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posted: January 25, 2019  updated: January 25, 2020

Top 6 IoT Conferences to Attend in 2020

Top 7 IoT Conferences to Attend in 2019

The Internet of Things in 2020 is still a really hot topic. With countless conferences, it’s tough to choose those that you should focus on attending. What I recommend is asking yourself these three questions before buying those conference tickets or booking that expo booth:

  • Does the exhibitor and sponsor list feature the most important players in the IoT ecosystem?
  • Is the majority of the conference agenda appealing to me and in line with my current objectives?
  • Does the average attendee profile seem to be the kind of people I can’t wait to network with?

In this year’s list, I hope to give enough insight for you to answer the questions above.

 

MWC Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Date: 24-27.02.2020

 

UPDATE: MWC 2020 in Barcelona was cancelled by the GSMA on Feb. 12th

 

MWC Barcelona certainly doesn’t need to be introduced for anyone that has anything to do with the mobile/IoT/IT industry. This event is definitely not to be missed for anyone who is interested in IoT. 

 

Is this the IoT event for you?

 

Exhibitors and sponsors: From big industry players that are leaders in IoT platforms and technology to companies specializing in various niches of IoT and finally, innovative start-ups, MWC Barcelona has it all. 

 

Agenda: Though the conference agenda does not include a special track for IoT, you will find lots of IoT-related content among the various conference tracks. 

 

Attendee profile: Mobile World Congress is an event that covers so many areas of interest, it’s easier to distinguish who doesn’t fit the attendee profile than who does! Whether you’re a CEO or a technical product manager, MWC will surely leave you inspired and hungry for more.

Embedded World

Location: Nuremberg, Germany

Date: 25-27.02.2020

 

New to this listing but certainly not new in the industry, Embedded World is an interesting alternative to MWC Barcelona. As hardware and embedded technology is imperative to the growth of the IoT ecosystem, Nuremberg might be a destination that’s worth considering this February.

 

Is this the IoT event for you?

 

Exhibitors and sponsors: Even though you might not see many IoT-related companies among the sponsors of the event, take a closer look and you’ll see that among the event’s exhibitors are some leading vendors of both hardware and software IoT components.

 

Agenda: With panels and presentations on IoT topics every day, you will find the agenda to cover everything from IoT platforms to data analytics, security, connectivity and, of course, embedded topics, all topics relevant to building a comprehensive IoT ecosystem.

 

Attendee profile: You’ll definitely find a more technical audience here than at MWC. This is where the real experts from the industry meet!

 

IoT World

Location: San Jose, United States

Date: 10-13.08.2020

 

IoT World is another event that is widely known in the industry. This year, the date has been moved to early April so make sure to mark your calendars! What’s also worth mentioning is that the event is moving to the San Jose Convention Center this year and thus will be even bigger and (hopefully) better!

 

Is this the IoT event for you?

 

Exhibitors and sponsors: The big players in the IoT industry are all there. There’s no doubt about that. Even though the event takes place in the U.S., you’ll find that among the sponsors and exhibitors are vendors from all over the globe.

 

Agenda: The conference agenda in this event is always very promising. What is especially interesting is that the event features separate tracks for different types of IoT content. These include: 5G & Connectivity, AI, Edge Computing and Developer topics.

 

Attendee profile: The event could be of interest to any type of enterprise —– those that have are already long started building their IoT solutions and those that are just starting off their IoT journey.

 

IoT World is on your agenda this year? Write to us to schedule a meeting today!

Gitex

Location: Dubai

Date: 27.09 - 01.10.2020

 

A must-attend for any company doing business in the MENA region, Gitex is a worthwhile show for professionals interested in the novelties of the IoT market. With the spotlight on the GCC countries, you can expect the solutions showcased at the show to be THE most impressive and jaw-dropping ones.

 

Is this the IoT event for you?

 

Exhibitors and sponsors: Expect all the big vendor brands along with the leading Service Providers of the region.

 

Agenda: The conference agenda for this year hasn’t been announced yet but basing things off of last year, we can surely expect topics relevant to various IoT verticals, from smart city to healthcare, retail and energy.

 

Attendee profile: This is the best place to network with all the leading Service Providers in the region. But you will also meet lots of people from around the globe that have anything to do with technology and the MENA region.

 

Interested in some solutions relevant to the MENA region? Email us and let's start talking much sooner than our meeting at Gitex.

 

MWC LA

Location: Los Angeles

Date: 28-30.10.2020

 

The Los Angeles version of MWC is of course smaller than the Barcelona one but of special importance to companies focusing on the Americas region. What is worth mentioning is that the event attracts lots of attendees from South America as well as quite a large European audience.

 

Is this the IoT event for you?

 

Exhibitors and sponsors: Apart from the usual big brands, among the most prominent exhibitors you will find major US Service Providers.

Agenda: The agenda for the 2020 conference has not been announced yet. What can be expected based on last year is an abundance of IoT topics ranging from connectivity to AI and security issues.

Attendee profile: The majority of attendees are US-based but as mentioned above, the event becomes more global every year.

 

If you’re eager to get immersed in the world of IoT device management quicker than October, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!

IoT Solutions World Congress

Location: Barcelona

Date: 27-29.10.2020

 

A strictly IoT- focused event in Barcelona 6 months after MWC seemed like an option worth  considering for us last year. A couple of months after the event I can say it was without a doubt worth it. IoT Solutions World Congress was a really successful event, both in terms of attendee turnout and quality of the conference.

 

Is this the IoT event for you?

 

Exhibitors and sponsors: Even though some large brands were missing the event brought to the table a kind of freshness thanks to the focus on real-life use cases and some innovative smaller vendors.

 

Agenda: The 2019 conference was in my opinion the best agenda put together throughout the entire events season last year. Compelling use cases and lots of insight from people actually doing IoT made it something I am definitely looking forward to watching closely in 2020.

 

Attendee profile: The event brought together a surprisingly global audience with companies from all continents and an interesting mix of enterprises from various sectors (telecommunications, retail, utilities, supply chain).

 

Interesting in starting/expanding your IoT journey today? Get in touch with us today and who knows, by IoT Solutions World Congress we might be toasting the success of our cooperation!

 

 

To sum up, all of the events mentioned above are definitely worth considering if you’re interested in IoT and are planning your attendance at this year’s industry events. I hope that the brief descriptions provided in this post will be helpful in your planning process. Safe travels and lots of success in 2020!

 

Daria Kolarczyk
Marketing Manager

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