The most authoritative list of 2021 virtual events and conferences on the internet.
Virtual events are nothing new but—as we discuss in our comprehensive guide to coronavirus and events—we're seeing many organizers pivot from in-person to digital.
For many event organizers, virtual events present a new opportunity for overstepping the hurdles of social distancing and engaging audiences around the world. Planners have already made their intentions clear, with 93% of event marketers already planning to incorporate virtual events into their strategy in 2021 and beyond.
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But we also recognize that best practices around virtual events are still in their early stages. This is where working with experienced event and marketing agencies can prove to be a plus.
We put together this guide on virtual events for two reasons:
1) To serve as a resource for event organizers seeking to learn how their peers are approaching the rapidly evolving channel of virtual and hybrid events.
2) To help event organizers get the word out on their own upcoming virtual events. (You can submit your event here to be reviewed and potentially added to this list.)
Note: As 2021 goes on, we plan on updating this post quarterly. But if you see any outdated information, please drop us a line.
Without further ado, explore these virtual events and discover exciting opportunities for the new year!
Virtual Events & Conferences in 2021
JANUARY 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|CES (Consumer Electronics Show)||1/11/21||CES brings together all of the biggest players in the consumer tech space. One of the largest trade shows in the US, this is innovation at its finest. And in 2021, they’re fully embracing a digital experience.|
|IMPACT 2021||1/19/21||For more than 40 years, CMG’s international conference has been the source for education and peer-to-peer exchange for all things enterprise IT and infrastructure. It is the only conference of its kind where attendees can obtain real-world knowledge and training that is not vendor-run. IMPACT features sessions on the full scope of digital transformation technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Observability, DevOps, Performance Engineering, Digital Process, Cloud Native Applications, and the IT infrastructures that support them.|
|KickStart Europe||1/21/21||The KickStart conference provides a venue for important thought leaders from the digital infrastructure industry and the ecosystem, to share trends, opinions, and ideas. It will be transformed into an all-digital event, with the possibility to network with the community and gain insights on industry trends for the coming year!|
|Ai4||1/21/21||In 2021, Ai4 will go fully virtual, offering a series of free webinars that begin in January 2021. The webinars will focus on the state of Artificial Intelligence across several sectors, including pharma, industry, banking, insurance, and more.|
|AMA The Year Ahead||1/26/21||As we approach 2021 with cautious optimism for what the new year brings, the lessons from 2020 likely won’t leave us anytime soon. While some businesses have thrived, others have had to shift entirely or risk becoming obsolete. Regardless, we have all had to change our marketing strategies. In this free virtual event, they’ll help you understand what trends are here to stay and what shifts are coming in 2021. You’ll gain the actionable insights, digital tools, and strategic best practices you need to make an impact in the new year.|
|Deep Learning 2.0 Virtual Summit||1/28/21||Bridging the gap between the latest technological research advancements and real-world applications in business and society. Deep Learning explores the latest research advancements in generative models and applications of techniques across various industries.|
|MGA Fintech Growth Summit||1/28/21||The world of banking and finance is transforming — becoming an increasingly digital and mobile space. COVID-19 has accelerated that change — forcing even the most traditional banking customers to seek fintech alternatives. Add to that the growing popularity of neo banks, challenger banks, e-wallets, and all kinds of mobile-first experiences and you have a vertical ripe for explosive growth.|
FEBRUARY 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Digital Geospatial Intelligence (DGI)||2/2/21||Want to define how you can play a critical role in supporting your organization through the storm and beyond? Only at the DGI Flagship Virtual Event can you learn from and network with your GeoInt peers on lessons-learned to date following Covid-19. In 2021, it’s fully virtual!|
|MicroStrategy World 2021||2/3/21||Experience how your peers (and your competitors) are transforming their organizations with intelligence.|
|National ESEA Conference||2/8/21||The 2020 National ESEA Conference keynotes and breakout sessions will focus on “Together for Equity.”
As we integrate, innovate, and collaborate, it must be done toward the goal of equity, ensuring that every student has timely access to high-quality education regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, language, ability, sexual orientation, or income. Programs funded by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are designed for equity. The Conference offers two session types from today’s leading education experts: large-scale lecture sessions and smaller workshop sessions focused on personal interactions among attendees and presenters. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions of education leaders and experts, engage in peer discussions and group activities with colleagues from across the nation, and discover relevant educational products and services designed specifically with federal programs educators in mind. Six exceptional keynote sessions are scheduled.
|Cisco Live||2/9/21||Now more than ever, we need the network to connect us. The Cisco Live EMEAR 2021 digital event will gather the best and brightest IT heroes to imagine what’s possible.|
|Innov8 Work||2/10/21||Innov8 Work is a new conference with a mission to bring together startups & leaders of HR, co-working, the gig economy & corporate innovation for a chance to connect, learn, and help each other be more successful.|
|MGS Global Virtual Conference||2/10/21||Come together with peers and experts from around the globe to learn, connect, and grow at MGS GVC—an event held entirely online that includes all the features you’ve come to expect from an MGS event.|
|Developer Week||2/17/21||DeveloperWeek is the world’s largest developer expo and conference series with over 50 week-long events.|
|DevNexus||2/17/21||The goal of the Devnexus Conference is to connect developers from all over the world, provide affordable education, and promote Open Source values.|
|Startup Grind Global Conference||2/22/21||4 days, 7 key themes, over 100 workshops, roundtables, keynotes, and fireside chats focused on helping startups and innovative teams learn, grow, and scale in today's evolving tech ecosystem.|
|eTail||2/23/21||eTail is a three-day conference designed to help you increase the profits from your business. You’ll get action-packed stories, disruptive strategies, strategic conversations, and connections with top minds at America's most successful retailers. No commercials. No egos. We cut out the fluff to give you hundreds of strategic takeaways.|
|Virtual MarTech Summit||2/24/21||Converging Marketing & Technology for a Winning Future. The must-attend annual gathering of leaders in marketing technology, digital, strategy & innovation in the Asia Pacific. Together we aim to break the old cycle, stimulate innovative ideas, and facilitate fresh collaborations.|
|B2B Online Virtual Summit||2/24/21||Join the ONLY event where the top minds in manufacturing and distribution meet and learn. You’ll receive the most disruptive digital, eCommerce, and omni-channel content, and walk away with actionable insights to grow your profits, faster. With 900+ B2B leaders exclusively in one place at one time, this is the only meeting place to shape the future of the industry.|
|The Digital Transformation Conference||2/25/21||The headline North America online conference as part of the global Digital Transformation Conference series welcoming over 14 digital business leaders & practitioners from across the U.S. to share stories & insights on their digital business innovation, strategy, and transformation.|
MARCH 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Reinforce AI Conference||3/3/20||A conference that brings experts, skills, and eagerness together to progress. The conference brings together some of the world-leading experts of artificial intelligence and machine learning while creating a platform for discourse, innovation, and network.|
|Pause Fest||3/1/21||Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward.|
|Microsoft Ignite||3/2/21||Explore the latest platform tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with our community to gain practical insights and best practices to help meet the expectations of the organizations, agencies, and citizens you serve.|
|The Digital Transformation Conference||3/4/21||The Digital Transformation Conference brings together leaders spearheading digital initiatives in their organizations to offer insights into their digital transformation journey's.|
|ISL Conference||3/6/21||The ISL Conference focuses on practical strategies for enhancing P-12 student learning. Sessions target teacher candidates, practicing teachers (new and veteran), as well as professors who teach teacher candidates, school counselors, and more. Opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators are integrated throughout the day, and previous participants report that they were able to immediately implement many new techniques learned at the conference in their own P-12 or higher education classrooms the very next week.|
|Gartner CIO Leadership Forum||3/9/21||Today’s leading CIOs are more than technology experts. They’re cross-functional change-makers, guiding business strategy at the highest level while building the culture and digital dexterity to support innovation. Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is an unrivaled experience for this new type of leader — a place to dissect the challenges and opportunities of digital business among select peers and drive critical enterprise priorities.|
|Digiday Media Buying Summit||3/10/21||Digiday Media Buying Summit will explore how agencies are changing the way they operate as remote working has become the new norm, as social platforms tumble, and as regulations and client requests get stronger.|
|Code Beam America||3/10/21||Created for developers, by developers, Code BEAM is dedicated to bringing the best minds in the Erlang and Elixir communities together to SHARE. LEARN. INSPIRE.|
|600Minutes Executive IT||3/10/21||The upcoming 600Minutes Executive IT once again connects IT leaders and decision-makers virtually to discuss and debate on the game plan for CIOs in 2021. Explore insights from leading experts on building an adaptable organizational framework post-pandemic and ways to enhance customer journey with future proof technologies.|
|SAP CONCUR FUSION VIRTUAL SUMMIT||3/16/21||Bringing together SAP Concur customers, potential customers, partners, and experts around the globe via a complimentary virtual experience to help you run your business at its best.|
|SXSW||3/16/21||Introducing SXSW Online, a digital experience from March 16–20, 2021 including keynotes, Conference sessions, Music Festival showcases, Film Festival screenings, world-class networking, and the unexpected discoveries that are always a part of SXSW.|
|Venture Summit Virtual Connect West||3/16/21||
This summit connects the most innovative, promising, venture-backed, emerging growth, and early-stage companies with active investors, investment bankers, advisors, and corporate professionals. Notable companies represented at the summit include: 3M, American Express, Capital One, JetBlue and Salesforce. Use the exclusive code BIZZABOVIP up to 20% off registration until 2/11/21 and $100 off after 2/11/21.
|EmberConf 2021||3/17/21||EmberConf is the best place to meet the folks behind the magic. You’ll hear from members of the Ember Core Team, top community contributors and users, and help shape the future of Ember.|
|MedFuse||3/18/21||MedFuse is a conference focused on the intersection of connected devices and data within the broad spectrum of medical practice from healthcare to medical devices.|
|Esri Developer Summit||3/21/21||The Esri Developer Summit (DevSummit) is designed to show you how to build cutting-edge apps using advanced mapping technology. Explore hundreds of hours of learning in one location with technical workshops and sessions, learn development best practices, and get the latest on new technology.|
|Business of Software||3/22/21||Business of Software is a single-track conference to help you build great software and turn it into a profitable business.|
|NEXUS: ISRAEL||3/23/21||The NEXUS: ISRAEL innovation conference brings together leaders from the investment and finance communities with Hebrew University's innovators to address some of the most challenging global issues of the 21st Century.|
|Festival of Marketing||3/23/21||The Festival of Marketing is a unique experience where ambitious marketers can discover, learn, celebrate, and shape the future together.|
|Domopalooza 2021||3/24/21||Join the brightest minds in data as they show how they’re using Domo to dream up and deliver innovations that advance their competitiveness and value in record time.
Learn proven ways to drive change and deliver impact, direct from customers and experts who volunteered to share their unique expertise.
|DocuSign Momentum 2021||3/24/21||You’ll want to be part of Momentum 2021, an annual customer conference. They’ll be sharing the latest customer case studies and product demos to show how the Agreement Cloud can keep your business moving forward—in any business environment.|
|MVP Global Summit||3/29/21||Each year, we look forward to connecting with our MVP and Regional Director (RD) communities at the MVP Global Summit and RD Summit for the exclusive in-depth technical discussions and feedback sessions across the Microsoft Redmond campus|
|Open Data Science Conference East||3/30/21||ODSC East is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Our speakers include some of the core contributors to many open source tools, libraries, and languages.|
|ODSC Virtual Conference||3/30/21||ODSC East 2021 is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Speakers include core contributors to many open source libraries and languages. Attend ODSC East 2021 and learn the latest AI & data science topics, tools, and languages from some of the best and brightest minds in the field.|
|CNBC @Work Summit||3/30/21||The CNBC @Work Summit will provide an opportunity for senior executives to learn from each other and the world’s most influential voices who are defining the future of work. Will you and your teams be ready to lead, or be left behind?|
APRIL 2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Oktane21 Live||4/6/21||Oktane21 is the time to reconnect — to each other and to the people we empower with identity and access. To understand where we’re going and how to get there, so we can keep building the identity experiences that connect people with technology and transform our world.|
|Automotive Retail 2021||4/12/21||Reimagining automotive retail for the future, this event is where OEMs and Dealers unite to break news, set benchmarks, and change customer experience forever. They address and strategize the future customer experience and buying journey during this two day event. With over 40 speakers and Automotive Retail 2021 is packed full of opportunities to learn and engage.|
|Adobe Summit||4/13/21||The premier event for digital marketing professionals, Summit has the latest insights from the world’s leading digital marketing experts.|
|Leeds Digital Festival||4/19/21||Leeds Digital Festival is a two-week long, city-wide festival that features a range of events, including Fintech, AI, coding, Healthtech, cyber-security, data, startups, AR/VR, and many more.|
|ICMI Contact Center Expo||4/20/21||ICMI Contact Center Expo unites professionals looking to further their knowledge in an industry in constant transformation. As customer expectations continue to rise, it’s up to us—the contact center professionals—to rise with them.|
|Midwest Digital Marketing Conference||4/26/21||The 2021 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference will take place online from Monday, April 26th through Thursday, April 29th. Monday and Tuesday will consist of workshops and the academic summit. Wednesday and Thursday will be the free live 2-day virtual summit featuring 10 of their most in-demand speakers.|
|Content Marketing Conference||4/27/2021||They made the transition in 2020 with a digital experience that was rolled together in just a few weeks for 15,000 attendees. And they’re staying the course with a Virtual and Live experience for CMC 2021, so everyone can attend!|
|Red Hat Summit||4/27/21||Red Hat® Summit 2021 is expanding to fit your open source journey by featuring an all-new flexible approach. Designed to be more accessible than ever before, these events will provide a mix of innovation, collaboration, and learning opportunities.|
|GIDS LIVE 2021||4/27/21||Tune in for Wurreka's second virtual conference and job event series, GIDS Live 2021, April 27-30. The four-day program includes an eclectic mix of technical talks, conversations, and experiences, featuring some of the most talented and influential figures in software engineering and architecture along with ample opportunities to find a great job or choose a great team member.|
MAY 2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Social Media Week||5/4/21||Explore useful topics such as best content practices for a new era of digital marketing. Gain insight into how your brand can make the most out of this surge of new viewers and extended social media time in the coming weeks and months.|
|CloudNativeCon and KubeCon Europe||5/4/21||The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud-native communities virtually from May 4 – 7, 2021.|
|Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit||5/4/21||The virtual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, May 4 – 6, 2021, offers content for every member of your data and analytics team — from technical- to senior-level strategy. Join data and analytics leaders to gain the skills to build and execute a world-class strategy.|
|GlueX||5/4/21||GlueX is IT Glue’s cornerstone brand experience. It’s your once-a-year opportunity to engage directly with both the GlueCrew and the other leaders in the IT services industry. This year’s virtual platform is set to enhance your experience with networking, vendor connections, prize-winning potential, and all content available on-demand for attendees after the show.|
|Confab: The Content Strategy Conference||5/5/21||From UX to accessibility, structure to storytelling, Confab brings content strategy to life like no other event. Join smart, curious folks from around the world who care about making content more useful and usable for all. We’ll all be together—virtually!|
|Think 2021||5/11/21||Learn how to accomplish big picture goals such as risk management, cost optimization, and customer satisfaction during these unprecedented times. Use practical takeaways from expert speakers to maintain and expand on your current brand vision. Build valuable skills through their interactive content. And join a community of like-minded leaders to connect and problem-solve unique solutions to shared obstacles.|
|Kafka Europe Summit||5/11/21||Kafka Summit is the premier event for data architects, engineers, devops professionals, and developers who want to learn about streaming data. It brings the Apache Kafka community together to share best practices, write code, and discuss the future of streaming technologies.|
|OPTIMA||5/12/21||OPTIMA is the annual talent optimization conference that will provide insights to push your company to the next level. Attend OPTIMA and learn why a people-first approach will optimize your talent and breakthrough your growth blockers.|
|RSA Conference||5/17/21||One of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world, attendees discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers.|
|eTail Asia & AZN Virtual Summit Week||5/18/21||For over 10 years, eTail Asia has brought together eCommerce & Digital Marketing leaders to build world-class omni-channel operations. With a forward-looking agenda, content and unique session formats, eTail Asia Virtual Summit is designed to help you achieve retail excellence and drive profitability by learning from Asia’s biggest and most innovative retailers.|
|Running Remote||5/21/21||If you are serious about managing remote teams, this event is for you. Running Remote is carefully curated to teach you next-level, actionable strategies, and tactics you can utilize the very next day to manage and grow your distributed team.|
|Internet of Manufacturing||5/24/21||Returning for the fifth year, Internet of Manufacturing (IoM) leads with its content-first approach. Delivering an end user-led agenda and a majority manufacturing audience (60-70%), IoM provides interactive, educational learning and networking sessions, ensuring engagement in the virtual world. Spread over three days, to provide digestible content and online networking, IoM brings case studies from US manufacturers large and small. Bringing stories ‘straight from the manufacturer’s mouth’ on automation, predictive analytics, and topics including the latest in Digital Twins and VR innovation, the event agenda showcases the approaches leaders need to take to people, products, and processes.|
JUNE 2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Future of Branding Week||6/6/21||A one-week immersive learning expedition brings together the brightest and most forward-thinking CMOs, brand strategists, creative directors, and heads of marketing who want to be ahead of the competition, explore the new frameworks that world-class agencies use right now, and find new ways to reach their audience.|
|RightsCon||6/7/21||Every year, they bring together business leaders, policymakers, general counsels, technologists, advocates, academics, government representatives, and journalists from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.|
|Workforce Technology Conference||6/7/21||The event is hosted to highlight online software solutions developed for job seekers, employers, state and local workforce staff, labor market analysts, economic development professionals, career counselors, and training providers across the country.|
|Gartner Data & Analytics Summit||6/8/21||The virtual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, 8 – 9 June 2021, offers content for every member of your data and analytics team — from technical to senior-level strategy. Join data and analytics leaders to gain the skills to build and execute a world-class strategy.|
|Car of the Future 2021||6/14/21||Reuters Events Car of the Future 2021 will showcase how OEMs are building the vehicle of the future to create a safe and sustainable world. At this event you will find all your automotive tech news, updates and benchmarks, featuring the most impressive line-up in history with leaders from brands like Hyundai, Ford, and Fisker.|
|Dublin Tech Summit||6/17/21||Bringing together the brilliant minds behind some of the best technologies, companies, projects, and communities born in Ireland to step into the future of tech.|
|Online Teaching Conference||6/21/21||The Online Teaching Conference (2020 will be its 20th year) is a unique face-to-face premier gathering of faculty, staff, and administrators leading the way in developing innovative and effective online education. As an inter-segmental conference focused on curriculum, pedagogy, and technology to improve online instruction, learning, and student success, the Online Teaching Conference is an opportunity for educators to network with colleagues, connect, share knowledge, impart and receive best practices, and develop professionally.|
|The Future of Insurance USA 2021||6/22/21||2020 showed us the world can change instantly, and insurance carriers are among the first to feel the impact. The Future of Insurance USA 2021 offers an executive view of the internal and external trends shaping the insurance industry, and the case studies that provide strategies to effectively deploy innovation, people, and cutting-edge tech to succeed. The event will showcase 40+ CEO/C-Suite Speakers addressing the future of claims, how to reach customers with tech, and more.|
|WordCamp Europe||TBD||WordCamp Europe is the biggest WordCamp in Europe, connecting people across the continent as well as the rest of the world.|
JULY 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Product-Led Summit||TBD||The Product-Led Summit is a place to learn how to launch and optimize a free trial or freemium model. Learn from SaaS product and marketing experts from companies like Hubspot, Appcues, Intercom, and WalkMe.|
AUGUST 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Gartner Digital Marketing Conference||8/17/21||The Gartner Digital Marketing Conference provides the insights senior marketing leaders need to deliver results in a fast-paced environment.|
|Visual Studio Live! Redmond Code Trip||8/31/21||Visual Studio Live! provides attendees with cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with shipping or soon to be shipping technologies compatible with the Microsoft Platform.|
SEPTEMBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|Insurance AI and Innovative Tech||9/14/21||Together, insurance innovators and decision- makers will set a roadmap for the future landscape of insurance. The industry’s most senior executives are coming together to share their latest strategies on how to drive workable solutions and innovations, ensuring carriers not only survive but prosper in this new era of insurance. Meet decision-makers from across the entire value chain, with 5000+ leaders from technology, innovation, data, analytics more.|
|FinCon 2021||9/22/21||Expo for influencers, financial and content marketing bloggers, etc. Where Money and Media Meet!|
|ProductCon||9/23/21||Learn best practices behind the most successful products, and new trends in AI, VR, IoT, and Blockchain.|
|STEP Conference||TBD||With 4 conferences, more than 250 startups showcasing, and 6000+ attendees over two days, STEP is home to the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts.|
OCTOBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|INBOUND||10/12/21||INBOUND's purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to transform your business.|
|Khoros Engage Virtual||10/18/21||For the past two years, they’ve worked hard to bring the things you know and love about Engage — great breakout sessions and inspirational keynote speakers! 2021 will be even better.|
|Khoros Engage||10/18/21||Khoros' annual industry event brings together marketing, care & community leaders from brands across the world. The one-day, virtual experience will feature interactive sessions and world-class speakers from top brands to share valuable strategies, ideas, and industry trends on how to become better connected with your customers.|
|Automotive 2021||10/19/21||Automotive 2021 is challenging what is possible. Inspiring the world, and delivering responsible solutions. This even brings together over 5,000 global automotive leaders from CEOs, innovators and disruptors from across the world. With over 40 inspiring automotive speakers from world renown brands like Mercedes-Benz AG, Ford Motor Company, and Reuters.|
|International Search Summit - Global Virtual Edition||TBD||This fully interactive virtual event will feature a range of speakers, with expertise in managing international websites and running global campaigns. They will share tips, tactics, and advice for improving your online presence in international markets and how to overcome common challenges.|
NOVEMBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
|MOMENTUM||11/2/21||At this critical moment in our collective history MOMENTUM provides the ultimate platform for leading tech innovators and pioneers to showcase their insights and perspectives on how to address the fundamental questions and challenges of how technology can positively shape our future.|
|OCP Future Technologies Symposium||11/8/21||As the industry dynamics are changing, some of the existing business practices might become irrelevant for the new environment. New industry shifts and consumer behavior that emerged during the pandemic might stay and open new markets. There is a need to redefine the way we communicate, collaborate, and develop new technologies in remote settings.|
DECEMBER 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
Looking Ahead to Virtual Events in 2021
Whether you plan to attend one of the virtual events on this comprehensive list or you'd like to get inspiration to plan your own, you now have all the info you need to achieve your goal.
Again, if you feel like we're missing an event or you'd like your own event featured, you can submit your event here. Virtual is here to stay, so expect this list to keep expanding as the year develops!
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on April 3, 2020 and has since been updated for relevancy.