I regularly attend technology conferences and events. One of things I enjoy about it is serving as a proxy for the TechRepublic audience at these events and reporting back my findings. However, there are two big challenges I have faced for as long as I have been going to events. The first is choosing which events to attend, because there are so many of them and a lot of the topics overlap. The other is finding a good list of the dates and links to the various conferences and events.
With the latter in mind, I have compiled a list of conferences I think would interest IT pros of various stripes, and I have included the location, the dates, and a link to conference information. Since many of you may have budget money available to attend a conference in the second half of the year, I hope this list will help you find the best conference for your money.
Ubuntu Live — Portland, Oregon, July 22-24
Cisco Networkers 2007 — Anaheim, California, July 22-26
O'Reilly Open Source Convention — Portland, Oregon, July 23-27
Black Hat — Las Vegas, Nevada, July 28 - August 2
CompTIA Breakaway Conference — Las Vegas, Nevada, July 31 - August 2
LinuxWorld — San Francisco, California, August 6-9
IBM Share — San Diego, California, August
VoiceCon — San Francisco, California, August 20-23
Destination CRM — New York, New York, August 21-22
Financial Services Technology Summit — New York, New York, August 27-29
Office 2.0 Conference — San Francisco, California, September 5-7
VMworld — San Francisco, California, September 11-13
IdeaFestival 2007 — Louisville, Kentucky, September 13-15
Midsize Enterprise Summit 2007 — LaQuinta, California, September 16-19
IT Security World — San Francisco, California, September 17-19
ChicagoCon Security Conference — Chicago, Illinois, September 17-23
Intel Developer Forum — San Francisco, California, September 18-20
Open Source Summit — Las Vegas, Nevada, September 19-21
Web Innovation Summit — Las Vegas, Nevada, September 19-21
SANS Network Security 2007 — Las Vegas, Nevada, September 22-30
WiMAX World — Chicago, Illinois, September 25-27
MIT Emerging Technologies Conference — Boston, Massachusetts, September 25-27
COMPTEL Convention + Expo — Dallas, Texas, October 7-10
Gartner Symposium ITxpo — Orlando, Florida, October 7-12
IBM Information On Demand 2007 — Las Vegas, Nevada, October 14-19
Storage Networking World — Dallas, Texas, October 15-18
TechMentor — Las Vegas, Nevada, October 15-19
Citix iForum 07: The App Delivery Expo — Las Vegas, Nevada, October 22-25
Interop New York 2007 — New York, New York, October 22-26
CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment — San Francisco, California, October 23-25
Defrag Conference — Denver, Colorado, November 5-6
Windows Connections 2007 — Las Vegas, Nevada, November 5-8
SIIA OnDemand (SaaS) — San Jose, California, November 7-9
Oracle OpenWorld 2007 — San Francisco, California, November 11-15
Mobile Internet World — Boston, Massachusetts, November 13-15
LISA '07 (Large Installation System Administrators) — Dallas, Texas, November 11-16
26th Annual Data Center Conference — Las Vegas, Nevada, November 27-30
Gartner CIO Summit — Amelia Island, Florida, December 2-4
GreenXchange Conference — Los Angeles, CA, December 10-11, 2007
Enterprise Networking Summit — Nashville, Tennessee, December 10-12
I have included only U.S. conferences, and I have listed only some of the larger and broader conferences. For international conferences and conferences on niche topics, take a look at the full conference listings of two of the largest IT conference providers, CMP and Gartner.
I am going to update this list periodically, so if there are legitimate, national-level technology conferences or events not listed here, please post a note in the discussion and I will add them to the list.
Jason Hiner has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.