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Top tech conferences: The ultimate tech events and show guide for 2021

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With the pandemic proving more stubborn than any of us hoped, many of the largest events and conferences will likely take place online again this year. Others have been pushed back to the summer, in the hope coronavirus will have subsided.

Either way, these are the places where wheelers and dealers in the world of technology meet to present new innovations and exchange ideas.

TechRadar Pro and ITProPortal have joined forces with the B2B tech PR industry to curate a list of national and international technology events and conferences.

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CES 2021

January 11th-14th, Virtual

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the world's largest technology show will be an all-digital experience in 2021, with no physical event taking place in Las Vegas.

Why attend? Beyond the fact CES ranks among the most high-profile tech events in the world, the shift to a virtual format will be a spectacle in itself. The organizers claim the show will be a "new immersive experience, where attendees will have a front row seat to discover and see the latest technology".

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January 19th-21st, Virtual

IMPACT has now been running for more than 40 year, making it one of the longest-running enterprise IT shows out there.

Why attend? With digital transformation made all the more important by the pandemic, this show gives attendees insight into how best to navigate that journey.

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BettFest (Bett 2021)

January 20th-22nd, Virtual

Due to a steep rise in coronavirus cases in the UK, particularly in the capital, organisers took the decision to call off Bett2021. Instead, we have BettFest.

Why attend? This virtual event will showcase all the latest innovation in education technology (EdTech). With students forced to learn remotely, technology is playing a greater role in education than ever before.

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SXSW 2021

March 16th-20th, Virtual

Taking place online, instead of sunny Texas, SXSW will be a little different this year. But the event will still be a celebration of the best technology, art, literature, music and cinema around.

Why attend? SXSW has a little bit of something for everyone, not just technologists. It also attracts some of the most high-profile keynote speakers around. 

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RSA Conference 2021

May 17th-20th, 2021

RSA Conference is a long-running event that brings the world's leading cybersecurity professionals under one (virtual) roof.

Why attend? The theme of this year's conference: resilience. Hear from industry leaders on how to place resilience at the forefront of your cyber strategy and prepare for security challenges of the new normal.

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Running Remote 2021

May 21, Virtual

Running Remote is one of few tech conferences dedicated to optimising the world of remote work - and it's more relevant now than ever.

Why attend? With remote working set to stay, perhaps Running Remote will be the most important event you attend all year.

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Datacloud Global Congress

June 1st-3rd 2021, Monaco

Datacloud Global Congress attracts circa 2,000 executives from the data centre and cloud industries, and not just because of the location.

Why attend? Keynotes, panels and roundtables covering a wide number of brand new topics reflecting current trends and market outlook.

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Computex 2021

June 1st - 4th, Taipei

Computex is one of the largest technology events in Asia, with a particular focus on computing. 

Why attend? The focus of Computex 2021 will be on 5G, AI, high performance computing (HPC) and cybersecurity - areas that will affect most businesses on the planet.

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Infosecurity Europe

June 8th-10th, London

Infosecurity Europe is up there with the largest and most well-regarded cybersecurity conferences in the calendar.

Why attend? In an industry characterised by constant change, it's vital to keep abreast of all the latest developments. Infosecurity Europe is designed to help you do just that.

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MWC 2021

June 28th - July 1st, Barcelona

The world's largest mobile technology show traditionally comes to Barcelona a little earlier in the year, but has been pushed back to the summer as a result of the pandemic.

Why attend? Expect all the hottest mobile industry news from all the biggest players in the market. When it comes to mobile, there's nothing else like it.

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Black Hat USA 2021

July 31st - August 5th, Las Vegas

Black Hat is long-running and highly technical show for security professionals.

Why attend? Receive the latest information in security research, development and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment.

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IFA Berlin

September 3rd - 7th, Berlin

IFA is Europe's biggest technology showcase, held in September every year in Berlin and attended by most of the major players in the industry.

Why attend? With many businesses avoiding the show last year due to the pandemic, it's possible IFA 2021 will yield a bumper crop of amazing and wacky tech.

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London Tech Week

September 20th-24th, London
London Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology innovation, housing various different technology-specific shows.

Why attend? At London Tech Week, there's something for everyone, with events on topics from AI and 5G to quantum computing, the future of work and more.

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Money 20/20

October 24th-27th, USA
Money 20/20 brings together the world's leaders in payments, banking and fintech, so shouldn't be missed.

Why attend? From in-depth analytics sessions to keynotes from leading lights in the world of money, this show has it all.

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Web Summit 2021

November 1st-4th, Lisbon

At Web Summit, the main question is always: where next? At a time of great uncertainty, this question has never been more important.

Why attend? This large-scale event attracts thousands of attendees and tens of high-profile speakers. In the 2020 edition, Mark Cuban, Reid Hoffman, Serena Williams and Eric Yuan spread their wisdom.