2014 is shaping up to be an excellent year for technology, with a wide range of thrilling events and exhibitions already planned across the globe. Here, we’ll take through seven of our unmissable favourites.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was the biggest yet, with more than 3,200 exhibitors and displays that showcased the technology we’ll be lusting after in the next year – curved HD TVs and the latest in smart phones joined 3D printers and hi-res audio, with much discussion from tech superstars such as Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter and Facebook Vice President Carolyn Everson and others on the subject of current tech marketing trends – consolidation, data, and ‘the interplay of computation and communication.
The next stop for tech lovers is the Bett Show at the end of January 2014, where educators and innovators meet to discuss the way forward in education technology. The huge show brings together 35,000 educators and learning professionals and this year’s agenda includes a talk by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who will tell all about life as an explorer as well as the ways that technology helped to keep him linked up 43,000 schools from Antarctica! Other innovators at the event will include Traka, designers of asset management solutions for the education and Babcock Education, a FTSE 100 company, and the UK’s largest integrated education support services provider.
If you fancy a trip to Germany in March, the CeBIT 2014 exhibition will be taking place from 10th – 14th in Hannover. CeBIT is a large scale electronics trade show that boasts a plethora of exhibitors, and partners with a different country each year in order to promote their IT offerings. The countries being showcased in 2014 are the UK and Northern Ireland, so if you want to see the very best in forthcoming technology from Britain before everyone else, it’s one to watch. Speakers include heavyweights such as Andreas Barthelmess, Managing Director of iZettle Germany, a fast growing payment service from Sweden. Speakers will be looking at key trends such as mobile technology, the cloud and social media.
The Gadget Show Live 2014 takes place again from 9th – 13th April, and it’s a techie’s paradise, with a massive selection of exhibitors along with interactive activities and even gaming competitions. This year promises to be even more fun for gadget lovers everywhere, with The Future Tech Project, where you can see gadgets not available anywhere yet, the Gadget Imaging Workshop, the British Inventors Project and a brand new Innovation Theatre. Exhibitor details haven’t been released yet, but 2013’s show included such ‘why didn’t we know we needed that’ innovations such as the Honda Miimo hover lawnmower and Nao the Robot.
If you have a special interest in sustainable technology, the UK is home to an event dedicated to all things sustainable. The Eco Technology Show takes place in Brighton on 26th and 27th June 2014, and features exhibitors and experts who can tell you anything you could possibly need to know about how to save money and assist the environment. The 2014 event will be taking a long hard look at the many ways consumers and businesses can embrace innovation in technology and low carbon solutions to help their businesses, cities and communities. The show features an Advisory Hub where you can talk to expert advisors from organisations such as the Department of Energy and Climate Chang, UK trade and Industry, Enterprise Europe Network and The Energy Saving Trust.
The second half of 2014 sees the The International Manufacturing Technology Show take place in Chicago. It’s one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, where you can expect to find more than 1,900 exhibitors along with 100,000 visitors. Taking place from 8th – 13th September, the highlights include an Emerging Technology Center, where you’ll find emerging trends in manufacturing and this year there will be demonstrations of practical and actual applications of new technologies on the floor.
The British Invention Show and Awards, which takes place at The Barbican Exhibition Centre in London from 23rd to 25th October, will appeal to anyone with a penchant for design and innovation, or indeed to savvy investors looking for the next big thing. It was originally created to help develop new business opportunities for inventors and buyers alike, bringing together investors and inventors, designers and manufacturers. Along with the business appeal, a panel of 25 expert judges will be on hand to test inventions for their potential social and ecological benefits as well as their originality, ingenuity and design, with an awards ceremony on 24th October. Joanna Lumley OBE opened last year’s show, so watch this space for celebrity endorsements in 2014.
So there you are – seven unmissable events for tech-enthusiasts the world over. Hopefully, no matter where you’re located, you’ll be able to attend one of these fantastic shows.
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Written by Samantha Brown, a tech blogger and regular visitor to the BETT show and CES in the United States.