The top 8 tech conferences coming to the U.S. this year

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Looking for inspiration this year? Want to network like a boss? You won’t want to miss these tech conferences bound to feed you insight you likely can’t get anywhere else.

We previously previewed some of the top tech conferences to attend in Canada in 2015, so now it’s time to turn our attention to the U.S. If you’re looking to find out where technology is headed in the next year or so, or if you’re looking to network with the digital media mavens in your field, you may want to add a few of these to your conference calendar.

Here’s a list of eight technology conferences in the US to check out:

SXSW Interactive

What: Mainly known for the music festival, South-by-Southwest Interactive events are just as fun, loud, and innovative. Part showcase and accelerator, it’s the place to be for the intersection of creativity and tech.

Who should attend: Start-ups, Founders, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Creatives, Designers, Developers, Writers

Where: Austin, TX

When: March 13-17, 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jennifer Pahlka, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more. This year’s keynote list includes Logan Green of Lyft, Astro Teller, and Paola Antonelli. Check out the list of past speakers here.

How Big: 33,000+ for the Interactive festival alone.

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Mark Zuckerberg at SXSWi in 2008. (CC) Randy Stewart

DEMO Traction

What: Where emerging technologies and new product innovations are launched and revealed.

Who should attend: Innovators, Start-ups, Business Development professionals, Corporate IT professionals, VCs, Tech marketers

Where: San Francisco, CA

When: April 22, 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Sean Ellis, Todd McKinnon, Jay Simons

How Big: Thousands

Collision

What: A one-stop event for start-ups and investors to meet and get to know one another.

Who should attend: Start-ups, Founders, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Creatives

Where: Las Vegas, NV

When: May 5 -6, 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Peter Thiel, Arianna Huffington, Brendan Iribe, Tony Hawk, Matt Mullenweg, Lily Cole, Julia Hartz, JP Rangaswami, Dana Brunetti, Reed Hastings, Chad Hurley, and more.

How Big: 10,000

Sapphire Now

What: A 3-day event for B2B and enterprise professionals. Panels and keynotes look at strategy, innovation, leadership education, information on SAP products, more.

Who should attend: B2B company founders/executives, enterprise professionals, CEOs, business managers

Where: Orlando, FL

When: May 5-7, 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Hasso Plattner, Brad Rencher;  coming this year: Bill McDermott andBernd Leukert of SAP

How Big: 20,000+

Disrupt NY 2015

What: A gathering of disruptive, creative, and innovative technology professionals who exchange ideas, share insights, and participate in a hackathon.

Who should attend: Start-ups, Innovators, Corporate Professionals, Media, Developers, Industry Influencers

Where: New York City, NY

When: May 4-6, 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Chrys Bader-Wechseler, Alec Berg, Jordan Cooper, Rachel S. Haot, Mike Judge, Matt Kaufman, Ken Lerer, Kathryn Minshew

How Big: Thousands

Velocity

What: A Web operations and performance conference for online professionals.

Who should attend: Developers, Engineers, Managers, CTO/CIOs, Researchers, Academics

Where: Santa Clara, CA and NYC, NY

When: June 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Cheryl Ainoa, Kent Alstad, Chris Baker, Eddie Canales, Bryan Cantrill, Peter Hedenskog, and more.

How Big: 2,000+

GigaOM Structure

What: Cloud innovators and creators building the shared infrastructure of the future.

Who should attend: Developers, Infrastructure professionals, CTO/CIOs

Where: San Francisco, CA

When: Jun 17-18, 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Adrian Cockcroft, Catherine Havasi, Eric Jennings, Om Malik, Peter Magnusson, Ben Uretsky

How Big: NA

Dreamforce

What: A massive event from Salesforce, expect breakout sessions, seminars, success clinics, and more for every kind of company. Learn how to turn your business into a more successful, powerful, and efficient firm, thanks to this four day conference in San Francisco.

Who should attend: Sales professionals, Marketing professionals, SMB professionals, Developers, Administrators, Executives, Non-profits, Retail, IT professionals, well, really, everyone and anyone.

Where: San Francisco, CA

When: September 15-18, 2015

Past Keynotes/Presentations By: Marc Benioff, Al Gore, Tony Robbins, Hillary Clinton, Mac Levchin, Eckart Tolle

How Big: 150,000 in person, and more than 7 million online

Hillary Clinton at Dreamforce 2014
Hillary Clinton at Dreamforce 2014

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