Our Favorite Virtual Conferences of 2020 and Why We Think They’re the Best

November 17, 2020

Advances in automation have allowed many companies to make remarkable changes in the way they connect with their audiences, leading to an unprecedented uptick in virtual events. The number of organizations planning or hosting virtual conferences in 2020 has doubled compared to 2019, and the year isn’t over yet. 

Finding the best virtual conferences can be a challenge. We compiled our picks for the best virtual conferences in 2020 — covering topics like cost, features, and suitability — to help you narrow your choices, and perhaps inspire you to host your own.

Best Virtual Conferences of 2020 

1. IBM Think 2020 

When: May 5- May 7, 2020

Paid Event

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Arguably one of the best online conferences, IBM’s Think Digital Event, focuses on gaining new skills. Think Digital looks at ways to not only adapt to a pandemic landscape but to move beyond it by exploring innovative methods for improving IT resiliency while ensuring businesses stay relevant and connected despite distances.

The virtual conference 2020 was actually a hybrid event that included a combination of locally hosted events, live stream video, interactive online sessions, on-demand video and certifications. Participants enjoyed key takeaways, including learning about cutting-edge data, analytics, and AI open technologies.

Speakers include Arvind Krishna, CEO, Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman, Imogen Heap, Musician, Producer, Founder, Mycelia For Music and a slew of other industry leaders who are changing the way the world does business. 

You can’t register yet for next year.

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2. MozCon Virtual Conference 2020

When: Jul. 14 – Jul. 15, 2020

Paid Event

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MozCon, Moz’s annual convention, moved its conference entirely online for the first time this year. Dubbed “MozCon Virtual,” the gathering aims to connect more than twenty industry thought leaders with content marketers and provide those marketers opportunities to network, share best practices, and gain industry insight virtually, despite the global pandemic. 

Industry authorities, including Merkle, Orbit Media, and BackLinko among others, covered the hottest marketing topics that included SEO, thought leadership, promotion, automation, search strategy, and how to do it all in the midst of an international crisis. 

MozCon offered plenty of community engagement through their interactive expert Q&A sessions; emcee hosted events, and breakout sessions. Ticket purchase included access to professionally recorded copies of all events enabling participants to revisit the segments that mattered most. Wish you could have been there? 

MozCon 2021 takes place July 11-14 and tickets are available now on their website. And follow #MozCon on Twitter for all the latest news 

3. DeveloperWeek Global 2020

When: Feb. 12-16, 2020

Paid and Free Events

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With a combo of paid events, like the Deve Leadership Summit for global executive training for early and experienced leaders, and free events that included live keynote and developer leadership talks, global hackathon and awards, DeveloperWeek had something to offer everyone.

DeveloperWeek 2021 comes to you live next February.

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Virtual Conferences of 2020

4. Collision Conference 

When: June 22-25, 2020

Paid Event

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Collision Conference 2020, Canada’s largest technology conference, saw more than 30,000 attend the online version of their annual get together, making it one of the year’s best virtual conferences. 

The major tech conference starred prominent personalities, including Seth Rogan and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as speakers at last year’s event. 2020 featured Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey and Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite.

Collision took an ‘attend from home’ approach encouraging participants to attend live talks from industry-leading CEOs and cultural and international policymakers via remote devices.

Collision 2021 is also scheduled for February, and pre-registration is open.

5. Sales Hacker Success Summit  

When: Dec 9 – Dec 13, 2020

Free Event

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram 

You’ve still got time to attend the free Success Summit from Sales Hacker The five-day event taking place December 9 – 13, is ready to help take your B2B sales skills to the next level. 

Choose from events to help you pick up prospecting, negotiation, or closing skills, gain insight into filling your pipeline, or getting the best results with enterprise sales, and more. 

With 41 speakers covering eight categories, like Outreach’s VP of Sales, Jill Konrath, or Becc Holland, Head of Sales Development for Chorus.ai, you’ll have plenty of options to fill your calendar. 

And if you can’t decide which events to choose, no problem. Sales Hacker offers on-demand recordings of all events so you won’t miss a thing. 

Looking Ahead

2020 is proving to be a year of challenge, change, and growth. Did you attend your first virtual conference and are already blocking out your calendar for next year? Or are you considering hosting an event that becomes one of next year’s best virtual conferences?

Scalability and flexibility have become the new touchpoints for success. That means virtual conferences, offering access to growth and development opportunities from anywhere in the world, are the new industry leaders. 

For more information about virtual technology and how it can help you connect with your ideal audience, try SpotMe for free today. 

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