6 Upcoming Business Events For Tech

“It’s not that we use technology, we live technology.”

– Godfrey Reggio

When you work within the world of technology, you have to stay up on the latest innovations. What better way to keep up with all the latest advances that heading to a conference? With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down the right opportunities for you and your business. Check out this list of upcoming business events for tech professionals.

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Black Hat USA

August 4-9, 2018

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

This four-day conference is touted as the world’s leading information security event. In our digital age, cyber security is of utmost importance. This conference will provide you with the training you need to keep your business’s data safe.

Why should you attend this conference?

1) Learn about the latest developments in hacking technology and how to prevent attacks on your business.

2)  Information presented in the briefings at Black Hat is highly technical. They don’t give you watered-down versions, so you can rest assured that you’re sending your company’s tech gurus to learn from the experts.

3)  Hands-on training sessions are available from information security leaders world-wide. Instead of sitting through endless lectures, hands-on training allows attendees to apply newly acquired knowledge right away.

4) Black Hat’s trainers are willing to provide private sessions to train your team at your location.

5)  Never underestimate the power of networking. At this year’s conference, there are 20 sessions especially for networking with business professional from across all sectors of the information security industry.

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THAT Conference

August 6-8, 2018

Kalahari Resort

1305 Kalahari Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

THAT Conference advertises itself as a “Summer Camp For Geeks.” Have you ever had to decide whether to squeeze in one more conference or to take a family vacation? THAT Conference lets you do both.

Why should you attend this conference?

1) At that conference, you can work hard and play hard. Geeky fun for the whole family meets a business trip at THAT conference, allowing you all the perks of a traditional business conference without having to leave spouses and children behind.

2) This three-day camp is interdisciplinary, allowing for learning across a spectrum of technological industries. There is something for every type of tech business professional. This conference is intended as a community forum, read excellent networking opportunity.

3) Since there are some family-friendly sessions, THAT Conference is a good way to give your spouse and children a glimpse into what you do at work every day. This could spark interest in your children that could lead them into considering a technological career for themselves.

4) Because most presenters are technology professionals in their own right, you won’t feel like you’re at a kids’ camp. However, the feel here is a little lighter that your average tech conference, so you get a break from the hustle and bustle typical of the business world.

5) This is a great chance to step outside your comfort zone! No growth ever comes from stagnation. This conference is guaranteed to be different from any you’ve attended before. So get out there and try something new!

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“I’m interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you’re like, ‘Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?”  –  Elon Musk

Artificial Intelligence Conference

September 5-7, 2018

Hilton Union Square

333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

At this conference, you will learn about the latest breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence and how to make the technology work for your business.

Why should you attend this conference?

1) Artificial Intelligence is rapidly shifting from the realm of science-fiction into our everyday lives. This conference is all about understanding AI and its practical application for business professionals. This is definitely need-to-know material.

2) Sessions will cover the most current information on several aspects of AI, from applied machine learning and chatbots to the best applications for cloud-based technologies. This year’s session topics include AI in autonomous vehicles and even learning from video games.

3) This conference presents attendees with several non-standard networking opportunities. From round table discussion over meals to “speed-networking,” you will find several opportunities to get to know other attendees and share ideas about what you’ve learned.

4) Free books! This conference is presented by O’Reilly, a technology-centered learning company. At O’Reilly’s booth, you will get a chance to meet some of their published authors, get your book signed, and maybe even pick up a copy for free.

5) Speakers are not just in for their presentation and then off to the next event. They hang around and mingle throughout the conference. Face-to-face interaction among attendees, presenters, and members of the media allows for the free sharing of ideas and opportunities for interesting debates.

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Bluetooth World

September 18-19, 2018

Santa Clara Convention Center

5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Bluetooth World is a showcase for everything Bluetooth. It seems nearly everything is Bluetooth compatible these days, so this is a must for any business professional whose work falls into the realm of device connectivity and its applications.

Why should you attend this conference?

1) Exhibitors include leading manufacturers in Bluetooth technology. See new devices and technologies before they hit the mass market, while learning their best applications to your business.

2) Meet developers and designers who build the Bluetooth technologies that you already use, as well as the newest players in the game. Never miss an opportunity to network!

3) As this year marks Bluetooth’s 20th anniversary, there is sure to be plenty of exclusive swag at this event. Benchmark years usually come with big projects and huge revelations in any industry.

4) Bluetooth technologies are applicable to any industry, from the obvious telecommunications applications to automotive and smart home/business connectivity. Nearly any business venture could benefits from incorporating Bluetooth technologies. This conference will show you the best way you can put this technology to work for you.

5) Check out the latest innovations in gadgets and why you need them in your business. You can play and experience some of the most innovative tech before anyone else.


Intentional Play Summit

September 21, 2018

Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043  

This is another conference that will immerse you in a learning environment that gets you out of your comfort zone. Work and play come together in a perfect fusion for this one-day conference centered around gaming technology.

Why should you attend this conference?

1) The Intentional Play Summit is a quick trip, but there is a lot packed into a short period of time. Offerings include speakers, round table discussions, and breakout sessions in a fun and innovative environment.

2) Play on purpose. This summit is the practical application of the “work hard, play hard” mantra.

3) Show off your stuff. Are you a developer? Submit your games for a chance to be featured in the arcade that serves as the summit’s closing event.

4) Learn about the practical applications of gaming within the business sector. Who says that you can’t have fun at work?

5) Location, location, location. The timing of this conference is great. As the summit falls on a Friday, you can easily make this into a weekend trip to enjoy the Bay Area. The summit is held at the Computer History Museum. If that isn’t enough, popular tourist destinations like San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Cruz are fewer than 40 miles away. With A1A Limousine Rental, you can book a ride ahead of time and let one of our professional drivers take you to explore all that the surround cities have to offer.

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GeekWire Summit 2018

October 1-3, 2018

Sheraton Seattle

1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

At this conference, you will be in the company of over 900 industry leaders from various sectors of the tech-world. Celebrated as one of the top tech conferences in the U.S., the GeekWire Summit isn’t one to miss.

Why should you attend this conference?

1) This conference lands some high profile speakers. This year’s presenters include Dennis A. Muilenburg, CEO of The Boeing Company, and Sue Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

2) Get your hands on cutting-edge tech. At the GeekWire Summit, you can participate in interactive product demos from industry leaders.

3) Again, networking and exposure are key. The media presence at this summit is huge! GeekWire Summits past have received coverage from outlets such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal.

4) No need to scavenge for food. How many times have you found yourself out of town for a conference and left wandering strange places in search of food? GeekWire provides light meals and plenty of coffee to keep you going.

5) Support a good cause. GeekWire has its own philanthropic program—GeeksGiveBack. While at the conference, you can learn more about this program that seeks to help students in the Washington area get into tech industry careers.


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