The Virtual Tech Events To Attend In 2020

The Virtual Tech Events To Attend In 2020

Professional development can be elusive with work and life to manage, however it is super important for any tech professionals growth. With so many events and conferences being shifted to the virtual space we curated a list of events to definitely check out. 

The Girls in Tech Conference 

The Girls in Tech Conference is your chance to have a real conversation about all the things that matter —- life experiences, triumphs, setbacks, tricks of the trade and industry trends. It will feature motivational presentations from some of the most extraordinary minds in tech, science, space and business, meaningful networking opportunities, breakout sessions, meditation, music, and more.

Energy Connect Conference

A day of innovations in energy, clean technology, and climate mitigation! This year, our annual conference Energy Connect will focus on female representation and equity in the enegry and cleantech spaces nationwide, and address the challenges and opportunities for cleantech startups working in the climate-focused areas in the Greater Boston area.

The Black is Tech Virtual Conference 2020

The Black Is Tech Virtual Conference will be held on Sept. 24- 25, 2020 and attract over 6000 black and minority tech professionals and entrepreneurs streaming our sessions, networking with one another, and connecting with recruiters, all from the comfort of their homes.

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Virtual Tech Career Conference

While we navigate through these uncertain times and practice social distancing for the time being we have decided to connect our community of TECH job seekers, career coaches and employers through our Virtual Career Conference.

TBI’s BIG Event 

TBI’s first virtual BIG Event will take place over one week with two hours of programming each day. The week will be filled with educational workshops and valuable presentations from some of the industry’s best and brightest on the hot topics everyone is talking about: cloud communications, IoT, mobility, cybersecurity, and more. Stick around for some fun activities after each day’s programming, like virtual beer tasting and cocktail making. free

VMworld 2020 | September 29 – October 1 | VMware  

This year, VMWorld is a virtual event for the tech professional looking to gain knowledge and momentum in the realm of cloud-based applications, security issues, and innovations. free

BII Summit: The World’s No.1 Blockchain Investment Event 

BII SUMMIT is an event that specializes in helping technology companies and investors meet under one (virtual) roof to create long-term business relationships. 

Women of Power Tech

Our inaugural virtual conference, WPTech provides a rich, unduplicated platform with sessions, workshops, and coaching to help you identify new trends and opportunities and gain the digital upskilling necessary to advance across an array of tech-driven industries.

AfroTech

The groundbreaking, revolutionary experience for Black techies, startups and entrepreneurs returns! Come join 10,000+ of your fellow founders, entrepreneurs and engineers as we scale our collective power in culture, innovation and tech.

Tech Inclusion

Join us on October 13-15 for a virtual experience and a global discussion about the changes happening in the tech industry and what actions are needed today. This year we’ll strategize how we can create equity in the tech industry, how Venture Capital and entrepreneurship ecosystems are evolving to become more inclusive, and the impact of the stories we consume and share in the media.

5 Tips To Building Your Tech Network Virtually

5 Tips To Building Your Tech Network Virtually

In this new age, we are all having to get out of our comfort zones to embrace what networking looks like now. Yes, we all love meeting up in person but virtual networking has it’s benefit and can truly be a game changer for any person in tech. Check out a few tips we have picked up during this current season.

Create your networking bucket list

Are there some people you have always wanted to connect with, but never had time, or they are in a different city? Now is the time! Sit down, relax your mind, and begin crafting a list of people you would love to meet up with. It could be a company leader, former colleague, favorite entrepreneur, tech guru, or friend of a friend. Of course, some will be easier to connect with than others, so make sure to note where you have a warm lead to help in your initial connection point. 

Follow The Hashtags

Hashtags are becoming everyone’s gateway to connecting over similar interests, hobbies and work. Social media can catch you in a bad game of scrolling for hours but you can also discover a network of people thinking and moving just like you. Start by sharing a relevant piece of content using hashtag focused on your interest(s) or just a quick intro of yourself using the specific hashtag, where you are looking to meet people. Simple enough. Some of the hashtags we are digging right now, #blacktechtwitter #100daysofcode #diversifytech #pocit

Groups on groups on groups

Groups have always been a way for people who share common interests to connect. This still rings true in the virtual world and provides an opportunity for meeting new people, professional development and gaining insight into industry news. There are mainstay groups you can find via LinkedIn, Facebook and Meetup. There are also thousands of independent/newly formed masterminds, business groups and associations that are pouring a lot into their virtual groups, right now. Like QuarantineCon, Latinas In Tech and may others, you can seek out through a traditional Google search or following industry specific hashtags.  

Make it official

So, you are out and about following hashtags, meeting people, and living your best virtual life. Start to make it official by seeing if some of the techies you connect with are interested in meeting up via Zoom, Google Meet, or Houseparty (depending on how you feel:).  You can still make it a coffee or even happy hour, where each of you brings your favorite drink of choice. This will allow for you to kickstart your day or whine down over new and fun conversations. 

Make it real

The word authentic is communicated a lot as we all seek to find purpose in everything we do. This should also be the case for how you approach your work relationships. Once you have a made a connection through social media, a group or other online source, make sure to nurture it. It is one thing to meet a person once, it is another to build a connection that can last for years to come. Check-in with new contacts via email or give them a call (phone calls are a thing, again). Follow up to see if you can schedule another virtual coffee date or happy hour. Remember, people are seeking the same relationship building you are, and doing it virtually allows for ease in taking the first and second steps. You got this.