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The U.S. tech conferences you need to check out in fall 2015

Last updated on August 24th, 2015 at 04:11 pm

Still have some money left over in the conference attendance budget for this year? Here’s a list of 19 tech conferences coming up in the next few months you can attend.

Note we’ll be running a separate preview report on Dreamforce and Inbound next week

AppSec USA

What: The premier application security conference for developers and security experts who are challenging security tech traditions.

Who should attend: Developers, Security Auditors, Risk Managers, Executive Management, Government, Press, Law Enforcement, and Entrepreneurs.

Where: San Francisco, CA

When: Sept. 22 – 25

Speakers Include: Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Chief Cybersecurity Official; DHS, Troy Hunt, Microsoft MVP for Developer Security; and Alex Stamos, CSO of Facebook.


What: A conference for those wanting to learn how to harness the potential of cloud and mobile computing to produce more productive workforces and lasting competitive advantage.

Who should attend: Developers, Storage Experts, Managers, Entrepreneurs, CIOs, CTOs, and other Executives

Where: San Francisco, CA

When: Sept. 28 – 30

Speakers Include: Aaron Levie, CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman, Box; John Chambers, Chairman, Cisco; Kevin Mandia, President & CEO, FireEye; and Jamie Miller, Senior Vice President & CIO, General Electric.

Workday Rising

What: Workday’s customer appreciation conference. Customers get one-on-one time with Workday experts, learn about new features in the Innovation Exchange Expo, attend training & breakout sessions, and network with other Workday customers.

Who should attend: Current Workday customers, Sponsoring Partners, and Employees

Where: Las Vegas, NV

When: Sept. 28 – Oct. 1

Speakers Include: Salman Khan, Founder of Khan Academy; and other Workday executives and experts

How Big: 5,500 attendees


What: Global industry leaders mingle with the best and brightest of the technology world to explore the opportunities and challenges of the Industrial Internet.

Who should attend: Operations and IT leaders, CxO’s, and line-of-business leads at the forefront of digitizing industry and co-developing new Industrial Internet solutions. Also attending will be GE Customers, Partners, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Industry Thought Leaders, Media, and Analysts.

Where: San Francisco

When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

Speakers Include: Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman of GE; Adam Steltzner, Engineer, NASA; Andrew McAfee, Principal Research scientist at MIT; and Vivienne Ming, scientist and entrepreneur.

HP Engage

What: Business, IT, and marketing leaders from a diverse set of industries come together to learn how to navigate the changes in technologies and the way in which they engage with customers.

Who should attend: HP Marketing Optimization customers

Where: San Diego, CA

When: Nov 8-10

Speakers Include: Jay Baer, Digital Marketing Strategist and Bestselling Author; Andrew Joiner, VP and General Manager, HP Marketing Optimization; and Annie Weinberger, VP & General Manager of HP Aurasma & HP Optimost, HP Marketing Optimization

Gartner Symposium ITxpo

What: Executives learn the strategies, insights and tools they’ll need to lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes.

Who should attend: CIOs and IT executives

Where: Orlando, FL

When: Oct. 4-8

Speakers Include: Tony Robbins, life coach, speaker, and author; Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; and various Gartner analysts.

AWS re:Invent

What: The Amazon Web Services annual user conference where tech pros learn how to refine their cloud strategy, improve developer productivity, increase application performance and security, and reduce infrastructure costs with AWS.

Who should attend: Developers, Engineers, System Administrators, Systems Architects, and Technical Decision Makers

Where: Las Vegas, NV

When: Oct. 6-9

Speakers Include: Various Amazon and AWS executives

odulus booth @ AWS re:Invent
Modulus booth @ AWS re:Invent Photo via: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dewmike/

I Love APIs

What: The world’s largest networking and training event dedicated to APIs and digital business.

Who should attend: Developers, IT Experts, and Strategists

Where: San Jose, CA

When: Oct. 12-14

Speakers Include: Michael Hart, Founder/CEO, Attune; Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Founder of the iDennedy Project; and Kay Lummitsch, API Evangelist, Swisscom.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

What: The world’s largest technical conference for women in computing, bringing together the best minds in computing and increased visibility for the contributions of women to computing.

Who should attend: Anyone wanting to celebrate women in computing

Where: Houston, TX

When: Oct 14-16

Speakers Include: Hilary Mason, Founder, Fast Forward Labs; Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube; and Moira Forbes, President and Publisher, ForbesWoman and Executive Vice President, Forbes Media.

DevOps Enterprise Summit

What: Top event for people who are bringing Lean principles into the IT value stream while building DevOps and Continuous Delivery into their organization.

Who should attend: DevOps pros, CIOs, and other executives

Where: San Francisco

When: Oct. 19-21

Speakers Include: Anand Ahire, Director of Product Management, Electric Cloud; Jan-Joost Bouwman, Enterprise Process Owner Change Management, ING; Dominica DeGrandis, Director of Learning & Development, LeanKit; and Eric Passmore, Head of Software Engineering, MSN.

Dell World

What: A conference for Dell customers and partners where they share ideas, stories and best practices that guide and inspire innovative thinking.

Who should attend: Business leaders, Technologists, Developers and Designers

Where: Austin, TX

When: Oct. 20-22

Speakers Include: Various Dell pros and experts, as well as guest keynote speakers like Bill Clinton and Elon Musk.

CX San Francisco

What: A conference that explores the art and science of delivering exceptional digital customer experience.

Who should attend: Chief Customer Officers, Directors of enterprise-wide CX, senior-level executives responsible for digital channels, organizational strategy, and driving consumer sales and profitability.

Where: San Francisco

When: Oct. 22-23

Speakers Include: Alicia Moore, Senior VP, Wells Fargo; Jared Schiffman, Founder & CEO, Perch Interactive; and Suzanne Pellican, VP & Design Fellow, Intuit.

Oracle OpenWorld

What: The world’s largest conference for Oracle customers and technologists, showcasing the power of Oracle software solutions in a variety of industries.

Who should attend: Business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users

Where: San Francisco

When: Oct. 22-29

A view of Oracle OpenWorld attendees in 2010. Photo via: https://www.flickr.com/photos/skrb/5114284229/sizes/z/
A view of Oracle OpenWorld attendees in 2010.
Photo via: https://www.flickr.com/photos/skrb/5114284229/sizes/z/

TBM Conference

What: Business and tech pros explore best practices that produce greater value, align IT with business goals and deliver technology business management breakthroughs.

Who should attend: C-level Executives like CEOs, CIOs, and CTOs, as well as Senior IT leaders like VPs of Infrastructure, Senior Directors of Technology, and more.

Where: Chicago, IL

When: Oct. 26-29

Speakers Include: Mike Brown, CEO ExxonMobil; Jim DuBois, CIO, Microsoft; and Tamara Alairys, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP.

eBusiness Chicago

What: Business and technology pros learn how to deliver epic digital customer experiences while fostering agility and efficiency through digital operational excellence.

Who should attend: Business and strategy leaders such as eBusiness and channel strategy pros, VPs or Directors of eCommerce, and Technology leaders and innovators such as VPs or Directors of application development or delivery, and other tech leaders of web, digital, and mobile initiatives.

Where: Chicago, IL

When: Oct. 29-30

QuickBooks Connect

What: A conference for QuickBook customers and partners, Connect gathers “entrepreneurs, small business owners, accountants, and developers under one roof to connect, grow, and learn from each other.”

Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, Small business owners, Accountants, and QuickBooks Developers

Where: San Jose, CA

When: Nov. 2-4

Speakers Include: Jessica Alba, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, The Honest Company; Brian Grazer, Academy Award-winning producer and co-founder of Imagine Entertainment; and Robert Herjavec, Founder of Herjavec Group and a leading shark on ABC’s “The Shark Tank”.


What: A conference for those who want to explore the latest in identity and mobility management, share strategies for implementing and managing cloud and mobile technologies, and examine new tech trends and their impact on the future of IT.

Who should attend: IT leaders, Cloud software vendors, Industry Analysts, and Influencers

Where: Las Vegas, NV

When: Nov. 2-4

Speakers Include: Todd McKinnon, CEO and Co-Founder of Okta; Bill Nye, Scientist, Engineer, Author, and Inventor; and Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.


What: An exploration of microservices, stack architecture, and the customer experience.

Who should attend: Developers and IT leaders

Where: San Francisco

When: Nov. 11-13

Flickr photo of Dell World 2013 (with Michael Dell at far right) via Creative Commons, user ychamyuen


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