Online Tech Conferences to Attend in 2020-2021

Oksana Zabolotna
HBD at Qubit Labs

Ever since March this year, we’ve all been in a strange mode, trying to adapt to the new reality of virtual work, life and socialization. The pandemic has forced companies to make a rapid shift in their day-to-day operations and their general approach to running businesses.

A major part of pretty much any professional environment in any field or sphere are summits, conferences and conventions. These gatherings of professionals have been pushing businesses forward for years because those are the places where so many important components of every business come together. Pitches, sales, brainstorming and development, networking and contact exchange are just a few highlights of every conference you’ll ever attend, no matter the field.

Tech conferences are no exception to these rules – the entirety of tech and IT markets make giant steps forward for the industry at every big conference. Now that we’re all stuck at home with no travel rights or ability to gather in large groups, the organizers of the big and small tech conferences all over the world had to find a way to move their events to the digital space and to be fair to them, they’ve done a great job migrating.

Here are a few conferences to attend virtually and stay up to date on the latest developments in the industry while the pandemic is raging outside:


DeveloperWeek 2021

DeveloperWeek 2021 conference

DeveloperWeek 2021 (Virtual – Feb 17-19) will be the world’s largest virtual developer conference with 8,000 developers, engineers, and tech executives! DeveloperWeek 2021 will be a fully immersive virtual convention, bringing the full DeveloperWeek experience online with 10+ conferences, a virtual expo hall, online networking opportunities, DEVIES awards, and more.

For more than 10 years, DeveloperWeek has united the global developer community with 10,000+ engineers, software architects, developers, managers & leaders, and IT & technical executives from 90+ countries. For 2021, the all-virtual DeveloperWeek 2021 includes:

  • 15 conferences & tracks
  • 150+ speakers & technical keynotes
  • Live 2-day Virtual Expo (50+ exhibitors)
  • Speaker Q&As/AMAs
  • 1:1 & group networking, and more.

Get access to Keynotes, 50+ OPEN Talks, product demos, and the Virtual Expo with your free OPEN Pass.

Register here: Link


0100 Virtual – DACH Region

When: November 24-26

How much: €0-1200

What it is and Why to go: 0100 Virtual – DACH Region is a 3-day virtual conference for Private Equity (PE) & Venture Capital (VC) industry professionals. You can look forward to 300+ PE/VC investors, 40+ speakers, 3 keynotes, 9 panel discussions, 1 workshop for Limited Partners and 72 hours of networking. Join us now and find your new business partners with a few clicks.

Register here: Link


Big Data Conference Europe 2020

Big Data Conference Europe 2020

When: November 24-26

Where: Online,

How much: 275-632 €

What it is and Why to go:  Big Data Conference Europe is a three-day event with practical workshops and technical talks in the fields of Big Data, High Load, Data Science, Machine Learning and AI. Conference brings together developers, IT professionals and users to share their experience, discuss best practices, describe use cases and business applications related to their successes.



When: September 29 – October 1

How much: $0-299

What it is and Why to go: At VMworld, you’ll be able to learn about what’s coming in IT next, from the top VMware and industry experts, connect with colleagues from around the globe and together grow your skills and expertise to solve the challenges of the future in tech and everyday life. There will be pieces of training, workshops and hands-on labs as well as time to relax and process all the information, with challenges, games and trivia contests.

Web Summit

When: December 2 – 4

How much: $99-999

What it is and Why to go: Forbes and The New York Times have called Web Summit “the best technology conference on the planet” and “a grand conclave of the tech industry’s high priests”, so maybe try and attend this one. Especially providing the fact this year it’s online and literally anyone with a steady internet connection and a hundred bucks can join. At Web Summit you’ll be able to hear from the world’s biggest names in tech, but also from leaders of many other industries, and that’s one of the major reasons why this conference is so unique and highly praised.

International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing (CLNLP)

When: July 20-22

How much: $380-630

What it is and Why to go: CLNLP 2020 will virtually gather the leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results in the field of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. You’ll hear from the leading experts in this constantly morphing field, and if you have some research of your own to share, you can register as a presenter, too and submit your research.

8th International Conference on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

When: August 10 – 11

How much: €325-1649

What it is and Why to go: This one is for literally everyone who has something to contribute to the conversation about robotics, AI at large. You’ll meet scientists, research scholars, students, library research center representatives here and will be able to hear and read papers on the topic from all over the world.

Conferenceseries LLC Ltd who organizes this and many more conferences publishes scholarly journals in all aspects of Science, Engineering, Management and Technology journals and has been instrumental in taking the knowledge on Science & technology to the less tech-savvy.

IDEAS 2020 – 24th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium

When: August 12-18

How much: “registration fees would be what it was in the late


What it is and Why to go: The annual IDEAS conference is a top international forum for data

engineering researchers, practitioners, developers, and application users to explore revolutionary ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. We invite

participation of all interested in this meeting which provides an insight into original research contributions relating to all aspects of database engineering defined broadly, and particularly

topics of emerging interest describing work on integrating new technologies into products and applications, on experiences with existing and novel techniques, and on the identification of

unsolved challenges.

EMNLP 2020 – The 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

When: November 16 – 20

How much: no information for now

What it is and Why to go: This research-based conference is dedicated to long and short scientific papers with substantial, original, and unpublished research in empirical methods for Natural Language Processing and gathers the leading scholarly names in the field and the industry.

3rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data

When: August 17 – 18

How much: FREE

What it is and Why to go: This conference will be a platform to realize information and share new ideas amongst professionals, industrialists, researchers, Innovators and students from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data industries. Specialists can share their research experiences and partake in several interactive discussions at the event.

An Event Apart: Online Together—Human-Centered Design

When: July 20

How much: $350

What it is and Why to go: An Event Apart: Online Together—Human-Centered Design is a single-day online conference with an intense focus on design, with speakers who are industry leaders with years of experience and deep insight. They’ll open the door into the everyday design and the future of it rather than focusing on unexpected design scenarios and unusual situations you might never encounter. It’s a chance to stretch your mind and improve your skills. Session times will be based on the US Central (UTC-5) time zone.

PyBay 2020

When: August 14 – 16

How much: FREE for speakers, females, Blacks, Latinos, and LGBTQs; Attendance will be FREE or at a negligible price for others, too.

What it is and Why to go:  The annual regional Python Conference is going DIGITAL this year. You’ll be able to do all the regular things online though, and more. You’ll get a chance to learn the latest development in Python, celebrate Covid-19 projects, interact with speakers and Pythonistas from around the world, and even raise money for organizations working on racial or gender equality. PyBay will introduce you to the most influential industry practitioners and core Python developers.

RE-WORK AI applications Virtual Summit

When: September 17 – 18

How much: $0-199

What it is and Why to go: This will be a 5-in-1 online summit, covering updates in Artificial Intelligence topics such as AI in Retail, AI in Finance, AI in Marketing, AI in RegTech and AI in Insurance. You can gain access to the Virtual Exhibition Area for free, but the Virtual Pass will let you into all Presentations, Exhibition Area, Networking App, Pre-Summit Content via the AI Library AND copies of all presentation recordings from the summit, complete with presentation slides.

Microsoft Ignite

When: September 2020

How much: FREE  (usually around $1,000-2,500)

What it is and Why go: This year Microsoft Ignite will be launched as a complimentary digital event experience. By joining you’ll get a chance to learn innovative ways to build solutions, migrate and manage your infrastructure, and connect with Microsoft experts and other technology professionals from around the globe. As the dates are not public yet, you can sign up for updates on the summit’s website.

Futurist Conference

When: November 11 – 12

How much: FREE

What it is and Why to go: Canada’s Largest Blockchain & Emerging Technologies Conference is also going online this year. This won’t prevent the organizers from bringing you closer to the future and the tech that is expected to disrupt it. The conference is expected to be an immersive experience and to gamify the virtual event leading up to and including the conference days. Come to listen to and interact with the world’s leading experts that are changing the technology landscape.


When: November 2 – 3

How much: $0-29

What it is and Why to go: IM Data is an annual, international, two-day, multi-track conference for data scientists, machine learning engineers, analysts, data science managers and C-level decision-makers. This year you’ll be able to get together with the brightest professionals in numerous data science and tech fields from the comfort of your own home and still talk about innovative methods in data science, machine learning and AI, learn about the newest AI developments and how they’re affecting the ways of research, data ethics, privacy and many more aspects of the industry. There will also be an interactive virtual job fair for those seeking new opportunities.


2021 Tech Conferences

RE-WORK Deep Learning Landscape Stage

When: January 28 – 29

How much: $99-199 (Super Early Bird available till Oct. 2)

What it is and Why to go: At this RE-WORK event you’ll be able to witness the top and up-and-coming minds in the industry address bridging the gap between the latest technological research advancements and real-world applications in business and society. You’ll be able to connect with attendees and do virtual networking through the conference’s online tools as well as interact with the speakers and ask questions during the sessions or send them ahead of time.

RE-WORK WEBINAR: Fighting Financial Crime with AI

When: March 10

How much: FREE with a suggested donation of $25

What it is and Why to go: RE-WORK invites you to discover the latest industry use cases and research in algorithmic advancements for fighting financial crime with the leading minds of the industry. Confirmed speakers include Ali Raza of Bank of America and Mark Weber of MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. Register for this webinar and even if you can’t attend at the live time of the event, the organizers will send you a recording.


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Oksana Zabolotna
HBD at Qubit Labs
Oksana is a team leader of sales and marketing team at Qubit Labs.