Artificial Intelligence (AI) is progressing at an incredible rate. As new developments are made, amazing conferences are founded to educate the world on its many uses and benefits. This post will cover the 17 can't-miss AI events for 2019 so you stay on the cutting edge of this revolutionary technology.
We tend to think of artificial intelligence as a new technology. But, in truth, AI has been dreamed and theorized about for millennia. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese were all fascinated by the idea of inanimate objects suddenly coming to life. Only more recently has technology allowed us to act on these theories of old, though.
The term "artificial intelligence" was first coined in 1956. It then experienced highs and lows over the next few decades before really gaining steam in the late 1990s. Since then, AI technology, and the general public's acceptance of it, has grown by leaps and bounds.
Naturally, annual worldwide, can't-miss conferences have been founded in order to educate and accelerate this field. We've compiled a list of the top 17 events you should seriously consider attending in 2019. Each is sure to be both highly educational and completely unforgettable.
Source: AI Masters Conference
Date & Location: January 24 - 25 in Berlin, Germany
Description: An AI conference for marketing and e-commerce key decision-makers.
Why You Should Attend: Newly launched in 2018, the AI Masters Conference is specifically designed to educate business leaders on the numerous developments and uses of AI technology. If you happen to be in a position of leadership at your company, this event will ensure you manage both your people and resources properly as technological developments continue to accelerate.
Date & Location: June 20 - 21 in San Francisco, California
Description: Learn how to use AI technology in a way that benefits society and improves the world.
Why You Should Attend: Re-Work, the force behind many technology events, hosts this summit in order to explore the possibilities of AI and educate attendees on its world-benefitting potential. You'll learn from pioneers in the field on how machine learning can improve your start-up, school, or government department. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with over 600 innovators — game changers from Google, Amazon, Salesforce, and more — and even add them to your professional network.
Source: AI & Big Data Expo
Date & Location: April 25 - 26 in Olympia, London
Description: A showcase of cutting edge technology and education on its implementation.
Why You Should Attend: The AI & Big Data Expo is unique in that its co-located alongside three other major technology conferences: the IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, and Cyber Security and Cloud Expo. For those interested in a wide range of technologies, the convenience of Big Data Expo is hard to beat. But even if you only care about AI, this event has its own advantages, including world-class speakers and the opportunity to explore practical AI implementation in business scenarios.
Source: Rise of AI
Date & Location: May 16 in Berlin, Germany
Description: Explore and discuss the impact of the 21st century's "most powerful technology".
Why You Should Attend: Rise of AI is one of the most influential AI conferences in all of Europe. For the last five years they've educated event attendees on what artificial intelligence really is, how it can be applied to everyday scenarios, and what their vision for the future is in regards to AI. Now, you can join 60+ expert speakers and over 800 event-goers and experience the rise of AI first hand.
5. CogX 2019
Date & Location: June 10 - 11 in London, United Kingdom
Description: A popular conference in Europe with the aim to educate and inspire the AI community.
Why You Should Attend: CogX is a leader in the AI event space and has built a strong event brand. Last year's conference saw 6,500 attendees learn from over 350 presenters. Topics discussed include: the changing attitude towards AI, human-centric computing, and AI's impact on industries as diverse as music and banking. 2019 promises to be even better. Confirmed speakers include leading experts, successful CEOs, and noted academics. CogX also offers flexible ticketing options, allowing attendees to purchase full event passes or expo-only tickets allowing you to witness over 70 tech companies share their newest developments.
Date & Location: April 15 - 18 in New York, NY
Description: Transform your business by learning the top breakthroughs and best practices regarding AI.
Why You Should Attend: Whether you're a machine learning scientist, data engineer, or general business leader, the Artificial Intelligence Conference has the information you need. Focused on applied AI, event attendees will learn from compelling use cases and tear-downs of successful AI projects to improve their technical skills and make AI work in real-word scenarios. Plus, there’s also a dedicated networking and debate to this conference—perfect for those looking to expand their industry connections and share innovative ideas. Can't swing a trip to New York in April? Variations of the conference will also be held in London, Beijing and San Jose.
Date & Location: March 26 - 28 in York, Pennsylvania
Description: Learn about AI and how new technological advances will impact work in the United States.
Why You Should Attend: It's no secret that artificial intelligence is radically changing the world. Some experts have predicted that up to 40% of current jobs will be replaced by new innovations within the next few years. Should Americans embrace this? If so, how? BLUEPRINT will explore new AI technologies and educate event attendees on how the future of the workforce — especially in heartland communities like York, PA — will be affected. This is an intimate, invite-only event. If you're lucky enough to receive an invitation, don't miss the opportunity to learn from AI experts, business leaders, and politicians about AI's impact on modern workers.
Source: Upperside Conferences
Date & Location: April 9 - 11 in Paris, France
Description: An AI and machine learning conference for those in the telecommunications industry.
Why You Should Attend: Presented by Upperside Conferences, a leader in Parisian technology events, AI Net is an AI and machine learning conference geared towards the telecommunications community. Attendees will gain insights and use case details on data collection, statistical analysis, security issues, and more. And since one should never be uncomfortable in the "city of love", event planners have arranged for attendees to stay in the luxurious Marriott Paris Rive Gauche Hotel.
Source: Bootstrap Labs
Date & Location: April 19 in San Francisco, California
Description: Meet and learn from the world's leading AI experts regarding applied AI technologies.
Why You Should Attend: This one day conference brings together many of the world's most experienced AI experts to teach and connect with event attendees. The 2019 curriculum covers topics such as the future of AI in many different industries like transportation, health, cybersecurity, and FinTech. The goal is to give you practical and actionable advice so that you can better harness the power of AI. Previous attendees include personnel from some of the world's largest companies like Facebook, Adobe, J.P Morgan and Ford.
Date & Location: September 5 - 6 in London, United Kingdom
Description: Gather with other attendees from 55 different countries to network and learn innovative approaches to tough problems.
Why You Should Attend: The 2019 version of IntelliSys will focus on how AI can be applied to real-world situations — a growing point of interest in the AI community. Event-goers will be able to choose from one of four conference tracks: Artificial Intelligence with studies in deep learning, biometrics and data mining; Machine Vision covering topics like pattern recognition, signal processing and medical diagnosis; Robotics teaching attendees about humanoid, assistive, and mobile robots; and Ambient Intelligence which focuses on smart cities, IoT, and affective computing. Join AI professionals and enthusiasts from around the world to learn about these revolutionary concepts.
Source: AI & Future of Work
Date & Location: January 29 - 30 in San Francisco, California
Description: Learn and grow your career at this two day artificial intelligence conference.
Why You Should Attend: At the AI Innovation Summit you'll be inspired. You'll also learn a whole heck of a lot. Some of the world's most accomplished AI educators and practitioners will be presenting at the 2019 event, sharing new research, and teaching cutting-edge techniques. The list of rockstar presenters includes leaders at Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Adobe. And for those looking for a change of pace, be sure to check out the career expo, where you'll meet recruiters and team leaders with new career opportunities just for you.
Date & Location: August 7 - 8 in Palo Alto, California
Description: An AI workshop event for those in the insurance industry.
Why You Should Attend: Fascinated by AI? Interested in insurance? Then you should definitely consider attending SVIA's Artificial Intelligence conference. You'll learn valuable insights on how AI is changing the insurance industry, how AI improves the underwriting, claims, and policy management processes, and how new technology can and should be applied to your business. Whether you're a business owner, marketing manager, or technology officer, if you work in insurance, this conference will benefit you.
13. Think 2019
Date & Location: February 12 - 15 in San Francisco, California
Description: A technology conference from world leader, IBM.
Why You Should Attend: It's no surprise that IBM, a recognized technological leader for over half a century, hosts an annual event devoted to advancements in technology. While not strictly about artificial intelligence, Think features many AI inspired sessions—such as AI for financial markets, developing business automations, and AI-infused marketing and commerce platforms. For those interested in attending, but unsure of how to broach the subject with their company, the event registration website has tips you can use to convince your boss of the conference's importance.
Source: AI Hardware Summit
Date & Location: September 17 - 18 in Mountain View, California
Description: An industry conference dedicated to the AI chip ecosystem.
Why You Should Attend: Most AI conferences talk about software. This Kisaco Research event is different; they're all about the hardware necessary to make AI possible. Over 600 professionals from AI chip companies, semiconductor startups, and data centers will gather together to inspire, share innovative breakthroughs, and network. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and learn from peers in this growing market.
15. World Summit AI
Source: World Summit AI
Date & Location: October 9 - 10 in Gashouder, Amsterdam
Description: This event's mission is to address the most pressing AI challenges and set the global AI agenda.
Why You Should Attend: When it comes to marketing events in the AI space, World Summit AI deserves a lot of credit. They've grown their conference to feature over 6000 annual attendees from 161 countries. Professionals from industry titans like Apple, Microsoft, and Dell are regulars. World renowned artists play their after parties. Depending on which conference track you choose, you'll have the opportunity to learn from AI experts at NASA, Alibaba, Toyota and more. You can also join in on the startup competition or talent showcase, network with other AI professionals, or peruse the exhibition space. This really is a one of a kind, can't-miss event for 2019.
Date & Location: January 26 - 29 in Ecublens, Switzerland
Description: Four days of expert-taught tutorials and workshops regarding AI and machine learning.
Why You Should Attend: Sponsored by Microsoft, IBM, and Logitech, AMLD brings together some of the brightest minds in AI technology from many diverse backgrounds. Confirmed speakers for 2019 include a grand chess master, a New York Times writer, university professors, and professionals from Google, Facebook and Microsoft. But attendees won't just be listening to experts, they'll also have the opportunity to get hands-on during specific workshops and trainings, and a conference-wide hackathon. AMLD is one of the largest AI events in Europe and definitely one you should consider attending.
17. Future of AI
Date & Location: March 26 - 27 in Lago, Israel
Description: A showcase of the latest innovations, technologies and business models in AI.
Why You Should Attend: After a successful first conference in 2018, Future of AI is back again. Expect to meet thousands of leaders from the AI ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, CXOs, investors, AI experts, startups and VCs. Sure, Future of AI boasts sponsorships from IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, Intel and other tech juggernauts—but what really sets this event apart is its startup competition. Here, up-and-coming startups can pitch for a chance to win attention from media and investors.
Which AI Events Will You Attend in 2019?
2019 promises to be a banner year for artificial intelligence conferences. As AI continues to progress and push the boundaries of what's possible, events dedicated to the topic will continue to grow as well. Now the only question is, which ones will you be attending?
Each of the conferences listed in this post would be a worthwhile investment and further your career. If you've attended any of these events in the past, let us know in the comments. Did you enjoy your experience? Are you planning to attend again this year? We'd love to know!