28 Best Conferences to Attend in 2016 for Tech Entrepreneurs

Attending events and conferences offers many opportunities. We know how hard it is to keep track of all of the great technology conferences that you may want to attend.

We also know that scouting for the right events is challenging and time consuming. That’s why Lolay decided compile the following list of events for you. All of the following events are located in the US.

Divided by sector of interest, we trust the following list will help you find the best conferences and events to attend for 2016 or to convince your boss to attend. Don’t forget to apply for speaking opportunities where slots are still available.

Be sure to check back regularly as our list of 2016 tech conferences will be continuously updated throughout the year. Don't forget to tweet to us if there is a conference you think we missed!

Best Tech Conferences 2016

1. SXSW 2016

March 11-15, 2016

Austin, TX

Perhaps one of the most exciting events of the year, The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences and Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. This year, surround yourself with entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators, and influencers.

We recommend the 2016 SXSW Interactive festival, where you’ll get five days of keynote speakers, networking and technology. The best minds of the startup world attend and have a great time.

2. Collision

April 26 - 28, 2016

New Orleans, LA

This national summit has drawn speakers from Twitter and Netflix. Named “The anti-CES” by USA Today, Collision 2016 will welcome thousands of attendees to New Orleans, in between the two weekends of Jazz Fest. Attendees will have the opportunity to brush shoulders with executives from Google, Samsung, Intel, Microsoft and many more. Collision will be held April 26-28, 2016 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with various evening events scattered across the city. It’s the perfect place for innovative minds to gather and share tech ideas.

3.Google Cloud NEXT

March 23 - 24, 2016

San Francisco, CA

Google Cloud Platform Global User Conference 2016 will be held in San Francisco at Pier 48 this year. This event brings together the brightest minds in tech and focuses on Google’s Cloud Platform. Here, you will be able to join the largest gathering of the Google Cloud Platform community to explore the latest developments in cloud technology.

Keynote speeches, technical sessions and a showcase of solutions and opportunities that the Google Cloud can offer your business will be presented. Keynote speakers of Google NEXT 2016 include Urs Holzle, Diane Greene, and Jeff Dean. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity.

4. Tech Crunch Disrupt NY

May 9-11, 2016

New York, NY

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC kicks off with a hackathon and then features pitches from hot startups, keynotes from innovative tech speakers, and presents series in panel. One of the most groundbreaking events of the year.

5. WSD.J

October 24-26, 2016

Laguna Beach, CA,

This conference brings together CEOs, aspiring CEOs and industry experts for three days of inspiring discussion of the tech world. An excellent opportunity to mingle with those in the C-level suite and court potential partners or clients.

6. Techweek

Multiple dates and locations.

Techweek is on a mission to create the world’s largest community driven tech platform and is doing so to support tech entrepreneurship across the world. One of the best places to experience emerging trends in tech. Speakers, expos and hiring fairs all happen here.

Best Mobile Conferences 2016

7. Apps World North America

May 11-12, 2016

Santa Clara, CA

Apps World will bring together the leaders in IoT evolution, the startups and digital gurus to discuss the future of the most innovative areas of tech. Featured workshops will cover topics on enterprise, VR & AR, mobile strategy & marketing, and the latest updates from the multi-platform developer world.

8. Wearables Tech Con

July 18- 20, 2016

San Jose, CA

The 3rd Annual Wearables Tech Con this year is the largest Wearable OEM Expo of 2016. Held at the San Jose Convention Center at the heart of Silicon Valley, if wearables are your area of expertise you will have the opportunity to sell to more than 2,000 buyers and OEMS making the next generation of Wearable and IoT devices. Media coverage opportunities will be ample and more than 60 tech sessions and panels on all things wearables will be held.

9. Mobile + Web DevCon

April 26-28, 2016

San Francisco, CA

DevCon is a premier developer conference with a focus on iOS developer, HTML developer, web application development and mobile webdesign. A perfect event for anyone wishing to increase their webdev skillset with the expertise from top authorities in development and design!

10. IBM InterConnect 2016

February 21- 25, 2016

Las Vegas, NV

IBM InterConnect Conference is the premier cloud & mobile conference. This conference will help you get the most out of your existing investments by providing hands-on training in cloud and mobile solutions.

Outthink any limits and transform your business at InterConnect 2016 with the more than 2,000 targeted sessions led by industry leaders.

11. Microsoft BUILD

March 30 -  April 1, 2016

San Francisco, CA

Microsoft Build 2016 is the premiere premiere conference for developers looking for the latest vision and direction from Microsoft. This year, Microsoft’s Build conference sold out in one minute. That’s right, one minute. 

This conference is definitely worth it and those wishing to attend Microsoft Build this year can sign up to a waiting list to try and get tickets.

12. VentureBeat Mobile Summit 2016

April 4-5, 2016

Sausalito, CA

Mobile Summit 2016 by VentureBeat is an invite only event that brings together the most senior leaders to discuss the strategies and technologies they are using to capture mobile audiences and accelerate their businesses.

Only the leaders of organizations and the top minds are invited to Mobile Summit 2016. This is definitely an event worth looking into for its exclusivity and heavy concentration of C-level executives. Networking opportunities and inspirational keynotes will be plenty.

Best Entrepreneurial Conferences 2016

13. Startup Grind Global Conference

Feb 23-24, 2016

Redwood City, CA

Helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed is the focus of Startup Grind. Speakers this year include Steward Butterfield from Slack, Marc Andreessen and many more. You will become immersed in a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Get ready to exhibit and make friends in this two day conference!

14. CIO 100

August 14 - 16, 2016

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

CIO 100 Awards honors 100 companies that demonstrate excellence and achievement in IT or companies that are using IT to deliver advantages for enterprises. Leadership innovation and business strategy are on top of the agenda for this award. Attend to be inspired.

15. Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit

Feb 18-19, 2016

San Diego, CA

Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit brings together leading analytics executives and data scientists for a two day event. The event provides a platform for leading executives to show unique insight into the innovations that are driving success at top organizations.

Join the leaders in data science for panels and discover the opportunities that predictive data and machine learning can offer your business.

16. etail

February 22 - 25, 2016

Palm Springs, CA

A grouping of approximately 2,000 senior-level eCommerce executives come together to be inspired while learning and developing their company as well as their careers. This year's eTail West will be held at the JW Marriott in Palm Springs and you can meet over 200 retailer speakers, pick and choose from 14 different track sessions and 20 different workshops geared towards e commerce innovation.

17. AGENDA 16

March 21 - 23, 2016

Amelia Island, FL

AGENDA is the business leadership conference that is focused on transforming business for the digital world. AGENDA attracts top digital leaders, C-level, VPs, Directors of Marketing, Operations, Finance, Technology,  and leaders in innovation.

Don’t miss out on this immersive and interactive conference that is focused on giving you the practical tools to lead digital transformation in your organization.

18. Microsoft Convergence or Microsoft Envision 2016

April 4-6,  2016

New Orleans, LA

Microsoft Envision replaces Microsoft Convergence as the destination for business leaders. Join Microsoft in NOLA this year for this inaugural Microsoft Envision event. Microsoft Envision will create an entirely new opportunity where leaders can discover the strategies and solutions that can help them and their teams achieve more.

19. Forbes Women's Summit

May 14-15, 2016

New York, NY

The 2016 Forbes Women’s Summit will explore how and why significance has become the new success. This year’s Forbes Women’s Summit is going to bring together 300 of the most inspiring women from a diverse array of backgrounds. The purpose of such a gathering? To inspire leading women by networking with others who have earned the right to carefully choose how and where they commit their time and energy.

Best Marketing Conferences 2016

20. B2B Marketing Forum

October 8-10, 2016

Boston, MA

B2B Marketing Forum 2016 is a three-day event filled with presentations and breakout sessions that will teach you how to use big data in your business and help you apply it towards your marketing strategy. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to brush shoulders with other marketing colleagues.

21. OMMA Social

May 20, 2016

New York, NY

OMMA Social 2016 presents the latest trends in social media and attending is a wonderful opportunity to learn all the effective trends in social media. You’ll have the opportunity to attend workshops that will teach you how to use the best tools at your disposal, as well as network with top execs and social media guru’s for free.

22. MozCon

September 12-14, 2016

Seattle, WA

MozCon focuses on presenting speakers and workshops that focus on social media, SEO, content strategy, keyword analysis, analytics and everything relating to digital content marketing. The up and comers of the marketing community attend and connect. Don’t miss out!

23. Incite Summit

May 17-18, 2016

San Francisco, CA

This is the best brand-focused marketing conference. The Incite Summit: West 2016 will bring together Chief Marketing Officers from major brands to debate the key issue of how to get a clearer picture of your customer and then engage in  "one-to-one marketing". This event brings the brightest leaders together and places a focus on perception, precision and personalization.

24. Advertising Week

September 26-30, 2016

New York, NY

Advertising Week is the world’s premier gathering of marketing and communication leaders. Advertising Week New York 2016 will be a week forum dedicated to bringing elite brand marketers, creative visionaries, and dynamic media influencers. Key conversations focused on what it takes to influence and drive a business to success will ensue. A must-attend event.

Best Design Conferences 2016

25. ConveyUX

February 9 - 11, 2016

Seattle, WA

This fourth annual gathering of designers in the Pacific Northwest features some of the leading minds in UI/UX design. ConveyUX is being held at the newly renovated Motif Seattle this year, located in the heart of the Emerald City's vibrant downtown.

26. Lean UX

April 10-12, 2016

New York, CA

Lean UX 2016 is a 4-day event that presents forty speakers. Lean UX NYC is the premiere worldwide forum for professionals interested in all aspects of organizational design. Attendees to Lean UX will learn the latest hands-on experience in everything product design, customer delivery, and process design.

Lean UX is a great opportunity to brush elbows with entrepreneurs, developers, product managers. Attendees will also learn how to balance teams, use group design thinking, use analytics in their design.

27. IA Summit

May 4-8, 2016

Atlanta, GA

The Information Architecture Summit is the most world’s most prestigious gathering of information architects. The IA Summit is a must-attend even these days as digital spaces are becoming ever more interactive and continuing to move away from a page-based model. Other than information architecture, come and brush up on everything user design, UX design, presentation, and content strategy.

The IA Summit is a great place to improve your skills, get inspired, and celebrate the community of designers and information architects.

28. HOW Design Live

May 19-23, 2016

Atlanta, GA

HOW Design Live is a five-day “festival” in print and web design, general design, and presentation of top designer leadership.  It's an inspiration-packed, global creative gathering of the industry's best. The community that gathers here is a vibrant set of both designers and freelancers who are set on lighting the way of design.

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