Dec 20, 2019 | 3 min read

2020 Must Attend Events in Tech

Pavel Kaplunou , Marketing Communications

The new year is just around the corner. Most businesses are wrapping up the things on their end-of-year to-do list and breaking for annual leave. Most tradeshows and conferences have now concluded too, while new ones are going to start as early as February. Though most event calendars have been consolidated for the start of the new decade, there may yet be a few shows that to squeeze into the roadmap.

Below is a line-up of European and US events and conferences that might be worth keeping an eye on. For full disclosure, Smart IT is not affiliated with the organizers of these events and simply means to provide an informative overview of where business communities come to meet.

Industry: Insurance technology
Date: 17-18 March
Venue: The Royal Lancaster, London
Attendance: 2,500+

Claiming to be Europe’s Largest InsureTech Conference, this London-based event outnumbers the attendance of its US counterpart happening in June in New York. The conference floor gives ample room for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to discuss opportunities of using technology to power innovation in insurance, namely: the use of AI and IoT; Customer Engagement and Care; Telemetry and the accurate processing of claims.

Industry: Healthcare and Wellness
Date: 17-18 March
Venue: Excel, London
Attendance: 4,000+

Happening within the same time span as the conference above, Future Health Global focuses on innovations in healthcare and the technology that helps power it. The conversation hub will be an opportune venue for discussion on all aspects of digitally transforming the national and international healthcare systems. Keynote speakers, networking and opportunities to meet investors in the field the exhibition produces potent partnerships that evolve they way people seek and undergo treatment. Better still, entry to the conference is free for NHS and Public sector employees, meaning investors can directly hear the opinions from practitioners in the field.

Industry: Education technology
Date: 1-3 June
Venue: New York
Attendance: 1,250+

The international summit of educators, investors and innovators brings together some of the brightest minds from the best educational institutions from around the world. Yielding the floor to masterclasses, shark tanks pitch opportunities, open labs and speaking opportunities, attendees are free to explore their preferred format to network and share ideas. EdTech Week is renowned for making leaps in education innovation and annually graduates a dozen successful ideas to full-fledged partnerships that help with productivity, collaboration and learning in and outside the classroom. The number of ideas presented goes to show of the untapped potential of the global education technology market.

Industry: Financial technology
Date: Sept 16-20
Venue: New York Marriot Marquis, New York
Attendance: 5,000+

Finovate Fall is one of the concluding meetups for the Finovate series of professional networking events. It succeeds the affiliated Spring, Europe and Asia Finovate events happening predominantly in H1 of the same year. Speakers will range from HSBC, Wells Fargo and Citi Group representatives to leaner and meaner startups and SMBs like Bitmo, Noonum and Trulioo.

Industry: Blockchain
Date: November
Venue: Malta
Attendance: 5,500+

This emerging conference is starting to make serious buzz in the world of blockchain. Malta has coined the title of ‘Blockchain Island’ to spur sweeping initiatives and bring investments to the many startups who have called it its home. Malta has become synonymous with Blockchain and has even introduced the first academic degree — Master of Science in Blockchain — earlier this year. The summit brings together innovators in the sphere of digital payments, iGaming and adjacent tech fields.

20 December 2019


Pavel Kaplunou, Marketing Communications

Pavel is Smart IT's Marketing Communication Manager. He oversees content creation and is in charge of the official Smart IT blog. Contact Pavel to learn about potential media and content collaborations. [email protected]