It’s that time of the year when we list all the most important tech events you should look out for. As the COVID-19 effect continues to decline across the globe, more events are now open for physical presence.
Some of the most fascinating things about tech events include the opportunities to network with others, mingle with fellow tech enthusiasts, see new and unreleased gadgets in person, and so much more.
On the other hand, tech companies use this opportunity to showcase their prowess and advancements by unveiling their newest inventions, talking about their upcoming products and services, showing their concept products and so much more.
If you’re planning to attend any tech event this year 2023, physically or virtually, we’ve curated a list of important tech events based on the regions where they’ll be taking place as well as the time you can add it to your schedule.
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Big tech events in North America are usually the openings for the new year with the Consumer Event Show or CES being at the top of the list. Below is a more comprehensive list of all the top tech events to expect in 2023 in the North American region.
- Date: 5th – 8th of January, 2023
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
The CES 2023 will commence in a matter of days with the keynotes featuring 5G, IoT, digital marketing, self-driving technologies, space technologies, food technologies, mobile technologies, and so much more.
The event which is usually the first big tech event to kick off other tech events usually takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada where nearly all tech companies – big or small are expected to bring their products and services for exhibition.
- Date: 10th – 19th of March, 2023
- Location: Austin, Texas
The next is SXSW, which is a tech summit for creative industry professionals. This year’s event is expected to be the avenue to immerse yourself in tech breakthroughs, film, culture, and music from keynote speakers including former US President Barack Obama, Olivia Wilde, and Esther Perel – all of who have spoken in the past SXSW event.
This year’s topics will range from climate change, culture, film, design, and much more.
- Date: 24th – 27th of April, 2023
- Location: San Francisco, California
The world’s leading security conference will take place in San Francisco from the 24th to the 27th of April, 2023. For three days, you’ll deep dive into the latest trends in security, with interactive programs like their Learning Labs and training sessions. You’ll get the chance to take part in activities conducted by industry leaders and providers in an in-person setting.
- Date: 9th – 11th of May, 2023
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
The Open Data Science Conference is a two-day extravaganza for artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, big data, open-source tech, and machine learning. Business leaders from world-class companies like Microsoft and Salesforce have been known to attend and share their insights on the future of technology.
- Date: 5th – 10th of August, 2023
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
A top event for cybersecurity professionals, Black Hat USA 2023 is the perfect event for anyone looking to immerse themselves in this sector. Choose whether you’d like to attend face-to-face or as a virtual event and participate in a number of exciting training sessions, business halls, keynote speeches, and activities. It’s one for the books!
Europe also hosts a number of very important tech summits and events every year. This year, there are events such as the Mobile World Congress or MWC 2023, Viva Tech and so much more. Below are the schedules and locations of each event.
Mobile World Congress (MWC)
- Date: 27th February – 2nd March 2023
- Location: Barcelona, Spain
From blockchain to robotics, MWC is the ultimate event focusing on the future of the connectivity ecosystem. Some of the primary exhibitors and keynote speakers this year will include the CEO of Orange Group, the Chairman and CEO of Telefónica, and the President and CEO of the Ericsson Group, among others. What are you waiting for? Get a ticket now!
- Date: 14th-17th June 2023
- Location: Paris, France
As Europe’s biggest tech conference, Viva Technology reached over 400 million people last year! Leaders from companies like Ethereum, Snap INC, Binance, LinkedIn, and more will attend Viva in 2023, making this a go-to event for entrepreneurs from around the world. Anyone trying to make a splash on the startup scene will want to attend, learn, and network.
- Date: 15th-16th June 2023
- Location: Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Tech Summit is quickly turning into one of Europe’s largest B2B tech events. DTS attracts C-suite executives from the world’s leading brands, creating plenty of opportunities to take your business or entrepreneurship venture to the next level. Last year’s speakers included names from leading companies like Google, Zoom, MIT, AWS, and many more.
- Date: 26th – 27th September 2023
- Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
This year’s AI & Big Data Expo will see CTO’s, Heads of Innovation, IT Directors, developers, governments, VCs, and more come together to share case studies and explore advances in the field. At this expo, you’ll learn how automation and machine learning can drive progress for your business with a jam-packed two-day agenda in one of Europe’s most exciting cities.
- Date: 13th-16th November 2023
- Location: Lisbon, Portugal
The New York Times called it “a grand conclave of the tech industry’s high priests”. Tech leaders from companies like Apple, Facebook, Spotify and more swear by it as one of the best tech conferences in the world. Over 70,000 people and companies flock to it every year. Whether you’re in fintech, SaaS, fashion tech, energy, or what have you, this event is truly unmissable.
Middle East & Africa
Apart from Europe and North America, Africa and the Middle East are also home to a number of important annual tech summits and events other than consumer electronics events. Below are some of the most important tech summits to add to your calendar in 2023 happening in Africa and the Middle East.
- Date: 16th-18th January 2023
- Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Are you ready to engage in thought-provoking discussions? Attend insight-filled panels? Catch a symposium or two? With a focus on using technology to drive sustainable solutions as we look to the future, this summit is a great place for tech industry experts and budding entrepreneurs from across the region to learn about the future of sustainable development.
- Date: 6th-9th February 2023
- Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
This year’s LEAP event will feature over 500 expert speakers on a range of key topics such as smart cities, energy, creative economy, health tech, and more. Some exciting speakers lined up for this year will include representatives from West Ham United, Flutterwave, Coinbase, and more. The veteran footballer Roberto Carlos is even scheduled to make an appearance!
- Date: 15th-16th February 2023
- Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Whether you’re an entrepreneur trying to make it in the African tech space, or an international business person, this is the region’s go-to event for technology. Mobile operators, fintech companies, app developers, crypto ventures, and more will all come together this year in Nairobi to dig into the region’s tech ecosystem.
- Date: 16th-20th October 2023
- Location: Dubai, UAE
One of the longest-running conferences on this list, GITEX has been bringing together tech industry experts for over 40 years. This is more than a trade show, it’s an institution that fuels digital transformation all around the world. This year’s key topics will include sustainability, 5G, the future of mobility, and much more. Head down to Dubai for a truly eye-opening experience!
- Date: 19th-20th October 2023
- Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, and innovators rejoice! TechSpo is coming to Johannesburg in October 2023 to showcase the next generation of technology and innovation through IoT, adtech, martech, and SaaS to name a few. This event is part of a larger series of TechSpo events happening around the world.
Asia Pacific is home to some big tech events and award shows such as the annual Tech Innovation Summit and Awards which will take place in Singapore. Below is a full list of important tech events to look out for in this region for 2023.
- Date: 8th-9th March 2023
- Location: Singapore
Blockchain. Crypto. NFTs. AI. Metaverse. It’s all there at the 2nd edition of the Tech Innovation Summit & Awards in Singapore! Organized by Gulf Xellence, last year’s event was a roaring success with speakers like Ronaldinho Gaucho or Kevin Kuranyi in attendance. But for an in-person and a virtual event, there’s no excuse to miss the 2023 edition!
- Date: 29th-30th March 2023
- Location: Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Edition of WOW Summit follows two extremely successful events in Lisbon and Dubai. Hong Kong will now host one of the most significant Web3 and blockchain tech gatherings in the region that will bring together industry leaders, government officials, digital artists, entrepreneurs, and more. Pencil it into your March agenda, folks!
There are important tech events and summits in Latin America but one that stands out is the Web Summit (Rio) 2023. Check out the full information below.
- Date: May 2023
- Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You’ve no doubt heard of Europe’s superstar tech event Web Summit. Well, now it’s coming to Rio de Janeiro in May 2023, with over 15,000 attendees, 700 startups, and 500 investors expected to make an appearance. With the South American tech scene booming, now is the perfect time to get in on the ground floor in one of the world’s most exotic countries.