18 Best Tech Conferences to Attend in 2024: Save the Dates

At tech conferences in 2023, the metaverse and mixed reality were themes that were conspicuous by their absence.

Leadership teams delivered keynotes desperately declaring that they had been working on AI for many years and that they were the go-to organization to guide businesses on this exciting journey.

But what conversations will dominate networking events and the biggest tech conferences here in 2024?

The tech conference season traditionally kicks off with a bang in early January at CES, with innovations spread over 2.4 million square feet of show floor covering the entire strip of Las Vegas.

But with business leaders more interested in solving real problems than transparent TVs, we look at the most prominent tech conferences to attend this year and what to expect.

Key Takeaways

Top Tech Conferences to Attend in 2024

After Dynatrace announced the release of AI Observability covering the entire LLM stack at its Perform event in Vegas, it’s a predictable hint that “AI Everywhere” is a theme that will continue to dominate tech conferences this year. But not all of the best tech conferences are under the bright lights of Sin City.

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18 Best Tech Conferences To Attend in 2024

1. Finovate Europe

Finovate Europe is scheduled for February 27 and 28. Audiences can expect discussions on whether the impact of AI will surpass the significance of the invention of the Internet.

Attendees can also expect to learn what financial institutions should know about aspects ranging from AI to transitions from a Crypto Ice Age to a Crypto Winter, eventually leading to a Crypto Spring.

Leaders keen on understanding the risks and opportunities associated with AI and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) building an internet financial system and global regulatory perspectives on cryptocurrencies should not miss this event.

  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Date: February 27-28

2. MWC: Mobile World Congress

The MWC is a much-loved tech conference in the telecommunications industry. From February 26-29, the event will highlight the need for adaptable, secure, and sustainable network solutions to connect the rise in mobile and IoT devices.

Although emerging technologies such as generative AI, mixed reality, and quantum computing have a place at MWC, there is much more to this big tech conference than shiny new tech.

Attendees can also expect thought-provoking conversations around sustainability, diversity, and talent acquisition in the tech industry.

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Date: February 26-29

3. Big Data & AI World

Big Data & AI World hits London on March 6-7. It remains the perfect networking event for anyone wanting to learn more about the transformative potential of big data and AI across various industries.

Attendees can engage with leading experts to explore the fusion of big data and AI. Rather than walking away with a conference hangover, this event can offer some much-needed inspiration to guide your business into a new era of intelligence and innovation.

  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Date: March 6-7

4. Adobe Summit

The Adobe Summit 2024 will arrive again in Vegas on March 26–28. But this hybrid in-person and online format powered by Adobe Experience Cloud means that attendees can immerse themselves in digital experiences wherever they are located.

Adobe’s big tech event attracts a diverse crowd, including influencers, technology service providers, competitors, design, marketing, commerce, and operations professionals.

With high-profile speakers, including Hollywood stars and the legendary Shaquille O’Neal, it’s easy to see why it’s a massive hit with creatives.

  • Location: Las Vegas, USA
  • Date: March 26–28

5. ODSC East

The ODSC (Open Data Science Conference) takes place on April 23-25 and covers everything from data science to machine learning and AI.

Ultimately, it’s a tech event that brings together the global data science community to exchange innovative ideas.

ODBC also promotes the growth of open-source software and is a great tech event for data and AI practitioners of all levels interested in building on their success in this rapidly evolving field.

  • Location: Boston, USA
  • Date: April 23-25

6. RSA Conference

From May 6-9, the RSA Conference invites the world to discuss security. This prestigious annual event in cybersecurity has been influencing the global cybersecurity community for over 32 years. Predictably, RSA will address cybersecurity’s dynamic challenges while providing timely insights and actionable intelligence.

This cybersecurity tech event brings together a passionate community of experts to focus on strengthening organizations’ cyber hygiene and advancing careers in cybersecurity.

The theme of RSA 2024 is ‘The Art of Possible.’ Expect lots of discussions around the importance of innovation and creativity to navigate the increasing threats in cybersecurity.

  • Location: San Francisco, USA
  • Date: May 6-9

7. Viva Technology

If you find yourself near Paris from May 22-25, we highly recommend you check out Viva Technology, dubbed Europe’s biggest startup and tech event.

Past event speakers include impressive tech heavyweights like Elon Musk and Marc Benioff. Make no mistake, this is one of the most unique IT conferences where tech giants and startups rub shoulders.

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Date: May 22-25

8. Dublin Tech Summit

Under the radar of many, Dublin has become the home to the EMEA headquarters for big tech companies such as HubSpot and Indeed. To further highlight the success in the region, the Dublin Tech Summit has become one of Europe’s fastest-growing tech events.

With a bustling tech startup scene, from May 30 to 31, the Dublin Tech Summit reinforces the capital’s position as a European tech hub.

This exciting tech conference covers everything from AI, robotics, drone deliveries, privacy, space travel, and the potential for human immortality.

These are just a few mouthwatering topics that we expect will dominate conversations at this year’s exciting tech conference.

  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Date: May 30-31

9. Infosecurity Europe

Infosecurity Europe is a crucial event for cybersecurity professionals. Being the gathering of its kind in Europe, it brings together the information security community to share innovations, foster connections, and stay ahead in cybersecurity.

For industry professionals seeking to minimize vulnerability to cyber threats and drive business opportunities, attending Infosecurity Europe is an opportunity that should not be missed.

  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Date: June 4-6

10. London Tech Week

From June 10 to June 14, innovators, investors, serial entrepreneurs, and multinational organizations from 90 countries will arrive for London Tech Week in the UK.

Attendees can expect immersive experiences with tech exhibitions, startup conferences, and innovation hubs and engage with the latest AI transformations in business or meet with potential investors.

Unique features like the EQL: HER Lounge refreshingly promote diversity and equity in tech, while the event also emphasizes the importance of sustainability in the industry.

  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Date: June 10-14

11. Black Hat

Hackers, cybersecurity analysts, corporate professionals, and government representatives will head out again for the Black Hat USA 2024 tech conference from August 3-8 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

This tech conference offers a rich blend of technical sessions, security consulting, and training opportunities.

The Black Hat tech event provides a unique environment where attendees can learn the latest information on cybersecurity and the latest antivirus software trends, while also networking in a way that bridges the gap between the most technical and non-technical cybersecurity enthusiasts.

While in town, many attendees extended their stay to head straight to the Def Con 32 conference.

  • Location: Las Vegas, USA
  • Date: August 3-8

12. IFA

IFA Berlin is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2024. Europe’s biggest consumer technology trade show, often described as Europe’s version of CES, will occur from 6-10 September 2024.

This centennial event marks a century of technological evolution, from Albert Einstein’s 1930 appearance to the launch of the gadgets and gizmos we love today.

160,000 people are expected to attend IFA over the five days of the show, and more than 2,500 journalists will get hands-on with AI-enhanced gadgets on display by 2,000 exhibitors. The event is over 160,000 square meters (1,700,000 sq ft), so bring a pair of comfortable shoes.

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Date: September 6-10

13. AI & Big Data Expo

The AI & Big Data Conference, scheduled for October 1-2, 2024, is a leading conference and exhibition that showcases the next generation of enterprise technologies and strategies.

The Expo provides an opportunity to explore and discover the practical and successful implementation of AI and big data that can also help drive your business forward.

This free-to-attend conference is co-hosted alongside the IoT Tech Expo, the largest global gathering for the sector.

  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Date: October 1-2

14. TECHSPO

If you are in South Africa, make sure to attend the TECHSPO Johannesburg 2024 event from October 10-11 at the prestigious Hilton Sandton Hotel. This two-day Expo showcases the latest in Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech, and SaaS technologies.

It also provides a unique opportunity for attendees in the area to network with like-minded tech enthusiasts and gain insights into how these advancements can drive business growth. This convergence of developers, marketers, and innovators, all focused on shaping the future of technology, makes this a must-attend tech event.

  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Date: October 10-11

15. TechCrunch Disrupt

Disrupt is the original startup conference that invites founders and investors to explore the future of tech.

This year, the tech conference takes place from Oct 28 to 30. It’s the perfect tech event for startup founders seeking financial backing, a public relations boost, or expert guidance to ensure your venture’s success.

  • Location: San Francisco, USA
  • Date: October 28-30

16. Web Summit

Web Summit has a reputation for being one of the world’s biggest tech conferences and best tech events. It takes place from November 11 to 14 in Lisbon, Portugal. This event is a nexus for the global technology community, drawing together tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, and even high-profile celebrities.

Attendees can look forward to a feature-packed program featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions, startup showcases, and workshops, all focused on cutting-edge topics such as AI, cybersecurity, and fintech.

It’s an ideal platform for networking, learning, and discovering the latest technological innovations and trends. But there are also many after-show parties, so don’t expect to get too much sleep.

  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Date: November 11-14

17. AWS re: Invent

AWS re: Invent 2024 arrives in Vegas from December 2 to 6 and is a must-attend event for anyone immersed in cloud computing. Hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), it’s a pivotal gathering for a global audience ranging from cloud novices to industry experts.

The event is a treasure trove of opportunities, featuring over 2,000 technical sessions, keynote announcements, and extensive training and certification opportunities.

Whether you want to transform your business through cloud technology or stay updated with AWS’s latest innovations and enhance your cloud-computing skills, there is something for everyone.

But it’s not just about learning; it’s also a hub for networking. You will find various after-hours events that will help you secure face time with like-minded attendees and forge valuable connections.

  • Location: Las Vegas, USA
  • Date: December 2-6

18. OpenAI DevDay

OpenAI DevDay is expected to announce dates for its second annual developer conference in the next few weeks. This event serves as a platform for developers and enthusiasts to gain insights into cutting-edge developments.

Although we are still awaiting more details on what to expect, Reddit communities are already making predictions on what to expect for OpenAI DevDay 2024 and potential announcements around GPT-5.

  • Location: San Francisco, USA
  • Date: Dates TBA

The Bottom Line

The landscape of the top tech conferences in 2024 has a clear focus on “AI Everywhere,” which dominates conversations and keynotes at major events. 

The pervasive discussions around cybersecurity, sustainability, and ethical considerations in AI and its regulations indicate a matured and nuanced understanding of the technology’s implications.  

You can save the dates and attend some of the most notorious tech events relevant to your business or personal interests to get into the epicenter of insightful conversations, fostering collaboration and shaping the future of tech.

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Neil C. Hughes

Neil is a freelance tech journalist with over two decades of IT experience. Celebrated as one of LinkedIn's Top Voices in technology and recognized by CIO Magazine and ZDNet for his influential insights, Neil has contributed to publications like INC, TNW, TechHQ, and Cybernews while also hosting the popular Tech Talks Daily Podcast.