The Best Global Tech and Innovation Conferences That Were Held In 2016
2016 is over and so are the conferences that took place. If you are entrepreneur or a trainer, you could have gained immense knowledge by attending one of these technology and innovation conferences for a number of reasons, some of which are mentioned below:
- To find customers
- To find investors
- To find partners
- To find talent
- To learn about competitive intelligence
- To learn about the best practices in the industry, even before they show up on a blog post
- To look for inspiration
- To network with other people
Now that you have learnt about why you should attend conferences, let’s have a look at some of the best conferences that took place in 2016:
1. Conversion Conference
The Conversion Conference took place from May 17th to May 19th in Las Vegas and the ticket price ranged from $797-$2,503. The conference was aimed at people who wanted to increase their revenue and sales and the traffic on their website. The conference discussed the conversion techniques that mainly focused on rate optimization of websites. Some of the other things that were discussed were abandonment recovery details and how websites can create personalized messages and work towards cross device optimization.
2. Collision Conference
The Collision Conference took place from April 26th to April 28th in New Orleans. The conference has hosted more than 7,500 attendees and that too, in more than 50 countries. The conference is known for attracting the CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world, so you know that they are doing it right.
3. Project 16
Project 16 took place in Auckland, New Zealand on the 1st of September and the price to attend the conference was $499. The conference was especially arranged for entrepreneurs and companies who wanted to be more creative when doing business. The conference focused on the importance of design and how leaders can build amazing teams. In addition to this, it discussed about developing business models and why you should be storytelling when it comes to your brand. The conference basically helped all the entrepreneurs learn about their creative potential.
4. Inc. 5000
Inc. 5000 took place from October 16th to October 18th in San Antonio and the price of the ticket was $1,396. The conference manages to gather some of the top entrepreneurs in the world and features some of the greatest speakers in the world that includes Elizabeth Cutler, Eric Ryan, Tony Robbins, and Weili Dai. The conference includes a number of networking events like the following:
- Black-tie gala
- Cocktail reception
- Golf tournament
5. TechCrunch Disrupt SF
TechCrunch Disrupt SF took place from the 12th of September till the 14th of September in San Francisco and the ticket price was from $1,995 to $2,995. The conference is for people who are into technology and innovation. The conference has the following attractions:
- 24 Hour Hackathon
- Hardware Alley
- Number of After Parties
- Startup Alley
6. Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Boston
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Boston took place from the 16th of October till the 19th of October in Boston and the ticket prices ranged from $525 to $1,295. Since the conference is for people under the age of 30, it manages to bring together some of the most brilliant and brightest minds that want to bring change in their business. The summit always invites some of the most influential people and this year the speakers included Sir Richard Bransom, Ashton Kutcher, and Jessica Alba. Since there are different speakers, you tend to connect to them and learn about the opportunities that will help a business in growing. All the attendees socialize with each other and get to enjoy the U30 bar crawl along with music and food festivals.
7. Fortune Growth Summit
The summit was held for two days, the 25th and the 26th of October, in Dallas and the price of the tickets ranged from $1,695 to $1,995. The people who attend this conference are generally the ones that have fast growing companies or are the CEO or thought leaders of places that want to develop new strategy plans, just so they can be the best in their field and beat their competition. This is a great conference for people who want to network and work towards idea generation.
The conference took place from the 15th of September till the 17th in Aruba and the ticket prices were from $290-$725. You might not know this but it is the first tech conference that took place in the Caribbean for startups located across the globe. ATECH includes a number of things like Fin Tech, Digital, IoT, and much more. The best part about the conference is that since its taking place in the Caribbean, you get to enjoy the beach as well.
9. Lean Startup Week
The conference took place from the 31st of October till the 6th November in San Francisco and the ticket prices ranged from $1,150 to $2,800. Lean Startup Week was suitable for people who want to learn the entire methodology. The whole event lasts for a week and during this time, community members and thought leaders work on workshops, boot camps, keynote talks, dinners, and speed mentoring. The main goal behind this was to bring about a huge change with the help of Lean Startup methodologies.
The conference took place on the 16th of November in Brooklyn, New York and the ticket prices ranged from $515 to $2,495. You would know that companies have stories that make or break them, and this is the exact reason why Momentum takes place – to hear those stories. The conference basically brought together 12 growth experts and around 60 startups. The main reason why the conference is held is to make people learn about the moments that can make or break a business. As the name suggests, the conference is for people who want to gain momentum in their business.
11. Digital Book World
The Digital Book World took place from the 7th of March till the 9th of March in New York and the ticket price was for $1,525. The conference helps in bringing together professionals belonging to the fields of publishing, technology, and media. The conference comes in really handy because it helps people to build, develop, and transform their organizations just so they can keep up with the change of the ever evolving industry. The people who attend the Digital Book World also learn about how they are supposed to distribute and market the content that is given to online leaders and how to collect and mine the data, so that people can improve the sales and learn about developing new staff.
12. Tech Week
The Tech Week took place a couple of times at the following locations:
- Kansas City
- Los Angeles
- New York
The conferences had initially started in Chicago and the main purpose behind them was to show and talk about the new tech ecosystem. TechWeek was a huge success which is the reason why it expanded to eight cities. In all these conferences, CEOs, innovators, entrepreneurs, and founders come together in different cities just so they can address technology related problems with the help of tech entrepreneurs and also to work on the tech ecosystem of the city the conference is taking place in.
13. Web Summit
The Web Summit took place from the 7th of November till the 10th of November in Lisbon, Portugal and the ticket prices varied from $780 to $5200. You might not know this, but the conference is attended by almost 50,000 people from more than 150 countries. Web Summit is the biggest and the most influential conference that takes place in Europe. The main aim of the conference is to focus on transforming lives and to gather people who want to bring about a change. Some of the famous people who attend the conference are Michael Dell, Elon Musk, Bono, and Reed Hastings.
14. World Business Forum
The World Business Forum took place from the 17th of November till the 18th of November in New York City and the price of the ticket ranged from $2,790 to $3,890. The conference is attended by all sorts of people, be it innovators, CEOs, artists, leaders, and sportspeople. The people who attended the conference are the ones who want to challenge the status quo. This is a very focused conference that talks about all the current and inspiring issues.
15. Startup Grind Global Conference
The Startup Grind Global Conference took place from the 23rd of February till the 24th of February in the Silicon Valley. This is the largest startup community that works towards connecting almost 215,000 founders from 185 cities, that is massive to say the least. Like other events, the conference helps entrepreneurs to work towards expanding and developing their business. All the attendees connect with each other to establish connections. The conference is attended by industry giants like Google, Apple, Sequoia Capital, and Accel Partners. The conference is also attended by influential people, as the one in 2016 was attended by Y Combinator’s founding Jessica Livingston and LinkedIn’s co-founder Reid Hoffman.
16. HOW Design Live
The date of the conference was from May 19th to May 23rd in Atlanta and the price of the ticket ranged from $545 to $1,545. The conference is all about new ideas and skills and how the attendees interact with each other. The whole event is for 5 days and it is attended by thinkers, designers, and brand leaders.
17. Investigative Reporters and Editors
The Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference was held in Denver from the 10th of March till the 13th of March. IRE is a national conference that consists of round tables, workshops, and panels. The whole point of this is to study the latest developments in journalism. The conference that took place in 2016 revolved around the theme of computer-assisted reporting, and provided the attendees with a lot of information.
18. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference took place from the 31st of March to the 2nd of April in Los Angeles. This conference is very famous amongst teachers, editors, writers, publishers, and students. The conference is one of the biggest ones, and was attended by 2,000 presenters this year. There were a number of lectures, readings, and panels. The annual book fair is one of the biggest platforms for writing programs, press releases, and arts organizations.
19. WSJ Digital Live
The WSJ Digital Live took place on the 24th and 25th of October in Laguna Beach and was an invite only conference. The conference gets together influential people that include leaders, CEOs and innovators. The conference that took place this year was attended by people like Brian Acton, Sheryl Sandberg, and Reed Hastings.
20. Digital Publishing Innovation Summit
The summit took place on the 13th and 14th of July in New York and the ticket prices ranged from $895 to $1,795. The Digital Publishing Innovation Summit is attended by executives from renowned publications like the Penguin Random House, The Huffington Post, Mashable, and the Vanity Fair. It is important you know that more than 300 leaders attended the event, gave presentations and conducted workshops. All the participants get over 25 hours of networking opportunities and more than 40 case studies were presented by more than 500 companies.
21. Cusp Conference
The Cusp Conference took place on the 7th and 8th of October in Chicago and the price of the tickets ranged from $600 to $1,950. It is a two-day event where over 25 people give presentations about how we can improve our tomorrow. The conference is attended by people from different fields be it consumer electronics, filmmaking, graphic design, medicine, and public transportation.
22. Salesforce Dreampitch
The final round of the conference took place on the 4th of October at the Dreamforce in San Francisco, CA. To be fair, this is not so much of a conference as it is an opportunity to pitch your business in front of investors like Chris Sacca and Mark Cuban. This event is hosted by the Salesforce and the finalists receive the following things:
- Travel and accommodation
- Passes to the Dreamforce
- A booth so that you have the chance of show casing your companies true potential
- A chance to receive an investment of up to $150k from Salesforce Ventures
- VIP membership to a startup program and access to products that are up to $20,000
All Things Open
The conference took place on two days that is the 26th and the 27th of October in Raleigh, where the ticket prices ranged from $49-$199. The conference was designed for people who want to learn about new developments like the open-source cloud technologies. All Things Open is attended buy a large number of people every year.
ICON took place from the 2nd of March till the 4th of March in Phoenix and the price ranged from $299-$499. The event was hosted by Infusionsoft and people who register for the events are the ones that want to develop their growth strategy and develop an effective business model. The conference has 6 keynotes, 30 educational sessions and is attended by more than 4000 entrepreneurs.
The conference took place in London on the 17th and 18th of September and in New York on April 22nd in the year 2016. The price of the tickets ranged from £245 to £395 and was hosted by the net magazine. The whole point of the conference is to help the people in developing their web skills.
The conference took place from the 4th of May till the 8th of May in Atlanta and was attended by user experience designers, information architects, and content strategists.
Print and ePublishing Conference
The conference took place from the 5th of June till the 8th of June in San Diego and the price of the tickets ranged from $225-$1,395. The conference is to enlighten the attendees about the latest technologies that will help publishers and designers.
This took place from the 6th of May till the 8th of May in Omaha and the price ranged from $299-$499. The event is attended by a number of differ people like investors and founders who attend the Big Omaha to network with other people.
The Post-Seed Conference
The Post-Seed Conference is yet to come and will take place on the 1st of December in San Francisco. The conference will answer money related problems.
In conclusion, these are the best global tech and innovation conferences that were held in 2016.
The Popular Apps Games for Mobile Phone for 2016 & 2017
With the advent of smart phones and tablets, more and more people are now downloading app games for the mobile. Mobile gaming became famous almost five years ago when Google and Apple launched their app stores for Android and Google. Today, there is so much variety that you will be spoilt for choice. From puzzle games to adventure games and strategy games, everything is just a touch away.
You might not know this, but back in 2012, Angry Birds got more than 263 million active players in the world whereas Candy crush was played more than 600 million times in a day. Since these games have social features as well, you can share your score with your friends on social media platforms like Facebook. One key trend that has been popular since the inception of the app stores is ‘freemium’ games that you can download and play for free. On the other hand, there are some games that are free to play but they have in-app currency that is needed to extend the life of the character or to improve the chances of winning.
Here are some of the most popular app games for mobile phone that you should try out:
Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds is not a thing of the past as there are still a lot of people who play the game regularly. You need to check out the Star Wars version as the birds are dressed as Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker. It involves light sabers and anti gravity features. This is one of the best Star Wars spin off games and you should definitely check it out.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Remember the time when you used to play GTA Vice City? Well, the console game has smoothly transitioned into a touchscreen version. Play the game and go back to the start of the 21st century.
The game is for free and you only use one button to go through different levels in order to win the game.
Minecraft was a huge hit amongst players because you get the chance to explore and craft the virtual world with the help of blocks.
Do you remember how you used to play snake on old Nokia phones? This is the same as that but instead of the snake, you now have a conga line of heroes that will keep you hooked.
Rayman Jungle Run
Rayman was played a lot on consoles but the mobile version is the best one. It’s so easy to control the character as they run through 70 levels towards victory.
Broken Sword: Director’s Cut
The game was released back in 1996, and the mobile version was just as popular as the console version. You will enjoy the game as your character will solve a murder and will work towards uncovering a mystery.
Infinity Blade II
The game will keep you glued to your seat, as your character will have to fight with monsters with the help of their skills and weapons.
Limbo has to be one of the creepiest games out there, as it deals with fiendish puzzles and has monochromic graphics that add to the overall experience.
The game is somehow like Skyrim and is a treat in itself. You character will spend hours exploring the surroundings and will be preparing for a battle.
We are sure that you have never played a game like this before because in this game there are no graphics and you can only navigate with the help of sounds. In the plot, you have to escape from a spacecraft that is after you. Do you know the best part about the game? The entire storyline is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. You may swoon now.
Walking Dead: The Game
Who doesn’t love the walking dead? The game brings the Zombies to life, okay to your mobile screens. It has an amazing storytelling and you will surely love it.
Warhammer has a lot of fans all over the world. I mean who doesn’t love treasures, dungeons, and monsters? Make sure you try this one out.
This is one of the most famous iOS games that have taken over the world. It is based on a Swedish mythology, where the main character sets out on a journey in a wintry landscape and wanders off in order to have a look into the future. The best part about the game is the graphics and the puzzles that will keep you hooked.
It is a puzzle in which you have to match jewels in order to win. The game has been around for long, but it’s even more fun on the phone. The game has a Blitz element in which you have 60 seconds to score as many points as possible.
The game is made up of different levels and each level has patterns of tiles. You need to tap these tiles before the color changes and you run out of blips.
Candy Crush Saga
This game needs no introduction, as it is one of the most popular games out there. The game has more than 100 levels and in each level, you play with sweets. You can make in app purchases in order to purchase more lives and get power ups.
Cut the Rope: Time Travel
Cut the Rope has to be one of the cutest games out there because you get to play with a cute little critter that is known as Om nom. How do you play the game? Well, by simply cutting the ropes, making sure that the sweets go into Om Nom’s mouth and by collecting stars. If you think that this is a children’s game, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Words with Friends
It is one of the best word puzzle games out there that is even more fun for mobile phones. The best part is that you can play this game with strangers and with friends.
World of Goo
This was introduced as a PC but slowly made its way to smart phones and tablets. It is more of a physics based puzzler, so if you’re into that, you will love the game.
Sports and Gaming
This is a great game if you love boxing because you will learn how to cut, jab, and hook.
Need for Speed Most Wanted
This is a street racing game that features more than 40 cars and offers great customization options.
Real Racing 3
If you haven’t played this game before, you will love the graphics and the animation. The game has more than 50 cars and different features that enhance the overall experience.
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
The game is really fun because you will get to build Elven city and Dwarven. It is like watching Tolkein’s fantasy come to live.
Clash of Clans
This is an extremely popular mobile game in which you will get the chance to build a village and train the troops on your journey.
In conclusion, these are some games that you should definitely try out.