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If the world is changing every minute then technology is changing every second. Owing to the pandemic, the entire world has realized the role that technology has to offer and the extent to which it can change our lives.

As a CIO of an organization, it is important to stay up to date with the best that technology has to offer, and to make sure your organization uses it to its advantage. 

So how can you stay up-to-date with the latest trends of technology?

CIO conferences and events. They are the best way to learn about the latest trends, use them to your advantage and to network with like-minded people. Here is a list of the top CIO conferences that you cannot afford to miss in 2021:

1. Microsoft Ignite

Date: March 2–4

Location: Virtual

Website: Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite is a developer and IT professional conference held annually by Microsoft. It takes place in a number of places around the world. Considering the situation, it is held virtually this year. Microsoft Ignite will teach you to drive your organization to success, through MS based solutions. The event is hosting more than 150,000 technology leaders including CEO Satya Nadella and Mitra Azizirad virtually for the 48-hour event.

2. IDC Directions

Date: March 9 and March 16

Location: Virtual

Website: IDC Directions

The theme of this year’s conference is digital resilience, which was inspired by the uncertainties of 2021. The event is based on the idea that digital resiliency is critical for organizations transitioning to the next normal.  In the event, IDC’s thought leaders will present their expert insights and guidance on ways to find success in the new normal through digitalization. The event is made for executives, technology professionals, members of the investment community, and members involved in the management of different departments of an organization.

3. 600Minutes Executive IT

Date: March 10–11

Location: Virtual

Website: 600Minutes Executive IT

This event is for IT decision-makers who are looking to gain actionable insights to support their digital growth strategy this year. The 600Minutes Executive IT event will aid their journey with valuable knowledge and insights on reshaping business strategies to adapt to the current scenario through sustainable business models and technology.

Through this virtual event, you can grow your network, discover new business opportunities through insightful keynotes, panel discussions, and tailored content, and virtual 1-2-1 matchmade meetings.

Also read: A Comprehensive Glossary of Digital Transformation Terms

4. EmTech Digital

Date: March 23–25

Location: Virtual

Website: EMTech Digital

EmTech Digital is an annual event hosted by MIT Technology Review on artificial intelligence (AI). This annual AI conference covers a variety of subjects, including: 

  • The basic challenges that must be addressed in order for implementation to be successful.
  • Leading experts and developers discuss what’s next for AI in terms of hardware and algorithms.
  • The impact of AI on our lives, including how to address inequities and develop future AI strategies.

EmTech Digital’s annual review of the business impact of artificial intelligence involves presentations and interviews with world leaders in AI—including business executives, researchers, policymakers, and entrepreneurs about their ideas and discoveries.

5. The 2021 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

Date: April 5 to May 28

Location: Virtual

Website: MITCIO 2021

The Symposium is an 8-week long event that launches on April 5 and concludes on May 28. The theme for 2021 is “The Big Reset: Digital Enterprises Shift into High Gear”. The first week is dedicated to the introduction of the program while you settle into the virtual environment. Week 2 to 7 involves traditional chats and panel discussions. The last week- week 8 concludes the event with a town hall-style meeting involving all participants.

The 2021 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium also entitles you to a membership to a community that is dedicated to helping you network with technology executives for 2 years. 



Date: June 2021

Location: Virtual

Website: SAP Sapphire Now

SAP Sapphire Now is an annual conference for SAP users and associates. SAP is a global tech provider that specializes in software. Thousands of participants meet for three days to hear the new SAP application updates, see software roadmaps, attend SAP technology and planning workshops, take SAP education classes, and network with other customers and partners.

The conference involves keynotes where SAP leaders, corporate associates, celebrities, and consumers share product updates, showcase solutions, and discuss how they use SAP technologies in their businesses. Sapphire Now attendees take part in the event to hear about the latest SAP product and policy news, participate in SAP technical education workshops, meet with SAP suppliers who exhibit their products and services, and network with SAP leaders, partners, and consumers.

7. IBM Think

Date: May 11-12

Location: Virtual

Website: IBM Think

Businesses are in the midst of rapid and unpredictable change. Hybrid cloud and AI are the foundation of smarter business so it is important for businesses now to learn how to use these technologies to their advantage. IBM Think 2021 will help you learn how to adapt to the new world through transformation, automation, and modernization. 

Reasons to join Think 2021:

  1. Personalized curriculum – With on-demand and live sessions focusing on real-world scenarios and strategies, you can tailor your agenda to your own interests.
  2. Credential-building education – The event teaches you about the latest products and technical breakouts, hands-on labs, master classes, and discounted certification exams.
  3. New ways to engage– Once you join the community you get to be a part of community forums, break away for one-on-one chats and collaborate in the IBM Garage with the leaders who create the technology you use every day. 

8. Digital Enterprise Show

Date: May 18-20

Location: Madrid, Spain

Website: Digital Enterprise Show

The main goal of the Digital Enterprise Show is to enable digital business transformation with the help of cutting-edge technologies and top-notch speakers. This event is perfect for CIOs who want to generate business, promote their brand and form business relationships with relevant stakeholders. The show is based on AI, IoT, Cloud, Cybersecurity, AR/VR, Data Analytics, Mar&AdTech, 5G,  Digital Marketing and Industry 4.0.

Also read: The Conundrum of Digitization, Digitalization, and Digital Transformation

9. SaaStr Enterprise

Source: SaaStr 2020

Date: May 26–27

Location: To Be Announced

Website: SaaStr Enterprise

Top executives and leaders driving innovation in the Cloud share their secrets and insights of their businesses at the SaaStr Enterprise. In the following aspects, this two-day experience is uniquely designed to have high-impact value:

  • The event is open to everyone, you just need to register to be a part of the sessions.
  • Hear from top Cloud and SaaS innovators who will leave you inspired and well-prepared to transform your business.
  • Speakers include the CEOs of Coupa, PagerDuty, Box, and more

10. Dublin Tech Summit: DTS Virtual 2021

Date: June 17

Location: Virtual

Website: Dublin Tech Summit

You will find the most influential tech and business leaders from across the world at the Dublin Tech Summit Virtual. For just a day, 5000 delegates, 80 speakers, and 50 partners will come together to share their knowledge, debate the latest trends, and network at the virtual event.

11. CIO 100 Virtual Symposium & Awards

Date: August 17–19

Location: Virtual

Website: CIO 100 Virtual Symposium & Awards

The event guarantees that you will leave refreshed and inspired by the groundbreaking ideas shared. The Awards gathers top CIOs and senior IT leaders under a virtual roof/screen to discuss innovation, modernization, and problem-solving. This year’s speakers are Apptio Field CTO Phil Alfano and Jacobs Chief Digital and Information Officer Madhuri Andrews.

12. AI & Big Data Expo Global

Date: September 6–7 (virtually on the 13-15 September 2021)

Location: London, United Kingdom

Website: AI & Big Data Expo

The AI & Big Data Expo will feature over 125 exhibitors showcasing the latest cutting-edge technology, as well as over 100 speakers sharing their unmatched business insights and real-life experiences. The Expo will cover topics such as Business Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, AI Algorithms, Data & Analytics, Virtual Assistants & Chatbots along with case studies. 


Date: October 5-6

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Website: UiPath

FORWARD IV is the event to attend if you need actionable insights to accelerate your organization’s journey to becoming fully automated. The event involves both keynotes and hands-on product training. The sessions and keynotes at FORWARD IV cover topics such as governance, security, scaling, upskilling, employee and customer satisfaction, as well as the latest on the UiPath Platform. Additionally, you can connect with other automation practitioners and experts. Given the current situation, the event expects attendees to respect social distancing and will hold most of the events outdoors.

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14. VMworld

Date: October 5-7

Location: Virtual

Website: VMworld

The event will feature announcements from VMware leaders, the most recent VMware product and technology coverage, in-depth learning sessions with VMware experts, and events for customers and networking. Throughout the event, there will be entertainment, special guests, and surprise features.

15.  IT Arena 2021

Date: October 8-10

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

Website: ITArena

IT Arena is famous for its productive networking, business matchmaking, and festival spirit. The event involves 3 intensive conference days to inspire attendees with new solutions and ideas through 4 tracks-

  • Startup -Tech founders, emerging businesses, and viable startups can share insights, find mentors, and learn growth hacks on this track.
  • Business – Global markets, strategic outsourcing, and product development are all included in the business track.
  • Product – In this track, you get to meet passionate product managers and analysts, UX pros who will assist you in shaping your product or solution. 
  • Technology – Trending technologies and evergreen coding tricks, AR and Robotics are discussed in this track.

16. 2021 Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo

Date: October 18–21 

Location: Orlando, Florida

Website: Gartner

This Symposium is based on the idea that 2021 is the time to build on the momentum to enhance customer engagement, generate more revenue, and serve customers. Last year, over 45,000 people from all over the world gathered virtually to interact, learn, and celebrate the progress achieved by the IT community.

17. AWS Re:Invent

Date: November 29 – December 3

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Website: AWS re:Invent

The Re:Invent conference is a learning event for the cloud computing community around the world. Keynote updates, educational and certification opportunities, technical workshops, deep dives with AWS officials, collaborating with supporters, and much more are all part of the event.

18. Google Cloud Next

Date: October 12-14

Location: To Be Announced

Website: Google Cloud

This event is for CIOs who are looking to learn how to transform their businesses with Google Cloud. The attendees can connect with experts on the same subject to get inspired and expand their knowledge. Google plans a whole lot of demonstrations, keynotes, boot camps, and sessions for CIOs, CEOs, and developers. 

Also read: Digital Transformation Demystified !!

19. Sapphire Ventures’ CIO Summit

Date: To Be Announced

Location: To Be Announced

Website: Sapphire Ventures

Sapphire brings participants of the start-up and Global 20000 CxO communities together on a daily basis for networking, capacity building, and thought-provoking discussions. The date and location have not been announced yet.

 20. Amplitude Amplify

Date: To Be Announced

Location: To Be Announced

Website: Amplify

This event is the world’s biggest gathering of product and growth experts which is organized by Amplitude. Amplify is for product teams, data scientists, marketers, consultants, and creators who want to learn how to create growth-oriented products. You’ll learn how the top organizations such as AB InBev, Imperfect Foods, and IBM use a product-led strategy to lead the game. 

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