Are you a tech professional looking to make more connections in 2023? With tech conferences returning to their in-person editions, there has never been a better time to schedule a few days dedicated to learning the latest industry developments and networking with peers.
Whether you are looking to accelerate your business, seek out a new role, or recharge your skills, there is a wealth of technology conferences coming to the shores of the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2023. From the bustling streets of London to the historic lanes of Edinburgh, the British Isles is home to a host of inspiring backdrops for a few days of career development.
But with so many upcoming events, it can be challenging to know which ones to prioritise. To make it easier at TravelPerk, we have narrowed down our 2023 list of top 10 tech conferences in the UK and Ireland! So let’s dive in!
21st February 2023
Barbican Centre, London
Want the inside scoop from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon? ProductCon London is one of 4 international conferences to support product managers looking to level up in 2023. With other in-person editions held in New York and San Francisco in February, the British capital hosts over 2000 European product professionals looking to take advantage of the packed schedule.
The largest product management technology event in the world, this one-day summit is broken down into captivating half-hour seminars. A host of accomplished thought leaders will deliver this year’s sessions, including Simone Paul Tamussin, VP of Global Product Development at Mastercard, and James Smith, Group Product Manager for Google.
National Cyber Security Show
25th – 27th April 2023
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Cybersecurity professionals should take advantage of this three-day career development opportunity in England’s second-largest city. Hosted by leading experts, the National Cyber Security Show provides unparalleled insights into the latest digital threats and techniques to combat them.
With a distinguished board at the helm, the summit combines keynote speeches, hands-on workshops and an exhibition to demo new technologies in the cybersecurity sector. Drawing over 2000 visitors each year, 79% of attendees are key decision-makers for their companies. With such an illustrious crowd in attendance, the agenda is packed with plenty of opportunities to network and secure opportunities for growth.
London Tech Week
12th – 16th June 2023
Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London
Attended by big names, London Tech Week (LTW) is a five-day fiesta dedicated to celebrating the newest technologies revolutionizing the business world. Expect to rub shoulders with professionals from Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM at this inspiring tech event hosted in one of London’s most scenic postcodes.
Aimed at entrepreneurs, CEOs and enthusiasts alike, LTW boasts over 300 speakers, 6 stages, and several marketplace and expo spaces. With a veritable feast of knowledge on offer, 20,000 attendees and a stellar roster of partners are attracted to the event each year. As if all this wasn’t admirable enough, the entire tech conference is run on renewable energy!
Big Data LDN
20th – 21st September 2023
The UK’s largest free entry tech conference, Big Data LDN, is attended by over 150 exhibitors and 300 expert speakers each year. Featuring product launches and live demos, this two-day event is a fantastic setting to learn about the newest innovations. Looking for support for your business? Free onsite consultancy sessions will help identify your organization’s data challenges.
Bursting with information, the schedule is a carefully curated series of thirty-minute seminars. This year’s speakers include an interesting assortment of experts, including Andrew McHutchon, senior data scientist at McLaren Formula 1, and Karthik Ravindran, general manager of enterprise data and analytics at Microsoft.
DIGIT Leader 2023 – IT & Digital Leadership Summit
27th April 2023
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
With uncertain times ahead, DIGIT Leader 2023 is bringing execs together to swap stories and gain valuable insights. Aimed at helping businesses navigate change and accelerate their offerings, the schedule will focus not only on the latest industry trends but also on strategies for improving leadership skills. On top of Q&As, and keynote speeches from leading experts, attendees can choose from an assortment of breakout sessions on more tailored topics such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
Now in its 7th iteration, this one-day leadership summit is the largest in Scotland and the perfect backdrop for digital leaders to expand their knowledge and undertake high-level networking.
DIGIT North 2023 – Digital Innovation Summit
25th May 2023
P&J Live, Aberdeen
Launching its 10th edition in 2023, DIGIT North draws together digital leaders from a host of industries, including Fintech, Healthcare, and Agriculture, to foster innovation through knowledge sharing. A packed itinerary, this one-day tech event combines an impressive array of TED talk-styled presentations, Q&A panels, and breakout sessions.
While this year’s agenda is still to be confirmed, 2022’s speakers included Fraser Brown, Global Head of Information Technology at BrewDog, and Danny Quinn, Managing Director of DataVita. After absorbing the newest tech developments, attendees will have ample chance to swap details with industry leaders at the closing drinks reception.
Turing Fest 2023
28th – 29th June 2023
Penned the “ultimate learning party for startups,” whether you are a CEO, a developer, or a product manager, Turing Fest is one conference you won’t want to miss.
With three distinct tracks, attendees can choose the path that matches their ambitions. The Build program focuses on product and engineering, with talks designed to cover every stage of the production process. Grow is centered on market-facing professions, with leading digital marketers sharing the practical insights that have grown their audiences globally. Lead is curated to help management and execs shape a company culture to scale their business sustainably.
Top tech execs take to the stage to speak candidly about their professional journeys with topics like how to survive a crisis, a talk delivered in 2022’s edition by our very own COO Huw Slater.
Wales Tech Week
20-23 March 2023
ICC Wales, Newport
Created by Technology Connected, Wales Tech Week offers participants the chance to level up their skills, uncover the latest trends, and network with industry leaders. With over 4500 guests from 57 different countries, Technology Connected has worked for two decades to help businesses scale their profile both in Wales and across the globe.
A fountain of knowledge, previous editions have created over 100 hours of content celebrating the years’ most innovative tech developments. A well-respected event, 90% of attendees have said they would return. With such rave reviews, sign up soon if you want to secure a ticket!
Women Techmakers Belfast
4th March 2023
Peter Froggatt Centre, Belfast
Supported by Google’s global program for women in technology, this one-day gathering in the Northern Irish capital is hosted in March to celebrate International Women’s Day. In efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, the conference provides free childcare from registered childminders and hot water for baby bottles.
Now in its 6th year, Women Techmakers Belfast brings together tech professionals from across sectors. From healthcare to retail, the talks on offer aim to highlight the successes of local women working in tech. Last year’s speakers included Claire Hill, a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, whose fascinating work uses data-driven diagnosis to improve the outcomes of patients with kidney disease.
Republic of Ireland
Dublin Tech Summit 2023
31st May – 1st June 2023
Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Join over 8000 tech professionals in the Irish capital for two days of inspiration! With an agenda of over 200 speakers focused on helping organizations accelerate through the latest technological developments, previous editions have been sponsored by tech giants Mastercard, Lenovo, and Threatlocker.
While this year’s speakers are still to be confirmed, last year saw thoughtful insights from whistleblower Christopher Wylie and Cassie Kozyrkov, the Chief Decision Scientist for Google. As a partner for the 2022 edition, we can personally vouch for the great content on offer at the Dublin Tech Summit, and with the in-person edition returning for 2023, this is one tech conference you won’t want to miss!
16th – 19th October 2023
Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Dubbed “the best SaaS conference for founders, execs, and investors in Europe”, SaaStock draws over 6000 professionals for four days of networking. With over 150 speakers on the bill and 68% of participants in leadership positions, attendees can make meaningful partnerships with industry greats.
SaaStock’s schedule is packed with over 100 hours of behind-the-scenes secrets with 2022’s topics including, Scaling up: The scaling roadmap that works and How ClickUp Grew to Over 6M Users in 5 Years. While 2023’s speakers are still to be revealed, last year’s key sessions were given by SaaS leaders Mohannad Ali, CEO of Hotjar, and Barbra Gago, Founder, and CEO of Pando.
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