7 Best Technology Conferences in 2018

Large technical conferences are essential for the internal growth and organic development of in-house talent. Such events enhance skill development, help establish new contacts in the community and open up business opportunities for companies. Here is a list of tech conferences covering a broad range of topics related to IT and software development that you should not miss in 2018.

1. Microsoft Tech Summit Frankfurt


This summit is one of the largest tech conferences in 2018 both for professional developers and newbies in cloud computing. At this free technical event, you will have access to Microsoft’s top cloud engineers across Azure and Microsoft 365 and learn about the latest technologies. There is definitely a lot to choose from: 100+ sessions that cover a wide range of topics — from keynotes and breakouts to hands-on labs.

Microsoft Tech Summit Frankfurt helps improve professional skills and expertise and uncovers the latest industry trends and innovative solutions. Also, this Frankfurt-based summit encourages knowledge sharing, as subject-matter experts share their insights and industry best practices.

When: February 21-22, 2018

Where: Frankfurt, Germany

2. Embedded Linux Conference


ELC is the most popular event for companies and developers that use Linux and open-source software. During the past 13 years, ELC has conducted a great number of sessions for dedicated embedded Linux developers.

In both formal and informal settings, you can approach the most experienced subject-matter engineers, discuss all aspects of embedded Linux and learn about cutting-edge technologies.

OpenIoT Summit that embraces smart products and solutions is ELC’s collocated event. It is the only IoT event focused on open IoT solutions.

When: March 12-14, 2018

Where: Portland, Oregon, USA

3. IoTDI


The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI) covers a wide variety of IoT ecosystem-related topics:

  • Cloud and edge computing
  • Data analytics
  • Sensor networks
  • Mobile devices
  • Internet architecture
  • Middleware and numerous IoT applications

The conference promises to bring together the most talented minds in cloud engineering, IoT, security and infrastructure. This event will be held for the third time and will collocate with the IC2E conference.

When: April 17-20, 2018

Where: Orlando, Florida, USA

4. Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Summit


This annual summit is one of the best tech conferences that embrace technologies, effective leadership, fast and efficient decision-making and culture. The discussions will cover a wide range of topics that concern strategic thinking. The summit also provides an opportunity for networking with infrastructure and operation peers.

Experts will discuss how technologies and technological trends such as IoT, cloud, AI and machine learning help and disrupt businesses in general and the I&O area in particular. Also, they will talk about culture-induced business changes and on shifts that I&O leadership brings with the new age of Digital Innovation.

Gartner expects that 2,500 attendees and 60+ of its experts and speakers will attend the summit in 2018.

When: April 30 – May 1, 2018

Where: Sydney, Australia

5. Space Tech Expo USA


Space Tech Expo 2018 is the biggest meeting place for space engineering specialists. This event presents the latest services and technologies from across the supply chain for civil, military and commercial space, including satellite technologies, optical systems, environmental testing, software and cybersecurity, mechanical systems, etc.

JPL, NASA, Boeing and Hitachi are among the big names that will participate in the event.

When: May 22-24, 2018

Where: Pasadena, California, USA

6. Internet of Manufacturing 2018


The annual Internet of Manufacturing Conference is one of the top technology conferences. It is created by the Internet of Business publication that focuses on the Internet of Things and the impact it has on modern business.

The conference places a significant emphasis on industrial IoT and covers the following key agenda topics:

  • IoT & AI system integration
  • Data acquisition & visualization
  • Proving the ROI
  • Achieving real-time data analytics
  • Machine learning impact on data analytics
  • Augmented reality
  • Cybersecurity
  • Change management: adapting the workforce and processes to IoT

Apart from comprehensive training, the conference will encourage extensive networking and knowledge sharing.

When: June 6-7, 2018

Where: Chicago, Illinois, USA

7. Web Summit


Web Summit is the largest tech conference in the world that has taken place annually since 2009 and attracts 60,000+ attendees from 170+ countries. The event connects the technology community with industries, large enterprises and startups. During 25 conferences, speakers will cover various topics: AutoTech, Content Makers, MoneyConf, Talk Robot and more.

When: November 5-8, 2018

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

These technical conferences deliver benefits to businesses and subject-matter experts as they bring together best software developers to provide insights on new technologies and trends and help improve professional skills. Also, extensive networking helps address complicated problems and share valuable experiences.

SaM Solutions regularly visits subject-matter tech events — check out our News section to find out about our conference visits. To meet our executives and tech experts during technology conferences, feel free to arrange a meeting via our contact form.

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