Top technology events to attend in May and June
The world is opening up again, but most conferences remain virtual. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, especially considering the great insights and talks you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. There are a few hybrid happenings of the real and virtual you can find, such as MWC in Spain. Find details on that and other top technology events happening this May and June from organisers worldwide.
31 May - June 5
Dutch Technology Week
Launched to promote the accomplishments of the Dutch tech sector, the event will return this year at the end of May to share the success stories of the country's innovation hotbed. This is a chance to enjoy exhibitions, presentations, experiments, seminars, lectures, workshops and meet-and-greets with the shakers and makers of the nation.
4 - 11 June
Held in Taipei, Taiwan, Computex is one of the largest technology events in Asia, with a particular focus on computing. The main themes of Computex 2021 will be 5G, AI, high performance computing and cybersecurity – areas that will affect most businesses on the planet. Even though Taiwan remains open for business like it did for most of 2020, Computex will be a 100% virtual gathering once more this year.
7 - 11 June
Google isn’t the only company with a dev conference out there, with Microsoft and Apple having their own yearly highlights on the tech event calendar. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is probably the biggest from amongst the tech giants, and this year’s event will be another all-online extravaganza. Besides a probable new iPhone, there are also rumours of product launches ranging from VR/AR headsets to self-driving cars.
Dublin Tech Summit
Billed as Europe’s fastest growing tech conference, Dublin Tech Summit (DTS) has some top class speakers coming together to talk about the future of tech. Douglas Terrier, NASA's chief technologist, Revolut CEO Nikolay Storonsky, Michele Romanow, president and co-founder of Clearbanc and Reddit CTO Chris Slowe will all be giving virtual keynotes, alongside speakers from Qualcomm, WeWork, Spotify, Mastercard, Intel, IBM and Philips.
21 - 25 June
One for smart city watchers, ITEC is aimed at aiding the auto industry in the transition from conventional vehicles to advanced electrified vehicles (EVs). Online speakers include Ken Morris, executive chief engineer of Global Electric Propulsion Systems at GM, and Tara Vatcher, global director for software architecture and engineering at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
28 June - 1 July
MWC Barcelona 2021
For those who want to get out of the house and are allowed to travel then Spain’s Mobile World Congress should be pencilled in your diary. The popular event is where 2,400 leading companies share the latest topics relevant to the future. It’s also one of the best places for networking opportunities with mobile and tech industry influencers, and this year’s hybrid event offers virtual meetings and on-the-ground interaction at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via trade centre.