Building your professional network can be difficult when your work is largely office based. So, if you can make a small amount of time each year to attend events, it can be a great opportunity to get exposure to the industry and meet new connections. The number of events throughout the year can make it hard to choose which one to spend your time, so we have narrowed down the choices to provide a few options for you!
Travel Technology Europe is the biggest event of its kind in Europe. Although very niche, it is a must if you work within this industry. Brands such as Expedia, Travel Technology and Zolv are all in attendance, giving you a great chance to get yourself in front of influential companies. We'd advise you to make a point to register in advance to gain free access to the event. Also, take advantage of the advice clinic where you can get 1-2-1 coaching which you can book before you arrive.
The Dublin Tech Summit has only been running for two years, but already it’s one of the best technology events in Europe. World-class companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft are attending, and speakers from NASA and EA Sports are already confirmed. The expo is divided into four specific areas, meaning it's a great chance to improve your skills as well as learning something new. Although expensive, (€188 for early bird tickets) the calibre of attendees and speakers is hard to beat so close to home.
Artificial Intelligence and Market Learning are big news, so it’s no surprise that the AI & Big Data exhibition is on this list. Skills and knowledge of this sector are a priority for many employers, so this conference is worthwhile for both experts and beginners in the field. Businesses attending will companies. Another point to consider is that the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo is co-located so you can attend both events at the same time.
London Tech Week is possibly the most well-known event in this list. 55,000 people attended in 2018 from across the world, demonstrating its scale! Although speakers haven’t been confirmed for 2019 yet, last year's included SNAP Inc Vice President Claire Valoti and Matthew Hancock; the Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Even though it is a fantastic event, taking a full week to attend is not an easy task. So, we would advise reviewing the program list closer to the time and picking out at least one seminar to attend!
Jam London is a unique event held in London over two days. The first day consists of nine stories told by business owners who have made their interesting ideas a reality. Speakers from 2018 included the former VP of Netflix and product designer of Uber, both services now used daily by many of us! The second day allows you to put your ideas into practice with workshops taught by leading trainers, however, they are first come first served so make sure you book early!