Tech conferences are some of the best ways for those involved in the industry to advance their careers into new heights. Individuals attending these conferences have the opportunity to listen and learn from established industry leaders, while also providing the opportunity to network with determined and innovative individuals. However with the technology boom, there are multitudes of tech conferences springing up across the country.

According to David Wither of the Huffington Post, the conference industry is growing exponentially, with growth rates expected to climb to 44 percent by the end of the decade. So how do you know which is the right one to attend? Below is a list of some of the best tech and entrepreneurial conferences to attend in 2016.

 

GPU Technology Conference

Located right in San Jose, neighboring Silicon Valley, the GPU Tech Conference is great for entrepreneurs hoping to meet researchers and developers. The conference’s main niches include artificial intelligence, as well as the ever-growing virtual reality tech technology industry. According to Wither of the Huff Post, self-driving cars are expected to be the major centerpiece of this year’s conference.

 

Tech Week

Tech Week is the perfect event to look into if you’re hoping to get involved in new emerging tech trends. The conference takes place in a week-long period in different locations throughout the country. According to The Muse, Tech Week aims to enable “the tech innovation ecosystem” by bringing everyone involved in the industry under one roof. It features a startup/technologies expo, as well as renowned speakers and even a hiring fair.

 

Collision

Taking place in New Orleans every year, Collision has become the fastest growing tech convention in the country. Its Launch Pad PITCH Competition hosts competitors from eight different U.S. cities who pitch their products in attempts to win the competition. Investors are often wooed by entrepreneurs in this tech convention.

 

CIO Summit

Information Technology dominates CIO Summit, this Chicago-centric convention. The conference focuses largely on the aspirations and challenges of the IT sphere. Leading experts and tech leaders are said to often enlighten attendees, especially higher-ups in both established and growing companies.

 

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC

Disrupt NYC is known as one of the hottest conferences of the year. Startups and innovators from across the country come here to pitch new ideas to investors and possible business partners. Startups featured by TechCrunch often change the face of their specific niches. The conference also features Hackathon, where tech gurus showcase their skills in competition against one another. Although Disrupt is mainly catered for early entrepreneurs and startups, individuals of all levels of business attend the east coast’s most important tech convention.

 

I hope to see you at some of these events. Follow @TomCutshall for the latest updates. Thanks for reading!