Our Top Six Tech Events in 2018

 Image by  Fast Company

Image by Fast Company

At Character we’re always seeking ideas and inspiration. If we’re not sharing a new op ed, research piece or tweet with a client, we’re sharing it with each other. For us, a big part of staying invigorated and curious in the insanely fast-paced we live in is through attending local and global events. Whether it’s a fantastic speaker, interesting programming or simply the people you connect with in the line for coffee, there’s always something to take away from an event. While CES and Pause Fest might have already been and gone, here are six tech events in 2018 we think it’s worth planning a trip for.

SXSW Interactive

9-18 March, Austin

Some say it’s jumped the shark, some say it’s better than ever - but one thing’s for sure, SXSW is an event everyone knows about. The program continues to pull some of the biggest names in technology, design and entrepreneurship, and Austin becomes a playground for every brand wanting to market to millennials.

Ad:tech

22-23 March, Sydney

The original industry authority for marketing and media technology, ad:tech continues to draw a cross-industry audience from technology, media and marketing communities. Launched in 2007, the event has remained forward-thinking thanks to its programming pillars of Learn, Network and Play. One for those in tech wanting to broaden their networks and understand how to collaborate with marketing, media and agencies.

The Sunrise

June, Sydney

While the 2018 is yet to be confirmed, we’re including The Sunrise here in optimism it will be - because this was one of our favourite events in 2017 and a favourite amongst the Australian startup community. Launched with the manifesto ‘for founders, by founders’, The Sunrise brings together some of Australia’s biggest startup success stories for frank discussions and practical insights.

RISE

9-12 July, Hong Kong

One of the largest and most popular technology conferences in Asia, this conference attracts a wide audience of investors, startups, Fortune500 companies and media from the region and further beyond. Organised by the team behind Web Summit, the event has been praised for its optimistic energy and subsided ticket prices to encourage more women to attend.

Fast Company Innovation Festival

Fall, New York

A must-attend event for our MD Kate Dinon over the past few years, the Fast Company Innovation Festival harnesses the best of Fast Company’s networks to curate a dynamic program of talks, workshops, purposeful networking and brand HQ visits. Not to mention it’s in New York - a place you can’t help but feel inspired in.

Summit

Los Angeles, November

While not technically a tech event, this unconventional festival has gained cult status over the past few years for its ability to bring big names to the stage and in the audience across its flagship 3 day event in downtown Los Angeles. We were fortunate to attend last year to hear from visionaries as diverse as Jeff Bezos, Reed Hastings and Brene Brown, as well as experiencing some clever approaches to dining, networking and wellness (goat yoga, anyone?)