Best tech and IT conferences of 2022

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Brock Bingham|December 23, 2021
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Each new year brings with it a great opportunity to bust out your calendar, grab a red Sharpie, and block out some dates to attend the best tech and IT conferences the industry has to offer. From mind-blowing, state-of-the-art tech demonstrations to awe-inspiring keynote speakers, tech conferences are a great way to learn from industry experts and renew your passion for tech.

If you've missed attending conferences the past couple of years because of the pandemic, 2022 will hopefully be the year that conferences can return to some form of normalcy. While COVID continues to prove itself to be the gift that keeps on giving, many conferences are returning to in-person events or are offering hybrid events for 2022. This is subject to change, of course, as the number one priority of each conference is to ensure the safety of their attendees.

So which conferences should you attend? Good question! To help, we've compiled a list of some of the best tech conferences the industry has to offer. Keep in mind that some conferences haven't finalized their plans for 2022, but we will continually update this page as new information becomes available, so check back often to get the latest information.

NANOG 84: February 14-16 (Concluded)

If you're a network engineer looking for a conference focused on all things networking, consider attending NANOG 84. From backbone internet strategies to enterprise networking technologies and operational practices, NANOG has something for everyone at all skill levels.

NANOG 84 will be a hybrid event hosting both in-person and virtual attendees. If budget is a concern, consider attending virtually. Tickets are cheaper, and slippers are optional.

Pink22: February 15-18 (Concluded)

Returning in-person for their 25th-anniversary conference, Pink22 is an industry-leading IT Service Management conference. Covering ITIL, COBIT 5, Agile, Scrum, DevOps, Change Management, IT Leadership, and more, Pink22 touches on almost all facets of IT service management.

If you're interested in attending Pink22, don't delay your registration. Select packages and services have already sold out.

Red Hat Summit: May 10-11

Red Hat Summit is the premier open-source technologies conference. Attended by thousands of IT professionals each year, Red Hat Summit focuses on innovation around technologies such as automation, Linux, cloud, and Kubernetes.

Details for Red Hat Summit 2022 are still being finalized, which offers IT professionals a unique opportunity to participate in shaping the conference. Visit https://www.redhat.com/en/summit to submit your own session ideas. Proposals must be submitted by January 5, 2022, so don't delay if you want to participate.

RSA Conference: June 6-9

One of the most critical topics in tech today is cybersecurity, and one of the fastest ways to get information about emerging trends and technologies in cybersecurity is to attend a conference dedicated to it.

Initially, the RSA Conference primarily focused on cryptography, RSA referencing the public-key encryption technology. Over the years, it transitioned into a broader IT security conference. Now, the RSA Conference is one of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world.

For 2022, the RSA Conference has announced its plan to host a hybrid, in-person and virtual event. The original date for the conference was scheduled for February 7-10; however, this date has been delayed to June 6-9 as the Omicron variant continues to spread. Hopefully, this delay will allow for a safer return to in-person conferences.

MacAdmins: June 2 - July 30

If you manage and deploy Mac and iOS devices, then you need to keep the MacAdmins conference on your radar. Many of the presenters that participate in the MacAdmins conference are the creators of the tools many Mac sysadmins use daily, giving attendees a chance to learn directly from the source.

Covering topics such as security, best practices, and professional development, MacAdmins gives attendees a chance to collaborate and network with fellow Mac and iOS administrators.

Registration for MacAdmins 2022 isn't open yet, but keep checking back, and we'll let you know when you can sign up.

Update: More information has become available regarding this year's MacAdmins conference. The event has been changed to a virtual event. It will be spread out over nine weeks into weekly 2 hour sessions on Thursdays at 1 PM ET starting on June 2nd.

Black Hat: August 6-11

  • Website: https://www.blackhat.com/

  • Cost: $1,095 (virtual) - $2,295 (in-person)

  • Location: Las Vegas, NV

  • Social: Facebook, Twitter

  • Event Type: Hybrid

  • Target Audience: Security Engineers, CSOs / CISOs, Security analysts, anyone involved with cybersecurity

Black Hat is another event that highlights the importance of cybersecurity and advancing cybersecurity technologies. Back Hat provides the InfoSec community with the latest research, developments, and trends in cybersecurity. If there's one thing Log4j has taught us, it's that the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated.

Black Hat is always immediately followed by the ever-popular Def Con hacker convention. While Black Hat is more formal and business-focused, Def Con is much more informal and antics-filled. If you are considering attending Def Con, you'll probably want to disable your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your devices. Don't say we didn't warn you.

VMworld: August 29 to September 1

  • Website: https://www.vmware.com/vmworld/en/index.html

  • Cost: TBA

  • Location: San Francisco, CA

  • Social: Twitter, Facebook

  • Event Type: In-person, currently evaluating hybrid options

  • Target Audience: System administrators, network engineers, and developers, specifically those heavily involved in virtualization and multi-cloud infrastructures

It's getting awfully cloudy outside, and we're not talking about the white fluffy kind. As cloud services take over, many organizations find themselves struggling to manage multi-cloud infrastructures. VMware, the industry-leading virtualization platform, is tackling this issue head-on.

VMworld is backed by some of the biggest names in tech, such as AWS, Dell Technologies, and Nvidia. In addition, VMworld engages some of the most prominent voices in the industry, including Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. If this sounds like all work and no play, worry not. VMworld is famous for hosting some of the biggest bands, such as Imagine Dragons, Bon Jovi, and Blink-182, just to name a few, to help attendees unwind after a long week of virtualization.

SpiceWorld: September 28-30

SpiceWorld is one of the largest and fastest-growing conventions dedicated to IT professionals. SpiceWorld provides the perfect environment for thousands of IT professionals and IT vendors to come together to network, collaborate, and surround themselves with like-minded individuals. With less emphasis on business suits and more emphasis on fun and learning, SpiceWorld's unique conference approach is something that all IT professionals should experience.

SpiceWorld 2021 featured over 45 tech-focused breakout sessions and presentations from tech titans such as Apple's Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak. While SpiceWorld 2021 was a virtual event, SpiceWorld 2022 is currently scheduled to be a hybrid event featuring both in-person and virtual attendees.

Microsoft Ignite: TBA

Microsoft Ignite, formally known as TechEd, has been around almost as long as Windows itself. Launched in 1993, Microsoft Ignite focuses on the future of tech and what Microsoft is doing to ensure users have the tools they need to succeed as processes and the way we interact in the workspace evolves. Microsoft Ignite is a great opportunity to learn directly from Microsoft's own experts and MVPs, as well as other leaders from the industry.

Microsoft Ignite has been held virtually for the last two years because of the pandemic. While Microsoft hasn't formally announced its plans for Ignite 2022, hopefully, they will be able to return to in-person or hybrid attendance.

System Admin: TBA

The TCEA System Administrator and Technical Support Conference is tailored for IT professionals working in the education sector. This demographic of IT professionals face many unique challenges. From managing student-operated devices to maintaining systems and mitigating security risks with limited resources, IT professionals in this field are often tasked to do more with less.

System Admin 2021 recently concluded, and information regarding System Admin 2022 has yet to be announced. We will update this article with pricing, registration links, dates, and more as information becomes available. If you are an IT professional in the education system, keep checking back for more details because this is a conference you won't want to miss.

FAQs

Are conferences worth attending?

Absolutely. Conferences can be extremely beneficial. They provide attendees an excellent opportunity to network and collaborate with like-minded individuals, get feedback and support directly from vendors, and most importantly, learn and grow in their respective fields. And don't forget, many conferences heavily invest in having fun. Maybe don't focus on that part when you pitch it to your boss, though.

When will the TBA info be available?

As information is formally announced, we will update each TBA with its respective information and provide links for registration pages.

Which events will PDQ.com be attending?

If, for some reason, you can't get enough of PDQ.com, you can meet up with us face to face at Pink22, Spiceworld, and System Admin!

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Brock Bingham

Born in the '80s and raised by his NES, Brock quickly fell in love with everything tech. With over 15 years of IT experience, Brock now enjoys the life of luxury as a renowned tech blogger and receiver of many Dundie Awards. In his free time, Brock enjoys adventuring with his wife, kids, and dogs, while dreaming of retirement.

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