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10 Best IoT Conferences to Attend in 2024

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Feb 9, 2024 9:21:20 AM

At a time when IoT is reshaping industries at lightning speed, staying informed and connected is vital. For professionals navigating this complex landscape, attending IoT conferences unlocks a wealth of knowledge, networking opportunities, and insights into the latest trends and technologies. That's where events like the 12 conferences selected below prove valuable. 

As a leader in cellular connectivity solutions and subscription billing, Zipit is excited to participate in these top conferences. We'll be present at each event at our booth or on the expo floor, ready to discuss how we can overcome the complexities of cellular connectivity for your IoT project. We’re eager to meet with you and explore how we can partner with you to leverage the power of IoT connectivity for your business or product.

Join us at these must-attend IoT conferences of 2024. And use this guide to help you maximize your experience with valuable insights and meaningful connections to help you stay ahead in the fast-evolving world of IoT.

The best IoT Conferences

1. Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

January 9-12, 2024 

Location: Las Vegas, NV 

CES, by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), covers the entire spectrum of tech innovation in a colossal gathering in Las Vegas. With over 3,200 exhibitors, CES is where the future of technology unfolds, featuring IoT innovators and leaders redefining industries from smart homes to healthcare. 

If your interests include AI in IoT, vehicle technology, IoT/sensors, and augmented reality, they align perfectly with the top trends at CES. As you navigate the vast expanse of exhibits, you'll engage with topics including cutting-edge advancements in 5G, AI, smart cities, wearables, and more. 

This significant and exciting event highlights the evolution of technology across sectors and offers a unique opportunity to witness firsthand how IoT is shaping the future in unprecedented ways.

Book a meeting with Zipit at CES

2. IoT Evolution 

February 12-14, 2024

Location: Miami, FL 

IoT Evolution highlights practical IoT use cases within its overarching theme of "scaling for business growth.” The conference explores the role of IoT in advancing smart cities, water conservation efforts, farming innovations, and the auto industry, to name a few. Sessions delve into critical topics like the impact of AI on these industries, advancements in private networking, AI analytics, and the evolution of 5G and 6G, as well as Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) alternatives

IoT Evolution stands out as a must-attend event for any IoT professional eager to explore the cutting edge of IoT applications and strategies for business growth.

Book a meeting with Zipit at IoT Evolution, or stop by booth #371 to meet our team.  

Learn more: Zipit joins IoT Evolution Expo 2024 as a Platinum Sponsor

3. MWC Global

February 26-29, 2024

Location: Barcelona, Spain

MWC Global is the “world's largest connectivity event.” This year’s theme, "Future First," covers topics like 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), digital vision (DV), and the broader spectrum of connectivity solutions. This prestigious conference boasts an impressive lineup of representatives from organizations such as Dell, Microsoft, and the United Nations. 

Specialized Pavilions allow you to explore innovative solutions and network with professionals from around the globe. "Journey to the Future" includes a hands-on experience with demos that showcase the practical application of new technology across various sectors, including manufacturing, smart mobility, fintech, and sports and entertainment. 

Book a meeting with Zipit at MWC Global. 

4. Channel Partners

March 11-14, 2024

Location: Las Vegas, NV

For over 25 years, the Channel Partners Conference has been a pivotal gathering point, uniting MSPs, VARs, tech vendors, and other key players in the tech ecosystem. This 3-day expo is designed to foster connections and collaborations across the industry. From an engaging party and welcoming reception to a lively pub crawl, the event ensures you can blend professional insights with social interaction, making every connection count.

Channel Partners offers an array of tracks catering to diverse interests, like the Technology & Innovation track, which features the latest in cloud, security, edge computing, 5G, and wireless technologies. The conference format encourages dynamic engagement, with Debates presenting both sides of pressing industry issues, giving you a balanced perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the tech and IoT world. The Newsmakers sessions feature executives and companies at the forefront of technological breakthroughs, providing insights into the latest advancements and trends. And Hot Data sessions offer a deep dive into tech analytics, presenting growth projections and profit drivers. 

Book a meeting with Zipit at Channel Partners. 

5. Embedded World 

April 9-11, 2024

Location: Nuremberg, Germany 

Embedded World focuses on the intricacies of hardware, services, software, and M2M communication. As you navigate this event, you'll find yourself among innovators and thought leaders participating in a rich program of discussion groups, lectures, and panels. These sessions are designed to delve deep into the current trends, challenges, and solutions shaping the embedded systems industry, offering insights into hardware, software, and connectivity.

6. RSA Conference

May 6-9, 2024

Location: San Francisco, CA

At the RSA Conference, immerse yourself in an environment where the theme "The Art of Possible" sets the stage for a deep dive into the world of cybersecurity. The welcome reception allows you to engage with experts and explore the latest in cybersecurity.

RSA Conference offers learning labs and live demos for hands-on experiences with cutting-edge security solutions. These interactive sessions complement small group discussions for in-depth dialogue on ideas presented. At this conference, you’re not just a passive attendee but an active participant, engaging in conversations that delve into the complexities of protecting digital assets in an ever-evolving cyber landscape. 

7. Hardware Pioneers

May 28-29, 2024

Location: London, UK

Hardware Pioneers is a conference where “electronics, IoT connectivity, and embedded systems converge.” This conference is designed for those at the forefront of developing smart and connected products, offering a deep dive into critical topics like cellular IoT, IoT security, Edge AI, AI hardware, ultra-wideband technology, and sensors. 

The Hardware Pioneers app allows you to pre-book meetings and send direct messages to fellow attendees, ensuring that every moment at the conference is an opportunity for meaningful engagement. The afterparty is a social event and a strategic opportunity to build connections in a more relaxed setting. With 83% of attendees holding decision-making power and 50% at the VP/Director level, you’ll have the opportunity to build connections with industry leaders. 

8. IoT Tech Expo

June 5-6, 2024

Location: Santa Clara, CA

The IoT Tech Expo covers the entirety of the IoT ecosystem, covering crucial aspects like security, connected devices, smart infrastructure, and data analytics. This conference draws in over 7,000 attendees and features more than 250 speakers. The diversity of topics and industries represented—ranging from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), manufacturing, and government to supply chain, transportation, retail, and healthcare—ensures that no matter your field or focus, you'll find information and individuals to meet your professional interests and challenges.

Book a meeting with Zipit at the IoT Tech Expo, or stop by booth #249 to meet our team. 

9. Sensors Converge

June 24-26, 2024

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Sensors Converge is North America's largest electronics event. It offers a wealth of information for those involved in the intricate process of designing with sensors, processors, software, boards, and connectivity. This conference provides a comprehensive look at the design engineering trends, systems, and IoT devices. With a focus on the core themes of sensing, processing, and connecting, Sensors Converge provides a holistic view of the technological advancements driving the future of design engineering. The event boasts an impressive lineup of 80 educational sessions, six hands-on workshops, engaging panels, and interactive "ask the experts" sessions for a rich learning experience. 

Beyond the educational content, Sensors Converge facilitates networking and community building, with a VIP reception featuring beverages, snacks, and games, an Expo floor reception, and special industry meet-ups for sectors like Automotive, Industrial, and initiatives like Women in Tech. The conference experience is further enhanced by an AI matchmaking app, allowing you to effortlessly connect with like-minded professionals, book meetings, and tailor your schedule to your interests. 

10. Cradlepoint Unwired

September, 2024

Location: Boise, ID 

The Cradlepoint Unwired conference focuses on wireless WAN, private cellular networking, and security. As a participant, you’ll hear real customer use cases and insights from Cradlepoint experts. This event is not just about theoretical knowledge but practical, real-world applications that demonstrate the transformative power of wireless technology in businesses today.

How to make the most of an IoT conference

1. Set specific learning goals 

Before the event, identify two or three specific areas of IoT you want to deepen your knowledge in, such as private cellular networks or the application of AI in IoT. This focus will guide you in choosing which sessions to attend and what questions to ask.

2. Use the conference apps for efficiency

Several conferences offer apps for scheduling, networking, and navigating the venue. Use these tools not just for logistics but also to set reminders for must-attend sessions and to connect with speakers or attendees with similar interests ahead of time.

3. Engage in targeted networking

Instead of broad networking, identify key individuals or representatives from companies that align with your IoT interests or projects. Also, use networking opportunities like  VIP receptions, afterparties, and industry meet-ups to connect with peers, thought leaders, and potential collaborators. Events like IoT Evolution highlight the importance of networking by including various interactive activities.

4. Join in interest-based discussion groups

Many conferences offer breakout sessions or discussion groups. Participate in or initiate groups focused on niche topics for deeper engagement.

5. Strategically plan your time at expos

Don't just wander the expo hall. Plan visits to specific exhibitors relevant to your IoT interests or projects. Prepare questions in advance to engage deeply with the technology or solutions on display.

6. Participate in interactive sessions

Look for sessions that offer interactive components, such as live Q&As, workshops, or demos. These formats often provide deeper learning experiences and more memorable takeaways than traditional lectures.

7. Follow up with new contacts promptly

After the conference, reach out to new connections within a week while the event is still fresh in their minds. A quick message referencing your conversation can help cement the connection.

8. Share your experience

Upon returning, consider presenting to your team or writing a blog post about your conference experience and learnings. This not only consolidates your own insights but also extends the value of the conference to others.

Connect with Zipit at the next IoT conference

Zipit streamlines the complexities of cellular connectivity and subscription services so your business can launch and monetize IoT solutions effortlessly. At the upcoming IoT conferences, we're excited to show how we can simplify your operations, accelerate your time to market, offer easy access to a global network of carriers, provide flexible rate plans tailored to your needs, and enable comprehensive data and device management.

Our connectivity management platform offers robust features like data usage tracking, alerts, and the capability to manage and scale devices globally. It automates device activations and deactivations, supports recurring revenue through credit card and invoice-based billing, and provides customer support and advanced business reporting tools for thorough management and insights.

If you're facing the challenges of connectivity management, device monetization, or launching a connected product, we're here to help. We invite you to meet us at the upcoming conferences to discover how Zipit can contribute to your IoT business success.

Contact our team today or book a meeting with us at the next conference to learn more about how Zipit can support you.

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