As 2016 comes to a close, we can’t help but be excited for the new year! 2017 has already promised to be amazing, so we’re excited to see if it can keep up with all of the fantastic things that have happened in 2016. One of the best things about the new year? All of the tradeshows and exhibitions that we’ve just experienced in the past year are coming back round- bigger and better than ever before! Fan favorites are back, and news is already starting to trickle down about companies’ new exhibitions and big reveals at the upcoming trade shows. Mark your calendars and book your flights for 6 of the most exciting tech conferences and trade shows that you’re 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’s all happening in just one week! It’s not 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
GDC is the conference of all conferences for game developers – in fact, it’s the only one. This conference is 5 days of sessions, tutorials and boot camps 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 PAX 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-held and PC games throughout both 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, CA
GTC is another huge technology developers conference that spans across many technological industries. This conference features hands-on labs, hangouts, and talks as a way for you to experience everything that technology has to offer. This year, there will be tons of keynote speakers and sessions, ranging in a variety of topics. The most anticipated speeches are about AI, virtual reality, self-driving cars and supercomputers; just to name a few. Not much information has been released about GTC 2017 yet, but we’re waiting on standby for when it hits the press.
E3: June 13th – 15th; Los Angeles, CA
It seems like just yesterday that E3 2016 ended, and we still have 6 long months before it returns this year. The Entertainment Software Association has yet to disappoint us with this one! It’s all about gaming, with more than 250 exhibitors attending each year in anticipation of the hundreds of products being revealed and exhibited throughout the show. E3 is definitely one of the bigger conventions every year with game companies typically releasing new information about their latest games, sharing sneak peeks, betas and release dates. We’ll just have to wait and see what E3 has in store for us this year, but we can definitely count on it being incredible.
These 6 tech conventions have held the attention of enthusiasts and professionals for years and 2017 will be no different. With CES starting next week, it’s hard not to be excited for the new year to begin. We will just have to wait and see what amazing new technology comes out of these conferences this year. Until then, happy gaming!