Tech Conferences to Visit in 2020/2021

Oksana Zabolotna
HBD at Qubit Labs

We prepared a list of best tech conferences to consider attending in 2020 if you want to stay on top of tech trends and novelties:

Big Data & AI Toronto, Canada’s #1 event 


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Where: Online

When: September 29-30, 2020

Big Data & AI Toronto, Canada’s #1 event for the data community, is going fully virtual for its 5th edition! Join thousands of data heroes, leading solutions providers and industry experts on September 29-30, 2020. Participants can attend the event virtually and access 2 days of exclusive sessions, case studies, panel discussions, and demos from the comfort of their home.

2020 proved to be a game-changer and data-driven technologies continue to be a driving force for all industries. Big Data & AI Toronto is a one-stop shop event co-located with Cybersecurity Toronto and Cloud Expo Toronto, providing attendees with a unique 4-in-1 learning experience that is engineered to pave the way for success in an era of transformation.


IFA 2020

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Where: Berlin, Exhibition Grounds Berlin ExpoCenter City

When: September 3-5, 2020

How much: between 9 and 18 eur

What it is and Why go: IFA has asserted itself as the leading showcase for the global technology industry and is attracting near 2,000 exhibitors and media from over a 120 countries. This is an innovation accelerator and presents the latest products and innovations in the industry. In 2019 it hosted more product launches and digital lifestyle products than any other show out there. It was given the green light from the health authorities but it will be an invitation-only event due to the ongoing pandemic.


IP EXPO Nordic


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Where: Stockholm

When: usually October, unannounced for 2020

How much: 0-35 GBP for regular access; 400-500 GBP for Access Plus

What it is and Why go: This has been one of the best Scandinavian events for those in cloud computing, infrastructure and cyber security, but it’s recently expanded in participants, topics and fields. You’ll find this conference useful if you’re in AI, software development and even IOT and Blockchain. It’s a great networking space and a well-organized IT public forum. You can build your own schedule and attend the seminars and workshops that most suit you. The nordic hospitality and simplicity makes this event very pleasant to attend.



Where: Sandusky, Ohio

When: January 12-15, 2021

How much: ~$350-700 (for 2 and 4 days respectively)

What it is and Why go: CodeMash is a very casual but very intense and eventful conference for software developers. It’s a “unique event that educates developers on current practices, methodologies and technology trends in variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .NET, Ruby and PHP.” The organizers put it simply in their description: the coders eat, drink and learn all things code in the largest waterpark in Ohio. A great event to network and learn hands-on.


Developer Week

Where: Virtual / SF Bay Area

When: June 16-17, 2020 (virtual) / 17-21 February, 2021

How much: $0-395 (or $1995 for supporting companies) / TBD for DW 2021

What it is and Why go: World’s largest virtual developer and engineer conference, where IT professionals come to learn and exchange knowledge while being in the comfort of their own home. You can join the basic events of the conference for free! The event in February is also one of the largest developer conferences and a weeklong recruitment fair, so it can be a great boost for a career. It’s 30% off the ticket price for students, too!


Open Source Summit North America


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Where: Online

When: June 29 – July 2, 2020 US Central Time Zone

How much: $50

What it is and Why go: OSS NA is here for developers, architects and other IT folk. It shifted to virtual this year due to the dangers of COVID-19, but the organizers managed to pull through and are promising a “immersive digital experience that provides you with interactive content and collaboration experiences.” You’ll be able to network and interact with sponsors in real time while attending lectures on the latest technologies in business.


UX and Digital Design Week

Where: London

When: August 10-14, 2020

How much: 2,200 GBP

What it is and Why go: An immersive experience for everyone in digital design and UX, where you can run into the creme de la creme of the London’s tech and creative industry and learn about the latest trends and inventions. You should attend if you’re interested in best practices and work process of the best industry representatives.


Women in FinTech Summit

Where: London

When: April 15-16, 2021

How much: 195 – 395 GBP (Super Early Bird)

What it is and Why go: Come if you want to hear from the world’s leading female innovators across industry, research and the financial sector. The conference’s unique mix of academia and industry gives you access to both pioneers of research and those on the frontiers of real-life business.


AI in Finance Summit

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Where: London

When: April 15-16, 2021

How much: 495 – 795 GBP (Super Early Bird)

What it is and Why go: The name of the Summit cuts pretty close to the bone: if you’re in the Finance sector and are interested in tech, IT and AI around it, this conference is for you. The leading innovators across the industry and academia will be there to share the latest advances in machine learning.


AI in Healthcare Summit

Where: Boston

When: March 25-26, 2021

How much: $495 – $895

What it is and Why go: Healthcare has made a tremendous leap forward in the past 50 years with the help of technology and this summit is bringing together some of the people that are directly responsible for such progress. You should attend to learn some latest key insights in AI in healthcare and medicine.


 AI & Big Data Expo Europe

Where:  RAI, Amsterdam

When: November 24-25, 2020

How much:

What it is and Why go: This is an opportunity to network with 8,000+ leading minds in data science, AI and Business Intelligence. This is a showcase of next generation technologies and strategies from the world of Artificial Intelligence & Big Data where you can listen to over 500 speakers from all paths of the industry and look at technologies from over 350 exhibitors.

Updating and upgrading your tech knowledge is the key to your success as a developer, designer or even if you’re not directly related to the IT industry. As a rule, the best kind of knowledge is shared knowledge, that’s why it’s so important for all of these conferences, summits and webinars to exist, push through and adapt – even amidst a raging pandemic.

Why Should You Visit Conference Even if It Was Moved Online?

This year most conferences go online, it’s a new experience for everyone.  For people in IT, just like for people of any profession that involves working with any sort of devices, it’s essential that they keep their skills and knowledge up to date. New machines, new methods and new capabilities are discovered and invented constantly and it’s simply impossible to be good at what you’re doing if you don’t  constantly improve and stay on top of all the trends, new knowledge and tech progress in your industry.

For IT professionals this improvement is, of course, of double, triple and quadruple importance. A tech professional seeks betterment to their knowledge in everything, and thankfully today there is a variety of ways to update our knowledge. Countless books are written on every little aspect of information technology ever year, there are online tutorials and forums where people

These gatherings are also a good recruitment ground. As a business you have a great chance of finding a good developer or an offshore software development company for your needs.

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Oksana Zabolotna
HBD at Qubit Labs

HBD and Head of Partnerships at Qubit Labs. Oksana is proficient at Search Engine Optimization; performs as a speaker for international tech conferences; author of webinars and guides on peculiarities of remote recruitment, top markets for hiring IT experts, and latest tech trends. Oksana is one of the partners of Women in Tech Ukraine – large-scale social project created to increase the number of women in IT industry.