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Your guide to top tech conferences 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting many technology conferences around the world. CIO.com's directory of technology conferences can help you stay up-to-date on which events are proceeding as planned and which have canceled, postponed, or moved online.

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For decades technology conferences have been a way for CIOs and other IT leaders to stay on top of emerging trends, get a sense for what’s exciting customers, network, and help employees up their skills. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown a wrench in those works.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11. As of this writing, the virus is affecting 195 countries and territories around the world. Municipalities, regions, and countries have ground to a halt, and so has travel. With quarantines and social distancing measures in effect in many of those countries, technology conferences are experiencing disruption like never before.

Conferences scheduled for March and April have canceled, postponed, or transitioned to digital-only formats. Most conferences slated for May or later this year are taking a wait-and-see approach. They’re cautiously proceeding with their events for now, but may opt to cancel, postpone or move to digital formats as world leaders and health officials provide further guidance.

Anyone planning to attend a conference is advised to check the status of conferences as their dates approach. We’re updating this list regularly to help you stay on top of which events are proceeding as planned and which have canceled, postponed, or moved online.

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A searchable and sortable spreadsheet of the top tech conferences CIO.com staff
 

Cancelled 

Gartner CIO Leadership Forum, Hollywood, Fla.: March 30-April 1  

Google Cloud Next, San Francisco, Calif.: April 6-8 

O'Reilly Strata Data & AI Conference, London: April 20-23  

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference, Tokyo: April 22-24 

LinuxFest Northwest, Bellingham, Wash.: April 24-26 

Postponed 

Enterprise Data World, San Diego, Calif.: TBD (former March 22-27)

DevOps Talks Conference, Auckland: TBD (formerly March 24-25) 

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Grapevine, Tex.: Sept. 21-23 (formerly March 23-26)  

HMG Strategy 2020 CIO Summit of America, New York, NY: TBD (formerly March 26) 

Women in FinTech Summit, London: TBD (formerly March 31)  

Women in AI Dinner, London, TBD (formerly March 31)  

AI in Finance Summit, London, TBD (formerly March 31)  

AI in Insurance Summit, London, TBD (formerly March 31)  

Enterprise Connect, Orlando, Fla.: Aug. 3-6 (formerly March 30-April 2)

Black Hat Asia 2020, Singapore: Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (formerly March 31-April 3)

HMG Strategy 2020 Dallas CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Dallas, Texas: TBD (formerly April 2)

HMG Strategy 2020 New Jersey CIO Executive Leadership Summit, New Brunswick, NJ: TBD (formerly April 9) 

SupportWorld Live, Las Vegas, Nev.: Aug. 2-7 (formerly April 19-24) 

HMG Strategy 2020 San Francisco CIO Executive Leadership Summit, San Francisco, Calif.: TBD (formerly April 23) 

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference, Sydney: TBD (formerly April 27-28)  

CSO50*, Scottsdale, Ariz.: TBD (formerly April 27-29)  

Online-only 

GTC 2020, Online (formerly San Jose, Calif.): March 24-26 

World Summit AI Americas, Online (formerly Montreal): March 25-26  

ODSC East, Online (formerly Boston, Mass).: April 13-17  

Red Hat Summit, Online (formerly San Francisco, Calif.): April 28-29  

F8 Developer Conference, Online (formerly San Jose, Calif.): TBD (formerly May 5-6) 

2020 OCP Global Summit, Online (formerly Santa Clara, Calif.): week of May 11 (details TBD) 

Microsoft Build, Online (formerly Seattle, Wash.): May 19-21 

Collision, Online (formerly Toronto): June 22-25   

Scheduled conferences 

May 2020  

Gartner Tech Growth & Innovation Conference, San Diego, Calif.: May 11-13  

ICMI Contact Center Expo, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: May 11-14 

Women in AI Dinner, Berlin, May 12  

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference, Mumbai: May 14-15  

Gartner Tech Growth & Innovation Conference, London: May 18-19  

Women in AI Dinner, Austin, Tex.: May 19 

HMG Strategy 2020 London CIO Executive Leadership Summit, London: May 21 

Applied AI Summit, Austin, Tex.: May 21-22  

AI for CPG Summit, Austin, Tex.: May 21-22  

Forrester Technology & Innovation India 2020, Mumbai: May 26  

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Tokyo: May 26-28  

June 2020  

HMG Strategy 2020 Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Toronto: June 3 

Big Data & AI Toronto, Toronto: June 3-4  

Forrester Technology & Innovation Europe 2020, London: June 4-5  

Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit, London: June 8-9  

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Mumbai: June 8-9  

Gartner Customer Experience & Technologies Summit, London: June 8-9  

Women in AI Dinner, London: June 9  

AI for Good Dinner, London: June 9  

LiveWorx Digital Transformation Event, Boston: June 8-11  

Gartner Enterprise Architecture & Technology Summit, London: June 10-11  

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Geneva: June 15-16  

O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, Santa Clara, Calif.: June 15-18  

O'Reilly Infrastructure & Ops Conference, Santa Clara, Calif.: June 15-18  

Women in AI Dinner, Boston, Mass.: June 16  

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference, Frankfurt: June 16-17  

Gartner Customer Experience & Technologies Summit, Sydney: June 16-17  

AI in Healthcare Summit, Boston, Mass.: June 18-19  

AI in Pharmaceuticals Summit, Boston, Mass.: June 18-19  

Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit, Frankfurt: June 18-19  

IDC European Future of Work Summit, Mallorca: June 22-23  

Collision, Online (formerly Toronto): June 22-25  

Spark+AI Summit 2020, San Francisco, Calif.: June 23-25  

Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Shanghai, June 30-July 2  

July 2020  

AI & Big Data Expo Europe 2020, Amsterdam: July 1-2  

O'Reilly Open Source Software Conference, Portland, Ore.: July 13-16  

Reinforcement Learning Summit, San Francisco, Calif.: July 15-16  

Mobile Growth Summit New York, New York, NY: July 16 

14th Annual MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium, Cambridge, Mass.: July 21-23 

August 2020  

HMG Strategy 2020 Atlanta CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Atlanta, Ga.: Aug. 13 

Mobile Growth Summit Canada, Toronto: Aug. 13  

CIO 100 Symposium & Awards*, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA: Aug. 17-19  

DevOps Talks Conference, Singapore: Aug. 17-19  

HMG Strategy 2020 New York Global Innovation Summit, New York, NY: Aug. 20 

Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit, Sydney: Aug. 24-25  

Gartner Catalyst Conference, San Diego, Calif.: Aug. 24-27  

HMG Strategy 2020 Silicon Valley CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Menlo Park, Calif.: Aug. 27 

VMworld, San Francisco, Calif.: Aug. 30-Sept. 3  

Digital Transformation Connect, San Diego: Aug. 31 – Sept. 2  

September 2020  

HMG Strategy 2020 Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Denver, Colo.: Sept. 3 

Gartner IT Sourcing, Procurement, Vendor & Asset Management Summit, London: Sept. 9-11  

ODSC India, Bangalore: Sept. 9-12  

HMG Strategy 2020 Boston CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Boston, Mass.: Sept. 10 

AI in RegTech Summit, New York, NY: Sept. 10-11  

AI in Finance Summit, New York, NY: Sept. 10-11  

AI in Insurance Summit, New York, NY: Sept. 10-11  

O'Reilly Strata Data & AI Conference, New York, NY: Sept. 14-17  

ODSC Europe, Dublin: Sept. 14-18  

HMG Strategy 2020 Philadelphia CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Philadelphia, Penn.: Sept. 16 

Gartner Catalyst Conference, London: Sept. 17-18  

Gartner IT Sourcing, Procurement, Vendor & Asset Management Summit, Dallas, Tex.: Sept. 21-23  

HMG Strategy 2020 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Minneapolis, Minn.: Sept. 22 

AI in Marketing Summit, London: Sept. 24-25  

AI in Retail Summit, London: Sept. 24-25  

AI in Healthcare Summit, London: Sept. 24-25  

Deep Learning Summit, London: Sept. 24-25  

Gartner Digital Workplace Summit, London: Sept. 24-25 

Black Hat Asia 2020, Singapore: Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (formerly March 31-April 3)   

October 2020  

HMG Strategy 2020 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit, St. Louis, Mo.: Oct. 1 

HMG Strategy 2020 Washington, D.C. CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C.: Oct. 6 

HMG Strategy 2020 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Dearborn, Mich.: Oct. 8 

HMG Strategy 2020 Greenwich CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Greenwich, Conn.: Oct. 15 

ODSC Brasil, Sao Paulo: Oct. 15  

O'Reilly TensorFlow World, Santa Clara, Calif.: Oct. 19-22  

Women in AI Dinner, Toronto: Oct. 20  

AI in Finance Summit, Toronto: Oct. 22-23  

Deep Learning Summit, Toronto: Oct. 22-23  

Reinforcement Learning Summit, Toronto: Oct. 22-23  

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo, Gold Coast, Australia: Oct. 26-29  

ODSC West, San Francisco, Calif.: Oct. 26-30  

HMG Strategy 2020 San Diego Technology Executive Leadership Summit, San Diego, Calif.: Oct. 27 

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, Frankfurt: Oct. 27-28  

Mobile World Congress Americas, Los Angeles, Calif.: Oct. 28  

HMG Strategy 2020 Southern California CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Huntington Beach, Calif.: Oct. 29 

November 2020  

Forrester Technology & Innovation North America, Chicago, Ill.: Nov. 3-4  

HMG Strategy 2020 Seattle CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Seattle, Wash.: Nov. 10 

Women in AI Dinner, London: Nov. 11  

Applied AI Summit, Seattle, Wash.: Nov. 12-13  

AI for Good Summit, Seattle, Wash.: Nov. 12-13  

O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, Berlin: Nov. 16-18  

O'Reilly Infrastructure & Ops Conference, Berlin: Nov. 16-19  

December 2020  

Forrester Data Strategy & Insights 2020, Austin, Tex.: Dec. 1-2  

HMG Strategy 2020 Financial Services CIO Executive Leadership Summit, New York, N.Y.: Dec. 3 

HMG Strategy 2020 SIM Connect Live, Austin, Texas, Dec. 7 

* This event is presented by IDG Communications, the parent company of CIO.com 

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