Events and conferences are a great way for employees to recharge, regain passion, and find a new perspective on their work. However, one of the perks of traditional conferences has always been the in-person networking and energy—and with social distancing guidelines extending into 2021, many conferences are remaining virtual.  

While you may pause at the thought of participating in business conferences as a virtual attendee, a recent study found that people who had attended virtual events were 51% more likely to attend one again

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill video calls. COVID-19 adjustments mean that the best selection of professional conferences are easily accessible and affordable virtually. Many of these events are discounted or free, and there’s no added travel to tack on.

We’ve compiled a list of virtual events that you won’t want to miss. Take a look and find one—or more—that is right for you.

Best business conferences of 2021

Conference Date
Influencer Marketing Conference February 17, 2021
Developer Week Virtual February 17-19, 2021
Collision From Home April 20-22, 2021
Social Media Week May, June, July, 2021
The Accounting & Finance Show May 18-19, 2021
AICPA & CIMA Engage 2021 June 7-10, 2021
MozCon Virtual July 12-14, 2021
Digital Summit Series Ongoing

Influencer Marketing Conference: February 17

Cost: Free | Register here

Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

Influencer Marketing is back with a free one-day conference with over 25 speakers all focusing on the power of influencer marketing for your business. Speakers include Jasira Zondervan, Influencer Marketing and Social Media Manager of Universal Music, Claudia Tezcan, Senior Communications manager of Dove Global, and Curtis Midkiff, Brand Building Social Strategy Leader at Kroger.

Some breakout sessions cover producing content, navigating the world of social media, and influencing—check out the agenda here.

Developer Week Virtual: February 17-19

Cost: $100+ | Register here

Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

Developer Week Global is the largest developer and engineering conference, and it’s going virtual for the very first time. There are a myriad of sessions to attend, including API innovation, developer technology, and global development management. 

Developer Week will be hosting more than 250 keynotes this year. There are more than 15 conferences and tracks as a part of Developer Week, allowing you to narrow your focus to what you’d like to learn and experience. Developer Week will also include a two week Hackathon and a two day virtual expo on February 18 and 19th. 

Collision From Home: April 20-22nd

Cost: $49 | Register here

Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Politico called Collision “the Olympics of tech.” By using the Collision app, over 32,000 attendees connected with companies and participants across the globe during the 2020 conference. There will be over 350 speakers attending the conference, including Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada), Parag Agrawal (CTO of Twitter), and Brad Smith (President of Microsoft). 

“Investors attended in droves looking for that gem in the rough, and gems there were.”​ – Forbes

Early bird registration allows you to nab a ticket for just under $49, with discounts if you buy in a three- or five-pack bundle. The VIP pass ($999) includes access to every single resource and a special networking session. You can take a look at previous events in this quick 1 minute recap.

Social Media Week: May, June, and October, 2021

Cost: $500 | Register here

Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

Social Media Week or #SMW, is a free four-week marketing conference with 300 speakers and more than 100 hours of live-streamed sessions. With over 10,000 registered participants,  #SMW will feature three flagship conferences: New York City in May, Los Angeles in June, and London in October. For every pass purchased, #SMWONE will give a pass to a small business, non-profit, or student professional impacted by COVID-19. 

With speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk (chairman of VynerX) and Rachel Tipograph (founder and GEO of MikMak) Social Media Week surely won’t disappoint. Breakout sessions include topics like encompassing brand leadership, emerging trends, and marketing with an influence.

The cost of the conference includes intractable and OnDemand breakout sessions, speaker presentations, and 12 months of access to SMW insider: their online video platform with 450 hours of exclusive interviews. Take a look at their social channels to get key conference updates every Wednesday at 12pm EDT.

The Accounting & Finance Show: May 18-19

Cost: Free | Register here

Social: Facebook, LinkedIn

Proclaiming itself to be “The Largest Independent Accounting & Finance Conference and Exhibition”, The Accounting & Finance Show is remaining virtual in 2021. Catering to accountants, bookkeepers, CFOs, and other finance professionals through eight top areas and 100 presentations, perhaps it really is the largest independent accounting conference.

You can register for free and learn from business leaders in relevant industries to help you improve your practice. Speakers are still being chosen, and you can apply here to be a presenter. 

AICPA & CIMA Engage 2021: June 7-10

Cost: $845-2,245 | Register here

Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube

Engage boasts of the greatest depth and breadth of specialized instruction for improving your skills, mindset, resources, and horizons. A variety of focus areas ensure that attendees from any field can enjoy unlimited learning, such as accounting and auditing, estate planning, corporate finance, tax strategies, career development, and more. 

Access passes vary, allowing attendees the level of access and credits that best suit their needs and schedule. The cheapest option will give you online access to 10 sessions from the conference and 10-15 credits, while the premium pass gives you onsite and online access to all conference offerings and up to 34 credits. 

MozCon Virtual: July 12-14

Cost: $129 | Register here

Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Looking to boost your digital marketing prowess in 2021? MozCon touts itself as “not your typical marketing conference“, and they’re right. MozCon is hosted by Moz, a renowned Seattle-based search and content platform. Past speakers include experts such as Moz and SparkToro founder Rand Fishkin, Wil Reynolds of Seer Interactive, and Dr. Marie Haynes.

So if you want to learn more about SEO, paid search, content marketing, digital PR, social strategies, conversion optimization, and more, registration is $129, a full $1,000 less than in-person attendance. A digital MozCon ticket includes all Birds of a Feather discussion groups, live session Q&A, and full access to the MozCon recordings. To top it all off, MozCon donates some of the proceeds to charity.

Digital Summit Series: Ongoing

Cost: $175 | Register here

Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

After the success of their 2020 Digital Summit at Home, a whole series of virtual events will be launched in 2021 with a wider variety of topics and speakers. Most of their conferences are three day events with interactive networking spaces, breakout sessions, and guest speakers from Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Salesforce, and Amazon. The agenda covers a wide range of marketing topics from adapting to the coronavirus, becoming data driven in your approach, and beefing up your social media approach.

“I had such an intense amount of thinking, dreaming, and learning at Digital Summit.” —@aholmaas

Tune in and develop your skills

Virtual conferencing, webinars, and online events are a great way to learn new industry skills, recharge, and connect with fellow attendees. While it can feel difficult to maintain a growth mindset in this unprecedented time, these conferences are sure to motivate you to keep moving forward.

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