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17 December 2019 

20 Can’t-Miss AI Events in 2020

Jacob Thomas
20 Can’t-Miss AI Events in 2020


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is progressing at an amazing rate. As new developments are made, top-notch conferences are founded to educate the world on its many uses and benefits. This post will cover 20 can’t-miss AI events for 2020 to keep you updated on this revolutionary technology.

We usually think of artificial intelligence as a new technology. In fact, AI has been theorized and dreamed about for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese were all fascinated by the idea of inanimate objects suddenly coming to life. But only recently has technology allowed us to act on these theories of old.

The term “artificial intelligence” was first coined in 1956. Over the next few decades, the field experienced numerous highs and lows before picking up consistent steam in the late 1990s. Since then, AI technology, and the general public’s acceptance of it, has grown by leaps and bounds.

Naturally, annual international, must-attend conferences have been founded in order to educate the AI community and accelerate its growth. We’ve compiled a list of the top 20 events you should definitely consider attending in 2020. Each is sure to be both highly informative and utterly unforgettable.

1. Global Artificial Intelligence Conference


Source: Highering

Date & Location: January 21 – 23

Location: Santa Clara, California

Description: An agnostic AI conference for all industry verticals.

Why You Should Attend: Now in its fourth year, the Global Artificial Intelligence Conference is the largest agnostic vendor conference in the AI space. Whether you work in retail, healthcare, insurance, agriculture, or a completely different field, this event has the content you need. Come learn from an impressive slate of speakers from well-known brands like Google, Lyft, and Adobe, and propel your career forward in 2020.

2. Applied Machine Learning Days (AMLD)

Applied Machine Learning Event 2019

Source: AMLD

Date: January 25 – 29

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Description: Five days of expert-taught tutorials and workshops regarding AI and machine learning.

Why You Should Attend: Sponsored by Microsoft, Logitech, and other large brands, AMLD brings together some of the brightest minds in AI technology from many diverse backgrounds. Confirmed speakers for the 2020 gathering include Edward Snowden, professors at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, and other knowledgable professionals. But attendees won’t just be listening to experts, they’ll also have the opportunity to get hands-on during specific workshops and trainings. AMLD is one of the largest AI events in Europe and definitely one you should consider attending in 2020.

3. Impact: AI 2020


Source: AI Flow

Date: February 4 – 5

Location: San Francisco, California

Description: Learn and grow your career at this two day artificial intelligence conference.

Why You Should Attend: At Impact: AI 2020 you’ll be able to learn, explore, and create with some of the world’s most experienced practitioners, thought leaders, and vendors. Take a deep dive into cutting-edge best practices, the latest trends, and future predictions in the fields of artificial intelligence and deep learning. After 10 years of hosting conferences, AI Flow knows a thing or two about planning a stellar event, so you won’t be disappointed at Impact: AI 2020!

4. TechCrunch: Robotics + AI 2020


Source: TechCrunch

Date: March 3

Location: Berkeley, California

Description: An AI event that features in-depth interviews and networking opportunities.

Why You Should Attend: Are you a fan of TechCrunch, the popular online publisher of technology related content? Then you should definitely consider attending TechCrunch: Robotics + AI 2020. The publisher’s top editors will sit down with notable experts in the field of AI to conduct live, in-depth interviews and facilitate interesting demos. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in hands-on workshops and meet their peers in curated networking sessions. If you want to learn more about AI and love the TechCrunch brand, this conference is definitely can’t-miss.

5. AI & Big Data Expo


Source: AI Expo

Date: March 17 – 18

Location: Olympia, London

Description: A showcase of cutting edge technology and education on its implementation.

Why You Should Attend: The AI & Big Data Expo is unique in that its co-located alongside three other major technology conferences: the IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, and Cyber Security and Cloud Expo. For those interested in a wide range of technologies, the convenience of Big Data Expo is hard to beat. But even if you only care about AI, this event has its own advantages, including world-class speakers and the opportunity to explore practical AI implementation in business scenarios.

6. AI Net Conference


Source: Upperside Conferences

Date: March 31 – April 2

Location: Paris, France

Description: An AI and machine learning conference for those in the telecommunications industry.

Why You Should Attend: Presented by Upperside Conferences, a leader in Parisian technology events, AI Net is an AI and machine learning conference geared towards the telecommunications community. Attendees of the 2020 event will gain insights and use case details on predicting failure, real-time anomaly detection, trend analysis, and more. And since one should never be uncomfortable in the “city of love”, event planners have arranged for attendees to stay in the luxurious Marriott Paris Rive Gauche Hotel.

7. Think 2020

IBM think 2019

Source: IBM

Date: May 4 – 7

Location: San Francisco, California

Description: A technology conference from world leader, IBM.

Why You Should Attend: It’s no surprise that IBM, a recognized technological leader for over half a century, hosts an annual event devoted to advancements in technology. While not strictly about artificial intelligence, Think always features AI inspired sessions. For those interested in attending, but unsure of how to broach the subject with their company, the event registration website has tips you can use to convince your boss of the conference’s importance.

8. Rise of AI Conference

Rise of AI Conference

Source: Rise of AI

Date: May 13 – 14

Location: Berlin, Germany

Description: Explore and discuss the impact of the 21st century’s “most powerful technology”.

Why You Should Attend: Rise of AI is one of the most influential AI conferences in all of Europe. For the last six years they’ve educated event attendees on what artificial intelligence really is, how it can be applied to everyday scenarios, and what their vision for the future is in regards to AI. Now, you can join 80 expert speakers and over 2,000 event-goers and experience the rise of AI first hand.

9. CogX 2020

AI Event CogX UK

Source: CogX

Date: June 8 – 10

Location: London, United Kingdom

Description: A popular conference in Europe with the aim to educate and inspire the AI community.

Why You Should Attend: CogX is a leader in the AI event space and has built a strong event brand. Last year’s conference welcomed a global audience of 20,000 visitors to learn from over 400 hours of content! The 2020 event is sure to be even better. While this year’s slate of speakers has yet to be confirmed, previous conferences have hosted high-ranking politicians and professionals from companies such as J.P Morgan and the Royal bank of Scotland. We have no reason to believe the 2020 gathering won’t feature amazing keynotes as well.

10. AI for Good Summit


Source: ITU

Date: June 12 – 13

Location: Seattle, Washington

Description: Learn how to use AI technology in a way that benefits society and improves the world.

Why You Should Attend: Re-Work, the force behind many technology events, will host this summit in order to explore the possibilities of AI and educate attendees on its world-benefitting potential. You’ll learn from pioneers in the field and be able to attend many deep-dive sessions, practical workshops, and technical labs. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with over 600 innovators — game changers from Google, Salesforce, IBM, and more — and even add them to your professional network.

11. Spark + AI Summit 2020

Spark-Summit-Europe-2019-Stage-1Source: Databricks

Date: June 22 – 25

Location: San Francisco, California

Description: Attend the largest data and machine learning conference.

Why You Should Attend: 7,000 people are expected to attend the Spark + AI Summit 2020. Will you be one of them? If you’re interested in learning about the latest advances in open-source technology (think, Apache Spark, Delta Lake, etc.) and the best practices for employing them in the real world, your answer should be a resounding “Yes!” Join thousands of other data scientists, engineers, and analysts for four days of in-depth training and certification.

12. VB Transform


Source: VentureBeat

Date: July 15 – 16

Location: San Francisco, California

Description: Learn how to accelerate your business with AI.

Why You Should Attend: It’s no secret that artificial intelligence is radically changing the world. To find success in your business, you must understand and embrace these changes. VB Transform is “the event of the year for business executives” and wholly dedicated to helping founders, CEOs, and other business leaders take advantage of AI at their companies. Join top AI thought leaders in 2020 for powerful talks and unbeatable networking opportunities.

13. Ai4


Source: Ai4

Date: September 1 – 2

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Description: This conference is at the forefront of the AI revolution.

Why You Should Attend: In 2019, Ai4 was actually four separate events, all hosted in New York City. The 2020 gathering is bringing each individual conference to Las Vegas and hosting them together. If you work in finance, healthcare, cybersecurity, or retail and want to learn more about AI, this conference should be on your short list. Previous attendees include professionals from Apple, Verizon, and Amazon, so you know the content is good. Speaking of content, the slate of 2020 speakers for this event includes professionals from the FBI, the Department of Defense, H&M, Walmart, Cisco, and many more.

14. Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys)


Source: IntelliSys

Date: September 3 – 4

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Description: Gather with other attendees from 50+ different countries to network and learn innovative approaches to tough problems.

Why You Should Attend: The 2020 version of IntelliSys will focus on how AI can be applied to real-world situations — a growing point of interest in the AI community. Event-goers will be able to choose from one of four conference tracks: Artificial Intelligence with studies in deep learning, biometrics and data mining; Machine Vision covering topics like pattern recognition, signal processing and medical diagnosis; Robotics teaching attendees about humanoid, assistive, and mobile robots; and Ambient Intelligence which focuses on smart cities, IoT, and affective computing. Join AI professionals and enthusiasts from around the world to learn about these revolutionary concepts.

15. Strata Data and AI Conference


Source: O’Reilly

Date: September 14 – 17

Location: New York City, New York

Description: Transform your business by learning the top breakthroughs and best practices in the field of AI.

Why You Should Attend: Whether you’re a machine learning scientist, data engineer, or general business leader, the Strata Data and AI Conference has the information you need. Focused on practical applications of AI, event attendees will be able to fast-track their skills with two-day training courses, tutorials, case studies, technical sessions, and more. There will also be dedicated networking times, which event-goers can use to make meaningful connections and further their careers.

16. AI World Conference and Expo


Source: Robotics Business Review

Date: September 29 – October 1

Location: Boston, Massachusettes

Description:  This event focuses on the state of the practice of AI in enterprise.

Why You Should Attend: Last, but certainly not least, we have the AI World Conference and Expo in Boston, MA. This three-day event features comprehensive content and business development opportunities that are designed to help attendees “cut through the hype and navigate through the complex landscape of AI business solutions.” The conference always delivers top-notch information which is why mega-brands like Facebook, Nike, and Adobe send their employees to attend. Join the fun in 2020 and learn practical ways to improve your business and move your career forward.

17. World Summit AI


Source: World Summit AI

Date: October 7 – 8

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Description: This event’s mission is to address the most pressing AI challenges and set the global AI agenda.

Why You Should Attend: When it comes to marketing events in the AI space, World Summit AI deserves a lot of credit. They’ve grown their conference to feature over 6,000 annual attendees from 161 countries. Professionals from industry titans like Apple, Microsoft, and Dell are regulars. World renowned artists play its after parties. The event also hosts a startup competition or talent showcase, provides plenty of network opportunities, and hosts a large AI expo. This really is a one of a kind, can’t-miss event for 2020.

18. Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference


Source: Bootstrap Labs

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: Meet and learn from the world’s leading AI experts regarding applied AI technologies.

Why You Should Attend: Previous editions of this one day conference brought together many of the world’s most experienced AI experts to teach and connect with event attendees. While details regarding the 2020 event have yet to be released, we’re confident it will continue to explore topics like the future of AI in many diverse industries such as transportation, health, cybersecurity, and FinTech. Check this post regularly for the latest updates on this event!

19. AI Hardware Summit

2019 AI Hardware Summit

Source: AI Hardware Summit

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: An industry conference dedicated to the AI chip ecosystem.

Why You Should Attend: Most AI conferences talk about software. This Kisaco Research event is different; they’re all about the hardware necessary to make AI possible. Over 600 professionals from AI chip companies, semiconductor startups, and data centers gathered together in 2019 to inspire, share innovative breakthroughs, and network. Details for the third annual conference haven’t been released yet. But do check this post regularly as we’ll be updating it throughout the year with the latest information.

20. Future of AI 


Source: AMLD

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Description: A showcase of the latest innovations, technologies and business models in AI.

Why You Should Attend: After successful conferences in 2018 and 2019, we can’t wait for the Future of AI event in 2020. Details about the conference haven’t been released yet, but expect to meet thousands of leaders from the AI ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, CXOs, investors, AI experts, startups and VCs; and have the chance to learn from veritable experts if you attend in 2020.

Which AI Events Will You Attend in 2020?

2020 promises to be a banner year for artificial intelligence conferences. As AI continues to progress and push the boundaries of what’s possible, events dedicated to the topic will continue to grow as well. Now the only question is, which ones will you be attending?

If you’ve attended any of these events in the past, let us know in the comments. Did you enjoy your experience? Are you planning to attend again this year? We’d love to know!

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