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 that may extend through the year, many 2020 conferences have converted to virtual events.
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.
As the tech scene grows and video conferencing technology allows for a more interactive virtual experience, more and more companies are hosting and participating in online events.
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 virtual business conferences of 2020
|Conference Name & Registration Info||Date|
|Accounting & Finance Show||10/20 – 10/21|
|Sales Growth Summit||11/5 – 11/6|
|CFO Leadership Conference||11/11 – 11/13|
|Sales Hacker Success Summit||12/6 – 12/13|
|2020 Past Events||Date|
|Unleash Virtual Summit||5/4 -5/7|
|Social Media Week||5/5 – 5/28|
|Digital Summit at Home||5/6 – 5/7|
|Tech Inclusion Global Summit||5/12|
|Pulse Everywhere||5/13 – 5/14|
|WIT Connect||6/8 – 6/12|
|Influencer Marketing Strategies Summit||6/9 – 6/12|
|Developer Week Global||6/16 – 6/17|
|Collision From Home||6/23 – 6/25|
|MozCon||7/14 – 7/15|
Accounting & Finance Show — October 20-21
Proclaiming itself to be “The Largest Independent Accounting & Finance Conference and Exhibition”, The Accounting & Finance Show has gone virtual in 2020. 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.
Speakers this year include Ean Murphy, owner of Moxie Bookkeeping, Daniel Hood, editor-in-chief of Accounting Today, and Dr. Sean Stein Smith, accounting and economics professor at Lehman College CUNY. With an all-star lineup of professionals and at the cost of free, this virtual conference is a must for finance professionals.
Sales Growth Virtual Summit — November 5-6
The Sales Growth Virtual Summit is a free two-day event on November 5th and 6th. This virtual event hosts 40 sales leaders across six different categories, like BDR/SDR and sales management. Their lineup includes The Bridge Group’s CEO, Trish Bertuzzi, founder and president of Sales Pro Insider, Nancy Bleeke, and Membrain’s founder and CEO, George Broten.
The event is being hosted by Women Sales Pros, a virtual community for women in B2B and sales leadership. You can take a look at some of last year’s content with over 20 recorded sessions by signing up for the 2020 event.
CFO Leadership Conference — November 11-13
The CFO Leadership Council is bringing the CFOLC back for their 10th year, November 11th through 13th. While the price tag is steeper than other virtual conferences on this list, it feature an all-star, diverse lineup of speakers including keynote speaker for this year Nadine Augusta, Americas Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Goldman Sachs, Mich Chandlee, CFO of Fanatics, Jill Woodworth, CFO of Peloton, Roxi Wen, CFO of Mozilla, and three speakers from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
CFOLC’s 2020 schedule is live on their site sporting this year’s theme of CFO Masterclass™, aiming to provide CFOs a jump start entering the new decade. With the takeaways sounding this good on their agenda page, it’s bound to be well worth the price.
Sales Hacker Success Summit — December 9-13
Sales Hacker Success Summit is a free virtual event taking place December 9th – 13th that will help you elevate your sales skills. This five-day event comes complete with worksheets, speakers and no sponsor pitches to sit through.
The summit has eight categories you can choose from, like enterprise sales, filling the pipeline, and closing the deal. They’ve got some top sales speakers already attending, like renowned speaker, Jill Konrath, Outreach’s VP of Sales, Mark Kosoglow and the president of Utah Women In Sales, Lanette Richardson.
“Definitely a go-to resource for sales thought leadership!” Gaetano DiNardi
Check out previous events hosted by Sales Hacker and check out a few of their tips and tricks on Facebook and Twitter. Once you register you’ll be able to keep track of the sessions you want to attend on your personalized calendar.
2020 Past Events
Unleash Virtual Summit — May 4-7
Unleash Virtual Summit is a free online conference happening May 4th – 7th. Unleash is tailored to sales professionals, with over 40 speakers and breakout sessions on leveraging outreach, building up sales enablement, managing teams, and creating inclusive sales cultures (just to name a few).
The Unleash summit is powered by Outreach, a sales engagement platform. Along with the virtual conference, they’re hosting a virtual race called #Runleash. Sign up to complete the 5K any time before May 7th and download the #Runleash pack which unlocks an event guide and, the most important thing, social bragging rights.
Social Media Week — May 5-28
Social Media Week or #SMWONE, 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, #SMWONE starts on May 5th and goes through the 28th. 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.
Digital Summit at Home 2020 — May 6-7
Digital Summit at Home is a free virtual event focused on marketing adaptability. The conference is a two-day event from May 6th – 7th with interactive networking spaces, breakout sessions, and over 12 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
The price for the event is $175 which covers two days of content, access to the recorded sessions, and a $100 credit to use at a future in-person event.
Tech Inclusion Global Summit — May 12
The Tech Inclusion Global Summit: The Next Wave of Leadership is a free virtual conference held on May 12th. This summit focuses on helping leaders incorporate new skills and perspectives into their leadership style like diversity and emotional intelligence. Their conference includes networking, panels, demos, and workshops.
The Global Summit is sponsored by Change Catalyst, who has put on 43 events with over 24,500 attendees since 2015. They are focused on solving universal problems, inclusive solutions, and creating company allies in solving tech’s biggest problems.
If you’re unable to make the event, you can access toolkits on their website. Follow them on social for updated event information, access to their podcast, webinars, and quick lessons on tech.
Pulse Everywhere — May 13-14
Pulse Everywhere is a free, two-day professional conference for customer success and product professionals being held on May 13th and 14th. With keynote speakers from Adobe, Gainsight, and Tableau you’ll need a few sponges to soak up all the information you’ll learn.
Sponsored by Gainsight, the two-day virtual event dives into scalability, managing uncertainty, and optimization. The conference is built to teach you how to manage your teams and clients with both a data-driven and people-driven approach.
WIT Connect — June 8-12
WIT Connect (Women Impact Tech) is a virtual development conference designed for women in technology with the goal to engage and interact with other women across different verticals. Current plans lay out 60 breakout sessions with five keynote speakers from companies like Google and Microsoft, and Airbnb.
“I met so many like-minded women that I was able to share my experiences with, which hopefully they find helpful in their career. This is an amazing celebration of diversity and inclusion for females in tech.” —Senior Software Engineer, Global Media Streaming
While previous events were hosted in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Denver, this will be their first virtual event. Their last event, in March of this year, brought attendees together with 80 huge tech companies helping to inspire the future of women in tech.
Influencer Marketing Strategies Summit — June 9-12
Social Media Strategies is launching a four-day Influencer Marketing Strategies Summit from June 9th – 12th with over 50 speakers, like Betta Ann Schlossberg (Director of Influencer Marketing & Entertainment Events for Lyft) and Amisha Gandhi (VP, Influencer Marketing & Communications). Some breakout sessions cover producing content, navigating the world of social media, and influencing.
The conference costs $295 which includes access to all of the conference’s workshops and case studies.
“This summit is exactly what I needed: an opportunity to come up for air, look at the bigger picture and push my own thinking.” —Taylor Bridgers, Sr. Account Manager at Moxie
Developer Week Global — June 16-17
Developer Week Global is a developer and engineering conference from June 16th – 17th. There are a myriad of sessions to attend, including API innovation, developer technology, and global development management.
Developer Week Global will be hosting more than 50 live keynotes this year. Though 2020 speakers are yet to be announced, last year included speakers like Dmitry Sotnikov (VP of Cloud Platform), Mary Beth Wesmoreland (CTO at Blackbaud), and Bryan Stokes (VP of Product Management at Vonage).
This virtual event offers a tiered pricing model where tickets range from free to $1,200, depending on the length of time you want to spend at the conference and your involvement level. In addition to the conference itself, you can sign up for the free Hackathon where previous cash prizes have been awarded.
Collision From Home — June 23-25
Collision is a tech conference that will be held June 23rd – 25th. By using the Collision app, attendees will be able to connect with companies and participants across the globe. There will be over 350 speakers attending the conference, including Shaquille O’Neal, Aaron Levie (Co-founder and CEO of Box), and Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed founder).
“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 $100, with discounts if you buy in a three- or five-pack bundle. Collison has had 30,000 attendees from over 115 countries; you can take a look at previous events in this quick 1 minute recap.
MozCon — July 14-15
Looking to boost your digital marketing prowess in 2020? MozCon touts itself as “not your typical marketing conference“, and they’re right. For two days, July 14th and 15th, MozCon will be going virtual. 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 of, MozCon donates some of the proceeds to charity.
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.