Summer's long, steamy days usually accompany a dip in office productivity, but they can also present some great opportunities to engage in extracurricular professional development. The summer months are packed with important industry conferences that can prove pivotal to your personal and professional development in IT.
If you're wondering which events you should attend, check out this curated list of four tech conferences focusing on the future of IT that will potentially get you the most bang for your buck—especially if you missed the events in spring. Pull your calendar out and read on.
1. Women in Technology
When: June 8, 2018
Where: Larkspur, Colorado
Ever notice how few women work on IT teams or attend tech conferences in general? You're not alone. That's why this year's Women in Tech Conference is a must. It's a one-day retreat presented by the Colorado Technology Association, which has been providing leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs resources and networking opportunities for over 20 years. Since 2011, it's been hosting this event just for female tech professionals.
This year, the one-day retreat will have another lineup of esteemed women speaking about the future of IT, including Adama Iwu, Senior Director of Government Relations for Visa, and Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group. Both women are passionate advocates for underrepresented minorities in tech and have also played key roles in advancing conversations around diversity, mentorship, discrimination, and other timely workplace issues.
2. We RISE Tech Conference
When: June 21–22, 2018
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
If you aren't able to attend Women in Tech, you have another chance at a female-focused event in Atlanta. The We RISE Tech Conference, hosted by Women Who Code Atlanta, is specifically designed to support women and allies of all genders with two days of programming.
This conference will take a more strategic, skills-based approach to the future of IT by offering panels, workshops, and discussions on front-end and full-stack development, product strategy and management, as well as blockchain, VR, AR, AI, machine learning, and other technologies poised to impact the future of work. Leadership and career workshops will take place, too, so IT pros can expand their personal tool kits on rapid prototyping, entrepreneurship, effective leadership and communication, and mentoring.
3. Black Hat USA
When: August 4–9, 2018
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cybersecurity will take center stage at Black Hat USA 2018, the 21st annual six-day event geared toward helping IT pros learn how to protect their business systems and networks from the growing presence of hackers.
Attendees can mix and mingle with a broad array of experts who have the latest research, development, and trends regarding threats to personal, corporate, and infrastructure technology. Black Hat USA 2018 opens with four days of technical trainings (like a guided tour of embedded software hacks and threat detection) followed by the two-day main conference (with talks on blockchain, natural language processing, and more). As IoT devices and systems proliferate, knowing how to shore up security on every device is more important than ever—a lesson everyone at Black Hat is sure to learn.
When: September 4–7, 2018
Where: Boston, Massachussetts
Hosted by HubSpot, INBOUND 2018 is designed to inspire and educate professionals to help them grow their businesses. Now in its sixth year, the event plays host to more than 21,000 attendees from over 100 countries who come to hear from a lineup of A-list speakers, ranging from Deepak Chopra and Beth Comstock to Mo Gawdat and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The conference, as the Hubspot folks so cheekily put it, "is more than just four days of learning and inspiration. It's a place where you can step back from your day-to-day and think about big ideas, not if you remembered to email Karen back." You'll also get the lowdown on finding the right apps to grow your business, improving employee relationships, future-proofing a workforce against the rise of robots, and more.
Regardless of which conference you sign up for, your company will reap the ROI of your newly acquired knowledge—and your own professional development will benefit, too.
Looking for more conference coverage? Check out Tektonika's recent coverage of RSA and SecureWorld with "RSA 2018: 5 ways to make security awareness trainings effective" and "SecureWorld 2018: Cybersecurity pros are the heroes of the future." Stay tuned for more by clicking "subscribe" at the top of the page.