edSurge recently published a collection of the top Edtech Conferences You Need to Know in the form a poster. Most of the events take place annually, and are conveniently organized for you by month. They have also colour-coded their conference calendar showcasing the primary audience for each event:
Blue – events are built around educators, but many of these events involve exhibitor halls
Brown – events emphasize the business of edtech more than pedagogy
Orange – events are more tightly focused around a topic, such as math education or mobile devices
If you are interested in applying to present at one of these conferences, you can generally expect to see applications for next year’s conference posted a few months after the conference date has passed. My recommendation would be to subscribe to the site hosted by the organization or company and sign-up to receive their monthly newsletter. You will then be notified when conference applications are open.
If you are interested in attending one of these conferences, registration usually opens up several months before the scheduled conference date. There are often “early-bird” incentives for those who wish to register right away, like discounted rates, exclusive offers during the conference, and conference give-aways. If you are looking to attend a conference closer to home, a few conferences that take place annually in Ontario (not listed here) include: ECOO, Connect, and MindShare Learning Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit.
Please share you favourite conference experiences below, and don’t forget to include the details!