There are so many incredible technology conferences around the world, with new ones popping up each year, that it can be hard to know which ones are the best to go to. Which should you book your ticket to asap and which should you give a miss.
We have dedicated some time this week to compiling a list of our top technology conferences taking place in 2015 to put in your diary. These are the top events for discovering innovative new technology, meeting up-and-coming start-up teams, listening to inspiring fireside chats from the world’s most influential technology leaders and of course the perfect opportunity to network with people in and outside of your industry. These are the ones simply not to miss if you want to stay ahead in the industry.
5. Mobile World Congress, Barcelona
In short: The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. Spanning over 5 days from the 2nd to the 5th March in Barcelona, Spain, the conference attracts up to 80,000 visitors from 200 countries across the globe.
A hot topic at this year’s conference will be mobile payments thanks to the recent launch of Apple Pay and the ever increasing demand for secure mobile payment systems.
Speakers: An incredible line up including; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia,Charles Scharf, CEO of Visa and Marty Beard, COO of Blackberry.
Where to stay: Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
Located in Barcelona city center, The Hilton Diagonal Mar is only 10 minutes walk form the beach and offers stunning views of the sea and the rising sun. It is also the perfect base point for traveling to the conference which is accessible from the city center by bus, metro and a free shuttle service for all attendees.
4. SXSW – South by Southwest, Austin Texas
Speakers: Dr. Astro Teller head of Google[X], Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, Alfa Intl, Ava DuVernay, Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award.
Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Austin
The perfect balance between the city’s vibrant energy and a resort-like tranquility, the Hyatt Regency Austin is the perfect base for SXSW. With unrivaled facilities including an outdoor pool overlooking the lake, it is the perfect place to unwind after a long day networking.Set on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, The Hyatt Regency lets you experience the best of Austin, a eclectic city famous for live music, rock-star dining and innovative ideas.
3. Velocity, Santa Clara, California
Speakers: Have not been released yet but they are actually accepting proposals if you fancy speaking at it!
Where to stay: Santa Clara Marriott
The Santa Clara Marriott, part of the ever expanding Marriott Hotels group (which now has almost 1 million rooms worldwide) is an excellent choice for your stay in Santa Clara.In the heart of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara hotel is just minutes from the Santa Clara Convention Center and San Jose International Airport, and is within walking distance of Levi Stadium. Make the most of the sunny Californian weather by using their large outdoor pool and leisure center, in a hotel that is known and frequented by an endless stream of business travelers. Excellent choice for late night or early morning networking!
2.CES International, Shanghai, China
Speakers: More famous for product debuts than speakers, such as the launch of; Smart devices such as Tablets and Notebooks, The Plasma TV, Blu-ray discs and Microsoft Xbox!
Where to stay: Le Royal Méridien Shanghai
This 5 star luxury hotel located on one of the most important streets in Shanghai, in China’s financial and commercial hub, is the perfect hotel to base yourself for your stay. With a choice of 4 restaurants,2 bars and an incredible on site spa, in addition to stunning views of the Shanghai skyline, this hotel has everything you need to unwind after a long day of networking. All the bedrooms have dazzling views of the Bund and the city’s skyline and state-of-the-art-technology including high speed WIFI – essential when attending a tech conference!
1. Web Summit,Dublin, Ireland
Speakers: This year’s have not been confirmed, but last year included Bono. Eva Longoria, John Collison and Padmasree Warrior
Where to stay: The Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin
Less than a stones throw away from the RDS, which is the venue for the Web Summit 2015, this luxury 4 star hotel is the perfect base. Voted Ireland’s Business Hotel of the Year for 2015. Facilities are second-to-none and include the hotel’s own AirSpeed dedicated wi-fi network which provides high speed internet access at all times and is offered free of charge to residents and conference delegates. With the hotel less than a 5 minute walk from the Web Summit, it is the perfect spot for hosting Pre or Post conference meetings with other delegates or for simply getting some work done in the mornings or evenings.