If you’re a Chief Data Officer, you know that one of the major challenges of managing data teams is knowing what’s latest in the ever-changing world of data!

And while it does help to follow the latest blogs and publications, nothing beats the fun and effectiveness of face-to-face meetups!

But I-want-to-spend-time-looking-for-good-events-to-attend, said no one ever! So here’s our thoughtfully curated list of the top events for Chief Data Officers in 2020. You can thank us later!

1. Gartner Conferences

Gartner, the leading research and advisory company, hosts some of the most well-curated and insightful events for data leaders around the world. Gartner’s conferences are a great way for leaders to share insights and advice, discuss tools and experiences that can help them build and transform their businesses. You can check out their complete events calendar here. Some of the must-attend Gartner events include:

Gartner Data and Analytics Summit

Location: Multiple locations (Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Europe, India and more)

Dates: Feb-Mar, May-Jun, Oct 2020

We can safely say that the world is going through a wave of digital transformation! But you’ll find the force behind this transformation at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit. The event is attended by technical leaders, developers, data scientists and data leaders from around the globe. The event is focussed on bringing the pioneers of the ecosystem together to help them lead through a shared vision, communication and right leadership. You can sign up to attend the event here

Gartner CIO Leadership Forum

Location: Multiple locations (the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom)

Date: Feb-March 2020

Given the increasing need for more cross-functional collaboration within organizations, the conference addresses the responsibilities and capabilities required for change leaders. You can sign up to attend the event here

Gartner Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation Summit

Location: Multiple locations (the United States and the United Kingdom)

Date: May-Jun 2020

Enterprise leaders and architects are shifting their focus towards more real-time innovation and planning. The Gartner Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation Summit explores a future-focused view of the enterprise architecture and technology innovation landscape. 

2. CDO Summit

Location: The United States

Date: May 2020

Every year, the CDO Club—a community of C-suite digital, data and analytics leaders, hosts the Chief Data Officers Summit. The summit brings together leading data strategists to address the challenges in the areas of AI, Big Data and digital transformation. Apart from gaining insights and networking opportunities, the summit is a great way to collaborate on identifying the right resources, tools and technology that can help you in your role as a data leader. You can learn more about the event and join the CDO Club here

3. Strata Data and AI Conference

Location: The United States

Date: September 2020

From people just getting started with data science to pioneers leading large data teams, the Strata Data and AI Conference is one of the best conferences bringing data practitioners from around the world. With two days full of training courses, tutorials, case studies and technical sessions, you can expect to find really well-curated content across tracks. You can block the dates and sign up for the event here.

Do not miss checking out other conferences organized by O’Reilly Media here!

4. MIT CDOIQ Symposium 2020

Location: United States

Date: July 2020

Over the last 13 years, the MIT CDOIQ Symposium has been bringing together leaders from the world of data and technology. With the purpose of “accelerating the adoption of the role of Chief Data Officer”, the event attracts leadership from across industries and geographies. Now in its 14th year, the symposium is aimed at exploring local and global organizational challenges. You can learn more and register for the event here.

5. The Fifth Elephant

Location: India

Date: July 23-24, 2020

If you’re a leading technology company or a data team in India, you probably know and attend The Fifth Elephant organized by HasGeek. HasGeek is one of the most active communities of developers, technologists, data practitioners and leaders from across industries. Having attended as well as sponsored the event in 2019, we can vouch for the well-curated sessions and the amazing experience of interacting with the community. HasGeek also organizes more such events throughout the year. You can find out more about them and sign up here

And oh, don’t miss checking out a glimpse of the 2019 event here

Download: If you want to get an exclusive list of resources for CDOs, download here.

6. Data Orchestration Summit

Location: United States

Date: To be decided 

Organized by Alluxio, the event is focussed on bringing the open-source community together to exchange ideas and experiences around building modern data platforms using technologies like Apache Spark, Presto, Alluxio, Tensorflow, Kubernetes and more! If you’re interested in speaking to people solving data problems at the intersection of data and cloud, this is the place to be. Stay tuned for more announcements about the event and know what’s in store at the Data Orchestration Summit 2020 here

7. Chief Data and Analytics Officer Exchange

Location: The United States

Date: January 2020

The most innovative technology and data leaders from across industries come together to address the emerging digital business landscape. The event runs for three days and is focussed on providing the Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers and other leading executives a common platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the data and analytics ecosystem. You can check out the agenda and sign up here

8. AnacondaCON

Location: The United States

Date: June 2020

Organized by Anaconda Inc, AnacondaCON is an annual conference with three tracks covering artificial intelligence and machine learning, open-source technology and data science for the enterprise. The conference promises to bring together the ecosystem’s most innovative thought leaders, and share best practices around the latest tools and innovations in data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud-native technology. You can check out the complete agenda, submit your CFP or register to attend here

9. Dataversity Events

Enterprise Data World 2020

Location: The United States

Date: March 2020

Enterprise Data World is a 6-day conference bringing together 1000+ data leaders and practitioners focussed on data management. The conference covers three days of workshops, interaction and networking with industry experts, sessions on advanced technologies and more! You can learn more and sign up here

Data Architecture Summit

Location: The United States

Date: October 2020

The 2020 Data Architecture Summit is aimed at bringing to the fore some of the most important challenges and technologies enabling modern data architecture. With emerging database technologies, data governance solutions and cloud technologies, the role of a data architect has been completely redefined. The goal of the summit is to provide support and a platform to help leaders create winning data architectures in their organizations.  You can follow the agenda and sign up here

10. Annual Tableau Conference

Location: The United States

Date: November 2020

Data is at the heart of changing the world today! From organizations using data to solve problems like hunger to companies delivering food on your doorstep, everyone is harnessing the power of data to transform the world. Tableau’s annual conference is a great place to meet folks from across industries and organizations who are building cultures of data-driven decision-making. You can learn more about the 2019 conference here

And that’s it! All you need to do is sign up for the events you like and mark the dates in your 2020 calendar.

P.S. As a data leader, you may want to attend other technology events that help you broaden your horizons and develop a future-looking lens. Here are some of the most popular technology events that you should definitely consider attending:

  1. AWS re: Invent
  2. IBM Think
  3. CISCO Live
  4. Google Cloud Next
  5. CDAO Events

P.P.S. Know of any other events that we should include in this list? Simply share in the comments below so we can update the list!


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