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IFA Public Media. Image source: Messe Berlin.

Your guide to the top international tech conferences of 2020

With CES 2020 taking Las Vegas by storm earlier this year, Statista’s crunched the numbers to determine where the tech world convenes every year. Here are the results.

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IFA Public Media. Image source: Messe Berlin.

More than 4 500 companies exhibited at CES 2020, the Consumer Technology Association’s annual event, making it one of the biggest tech events in the world.

From CES and IFA to MWC and TechCrunch, here is an overview of some of the biggest – and lesser-known – tech events of 2020.

We will update this article throughout the year as more information becomes available.

Tech events 2020: Index

  • IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin)
  • CES (Consumer Electronics Show)
  • VivaTech
  • Computex
  • MWC (Mobile World Congress)
  • SXSW (South By South-West)
  • Web Summit
  • E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo)
  • TechCrunch SF Disrupt
  • WCIT (World Congress on Information Technology)

The biggest tech events in the world


According to Statista, IFA is the biggest tech event in the world, in terms of attendance. More than 245 000 visitors and 2 000 exhibitors attended the 2019 event, which took place from 6 to 11 September.

The Berlin-based event – short for Internationale Funkausstellung – will kick off this year on Friday 4 September 2020 at the Messegelände Berlin ExpoCenter City. The schedule can be viewed here.

“As an important driving force for trade and industry and the world’s most important platform for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA 2019 met the high expectations. With its large number of innovations, it has a positive influence on the mood in the international markets. With an unexpectedly stable high order volume in regard to the current market situation, the foundation was laid for a successful year-end business.”

Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IFA organiser of Consumer and Home Electronics.


The Consumer Technology Association’s annual event, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES for short, is a self-described “gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies”.

“CES is the most high-profile showcase of the world’s most significant consumer technologies. With the maelstrom of publicity and credibility, it’s the obvious choice.”

Rachel Konrad, Chief Communications Officer, Impossible Foods.

It takes place at the World Trade Center Las Vegas and attracted more than 175 000 visitors from 160 countries last year, trailing only IFA in terms of total attendance. 


VivaTech, held annually in Paris, is an annual technology conference founded in 2016 which is dedicated to innovation and startups. The event boasted an attendance record of more than 124 000 in 2019.

More than 13 000 startups from 125 showcased their companies to 3 300 investors and 2 500 journalists. VivaTech 2020 will kick off this year on 11 June 2020 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Program highlights can be viewed here.


In 2019, Computex saw an attendance of more than 120 000 and the 2020 event – set to take place from 2 to 6 June in Taipei – is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.

The Taipei International Information Technology Show in 2019, or Computex for short, included sessions about 5G, facial recognition and Internet of Things, as well as a charity League of Legends tournament.

Computex is allied with CES and IFA, and partners include DEMPA, DigiTimes, HardwareLux, Heise Medien and Noticias 3D. The program highlights can be viewed here.


More than 110 000 visitors intended the Mobile Word Congress (MWC) at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona between 25 and 28 February 2019. The dates for 2020: 24 to 27 February. The schedule can be viewed here.

The MWC is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry; it incorporates a thought-leadership conference featuring prominent executives, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, and content owners.


South By South WestSXSW or South By for short – was launched in 1987, making it one of the world’s longest-lasting tech event. More than 74 000 show visitors (this figure excludes the SXSW festival attendees) attended the 2019 event.

SXSW will return to Austin, Texas, in the United States from 13 to 22 March 2020. The lineup for this year includes Judd Apatow, Spike Jonze and Eric Andre. Read more here.

“The SXSW Conference & Festivals celebrate what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.”

Web Summit

Web Summit, an annual tech conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, was founded in 2009 and attracted approximately 70 000 visitors. Web Summit for 2020 will take place from 2 to 6 November at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.

The Wall Street Journal describes Web Summit as the place where “the giants of the web assemble”, while The Atlantic succinctly said it’s the place “where the future goes to be born”.

“We heard from 1 206 speakers over the course of four days, with topics like data protection, sustainability, and whistle-blowing emerging as the trends of the conference.”

Cat Anderson on the 2019 Web Summit.


The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly referred to as E3, is a premier trade event for the video game industry and more than likely the highlight of any gamer’s year.

Approximately 66 000 people attended the 2019 event, was took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 11 June. This year’s event is set to place from 9 to 11 June 2020.

E3 is in partnership with Atlus, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Skyline Games, Bethesda, Big Ben Interactive, Blackhawk Network, BGS, Capcom and CI Games, to name a few.

Disrupt SF

TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups. In 2019, more than 10 000 people attended the event.

Disrupt SF 2020 is set to take place from 14 to 16 September 2020 at Moscone West on 800 Howard Street in San Francisco. Read more here.

“Disrupt is the original tech startup conference. An authority on game-changing technologies and revolutionary innovation, at Disrupt we’ve kept the old-school scrappy Silicon Valley spirit alive – we never forget where we came from. Whether you’re an industry leader, investor, developer or founder, we’re all startuppers here. Connect, be inspired, discover and create – right here in San Francisco, where startup dreams started.”


The WCIT 2019 – short for the World Congress on Information Technology – is one of the most prestigious ICT events in the world, and took place in Yerevan, Armenia from 6 to 9 October 2019.

Approximately 2 000 visitors from more than 70 countries attended the event – yours truly among them. WCIT2020 is set to take place in Malaysia from Monday 14 September 2020 at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre.

“Host to the world’s fastest growing Internet market, Southeast Asia drives almost 3.8m new users online every month. By 2020, the total number of Internet users will reach 480m and by 2025, our digital economy is estimated to worth nearly $200 billion, 6.4 times increase from that of 2015.”