All eyes in the technology scene are now firmly fixed on the 2011 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The ground-breaking products and forward thinking technology on display during the show makes CES one the most keenly watched events in the technology calendar. Also on the horizon is the annual Macworld Expo, the largest annual Apple Macintosh event in the world.
44th International CES
Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's largest consumer technology trade show. It is also one of the most closely followed events on the technology calendar - alongside CeBIT and Computex Taipei - as it welcomes numerous high-profile technology companies and is the launch-place for many groundbreaking new gadgets and high-tech products. CES attracts around 126,600 visitors each year and is a "must-see" event for technology enthusiasts.
Palo Alto, California, USA
NextGen is a one day conference that partners aspiring young entrepreneurs with their more experienced counterparts and venture capitalists. Speakers include President of Clarium Capital Management Peter Thiel, Square COO Keith Rabois, and entrepreneurs Mark Suster, Travis Kalanick and Larry Chiang. The NextGen Conference is a niche event and is much smaller than TiEcon (the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs) or Standford's eConference.
1st Click Asia Summit
Taj Lands End
The Click Asia Summit is a Digital and mobile marketing conference and expo. The first edition of the event is expected to attract around 1,000 delegates. Click Asia Summit will host hands-on workshops, seminars and informative discussions about social media. More than 50 speakers including Microsoft's Eric Bozinny, HootSuite's Ryan Holmes, LinkedIn India's Hari V Krishnan, and IBM's Raghavendra Satish Peri will focus on the industry's key issues. Similar events in the Asian region include (the much larger) CommunicAsia and MMA Forum Singapore.
Moscone Convention Center,
San Francisco, CA, USA
Founded in 1985, the Macworld Conference and Expo is the largest annual Apple Macintosh event in the world. 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. Well over 35,000 people have already pre-registered for Macworld 2011 making it much larger than Apple's own annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) which is capped at around 5,000 places.
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 120 worldwide tournament locations have been officially registered as venues for the 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.
GSMA Mobile World Congress
GSMA Mobile World Congress is a four-day event dedicated to cutting-edge mobile technology. It is accompanied by a string of high-profile mobile device announcements from leading manufacturers and as such is the most hotly followed event in the mobile industry. A full program of conferences, keynotes and panel discussions runs alongside an exhibition of the hottest new products and concept designs from the top mobile companies in the field. 1,300 exhibitors and 50,000 industry members from 200 countries are expected in 2011.
February 28-March 4
Long Beach, California, USA
TED, an acronym for Technology Entertainment Design, brings together scientific pioneers, visionaries, musicians and provocateurs from around the world for its famous talks. Presentations feature tech demos, video and TEDUniversity sessions. The program extends into evening art exhibits, comedy and experiences. Since 1990, the gatherings have continued to grow, extending to a TEDGlobal in a different country annually. Since 2007, Talks are online for free and have been viewed 290 million times.