Wearable tech is gaining momentum with constantly evolving and compelling use cases: from devices that monitor health and fitness in real time, to technology that improves workplace productivity. There is a huge potential for this market to continue to grow and change our lives.
Despite how young the wearable industry is as a whole, it's rapid growth has fueled innovation and fostered dialogue among new companies doing exciting things with these devices. If you are a looking to grow brand awareness for your wearable, the following wearable technology industry events should not be missed!
Hear major players in the wearable tech community share their insights on how wearables are impacting our lives today and what is coming next - chip vendors, network providers, wearable startups and tech giants will all come together to discuss the latest developments, share product launches and explore new opportunities in the marketplace - and you should be there! Here's your guide to the top wearable events to attend in 2016:
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona
Date: February 22-25, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Why Attend: Mobile World Congress is the largest convention for the mobile industry. The annual conference guides 94,000 guests through the mobile technology event of the year. Content includes the future of mobile, technological developments, and next generation services and strategies.
Keynote Speakers Include:
- Simon Segars: CEO, ARM
- Ralph de la Vega: President and CEO, AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions
- Gavin Patterson: CEO, BT Group
- Jonah Peretti: Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed
Wearable Technology Show 2016, London
Date: March 15-16, 2016
Location: ExCel London, England
Why Attend: The Wearable Technology Show is the UK’s number one conference offering the leading wearable devices and IOT. Hear from over 150 speakers about innovations in wearables, augmented reality, VR, Smart Devices and IOT. Content will cover discussions on technology, applications, business commercialism and device reviews.
Keystone Speakers Include:
- John Weir: COO, Evolve Media Group, WTS
- Pankaj Kedia: Sr. Director and Business Lead, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
- Martin Gale: CTO for Mobile, IBM UK and Ireland
- Marco Della Torre: Co-Founder, VP of Product Science at Basis, Intel
IDTechEx Wearable Europe
Date: April 27-28, 2016
Location: Berlin, Germany
Why Attend: Join over 2,500 guests IDTechEx’s two-day conference to explore the premiere technologies of 2016. Exhibitions will cover the future of health & fitness, lifestyle, and consumer electronics. Discussions will focus on furthering wearable technologies and energy efficiency.
- Dr. Luis Garcia-Gancedo: Senior Scientific Investigator, UK, GSK
- Ms. Heidi Dohse: Founder Tour de Heart, Product Manager at Google
- Dr. Wolfgang Schmitt: Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, BOSCH
Date: May 11-13, 2016
Location: Shanghai, China
Why Attend: Get exposure to the latest innovative technologies in the Asian marketplace at CES Asia. The three major focuses: connectivity, innovation, and the Internet of Things. Guests will have the privilege of seeing products covering a wide range: automotive, environment, robotics, lifestyle, fitness and many more.
Past Attendees: Some exhibitors that attended the 2015 conference include Audi, Garmin, IBM, Samsung, Twitter
Date: May 24-26, 2016
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Why Attend: Since 2004, WEAR conferences have demonstrated a comprehensive look at the wearables industry. WEAR joins Adidas for a special segment on Women in Wearables. Exhibitions include wearables, smart fabrics and business strategy.
Past Attendees Include: Adidas, FitBit, Google, Microsoft, LG, Apple and more.
CTIA Super Mobility, Las Vegas
Date: September 7- 9, 2016
Location: Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
Why Attend: Join 1100+ exhibitors display the top technology for the next-generation mobile industry. Experience programs including Future Mobile Networks, Connected Life, and Innovation-Startups. CTIA is one of the most comprehensive wireless conferences in the United States.
Past Attendees: AT&T, DreamWorks, General Motors, Sprint