Although the Internet of Things is quite a newish phenomenon in manufacturing, healthcare, logistics and other industry and service domains, it has gained significant magnitude and power. Indeed, it keeps winning businesses, which has resulted in its ever-growing market value. It totaled $917.2 billion in 2016, and now it shows a tremendous growth rate: 23% in 2016 compared to the previous year. Experts predict it to almost double by 2019, which will be $1710.4 billion.
Staying tuned and being aware of the latest trends and industry innovations is not optional anymore; rather, it is an indispensable prerequisite for running an efficient business. That is why an IoT conference is now a well-established experience, and their number is growing around the world every year.
Depending on their specifics, such events fall under two headings:
- Vertical-specific. They address a certain domain in which IoT technologies are used, such as the Internet of Aviation, Internet of Insurance North America 2017 and more
- 360-degree. They cover a wide range of topics related to the internet of things in a variety of domains; can be both worldwide and regional
Visiting pertinent the internet of things events allows companies keep up with the industry’s topical development trends and adjust its internal policy to the changes in a timely manner. Also, they allow companies to pick up mainstream information and news and adopt expert experience in their business workflows. We have compiled a list of all the best IoT conferences in 2017 that includes most remarkable international, regional and field-specific events.
International IoT Conferences
Below are three high-profile conferences that cover the most important issues related to the internet of things and are equally relevant to all regions. Each of them is anticipated to be the internet of things conference of the year.
IoT World Forum 2017
This leading global show zeroes in on the internet of things solutions for all businesses regardless of the domain. Speakers from various verticals, including smart homes, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer electronics and other industries, will share their experience and insights with other attendees.
Where: Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington, London
When: November 15, 2017 – November 16, 2017
IoT Week 2017
The Week is organized annually to encourage communication among IoT experts and contributors on current trends. This five-day event will cover up-to-date research on the internet of things, development trends, and its influence on social changes, private data safety and user adaptation. The following topics will be on the agenda:
- Security and privacy
- Augmented reality
- Cloud technologies
- Smart agriculture and environment
- M2M and smart manufacturing
- Internet of healthcare
- Internet of education
- And more
This year, the Week will cooperate closely with ITU and the UN system on 17 IoT Sustainable Development Goals. Research projects will showcase their achievements in the exhibition area. Also, various activities on security and privacy, business, finance, and industry 4.0 will help attendees explore emerging tendencies and perspectives.
Where: CICG, Geneva, Switzerland
When: June 6, 2017 – June 9, 2017
IoT Solutions World Congress
The Congress is comparatively new as it will gather the internet of things experts only for the third time. During its second edition, the number of attendees doubled, compared to the inaugural one, and the number of attendees is expected to surpass 10,000.
The Congress’ key concern is the crosslink between the internet and the industry, particularly in these industries: manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, retail, security, smart cities, agriculture, operability and standards.
Besides expert talks and the exhibition, the event will be rich in networking activities, such as a Hackathon, Solutions Awards Gala and more.
Where: L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
When: October 3, 2017 – October 5, 2017
Regional IoT Conferences
Conferences of regional significance attract thousands of attendees because they also touch upon primary matters of the internet of things arena. Typically, although not necessarily, they bring together visitors and participants from a certain region.
IoT Tech Expo North America
The second Expo will gather industry specialists from North America to offer exhibition activities and comprehensive discussions on smart cities and transportation, manufacturing, security and innovations. The Expo will showcase most up-to-date technologies from 100+ industry experts and gather 6,000+ developers, technology providers, OEMs, government officials and other attendees from various areas of IoT-connected domains.
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA, USA
When: November 29, 2017 – November 30, 2017
IoT Tech Expo Europe and AI Expo Europe
For the second consecutive year, this Expo gathers IoT-concerned specialists from all over Europe to share their knowledge of next-generation trends and industry innovations. It will include exhibitions, insightful discussions, conference tracks and real-life IoT/M2M case studies. The Expo gathers 4,000+ attendees from manufacturing, government, M2M, energy, transportation, agriculture and other sectors, including C-level industry experts. 100+ exhibitors and 200+ speakers will share their experience on a variety of topics.
The AI Conference and Exhibition will share the exhibition facility with Expo, showcasing the latest technologies and trends in Artificial Intelligence. 1000+ visitors will discuss and study real-life cases related to machine and deep learning, business intelligence, virtual assistants and chatbots, data and analytics.
Where: Estrel Berlin, Sonnenallee 225, Berlin, Germany
When: June 1, 2017 – June 2, 2017
Zebra Technologies EMEA APPFORUM Series
An event for the internet of things specialists from EMEA region, Zebra encourages debates on the industry’s weak spots, mini-trainings and networking activities among its attendees. Speakers from Google, Microsoft and other industry giants will discuss a variety of topics, including the Internet of Things.
Where: Andel’s by Vienna House Prague, Stroupeznickeho 21 Prague, Czech Republic
When: June 14, 2017 – June 16, 2017
A Festival for industry specialists from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, this four-day event includes a hackathon competition, the conference and interactive field tours. Speakers and exhibitors will showcase most remarkable innovations in internet-connected technologies, especially in healthcare, smart cities, retail, agriculture, automotive manufacturing and more.
Where: 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Australia
When: June 3, 2017 – June 6, 2017
Vertical-Specific IoT Conferences
Unlike IoT events that cover a wide range of industries, domain-specific ones allow to go deep into one vertical and learn about its developments and trends more profoundly.
Internet of Health
A booming growth of the healthcare industry necessitates various events where experts can share new ways of using internet-connected appliances in patient treatment and medical operations. Internet of Health is a top healthcare conference that gathers clinicians, service providers and OEMs from around the globe.
Multiple discussions, seminars and real-life case studies will allow medical specialists and other concerned experts to look into brand-new ways of incorporating the internet into medical activities.
Where: Hilton, Amsterdam, Netherlands
When: September 12, 2017 – September 13, 2017
Smart Industry 2017
The leading show for the internet-connected production sector, Smart Industry 2017 will help its attendees implement brand-new automation and computing technologies in their companies’ workflow to enhance performance in a cost-effective way. During multiple case tracks, discussions, roundtables and networking activities, speakers and exhibitors will highlight a variety of topics, such as data analytics, robotics, machine intelligence, augmented reality, cybersecurity and more.
Where: Swissotel, Chicago, IL, USA
When: September 18, 2017 – September 20, 2017
Third International Conference on Green Computing and Engineering Technologies
ICGCET’17 is about exchanging the results of research in various areas of information technology and electronics. Providing a platform for sharing innovations and useful insights, it also encourages the promotion of the achievements of engineers, researchers and students. The core idea of the event is to spotlight what technical progress can be achieved with current resources and technology level.
Where: The Killaloe Hotel, Kincora Harbour, Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland
When: August 8, 2017 – August 10, 2017
We listed only the most headline conferences that assemble experts from a variety of verticals related to IoT. However, the total number of such events is the dozens, or maybe even hundreds. Together, they deliver invaluable insights and expertise and allow companies to try out new products and apply innovative technologies and know-how. As a result, enterprises of all sizes and from all over the world have a chance to be ahead of the curve and implement cutting-edge solutions in their businesses.