, this program prepares college administrators to respond to crises effectively, develop protocols and practices that minimize the potential for future occurrences, and inspire confidence in the long-term safety, security, and success of their institutions.
NCSEA Policy Forum Online 2/23/21 NCSEA’s Policy Forum is dedicated to the policies and issues influencing the child support program at the national, state, and local levels.
LEAD Winter Online 2/26/21 LEAD Winter will bring together and inspire NHS, NJHS, and NatStuCo member students and advisers from all over the world to make a difference in their schools and communities.

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MARCH EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
Innovations Conference Online 3/1/21 The Innovations Conference, now in its 23rd year, is the foremost convening for professionals dedicated to improving and enhancing teaching and learning, leadership and management, and the community college experience.
The Forum’s Annual Conference Online 3/1/21 Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Forum’s founding, reflect on what has been learned over the past two decades, and how recent events charge people to change in the twenty years to come. Join the event for dynamic dialogue on the evolution of work and the revolution needed to thrive in the uncertain times ahead. This call for proposals is a call to action and a call to innovate, collaborate, and share. Now is the time to think big, present bold ideas, and offer innovative solutions.
National Youth-At-Risk Conference Online 3/8/21 The National Youth-At-Risk Conference is designed to provide quality, relevant training for all people interested in the well-being of youth.
Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Online 3/24/21 This event will examine what it means to work toward a campus environment where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability.
Utah Early Childhood Conference Online 3/26/21 This annual conference engages and inspires participants through excellent training presented by local and national early childhood experts, networking opportunities, and experiences with early childhood exhibitors.

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APRIL EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference Online 4/5/2001 The annual conference will focus on how institutions of higher learning can work with students to create roadmaps for student success.
NCEA 2021 Online 4/6/21 Join the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and be ignited for transformation, united in community, and inspired by faith as you connect with and learn from a nationwide group of Catholic school educators.
International Conference Annual Meeting Online 4/6/21 The 2021 virtual ICAM has more than 40 hours of engaging sessions, peer networking, regional and topical meetings, and social discussions. Your conference registration also provides access to the Exchange, where you can interact with your peers.
NSBA 2021 Annual Conference Online 4/8/21 NSBA 2021 brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development, and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning.
CIES 2021 Online 4/25/21 vCIES 2021 will provide a full conference program that responds to the conference theme, Social Responsibility within Changing Contexts, and expands knowledge production and educational practice within the field of comparative and international education.
NPEA National Conference Online 4/27/21 NPEA’s annual conference will focus on the importance of coming together as a field to best support underserved students on their paths towards college and career success.
On Course National Conference Online 4/29/21 Exchange and celebrate best practices in student success from immediately usable instructional and counseling strategies to campus-wide programs that increase retention and student academic success. Learn great new strategies from educators who are changing the lives of their students and transforming their colleges into learner-centered institutions.
South East Coastal Conference on Language & Literatures TBD TBD SECCLL is oriented toward the participation of scholars from both public and private institutions of higher education. It is a collegiate, informational, and respectful environment marked by a rigorous d productive exchange among academics.

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MAY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
Native American Conference on Special Education Online May 2021 The conference is designed to provide resources to families of children with disabilities, developmental delays, and special healthcare needs.
ELI Annual Meeting Online 5/18/21 The ELI Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of higher education teaching and learning professionals. This is the one event that explores solutions to our learning community’s key issues, engages innovative technology and service providers, and unites expertise across our institutions.

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JUNE EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
The Annual Model Schools Conference Nashville & Online June 2021 Model Schools Conference 2021, a newly designed hybrid professional learning experience for all K-12 leaders and teachers. Together, attendees will unite around their common cause of rigor and equitable student learning, and ignite the passion for giving all students the education they deserve in your care.
EDxEDNYC Online 6/3/21 EDxED is an annual education conference for educators by educators from Hudson High School of Learning Technologies in New York City.
NCORE Online 6/7/21 Since its inception, NCORE has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum that attracts all people of color in higher education institutions across the United States.
Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Savannah, GA 6/7/21 The Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a two and a half-day annual conference that provides training for schools and districts for developing school-wide behavioral intervention plans.
Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association Annual Conference St. Louis 6/15/21 This annual conference is packed with learning opportunities, including 10 blocks of educational concurrent sessions, 3 plenary sessions, and informal programming and events designed to help you develop new ideas, share experiences, discover best practices, and network with information and visitor services professionals.
Going Global 2021 Online 6/15/21 Going Global is a conference for leaders in international education to debate the future of further and higher education.
Model Schools Conference Nashville, TN, and Online 6/15/21 What’s next for teaching and learning? Each year, educators come to the Model Schools Conference to share innovative ideas and best practices for developing the classrooms of the future. This four-day event brings together like-minded educators—teachers, leaders, and education visionaries—who are focused on raising the bar on instruction, revolutionizing school leadership, engaging students in real-world learning opportunities, and looking at emerging innovations in teaching and learning.
National Charter Schools Conference Online 6/20/21 The National Charter Schools Conference is the best learning and networking event for charter school educators, leaders, and advocates.
PBL World Online 6/21/21 PBL World is the premier conference for Project-Based Learning. Each year, they bring together dedicated K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders who want to connect with each other and learn more about PBL.
Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta Atlanta, GA & Online 6/21/21 The Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will host 5 conferences in one location focused on empowering, improving, and helping students nationwide.
Canada International Conference on Education (CICE) Online 6/22/21 The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education.
At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference Orlando, Atlanta, Las Vegas & San Antonio 6/22/21 This conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school.
Wired Differently Conference Orlando, Atlanta, Las Vegas & San Antonio 6/22/21 Now in its eighth year, the Wired Differently: Trauma-Informed Schools Conference will offer a wide array of critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges – especially trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), PTSD, and related issues. Principals, other administrators, general ed teachers, special needs teachers, resource teachers, and paraprofessionals attending the Wired Differently Conference will benefit from tools, recommendations, and strategies for working with this often high-potential portion of the student population.
ASCD Annual Conference Online 6/23/21 Join speakers and sessions that will accelerate your summer learning plans and help get you prepared for the school year.
ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education San Antonio & Online 6/27/21 Immerse yourself in powerful ideas and inspirational speakers, while connecting with innovative educators who share your passion for transformative learning.
Get Your Teach On: Dallas Houston, TX 6/27/21 Join thousands of educators from around the world as they come together to be inspired, supported, and immersed in a community that is striving to create classrooms where students truly choose to want to learn each and every day.

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JULY EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
Connected Learning Summit Online 7/1/21 Join a gathering of innovators harnessing emerging technology to expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning.
Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV & Online 7/5/21 The Innovative School Summit Las Vegas will feature a great lineup of award-winning and nationally recognized speakers. This expert lineup of presenters draws upon their years of experience and research to provide proven strategies that work.
SCUP Conference Philadelphia & Online 7/11/21 SCUP’s Annual Conference is where higher education leaders share their stories — stories of boundary spanning, cross-functional teams, and resource alignment. These stories motivate, connect, and ignite new ideas that help higher education prepare for whatever is next.
Games for Change Online 7/12/21 This event inspires youth to explore civic issues and learn 21st-century and STEM skills through our Student Challenge and we train educators to run game design classes on impact games.
SUNY Learning with Innovative Technology Conference Online 7/23/21 The conference is designed for educators of all types, including K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and students interested in the use of technologies in education.
DLA 2021 Jekyll Island, Georgia 7/25/21 The Distance Learning Administration Conference focuses on the administration and management of distance learning. The conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage, and support distance education activities.
World Congress on Education Toronto, Canada & Online 7/26/21 The aim of the World Congress on Education is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The WCE-2021 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation, and performance evaluation.

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AUGUST EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
Distance Teaching & Learning Conference Online 8/2/21 DT&L isn’t just a conference, it’s a community of educators with ideas and experiences to share. You’ll laugh, you’ll be moved, and you’ll come away with new ways to approach your work and put research into practice.
EDuTech Melbourne, Australia 8/17/21 EduTECH is Australia’s largest annual education event, featuring thousands of participants across multiple conferences, masterclasses and networking functions, plus a massive interactive trade show.

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SEPTEMBER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World 2021 Savannah, GA 9/13/21 You are invited to engage in the fifth-annual meeting which explores one of the most important issues of our era – how to live and learn with technology in ways that add authentic value to our lives and to the world. As we embrace the conveniences of emerging technologies in the classroom and beyond, you will explore ways to employ them with a people-centered approach that includes balance, compassion, healthy living, mindfulness and relationships.

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OCTOBER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
HighEdWeb 2020 Buffalo, NY, and Online 10/3/21 A conference created by and for higher education professionals across all departments and divisions. Together we explore and find solutions for the unique issues facing digital teams at colleges and universities. In 2020, the Conference will be held completely online, offering multiple tracks of streamed presentations, live Q&A sessions, networking events.
The American Associated for Teaching and Curriculum Conference Albuquerque, New Mexico 10/7/21 AATC is dedicated to developing dialogue around teaching, curriculum, and related issues.
Tertiary Education Management Conference Brisbane, Australia 10/10/21 The only Conference in the tertiary sector which covers the full range of functions in institutions, and is designed to allow participants to build strong global networks.
AASHE Conference & Expo Online 10/12/21 AASHE’s annual conference is the largest stage to share effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions which advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities.
EducationExperts Dubai, UAE 10/12/21 Education Experts is a unique set of events bringing together the latest trends and knowledge in education across a global platform. Leaders across the Education Sector will come together to share their expertise and give the opportunity for fellow educators to take away vital ideas and information that will ultimately lead to school improvement and raising standards.
ITEC Conference TBD TBD ITEC promotes the use of technology in education by demonstrating to its members, other educators and the public, developments in educational technology and how its appropriate use supports teaching and learning.

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NOVEMBER EDUCATION CONFERENCES

Name Location Start Date Description
NCTE Annual Convention Baltimore, MD 11/18/21 Each November thousands of literacy educators from across the country make the journey to a Convention that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their profession. They leave with strong strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language, and composition. They learn new ideas for delivering instruction that engages students and addresses the most pressing needs within the school and district.

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Wrapping Up: Finding the Right Ed Conference For You

After reading this comprehensive list of top education conferences, you’re ready to take your professional development to the next level in 2021!

Whether you work in higher education, education administration, education management, ed-tech, or some other educational field, these hybrid and virtual conferences will give you new insights and skills to bring back to your schools. Be sure to check back on the list often as we’ll be updating it throughout the year.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 19, 2019 and has since been updated for relevancy.

How to Choose the Best Virtual Event Platform for You

These are the key elements to consider when evaluating virtual event platforms so you can find the right solution for your virtual event.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the entire events industry and sparked a monumental shift from in-person events to virtual conferences. In the beginning of the pandemic, event planners were looking for a quick and easy solution to help them pivot their live events to virtual events. The world took notice as events across the globe were postponed, canceled, or moved to a virtual platform. There was no room nor need for bells and whistles, just the bare necessities and quickest execution. Production value and attendee experience were the last thing on anyone’s mind, planners were simply satisfied with the ability to connect to their audiences virtually.

As zoom fatigue sets in and virtual events become commonplace, the standard has changed. In order to continue delivering unique attendee experiences and creating value, the events industry must be agile. Event planners know finding a virtual event platform that can be a long-term solution is not just a priority, but a necessity. But with hundreds of platforms available, how can you determine which tool best suits your individual needs? Here are the key elements to consider when evaluating potential virtual event platforms.

Identify Your Event Experience

The first thing you need to consider is the type of experience you want your attendees to have. Is your event going to be informative and educational? If so, you probably will be looking for a solution that can handle larger audiences and won’t need as many additional features or tools. Or do you envision an engaging and interactive experience for your attendees? If that’s the case, you’d more likely be looking for a platform that has robust engagement tools.

For inspiration on hosting virtual experiences, check out 20 virtual event ideas.

Determine Your Event Goals

The next step is to determine your own event goals. What are you looking to get from your virtual event platform? Maybe you want to have a central place to manage your entire event. Perhaps time savings is a priority. Or is having a great customer experience most important to you? Whatever your event goals are, they will serve as a north star as you search for a virtual event platform.

Identify Your Must-Have Features

Once you have a clear idea of your event goals, you can get more granular and determine which features will help you achieve those goals.

If your goal is to foster networking among your attendees, you’ll want to look at platforms that are purpose-built for interaction and use tools like polling or Q&A to engage the audience.

Each platform has different offerings, so it’s important to understand what features you need for your specific event goals. There are many aspects to consider, from registration management to an event website to data analytics capabilities. Here are some common features to get you started:

  • Registration and ticketing
  • Event Website
  • Event App
  • Event promotion
  • Sponsor/Speaker management
  • Agenda Builder
  • Networking and attendee engagement
  • Data analytics
  • Integrations
  • Virtual Production Services

You might also like: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-event-tools

Identify Your Nice-To-Have Features

In addition to the features you need to have a successful event, you’ll also want to have a list of ones that would be great to have, but won’t make or break your decision. This helps because if you’re comparing 2 platforms and they both meet your basic requirements, having that secondary list of nice-to-have features will help you decide between them.

What should you look for in a virtual event platform?

In order to find the best virtual event solution, think about essential aspects that will really help drive your event success. These are the key elements that you should be looking for in a virtual event platform.

Future-Proof

If we learned anything from 2020, it’s the importance of finding an event solution that sets you up for long-term success. As Heraclitis once said, “the only constant in life is change.” Pick a solution that will grow with you and that will be able to adapt to changing circumstances. Take hybrid events for example, 97% of event organizers believe that we will see more hybrid events in 2021, so picking a platform that can support both live and in-person experiences is crucial. At Bizzabo, we are constantly planning for the future, which is why we’re investing $138 million into the hybrid future of events.

hybrid events - virtual event platform evaluation

Long-term Investment

Given how long and tiring a process it can be to find a virtual event platform, it doesn’t make sense to do it again every time you have an event. Instead, look for a solution that allows you to have a long-term partnership. There are many benefits to investing in a virtual solution long-term, here’s just a few:

  • Time saved – you don’t want to spend 3 months out of a year evaluating event software, with a multi-year contract, you can spend less time on demos and more time on planning events. Plus, you know exactly how to use the platform which will save you the time in the actual event planning and execution process.
  • Attendee experience – giving your attendees a similar experience at each event often leads to less attendee drop off.
  • Data continuity – tracking your event ROI year over year is difficult when switching providers every year, and you will lose previous years’ data.
  • Price – often you can lock in the price or get a better discount with multi-year contracts, and with the ever-changing space many providers are increasing costs. In addition, locking in the price for multiple years ensures your budget is already set aside for the next year.

Customer Service

Remember that you will be heavily involved in the process of choosing and using a virtual event provider. From demos and onboarding to troubleshooting and support, you will be the one spending the most time using the platform. Make sure that you pick one you feel comfortable with and trust to make you a priority. It’s easy to forget about clients once they are already signed on, so be thoughtful and take the time to find a company that you can count on through the entire process. You will likely have questions or run into bumps when you are getting used to the platform, and probably even during your virtual event. Finding an attentive partner is an important aspect of planning a successful event.

User Friendly

Just like you want your customer experience to be seamless, the platform itself should be easy to use and navigate on the back-end. In addition to you and your team, speakers, sponsors, and other partners might also be using the platform and you’ll want to make sure it’s a positive experience for them.

Equally important is the front-end design. Pick a platform that’s as easy for your attendees to use as it is for you. When it comes to virtual events, user experience is a key element of your audience’s overall event experience.

End-To-End Solution

Do yourself a favor and invest in a platform that houses everything in one place. Make sure that the features are all connected and that it’s purpose-built to save you time and energy. Even if you have other systems you already use, find a platform that can power those integrations so you don’t need to learn a new system.

Your virtual event solution should be working for you, not against you and choosing an end-to-end platform will give you more time to focus on your event strategy and less on administrative tasks.

Customization & Brandability

Your event is an extension of your brand, and most likely, you want to find a platform that gives you room to customize the look, feel, and user experience. If your attendees land on your registration page or event portal and they don’t immediately recognize your brand, that can result in confusion and potentially attendance drop off. When it comes to virtual events, consistency is key, so look for a virtual event platform that’s built to let your brand shine.

Troubleshooting & Support

Event planners know that in events – whether live or online – you need to expect that things might go wrong and have a plan for when it does. In the virtual space, events are dependent on technology, so having a means to troubleshoot is crucial. Find a provider that will help you learn the ins and outs of their platform and make sure you are set up for future success. Your provider shouldn’t just be available when you’re getting onboarded, they should be available to support you anytime you need assistance.

Community

The entire industry is trying to navigate the new landscape of virtual events. There’s no rule book to go by, and trial and error is the name of the game. That’s why some virtual event solutions offer community support where you can search for answers and get inspiration from fellow event organizers. The community aspect is great because it’s a means to share best practices, but it’s also a great tool to find answers if your provider is not available at the time.

Here’s an example of how we launched our own Bizzabo customer community.

Finding the right virtual conference platform comes down to understanding your specific needs and keeping in mind your future goals. 2020 has shown that event planners are incredibly agile, and you need a virtual solution that can keep up. With so many options, it can be overwhelming, but using this guide will help simplify the process, saving you time and energy.

37 Event Survey Questions You Need to Ask For the Best Insights

Get inside the minds of your attendees and other stakeholders with these 37 must-ask event survey questions.

What do your attendees think about your event? How about sponsors? Are they likely to support your event next year?

It’s hard to say exactly how well an event went when you only have your own personal experience to guide you. That’s why tools like event surveys and event evaluations are critical for measuring attendee satisfaction.

Pre-event and post-event survey questions help you gather important stakeholder feedback that would otherwise get lost in the shuffle or never shared at all. And all feedback is good feedback; negative feedback stings, but it’s essential for optimizing your event strategy.

You can pair the insights you gain from event surveys with event KPIs to create a fully developed picture of how successful your event was, and how you can improve it in the future.

What is an event survey?

Event surveys are questionnaires designed to collect feedback from your attendees and can include a combination of multiple-choice and open-ended questions. You can send surveys to participants before, during, or after the event, and they are often shared digitally. Any person who interacted with your event should receive a survey because sponsors, attendees, and your event staff will all have unique perspectives on different aspects of your event.

Successful event strategies depend on stakeholder satisfaction and event surveys are one of the best ways to measure this. Whether your goal is to build a case for pitching event sponsors, to create a great virtual event experience, or to improve attendee experience on the fly, event surveys lift the curtain and give organizers insight into how attendees really feel.

Types of Event Survey Questions

There are several different ways that you can pose questions to stakeholders.

  • NPS Questions: A multiple-choice question that asks participants to rate an item on a numeric scale. The resulting values determine the net promoter score (NPS)
  • Yes-no Questions: A binary question that is often followed by an open-ended question based on conditional logic
  • Open-ended Questions: While harder to analyze en-masse, open-ended questions can provide valuable qualitative feedback

Net Promoter Score - Event Survey Questions

In this post, we’ll indicate whether each question functions best as an NPS question, Yes-no question, or open-ended qualitative question. These Question Type suggestions are just that – suggestions, it’s up to you to determine the best use for your event survey.

Read on to see 37 great event survey questions and how they can help you better evaluate your event.

General Survey Questions

1. What is your level of satisfaction for this event?

Question Type: NPS

Survey questions like this one are pretty straightforward. It’s a good starting point for the questions that follow and allows you to get the big picture idea of how the event went in general and if it met expectations. A best practice in event surveys is to start off more general and get more granular towards the end.

2. Which elements of the event did you like the most?

Question Type: Open-ended

Questions like this help you get an idea of what is worth repeating for future iterations of the event. Keep track of each point and tally the number of times it was mentioned. Rank them in order from most votes to least and prioritize the winners next year.

3. What, if anything, did you dislike about this event?

Question Type: Open-ended

While you may be hesitant to ask this question, knowing your shortcomings allows you to learn from them. Don’t write a survey that forces respondents to leave a glowing review. Instead, show them how much you value their opinion and display those changes at your next event.

4. Are you likely to participate in one of our events in the future?

Question Type: NPS

This one is very important because it reveals how enthusiastic the survey participant really is about your event. Compare these numbers to the actual number of attendees who come back next year. While plans do change, you should ideally see the majority of them return. If not, consider what adjustments need to be made.

5. How likely are you to tell a friend about this event?

Question Type: NPS

Using an NPS to inquire about referrals is another great way to measure event success. While some people may have enjoyed the event themselves, the true test of their experience is to see whether or not they’d subject a friend to it. Follow up on positive responses to this question with referral links and special offers.

6. Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Question Type: Open-ended

Open-ended questions allow participants to give you feedback on anything your event survey may not have covered. You won’t be able to cover every aspect of the event in the survey. This question serves as a catchall for any additional feedback.

Survey Questions for Event Attendees

7. Why did you choose to attend our event and what are you hoping to take away from the experience?

Question Type: Open-ended

Use this question before the event to make schedule adjustments or other tweaks that magnify the most coveted aspects of the experience. Give the people what they want and show them that your focus is truly on their experience

8. What did you most enjoy about today?

Question Type: Open-ended

This is a great question for multi-day events. Remember to address any concerns or negative feedback personally and do your best to apply the feedback for the following days. Multi-day events present a unique opportunity to improve your event before it’s even over.

9. Please indicate your satisfaction with the following aspects of the event:

  • Venue/ Event Platform
  • Speakers
  • Quality of Sessions
  • Amount of Sessions Offered
  • Date(s) of Event

Question Type: NPS

All of these big-picture event characteristics shape the experience for attendees. You may find some surprising insights for the next time you plan an event. And because all of these factors are within your control, the changes will be easy to make and measure in the future.

10. How satisfied were you with the networking opportunities provided?

Question Type: NPS

Networking is a key element of events, but with the rise of virtual events, networking has become more complicated. According to the Evolution of Events Report, over half (68.8%) of event marketers believe it is more difficult to provide networking opportunities when hosting a virtual event. Ask this event survey question to make sure you have found the right solution for your attendees. Be sure to have a text box along with the NPS rating so participants can elaborate on their experiences.

11. Did you have any issues registering for or attending this event?

Question Type: Yes-no

This event survey question can illuminate areas where your event platform or registration software may not be a user-friendly experience and causes frustration with attendees. If you realize there is a pattern in the responses, talk to your event platform provider or user-experience team to improve on the experience. The last thing you want is for attendees to have trouble even accessing the event because it sets the tone for the rest of the event.

12. How satisfied were you with the speakers and sessions at our event?

Question Type: NPS

Attendee satisfaction is one of the key indicators that people will come back to your events. Making sure your speakers and sessions were interesting and valuable is a top priority to ensure attendees were satisfied with the experience. Questions like this one help you get an idea of what is worth repeating for future events.

13. What topics would you like to see more of at our next event?

Question Type: Open-ended

Your post-event survey can be a launching point for ideas for your next event. Attendees may have suggestions and interesting perspectives you otherwise wouldn’t have known. Ask attendees what they want to see and design your next event with their feedback in mind.

14. Were you happy with the time for discussion during sessions?

Question Type: NPS

We’ve all been to an event where the session ran out of time leaving nothing for discussion, and quite frankly, it’s a letdown. If attendees felt like there was not enough time, consider carving out more time for attendees to participate in the discussion.

15. How did you feel about the duration of the content?

Question Type: NPS

Content length is especially important for virtual events. Attention spans are getting shorter and tuning in from home provides a plethora of distractions. In our Virtual Benchmarks Report, we found the average virtual attendee only watches 68% of a virtual session that is 20 minutes or longer. That comes out to just over 13 minutes. By asking this event survey question you can gauge if your sessions were the appropriate length for your audience or use the insights to take action to improve durations for the next event.

16. How did you hear about this event?

Question Type: Open-ended

The main objective of this question is to find out where attendees first heard about your event. Use the information you gather from this event survey question to see what marketing channels are working the best for your event, and where you need to improve.

Survey Questions for Event Volunteers

17. Would you recommend this event as a positive volunteer opportunity to your network?

Question Type: Yes-no

Similar to attendees, your volunteers often represent the backbone of your event. Knowing that they enjoyed the experience enough to recommend future volunteers should be gratifying. Plus, there usually aren’t enough volunteers to go around, so having some people to follow up with could help build out your team.

18. Are you interested in volunteering with us in the future?

Question Type: Yes-no

If volunteers are willing to come back again then you know you’ve thrown a great event. Keep a list of these names and calculate how many volunteers you’ll need for next year.

Survey Questions for Sponsors and Partners

19. Please share your thoughts on the event as a whole.

Question Type: Open-ended

This open-ended question shows sponsors and partners that you value their opinion as collaborators. You’ll also want to start with a broad question like this one because it will help them think critically about the details in the following points.

20. Did this year’s event meet your expectations? Why or why not?

Question Type: Yes-no, Open-ended

While you may already know their goals, you might not know what they were expecting from this event. Generally speaking, it’s often hard for anyone to gauge their own assumptions about an experience until it is over, which is why including this question along with a prompt to further explain their answer is often more insightful than simply checking yes or no.

21. How relevant was the audience for your business/industry?

Question: NPS

To create a great sponsor partnership, you need to ensure the event audience is relevant to sponsors. Often brands sign up to sponsor events to achieve sales and marketing goals, or brand visibility. If the audience is not relevant, sponsors will have less success engaging with attendees and fall flat on their goals.

22. What was the ROI of sponsoring this event?

Question Type: Open-ended

This question will give you a good idea of if your sponsorship packages were valuable or not. By keeping the question opened ended it will help educate you on exactly what the sponsors found valuable. If the responses are good and event ROI was high, you could also use these answers as proof demonstrating to future sponsors your sponsorship opportunities are a great investment.

Bonus Tip: According to our Event Marketing Report, 54% of event marketers have trouble showing event ROI to key decision-makers. Make sure to give your sponsors plenty of data to help them track ROI and make sure their event sponsorship made an impact.

23. Will we see you again next year?

Question Type: Yes-no

Ideally, all of your sponsors and partners would love to do the event every year. Be sure to do a pulse check and determine if their experience of the event really was all they’d hoped it would be. Follow up with no responses for more information as to why they won’t be returning.

Survey Questions for Speakers and VIPs

24. Did you receive all the information you needed to successfully present before the event?

Question Type: Yes-no

Preparation is a key element to any presentation’s success. By asking your speakers if they felt they had the information needed to successfully present you can identify strengths and weaknesses in your speaker preparation. If a speaker answers no, be sure to personally follow up with them to get more information, not only will they feel heard but you will gain invaluable insight into how to create a better experience next time.

25. How would you rate our event venue and equipment in regards to how it served your keynote?

Question Type: NPS

For in-person events, speakers are the most concerned with the elements of the venue that either enhance or detract from their presentation. No one else can give you a better idea of venue effectiveness the way a speaker can. You can modify this question for virtual and hybrid events as well. For example “How would you rate working with our production team and virtual platform?”

26. Is there anything we could have done to make your event experience easier or more convenient?

Question Type: Open-ended

This is especially important for the VIPs you hope to impress. Cater to their needs and ensure their continued involvement for years to come.

27. Do you have a friend or colleague who would enjoy speaking at our future events?

Question Type: Yes-no

Speakers are often very involved in their own communities and networks and surround themselves with pros in their field. You can easily source new and fresh presenters for next year from this group. And with the recommendation of someone who has already done it, the decision will be a no-brainer for them.

Survey Questions for Employees

28. How would you rate the organization of this event?

Question Type: NPS

Your team will be intimately familiar with the cogs of your event. If they were confused or unclear what was happening during the event, your entire system might need a total revamp. If they felt comfortable and empowered for the duration of the event then you have a strong model to replicate in the future.

29. Do you feel roles were clearly communicated?

Question Type: Open-ended

To have a successful event team experience you must have clear roles and responsibilities. If roles aren’t clear it can lead to problems and miscommunications that impact the execution of your event. Asking your team for feedback will let you know if there are areas to improve in team communication next event.

30. Do you think the event met its goals?

Question Type: Yes-no

This question is a warm-up for the following. Reflecting as a team on event goals will give you a greater sense of whether you accomplished your event goals or not.

31. What impact do you see this event having on your immediate business goals?

Question Type: Yes-no

Make sure to tie your event back into your main mission statement by asking employees to directly reflect on the impact it has had on what they’re trying to accomplish at this moment in time. If you don’t connect the event evaluation to the greater objective or plan, the event itself can feel isolated and unnecessary. By asking fellow employees to put the benefits into their own words it reinforces their positive experience at the event and secures its slot in the marketing budget for next year.

32. Are you satisfied with the results of this event in regards to the impact it has made on your department?

Question Type: Yes-no

Zooming back out again, employees should consider how the actions of the marketing department directly affect their greater purpose in the company. Asking this question will even help you learn and make connections between how your event can (and should) support the company as a whole.

Survey Questions for Virtual Events

33. How satisfied were you with the platform experience?

Question Type: NPS

Your virtual platform can make or break your event. Asking this question allows you to find out how attendees felt about the overall virtual experience. Make sure to include a prompt with room to add more in case participants wish to elaborate.

34. What features did you like best about the event experience?

Question Type: Open-ended

Questions like this allow you to narrow in on those experiences while planning your next event. Knowing what worked and what is worth repeating saves you time when producing your next event. Keep a list of each point and find themes and popular responses to prioritize popular experiences next year.

35. Did you find the event easy to navigate?

Question Type: Yes-no

Success at a virtual event goes hand-in-hand with how easily attendees can navigate the experience. If attendees can’t find parts of the event due to a poor navigation design, they won’t be able to experience the event in full. This question will gauge if any improvements need to be made in the next iterations.

36. If you used tech support, how would you rate your experience?

Question Type: NPS

When an attendee runs into an issue attending your virtual event, they contact your support team. Can’t log-in? Contact event support. No audio? Contact event support. How the issue is resolved will leave a lasting impression. No matter if you have live chat, email, or a knowledge base this question will help give you insight into if your current tech support system is working or not.

37. How would you rate the quality of audio and video at the event?

Question Type: NPS

There are many variables when it comes to audio and video at virtual events. Many speakers are presenting from their homes which leaves room for poor internet connections, bad audio quality, or less than stellar backgrounds. Ask attendees to rate the quality of audio and video. If attendees weren’t satisfied, do an AV audit and identify areas of improvement, then relay that information to speakers and presenters the following event. Improvements might include minimum internet speeds, types of approved microphones, or sending presenter kits directly to speaker’s homes to ensure quality audio and visual.

Main Takeaways: Your Event Survey Questions

Event engagement is so much more than selling tickets. With the help of event survey tools you can get to the core of the question “how do I know if my event was successful?” and see if your event was a success. When crafting your own surveys, keep these general ideas in mind:

    1. Feedback is always good. Every participant in your event, whether they are involved behind-the-scenes or on the front-end, has something valuable to teach you.
    2. People love to share their opinion, an event survey gives them a platform to do so and feel valued.
    3. Find your people. By knowing who you’ve won over this year you’ll already have a jump start on making next year even more successful.
    4. Keep it short. While it would be great to ask all the questions mentioned above, be respectful of participants’ time and keep your survey short.
    5. If you don’t know, just ask. People love helping others (and talking about themselves), so chances are they’ll be more than willing to share their experience with you.

Editor’s Note:This post was originally published on November 5, 2018 and has since been updated for relevancy.

Bizzabo Named a Best Place to Work in NYC

The Bizzabo team is honored to have been voted as one of Built In’s Best Places to Work in New York City for 2021.

Following on the heels of our $138M Funding Announcement in December of last year, we are thrilled to kick off the New Year with another exciting announcement.

For the third year in a row, Built In – a leader in tech recruitment – has announced their prestigious Best Places to Work Awards for 2021. These awards recognize employers whose culture, benefits, and initiatives lead the way in tech and exemplify what it means to go above and beyond for their team.

The Best Places to Work Awards honor companies in various categories, from the 50 Best Small Places to Work to the 50 Companies with the Best Benefits.

This year Bizzabo has been named as one of the 100 Best Midsize Places to Work in New York City. We are humbled to receive this award and thrilled to be able to share our company culture and values.

“Creating the best employee and candidate experience has long been one of the primary goals of the People Operations team,” said Tami Lev-Golan, Chief People Officer at Bizzabo. “This was something that we kept in mind as we navigated the particularly challenging year of 2020.”

“We implemented changes across the board, from mental health days to tokens of appreciation for candidates in later stages, but heroes of the day really were our Bizzaboers. We are so grateful for their resilience, teamwork, and creativity, all of which has helped us thrive through uncertainty.”

Bizzabo Team - Bizzabo Named Best Place to Work NYC

Bizzabo Co-Founder and CEO Eran Ben-Shushan adds, “It all starts with our strong bedrock of BizzaValues which defines our company culture and serves as our North Star. But every new Bizzaboer who joins the team helps us further evolve who we are and what we are able to accomplish. They are the ones who bring our BizzaValues to life.”

We’re hiring across nearly every team and across the globe. You can learn more about opportunities at Bizzabo on our Careers Page.

7 Expert Predictions That Will Shape Hybrid Events in 2021

Almost 6,000 event marketers registered for (Almost) HYBRID to discuss the future of events. Here’s what we took away from our second virtual summit.

Last week, thousands of event marketing professionals from all over the world tuned in live for our second virtual summit: (Almost) HYBRID. Speakers from CNBC, Burning Man, IBM, and more joined us to share their insights and perspectives on the hybrid future of events.

For an exclusive look at how we planned and executed the event, check out our behind-the-scenes webinar.

Here are the key takeaways from our (Almost) HYBRID sessions:

  • Technology providers will play a pivotal role in the future of events
  • Promote engagement by shifting your focus to the virtual audience
  • Learn how to engage attendees by putting yourself in their shoes
  • Captivate your audience with highly curated, interactive content
  • Impactful events promote co-creativity and authenticity
  • The best way to embrace diversity is to make it your top priority
  • The most successful hybrid events strategies will be adaptive

You can watch all of the sessions from (Almost) HYBRID On Demand here.

1. Technology providers will play a pivotal role in the future of events

Bizzabo Co-Founder and CEO Eran Ben-Shushan kicked off (Almost) HYBRID with an insightful keynote about the future of the event industry.

This past year has presented us with unprecedented circumstances, and as a result, event organizers are looking to join forces and share best practices in a way that’s never been done before.

Eran’s keynote reminded us to embrace the future of events. The coming year will be an exciting opportunity to innovate and pave a new path forward for the events industry. 2021 will be all about hybrid events. This evolving format will combine the best of live and digital experiences, while allowing event organizers to safely reintroduce the in-person aspect that attendees are craving.

“An era where in-person and virtual attendee experiences are meaningfully integrated combining the irreplaceable value of in person with the amazing reach, insights, and possibilities surfaced by technology in the virtual medium.”

– Eran Ben-Shushan, Bizzabo

As the majority of event organizers quickly pivoted to virtual in 2020,it became clear that technology was one of the most important aspects of online events.

Technology used to be a microphone, powerpoint presentation, and maybe a webinar. Now it’s an integral part of any event, serving as the venue, your platform for engagement and interaction, live-streaming, APIs, and a means for surfacing data. If we’ve learned anything from 2020 that we can apply to hybrid events, it’s the importance of technology.

“This past year demonstrated the responsibility of technology to drive the evolution of virtual events. The hybrid technology of tomorrow..will need to be built from the ground up with the virtual and in person holistically in mind.”

– Eran Ben-Shushan, Bizzabo

After surveying nearly 400 event marketing professionals in our Evolution of Events Report, we discovered that organizers plan to lean heavily on technology as part of their event strategy. Attendee engagement tools, hybrid solutions, sponsor partnerships, and virtual integration will be the primary focuses for leveraging technology in 2021.

evolution of events report technology - hybrid event takeaways 2021

When it comes to hosting both virtual and hybrid events, there is increasing demand for technology providers to offer platforms and solutions that can handle thousands of online attendees while offering real-time interaction and deep analytics. In 2020, we saw hundreds of new technology startups as well as established companies innovating new ways to support event organizers in their shift to virtual. And they did it in a matter of weeks and months. This is an inspiring look at what’s to come from technology companies in the future.

2. Promote engagement by shifting your focus to the virtual audience

Dana Pake (MCW Events) and Mark Wilson (Cramer) joined moderator James Kotecki (Infinia ML) for an illuminating Hybrid Think Tank Session. They discussed best practices and examples on how to integrate both the online and live audience so that every attendee feels present at your event.

Our recent Evolution of Events Report revealed that audience engagement is still the number one challenge organizers face, even in the virtual realm. Event marketers are looking for tangible solutions and examples on how they can create an immersive experience for their attendees.

evolution of events report engagement - hybrid event takeaways 2021

The question is not only how we can engage our in-person attendees, but how can we make our online audience feel just as present?

The answer, according to Mark Wilson, is flipping the formula to focus on the virtual audience:

“Instead of treating the virtual audience completely differently than the venue audience, we’re going to put more emphasis on the virtual audience and spend more time and effort engaging them.”

– Mark Wilson, Cramer

Dana Pake sums it up perfectly:

“Design your program with intention and integrate the two audiences.”

By focusing more on including the virtual audience and creating opportunities for both the live and virtual audiences to interact, we saw how effortless the engagement was as a result.

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Creating a feeling of belonging was a recurring theme in this session. As Dana points out, audiences want to feel seen, heard, and included. Curating your content and delivering that content in a way that intentionally engages both your IRL and online attendees is a great way to promote audience engagement in the virtual and hybrid world.

3. Learn how to engage attendees by putting yourself in their shoes

In our session, Driving Experience Through Innovation with IBM, Bizzabo’s Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Alon Alroy, chatted with IBM’s Program Director of Digital Innovation, Erin McElroy, to learn how IBM is innovating and experimenting to master attendee engagement.

Driving experience through innovation with IBM - hybrid event takeaways 2021

IBM is no stranger to events; in a given year, they host an average of 4,000 in-person events. And this year, they decided to take their biggest event of the year, IBM Think, completely online.

One of the main differences they realized was instead of the usual 20 to 30 thousand in-person attendees, they had almost 200 thousand people attending virtually. With such a large turnout, the team needed to be extremely creative to keep engagement high. IBM is known for creating immersive experiences that delight their audience. One of the ways Erin and her team have done this is by putting themselves in the audience’s shoes and getting to know them both personally and professionally.

For example, understanding that people might be tuning in from home – maybe they have children or pets – could imply that they don’t have the time or opportunity to give as much attention as they normally would to a live session. You might want to create shorter sessions and pick the most meaningful content that will keep your audience’s attention.

“Ari Sheinkin, who leads our analytics, says, ‘if you want to be great at experience, you have to be great at audience.’ And that’s truly understanding the audience.”

– Erin McElroy, IBM

Erin shared that she learned what their audience was craving at these digital events. They could then create immersive experiences like chat functions for networking to provide the most value possible for their attendees.

(Almost) HYBRID Slack Community - hybrid event takeaways 2021

At (Almost) HYBRID, we created a dedicated slack community with different channels that gave our audience the opportunity to network before, during, and even after the event.

You can apply to join (Almost) HYBRID Slack Community here.

4. Captivate your audience with highly curated, interactive content

Leon Winkler, Director of International Events at Ubisoft, shared his experience during another fireside chat, What B2B Organizations Can Learn from Esports and Gaming featuring Ubisoft. Leon shares in-depth examples of how the gaming industry is constantly innovating to create fun, engaging experiences for their audience.

What B2B Organizations Can Learn from Esports and Gaming featuring Ubisoft - hybrid event takeaways 2021

While the gaming industry does have an advantage – being that games are by nature, fun and engaging – the underlying aspects can easily translate to events. Leon explains what it is about games that gets people so excited.

“It’s tapping into that childlike joy – you want to interact and engage and touch. Especially in the digital world…everything is just visual and auditory but actually touching and interacting with an object…that experience embeds itself in your memory.”

The key to creating memorable experiences is to build in opportunities for attendees to interact. Event organizers are trying to recreate the in-person experience in a virtual format, but Leon advises that your budget would be better spent rethinking ways you can engage your audience digitally. For example, Ubisoft partnered with Parsec to stream their games and allow the community to play those games directly through their computers.

Kyle Suzuki, a fellow game lover and event professional echoed Leon’s thoughts on a recent IN-PERSON Podcast episode, sharing his earliest memories of video games and the role of nostalgia in creating experiences.

in person podcast kyle suzuki - hybrid event takeaways 2021

The other biggest piece of advice Leon shared with us is the importance of curating your content to your attendees. The key to creating engaging content is to consider not just what you want to get across, but what your audience wants to hear, and how they want to hear it.

“Content is king…focus on content that is relevant to your audience…You need to have content that captivates the attention of whoever is watching. Then on top of that, you need to create something that is engaging and creates dialogue. It has to be more than passive watching.”

– Leon Winkler, Ubisoft

This idea of creating relevant content and delivering it in an engaging way will ensure that your participants are actively listening to and interacting with your event. Virtual and hybrid events can create the same level of excitement as gaming by focusing on what your attendees want. Get creative and think outside the box in the digital world.

5. Impactful events promote co-creativity and authenticity

Burning Man Project’s Kim Cook sat with Bizzabo’s Dan Flynn, to unpack the idea of community and the role it plays in a virtual domain during the session How Burning Man is Imagining the Future of Community.

How Burning Man is Imagining the Future of Community - hybrid event takeaways 2021

Creating an involved in-person event community is no easy feat, and it’s even more challenging to translate that connection to digital. Kim reveals what it is about “burners” that makes them so excited to be a part of Burning Man. When the in-person event was going to be cancelled, over 14,000 people reached out to offer their help in taking the event online.

“The drive to be a part of something and co-create is super powerful and underutilized…At Burning man, it’s very much about illuminating and elevating the gifts someone wants to bring.”

– Kim Cook, Burning Man Project

The other goal of every organizer is for the event to stick with the attendees, even after it’s over and keep the learnings and the conversation going. Kim shared her own experience creating events that have lasting impact, and the common theme was authenticity. Creating an event that is authentic to you, your company, and your audience is an important part of not only attracting attendees, but making sure the experience stays top of mind.

“When we’re creating events, we need to be tapped into that which is authentically true..in a way that people feel that. That increases the likelihood that people are going to carry with them something that came about within the experience.”

– Kim Cook, Burning Man Project

When planning events, stay aligned with your brand and audience to create an experience that will resonate with your attendees. And create opportunities for your audience to co-create either with your event or with each other. People will be excited to bring their strengths to the table and work together to create an amazing experience.

6. The best way to embrace diversity is to make it your top priority

Another session, Empowering Diversity Through HYBRID, featured moderator Mita Mallick (Carta) and founder of Lesbians Who Tech, Leanne Pittsford, for a discussion on driving diversity in events and how a hybrid future provides ample opportunities for doing so.

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Leanne has become a leader in diversity both in her company and in her events strategy. The way she got there might surprise you: saying no, even if it means losing money or sponsors. Leanne validates that “It’s awkward, and there’s hard conversations,” but staying true to your values is the best way to create diversity in your events. Sometimes that means saying no to sponsors, attendees, or speakers who may not be values-aligned or won’t promote diversity in your event.

Continuing the theme of authenticity, Leanne places a heavy focus on building trust with her attendees and her coworkers. She reveals that it takes time to build that trust. So how does she do it? Time is one ingredient for building trust. This other is using diversity quotas to drive decision making in their event strategy…and saying no to valuable partnerships that don’t adhere to these event goals.

“We have a policy, sponsors need to submit 3 speakers, 50% of them have to be women of color…We couldn’t create that community without the people on stage reflecting the audience.”

– Leanne Pittsford, Lesbians Who Tech

In order to promote diversity in their events, organizers like Leanne are making hard choices and using their values to guide them in the event planning process. Diversity was a big topic of 2020 and will continue to be a major focus in 2021. Hybrid events create a lot of opportunities to drive diversity, one of the most prominent of those is reach.

“We had 30,000 people join who registered all over the world, there were 60 countries represented…anyone can join online so there are people from other countries that got to be a part of it and feel part of the magic.”

– Leanne Pittsford, Lesbians Who Tech

By removing in-person obstacles, people from anywhere in the world, or those who may not be able to attend live, for any number of reasons, are able to participate. There are so many opportunities for event organizers to foster diversity in their events in the hybrid era.

7. The most successful hybrid events strategies will be adaptive

To close out the event, we hosted an inspiring panel: How to Plan for the Unplannable with CNBC and WorkHuman. Bizzabo’s Director of Events, Rachel Ruggieri, spoke with CNBC’s Jonathan Meyers and Workhuman’s Devin Cleary about what it really takes to plan events in a dynamic and digital environment.

How to Plan for the Unplannable  - hybrid event takeaways 2021

As the events industry shifts toward a hybrid future, flexibility will be the most effective approach. Event organizers can be Type-A, and it can be difficult to let go of the plan and just go with the flow. But in the ever changing world of events and especially in the paradigm shift we are currently in, being able to make changes and shift your strategy will be crucial to your success.

“Be Flexible. Not everything you come up with in a vacuum is going to work. Not everything that the audience says they want they’ll want. Continue to iterate.”

– Jonathan Meyers, CNBC

This idea of creating iterative event strategies will become even more important in 2021. The digital world is known for fast-paced change. As we leverage more technology in our events, trends will come and go faster than ever before.

As event planners and attendees get accustomed to virtual and hybrid events, their wants and needs will almost certainly change. In order to keep up with the demand and continue to create engaging events, Jonathan recommends that organizers keep pushing themselves and thinking creatively.

“Don’t stand still. Things that were highly successful at the beginning of the pandemic now feels stale and audiences and sponsors are moving on. You have to continue to innovate.”

– Jonathan Meyers, CNBC

The other important key to success in this dynamic time is to have a team of “Innovative people who can bridge virtual and hybrid.” Just like event strategies have changed drastically this past year and will continue to change in the future, event teams will also look different than what we are used to.

“Digital events absolutely require us to have an involved organization approach”

– Devin Cleary, Workhuman

As the events industry pivots toward a hybrid future, event strategies and event teams will also change. The most successful events will be those that take an adaptive approach and embrace the dynamic future of the industry.

Wrapping Up: Creating the Future of Events

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(Almost) HYBRID was part of a much larger movement and discussion around the future of events as we know it. It validated that event marketers are resilient, innovative, and that we can come together in the face of a challenge to create meaningful change.

As we continue planning events, we hope these insights inspire you to continuously iterate and see this new domain as an opportunity. We are rewriting the playbook for events and it’s an exciting time to be an event marketer!

To hear from our speakers at IBM, CNBC, Burning Man, and more, tune in to our on-demand sessions.

20 Unique Virtual Event Ideas That Will Inspire Your Next Event

Discover the 20 best virtual event ideas to incorporate into planning your next event. Featuring examples from brands like Forbes, INBOUND, and more.

Virtual events have gained popularity as the world continues to deal with the novel coronavirus. According to our Event Outlook Report, 93% of event marketers plan to invest in virtual events moving forward. Fortunately, event technology has made it possible to host unique online experiences that can align with your goals and event strategy. Whether you’re planning a virtual conference or an internal sales kick-off, there are many benefits to hosting online events and plenty of virtual event ideas to inspire you.

Below we’re covering the top 20 virtual event ideas. These concepts come from a variety of industries. We believe it’s important to take a look outside and see what others are doing to grow and evolve. We will cover these categories below:

For more inspiration, check out these virtual event examples. Planning to go hybrid? We’ve got you covered! Take a look at these hybrid event ideas that integrate both in-person and virtual elements

Top 20 Virtual Event Ideas

Our top 20 virtual event ideas the list includes inspiration from concerts to activations in the beauty industry, and many more that you can implement at your next event. Let’s take a look at the most interesting virtual event ideas we have seen this year!

Entertainment Ideas

1. Improv Comedy Performance

An improv comedy performance can be a fun way to engage your attendees. Improv is live and can be interactive weaving themes from your event right into the performance making it personalized.

At our virtual summit, (Almost) HYBRID. We brought in North Coast, NYC’s Premiere hip-hop improv team for a live performance. To make it personalized and interactive, North Coast asked the audience questions about their favorite parts of events. Before the show even started attendees had a lot of fun reminiscing about special moments from their events in the chats.

When it was time to perform North Coast delivered personalized improv hip-hop and pulled from the unique experiences attendees had previously shared.

North Coast improv - virtual event ideasSource: (Almost) HYBRID

2. Latte Art

During Monday Funday at Planet IMEX, panelist Michael Brach, Coffee Art Creator at Baristart, created live portraits of attendees and other images as he shared the unique experiences that led him to this profession during his session “The Fine Art of Latte Portraiture.” Watching the artist at work added a layer of visual interest not typically found in sessions and kept attendees tuned in.

latte art - virtual event ideasSource: IMEX Group

3. Magic Show

A magic show is an unexpected and engaging way to entertain your virtual audience. It can break up the event and create a sense of wonder. At (Almost) HYBRID, we included a magic show featuring Gary Ferrar. Gary put on a live virtual performance that was engaging, full of unexpected moments, and left the audience wondering “How’d he do that?”

magician - virtual event ideasSource: (Almost) HYBRID

4. Virtual Concert

This engaging virtual event idea is sure to make for a memorable experience. When planning a virtual concert it’s important to produce it in a way that works well in the virtual environment. Concerts should be immersive; don’t just stream a video feed. Instead, create something specifically for the virtual world.

A great example from the music industry is Billie Eilish’s “Where Do We Go? The Livestream” concert. After canceling her sold-out 2020 world tour due to covid, Eilish wanted a way to connect with her fans. The concert was exceptionally produced with multiple camera angles and a massive 60 by 24 foot LED stage. Throughout the concert, the LED stage was full of striking scenes taking viewers on a dynamic journey. The concert also provided a chat for attendees to interact as well as an online store for limited edition merchandise.

virtual concert - virtual event ideasSource: bandwagon

Engagement and Gamification Virtual Event Ideas

5. Curated Session Tracks

With an average of 20 sessions per virtual event, it’s important that event marketers organize their content. Curated tracks allow attendees to easily navigate content and focus on what they are interested in.

For a great example of this virtual event idea look no further than Forbes UNDER 30. In the image below you will see the event offered several tracks ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Finance & Investing. Attendees had the opportunity to focus on a track or jump between them to design the experience they wanted to take away from the event.

session tracks - virtual event ideasSource: Forbes

6. Leaderboard Challenge

A leaderboard is a great way to boost engagement and encourage attendees to experience many parts of your event. Attendees can earn points by attending keynotes, specific trainings, breakouts, and more. To incentivize attendees, the top winners receive prizes for participating.

Zenith Live 2020 created “The Zenith Live Challenge” where attendees were sent on a mission to rack up points for completing activities and select mission prizes or in-lieu of a prize, participants could donate to a Zenith-Live-sponsored Charity.

virtual leaderboard - virtual event ideasSource: Zenith Live

event prizes - virtual event ideasSource: Zenith Live

7. Virtual Photo Booths

Photo booths have always been a staple at events, so naturally, they have evolved to fit the virtual event landscape. Virtual photo booths can fit any event’s needs. Images are easily customizable making it easy to create engaging, shareable, and branded content. To take this virtual event idea a step further, turn all of your attendee’s photos into a virtual mosaic.

photo mosiac - virtual event ideasSource: snapbar

8. Award Badges

Award attendees for completing tracks or courses with digital badges. Advertising Week 2020 allowed attendees to earn recognition by completing courses. To receive the badge participants had to complete the course work and watch full sessions in areas ranging from content marketing to company culture. The attendee with the most badges was recognized as the AW2020 MVP. This encouraged attendees to fully watch sessions and explore tracks while rewarding them through gamification.

virtual badges - virtual event ideasSource: AW2020

Sponsorship Virtual Event Ideas

9. Virtual Exhibition Hall

Virtual expo halls highlight sponsors and allow attendees to browse virtual booths much like an in-person expo hall. At World Employer Branding Day 2020, they had an expo hall set up on a web page with custom graphics that appear to be branded booths. Attendees could click into the booth and be brought into a custom sponsor page. Inside the sponsor page they could watch videos, chat with exhibitors, read more about the company, book meetings, and more.

virtual expo hall - virtual event ideasSource: World Employer Branding Day

DataRobot also used virtual exhibitor booths at their worldwide virtual event series to give their sponsors a best-in-class experience. Sponsors created their own landing page within the event website where they could upload documents and images to recreate the experience of a booth virtually. DataRobot also used Bizzabo Interact to provide sponsors with a way to broadcast live within their pages and even host one-to-one breakout sessions with their audience. These broadcasts and virtual meetings allowed them to successfully interact with attendees and deliver sponsor value.

sponsor page -virtual event ideasSource: Bizzabo

To hear more about how DataRobot offered best-in-class virtual sponsorship opportunities watch their webinar on-demand here.

10. Sponsored Sessions

Sessions are an essential part of most virtual events. Allowing sponsors to create sessions with content that will be in line with their messaging can be an extremely effective way for sponsors to reach attendees.

Collaborate with your sponsors when creating your sessions. Help sponsors craft a message that resonates with the goals of your event and highlights the sponsor as well. This will ensure the sponsored session is beneficial to all stakeholders.

Below is an example of a sponsored session from Digital Banking 2020 showcasing Verizon, who is sponsoring the session.

sponsored event session - virtual event ideasSource: Digital Banking 2020

11. Sponsored Giveaways

A great way to get sponsors involved and improve audience participation is by holding a sponsored giveaway. At Avionté CONNECT 2020, attendees had the opportunity to win amazing prizes like an iPad and Ring Doorbell from sponsors like Adobe, ADP, and Equifax. To increase engagement and add an element of excitement, they also announced the winners in the closing session.

sponsored giveaway - virtual event ideasSource: Avionté

12. Branded Videos

If you’ve watched a free video online, you’ve probably seen sponsored content that rolls right before the video. You can leverage pre-roll videos the same way and showcase your sponsors while you have your attendees’ undivided attention with a short sponsorship video right before the session starts. Most companies have a short brand video readily available, meaning less time creating content. It’s common for these videos to typically be 30 seconds to 1 minute long.

Here’s an example of the video Bizzabo used for 1-minute promotion spots in other virtual events.

Looking for more resources and Event Sponsorship ideas? Explore the Event Sponsorship Guide and the Virtual Sponsorship Workbook for tips, tools, and exercises to get you on track.

Immersive Virtual Event Ideas

13. Custom Avatars

Having an avatar creates a way for attendees to feel present and engage in a virtual space. Participants can interact and see themselves via the avatar on screen. At INBOUND 2020, attendees were able to customize their virtual avatars. Participants could choose their hair, outfits, and more making for a more personalized experience.

custom avatar - virtual event ideasSource: Inbound

14. 3D Immersive Virtual Environment

When it comes to virtual events, Fenty broke the mold with their 3D immersive experience. For the launch of Fenty Skin, they created the Fenty House where attendees could party with Rhianna virtually. Within the house, there was a spa room showcasing the new skincare line, a virtual bar with the recipe to make your own cocktail at home, virtual photo booth, and more.

This type of virtual event idea will work particularly well for brand activations and product launches. It’s an effective and memorable way to create a great experience online.

fenty house VR - virtual event ideasSource: Medium

15. 360-Degree Tour

A 360-degree tour can help showcase your business or school from anywhere in the world virtually. When hybrid events come back, virtual 360-tours could play a role in merging the in-person and virtual experiences.

The example below is from Virtual Applicant Day at The University of Warwick. This virtual applicant day allowed prospective students from across the world to tour the university, have coffee chats with current students, and additional activities to help get a feel for what campus life would be like.

360 degree tour - virtual event ideasSource: The University of Warwick

Production Virtual Event Ideas

16. Pre-Recorded Sessions

Pre-recorded sessions of your keynote speakers and sessions can elevate your virtual event. Having your sessions filmed ahead of time allows for enhancements such as editing or adding in graphics. This virtual event idea helps you produce the highest quality broadcast and reduces room for error.

A great example of this was at Adobe SUMMIT. The event was fully pre-recorded, executives and celebrities alike filmed their sessions ahead of time. To find the best filming locations, Adobe had their presenters take producers on a tour of their homes to find the best set up and lighting for the event. Adobe also sent out training documents to help presenters make the best recordings from their homes, the documents included tips on camera positioning, what to wear, and how to choose recording locations. The result was well produced pre-recorded videos for their virtual event.

pre-rescorded sessions - virtual event ideasSource: Adobe SUMMIT

17. Professional In-Studio Session Recordings

If you are really looking to elevate your sessions, consider recording them in a studio with your production team. Professional recording sessions rival the quality of news broadcasts and can bring your event to the next level.

Below you will see the team at Endless Events producing a high-quality broadcast for one of their virtual events. With the use of LED backgrounds and professional equipment, they were able to bring their client’s virtual event to life.

studio recording - virtual event ideasSource: Endless Events

18. On-Demand Sessions

This virtual event idea will allow you to maximize your event long after the live show is over. On-demand sessions allow attendees to tune in when it is convenient for them and catch the session replays. It is especially helpful for tackling time-zones when hosting a global audience. Additionally, by keeping content available you can provide lead generation well after the event is over.

At Bizzabo, we make sure that all of our virtual summits and webinars are available on-demand. By registering for the event, anyone can tune in and watch.

on-demand sessions - virtual event ideasSource: (Almost) HYBRID

Graphic Design Virtual Event Ideas

19. Motion Graphics

Graphics with movement create interesting design and draw in attendees. You can use motion in your graphics in everything from the main page of your event to subtle motion in the background during sessions. The New Yorker Festival brought moving graphics to the home page of their event website. This was a great way to immediately brand the event and create excitement.

Source: The New Yorker Festival

20. Branded Virtual Backgrounds

Branded Virtual Backgrounds are a way to bring cohesiveness to a virtual event. Everyone may be recorded from different areas of the world, but by using the same backgrounds it gives a cohesive look.

At our first virtual summit, (Almost) In-Person we created virtual backgrounds for speakers and hosts alike to use during the show. The result was a well-branded and unified experience.

branded event background - virtual event ideasSource: (Almost) In-Person

Key Takeaways: The Sky’s the Limit When It Comes to Virtual Event Ideas

Virtual events will continue to become more prevalent in 2021 as organizations reconcile with the impacts of COVID-19 on events. Fortunately, the twenty ideas listed above will help you host a virtual event attendees will love. Here are the main takeaways:

  • The best virtual events mirror in-person ones in many ways. The right virtual event tools allow you to transform many parts of in-person events to a digital environment.
  • Do your best to provide memorable experiences with entertainment and gamification, and personalize the attendee experience through session tracks and more.
  • Make sure each of your sessions are recorded and available on-demand. This will allow people to access the content well after your event is live.
  • With virtual events partnerships are important to the success of your event. You don’t need to create your virtual event all by yourself. Virtual event production teams can help you elevate your experience. Sponsors can add value to your event.
  • Event software can save you hours of time and provide a great user experience.
  • Look outside your industry for inspiration, many industries went virtual before events and can provide great virtual event ideas that attendees may have not seen before, making your event more engaging.

Learn more about how virtual can fit into your event strategy by downloading the Going Hybrid Ebook, featuring advice and examples from leading brands.

Virtual Events 2021: The #1 List of Virtual Events and Conferences

The most authoritative list of 2021 virtual events and conferences on the internet.

Virtual events are nothing new but—as we discuss in our comprehensive guide to coronavirus and events—we’re seeing many organizers pivot from in-person to digital.

For many event organizers, virtual events present a new opportunity for overstepping the hurdles of social distancing and engaging audiences around the world. Planners have already made their intentions clear, with 93% of event marketers already planning to incorporate virtual events into their strategy in 2021 and beyond.

But we also recognize that best practices around virtual events are still in their early stages. This is where working with experienced event and marketing agencies can prove to be a plus.

We put together this guide on virtual events for two reasons:

1) To serve as a resource for event organizers seeking to learn how their peers are approaching the rapidly evolving channel of virtual and hybrid events.

2) To help event organizers get the word out on their own upcoming virtual events. (You can submit your event here to be reviewed and potentially added to this list.)

Note: As 2021 goes on, we plan on updating this post regularly. But if you see any outdated information, please drop us a line.

Without further ado, explore these virtual events and discover exciting opportunities for the new year!

Virtual Events & Conferences in 2021

JANUARY 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Start Date Description
CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 1/11/21 CES brings together all of the biggest players in the consumer tech space. One of the largest trade shows in the US, this is innovation at its finest. And in 2021, they’re fully embracing a digital experience.
REUTERS NEXT 1/11/21 REUTERS NEXT kicks off 2021 by gathering global leaders and forward thinkers to reimagine solutions to the challenges the new year brings. REUTERS NEXT draws on Reuters global reach to host diverse voices from around the world who will examine topics from different perspectives, bringing their passion, experience and expertise to find new ways forward.
KickStart Europe 1/21/21 The KickStart conference provides a venue for important thought leaders from the digital infrastructure industry and the ecosystem, to share trends, opinions, and ideas​. It will be transformed into an all-digital event, with the possibility to network with the community and gain insights on industry trends for the coming year!
Deep Learning 2.0 Virtual Summit 1/28/21 Bridging the gap between the latest technological research advancements and real-world applications in business and society. Deep Learning explores the latest research advancements in generative models and applications of techniques across various industries.
IMPACT 2021 1/19/21 For more than 40 years, CMG’s international conference has been the source for education and peer-to-peer exchange for all things enterprise IT and infrastructure. It is the only conference of its kind where attendees can obtain real-world knowledge and training that is not vendor-run. IMPACT features sessions on the full scope of digital transformation technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Observability, DevOps, Performance Engineering, Digital Process, Cloud Native Applications, and the IT infrastructures that support them.
Fintech Growth Summit 21 1/28/21 The Fintech Growth Summit is the perfect environment to share your stories and expertise with industry insiders who are navigating the same transformational times — and get answers to all your questions about transformation during COVID-19, big tech in finance, preparing for the unexpected, how fintech can grow sustainably, retention and loyalty, mobile-first experiences, and the digital customer journey.
MGA Fintech Growth Summit 1/28/21 The world of banking and finance is transforming — becoming an increasingly digital and mobile space. COVID-19 has accelerated that change — forcing even the most traditional banking customers to seek fintech alternatives. Add to that the growing popularity of neo banks, challenger banks, e-wallets, and all kinds of mobile-first experiences and you have a vertical ripe for explosive growth.
Ai4 1/21/21 In 2021, Ai4 will go fully virtual, offering a series of free webinars that begin in January 2021. The webinars will focus on the state of Artificial Intelligence across several sectors, including pharma, industry, banking, insurance, and more.
AMA The Year Ahead 1/26/21 As we approach 2021 with cautious optimism for what the new year brings, the lessons from 2020 likely won’t leave us anytime soon. While some businesses have thrived, others have had to shift entirely or risk becoming obsolete. Regardless, we have all had to change our marketing strategies. In this free virtual event, they’ll help you understand what trends are here to stay and what shifts are coming in 2021. You’ll gain the actionable insights, digital tools, and strategic best practices you need to make an impact in the new year.

FEBRUARY 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Start Date Description
Cisco Live 2/9/21 Now more than ever, we need the network to connect us. The Cisco Live EMEAR 2021 digital event will gather the best and brightest IT heroes to imagine what’s possible.
National ESEA Conference 2/8/21 The 2020 National ESEA Conference keynotes and breakout sessions will focus on “Together for Equity.”
As we integrate, innovate, and collaborate, it must be done toward the goal of equity, ensuring that every student has timely access to high-quality education regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, language, ability, sexual orientation, or income. Programs funded by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are designed for equity. The Conference offers two session types from today’s leading education experts: large-scale lecture sessions and smaller workshop sessions focused on personal interactions among attendees and presenters. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions of education leaders and experts, engage in peer discussions and group activities with colleagues from across the nation, and discover relevant educational products and services designed specifically with federal programs educators in mind. Six exceptional keynote sessions are scheduled.
Virtual MarTech Summit 2/24/21 Converging Marketing & Technology for a Winning Future. The must-attend annual gathering of leaders in marketing technology, digital, strategy & innovation in the Asia Pacific. Together we aim to break the old cycle, stimulate innovative ideas, and facilitate fresh collaborations.
Innov8 Work 2/10/21 Innov8 Work is a new conference with a mission to bring together startups & leaders of HR, coworking, the gig economy & corporate innovation for a chance to connect, learn, and help each other be more successful.
Digital Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2/2/21 Want to define how you can play a critical role in supporting your organization through the storm and beyond? Only at the DGI Flagship Virtual Event can you learn from and network with your GeoInt peers on lessons-learned to date following Covid-19. In 2021, it’s fully virtual!
MicroStrategy World 2021 2/3/21 Experience how your peers (and your competitors) are transforming their organizations with intelligence.
Startup Grind Global Conference 2/22/21 4 days, 7 key themes, over 100 workshops, roundtables, keynotes, and fireside chats focused on helping startups and innovative teams learn, grow, and scale in today’s evolving tech ecosystem.
Developer Week 2/17/21 DeveloperWeek is the world’s largest developer expo and conference series with over 50 week-long events.
Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 6/8/21 The virtual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, 8 – 9 June 2021, offers content for every member of your data and analytics team — from technical to senior-level strategy. Join data and analytics leaders to gain the skills to build and execute a world-class strategy.
DevNexus 2/17/21 The goal of the Devnexus Conference is to connect developers from all over the world, provide affordable education, and promote Open Source values.
eTail 2/23/21 eTail is a three-day conference designed to help you increase the profits from your business. You’ll get action-packed stories, disruptive strategies, strategic conversations, and connections with top minds at America’s most successful retailers. No commercials. No egos. We cut out the fluff to give you hundreds of strategic takeaways.
MGS Global Virtual Conference 2/10/21 Come together with peers and experts from around the globe to learn, connect, and grow at MGS GVC—an event held entirely online that includes all the features you’ve come to expect from an MGS event.
The Digital Transformation Conference 2/25/21 The headline North America online conference as part of the global Digital Transformation Conference series welcoming over 14 digital business leaders & practitioners from across the U.S. to share stories & insights on their digital business innovation, strategy, and transformation.

MARCH 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Start Date Description
DocuSign Momentum 2021 TBD You’ll want to be part of Momentum 2021, an annual customer conference. They’ll be sharing the latest customer case studies and product demos to show how the Agreement Cloud can keep your business moving forward—in any business environment.
Esri Developer Summit 3/21/21 The Esri Developer Summit (DevSummit) is designed to show you how to build cutting-edge apps using advanced mapping technology. Explore hundreds of hours of learning in one location with technical workshops and sessions, learn development best practices, and get the latest on new technology.
SAP CONCUR FUSION VIRTUAL SUMMIT 3/16/21 Bringing together SAP Concur customers, potential customers, partners, and experts around the globe via a complimentary virtual experience to help you run your business at its best.
MVP Global Summit March 2021 Each year, we look forward to connecting with our MVP and Regional Director (RD) communities at the MVP Global Summit and RD Summit for the exclusive in-depth technical discussions and feedback sessions across the Microsoft Redmond campus
Domopalooza 2021 3/24/21 Join the brightest minds in data as they show how they’re using Domo to dream up and deliver innovations that advance their competitiveness and value in record time.
Learn proven ways to drive change and deliver impact, direct from customers and experts who volunteered to share their unique expertise.
Digiday Media Buying Summit 3/10/21 Digiday Media Buying Summit will explore how agencies are changing the way they operate as remote working has become the new norm, as social platforms tumble, and as regulations and client requests get stronger.
Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 3/9/21 Today’s leading CIOs are more than technology experts. They’re cross-functional change-makers, guiding business strategy at the highest level while building the culture and digital dexterity to support innovation. Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is an unrivaled experience for this new type of leader — a place to dissect the challenges and opportunities of digital business among select peers and drive critical enterprise priorities.
Pause Fest 3/1/21 Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward.
Microsoft Ignite 3/2/21 Explore the latest platform tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with our community to gain practical insights and best practices to help meet the expectations of the organizations, agencies, and citizens you serve.
Code Beam America 3/10/21 Created for developers, by developers, Code BEAM is dedicated to bringing the best minds in the Erlang and Elixir communities together to SHARE. LEARN. INSPIRE.
600Minutes Executive IT 3/10/21 The upcoming 600Minutes Executive IT once again connects IT leaders and decision-makers virtually to discuss and debate on the game plan for CIOs in 2021. Explore insights from leading experts on building an adaptable organizational framework post-pandemic and ways to enhance customer journey with future proof technologies.
SXSW 3/16/21 Introducing SXSW Online, a digital experience from March 16–20, 2021 including keynotes, Conference sessions, Music Festival showcases, Film Festival screenings, world-class networking, and the unexpected discoveries that are always a part of SXSW.
EmberConf 2021 3/17/21 EmberConf is the best place to meet the folks behind the magic. You’ll hear from members of the Ember Core Team, top community contributors and users, and help shape the future of Ember.
Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 3/15/21 Today’s leading CIOs are more than technology experts. They’re cross-functional change-makers, guiding business strategy at the highest level while building the culture and digital dexterity to support innovation. Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is an unrivaled experience for this new type of leader — a place to dissect the challenges and opportunities of digital business among select peers and drive critical enterprise priorities.
Reinforce AI Conference 3/3/20 A conference that brings experts, skills, and eagerness together to progress. The conference brings together some of the world-leading experts of artificial intelligence and machine learning while creating a platform for discourse, innovation, and network.
Open Data Science Conference East 3/30/21 ODSC East is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Our speakers include some of the core contributors to many open source tools, libraries, and languages.
NEXUS: ISRAEL 3/23/21 The NEXUS: ISRAEL innovation conference brings together leaders from the investment and finance communities with Hebrew University’s innovators to address some of the most challenging global issues of the 21st Century.
Venture Summit West 3/16/21 This summit connects the most innovative, promising, venture-backed, emerging growth, and early-stage companies with active investors, investment bankers, advisors, and corporate professionals.
The Digital Transformation Conference 3/4/21 The Digital Transformation Conference brings together leaders spearheading digital initiatives in their organizations to offer insights into their digital transformation journey’s.
Business of Software 3/22/21 Business of Software is a single-track conference to help you build great software and turn it into a profitable business.
MedFuse 3/18/21 MedFuse is a conference focused on the intersection of connected devices and data within the broad spectrum of medical practice from healthcare to medical devices.
Festival of Marketing 3/23/21 The Festival of Marketing is a unique experience where ambitious marketers can discover, learn, celebrate, and shape the future together.
ODSC Virtual Conference 3/30/21 ODSC East 2021 is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Speakers include core contributors to many open source libraries and languages. Attend ODSC East 2021 and learn the latest AI & data science topics, tools, and languages from some of the best and brightest minds in the field.
CNBC @Work Summit 3/30/21 The CNBC @Work Summit will provide an opportunity for senior executives to learn from each other and the world’s most influential voices who are defining the future of work. Will you and your teams be ready to lead, or be left behind?
ISL Conference 3/6/21 The ISL Conference focuses on practical strategies for enhancing P-12 student learning. Sessions target teacher candidates, practicing teachers (new and veteran), as well as professors who teach teacher candidates, school counselors, and more. Opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators are integrated throughout the day, and previous participants report that they were able to immediately implement many new techniques learned at the conference in their own P-12 or higher education classrooms the very next week.

APRIL 2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
Oktane21 Live 4/6/21 Oktane21 is the time to reconnect — to each other and to the people we empower with identity and access. To understand where we’re going and how to get there, so we can keep building the identity experiences that connect people with technology and transform our world.
Content Marketing Conference 4/27/2021 They made the transition in 2020 with a digital experience that was rolled together in just a few weeks for 15,000 attendees. And they’re staying the course with a Virtual and Live experience for CMC 2021, so everyone can attend!
Red Hat Summit 2021 4/27/21 Red Hat® Summit 2021 is expanding to fit your open source journey by featuring an all-new flexible approach. Designed to be more accessible than ever before, these events will provide a mix of innovation, collaboration, and learning opportunities.
Adobe Summit 4/13/21 The premier event for digital marketing professionals, Summit has the latest insights from the world’s leading digital marketing experts.
Vueconf.us 4/14/21 Vue.js is an open-source JavaScript framework for building user interfaces. Vueconf.us is the second-ever Vue.js conference in the United States and will be hosted by Evan You as well as other core committers to the project.
Cloud Data Summit TBD Cloud Data Summit brings together over 1000 tech and non-tech leaders, data scientists, and data engineers.
GIDS India 4/27/21 Tune in for Wurreka’s second virtual conference and job event series, GIDS Live 2021, April 27-30. The four-day program includes an eclectic mix of technical talks, conversations, and experiences, featuring some of the most talented and influential figures in software engineering and architecture along with ample opportunities to find a great job or choose a great team member. GIDS Live 2021 will stream to audiences in Asia-Pacific (India, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia).
Leeds Digital Festival 4/19/21 Leeds Digital Festival is a two-week long, city-wide festival that features a range of events, including Fintech, AI, coding, Healthtech, cyber-security, data, startups, AR/VR, and many more.
Red Hat Summit 4/27/21 Red Hat® Summit 2021 is expanding to fit your open source journey by featuring an all-new flexible approach. Designed to be more accessible than ever before, these events will provide a mix of innovation, collaboration, and learning opportunities.
ICMI Contact Center Expo 4/20/21 ICMI Contact Center Expo unites professionals looking to further their knowledge in an industry in constant transformation. As customer expectations continue to rise, it’s up to us—the contact center professionals—to rise with them.
GIDS LIVE 2021 4/27/21 Tune in for Wurreka’s second virtual conference and job event series, GIDS Live 2021, April 27-30. The four-day program includes an eclectic mix of technical talks, conversations, and experiences, featuring some of the most talented and influential figures in software engineering and architecture along with ample opportunities to find a great job or choose a great team member.
Midwest Digital Marketing Conference 4/26/21 The 2021 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference will take place online from Monday, April 26th through Thursday, April 29th. Monday and Tuesday will consist of workshops and the academic summit. Wednesday and Thursday will be the free live 2-day virtual summit featuring 10 of their most in-demand speakers.

MAY 2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
Social Media Week 5/4/21 Explore useful topics such as best content practices for a new era of digital marketing. Gain insight into how your brand can make the most out of this surge of new viewers and extended social media time in the coming weeks and months.
Think 2021 May 2021 Learn how to accomplish big picture goals such as risk management, cost optimization, and customer satisfaction during these unprecedented times. Use practical takeaways from expert speakers to maintain and expand on your current brand vision. Build valuable skills through their interactive content. And join a community of like-minded leaders to connect and problem-solve unique solutions to shared obstacles.
Confab: The Content Strategy Conference 5/5/21 From UX to accessibility, structure to storytelling, Confab brings content strategy to life like no other event. Join smart, curious folks from around the world who care about making content more useful and usable for all. We’ll all be together—virtually!
Running Remote 5/21/21 If you are serious about managing remote teams, this event is for you. Running Remote is carefully curated to teach you next-level, actionable strategies, and tactics you can utilize the very next day to manage and grow your distributed team.
Kafka Europe Summit 5/11/21 Kafka Summit is the premier event for data architects, engineers, DevOps professionals, and developers who want to learn about streaming data. It brings the Apache Kafka community together to share best practices, write code, and discuss the future of streaming technologies.
CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe 5/4/21 The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud-native communities virtually from May 4 – 7, 2021.
Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit 5/4/21 The virtual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, May 4 – 6, 2021, offers content for every member of your data and analytics team — from technical- to senior-level strategy. Join data and analytics leaders to gain the skills to build and execute a world-class strategy.
RSA Conference 5/17/21 One of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world, attendees discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers.
Think 2020 TBD At one of the leading workplace tech conferences, attendees learn about the latest in collaboration solutions, content management, and machine learning.
Internet of Manufacturing 5/24/21 Returning for the fifth year, Internet of Manufacturing (IoM) leads with its content-first approach. Delivering an end user-led agenda and a majority manufacturing audience (60-70%), IoM provides interactive, educational learning and networking sessions, ensuring engagement in the virtual world. Spread over three days, to provide digestible content and online networking, IoM brings case studies from US manufacturers large and small. Bringing stories ‘straight from the manufacturer’s mouth’ on automation, predictive analytics, and topics including the latest in Digital Twins and VR innovation, the event agenda showcases the approaches leaders need to take to people, products, and processes.
eTail Asia & AZN Virtual Summit Week 5/18/21 For over 10 years, eTail Asia has brought together eCommerce & Digital Marketing leaders to build world-class omni-channel operations. With a forward-looking agenda, content and unique session formats, eTail Asia Virtual Summit is designed to help you achieve retail excellence and drive profitability by learning from Asia’s biggest and most innovative retailers.
GlueX 5/4/21 GlueX is IT Glue’s cornerstone brand experience. It’s your once-a-year opportunity to engage directly with both the GlueCrew and the other leaders in the IT services industry. This year’s virtual platform is set to enhance your experience with networking, vendor connections, prize-winning potential, and all content available on-demand for attendees after the show.

JUNE 2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
Future of Branding Week 6/6/21 A one-week immersive learning expedition brings together the brightest and most forward-thinking CMOs, brand strategists, creative directors, and heads of marketing who want to be ahead of the competition, explore the new frameworks that world-class agencies use right now, and find new ways to reach their audience.
Veeamon 2021 TBD Welcome to VeeamON, a digital experience that will help you master better backup with Veeam® products and solutions for free and from anywhere. Go beyond your every day with insights from industry visionaries and technical experts to discover what’s next in Cloud Data Management™ with inspiring keynotes, more than 40 self-paced breakout sessions, product demos, and advanced configurations of Veeam products
Dublin Tech Summit 6/17/21 Bringing together the brilliant minds behind some of the best technologies, companies, projects, and communities born in Ireland to step into the future of tech.
Connected Insurance USA 6/22/21 Reuters Events: The Future of Insurance USA (June 22 – 24, 2021) returns for an executive view of the internal and external trends shaping the insurance industry, and the case studies that provide strategies to effectively deploy innovation, people, and cutting-edge tech to succeed. The future of insurance has arrived.
WordCamp Europe TBD WordCamp Europe is the biggest WordCamp in Europe, connecting people across the continent as well as the rest of the world.
RightsCon 6/7/21 Every year, they bring together business leaders, policymakers, general counsels, technologists, advocates, academics, government representatives, and journalists from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.
Workforce Technology Conference 6/7/21 The event is hosted to highlight online software solutions developed for job seekers, employers, state and local workforce staff, labor market analysts, economic development professionals, career counselors, and training providers across the country.
Online Teaching Conference 6/21/21 The Online Teaching Conference (2020 will be its 20th year) is a unique face-to-face premier gathering of faculty, staff, and administrators leading the way in developing innovative and effective online education. As an inter-segmental conference focused on curriculum, pedagogy, and technology to improve online instruction, learning, and student success, the Online Teaching Conference is an opportunity for educators to network with colleagues, connect, share knowledge, impart and receive best practices, and develop professionally.

JULY 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
Product-Led Summit TBD The Product-Led Summit is a place to learn how to launch and optimize a free trial or freemium model. Learn from SaaS product and marketing experts from companies like Hubspot, Appcues, Intercom, and WalkMe.

AUGUST 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
Gartner Digital Marketing Conference 8/17/21 The Gartner Digital Marketing Conference provides the insights senior marketing leaders need to deliver results in a fast-paced environment.
Visual Studio Live! Redmond Code Trip 8/31/21 Visual Studio Live! provides attendees with cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with shipping or soon to be shipping technologies compatible with the Microsoft Platform.

SEPTEMBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
INBOUND 9/7/21 INBOUND’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to transform your business.
Insurance AI and Innovative Tech 9/14/21 Together, insurance innovators and decision- makers will set a roadmap for the future landscape of insurance. The industry’s most senior executives are coming together to share their latest strategies on how to drive workable solutions and innovations, ensuring carriers not only survive but prosper in this new era of insurance. Meet decision-makers from across the entire value chain, with 5000+ leaders from technology, innovation, data, analytics more.
STEP Conference TBD With 4 conferences, more than 250 startups showcasing, and 6000+ attendees over two days, STEP is home to the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts.
ProductCon 9/23/21 Learn best practices behind the most successful products, and new trends in AI, VR, IoT, and Blockchain.
FinCon 2021 9/22/21 Expo for influencers, financial and content marketing bloggers, etc. Where Money and Media Meet!

OCTOBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
International Search Summit – Global Virtual Edition TBD This fully interactive virtual event will feature a range of speakers, with expertise in managing international websites and running global campaigns. They will share tips, tactics, and advice for improving your online presence in international markets and how to overcome common challenges.
Khoros Engage Virtual 10/18/21 For the past two years, they’ve worked hard to bring the things you know and love about Engage — great breakout sessions and inspirational keynote speakers! 2021 will be even better.
B2B Online Virtual Summit TBD Join the ONLY event where the top minds in manufacturing and distribution meet and learn. You’ll receive the most disruptive digital, eCommerce, and omnichannel content, and walk away with actionable insights to grow your profits, faster. With 900+ B2B leaders exclusively in one place at one time, this is the only meeting place to shape the future of the industry.
OnBrand TBD OnBrand is the most on-trend gathering of Europe’s brightest minds in marketing, tech, and design. Every year, major players come together to discuss the intersection between marketing and technology, and the trends set to shape the future of the industry.
OPTIMA TBD OPTIMA is the annual talent optimization conference that will provide insights to push your company to the next level. Attend OPTIMA and learn why a people-first approach will optimize your talent and breakthrough your growth blockers.
Khoros Engage 10/18/21 Khoros’ annual industry event brings together marketing, care & community leaders from brands across the world. The one-day, virtual experience will feature interactive sessions and world-class speakers from top brands to share valuable strategies, ideas, and industry trends on how to become better connected with your customers.

NOVEMBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
OCP Future Technologies Symposium 11/1/21 As the industry dynamics are changing, some of the existing business practices might become irrelevant for the new environment. New industry shifts and consumer behavior that emerged during the pandemic might stay and open new markets. There is a need to redefine the way we communicate, collaborate, and develop new technologies in remote settings.

DECEMBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS

Name Date Description
MOMENTUM TBD At this critical moment in our collective history MOMENTUM provides the ultimate platform for leading tech innovators and pioneers to showcase their insights and perspectives on how to address the fundamental questions and challenges of how technology can positively shape our future.

Looking Ahead to Virtual Events in 2021

Whether you plan to attend one of the virtual events on this comprehensive list or you’d like to get inspiration to plan your own, you now have all the info you need to achieve your goal.

You can find more inspirations in our posts on virtual event ideas and hybrid event ideas.

Again, if you feel like we’re missing an event or you’d like your own event featured, you can submit your event here. Virtual is here to stay, so expect this list to keep expanding as the year develops!

Looking for a virtual event solution to support your digital event strategy? Click below to learn more about what Bizzabo has to offer.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 3, 2020 and has since been updated for relevancy.

2021 Tech Conferences: The #1 Tech Events Guide

The most comprehensive 2021 tech events directory on the web.

Searching for the top tech events to attend in 2021? Scouring the internet for event information can feel quite overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done all the work for you! This carefully curated conference directory features over 100 tech conferences happening in 2021 from around the world.

The Tech Events featured in this list take place all throughout the year and cover a wide range of different industries — from SaaS and FinTech, to startup events, and more. To better navigate this list, let’s briefly review the different types of events you’ll see.

  • Conferences – Both IRL and virtual conferences are the backbone of the tech events industry and can be both B2C or B2B events. They are held to educate, inform, or train attendees.
  • Trade Shows – Trade shows give companies in a specific industry the opportunity to showcase their products and services. Whereas most conferences are open to the public, trade shows usually require a screening process for buyers, company reps, and press.
  • Summits – Though “summit” can be interchangeable with “conference”, summits tend to be of a smaller size and are composed of higher-level executives. In other instances, summits function exactly like conferences.
  • Seminars – You can think of seminars as mini-conferences that are much smaller in scope and sometimes only last one day.

Keeping in mind the unprecedented situation of 2020, many events have decided to shift to virtual. This comes as no surprise, particularly considering that over 90% of event marketers are planning on investing heavily on digital experiences in the future. If you’re looking for more information about virtual events and the state of the industry, make sure to check out our Event Marketing 2020 Report.

Note: As 2021 goes on, we plan on updating this post on a regular basis.

If you are organizing an outstanding technology event and would like us to add it to the Bizzabo blog, click here to submit it, and it will be reviewed shortly.

JANUARY 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

PCMA Convening Leaders

Singapore, Marina Bay Sands & Virtual

1/11/21

A leader in the business events industry, PCMA and their annual conference provides insight into unique business strategies and learning experiences. In 2021, they’ll be jumping into the hybrid game with a lot of exciting surprises to come.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

Virtual

1/11/21

CES brings together all of the biggest players in the consumer tech space. One of the largest trade shows in the US, this is innovation at its finest. And in 2021, they’re fully embracing a digital experience.

KickStart Europe

Virtual

1/21/21

The KickStart conference provides a venue for important thought leaders from the digital infrastructure industry and the ecosystem, to share trends, opinions and ideas​. It will be transformed into an all digital event, with the possibility to network with the community and gain insights on industry trends for the coming year!

Deep Learning 2.0 Virtual Summit

Virtual

1/28/21

Bridging the gap between the latest technological research advancements and real-world applications in business and society. Deep Learning explores the latest research advancements in generative models and applications of techniques across various industries.

East Meets West

TBD

1/28/21

The startup event of the year, typically in Hawaii – bringing together investors and entrepreneurs from Asia, Hawaii and North America.

IMPACT 2021

Virtual

1/19/21

For more than 40 years, CMG’s international conference has been the source for education and peer-to-peer exchange for all things enterprise IT and infrastructure. It is the only conference of its kind where attendees can obtain real-world knowledge and training that is not vendor-run. IMPACT features sessions on the full scope of digital transformation technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Observability, DevOps, Performance Engineering, Digital Process, Cloud Native Applications, and the IT infrastructures that support them.

Fintech Growth Summit 21

Virtual

1/28/21

The Fintech Growth Summit is the perfect environment to share your stories and expertise with industry insiders who are navigating the same transformational times — and get answers to all your questions about transformation during COVID-19, big tech in finance, preparing for the unexpected, how fintech can grow sustainably, retention and loyalty, mobile-first experiences, and the digital customer journey.

MGA Fintech Growth Summit

Virtual

1/28/21

The world of banking and finance is transforming — becoming an increasingly digital and mobile space. COVID-19 has accelerated that change — forcing even the most traditional banking customers to seek fintech alternatives. Add to that the growing popularity of neo banks, challenger banks, e-wallets, and all kinds of mobile-first experiences and you have a vertical ripe for explosive growth.

Ai4

Virtual

1/21/21

In 2021, Ai4 will go fully virtual, offering a series of free webinars that begin in January 2021. The webinars will focus on the state of Artificial Intelligence across several sectors, including pharma, industry, banking, insurance, and more.

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FEBRUARY 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

Cisco Live

Virtual

2/9/21

Now more than ever, we need the network to connect us. The Cisco Live EMEAR 2021 digital event will gather the best and brightest IT heroes to imagine what’s possible.

Innov8 Work

Virtual

2/10/21

Innov8 Work is a new conference with a mission to bring together startups & leaders of HR, co-working, the gig economy & corporate innovation for a chance to connect, learn, and help each other be more successful.

Digital Geospatial Intelligence (DGI)

Virtual

2/2/21

Want to define how you can play a critical role in supporting your organization through the storm and beyond? Only at the DGI Flagship Virtual Event can you learn from and network with your GeoInt peers on lessons-learnt to date following Covid-19. In 2021, it’s fully virtual!

MicroStrategy World 2021

Virtual

2/3/21

Experience how your peers (and your competitors) are transforming their organizations with intelligence.

Mobile World Congress Shanghai

Shanghai, China

2/23/21

MWC Shanghai is Asia’s biggest mobile event, organized by the GSMA and held each year in the business hub of Shanghai, China.

Future Stores Miami

Miami, FL

2/7/21

At Future Stores Miami, you’ll explore how leading retailers are overhauling their in-store experience and balancing high tech with high touch. You’ll walk away with actionable strategies to use store technology effectively, retool your front line associates and create the store experience of the future.

Startup Grind Global Conference

Virtual

2/22/21

4 days, 7 key themes, over 100 workshops, roundtables, keynotes, and fireside chats focused on helping startups and innovative teams learn, grow, and scale in today’s evolving tech ecosystem.

Developer Week

Virtual

2/17/21

DeveloperWeek is the world’s largest developer expo and conference series with over 50 week-long events.

2021 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit

Jerusalem, Israel

TBD

The startup world converges in Jerusalem. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporations, investors come to network, learn, do business, and discover the most historic city in the most exciting country in the world.

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

Virtual

TBD

The virtual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, 8 – 9 June 2021, offers content for every member of your data and analytics team — from technical to senior-level strategy. Join data and analytics leaders to gain the skills to build and execute a world-class strategy.

DevNexus

Virtual

2/17/21

The goal of the Devnexus Conference is to connect developers from all over the world, provide affordable education, and promote Open Source values.

Digiday Publishing Summit

TBD

2/24/21

At the Digiday Publishing Summit Worldwide LIVE, they virtually discuss how publishers from around the world have emerged from the last year — of multiple crises — leaner, more agile and laser-focused on profit-driving business lines. They’ll offer insight into what lies ahead for publishers, including tackling retention, to redesigning the office space and driving up addressable audiences.

Visual Studio LIVE!: Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

2/28/21

The conference highlights how far technology has come in 25+ years, while looking toward the future with their unique brand of training on .NET, the Microsoft Platform and open source technologies in six great cities across the US.

Algorithm Conference

Austin, Texas

2/18/21

Just 3 days of high-level, no-pitch presentations and workshops from academics, business and tech professionals working in the fields of big data, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain technologies.

eTail

Virtual

2/23/21

eTail is a three day conference designed to help you increase the profits from your business. You’ll get action-packed stories, disruptive strategies, strategic conversations, and connections with top minds at America’s most successful retailers. No commercials. No egos. We cut out the fluff to give you hundreds of strategic takeaways.

MGS Global Virtual Conference

Virtual

2/10/21

Come together with peers and experts from around the globe to learn, connect, and grow at MGS GVC—an event held entirely online that includes all the features you’ve come to expect from an MGS event.

The Digital Transformation Conference

Virtual

2/25/21

The headline North America online conference as part of the global Digital Transformation Conference series welcoming over 14 digital business leaders & practitioners from across the U.S. to share stories & insights on their digital business innovation, strategy and transformation.

SaaStock

Virtual

2/23/21

The plans developed at the start of the year won’t help you now. It’s time to pivot and develop new strategies as your customers, team and company react to new market conditions. See how other companies are making changes, to help you act quickly and make the difficult decisions that are needed right now.

Virtual MarTech Summit

Virtual

2/24/21

Converging Marketing & Technology for a Winning Future. The must-attend annual gathering of leaders in marketing technology, digital, strategy & innovation in Asia Pacific. Together we aim to break the old cycle, stimulate innovative ideas, and facilitate fresh collaborations.

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MARCH 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

Gartner CIO Leadership Forum

Virtual

3/9/21

Today’s leading CIOs are more than technology experts. They’re cross-functional change makers, guiding business strategy at the highest level while building the culture and digital dexterity to support innovation. Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is an unrivaled experience for this new type of leader — a place to dissect the challenges and opportunities of digital business among select peers and drive critical enterprise priorities.

Pause Fest

Virtual

3/1/21

Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward.

Microsoft Ignite

Virtual

3/2/21

Explore the latest platform tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with our community to gain practical insights and best practices to help meet the expectations of the organizations, agencies, and citizens you serve.

Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit

Mumbai, India

3/1/21

This conference features in-depth research and advanced best practices in application strategies, business application management, mobile applications, modern application architecture, and emerging technologies including advances in Blockchain.

Code Beam America

Virtual

3/10/21

Created for developers, by developers, Code BEAM is dedicated to bringing the best minds in the Erlang and Elixir communities together to SHARE. LEARN. INSPIRE.

600Minutes Executive IT

Virtual

3/10/21

The upcoming 600Minutes Executive IT once again connects IT leaders and decision makers virtually to discuss and debate on the game plan for CIOs in 2021. Explore insights from leading experts on building an adaptable organizational framework post pandemic and ways to enhance customer journey with future proof technologies.

SXSW

Virtual

3/16/21

Introducing SXSW Online, a digital experience from March 16–20, 2021 including keynotes, Conference sessions, Music Festival showcases, Film Festival screenings, world-class networking, and the unexpected discoveries that are always a part of SXSW.

EmberConf 2021

Virtual

3/17/21

EmberConf is the best place to meet the folks behind the magic. You’ll hear from members of the Ember Core Team, top community contributors and users, and help shape the future of Ember.

Gartner CIO Leadership Forum

Virtual

3/15/21

Today’s leading CIOs are more than technology experts. They’re cross-functional change makers, guiding business strategy at the highest level while building the culture and digital dexterity to support innovation. Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is an unrivaled experience for this new type of leader — a place to dissect the challenges and opportunities of digital business among select peers and drive critical enterprise priorities.

DevOps Talks Conference

Melbourne, Australia

3/25/21

DevOps Talks Conference attracts leaders and engineers who are practicing DevOps in startups and leading-edge enterprise companies.

DevOps Talks Conference

Auckland, New Zealand

3/30/21

DevOps Talks Conference attracts leaders and engineers who are practicing DevOps in startups and leading-edge enterprise companies.

BRITE ’21

TBD

TBD

CMOs and heads of marketing, brand managers, new product developers, innovation directors, media buyers, viral marketers, interactive agencies, online developers, social networkers, Web 2.0 entrepreneurs, video & gaming creators, online content publishers, multi-platform media companies, and emerging technology investors.

Reinforce AI Conference

Virtual

3/3/20

A conference that brings experts, skills and eagerness together to progress. The conference brings together some of the world-leading experts of artificial intelligence and machine learning while creating a platform for discourse, innovation and network.

Open Data Science Conference East

Virtual

3/30/21

ODSC East is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Our speakers include some of the core contributors to many open source tools, libraries, and languages.

NEXUS: ISRAEL

Virtual

3/23/21

The NEXUS:ISRAEL innovation conference brings together leaders from the investment and finance communities with Hebrew University’s innovators to address some of the most challenging global issues of the 21st Century.

Venture Summit West

Virtual

3/16/21

This summit connects the most innovative, promising, venture-backed, emerging growth and early stage companies with active investors, investment bankers, advisors and corporate professionals.

The Digital Transformation Conference

Virtual

3/4/21

The Digital Transformation Conference brings together leaders spearheading digital initiatives in their organizations to offer insights into their digital transformation journey’s.

AgileAus21

Melbourne, Australia

3/10/21

Agile Australia is a national Agile Conference held annually since 2009. The conference was designed to represent the depth of breadth of the Australian Agile community.

Business of Software

Virtual

3/22/21

Business of Software is a single-track conference to help you build great software and turn it into profitable business.

MedFuse

Virtual

3/18/21

MedFuse is a conference focused on the intersection of connected devices and data within the broad spectrum of medical practice from healthcare to medical devices.

CodeCrafts

Vienna, Austria

3/25/21

CodeCrafts is a community-driven conference all about crafting exceptional software. A unique inclusive event where passionate Software Engineers, Local Heroes, and International Thought Leaders come together in the heart of Vienna to grow and influence your mindset and technical expertise.

Festival of Marketing

Virtual

3/23/21

The Festival of Marketing is a unique experience where ambitious marketers can discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future together.

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APRIL 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

AI in Finance & Insurance Summit

London, England

4/15/21

Discover advances in deep learning tools and techniques from the world’s leading innovators across industry, research and the financial sector.

Adobe Summit

Virtual

4/13/21

The premier event for digital marketing professionals, Summit has the latest insights from the world’s leading digital marketing experts.

World Summit AI Americas

Montreal, Canada

4/20/21

The world’s most influential and important AI summit is coming to the Americas in March 2020! The entire global AI ecosystem of Enterprise, Big Tech, Startups, Investors and Science, and the brightest brains in AI as speakers will gather for two days. The mission? To tackle head-on the most burning AI issues and set the global AI agenda.

Vueconf.us

Virtual

4/14/21

Vue.js is an open-source JavaScript framework for building user interfaces. Vueconf.us is the second ever Vue.js conference in the United States and will be hosted by Evan You as well as other core committers to the project.

.NET fwdays’21

Kyiv, Ukraine

4/10/21

NET fwdays’21 is a large annual conference that focuses solely on .NET Framework, brings together architects, developers and testers, and has been running for 7 years in a row.

37 Angels NYC Bootcamp

New York, NY

4/30/21

An intense 2-day immersion in NYC that is followed by one month of self-paced work (where you are writing a diligence memo on a real startup alongside other boot camp participants).

Cloud Data Summit

Virtual

TBD

Cloud Data Summit brings together over 1000 tech and non-tech leaders, data scientists, and data engineers.

HardwareCon

Mountain View, CA

4/22/21

HardwareCon, presented by Hardware Massive, is your opportunity to learn about the latest technology and business trends in AI, Machine Learning, Robotics, IoT, Blockchain, Product Design and more. Attendees will meet the innovative hardware companies, disruptors, investors, and decision-makers from the leading hardware and software companies like Intel, Xilinx, Autodesk, SAP, IBM, Dragon Innovation and other services and platform providers who are helping to build innovative hardware companies and disruptive technologies.

GIDS India

Virtual

4/27/21

Tune in for Wurreka’s second virtual conference and job event series, GIDS Live 2021, April 27-30. The four-day program includes an eclectic mix of technical talks, conversations and experiences, featuring some of the most talented and influential figures in software engineering and architecture along with ample opportunities to find a great job or choose a great team member. GIDS Live 2021 will stream to audiences in Asia-Pacific (India, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia).

Leeds Digital Festival

Virtual

4/19/21

Leeds Digital Festival is a two-week long, city-wide festival that features a range of events, including Fintech, AI, coding, Healthtech, cyber security, data, startups, AR/VR and many more.

Red Hat Summit

Virtual

4/27/21

Red Hat® Summit 2021 is expanding to fit your open source journey by featuring an all-new flexible approach. Designed to be more accessible than ever before, these events will provide a mix of innovation, collaboration, and learning opportunities.

Technology & Services World

TBD

4/19/21

Learn how technology companies are designing and delivering an experience that unlocks profits for both customers and suppliers.

Recurring Revenue Conference

TBD

TBD

The premier conference for scaling SaaS and Subscription businesses.

ICMI Contact Center Expo

Virtual

4/20/21

ICMI Contact Center Expo unites professionals looking to further their knowledge in an industry in constant transformation. As customer expectations continue to rise, it’s up to us—the contact center professionals—to rise with them.

INDUSTRY: The Product Conference

Cleveland, OH

4/20/21

At INDUSTRY: The Product Conference, you’ll explore with other Product Management professionals, startup founders and renowned product leaders the new methods, frameworks and tools being used to build, launch and scale groundbreaking software products.

AI Summit London

London, UK

4/15/21

A 6-in-1 conference experience tackling AI and its impact on several industries, women in FinTech, and more.

GIDS LIVE 2021

Virtual

4/27/21

Tune in for Wurreka’s second virtual conference and job event series, GIDS Live 2021, April 27-30. The four-day program includes an eclectic mix of technical talks, conversations and experiences, featuring some of the most talented and influential figures in software engineering and architecture along with ample opportunities to find a great job or choose a great team member.

THWACK Camp

London, UK

4/28/21

Join thousands of tech professionals from all disciplines, along with industry leaders, product experts, and SolarWinds customers for a unique digital event built for IT Professionals.

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MAY 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

Running Remote

Virtual

5/21/21

If you are serious about managing remote teams, this event is for you. Running Remote is carefully curated to teach you next-level, actionable strategies and tactics you can utilize the very next day to manage and grow your distributed team.

AIBC Summit

Manila, Philippines

5/27/21

The inaugural Manila AIBC Summit will take place May 27-28 2021, bringing together East and West as key brands from the converging sectors of AI, blockchain, IoT, Quantum Tech, and other emerging technologies gather to join the conversation and shape the future. Combining an expo floor for world-class exhibitors, a start-up village for new businesses, and a hugely popular conferences and workshops agenda, the Manila AIBC Summit runs alongside the SiGMA Manila event, creating more opportunities for synergy between the complementary sectors of iGaming and Blockchain.

Kafka Europe Summit

Virtual

5/11/21

Kafka Summit is the premier event for data architects, engineers, professionals, and developers who want to learn about streaming data. It brings the Apache Kafka community together to share best practices, write code, and discuss the future of streaming technologies.

Black Hat Asia

TBD

5/4/21

The information security community will come together for hands-on Trainings taught by industry experts, cutting-edge research presentations at Briefings, open-source tool demos in Arsenal, and the Business Hall featuring top-tier solutions and service providers.

Visual Studio Live! Austin Road Trip

Austin, Texas

5/10/21

As the development world’s trusted educational provider of developer-focused technical content since 1993, Visual Studio Live! provides attendees with cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with shipping or soon to be shipping technologies compatible with the Microsoft Platform.

CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe

Virtual

5/4/21

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities virtually from May 4 – 7, 2021.

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit

Virtual

5/4/21

The virtual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, May 4 – 6, 2021, offers content for every member of your data and analytics team — from technical- to senior-level strategy. Join data and analytics leaders to gain the skills to build and execute a world-class strategy.

E-commerce Berlin Expo

Berlin, Germany

5/27/21

E-commerce Berlin Expo is the biggest pure-play e-commerce event in the (tech) capital city of Germany with over 7,000 visitors and 180 exhibitors.

RSA Conference

Virtual

5/17/21

One of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world, attendees discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers.

PHP fwdays’21

TBD

TBD

PHP fwdays’21 — the most popular conference in Ukraine for PHP developers. At the PHP fwdays’21 conference will be local and international experts in the field of PHP, discussions with top specialists, analyzing of actual cases, several interesting stories.

Conductor C3

New York, New York

5/11/21

As the “World’s Biggest Organic Marketing Conference”, C3 offers a perfectly calibrated, unique mix of marketing inspiration, innovation, and insight for digital marketers around content and SEO.

Think 2020

Virtual

TBD

At one of the leading workplace tech conferences, attendees learn about the latest in collaboration solutions, content management, and machine learning.

XR Immersive Enterprise 2020

Boston

TBD

XR Immersive Enterprise Goes Digital. The leading senior-level B2B conference for executives looking to unleash the potential of XR technology across enterprise. Bringing together global business leaders from AEC, Automotive, Manufacturing, Engineering, Retail, Pharma, Healthcare and more, the event is purpose built to look at how virtual, augmented & mixed reality are transforming training, collaboration, design, manufacturing and marketing across industry.

ACE! Conference

Kraków, Poland

TBD

ACE! is the largest regional conference of its kind in Central Europe, attracting people from all over the region. We’re really excited about ACE! 2021 which combines two tracks: Agile Software Development and Product Design & Management into one conference.

Evolve Technology Conference

Las Vegas, NV

5/12/21

A two-day leadership & technology conference focusing on forward-thinking and cutting edge IT solutions.

Internet of Manufacturing

Virtual

5/24/21

Returning for the fifth year, Internet of Manufacturing (IoM) leads with its content first approach. Delivering an end user led agenda and a majority manufacturing audience (60-70%), IoM provides interactive, educational learning and networking sessions, ensuring engagement in the virtual world. Spread over three days, to provide digestible content and online networking, IoM brings case studies from US manufacturers large and small. Bringing stories ‘straight from the manufacturer’s mouth’ on automation, predictive analytics, and topics including the latest in Digital Twins and VR innovation, the event agenda showcases the approaches leaders need to take to people, products, and processes.

VidCon

Mexico City

5/6/21

The world’s biggest conference for online video. From creators to consumers, VidCon is for video lovers from all over the world.

GlueX

Virtual

5/4/21

GlueX is IT Glue’s cornerstone brand experience. It’s your once-a-year opportunity to engage directly with both the GlueCrew and the other leaders in the IT services industry. This year’s virtual platform is set to enhance your experience with networking, vendor connections, prize-winning potential, and all content available on-demand for attendees after the show.

JUNE 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

Code Conference

Beverly Hills, CA

6/1/21

Code is where leaders in tech are faced with hard-hitting questions and candid conversations about what’s next for their companies. It digs deeper into challenges and opportunities of industry stalwarts, and talks with the new generation of technology titans who are casting the future.

WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2021

Berlin, Germany

6/28/21

WeAreDevelopers World Congress brings together 8,000 techies from 70 countries for 72-hours of pure dev-fun, with more than 150 of the brightest minds in tech and the largest playground for developers in Europe.

SubSummit

Dallas, TX

6/2/21

The Subscription Summit is the first and only conference devoted exclusively to those who work in or alongside the subscription commerce industry. SubSummit connects today’s industry leaders, innovators and partners that are driving the rapid evolution of how consumers discover, buy and experience new products.

Design Thinking and Innovation Week

London, UK

1/6/21

A unique program for creative entrepreneurs, designers and business owners – introducing you to London’s most innovative businesses and uncovering the latest approaches to design thinking and innovation.

Dublin Tech Summit

Virtual

6/17/21

Bringing together the brilliant minds behind some of the best technologies, companies, projects and communities born in Ireland to step into the future of tech.

Mobile World Congress

Barcelona, Spain

6/28/21

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organized by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona.

Computex

Taipei, Taiwan

6/1/21

From key components to end products, consumer electronics to industrial solutions, ICT products to cross-field IoT solutions, COMPUTEX TAIPEI provides a one-stop procurement platform for global buyers.

Connected Insurance USA

Virtual

6/22/21

Reuters Events: The Future of Insurance USA (June 22 – 24, 2021) returns for an executive view of the internal and external trends shaping the insurance industry, and the case studies that provide strategies to effectively deploy innovation, people, and cutting-edge tech to succeed. The future of insurance has arrived.

InnoVEX

TBD

TBD

InnoVEX is positioned as the innovation hub of Asia that includes exhibitions, pitch contests, matchmaking sessions, forums, & more.

JSNation

Amsterdam, Netherlands

TBD

Amsterdam JSNation it a two-day event focused on JavaScript development. The conference includes inspiring talks, networking opportunities, and workshops that bring together the developer community.

Think About!

TBD

TBD

Think About! is a 2-Day Community Event about Technology, Design and their impact on Society.

WordCamp Europe

Virtual

TBD

WordCamp Europe is the biggest WordCamp in Europe, connecting people across the continent as well as the rest of the world.

Identiverse

Denver, CO

6/21/21

Identity is transformational. Discover the critical engine that drives customer acquisition and retention, and supports your regulatory and security imperatives.

ReMeP

TBD

TBD

ReMeP connects researchers working on specific legal tech projects with businesses looking for automation tools.

RightsCon

Virtual

6/7/21

Every year, they bring together business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, technologists, advocates, academics, government representatives, and journalists from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.

VivaTech

Paris, France

6/17/21

France’s premier tech conference that brings together the biggest names in Paris’ growing startup industry.

Workforce Technology Conference

Virtual

6/7/21

The event is hosted to highlight online software solutions developed for job seekers, employers, state and local workforce staff, labor market analysts, economic development professionals, career counselors, and training providers across the country.

COLLISION

Toronto, Canada

6/21/21

Collision is “America’s fastest growing tech conference” created by the team behind Web Summit, gathering CEOs of top startups and enterprises.

4Front

Denver, CO

6/15/20

4Front is a two-day conference that brings together more than 1,500 senior and c-suite leaders in global connectivity, healthcare, education and technology to decide the future of how we live, work, learn and play. 4Front is about connecting the people who are inventing and creating the world of tomorrow through the technologies and solutions that enhance the human condition.

App Design & Development Conference

Barcelona, Spain

6/23/21

ADDC aims to create an opportunity for designers and developers to meet, find new ways to work together and get inspired in an open, inclusive and collaborative space.

ITEC

Chicago, IL

6/23/21

ITEC is aimed at helping the industry in the transition from conventional vehicles to advanced electrified vehicles. The conference is focused on components, systems, standards, and grid interface technologies, related to efficient power conversion for all types of electrified transportation.

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JULY 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

SATELLITE 2021

Washington D.C.

7/26/21

Since 1981, SATELLITE has been pivotal in forging the path forward for the space & satellite communities. The evolution of technology has been accelerated, making this year’s event more important than ever.

HDI Conference and Expo

Las Vegas, NV

7/16/21

For more than 30 years, HDI has organized the world’s most respected and anticipated annual event to improve the service and support provided by enterprises globally. What was once HDI Conference & Expo is now even more powerful, gaining momentum and streamlining its focus by aligning with HDI’s most influential knowledge resource, SupportWorld.

Esri User Conference

San Diego, CA

7/12/21

The Conference presents a unique opportunity to share your geographic information system (GIS) success story with your peers from the global user community.

Banking Transformation Summit

London, UK

TBD

Banking Transformation Summit is the leading digital innovation and banking event – offering unparalleled access to decision makers, visionaries, influencers and disruptors from the world of finance and tech.

ÜberConf

Denver, CO

7/13/21

ÜberConf will bring together many of the industry’s best project leaders, developers, authors, and trainers.

Dash

TBD

TBD

Dash is an annual conference about building and scaling the next generation of applications, infrastructure, and technical teams. The two-day conference brings together more than 2,000 engineers across dev and ops who are taking their systems and organizations to the next level of velocity, performance, reliability, and scale.

Product-Led Summit

Virtual

TBD

The Product-Led Summit is a place to learn how to launch and optimize a free trial or freemium model. Learn from SaaS product and marketing experts from companies like Hubspot, Appcues, Intercom, and WalkMe.

Black Hat USA

Las Vegas, NV

7/31/21

A highly technical information security conference that brings together thought leaders from all facets of the information security world.

THAT Conference

Wisconsin Dells, WI

7/26/21

A tech conference for developers, rooted in community, exploring the internet of things, and all technologies used for mobile, web & cloud. It all happens at a giant waterpark, because we are strong believers in good times.

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AUGUST 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

Gartner Digital Marketing Conference

Virtual

8/17/21

The Gartner Digital Marketing Conference provides the insights senior marketing leaders need to deliver results in a fast-paced environment.

Data Center World

Orlando, FL

8/16/21

Data Center World is the global conference for data center facilities and IT professionals. It offers premier education, abundant networking, and the broadest access to best-in-class vendors.

The Disney Data and Analytics Conference

Orlando, FL

8/17/21

This Conference will provide you with the tools and training to integrate advanced decision-making techniques into business processes that center on the experience of your customers, clients, and guests. While the specific methods and integration may change from industry to industry, the science and techniques remain the same. You’ll see examples of how data-based, analytical decisions work in all areas of business.

Visual Studio Live! Redmond Code Trip

Virtual

8/31/21

Visual Studio Live! provides attendees with cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with shipping or soon to be shipping technologies compatible with the Microsoft Platform.

UX and Digital Design Week

London, UK

8/24/21

During a whole week, you’ll immerse yourself in London’s technology and creative industry exploring the hottest trends and latest inventions. You will have a chance to meet the teams behind the most ground-breaking products and learn how they approach to design strategy, work with clients and improve their services.

Javascript & Friends Conference

Columbus, Ohio

8/20/21

Their mission is to bring a diverse group of around 200 JavaScript developers and friends to learn new skills and concepts and to network and develop new relationships.

Mobile Growth Summit Canada

Toronto, Canada

TBD

MGS Canada is a one-day, publisher-focused conference which will help you to connect with and learn from mobile growth and brand marketing professionals specializing in the areas of user acquisition, monetization, retention/engagement, re-engagement as well as data science and analytics as it pertains to mobile, retail and mCommerce brands.

Futurist Conference

Toronto,

Canada

8/11/21

Futurist Conference is the largest blockchain and emerging technologies event in Canada. It brings together thousands of people from around the globe to discuss blockchain and the emerging industries that are going to disrupt our future.

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SEPTEMBER 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

Enterprise Connect

Orlando, FL

9/27/21

For 30 years, Enterprise Connect has been the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise communications and collaboration in North America. Enterprise Connect brings corporate IT decision-makers together with the industry’s vendors, channel partners, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise communications and collaboration.

INBOUND

Virtual

9/7/21

INBOUND’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to transform your business.

SharePoint Fest: Seattle

Seattle, WA

TBD

Join this SharePoint Seattle to attend technical classes and workshops taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs.

London Tech Week

London, UK

9/20/21

The festival brings together the best of the global tech community to explore how technology can be used to tackle some of the world’s toughest business, social, and environmental challenges.

REFACTR.TECH

Atlanta, GA

9/15/21

For three days, REFACTR.TECH focuses on technology while creating a safe space for thoughtful and nuanced conversations around diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in tech.

Sharepoint Fest DC

Washington D.C.

9/20/21

Attend technical classes and workshops taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs.

600Minutes ScaleUp Executives

Helsinki, Finland

9/28/21

600Minutes ScaleUp Executives brings together business leaders from mid-sized enterprises, the Mid-Market Exec forum to discuss current challenges and trends that are faced by modern organizations on the digitalization roadmap.

AI & Big Data Expo Global

London, England

9/6/21

The AI Conference & Exhibition is a showcase of next generation technologies and strategies from the world of Artificial Intelligence, an opportunity to explore and discover the practical and successful implementation of AI in driving forward your business in 2021 and beyond.

Insurance AI and Innovative Tech

Virtual

9/14/21

Together, insurance innovators and decision makers will set a roadmap for the future landscape of insurance. The industry’s most senior executives are coming together to share their latest strategies on how to drive workable solutions and innovations, ensuring carriers not only survive but prosper in this new era of insurance. Meet decision-makers from across the entire value chain, with 5000+ leaders from technology, innovation, data, and more.

STEP Conference

Virtual

TBD

With 4 conferences, more than 250 startups showcasing, and 6000+ attendees over two days, STEP is home to the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts.

Future Port Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

TBD

Focusing on the incredible potential of technologies like artificial intelligence, VR, robotics, 3D printing, future mobility, and future healthcare, come be a part of the largest international visionary and futuristic event in the heart of Europe.

ICE by Igloo

Las Vegas, NV

TBD

At ICE, attendees will come together with experts and peers to share strategies and best practices for improving engagement, cultural alignment, productivity, and innovation.

ProductCon

Virtual

9/23/21

Learn best practices behind the most successful products, and new trends in AI, VR, IoT and Blockchain.

IFA

Berlin, Germany

9/3/21

IFA in Berlin presents the latest products and innovations in the heart of Europe‘s most important regional market.

Intelligent Health

Basel, Switzerland

9/8/21

Intelligent Health is the only large-scale, global summit series focused purely on AI in healthcare! Theur CPD accredited summits bring the global AI and health community together to advance discussions on how to apply AI and drive technological collaboration in healthcare.

SPIE Security and Defense 2021

Madrid, Spain

9/13/21

Each year scientific topics are presented in sensing, data and signal analysis, optronics, quantum science, and optical technologies . The event provides a unique opportunity for scientists, engineers, program managers and policy makers from around the world to learn about the trends, recent developments and achievements in the area of security and defense. Attendees exchange ideas, as well as present and discuss the most recent developments and applications.

DevOps World

TBD

TBD

DevOps World | Jenkins World is the #1 event for all DevOps and Jenkins enthusiasts. Learn, connect, and have fun with your peers.

Infoshare

Gdańsk, Poland

TBD

They believe that technology is changing the world and each aspect of our lives. So, they care about and share what is worthy to educate and inspire people.

Visual Studio Live!

TBD

TBD

Visual Studio Live! is proud to be one of the most respected, longest-standing independent developer conferences, bringing folks together for intense developer education, knowledge-share and networking for over 25 years.

Caribbean Developers Conference

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

9/29/21

CDC is designed to bring together software professionals and entrepreneurs across languages, platforms, and industries.

Intelligent Health

Basel, Switzerland

9/8/21

The only large-scale, global summit focused purely on AI in healthcare – And CPD Accredited! Intelligent Health gathers the world’s brightest AI health brains from pharmaceutical, biotech, med tech, health provisions, clinicians, tech companies, startups, investment and science every September in Switzerland. We work in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and have a big focus on making sure the benefits of AI are distributed globally.

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OCTOBER 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

SuiteWorld

Las Vegas, NV

10/18/21

The #1 Cloud ERP conference that gathers all Netsuite users, partners, and developers.

World Summit AI

Amsterdam, Netherlands

TBD

The world’s leading and largest AI summit gathers the global AI ecosystem of Enterprise, BigTech, Startups, Investors and Science. The brightest brains in AI as speakers every October in Amsterdam.

OnBrand

Virtual

TBD

OnBrand is the most on-trend gathering of Europe’s brightest minds in marketing, tech, and design. Every year, major players come together to discuss the intersection between marketing and technology, and the trends set to shape the future of the industry.

Reactive Conf

Prague, Czech Republic

TBD

ReactiveConf is a 3 day European-wide web & mobile development festival in the heart of Europe made for functional developers, where World-class JS experts share unique insights.

Timmy Awards

10 Cities across US and Canada

All month

The Timmy Awards aim to celebrate regional tech communities and the companies and individuals leading the way to create the best places for tech professionals to work.

Mind the Product

London, UK

TBD

Mind the Product is the world’s largest product management conference with annual flagship conferences in San Francisco, Singapore, and London attracting thousands of attendees each from all over the world.

VOICE Summit

TBD

TBD

VOICE Summit is the leading annual event bringing together 5,000 of the voice tech industry’s top creators, developers, designers, marketers and executives.

Arm TechCon

San Jose, CA

10/10/21

Arm TechCon is a comprehensive 3-day event tailored for developers, engineers and executives covering topics from chip design and software development to security, infrastructure, automotive, machine learning, IoT and more.

Future in Review

TBD

TBD

The leading global conference on the intersection of technology and the economy. If your success depends on having an accurate view of the future, or you’d like to meet others who are able and motivated to forge action-based alliances, this is a conference to attend.

ITEN Wired

Pensacola Beach, FL

10/6/21

ITEN Wired is the Gulf Coast’s premier conference for entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, and educators working in technology.

World Summit AI

Amsterdam, Netherlands

TBD

World Summit AI will guarantee fast-paced innovation and safe progress in machine and deep learning while sparking new partnerships, investment projects, and tech collaborations.

IT Arena

Lviv, Ukraine

10/8/21

IT Arena is the largest tech event in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The three-day international conference, conducted exclusively in English, brings together more than 4,000 IT professionals and over 100 outstanding speakers from all around the world.

OPTIMA

Virtual

TBD

OPTIMA is the annual talent optimization conference that will provide insights to push your company to the next level. Attend OPTIMA and learn why a people-first approach will optimize your talent and break through your growth blockers.

Khoros Engage

Virtual

10/18/21

Khoros’ annual industry event brings together marketing, care & community leaders from brands across the world. The one-day, virtual experience will feature interactive sessions and world-class speakers from top brands to share valuable strategies, ideas, and industry trends on how to become better connected with your customers.

Talent Connect

TBD

TBD

LinkedIn’s annual Talent Connect is the premiere annual event for the global talent industry.

Toronto AI Summit

Toronto, Canada

10/19/21

Bridging the gap between the latest technological research advancements and real world applications in business and society.

AI DevWorld

San Jose, CA

10/26/21

The conference targets software engineers and data scientists who are looking for an introduction to AI, as well as AI & ML professionals looking for a landscape view on best practices, practical applications, and the newest AI technologies.

Mobile World Congress Americas

Los Angeles, CA

10/26/21

The premier industry event that highlights the role of the Americas in driving global innovation.

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NOVEMBER 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

Connected Claims USA Summit

Chicago, IL

11/16/21

The insurance industry is built to help people when they are in need, and only the claims organization makes that possible. Now, the world faces a unique challenge – and customers need more support than ever before. It has never been more important for the industry to come together and discover how we can unlock the full potential of each and every claims organization. Now is the time to share, inspire and lead as we strive to support society in this difficult time.

OCP Global Summit

San Jose, CA

11/9/21

The annual Summit brings together key decision makers, executives, engineers, developers and suppliers. Together, they help grow, drive and support the open hardware ecosystem in, near and around the datacenter and beyond.

OCP Future Technologies Symposium

TBD

11/1/21

As the industry dynamics are changing, some of the existing business practices might become irrelevant for the new environment. New industry shifts and consumer behavior that emerged during the pandemic might stay and open new markets. There is a need to redefine the way we communicate, collaborate and develop new technologies in remote settings.

AI & Big Data Expo

Amsterdam, Netherlands

11/23/21

The AI Conference & Exhibition is a showcase of next generation technologies and strategies from the world of Artificial Intelligence, an opportunity to explore and discover the practical and successful implementation of AI in driving forward your business in 2021 and beyond.

Open Data Science Conference West

San Francisco, CA

11/15/21

ODSC West is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Speakers include some of the core contributors to many open source tools, libraries, and languages.

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DECEMBER 2021 TECH EVENTS

Name

Location

Start Date

Description

MOMENTUM

Virtual

TBD

At this critical moment in our collective history MOMENTUM provides the ultimate platform for leading tech innovators and pioneers to showcase their insights and perspectives on how to address the fundamental questions and challenges of how technology can positively shape our future.

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Wrapping Up: Find Your Tech Events for 2021

There you have it, the most complete list of tech events on the internet. This collection of tech events and conferences is designed to help you better navigate the massive tech events space and find the ones that best fit your professional goals. As the year progresses, we’ll add more relevant events to the list so make sure to check back often!

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Editor’s Note:This post was originally published on November 4, 2019 and has since been updated for relevancy.