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Top East Coast Tech Business Events You Can’t Miss in 2020

The last two months of every year are not only the time for recaps and summing up successes and losses. It is also the right time to spare a moment for setting milestones, planning future investments and… choosing business events to attend next year.

Global conferences are perfect for sharing innovative ideas and participating in discussions about the future of the industry. What’s more, business events let you not only gain and share knowledge, but also make new connections with top professionals who shape the way modern tech businesses operate.

A great number of international technology and business events are organized annually. So that begs the question, which one should you choose?

This article will help every chief executive operating in the United States find the best business events on the East Coast that will take place in 2020. The themes of the events we selected focus on current trends and present insights of key speakers/evangelists in the industry. Read on because now is the time to start wondering which business event you or your company should attend in 2020.

Top East Coast tech business events to attend in 2020

We’ve chosen the most important events starting in 2020, especially for busy executives. Scroll down and learn how to use our list. The events have been arranged in chronological order.

The title includes:

  • event name,
  • the city in which it takes place,
  • date(s) when it happens,

Below the title, each paragraph will include:

  • information on the exact address,
  • ticket prices in dollars,
  • links to the event page where you can register,
  • information for the target audience – to what specific attendees and industries the conference is addressed,
  • the main topics of the event.

We will also choose the most interesting speakers of the given conference and we will summarize why is it worth going there.

1. “ITEXPO” – Fort Lauderdale (12-14 Feb)

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Location:

BROWARD COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER,
1950 Eisenhower Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Ticket price: from $499 to $2999

Ticketing site: itexpo.com

Best for: telecom and IT professionals, C-level executives and business owners, developers

Slogan: “Digital Transformation Happens Here”

Main topic: solutions that drive digital transformation

Why attend?

ITEXPO Florida was first launched in 1999 and is still one of the top events as it comes to IT, communication, technology hardware, and digital services. This conference is the 37th rendition, lasts 3 days and provides you with the opportunity to meet more than 100 leaders from today’s market: innovative manufacturers and solution providers in one place.

This business event’s program presents fresh solutions that help to: be more efficient and productive while reducing expenses. You can just focus on segments that are in your scope of interests – it will help you to talk about presented offers only to those attendees you want. Also, a great number of exhibitions will allow you to find, access, and choose the right solutions for your business.

Key Speakers:

  • Sri Srinivasan, SVP & GM, Team Collaboration Group, Cisco
  • Kate Matsudaira, Director, Google Tech Engineering,
  • Vik Verma, CEO, 8×8, Inc.

2. “2020 CIO Summit of America” – New York (26 Mar)

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Location:

GRAND HYATT NEW YORK,
New York, NY 109 E 42nd Street

Ticket price: free admission if the attendee is:
– a CIO,
– an employed C-Level executive (non-vendor) or similar,
– a Direct Report of CIO,
– a senior-most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue or forms a not-for-profit or government organization with comparable size,
OR
– a full-time academician.

Ticketing site: hmgstrategy.com

Best for: C-suite, directors, Senior IT Professionals, academicians

Slogan: “Future State 2025 – Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Customer-Centric Enterprise”

Main topic: leadership traits that build a culture of innovation and transformation

Why attend?

This event will gather the most prominent, world-class leaders from the United States. You will have the chance to discover innovative practices in leadership, listen to success stories, and get some tips on modern management and career development.

The main objective is to deliver high-quality information to understand, develop and implement in the future. The greatest focus of this business event will be:

  • Strategy, Process Improvement, Alignment
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Management and Leadership

Key attendees:

  • Yuri Aguiar, Director of Innovation and Transformation, The Ogilvy Group
  • Kurt Brungardt, Managing Partner, Swifte
  • Mignona Cote, Sr. Practices Leader, Amazon Web Services
  • Craig Cuyar, SVP & Global CIO, Omnicom
  • Richard M. Entrup, Managing Director, Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions Verizon

3. “Empire Fintech Conference” – New York (1 Apr)

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Location:

NEW WORLD STAGES,
New York, 340 W 50th St, NY 10019

Ticket price:
General Admission – $495
For late-stage startups, corporate execs, investors, all service providers, consultants, FinTech enthusiasts, vendors, etc.

Early-Stage “FinTech Startup” – $195
For full-time employee of an Early-stage FinTech startup (it means less than $5m in funding, <$500 K in annual revenue, and < 3years old).

Ticketing site: empirestartups.com

Best for: early- and late stage startups, executives, investors, FinTech enthusiasts, investors etc.

Slogan: “DEMOS, KEYNOTES AND NETWORKING, SHOWCASING THE BEST OF NYC FINTECH. Part crystal ball and part rearview-mirror – you don’t want to miss this.”

Main topic: hot startups, blockchain, data, fintech and the future of how financial services, VC: good and bad practices.

Why attend?

During Empire Fintech Conference you will learn about the greatest innovations in the US, payments, blockchains, AI, insurance technology, and similar hot topics in 2020. Experts invited are the best in accelerating business and will share knowledge with the audience during the event.

You can look forward to getting advice from speakers who know all there is to know business development. There will be keynotes, panels and demo updates from some of the top FinTech startups in the world.

Key speakers:

  • Henrique Dubugras, Co-founder & Ceo, Brex
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Co-founder & Ceo, Policygenius
  • Adam Broun, Ceo, Kensho
  • Alexa Von Tobel, Founder & Managing Partner, Inspired Capital

4. “Gartner CIO Leadership Forum” – Hollywood (30 Mar – 1 Apr)

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Location:

THE DIPLOMAT RESORT & SPA,
Hollywood, FL, 3555 S Ocean Drive Hollywood, FL 33019

Ticket price:
Early-bird price: $3,350 (expires January 31, 2020)
Standard price: $3,800

Ticketing site: gartner.com

Best for: exclusive event just for CIOs – Enterprise-wide CIO, or Business unit or regional CIO responsible for:

  • Private sector: Business unit or division with $250+ million in revenue
  • Public sector: Department with 1,000+ employees or an IT budget of $250+ million

Slogan: “Enhance your CIO leadership strategy”

Main topic: the use of digitized products and services driving new forms of growth; bold leadership, impactful management, powerful networking

Why attend?

Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2020 will show you how to be a modern CIO and lead your company to success by growing revenue, finding opportunities as well as recognizing business value.

When it comes to attendees – you can meet other executive pioneers, true leaders and technology experts of industrial development. This event is a great space to share experiences, get first-hand knowledge from real cases and learn about others’ challenges.

Key Speakers = Experienced practitioners and experts from Gartner:

  • Graham Waller Distinguished, VP Analyst
  • Tina Nunno, Distinguished VP Analyst
  • Bruce Robertson, Distinguished VP Advisory
  • De’Onn Griffin, Sr Director Analyst

5. “2020 New York CISO Executive Leadership Summit” – New York (7 May)

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Location:

GRAND HYATT NEW YORK,
New York, NY 109 E 42nd Street

Ticket price: free admission if the attendee is:
– a CISO,
– an employed C-Level executive (non-vendor) or similar,
– a Direct Report of CISOs,
– a senior-most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue or forms a not-for-profit or government organization with comparable size,
OR
– a full-time academician.

Ticketing site: hmgstrategy.com

Best for: C-suite executives, directors, IT Professionals, academicians

Slogan: “Future State 2025 – Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Secure Enterprise”

Main topic: security in an enterprise, leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders, winning customer-centric efforts

Why attend?

C-level execs during this business event will be pretty familiar with blockchain, AI and hyperreality – as these technologies are developing fast right now. Modern security teams have to be led and directed in terms of AI, user-behaviors and machine learning.

“2020 New York CISO Executive Leadership Summit” will support attendees in being proficient and fast in identifying unwanted/malicious operations. Also, you can learn about emerging security trends and practices to apply in your company.

Key attendees:

  • Aileen Alexander, Senior Client Partner – Co-Leader Global Cybersecurity Practice Korn Ferry
  • Roota Almeida CISO Delta Dental of NJ and CT
  • Judy Arteche-Carr CEO & Managing Director Arteche Global Group
  • Gene Barskiy Head of IT Fisk Alloy

6. “Disruptive Tech Summit” – Cambridge (7-8 May)

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Location:

ROYAL SONESTA BOSTON
40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142

Ticket price: Early Bird – US$2,495 (expires December 1, 2019; the standard rate is $2,995)

Ticketing site: disruptivetechsummit.com

Best for: corporate directors, board members, chief executives (limited to just 125 participants)

Slogan: “New Technologies. New Opportunities. New Board Responsibilities.”

Main topic: covering aspects of technological change, positioning organization for success, being ready for digital transformation

Why attend?

If you decide to go to this event, you will have the opportunity to dive into tech-driven culture built by modern thinkers and innovators (who will share some real case studies and reveal both: pitfalls and possibilities). Also, you can get insights that will be helpful in building a strategic role as an executive.

When it comes to future, newly emerging tech – you will learn how to take advantage of current trends, be a step ahead of the competition and reshape your vision/ business model. Seeing what is happening in your industry, you will be able to review, challenge or change your business direction.

Key Speakers:

To be announced. Now you can view the detailed agenda for 3 days here.

7. Biannual “Digital Enterprise CIO Transformation” – Miami (23-24 Jun) and (17-18 Nov)

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Location:

BILTMORE HOTEL MIAMI CORAL GABLES
Miami, 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Ticket price: for the price in USD, check if you qualify for Millennium Membership.

Ticketing site: mill-all.com

Best for: CIOs, C-level executives, directors, founders, IT senior specialists

Main topic: digital transformation, management, enterprise in a new era, security, future challenges

Why attend?

You will discover many perspectives on digital technology and learn about transformation strategies, especially connected to data, security, and information. Also, when you understand the intermingling combination of mobile, cloud, and social, you will unlock new ideas and opportunities to outwit competitors.

The Digital Enterprise CIO Transformation is organized “by the industry, for the industry” and is dedicated to modern executives who value networking sessions, keynote presentations, think tanks, and productive workshops.

Key Speakers:

The Millennium Alliance is an invitation-only organization for Senior-Level Executives and Business Transformers. To find out the agenda and the speakers, you have to obtain a special password.

8. “AI in Finance Summit” – New York (10 – 11 Sept)

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Location:

New York, NY10036 / Venue to be announced

Ticket price: not given, you can join the waiting list for a special Launch Pass (discounted first release pass)

Ticketing site: re-work.co

Slogan: “Discover advances in AI & machine learning tools and techniques from the world’s leading innovators across industry, research and the financial sector.”

Main topic: FinTech, AI, insurance, investment, financial forecasting/compliance, deep learning algorithms

Why attend?

This event offers both theoretical background, the newest tech advancements overview, and practical examples of applying AI in a business full of challenges. Academia research and real case studies about AI will be very valuable to explore.

During “AI in Finance Summit” you can get many insights on machine learning applications in the fintech sector, such as tools, algorithms, forecasts, as well as on scaling business models, data mining, blockchain technology, etc.

Key Speakers:

  • Mark Weber, Applied Research Scientist, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab Original
  • Igor Halperin, Research Professor of Financial Machine Learning/ AI Asset Management, NYU/ Fidelity Investments Original
  • Stephanie Lo, Vice President, Securities Finance Research State Street

9. “FSI Transformation” – Miami (17-18 Nov)

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Location:

THE BILTMORE,
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Ticket price: to know the price in USD, request an invite here.

Ticketing site: mill-all.com

Best for: Executives from finance, insurance, healthcare industries, C-level executives, directors, founders

Main topic: digital healthcare, insurance, technology transformation, business strategies, data and information technology, security

Why attend?

You will listen to speakers from top institutions developing Artificial Intelligence to deliver products and services to meet complex customer needs. This event focuses on challenges connected with data waiting for CIOs from insurance and finance enterprises.

The way data has expanded in various fields creates many challenges when it comes to data management, security, and usage. You will learn about storing data safely, expanding customer touchpoints via digital platforms and driving digital products and services successfully.

Key Speakers: to be announced

Summary

To stay visible on the modern, fast and challenging market, you need to stay concentrated on being the best executive possible. During international business events, you can learn from the most noble speakers in the US, who will inspire and drive you toward success. Those East Coast events will offer you support in understanding the top issues important for 2020: data security, developing the right management and business plans, and driving successful digital transformation.

Do you already know which event you are going to attend? We hope so. And if you are still thinking, don’t wait too long – plan your business trip around an event and buy tickets at the best prices. We wish you successful hunting for tickets and an exceptionally productive 2020.

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Matt Warcholinski

Matt Warcholinski is the COO of Brainhub (a software house building awesome node.js web and mobile apps) who loves to build startups and play guitar.

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