• Dave Wilson

The Ultimate Guide: US Tech Summits, 2018

Updated: Apr 19, 2019

AgilityIO here to break down some of the best upcoming Tech Conferences to attend with your firm in 2018. Whether your industry is deep in the web of data analytics, on the forefront of Artificial Intelligence or breaking innovation in Development, we’ve narrowed down a niche little list of some anti-mainstream summits this year!

So WHY would you need to attend these conferences in the first place? Arguably, you could wait and watch the keynotes online, but what’s the fun in that?! It’s all about value! What will you learn from attending, put-into-practice and how do you prove those oh-but-so-coveted admission and travel expenses to your CFO?

Google I/O Developer Conference 2017

Networking & Lead Generation

Most would say the first step in choosing a summit to attend (besides proximity to the beach) is to review the topics and Keynote Speakers / Presenters. Keeping in mind how they can benefit your current business objective, goals or struggles. This might be that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak with industry leaders (from Deepak Chopra to Mark Zuckerberg?) about their work and learn how others have solved design problems to catapult themselves to success. Or gossip about the latest tech scandal

Since these events are yearly, it’s a great opportunity to meet up with those digital connections your brand has made via social media. However, giving your contacts the opportunity to meet face-to-face could solidify B2B partnerships if the vibe is right!

Idea and Content Creation

Tech Conferences offer the opportunity for companies, employees, and fans of hot tech to come together and learn more about state-of-the-art software, hardware, communications and more. Attending usually gives you the upper hand against your competitors, while learning and previewing the latest releases, tech innovations and next years’ trends in your industry. There are countless trainings, seminars, and 1-one-1’s to sign up for, and in the end maybe you will return to the office with at least 10 new ideas!

Ball Hard & #Represent!

There’s nothing easier for PR and brand marketing than to simply “Go Live!” via major social media platforms, so that's a decent hint to increase your followers and make engaging content. The events are not consumed by lectures.. opening receptions, dinners, late night parties, competitions, sponsored giveaways are all some of the perks that you can share with you audience. One of the best ways to build awareness is winning one of the Hackathons or Awards based on your previous work. Such an accolade would rank you instantly at the top of the game.

Artificial Intelligence Summits

The Augmented World Expo (AWE)

AWE is the largest conference and expo on augmented reality in the world. This three-day event brings together more than 5,000 attendees from all over the world, including CEOs, CTOs, Designers, Developers, Futurists, Analysts, Investors, and the top media outlets.

When: May 30-June 1st Where: Santa Clara, CA Scale: 5,000+ Attendees

Spark + AI

With Spark + AI together, this conference is the unique “one-stop shop” for Developers, Data Scientists, AI experts, and Tech-Executives to network and learn how to practically apply the best tools in data and AI. For three days there’s content for every level and role: Deep Learning Frameworks, Apache Spark Experience, Machine Learning, Technical Deep Dives, Python, Advanced Analytics and more!

Additional 1-Day training for a Spark Certification with Prep Session and exam.

When: June 4-6 Where: San Francisco, CA Scale: 4000+

Where Tech Startups Meet Enterprises

Consensus 2018

May 14-16 in New York, NY

In the heart of NYC, Consensus hosts over 250 speakers at conferences include Ethereal Summit, Women On The Block and Coin Center Annual Dinner. Join a diverse network of the leading industry startups, Investors, financial institutions and enterprise tech leaders who are building the foundations the cryptocurrency economy and connecting blockchain technology to real-world problems.

The Building Blocks Hackathon at Consensus competes the world's top Blockchain Developers vying to build the next killer smart contract app. Through various sponsor challenges, you can walk away with prizes of up to $30,000 plus awards, and coverage for your new creation on CoinDesk.

Scale: 4000+


June 22 in Oakland, CA

Each year HustleCon brings 15 of the most interesting and outrageously successful startup founders, throw them on stage to explain the tactics and strategies used to grow their startups, and then invite Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Strategists to attend and learn.

Scale: 2,500

New York Venture Summit

July 10-11th in NYC, NY

Whether you are an Investor seeking access to new early stage deals, or a CEO / Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, this is the premier industry gathering.

Over 2 days, the summit will connect 50+ Venture Capitalists, Corporate VCs, Angel Investors and Senior Executives of early stage and emerging growth companies with more than 50 of the hottest emerging (growth technology, mobile, life sciences, healthcare IT, clean-tech and ed-tech) innovators as they present LIVE for a chance at over $600billion in funding.

Hosted by YoungStartUp Ventures: Where Innovation Meets Capital

Scale: 500+

Lean Startup Week

TBD Fall in San Francisco, CA

Lean Startup Conference brings the big ideas from Eric Ries’s book off the page to show how organizations are making them real around the world. Alongside keynotes and case studies, there are workshops and mentoring sessions at Lean Startup Conference, where you can practice the Lean Startup Method with our seasoned experts. Lean Startup Week 2017 Photos

For Designers and Developers

Google Developers

May 8-10th in Mountain View, CA

Be part of the iconic Shoreline Amphitheater as Google celebrates product and platform innovations at:

Sandbox - Dedicated spaces to explore, learn, and play with the latest products and platforms via interactive demos and installations.

Codelabs - Ready-to-code kiosks. Here, you'll learn about the latest with Google.

After Hours - Dinner and Drinks and an exclusive surprise concert in the Amphitheatre.

Scale: 5000+


When: May 10-11 Where: San Francisco, CA

Every year Awwwards hold this “Digital Thinkers Conference” in iconic cities across the globe including New York, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Los Angeles. Thought Leaders and Visionaries (Netflix, IBM, Amazon, Behance, Adobe, InVision, etc) inspire the next generation of UX/UI Designers and digital dreamers to discover trends, technologies, network and unveil the secrets of the Internet.

Developer Week NY

June 18-20th in Brooklyn, NY

DeveloperWeek NY invites all East Coast Developers, Executives, and Entrepreneurs to acquire a landscape view of all the tools and technologies that supercharge development. Explore 30+ Exhibitors with the hottest technologies, 100+ Visionary talks, technical workshops and City-wide events for all pass holders.

Plus: Compete in the nation's largest challenge-driven Hackathon! Solve challenges and win $100,000+ in cash / products / services by building on sponsored technology!

Scale: 3000+

QCon New York

June 25-29th in New York, NY

QCon New York is focused on facilitating the spread of knowledge for Senior Software Engineers and Architects on the patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative enterprise software shops. 140+ practitioner speakers from Netflix, CoinBase, Uber, Google, Dropbox, Slack, Twitter, and more…

Scale: 1000+

Data Science, Analytics, and +++


May 1-4th in Boston, MA

ODSC East 2018 is one of the largest Applied Data Science conferences in the world. 65 workshops covering the latest AI and Data Science topics, tools, and languages from. Engage with 220 speakers... some of the brightest minds contributing to open source tools, libraries, and languages.

Scale: 4500+


May 29-31st in Rancho Palas Verdas, CA

The annual invitation-only Code Conference brings together a global community of the biggest names in the business, executive leaders and startups with bright futures for networking and in-depth conversations about the current and future impact of digital technology. Keynote Speakers include: Brian Chesky (Co-Founder, Airbnb) Daniel Ek (Co-Founder, Spotify) Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO, Uber) Katrina Lake (Founder, Stitch Fix) and Evan Spiegel (Co-Founder, Snap)

See ya 'round ;-)