Must-go tech events for business transformation leaders in 2018

The Top 6 Tech Events from around the world for Business Transformation Leaders in 2018

CES, SXSW and GMIC, do you recognise any of these terms?

If you do not recognise them, do not worry, we’re here to help! These terms are short for some of the best tech conferences worldwide that enable leaders to engage in business transformation.

As we shared previously in our guide to fostering innovation within companies, tech events are one of the best opportunities for leaders to stay on top of emerging trends in their industries.

With consumer-centricity being one of the top priorities today, tech conferences – like the ones we feature in our calendar – offer insights into the latest developments exciting your customer.

Even if these are not your top priority today, you can leverage on the informal settings of the tech conference to network with your peers and discover opportunities to engage experts, customers or vendors for business growth.

Read on to learn more about how our Top 6 events can advance your business goals worldwide!

Or download our digital calendar to help you keep track of the Top 50 events to attend across Asia Pacific.


1.GMIC Beijing, end April 2018 in Beijing, China

GMIC is a broad event, covering areas such as marketing, fintech, mobile gaming and entertainment. It explores the impacts of these various aspects on businesses and the opportunities that can be leveraged upon to transform traditional business models. GMIC has a strong showcase on China’s leading edge in emerging technologies and consumer behaviours.


Why you should go : One of the most significant tech events in China, it brings Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent as well as the Western giants together to explore what is disrupting the tech space.


2.Tech in Asia, mid May 2018 in Singapore

Tech in Asia is one of the longest running conferences showcasing the growing tech scene in Southeast Asia. The conference offers opportunities to connect with investors, meet future strategic business partners, and learn about Singapore’s vibrant tech ecosystem. Participants come from all over the world and the conference has since expanded to include sister events in Tokyo and Jakarta to connect the Asia Pacific region.


Why you should go : Businesses stand to benefit from the convergence of tech, investment and government support within the Singapore ecosystem and explore its potential as a springboard to the rest of Asia.


3.Viva Technology, May 24 – 26, 2018 in Paris, France

VivaTech is built around the simple but powerful idea that meaningful relationships can happen between unlikely partners. As one of the biggest French tech events, it aims to help dynamic startups engage with proven leaders to come up with business solutions that will change tomorrow’s business and society.


Why you should go : Leading corporates in the space can engage in opportunities for cross-industry collaboration whilst discovering game-changing startup partnerships.


4.Web Summit, Early November, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal

Web Summit is a technology conference that was started in Dublin, Ireland. Its attendees range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller tech companies with a mix of CEOs and tech startup founders. Despite its focus on tech globally, it also brings together a range of people from across related industries. Web Summit runs events throughout the world including RISE in Hong Kong, SURGE in Bangalore and MoneyConf in Madrid.


Why you should go : Gain a comprehensive overview of the European tech scene and explore interactions between large tech companies and startups.


5.CES (Consumer Electronics Show), January 8 – 12, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

CES is a convergence point for new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. Businesses use the event as an opportunity to showcase new developments as well as explore potential collaborations via interactions on the show floor, the conference or even impromptu meetings.


Why you should go : Observe the latest hardware and technology developments and discover potential partnerships that can accelerate your business transformation.


6.SXSW (South by Southwest), March 9 – 18, 2018 in Austin, Texas, USA

SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology – a focus which has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies. The festival includes a trade show, speakers, parties, and a startup accelerator. Over 300 startups have been showcased by the SXSW Accelerator with 13% which has since been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post and Apple. SXSW is also famous for having seen the launch of Twitter in 2007 and Foursquare in 2009.


Why you should go : Interact with and explore new media and technology opportunities with startups as well as corporate peers.


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