Internet of Things conferences: the 2017 IoT event guide

Sometimes it seems that the number and size of Internet of Things conferences, tradeshows and other events is growing as fast as the Internet of Things itself.

Of course there are several ‘broader’ tradeshows, congresses and conferences where the Internet of Things is omnipresent since several years. Below is an overview of Internet of Things (IoT) events and few events where specific IoT evolutions will take center stage! We’ve added some videos, from past event overviews to interviews and keynotes – so you can get in the mood when building your 2017 Internet of Things conference agenda.

Internet of Things Conference and Congress Agenda 2017

Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas (USA)

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is not an IoT-specific tradeshow but it can’t be avoided in 2017 for various reasons.

Consumer Electronics Show 2017The Consumer Internet of Things has been taking center stage at the event in 2016 and IoT-related consumer electronics are again very prominent at CES 2017.

While the Industrial Internet of Things market is the most important now, the next generations of smart connected devices and solutions are coming fast. Probably 2017 will not be the year when the Consumer Internet of Things really gets its boost but we’re pretty certain that the foundations continue to be laid and in 2017 there will be interesting market evolutions before the market really starts growing fast in 2018 and beyond. Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2017.

CES 2017


IoT Evolution Expo 2017 in Fort Lauderdale (Florida, US)

IoT Evolution ExpoTaking place from February 7th until February 10th, the IoT Evolution Expo is one of the oldest and most successful Internet of Things conferences in the world.

Even if it’s been in the run for quite some time it’s an important annual gathering for the industry and for businesses that want to discover state-of-the-art solutions and Internet of Things applications and use cases. In 2017, speakers include Dr. Richard Soley (Chairman, OMG/Industrial Internet Consortium), Amazon’s Senior Alexa evangelist J. Michael Palermo, IBM Watson IoT Automative Industry Architect Ron Felice, and Lisa Peterson, VP of Marketing and Connected Aircraft at Gogo Business Aviation.

IoT Evolution Expo 2017


Industry of Things World USA, San Diego (USA)

On February 20th and 21st, 2017, the Industry of Things World USA conference is back.

Industry of Things World USA 2017The event, which is mainly about the Industrial Internet of Things, is organized in San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel and features speakers such as Dean Bartles (President, North American Manufacturing Research Institute, UI Labs), Gary Hayslip (CISO, City of San Diego), Jennifer McNelly (Senior VP, The Manufacturing Institute) and Chris Dennis (Global Product Strategy, Coca Cola) to (really) name just a few. A highly interesting agenda of the organizers of Industry of Things World 2017 in Berlin (see below).

Industry of Things World USA 2017


Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona (Spain)

Although MWC is a non-IoT-specific congress, there are again plenty of good reasons to add the 2017 edition to your IoT conference list anyway.

Mobile World Congress 2017If you know the evolutions and even battles in the mobile IoT connectivity space and think about the next stages in mobility, you can be sure that the Mobile World Congress 2017 will be more interesting from an IoT solutions and certainly evolutions perspective than ever before. NB-IoT is coming up fast and cellular IoT technologies will have a crucial impact on the LPWA market and its non-cellular players, to name just one evolution to keep in mind. Barcelona, from February 27th until March 2nd, 2017.

Mobile World Congress 2017


IoT Asia 2017 in Singapore

IoT AsiaIoT Asia is a leading exhibition and conference on the Internet of Things for the APAC region.

So, if you have any business there, make sure you don’t miss it. Knowing that Asia Pacific is a key Internet of Things market for years to come, most do have or will have a business there. IoT Asia is the place to be from March 29th until March 30th.

IoT Asia 2017


IoT Week 2017 in Geneva (Switzerland)

The IoT week is organized by the IoT Forum since 2011. Previously held in Barcelona, Berlin, Venice, Bled, Helsinki, London, Lisbon and Belgrade, the edition 2017 will take place in Geneva (Switzerland) from June 6th until June 9th.

IoT Week 2017 by IoT ForumOrganizer IoT Forum (Internet of Things International Forum) is an independent organization based upon membership with the goal, on top of organizing IoT Week and developing other actvities among members, to promote international dialogue and cooperation on the Internet of Things.

IoT Week 2017 is organized over 4 days, including a pre-conference day. The speakers at the event come from across the globe and are experts in the Industrial Internet of Things. Topics in 2017 include IoT Emerging Technology, IoT and Sustainable Development, IoT Privacy & Security, and IoT Market and Finance. In 2017 a new conference by the IEEE Subcommittee on the Internet of Things will be collocated with the IoT week. Geneva, Switzerland: 6th to 9th June 2017.

IoT Week 2017


Sensors Expo and Conference, San Jose (US)

Sensors expo and conferenceThe 2017 edition of the Sensors Expo & Conference takes place from June 27th until June 29th in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

It is not the only event for people who are active or interested in the rapidly booming market for sensors but it is the leading one in the US (maybe even worldwide) and in 2017 it will already celebrate its…32nd edition!

Sensors Expo & Conference 2017


Industry of Things World 2017 in Berlin (Germany)

Industry of Things World 2017If you are in the neighborhood of Berlin on September 18 and 19, 2017, and are interested in the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 in general, attending Internet of Things World 2017 isn’t a bad idea.

The event simply is ideal for everyone who is active in Industry 4.0, the role of IoT in the shifts across all industries and insights into actual evolutions and applications.

Industry of Things World 2017


IoT Solutions World Congress 2017 in Barcelona (Spain)

IOT Solutions World Congress 2017Looking at the success of the previous editions and the industry and visitor support for the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016 (as well as the many presentations and workshops), it’s safe to add the IoT Solutions World Congress (back) on your agenda in 2017.

This event has grown enormously in no time and is an excellent barometer and source of information, inspiration, collaboration and transformation.

IOT Solutions World Congress


Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

Smart City Expo World CongressThe edition 2016 of Smart City Expo World Congress was a success with close to 30 percent more attendees than the year before.

While companies such as Cisco, Huawei, Philips, Microsoft and many others showcasing their smart city solutions and over 600 cities represented and in several cases showing their achievements and sharing their lessons, the event’s message moved from technology to people, the human factor and practical applications and implications in the smart city domain.

In 2017, smart city Barcelona hosts the 3-day event from November 14th until November 17th. One to add to your list if you’re even remotely interested in the evolutions and developments regarding smart cities.

Smart City Expo World Congress 2017


Internet of Things World events (various locations: US, Europe)

Internet of Things World 2017The IoT events organized by Informa PLC might not be the cheapest but they are very focused on actual applications and are really leading in many regards.

In 2016 there was an Internet of Things World in the US and an Internet of Things World Europe. On top of that, Informa PLC also organizes other IoT-specific events so you might want to check them all out (Smart Home Summit, Smart Cities Summit, IoT Security Summit, the list is long).

All Informa PLC events


IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (US)

As far as we know the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things is traditionally the last major IoT event of the year.

IEEE World Forum on Internet of ThingsThe agenda of the event in 2016 (12- 14 December) with a keynote by Vint Cerf but most of all a range of in-depth sessions makes it the annual place to be for the industry, primarily in an Industrial Internet of Things context. How else could it be as the event is organized by the IEEE, the largest technical professional organization dedicated to advance technology for the benefit of humanity, among others known for its several IEEE Standards?

Stay tuned about the 2017 edition via the website of the IEEE.

More IoT conferences and events in 2017

These are certainly not the only IoT events and conferences. Not even mentioning purely local events there are far more places you can look for an IoT event that suits your needs.

Industry tradeshows

Typical examples of tradeshows and congresses where the Internet of Things is more and more present include:

  • Germany-based CeBIT where digital transformation and within that scope Industrial Internet of Things applications are highly present.
  • GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, which in 2016 again was (again) abuzz of anything smart. The smart city theme, for instance, has been dominating the leading MEAF event for years now.

When looking at the agendas of some of these more general congresses and tradeshows we can already tell you that the Internet of Things in all shapes and forms will be even more present at all of them in 2017 again.

So, make sure you don’t overlook them when preparing your agenda!

Vendor events

Keep in mind that several vendors have their events.

Cisco Internet of Things World ForumSometimes they have IoT-specific sessions in a broader perspective (IBM, for instance) and sometimes they have their own IoT-specific events such as Cisco, which has been hosting an own Internet of Things World Forum since 2013 in various cities across the world (the 2016 edition was postponed until 2017). Also companies like Microsoft, SAP, Intel and many many more are active.

Consultancies and analysts

Then there is a wide ranges of IoT-related conferences which are organized by consultancy firms and IoT is of course also covered in the many conferences organized by research firms such as IDC and Gartner.

They all have event sections on their websites to find an event near you.

Associations and vertical events

Next, there are several associations and alliances of companies who are active in the Internet of Things and also organize events or in some cases member meetings.

IoT events in CanadaThere is also a bunch of events for smart homes, smart mobility and vertical applications of the Industrial internet of Things, such as IoT in Oil and Gas, part of the Energy Conference Network, IoT Autonomous Fleet in Canada or the IoT Networks Event. The organizer of IoT Autonomous Fleet by the way organizes numerous IoT events.


IoT PlanetAnd of course there are events which are more country-specific, although some also have an international dimension with good agendas such as IoT Planet, organized in French Grenoble in 2016.

We’ll add some events now and then but we’re sure that you have ample choice here to select your next Internet of Things conference, depending on who you are and what you’re interested in!



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