If you could not attend CES 2019, do not worry. Undoubtedly, the whole year is going to be full of major activities in the IoT space. Last year we saw key developments in the evolution of IoT operational standards, smart appliances and security protocols. Along with these trends, 2019 is going to mark a watershed era in edge computing, autonomous vehicles, 5G and other interesting application areas.
To learn more, you should try to attend an IoT event near you. Here are a few important IoT events this year that will speed up your knowledge on this topic.
IoT Forum Africa 2019
Africa’s biggest IoT event is now in its third consecutive year. For 2019, the agenda for discussion will include smart cities, public safety, digital transformation, Blockchain, IT security, AI, analytics, IoT strategy and IoT adoption. And, the cost of attending is all-inclusive.
Date: March 26-27, 2019
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
Cost: ZAR 4450 (US$ 320 approx.)
Running for six years straight now, IoT Asia is one of the most anticipated IoT events in Asia with over 8000 expected attendees. This time the agenda includes smart cities, industrial IoT, AI, Blockchain, data analytics and IoT enablers (see definition). Most importantly, registration is free for trade visitors who will only have access to the exhibition area and the arena. Groups with at least three people will find the best deal with LMF Full Conference Pass for S$496 (US$1 ~ S$1.35). For individual entries, being an early bird by January 31 is available at S$350. Lunch and refreshments are free with registrations.
Date: March 27-28, 2019
Venue: Singapore EXPO (Hall 1), Singapore
Cost: Free – S$780
IoT Tech Expo Global
IoT Tech Expo is one of the world’s most prestigious conference series. Its first chapter, IoT Tech Expo Global, will take place in London this year. After that, there will be follow-up events in Amsterdam and North America. This time around many presentation tracks are on smart transportation, smart energy, data analytics and artificial intelligence. You can register for this event for free with access to tracks in IoT, Blockchain, cyber-security and artificial intelligence. The real event will allow networking opportunities and access to conference materials. The best deal for this is £299 as long as you register by April 13.
Date: April 25-26, 2019
Venue: Olympia, London (UK)
Cost: Free – £1199
If you’re looking for the single most important IoT event in North America, this is it. IoT World this year will cover everything from machine learning to 5G/LPWAN. It will have top-notch industry analysts show you the precise direction of IoT’s progress in the next few years. However, this event is certainly not cheap with a 3-day conference pass costing $2995. Having said this, if you can register before February 1, you get $1000 off. The best deal is a developer conference pass which will cost you US$995, even after early bird offers expire.
Date: April 25-26, 2019
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, CA
Cost: US$200 (awards night only) – $2995
IoT Developers Conference
Staying on the topic of developers, the most important event for them is IoT Devcon 2019. Besides, it will take place simultaneously with Machine Learning & AI Developers Conference. Everything from IoT security, connectivity protocols, standardization, machine learning and edge computing are on agenda. As of now, the event registration is not open (check after February 1).
Date: June 5-6, 2019
Venue: Santa Clara, CA
Cost: TBD; the 2018 event cost $300
IoT Solutions World Congress
IoT Solutions World Congress is popular with Blockchain lovers as well as AI learners. In fact, just €50 will get you an early-bird access to the exhibition floor area and networking events. What’s more, if you want to top it off with access to conferences, the fee for the entire three-day event is only €200. A full pass will cost €695. Currently, there is enough time for deliberation because early bird registrations are available until June 30.
Date: October 29-31, 2019
Venue: Barcelona, Spain
Linux Foundation is having an Open IoT Summit between August 21-23 in San Diego. In fact, if you want to follow the latest trends regarding open source in IoT apps, this summit holds a lot of promise. The Blockchain Expo in Amsterdam is also one major event worth attending.
IoT is currently in a major transition period with key technologies shaping its future. Therefore, the proceedings at some of the events here will give accurate insights into the general direction of IoT in 2019 and beyond.
Do you have plans to attend any particular IoT events this year? Let us know in the comments.