As 2016 is winding down, we can’t help but be excited for the new year. 2017 has already promised us a lot, and we are so excited to see if it can keep up with all of the fantastic things that we have seen in 2016. One of the best things about the new year? All of the tradeshows and exhibitions that have just passed are coming back- bigger and better than ever. Fan Favorites are back, and news is already starting to trickle down from companies about their exhibitions and reveals at these big name trade shows. Mark your calendars and book your flights, here are 6 tech conferences/trade shows that you are not going to want to miss this year.
CES 2017: January 5th – 8th; Las Vegas, NV
Tech companies from all over the globe are gearing up to exhibit at CES this year, and it is all happening in one week. It’s not just about gaming, but rather innovations in technology everywhere. This year is looking very promising, with Faraday Future releasing their first production vehicle, NVIDIA giving a keynote address, and dozens of companies in the running for this year’s Innovation Awards. Check out more information about CES 2017 here.
GDC Game Developers Conference: February 27th – March 3rd; San Francisco, CA
The GDC is the conference of conferences for game developers – in fact it’s the only one. This conference is 5 days of sessions, tutorials, boot camps and more on everything gaming. Even the sessions are split into tracks based on topic, so you can see topics in audio, business and marketing, programming, and even visual arts. The list is growing rapidly and tickets are selling quick! You won’t want to miss this one!
PAX East (March 10th – 12th; Boston, MA) and West (September 2nd – 5th; Seattle, WA)
PAX Prime began in 2004 and grew so large, they had to split it up into several regional conferences including East and West. These two have become known as the two largest gaming events in North America. Each conference features thousands of companies from all over exhibiting their latest wares throughout the exhibit hall. There are even spaces to play consoles, hand-helds, and PC games throughout the conventions. PAX is one of many conferences that allows the public to see, hear, and experience everything that the gaming world has to offer, and it’s a once in a lifetime experience you can’t miss. Last year at PAX West, there were VR demos, a Resident Evil Haunted House, an arcade, and an indie mega booth where you could try all kinds of new indie games. We can’t wait to see what they come up with this year.
GPU Tech Conference: May 8th – 11th; Silicon Valley
GTC is another huge technology developer conference, and it spans across many technological industries. This conference features hands on labs, hangouts, talks, and a whole lot more for you to experience everything that Tech has to offer. This year, there will be tons of keynote speakers and sessions, ranging in a variety of topics. The most anticipated is definitely speeches about AI, virtual reality, self-driving cars, and supercomputers; just to name a few. Not much information has been released about GTC 2017, but we are waiting on standby for when it does hit the press.
E3: June 13th – 15th; Los Angeles, CA
It seems like yesterday that E3 just ended, and we still have 6 long months before it returns. The Entertainment Software Association has yet to disappoint us with this one. It’s all about gaming. More than 250 exhibitors attend each year, and hundreds of products are revealed and exhibited throughout the show. E3 is definitely one of the bigger conventions, and is usually when game companies release new information about their latest games such as sneak peeks, betas and release dates. We will just have to wait and see what E3 has in store for this year, but we can count on it being incredible.
These six tech conventions have held the attention of enthusiasts and professionals for years, and this year will be no different. With CES next week, it’s hard not to be excited for the new year to begin. We will just have to wait and see what greatness comes out of these conferences this year. Until then, happy gaming!