Most Valuable Tech Events

Rating the industry's top conferences


The number of conferences frequented by tech leaders seems to grow every year, so we asked The Information subscribers to rank their favorite events to help you figure out how to spend your time. We included well-known conferences, as well as under-the-radar events marketed only to insiders. Use the arrows on top of each column to sort.

Event Rating Description
AWS re:Invent Five-day conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community
CannesLions Seven-day festival in Cannes, France, that brings together advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators and marketers from around the world
CES Consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show that takes place every January in Las Vegas
Code Conference* Invitation-only conference hosted by Recode that brings together executive leaders and startups
Collision A national summit that aims to bring VCs and technologists together
Davos* The World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on global politics, economics and social issues
DefCon An underground hacking conference held in Las Vegas
DLD A conference held in Munich to promote discussion on digital innovation, advancements in technology, science, and culture
Dreamforce Salesforce’s conference held in San Francisco
E3 An expo for computer, video and mobile games held in Los Angeles
F8 Facebook’s global developer conference
Fortune Brainstorm* An invitation-only summer retreat for emerging tech entrepreneurs, investors and leaders from Fortune 500 companies
GDC A weeklong conference for the professional gaming industry
Github Universe A three-day conference in San Francisco for Github’s community of developers, partners, product experts and industry leaders
Google I/O Google’s developer conference
IOT World A four-day event that brings together hundreds of companies and leaders in the Internet of Things arena
Microsoft Build Microsoft’s developer conference held in Seattle
Milken Conference A four-day conference for leaders to explore challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education
Mobile World Conference A four-day conference for the mobile industry held in Barcelona
Oracle Open World An annual Oracle convention for business decision makers, IT management and line-of-business end users
Sun Valley Allen & Co* A media finance conference hosted by Allen & Company in Sun Valley, Idaho
SXSW A conglomerate of technology, film, interactive media, and music festivals/conferences in Austin, Texas
Tech Crunch Disrupt A three-day conference hosted by TechCrunch that features a hackathon, startup debuts and interviews
Techonomy A three-day conference that brings together tech leaders for onstage interviews, short talks, curated panels, one-on-one interviews and in-depth breakout labs
TED A five-day conference devoted to “ideas worth spreading” featuring short talks and presentations
The Lobby Two-day technology conference for international technology executives, investors and startups
Vanity Fair New Establishment* A two-day summit that features leaders in business, politics, and the arts in conversations about the intersection of technology and media
Web Summit Europe’s largest tech conference aimed at Fortune 500 companies, startups and speakers
WWDC An Apple event used to showcase the company’s new software and technologies for software developers
*Invitation only

Interactive by Mike Sullivan