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10 best IoT conferences and events to attend in 2024

IoT events are changing to accommodate users worldwide by having both in-person and virtual options in 2024. Learn more about this year's top 10 conferences.

Many devices today connect to the internet and talk to each other, including lightbulbs, medical diagnostic tools and traffic lights. This network of devices is known as the internet of thingsIoT is a technology domain that encompasses consumer, industrial and embedded devices. Any individual thing that has some form of network connectivity, an IP address and can connect to the public internet is an IoT technology.

IoT deployments continue to grow as organizations engage in digital transformation initiatives. IoT devices generate large amounts of data that organizations use to get a better view of operations and to inform business decisions.

Following IoT blogs is one way to stay up to date on news and trends in the global IoT industry. Other popular approaches include enrolling in online courses to keep your skills up to date and attending IoT industry conferences and other events.

The top IoT conferences in 2024 are being offered around the world both in person and virtually. These include industry vertical-specific conferences, such as those for industrial IoT, manufacturing or power generation, as well as broader multivertical events. As with other topics in IT, there are academic conferences for IoT where researchers release papers on new processes and approaches. IoT is also a topic of conversation at larger industry events, particularly those that involve consumer electronics, cybersecurity and open source.

Here are some of the top industry conferences and events to keep on your radar in 2024.

1. Consumer Electronics Show 2024

When: Jan. 9-12, 2024

Where: Las Vegas

Cost: Deluxe conference pass: $1,700; Exhibit Plus pass: $350

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Description: Few if any events in 2024 are bigger than the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference, which focuses on consumer electronics. IoT isn't the primary focus of CES, but with more than 2,000 exhibitors, IoT is well represented at the event with all manner of devices benefiting from internet connectivity.

Speakers: Among the many featured speakers are the following: Doug McMillion, CEO of Walmart; Patrick Gelsinger, CEO of Intel; and Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy.

2. IOT Solutions World Congress

When: May 21-23, 2024

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Cost: Full congress ticket: €695; Expo +: €150; Daily congress ticket: €550

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Description: This event looks to serve the same role for IoT that the Mobile World Congress serves for the mobility industry. The sprawling event has a broad range of diverse speakers talking about IoT in government, process engineering and industrial use cases. Key themes include security, connectivity, business optimization, customer experience and data intelligence.

Speakers: Kirsten Davies, CISO at Unilever; Amir Gomroki, head of 5G North America at Nokia; and Mark Kraeling, solutions architect at GE Transportation.

3. IoT Evolution Expo

When: Feb. 13-15, 2024

Where: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Cost: Superpass: $1,599 (early bird: $1,299); IoT Platinum: $899 (early bird: $799)

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Description: IoT Evolution Expo is one of the larger IoT events scheduled in 2024, hosting more than 7,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors. Event topics will have a strong business focus, including how to use IoT data analytics to help grow businesses. Industrial IoT (IIoT) is another primary topic with sessions on applications and security. There are also several colocated events, including ITExpo, MSPExpo, Future of Work Expo, Industrial IoT Conference, Enterprise Metaverse Expo, Generative AI Expo, 5G Expo and The Smart City Event.

Speakers: Matt Hatton, CEO of Transforma; Robert Spalding, CEO of Sempre; and Keith Robinson, deputy commissioner of City of Atlanta Dept. of Public Works.

4. 5th International Conference on Block chain and Internet of Things (BIoT 2024)

When: May 18-19, 2024

Where: Zurich, Switzerland

Cost: Not yet disclosed

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Description: The International Conference on Block chain and Internet of Things (BIoT) 2024 looks at the intersection of blockchain and IoT, including discussion on theoretical and practical aspects. The general theme of topics presented at this event tends to skew more toward academic research.

Speakers: Speakers TBA

5. RSA Conference 2024

When: May 6-9, 2024

Where: San Francisco

Cost: Full Conference (in-person): $2,195; On Demand: $495; Expo Plus: $495; Expo: $99

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Description: RSA Conference is one of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world and includes multiple sessions, tracks and speakers that deal with the topic of IoT security. Multiple sessions with a specific focus on IoT are spread across an agenda loaded with content covering every aspect of modern cybersecurity.

Speakers: The speaker list for RSA Conference USA events includes experts from the government, private sector, academia and law enforcement. Speakers for the 2024 event TBA.

6. IoTDI 2024 9th ACM/IEEE Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation

When: May 13-16, 2024

Where: Hong Kong

Cost: Not yet disclosed

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Description: IoTDI 2024 is the top event regarding Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things (CPS-IoT) research. The conference has a strong academic and technical focus designed to further research, specifications and best practices for IoT systems design and operational implementations.

Speakers: Speakers TBA

7. IoT Tech Expo North America

When: June 5-6, 2024

Where: Santa Clara, Calif.

Cost: Ultimate Pass early bird pricing: $699; Gold Pass early bird pricing: $499

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Description: This event covers a broad spectrum of IoT topics for decision-makers, including digital transformation, sensor development, cloud computing, smart energy and autonomous transportation. The event includes a mix of top-level executive and enterprise IT content, including keynotes, and individual and panel sessions.

Speakers: Among the many featured speakers are the following: Lori Norman, director, IoT and retail hardware engineering at Starbucks; Jens Fossen, senior director of product management at Georgia-Pacific; and Martin Miller, former director of AI and ML production operations at Levi Strauss and Co.

8. Embedded Open Source Summit

When: April 16-18, 2024

Where: Seattle

Cost: Not yet disclosed

Where to register:

Description: The Embedded Open Source Summit (EOSS) is a new event from The Linux Foundation for open source embedded projects and developer communities. The event is an expansion of The Linux Foundation's efforts in the embedded space. Open source plays a major role in the IoT ecosystem as a foundational software technology.

Speakers: Speakers TBA

9. Black Hat USA 2024

When: Aug. 3-8, 2024

Where: Las Vegas

Cost: Not yet disclosed

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Description: Black Hat is a cybersecurity event that also discusses IoT topics, including sessions on the newest exploits of IoT. A key part of the event is the Black Hat Arsenal where researchers and vendors display and discuss the latest tools, with a strong representation of tools that often target IoT deployments.

Speakers: Speakers TBA

10. IoT Tech Expo Europe

When: Oct. 1-2, 2024

Where: Amsterdam

Cost: Gold Pass: €499; Ultimate Pass: €699

Where to register:

Description: This is one of the leading events in Europe for IoT where organizations can connect with experts and learn solution-based approaches to IoT across multiple industry verticals.

Speakers: Among the many featured speakers are the following: Ankush Gulati, Global Program Lead for Energy Efficiency at ABB; Thomas Kleine, CIO Germany at Pfizer; and Karinna Calin, Head of Global CX and Data Analytics at Unilever.

Other 2024 IoT conferences

Beyond the 10 events listed above, there are several additional IoT conferences in 2024 to take note of, including the following:

IOTBS 2024: 4th International Conference on IoT, Big Data and Security

When: Jan. 27-28, 2024

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

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ICICIT 2024: 18. International Conference on Internet Computing and Internet of Things

When: Jan. 29-30, 2024

Where: New York

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ICAITTA 2024: 18. International Conference on Agricultural Internet of Things Technologies and Applications

When: April 22-23, 2024

Where: New York

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ICITTS 2024: 18. International Conference on Internet of Things for Transportation Systems

When: June 27-28, 2024

Where: London

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10th Annual Digitalization in Oil and Gas Conference

When: Sept. 4-5, 2024

Where: Houston

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Sean Michael Kerner is an IT consultant, technology enthusiast and tinkerer. He has pulled Token Ring, configured NetWare and has been known to compile his own Linux kernel. He consults with industry and media organizations on technology issues.

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