If you've been working in the mobile space for any amount of time, you've probably wanted to attend some conferences to keep on top of the latest technology and to meet with the various industry professionals. Here is a list of 10 mobile conferences to consider.
San Jose, CA, June 5-9
There are several main activities going on at this conference, which are sessions, hands-on labs, consultations, guest speakers, get-togethers and special events. You will learn about the technical details to build new apps and implement new technologies into your code. You can make an appointment to talk with Apple experts on user interface design, marketing and analytics. You will enjoy talks by industry experts, meet with like-minded developers, Apple experts and be able to take advantage of experiences around the city, including third-party events.
Google I/O Date: May 17-19
This is an outdoor developer festival. You will experience hands-on learning and technical talks. Google I/O is returning for the second year at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Topics are platforms that you use to connect to billions of users around the world, infrastructure and services for your mobile apps, how to grow successful businesses, explore new interfaces and see what's possible today.
Microsoft Build 2017 Date: May 10-12
As you can see in the screen shot above, the event is sold out, though there is a waiting list. At Microsoft Build they explore new technologies and unveil their plans. You will learn from technical sessions, meet with others from the industry, learn about the latest content and hear from industry leaders. If you're not able to attend, some sessions will be streamed live.
Fluent Date: June 19-20, training; June 20-22, tutorials and conferences
At Fluent, talented people converge and build great projects for the web. They share their expertise and will explore core web platform technologies, tools to help build the modern web, and how to build resilient apps and sites. Some of topics covered are:
App Promotional Summit NYC Thursday, April 6, 2017
This summit has one objective, to facilitate progress in this industry. This conference is about the conversation, creating relationships and contributing to growth. The agenda is fast-paced and offers great networking opportunities.
All key stakeholder groups attend, including developers, media companies, app studios and brands together with the leading mobile ad networks, cross promotion exchanges, software providers and agencies.
There are dozens of speakers at the event. Some of these are Thaniya Keereepart, Head of Mobile & Platforms, TED, Ben Clark, Director of Customer Acquisition, Seatgeek, Trisha Harry, Lead Global Mobile Growth Strategist, eBay, and Scott Stanchak, Managing Director, Platform Operations, The New York Times.
Mobile Apps Unlocked 2017 Las Vegas, NV
At this conference, they cover three major topics, Growth/Acquisition, Retention/Management, and Product/Design. In a fourth category, the talk about voice and how big it is. They discuss how pioneers in the voice app space are building for the future. There is discussion about early learnings form Facebook's Instant Games, Google's App Streaming and a potentially download-less future. Lastly, they talk about the Bots craze and how bots intersect with growth and adoption.
MobileBeat2017 San Francisco, July 11 & 12, 2017
Artificial intelligence is affecting all aspects of marketing. Every brand, marketer, product manager, and innovator needs to be able to harness this technology. This is the focus of this two day event.
Other topics included are Social, Messaging Apps, Machine Learning, Bots, Apps, Mobile Commerce, Commerce Strategy, Notifications, Customer Service, and Case Studies.
TAP Conference 2017 September 28, 2017
According to the promo for this conference, "people don't click on mobile, they tap."
According to their website, "Despite mobile spending reaching an all-time high, topping over $500 million spend on Christmas 2016 weekend alone, conversions on mobile are still more than 3 times lower than desktop. We'll spend the day exploring how some of the world's top businesses have connected and converted customers on mobile."
TAP is a one day conference. Other topics are monetization, the changing face of mobile commerce and payments.
Mobile Shopping Summit Rancho Mirage, October 24-26
According to the information for this conference, "Mobile sales are forecasted to increase by 85% in Europe whilst desktop sales dither comparatively at just 11%."
Here are the main topics covered, The Rise of Mobile, Eliminating Internal Roadblocks, Adopting Customer Centricity, Mastering Mobile Design, Driving Engagement, Making The Right Investments, Being Discovered On Mobile, Proving Mobile ROICross channel attribution, Easing The Path To Purchase, Exceeding Customer Expectations, and Rewarding Loyal Shoppers.
BlackHat USA Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada July 22-27
Black Hat is the world's leading information security event.
This year, attendees will learn how to defend the enterprise against the worst security threats as there are more than 50 Training classes covering cutting-edge issues and the very latest in the space. You will meet more than 15,000 information security professionals from more than 100 countries. "In addition, more than 200 members of the media/analyst community are expected to attend and report on the announcements."
If you attend, you should be prepared to encounter a lot of people (more than 11,000 attended in 2015). As for who should go, Security analysts, risk managers, security architects/engineers, security software developers, and cryptographers.