Public sector buyers and sellers of technology know that the IT industry is constantly changing and evolving. New government regulations and technological advances can make it a challenge to stay up to date.

One of the best ways to keep current in government technology (also known as “GovTech”) is by attending trade shows and conferences, seeing first-hand what companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace are selling and what government agencies are purchasing. So we put together a list of seven trade shows and conferences related to government technology not to miss in 2017.

International Wireless Communications Expo

When and where: March 27-31, Las Vegas, Nevada

What it’s about: IWCE is an event focused on communications technology, and is co-located with a forum on network infrastructure. Pima County wireless manager Rick Brown views the week-long event as “The best place to meet with peers and with wireless communications vendors.”

This year’s event will feature cyber security, one of many educational tracks, in a role on the center stage:

Smart Cities Week and Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley

Onvia Exchange Director Ben Vaught attends a session at Smart Cities Week 2016 in Washington, D.C.

When and where: May 8-10 in Santa Clara, California for the Silicon Valley conference; October 3-5 in Washington, DC for the main conference

What it’s about: “This is where you want to go to learn more about the promise of smart cities,” says Onvia Exchange Director Ben Vaught. “It’s a great place to talk with industry experts in the public and private sectors about how to turn that promise into reality.” The Smart Cities Council will host the Silicon Valley event for the first time this year, focusing on next-generation technologies in the home of major tech players like Google, Oracle and Apple.

World Congress 2017

When and where: July 23-26, Chicago, Illinois

What it’s about: Hosted by the National Contract Management Association, the annual World Congress brings together experts from businesses, industries and all levels of government (state, local and federal) for an event focusing on training and education. World Congress offers “Education Tracks” focusing on leveraging advanced technology and acquiring IT services.

National Institute of Government Procurement Forum

When and where: August 27-30, Salt Lake City, Utah

What it’s about: “NIGP is dedicated to the success of public sector procurement professionals, and to the vitality of the profession, helping its members provide more value for the communities they serve through excellence in purchasing,” Vaught says. The organization bills the event as the largest educational conference exclusively for public procurement.

Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP, invites all B2G marketplace participants to attend this year’s event:

National Association of State Chief Information Officers Annual Conference

When and where: October 1, Austin, Texas

What it’s about: Vaught says the NASCIO conference is “The premier meeting point for state government technology leaders, where state CIOs and other can strategize about technology and policy. The show provides ample opportunities for partners to engage with NASCIO members.” NASCIO’s overall mission is creating “Government excellence through quality business practices, information management and technology policy.”

Government IT vendors and agencies from across the country, like the Florida Agency for State Technology (AST), are already looking forward to this year’s event:

Salesforce's Dreamforce

When and where: November 6-9, San Francisco, California

See a short video with highlights of the 2016 Dreamforce keynote speech below:

What it’s about: One of the biggest annual business conferences with more than 100,000 attendees each year, Dreamforce pairs informative sessions on a wide range of topics – business development, cloud services, general information technology – with big-name headliners like Tony Robbins and U2. Forbes magazine has called Dreamforce a “must attend event.”

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