Spring is here, but you probably came out of winter hibernation quite a few months ago considering how warm the weather has been at times. Regardless, the weather is only going to get better from here (hopefully), so it’s time to take out your planner and get ready for some of the spring’s largest tech events in the Boston area.
Here are all the major spring tech events you need to know about, including their dates and locations:
March 23 – 27 — National Society of Black Engineers 42nd Annual Convention — Boston Convention & Exhibition Center — With over 10,000 confirmed attendees, the convention’s theme this year is “Engineering a Culture Change,” reflecting the organization’s “quest to help the nation produce more black engineers, despite the challenges that black youth face in America.” Participating companies include Dell, IBM, GE, Akamai and EA Games.
Sample of speakers: Major General Stayce D. Harris; Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square; author Ramsey Jay Jr.; and Nick Spain, director of human resources at Lockheed Martin.
March 28 — Boston Innovators Group — District Hall — The group formerly known as WebInno returns for its big spring networking and demo event. The event will feature presentations by startups Meta, VocalID and Troupe, and there will be side demos happening throughout the night by Who’s That, Unigma, Nature, SimpliShip, Red5 Pro and Yoke.
Sample of speakers: Jason Briggs, CEO and founder of Meta; Rypal Patel, CEO and founder of VocalID; and Andy Fox, CEO and founder of Troupe.
March 30 – April 10 — Boston Design Week — Multiple locations — While not strictly a tech event, this 12-day citywide festival includes different kinds of events that should appeal to the tech savvy. Some of these events can even stand on their own, including the HxR health tech conference, the launch of Design Museum’s Center for Workplace Innovation, the Future of Making Things panel and Wentworth’s Accelerate Startup Pitch Round & Showcase.
Sample of speakers: Rick Rundell, Autodesk; Skylar Tibbits, director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab; Elizabeth Kneed, and senior mechanical engineer at Continuum.
April 5 – 6 — HxRefactored — Westin Boston Waterfront — Organized by Mad*Pow and Health 2.0, this conference focuses on “improving health experiences through technology and design.” With more than 600 people expected to attend, the two-day event will include a mix of “thought-provoking” talks, workshops and discussions.
Sample of speakers: Amy Cueva, co-founder and chief experience officer of Mad*Pow; Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker; and Ashkan Afkhami, VP & GM of healthcare at Mobiquity.
April 7 — Boston Geek Girl Tech Conference — Microsoft NERD Center — This national conference track aims to empower women “of all ages and all financial levels in technology, from beginning newbie to startup savant.” Workshop topics will range from Web and programming and e-mail marketing to social media and business essentials.
Sample of speakers: Jana Eggers, CEO of Nara Logics; Liz Shaw, chapter leader of Girl Develop It Boston; Lindsay Kolowich, writer at HubSpot; and Christina Koller, full-stack developer at Launch Academy.
April 7 — TUGG’s 10th Annual Wine & Tequila Party — Landmark Center — TUGG, also known as Technology Underwriting Greater Good, is expected to bring out 2,000 people from Boston’s tech community for this event, which plans to raise more than $400,000 for six local nonprofits. Participating companies and firms include Rapid7, Lola Travel, Hopper, DataRobot, Accomplice, Whoop, PayPal, ThreatStack, ZappRx and Lexumo.
Sample of hosts: Will Ahmed of Whoop, Wayne Chang of Twitter, Maria Cirino of .406 Ventures, Sarah Downey of Accomplice, Juan Leung Li of General Catalyst and Brent Ginna of EverTrue.
April 15 — TiE StartupCon 2016 — Boston Marriott Copley Place — Into its 16th year, TiE StartupCon considers itself the largest startup conference in New England, with 1,000 people expected to attend. The all-day event includes a number of panels and networking opportunities, a showcase of 50 Boston-area startups and the Mentor Connect matchmaking breakfast for entrepreneurs.
Sample of speakers: Allan Tear, founder of BetaSpring; Jana Eggers, CEO of Nara Logics; Kirill Evdakov, CEO of Fasten; and Diane Hessan, CEO of Startup Institute.
April 22 – 24 — PAX East — Boston Convention & Exhibition Center — Started by the founders of the popular Penny Arcade web comic, PAX has since become one the most popular game and geek culture conventions across the country. While organizers haven’t yet released the schedule for the three-day conference, it typically attracts a mix of top developers and voices from across the game industry and beyond.
Sample of speakers: Jonathan Blow, game developer who worked on Braid and The Witness. More speakers to be announced soon.
April 27 — NewCo Boston — Multiple locations — For the first time, Boston will host its own version of the Festival of Innovation founded by Wired founder John Battelle. The festival’s aim is “the inspiration and cross-pollination of ideas that drive some of the most successful companies by opening their doors and exposing others to the creative process.” There will be more than 75 host companies including Athenahealth, Acquia, Carbonite, HubSpot, IBM, Wayfair and more.
Sample of speakers: Graham Gardner, CEO of Kyruus; Jim Heppelmann, CEO of PTC; Wombi Rose, co-founder of Lovepop; Michelle Stacy, angel investor and former Keurig president.
May 6 — The Boston Women’s Venture Summit — District Hall — This day-long summit aims to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and others interested in the state of venture capital for women.
Sample of speakers: Gaye Bok, venture partner at Excel Venture Management; Kerry Healey, president at Babson College; and Melissa Withers, managing director at Betaspring.
May 9 — Boston Business Women Innovation Conference — Westin Copley Hotel Place Boston — This is the Boston Business Women’s inaugural innovation conference, and it will include a number of panels about personal branding, business success stories and work-life balance. The keynote speaker is Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.
Sample of speakers: Melissa James, president and CEO of The Tech Connection; Joyce Chang, editor-in-chief of Self Magazine; Nataly Kogan, co-founder and CEO of Happier.
May 10 – 11 — Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing — Westin Boston Waterfront — For the first time, Singularity University is coming to Boston with a conference that will focus on “how exponential technologies are changing the way humanity designs, makes, produces, moves, sells and consumes the material world.” The two-day event is expected to bring together 400 technology investors, entrepreneurs and manufacturing industry executives.
Sample of speakers: Kevin Nolan, CTO of GE Appliances; Alex Pentland, director of MIT Connection Science & Human Dynamics Labs; Brad Templeton, director of EFF.
May 12 – 13 — Re-Work Deep Learning Summit — Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel — This summit will “showcase the opportunities of advancing trends in deep learning and their impact on business and society.” The event is expected to attract 250 attendees and 50 speakers, and panel topics will range from speech and image recognition to video analysis.
Sample of speakers: Hugo Larochelle, research scientist at Twitter; Joseph Durham, manager of research and advanced development at Amazon Robotics; and Daniel McDuff, principal research scientist at Affectiva.
May 12 – 13 — Re-Work Connected Home Summit — Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel — This summit will showcase the emerging trends and opportunities in the connected home sector. The event is expected to attract 200 attendees and 50 speakers, and panel topics will range from utilities and energy monitoring to the voice-activated smart home.
Sample of speakers: David Isbitsky, chief evangelist for Echo and Alexa at Amazon; Blade Kotelly, VP of design at Jibo; Rahul Bhattacharyya, research scientist at MIT; and Hasier Larrea, CEO of MorphLab.
May 16 – 18 — The Internet & Television Expo — Boston Convention & Exhibition Center — The National Cable & Telecommunications Association hosts this three-day event on the future of television, with a number of big-name companies participating, including Fox Networks, Comcast NBCUniversal, Hulu, Roku, DirecTV and HBO Now.
Sample of speakers: Re/code co-founders Kara Swisher and Re/code senior editor Peter Kafka.
June 5 – 7 — WistiaFest — Wistia’s Cambridge HQ and the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center — Wistia returns with its third annual video marketing conference, and it’s expected to bring together marketers, strategists, CEOs, entrepreneurs, agencies and more. The three-day event will include keynote talks, breakout sessions and after-hours social gatherings.
Sample of speakers: Chris Savage, CEO of Wistia; Mike King, founder of iPullRank; author and columnist Kindra Hall; and author and web psychologist Nathalie Nahai.
June 7 — BostInno’s State of Innovation — Westin Boston Waterfront — This event is all about exploring how we can sustain Boston’s growth and strength across industries as a leader in innovation. We recently announced that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will be the keynote speaker, and we’ll have plenty of more announcements coming over the next few weeks.
Sample of speakers: Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker; more to be announced.
June 9 – 10 — Nantucket Conference — Nantucket Yacht Club — This invite-only, two-day conference “brings together a small group of creative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, and executives.” It includes a number of networking sessions and panels, focusing on a number of topics ranging from the state of VC and angel investing to the changing rules of software-as-a-service companies.
Sample of speakers: Ben Einstein, general partner at Bolt; David Cancel, CEO of Drift; Miguel McKelvey, co-founder of WeWork; and Victoria Song, principal at FlyBridge Capital Partners.
June 16 — Boston TechJam — City Hall Plaza — The Boston TechJam is one-part block party, one-part tech showcase that, for the first time, will admit people under the age of 21, and exhibitions will be organized into “Innovation Villages.” More than 4,000 people attended and contributed nearly $30,000 to the MassTLC Education Foundation at last year’s event.