The Web 3.0 will take place in California during the week of January 25, but all eyes will be on Apple's January 27 press event, where the company is largely expected to release their rumored tablet computer.
Web 3.0 Conference
January 26 - 27
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California, USA
Web 3.0 Conference explores the "emergence of a new era of technologies, collectively known as Web 3.0." The conference highlights the ways in which businesses and individuals can harness these new technologies and investigates the future of the connected world. Confirmed speakers at the conference include Johanna Wright, director of Product Management responsible for Web Search at Google; Scott Prevost, principal development manager for Bing at Microsoft; Peter Mika, researcher and data architect at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona; and Frank Addante, founder and CEO of the Rubicon Project.
Apple Press Conference
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California, USA
Technology blogs are full of speculation about the new products Apple will announce at its January 27 press conference. Text on the press conference invitations reads, "Come and see our latest creation" fuelling the assumption that Apple will announce their coveted "tablet" at the press-only event. Insider information also points to the possible unveiling of all-new MacBook Pro laptops, iPhone 4.0 and a cloud-based iTunes store that will run natively in internet browsers.
Global Game Jam
The Global Game Jam is a gaming tournament but rather than applauding player skills, it elevates designers' digits and programmers' prowess. Over 100 worldwide tournament locations have been officially registered as venues for the 48-hour game-making frenzy, where competitors are organized into adhoc teams before attempting to churn out one of the best games of the tournament. The top entries are then put forward for March's prestigious Game Developers Conference in San Diego.
Black Hat DC 2010-01-21
January 31 - February 3
Grand Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, USA
The Black Hat Briefings are comprehensive events focused on internet security. The Black Hat DC conference near the US capital provides attendees with useful and relevant information about the most pressing security issues, both alerting them to the possible threats and suggesting viable solutions to combat any foreseen security issues. Conference goers are treated to a series of lectures, hands-on sessions, training workshops and keynotes on topics such as "Hacking Russia: Inside an unprecedented prosecution of organized cybercrime," "Neat, New, and Ridiculous Flash Hacks" and "iPhone privacy."
February 3 - 5
Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
IMAGINA is a software and 3D technology event in Europe that honors innovation within the 3D industry. Attendees will be able to watch and participate in conferences, round table discussions, meetings, workshops and special events with businesses involved in creating 3D solutions for future technologies. 3D demonstrations will take place in the exhibition hall. Developers behind the 3D hit film
Avatar, Lightstorm Entertainment and key members from Ubisoft Montreal, designers of the official
Avatar video game, will take part in a special Avatar event on February 4.
February 9 - 13
Long Beach in California, USA
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED is a non-profit organization that aims to spread ideas in the interests of global knowledge and inspiration. The annual conference is a by-invitation-only event that showcases ideas and projects from the most creative minds in the world. TED2010 will be spread across four days and will explore developments in new technologies, creative design, future concepts and economic innovation taking place across the world. The theme of TED 2010 is "What the World Needs Now, TED2010." Many of the talks will be broadcast on the internet for free.
February 9 - 13
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California, USA
Founded in 1985, the Macworld Conference and Expo is the largest annual Apple Macintosh event in the world. Well over 28,000 people have already pre-registered for MacWorld 2010. Hundreds of companies offering dedicated Mac products and services will be at the event to share their expert advice and show off their latest technology. There will be a strong focus on free training sessions and paid education tracks in 2010, in part to draw focus away from the fact that it will also be the first year in which Apple will not attend Macworld Expo.
Mobile World Congress
February 15 - 18
This four-day event is dedicated to cutting-edge mobile technology. There is a full program of conferences, keynotes and panel discussions that runs alongside an exhibition of the hottest new products and concept designs from the top mobile companies in the field. The Mobile World Congress Awards Ceremony pinpoints leaders and innovators at the forefront of the mobile industry. In 2009 the event attracted around 47,000 industry members from more than 180 countries.
March 2 - 6
Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover, Germany
In 2009, 4,300 exhibitors from 69 countries and more than 400,000 visitors made their way to Hannover for CeBIT. 2010's event is expected to be even bigger. Visitors to the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event will be able to take part in a forum of "international networking, knowledge transfer and trend-setting." CeBIT 2010 highlights will include a new "Next Level 3D" floor space, international demonstrations of green technologies and a new presentation called "Advanced Office & Conference Solutions."