The 11 best tech conferences in the UK and Ireland in 2023
Are you a technical professional looking to make more connections in 2023? With tech conferences returning to their in-person editions, there’s never been a better time to schedule a few days dedicated to learning the latest industry developments and networking with peers. Whether you are looking to accelerate your career, find a new role, or recharge your skills, there is a wealth of technology conferences coming to the shores of the UK and Ireland in 2023. From the bustling streets of London to the historic lanes of Edinburgh, the British Isles are home to a range of backgrounds Inspirational for a few days of career development. But with so many events to come, it can be difficult to know which ones to prioritize. To make it easy for TravelPerk, we’ve narrowed down our 2023 list of the 10 Best Tech Conferences in the UK and Ireland! So let’s dive in! England ProductCon 2023 21st February 2023 Barbican Centre, London Want to get the inside scoop from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon? ProductCon London is one of 4 international conferences to support product managers looking to step up their game in 2023. With other in-person editions taking place in New York and San Francisco in February, the British capital hosts more than 2,000 European product professionals looking to capitalize on a busy schedule. The world’s largest product management technology event, this one-day summit is broken down into captivating half-hour seminars. A group of distinguished thought leaders will be presenting sessions this year, including Simone Paul Tamussin, Vice President of Global Product Development at Mastercard, and James Smith, Group Product Manager at Google. National Cybersecurity Expo 25th – 27th April 2023 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Cybersecurity professionals should take advantage of this three day career development opportunity in England’s second largest city. Hosted by leading experts, the National Cybersecurity Expo offers unparalleled insights into the latest digital threats and technologies to combat them. With a distinguished board of directors at the helm, the summit combines keynote speeches, hands-on workshops, and an exhibition to showcase new technologies in the cybersecurity sector. Attracting more than 2,000 visitors each year, 79% of attendees are key decision makers for their companies. With such a bright crowd in attendance, the agenda is packed with plenty of opportunities to network and secure growth opportunities. London Technology Week 12-16 June 2023, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London With big names in attendance, London Technology Week (LTW) is a five-day festival dedicated to celebrating the latest technologies that are revolutionizing the business world. Expect to engage with professionals from Microsoft, Amazon and IBM at this inspiring technology event hosted in one of London’s most scenic postcodes. Aimed at entrepreneurs, CEOs, and enthusiasts alike, LTW features over 300 speakers, 6 stages, and numerous markets and exhibits. With a veritable feast of knowledge on offer, 20,000 participants and an excellent list of partners are drawn to the event every year. As if all of this wasn’t impressive enough, the entire tech conference is being run on renewable energy! Big Data LDN 20th – 21st September 2023 Olympia, London The UK’s largest free technology conference, Big Data LDN, is attended by over 150 exhibitors and 300 expert speakers each year. Featuring product launches and live demos, this two-day event is a great place to learn about the latest innovations. Looking for support for your business? Free on-site consulting sessions will help identify the data challenges facing your organization. The schedule is packed with information, a carefully curated series of thirty-minute webinars. Among the speakers this year is an interesting group of experts, including Andrew McHutchon, Chief Data Scientist at McLaren Formula 1, and Karthik Ravindran, General Manager, Enterprise Data and Analytics at Microsoft. Scotland DIGIT Leader 2023 – IT & Digital Leadership Summit 27th April 2023 Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh With uncertain times ahead, DIGIT Leader 2023 brings executives together to share stories and gain valuable insights. Aiming to help companies navigate change and accelerate their offering, the table will focus not only on the latest industry trends but also strategies for improving leadership skills. In addition to Q&A and keynote speeches from leading experts, attendees can choose from a variety of breakout sessions on more in-depth topics such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Now in its seventh edition, this one-day leadership summit is the largest in Scotland and the ideal backdrop for digital leaders to broaden their knowledge and conduct high-level networking. DIGIT North 2023 – Digital Innovation Summit 25th May 2023P&J Live, Aberdeen Launching its 10th edition in 2023, DIGIT North brings together digital leaders from a range of industries, including Fintech, healthcare and agriculture, to advance innovation through knowledge sharing. A busy track, this one-day tech event combines an impressive array of TED-style presentations, Q&A panels, and breakout sessions. While the agenda for this year has yet to be confirmed, speakers for 2022 included Fraser Brown, Global Chief Information Technology Officer at BrewDog, and Danny Quinn, Managing Director of DataVita. After absorbing the latest technical developments, attendees will have ample opportunity to share details with industry leaders at the closing beverage reception. Turing Fest 2023 28th – 29th June 2023 EICC, Edinburgh Bend ‘The Ultimate Learning Party for Startups’ Whether you’re a CEO, Developer or Product Manager, Turing Fest is one conference you won’t want to miss. With three distinct tracks, attendees can choose the one that matches their aspirations. Build focuses on product and engineering, with talks designed to cover every stage of the production process. Grow focuses on market-facing professions, where top digital marketers share actionable insights that have grown their audience globally. Lead is coordinated to assist management and executives in shaping the company culture to sustainably expand their business. Top tech executives take to the stage to talk candidly about their career journeys with topics like how to survive a crisis, a talk delivered at the 2022 edition by our COO Hugh Slater. Wales Wales Technology Week 20-23 March 2023 ICC Wales, Newport Created by Technology Connected, Wales Technology Week offers participants the chance to develop their skills, discover the latest trends, and network with industry leaders. With over 4,500 guests from 57 different countries, Technology Connected has worked for two decades helping companies expand their profile in Wales and across the world. A Fountain of Knowledge, Backwards Editions have created over 100 hours of content celebrating the most innovative technical developments over the years. A highly respected event, with 90% of attendees saying they would return. With such great reviews, sign up soon if you want to get a ticket! Northern Ireland Women Techmakers Belfast 4 March 2023 Peter Froggatt Centre, Belfast Powered by Google’s global Women in Tech programme, this one-day gathering is being hosted in the Northern Irish capital in March to celebrate International Women’s Day. In an effort to improve diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, the conference is providing free baby care from registered baby sitters and hot water for baby bottles. Now in its sixth year, Women Techmakers Belfast brings together technology professionals from various sectors. From healthcare to retail, the talks on display aim to highlight the successes of local women working in tech. Among the speakers last year was Claire Hill, a research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast whose remarkable work uses data-driven diagnostics to improve outcomes for kidney patients. Republic of Ireland Dublin Tech Conference 2023 31 May – 1 June 2023 Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Square, Dublin, Ireland Join over 8,000 tech professionals in the Irish capital for two days of inspiration! With an agenda of more than 200 speakers focused on helping organizations accelerate with the latest technological advancements, past editions have been sponsored by tech giants Mastercard, Lenovo, and Threatlocker. While this year’s speakers are yet to be confirmed, last year saw thoughtful insights from whistleblower Christopher Wiley and Cassie Kozyrkoff, chief decision scientist at Google. As a partner of the 2022 edition we can personally vouch for the great content on offer at the Dublin Tech Summit, and with the return of the 2023 in-person edition, this is one tech conference you won’t want to miss! SaaStock 16th – 19th October 2023 Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Arena, Dublin, Ireland Dubbed “Europe’s Best SaaS Conference for Founders, CEOs and Investors”, SaaStock attracts over 6,000 professionals for four days of networking. With over 150 speakers on the bill and 68% of participants in leadership positions, attendees can forge meaningful partnerships with industry greats. The SaaStock timeline is packed with over 100 hours of behind-the-scenes secrets with 2022 topics including, Scale Up: The Roadmap That Works and How ClickUp Has Grown to Over 6 Million Users in 5 Years. While speakers for 2023 remain to be revealed, last year SaaS leaders delivered Mohannad Ali, CEO of Hotjar, and Barbara Gago, founder and CEO of Pando.