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The best mobile and IoT conferences of 2017

John P. Mello Jr., Freelance writer, Independent

Whether your customers are retail shoppers, electric utility clients, bank account holders, university students, or streaming media subscribers, they all expect to conduct business on their smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Are you up to date on the latest techniques to support them and keep them from turning to your competition?

To keep up, consider attending one or more of the many conferences available this year that center on mobile development and connected devices. Not only will you find a wide variety of training and certifications, but there's no better way of meeting industry experts and peers in this rapidly evolving technology space.

Below you'll find our list of mobile and IoT conferences that will help executives, developers, designers, engineering team leads, IT operations managers, entrepreneurs, researchers, product managers, and anyone else involved with mobile computing and IoT better understand the latest technologies, trends, challenges, and opportunities.

We have ranked them in four categories:

  • Ones we consider a "must."
  • Others that are worth attending.
  • A third tier of events that, within their broader scope, have strong mobile or IoT tracks and content.
  • A final group of large, quasi-legendary conferences whose size and breadth makes them interesting to people involved with IoT and mobile.
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What Mobile and IoT conferences offer

Mobile and IoT conferences offer great opportunities for practitioners to get ahead—and stay ahead. You'll find better ways to update your consumer mobile apps and services, as well as techniques for improving interfaces and your users' experience, and for tightening your app's security. In the IoT area, you'll find courses and tracks covering the latest trends, as well as practical guidance on the growing use of analytics and big data techniques.

Must-attend mobile and IoT conferences

We based this year's list of "must-attend" conferences in mobile and IoT primarily on the high interest among attendees,  year-over-year.

Mobile World Congress

Twitter: @GSMA / #MWC17
Date: February 27-March 2
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Cost: Exhibition Visitor Pass, €799; Silver Pass, €2,199; Gold Pass, €2,699l; and Platinum Pass, €4,999.

Described as a gathering for the entire mobile industry by its organizer, the MWC is owned by GSMA, an industry group made up of 800 mobile operators and 300 mobile ecosystem companies. It's a big conference: In 2016, the MWC in Barcelona, drew more than 100,000 attendees from 204 countries, and more than 2,200 exhibitors.

"This key global event — essentially a microcosm of the mobile advertising ecosystem —did not fail to live up to high expectations, and while trade visitors were making sense of a fractured mobile landscape, it was brought together seamlessly, allowing members to explore new products, partnerships and offerings," Scott O'Leary of MediaMath wrote of WMC16.

"Amongst the new innovations in mobile technology," he added, "there were a few key insights and learnings that caught our attention—noticeably how these advances are looking to change people’s personal and everyday lives through connectivity, as well as new services and apps, not to mention virtual reality headsets."

While newbies elbowed their way into last year's MWC, phone companies were still the headliners, said Maurizo Pesce of WIRED. "There's been real excitement in the air here at the Mobile World Congress as the industry gathers to debut the phones that will flood the market over the next few months," he wrote. " This year, the phone-makers have had to make room on the show floor for newcomers—Internet service companies, autonomous cars, tons of startups—but it’s still the mobile tech manufacturers who have managed to stay in the spotlight."

Keynote speakers at the 2017 MWC include Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab; Takashi Niino, president and CEO of the NEC Corporation; Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix; John Hanke, creator of Pokemon GO and founder and CEO of Niantic; and Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia.

At this year's event it's expected that Blackberry will release a new smartphone based on Android; Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, will be announcing a new phone; flagship upgrades will be coming from Huawei, HTC and LG; and Nokia will introduce a flagship model

Who should attend: Anyone involved with the mobile industry — app developers, operators, equipment vendors, and professionals from the Internet, financial, marketing, and entertainment industries

Apple WWDC

Twitter: #WWDC17
Date: June 5-9 (unconfirmed)
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: $1,599 (2016 price)

Final information on Apple's WWDC usually isn't released until April but it's always held in San Francisco in June. The event is Apple’s biggest developer event so it attracts intense attention from the press, industry analysts, Apple customers, and MacOS and iOS developers.

Although it’s not an exclusively mobile-focused conference, mobile dominates the proceedings. That's not surprising, since iPhones generate most of Apple’s revenue and mobile is where most of Apple’s innovation and growth efforts are centered, in products such as Apple Pay, HealthKit, Apple Watch, and the iPad Pro.

Last year's conference was a scattershot event, said Roger Cheng, writing for c|net. "Steve Jobs probably would've hated this," he noted.

"The late co-founder was famously obsessed with simplicity," he continued. "Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday was anything but, offering a dizzying list of features."

"[T]here's something to be said about the less-is-more approach, with few standout announcements emerging from the two-hour presentation," he added.

Among that dizzying list of announcements were a new name for OS X, MacOS; the porting of Apple Pay to the Web; a speed boost for Apple Watch; a mammoth upgrade of iOS, redesigns of Apple News and Music; management improvements in Photos; voice mail transcription; improvements in Apple TV; and opening up Siri to developers.

Rumors are still thin about the 2017 WWDC, but two that have started circulating are that a new iMac will be announced, as well as a group call feature for FaceTime in iOS 11.

If you’re unable to score a ticket and you’ll be in San Francisco anyway, several independent events occur simultaneously. One of the better-known ones is AltConf (Twitter: @AltConferenc), which is free.

Who should attend: iOS and MacOS developers.

Google I/O

Twitter: @googledevs / #GoogleIO2017
Date: May 17-19
Location: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California
Cost: Not available

Google I/O, first held in 2008, has become one of the most important developer conferences in the world. Like Apple’s WWDC, Google I/O isn’t strictly about mobile, but the event is heavily focused on the Android OS and its ecosystem.

The conference also covers developer tools and APIs for other Google products, services, and platforms, including the enterprise Cloud Platform, consumer online services such as Google Play, products for publishers and advertisers, such as AdSense and Analytics, consumer devices such as the Cardboard virtual reality headset, and even some of the company’s “moonshot” projects.

While the public doesn't know yet what Google will be introducing at its developers' event, based on previous sessions there's a good chance they'll be a new version of Android—Android O—as well as an upgrade of Android Wear, Google Home and Google Assistant. You can expect some virtual and augmented reality announcements, too.

Who should attend: Developers working with Android and with the growing variety of Google web services, mobile apps, and hardware.

Videos from the 2016 sessions are available online.

360 iDev     

Twitter: @360iDev / #360iDev
Date:  August 13-16
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver, Colorado
Cost:  $799 to $1,049 (military and student discounts available)

360 iDev positions itself as the smaller, more intimate, and independent alternative to Apple’s WWDC. Typically, around 400 people attend the event. Last year, the gathering had more than 50 sessions and over 40 speakers.

Bryan Giese, who attended 360 iDev 2016, wrote in his blog that he was drawn to the conference by word of mouth. " Friends have gone in past years, and it gave them a new perspective on the tech industry," he wrote. "They told me the speakers and sessions weren’t just about the code and optimization techniques –- there was always something more about how what developers create can have a larger impact beyond just their applications."

"Indie developers, like most freelancers or project-based talent, have a unique challenge.," he adds. "They need to excel at their main skill of coding and app creation, but they also need to be adept at many other skills, like project management, business development, and self-promotion. 360iDev is a conference that gives attention to all of those aspects, providing sessions that cover the spectrum of challenges a developer faces, whether they are independent or within a larger environment."

Who should attend:  iOS developers.

Videos from last year's sessions are available online.


Twitter: @AnDevCon / #AnDevCon
Date: July 17-19
Location: Washington, D.C.
Cost: Depending on when purchased, tickets prices range from free exhibit-only passes to all-access passes for $1,095.

AnDevCon touts its practical, technical nature. Organizers also claim a complete focus on developers and software engineers building Android apps via training sessions, tutorials, and classes.

Some of the session titles for 2017 include An Introduction to RxJava, Android Push Messaging, Better Android Intents with Dart and Henson, Coding Augmented Reality for Android, Introduction to Google’s Daydream Platform, and Put Android and iOS on the Same Wavelength with Serverless Microservices.

Who should attend: Android developers.

Internet of Things World

Twitter: @Iotworldnews / #IoTW17
Date:  May 16-18
Location:  Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California.
Cost: Depending on when you purchase tickets, prices range from $895 to $2,895. Free tickets are available to attend the expo, which includes more than 250 exhibitors.

Internet of Things World is the largest IoT event, with the largest span of vertical and horizontal themes covered, according to the event's organizers. They expect more than 13,000 attendees at the event, which will have more than 300 speakers and over 200 sponsors and exhibitors.

New topics featured at this year's conference include machine learning and AI/VR/IoT in business and education. There'll also be an IoT Off the Grid area outside the convention center featuring interactive demos, connected cars, and IoT products of the future. In addition, some of the most innovative IoT tech around will be on display at Startup City, which will include more than 150 leading-edge companies.

Who should attend: Anyone with an interest in IoT who works in the technology/telecoms industry or a related field.

IoT Evolution Expo

Twitter: @IoTEvolution / #IoTEvolution
Date:  February 7-10
Location: Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cost: Prices range from free for An Expo Plus Pass when purchased in advance ($100 at the expo) to $3,195 ($3,395 at the show) for the Diamond Group Plan that grants admission to all proceedings for three of your company's employees.

IoT Evolution Expo focuses on how IoT can drive business transformation in all industries through improved operational efficiencies, revenue opportunities, and problem solutions. It features track sessions, an exhibit floor, case studies, special events, networking opportunities, and other events.

Among the sessions at this year's conference are How Will We Particpate in the 4th Industrial Revolution?; IoT Development Plans: Why You Need to Accelerate the Move to LTE; You Want an IoT Strategy, Now What? A Practical Decision Making Framework for Designing a Flexible Enterprise IoT Deployment; Imagination to Integration - Role of IoT in Smart Factory Transformation; From Sensors to Cloud: Complete Smart Cities Solutions; and Machine Learning Impact on IoT.

Who should attend: Anyone who wants to understand how to evaluate, select, and implement IoT systems, including developers, IT executives, business executives, device manufacturers, transportation companies, supply chain and logistics pros, sensors and embedded systems companies, and systems integrators.

Industry of Things World USA 2017

Twitter: @IoTClan / #IoTClan
Date: February 20-21
Location: Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, California
Cost: Options include Industry Delegate, $2,295 and Solution Provider, $3,495. Group discounts are available.

Organizers call this conference "the leading industrial IoT event for senior executives." Industry of Things World USA 2016 drew attendees from around the world who were interested in better understanding the business and technical issues related to industrial IoT.    

Topics covered in this year's conference include IoT and how it affects business models; monetizing the IoT in an industrial setting; effective product lifecycle management strategies; data-driven decision making with smart data analytics; legacy system and the new digital world; and the role of security in an IoT-connected world.

Who should attend: IoT specialists and strategists, IoT novices, cloud computing adopters, big data analytics experts, and anyone else involved in their business's digital transformation.

Sensors Expo & Conference

Twitter: @SensorsExpo / #Sensors17
Date: June 27-29
Location: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California
Cost: Early-bird rates (through April 21) range from free expo hall passes to VIP conference passes for $1,149 ($1,549 after April 21).

Sensors Expo & Conference has been around for more than 30 years, always focusing exclusively on current and upcoming sensors and sensor-integrated systems.

"Clear and simple, Sensors Expo 2016 will offer a plethora of treasures for you to improve your work, accelerate it, ease your tasks, sharpen your skills, and put your shoulders to the wheel and do even more work," wrote Mat Dirjish in Sensors Magazine. "But there's a missing ingredient somewhat absent from all these career-focused promotions. The missing ingredient is fun."

"One way of looking at Sensors Expo 2016 is as one of the greatest toy shows around," he continued. "Keep in mind, you need these toys on display at Sensors Expo to make those bigger toys that people will be buying in the future."

Who should attend: Software engineers, scientists, researchers, academics, investors, corporate buyers.

Videos about products and technologies at the 2016 expo are available online.

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Worth attending

Some readers might describe many of the conferences in our second category as “must attend,” especially the conferences that appear to be growing in size each year. Generally, these conferences are smaller in attendance or target specific industries.

Internet of Things Developers Conference

Twitter: @iotdevcon / #iotdevcon
Date: April 26-27
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California
Cost: Pricing varies depending on when purchased, from $95 to $495.

Focused on solving the technical and business challenges of IoT, the Internet of Things Developers Conference features an exhibit floor, in-depth technical sessions, tutorials, business strategy, and hands-on demos.

Some of the sessions at last year's conference included IoT Driving the Need for More Secure Big Data Analytics; Charting a New Course for Semiconductors in the Era of the Internet of Things; Scalable Secure Identity for IoT; Standardizing Technology and Encouraging Collaboration to Drive the IoT; How do you Cut away the IoT Hype and Find the Revenue Opportunity?; Why the Need for Special Operating Systems for IoT and Wearable Devices?; Why Would One Need Multicore, Heterogeneous Processors for IoT Applications?; and Voice Biometrics are a Natural Fit for Controlling User Permissions in IoT and Mobile Devices.

The conference organizers say the 2017 conference will target technologies from the ultra-low power microcontrollers to the multicore-enabled aggregation hubs to the software and security infrastructure required for monitoring and management of the enormous bundles of data.

Who should attend: IoT developers.


Twitter: @gluecon / @defrag / #gluecon
Date: May 21-26
Location: Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado
Cost: $795 for early-bird registration (through April 7).

GlueCon focuses on what the organizers consider the most important trends in technology, including cloud computing, DevOps, mobile, APIs, and big data, all from the perspective of developers, which organizers view as being at the core of all of these areas.

Who should attend: Software engineers.

Embedded World Exhibition and Conference

Twitter: @embedded_world / #ew17
Date: March 14-16
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Cost: Conference blocks range from €335 to €835 (VAT included); classes are €400 for a half-day and €600 for a full day.

Founded in 2003, the Embedded World Conference is designed for developers and designers of embedded systems. Organizers say this is Europe's biggest conference devoted to embedded systems development, and it addresses all major topics in this sector, featuring papers and classes with a focus on concrete solutions.

The 2016 conference set new records for both exhibitors (939) and trade visitors (30,363).  In polls taken at the event, both exhibitors and conference goers said they were happy they attended the gathering. Some 93 percent of exhibitors rated the event a success, according to  Similar attitudes were expressed by attendees, with 94 percent saying they'd recommend Embedded World to their business contacts and colleagues, and 96 percent saying they'd be back this year.

Who should attend: Developers and designers of embedded systems.

Internet of Things Applications Europe

Twitter: Not available
Date: May 10-11
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cost: Ranges from €99 for exhibition pass to packages as high €2,246.

Internet of Things Europe is collocated with seven other events with which it shares an expo floor and with which it's topically related, including Wearable Europe, and Sensors Europe. A ticket to any one conference grants attendees access to the others.

This event addresses the real opportunity for the Internet of Things, not hype, according to the event's organizers.  Business models, case studies, opportunities, and profitability are all covered. Specific market verticals are featured, in addition to emerging technologies.

Who should attend: IoT developers, IT pros, CxOs.

Cross-discipline conferences

Conferences in this category target specific industries or technologies, such as security, cloud computing, and open source. Although you won’t necessarily see “mobile” or “IoT” in the conference titles here, these gatherings are of interest for many software engineers.

Microsoft Build

Twitter: @msdev / #msbuild
Date: May 10-12
Location: Seattle, Washington
Cost: $2,195

Build is a massive conference for developers who build apps for Windows, Office 365, Edge/IE, SQL Server, Azure, Xbox, and HoloLens,using tools such as Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio Code, ASP.NET vNext, and product-specific SDKs and APIs. Build is now also relevant for Android, iOS, and open-source developers, thanks to CEO Satya Nadella’s push for Microsoft to be more platform-agnostic  as it distance sitself from its old Windows-only strategy.

In 2016, Microsoft announced at Build that it was adding the Bash Unix shell to its Windows 10 Anniversary Update so that developers and power users could use open source command-line tools to manage projects. It also announced that it was making Xamarin, a cross-platform development platform, a free part of Visual Studio, and was making its SDK open source.

Who should attend: Windows developers, primarily Windows and Windows Mobile, and those using SQL Server, Azure PaaS, and tools such as Visual Studio and ASP.NET. More than ever, Build is also relevant for iOS, Android, and open-source developers.

Video of 2016 sessions are available online.


Twitter: @fluentconf / @OReillyMedia / #FluentConf
Date: June 19-20, training; June 20-22, tutorials and conferences
Location: San Jose, California
Cost: Not Available.

First held in 2012, Fluent aims to cover the “full scope of the Web platform,” according to its organizers. It focuses on practical training in JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, and associated technologies and frameworks, including WebGL, CSS3, mobile APIs, Node.js, AngularJS, and ECMAScript 6.

Keynote speeches at the conference last year touched on subjects such as making mobile apps as powerful as desktop apps, an introduction to the Seif Project to transition the Web into an application delivery system, the two most important principles to being a better designer,  and using advanced browser features to build robust apps.

Who should attend: Web designers and developers, including mobile and web infrastructure teams, JavaScript developers, architects, UI/UX designers, and system developers.

Video of keynotes is available online.  


Twitter: @DeveloperWeek / #DVWK17
Date: February 11-16 (Hackathon February 11-12;  Workshop Day, February 13; Hiring Mixer, February 13;   Conference, February 13-15; Expo February 14-15).
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: Prices range from $35 for an Expo pass to $1299 for a DeveloperWeek Pro Pass.

According to the conference organizers, DeveloperWeek 2017 is the world’s largest developer expo and conference series. It offers over 50 week-long events, including the DeveloperWeek 2017 Conference & Expo (8,000 attendees), the DeveloperWeek Hackathon (more than 1,000 attendees), Official Hiring Mixer (more than 1,000 hirable developers and over 50 hiring companies), and dozens of city-wide partner events.

Past event hosts and supporters of the event include Google, Oracle,  Facebook,  Yelp,  Rackspace, IBM, Cloudera, Red Hat, Optimizely, SendGrid,  Blackberry,  Microsoft,  Neo Technology, Eventbrite, Klout,,  Ripple, GNIP, Tagged, HackReactor, and dozens of others.

Who should attend: Software engineers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists.

IT/Dev Connections

Twitter: @devconnections / #ITDevConnections
Date: October 23-26
Location: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, California
Cost: Early bird pricing through June 16, $1,299 and $2,099; thereafter, $1,799 and $2,699.

This conference, aimed at developers and IT professionals of all stripes, focuses on such topics as big data and business intelligence, virtualization, DevOps, enterprise management and mobility, cloud and data center, development platforms and tools, and enterprise collaboration. There's an emphasis on Microsoft products such as Azure, Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint, although other vendors are also discussed.

Who should attend: Developers, IT pros.

BlackHat USA

Twitter: @BlackHatEvents / @ubm / BlackHat / #BHUSA
Date: July 22-27
Location: Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (Black Hat will also be held in London and Singapore in 2016.)
Cost: Briefing prices, depending on when you register for the conference, range from $2095 to $2795. Business Hall pricing is $595 through July 21 and $695 thereafter.

First held in 1997, Black Hat has become one of the world’s biggest tech conferences, and one that security professionals either must attend or must follow closely from afar. It’s the preferred venue for researchers, security experts, vendors, and ethical hackers to disclose their latest vulnerability findings, the most dramatic of which become general-interest news globally.

For example, the 2015 conference exposed security gaps in cars that could let cyber criminals remotely disable key functions in moving vehicles, such as brakes. In 2016, a "danger drone" was aired that could hack into devices while flying over them, as well as a technique for planting ransomware on smart thermostats.

Black Hat features training sessions, a big expo floor, and A-list presenters and keynote speakers, as at many major tech conferences. But unlike most others, Black Hat requires that attendees keep certain precautions, given that they’ll be surrounded by thousands of the world’s finest hackers, some of whom will be looking to play pranks, test their latest vulnerability discoveries in a real-world setting or, at worst, attempt criminal acts, such as stealing personal, governmental, or corporate data.

"I kind of like Black Hat better than the RSA Conference," wrote Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Principal Analyst Jon Oltsik after last year's Black Hat conference. "At Black Hat, you talk about the real challenges facing our industry and discuss intellectual ways to overcome them. At RSA, everyone throws buzz words at you and tells you how they solve all your problems."

Attendees should be prepared for a large conference (more than 11,000 people attended in 2015), where exciting revelations about security vulnerabilities will be detailed.

Who should attend: Security analysts, risk managers, security architects/engineers, penetration testers, security software developers, cryptographers.

Cloud Computing Expo

Twitter: @CloudExpo / @SYSCONmedia / #CloudExpo
Date: June 6-8
Location: Javits Center, New York, New York
Date: October 31-November 2
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California
Cost: Depending on when it’s bought, a Gold Pass, which gives attendees full access to the proceedings, ranges from $1,695 to $2,500.

This conference explores “the entire world” of enterprise cloud computing — private, public, and hybrid scenarios — and the latest on topics, including IoT, big data, containers, microservices, DevOps, and WebRTC via keynotes, general sessions, breakout sessions, panels, and an expo floor.

Who should attend: CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, technology enthusiasts, etc.

RSA Conference

Twitter: @rsaconference / #RSAC
Date: February 13-17
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California
Cost: Ticket prices vary widely, starting at $100 for an early-bird expo pass to $2,695 for a full-conference pass bought on site.

One of the world’s largest security conferences, RSA celebrates its 26th anniversary in 2017. RSA became part of Dell Technologies in September, but the acquisition isn't expected to affect this year's conference or any future shows.

"Like many other exhibitors, I spent hours chatting with potential customers and technology partners," Tom Skeen, an IT, risk and security adviser with Safe-T Data, wrote about RSA 2016.

"Just about everyone had a common theme or two," he noted. "What is the best way to protect information, at a reasonable cost and with the most operational supportability? This makes complete sense, given the continued challenges around advanced cybercrime and hyper-connectivity nowadays."

This is a very large event in terms of attendees, exhibitors, and sessions, which may signal robust growth in the IT security industry and just how dangerous the threat landscape has become.

Attendees should do their pre-conference homework and sketch out a game plan, as this is a very large conference. In 2016 there were more than 40,000 attendees and almost 700 speakers.

Who should attend: Security professionals.


Twitter: @CanSecWest / #CanSecWest
Date: March 15-17, 2017
Location: Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia
Cost: Access to the conference ranges from CAD $2,100 to $2,500, depending on when you buy a ticket. Dojo registration ranges from CAD $1,900 for one day to $7,400 for four days. Registration includes catered meals.

Organizers describe CanSecWest as "the world's most advanced conference focusing on applied digital security." They take pride in attracting “industry luminaries” as speakers, and in fostering a relaxed environment for collaboration and networking.

Now in its 17th year, this three-day, single-track conference features one-hour presentations, delivered by experts in a lecture theater setting, that focus on best practices, real-world experiences, and detailing new vulnerabilities, attacks, and defenses. This year's presentations include Sandbox Escape with Generous Help from Security Software, Don't Trust Your Eye: Apple Graphics Is Compromised!, Bypassing Different Defense Schemes via Crash Resistant Probing of Address Space and APT Reports and OPSEC Evolution: These Are Not the APT Reports You Are Looking For.

In addition to the presentations, CanSecWest features hands-on "Dojo" training courses lead by security instructors.

"The technical depth and breadth of the research presented in Vancouver this year yet again lived up to expectations,"  wrote Pieter Ockers, a senior security program manager at Adobe, of the 2016 event.  

"Of the security conferences that Adobe sponsors throughout the year, CanSecWest consistently draws a critical mass from the security research community, with offensive, defensive and vendor communities well-represented," he continued.

"The exposure to bleeding edge research presented by subject matter security experts, and the opportunity to forge new relationships with the security research community, sets CanSecWest apart from the security conferences Adobe attends throughout the year," he said.

Who should attend: CISOs, CSOs, enterprise IT security pros and executives.


Twitter: @appsecusa / #appsecusa
Web: (2017 website coming soon)
Date: September 19-22
Location: Orlando, Florida.
Cost: Not available at time of publication. For the 2016 conference, regular admission was $995, with a variety of discounts available, including $80 tickets for full-time university students.

Focused on application security, this highly technical conference goes deep into topics such as DevOps, privacy, mobile security, secure development, app assessments, and cloud security. The event is organized by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a nonprofit organization with 200 chapters in 100 countries devoted to improving app security from a vendor-neutral perspective.

According to its blog posting, AppSecUSA is the largest conference solely dedicated to application security. Unlike similar conferences, which only offer speaker sessions, AppSecUSA also offers cutting-edge training conducted by leaders in the field, opportunities for women and those transitioning from military service to network and develop their careers, and significant discounts for students to learn about security careers.

Headline speakers at the 2016 conference featured novelist, activist, and journalist Corry Doctorow discussing the intersection of digital rights management and security research; Samy Kamkar, a researcher, hacktivist and entrepreneur who discussed how he uses side channels, physics, and low-cost tools to employ powerful attacks against modern technology; and Casey Ellis, co-founder of Bugcrowd, who talked about best practices for implementing an effective bug bounty program.

Who should attend: Developers, auditors, risk managers, technologists, and entrepreneurs.

Other conferences

Our final category consists of conferences that are just too cool not to mention. If you’re planning your conference travel and budget around mobile and IoT shows, you might want to save a little room on your plate for one or more of the following events.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

Twitter: @CES / #CES2018
Date: January 9-12, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Not available.

The legendary and massive consumer electronics conference and expo covers a wide range of topics, some of which might be of direct or tangential interest to those involved with mobile and IoT, such as security, digital entertainment, e-commerce, gaming, robotics, storage, education technology, mobile apps, and networking.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in the latest and greatest consumer electronics.

SXSW (South By Southwest)

Twitter: @sxsw / #SXSW2017
Date: March 10-19
Location: Austin, Texas
Cost: Prices range from $495 to $1,550.

While music and film are key elements of SXSW, the event also has a strong technology component. Topics this year include startups, wearables, healthcare IT, virtual reality, IoT, smart cities, digital media, online marketing, software design and development, open source, mobile design, and user experience.

TechCrunch Disrupt

Twitter: @TechCrunch / #tcdisrupt
Web: and
Date: May 15-17
Location: New York, New York
Date: September 18-20,
Location: San Francisco, California
Cost: Extra early-bird ticket for full, three-day access: $1,995. Other packages for exhibitors and individuals available.

Disrupt is the conference for anyone involved with or interested in startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital, and emerging technologies. It features hackathons, provocative panel discussions, and A-list speakers. Many established high-tech companies have used Disrupt as a springboard.

Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo

Twitter: @Gartner_SYM / #ITxpo #GartnerSYM
Date: October 30-November 2
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Cost: Standard conference price is A$4,350. Public-sector price is A$3,575. Group discounts available.

The mother of all Gartner conferences, Symposium/ITxpo is aimed specifically at CIOs and technology executives. It addresses from an enterprise IT perspective topics such as mobility, cybersecurity, cloud computing, application architecture, application development, IoT, and digital business.

E3 Expo

Twitter: @E3 / #E32017
Date: June 13-15
Location: Los Angeles, California
Cost: Not available

A massive gaming show that covers mobile, video and computer games, and related products, it covers topics of interest to software developers, buyers and retailers, distributors, entertainment industry executives, venture capitalists, manufacturers, and resellers.

Highlights of 2016 conference are available online.

Interop Las Vegas

Twitter: @interop #Interop
Date: May 15-19
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Cost: Ranges from $249 (before April 1) to $3,299.

A venerable tech conference, Interop delves into topics such as applications, cloud computing, collaboration, networking, IT leadership, security, software-defined networking, storage, virtualization and data center architecture, and mobility.

Did we miss any conferences or events? We've done our best to compile a comprehensive list of the top mobile and IoT conferences to attend in 2017, but nobody's perfect. This is a list in progress, so please let us know in the comments below if there are any other events or conferences you think we should add.

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