The Top 15 Events Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Miss this Summer

April 21, 2015

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Summer is coming and, as an entrepreneur, you know this means it’s more than beach season, but a chance to spend the warm days networking and enjoying valuable opportunities to grow your business. It can be challenging finding the time and doing the research it takes to find the right event for you.  Luckily, Bizzabo has worked with more than 5,000 professional conferences and events and has identified the ones to put on your calendar and not to be missed this coming season.  You’ll be glad you took the time out of your summer schedule for these valuable opportunities to meet the right investors, explore new partnerships, and network with industry insiders.

1. Wearables World Congress – May 19-20 (SF)

Wearable World brings together the world leaders in wearables and IoT each year.  As the preeminent face-to-face conference and expo in the area of wearables, you’ll want to attend this one for connecting with investors, finding corporate partners, and listening to the stories of the pros and how they’ve done it.

2. S.H.E. Summit – May 6-9 (NYC)

S.H.E. Summit, standing for she helps empower, was founded with the belief that if women are exposed to a wide array of female role models, confidence-building stories and strategies, tools for personal and professional growth, and the significance of supporting each other–then they are more likely to reach their full potential and transform our culture for the betterment of all women and the world. Celebrating the advancement of women, both men and women are invited to attend.

3. Internet of Things World Conference – May 12th & 13th (SF)

The Second Annual Internet of Things World Conference will take place at the Moscone Center in SF this May. With large MNC sponsors like Microsoft, Samsung, and Siemens this event will focus on world IoT trends and monetization.

4. MobileBeat – July 13th & 14th (SF)

Mobile is the next frontier for marketers, which is why VentureBeat has made an entire conference devoted to topics that break down the challenges every marketer, brand, and app owner faces in today’s mobile world.  Focus topics will include everything from mobile monetization, personalization, and engagement. All the heavy hitters in marketing will be speaking or in attendance.

5. World Domination Summit – July 9 – 13 (Portland, OR)

The World Domination Summit is a gathering of creative people from all over the world. Every summer, thousands of people travel to Portland, Oregon for an immersive experience in life, work, and travel.

The weekend consists of three primary activities: main-stage events with keynote speakers that are attended by the entire group, workshops that focus on specific topics, and lots of meetups, parties, and informal engagement.

6. Forbes Women Summit – June 9-10 (NYC)

In its third year, the Forbes Women’s Summit gathers leaders in business, philanthropy, politics, technology, media, fashion and entertainment.  Both men and women are welcome at this exciting conference celebrating the success of women leaders.

7. Wired Business Conference – May 12, 2015 (NYC)

Pulling some big names on their speaker list each year, the Wired Business Conference is an exclusive one-day experience bringing together a dynamic group of thought leaders for groundbreaking discussions on ideas and innovations that are shaping our world and fueling the next evolution of business.

8. API Days Conference – June 17th & 18th (SF)

Focusing on the API Design & Strategy that supports the Internet of Things revolution, the best techies will come together for this two day conference in SF. From transportation to wearables, IoT has taken the tech industry by storm leaving this one not to miss.

9. TED Women 2015 – Momentum – May 27 – 29th (Monterey, CA)

TED Women 2015 explores the bold ideas that create momentum in how we think, live and work. TED Women 2015 brings together a global community of women and men in a vibrant test kitchen for powerful ideas.

10. TechCrunch Disrupt – May 4-6th (NYC)

One of the most anticipated tech conferences of the year. Whether participating in the Startup Competition or Hackathon, companies from all over the world attend the event in hopes to get their ideas noticed. There will be a great selection of speakers from the CEO of WeWork to Head of Partnerships for Pinterest, so attendees have the chance to get an insider’s perspective on some of the world’s hottest companies and industries.

11. World Cup Tech Challenge – June 4 (Silicon Valley, CA)

Only a year old, World Cup Tech Challenge was founded by Microsoft in the heart of Silicon Valley for companies from 35 different countries to compete for the coveted World Championship title. Representing their countries, startups have the chance to showcase their companies and plans for global launch in front of the valley’s most respected VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, and even prospective customers or clients.

12. Social Innovation Summit – June 10-11 (Washington D.C.)

This conference is a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers who come together to explore the next big idea. This year’s summit will be held in Washington D.C. bringing together speakers from around the world to discuss opportunities for leveraging technology and innovation to affect social change.

13. Traction – June 18th (Vancouver, Canada)

Canada’s largest gathering of growth experts come together to teach distribution strategies and tactics to get, keep and grow customers at scale. The CEO of Marketo, Hootsuite, and Meerkat, growth hackers from Google, LinkedIn and Facebook are just a few of the notable leaders who will discuss traction, techniques and share their insight to propel your business to the next level.

14. Digimarcon – May 27th & 28th  (LA, CA)

Digimarcon showcases the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry, providing attendees with emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices, and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns. Held in beautiful Santa Monica, speakers across the industry explore big ideas, teach principles, and share success stories.

15. TieCon – May 15th  & 16th – (Santa Clara, CA)

The largest global gathering of entrepreneurship, it brings together Silicon Valley’s diverse, dynamic, and expert ecosystem to ignite and display disruptive technology innovation.

These upcoming conferences are some of the best out there for entrepreneurs to learn, connect with others, and grow their professional networks.


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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.