ABCey’s Tech Tuesday: 2019 Bay Area Tech Events and Conferences

Can you believe we’re already half way through the year? For today’s #TechTuesday, ABCey features our top five Bay Area tech events and conferences to attend in 2019.

1. Y-Combinator Demo Days

Twice a year, Y-Combinator Demo Day gathers it’s latest batch of YC-funded founders to present their companies to a room of selected investors and press. Over the course of two days, founders hope for investors to take a chance and invest in their companies. Because of this selection process, this event is invitation only.

When: August 19th-20th, 2019 | Location: Pier 48 |

2. Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the tech giant’s deep dive into all things cloud, offers more than 2,200 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners. Over a course of four days, you’ll engage in free-flowing ideas that will help you and your business do tomorrow’s business goals, today! You won’t want to miss out on today’s première business and technology event.

When: September 16th-19th, 2019 | Location: Moscone Center |

3. TechCrunch Disrupt

This large conference allows startups to sign up and present their business ideas on the stage in front of investors, media for exposure and win prize money. In addition, the featured guests this year include Heather Adkins, Michael Rogers, and Evan Spiegel. You sure do not want to miss out on an opportunity like this!

When: October 2nd-4th, 2019 | Location: Moscone North |

4. Open Data Science Conference West

ODSC West 2019 is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. It’s the conference to engage, to build, to develop, and to learn from the data science community. At ODSC, their goal is to host those looking to accelerate their skills and knowledge by offering programs of varying difficulty levels, from beginner to advanced and in between. No matter what skill level you are, there is a program for you!

When: October 29th- Nov 1st, 2019 | Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport |

5. Dreamforce 19′

Dreamforce is an annual conference hosted by Salesforce in San Francisco. Each year, Dreamforce attracts tens of thousands of professionals and provides thousands of workshops. Because of this, attendees will be able to learn how Salesforce can help take their business to the next level.

When: November 19-22, 2019 | Location: Moscone Center |

What tech events and conferences are you planning to attend? Let us know what you think in the comments below or onFacebook and Twitter!

Want to plan a conference after-party? Look no futher, as ABCey is here to help. Click here to learn more about events we’ve done for other San Francisco startups and Fortune 500 companies,

Top 15 Conferences 2017

With so many options out there, choosing which conferences to devote your time to can be challenging. For big companies, entrepreneurs, and investors alike, it’s essential to stay ahead of fast-breaking trends. Hear inspiring talks from thought leaders, or network with industry influencers. Whatever your industry or budget, you’re sure to find something in ABCey’s Top 15 Conferences 2017.

Top 15 Conferences 2017

1. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting January 17-20, 2017 Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. 

Top 15 Conferences 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

2. Wisdom 2.0 February 17-19, 2017 San Francisco, CA

Wired describes it, this gathering for heavy-hitters is: “Where the technology and contemplative communities … hash out the best ways to incorporate these tools into our lives…” The event attracts a good mix of male and female speakers, this past year including spiritual leader Ram Dass and clothing tycoon Eileen Fisher. Later in the year, watch for Wisdom 2.0 Asia, upcoming in Singapore.


3. Near Future Summit: March 15-17, 2017, La Jolla, CA

Near Future brings together inventors, entrepreneurs, media and investors with a passion for being a metamorphic force, and the tools and insights to tackle crucial challenges! We haven’t been to this one yet, but have heard it’s NOT TO MISS!

Top 15 Conferences 2017 Near Future Summit

4.  SXSW March 10-19, 2017 Austin, TX

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. A major convergence of the tech, media, design, gaming and entertainment fields, this event is a must-attend for any women connected even tangentially to those disciplines. It is also a respected music and film festival with important niche sidebars such as Startup Village.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 SXSW

5. Vanity Fair Founders Fair April 20, 2017 New York City, NY

Vanity Fair will launch its first Founders Fair for entrepreneurial women and their business partners next year in New York City. The Founders Fair will bring together inspiring entrepreneurs, founders, and risk-takers to share their stories of the rewards and challenges of starting and running a business.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 Vanity Fair Founders Fair

6. TED April 24th-28th, 2017 Vancouver, BC

Another important annual conference for international movers and shakers, TED is all about the exchange of new ideas. A week to explore the deepest scientific and psychological insights, the latest medical advances, the coolest inventions, all mixed with a whole lot of ancient wisdom.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 TED2017

7. 2017 Forbes Women’s Summit May 11-13, 2017 New York City, NY

Leaders today recognize that lasting success comes when you align passion and power with a higher purpose. How do organizations infuse their work with a sense of mission and what are the new ways to leverage influence and forge transformative partnerships?  Attend this conference and learn why!

Top 15 Conferences 2017 Forbes Women's Summit

8. WOBI May 31- June 1, 2017 Sydney, Australia

In 2017 the World Business Forum will highlight that in a world where new technologies emerge at pace, those who anticipate change and are quickly able to adapt will flourish. Organizations and individuals alike must reinvent themselves constantly; experiment and learn; identify new opportunities, exploit them fast, and move on.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 WOBI Sydney

9. 99U June 7-9, 2017 New York City, NY

The 99U Conference is a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of the industry. Learn from the world’s top thinkers and doers in a series of main stage talks over two days. 99U speakers offer pragmatic, real-world insights that transcend creative sectors.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 99U

10. Fortune Brainstorm Tech July 17-19, 2017, Aspen, CO

Fortune Brainstorm TECH is an annual by-invitation-only summer retreat for leaders from Fortune 500 companies, the top emerging entrepreneurs of the tech world, and the most important investors who finance them. For many, attending Brainstorm TECH can make the difference between finding a competitive edge or being disrupted into oblivion.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 Fortune Brainstorm Tech

11. Inc 5000 October 10-12, 2017 Palm Springs, CA

The main conference program runs from Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. It features: Keynote Presentations by founders and CEOs of prominent companies, notable entrepreneur personalities featured in Inc., and business celebrities Concurrent sessions organized by themes, featuring expert speakers and more intimate settings in which to exchange ideas and experiences with other business leaders in the audience.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 Inc 5000

12. Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit  October 18-20, 2017 San Francisco, CA

The V.F. Summit (now in its third year) was inspired by the Vanity Fair New Establishment list, Vanity Fair’s annual must-read ranking of those figures who are setting the global agenda and leading the Age of Innovation.

Top 10 Conferences 2017 Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit

13. TEDWomen October 26-28, 2017 San Francisco, CA

TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events — and daring discussions — has sparked some of TED’s most iconic moments yet.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 TED Women

14. Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit October 17-19, 2017 Laguna Niguel, CA

Hosted by Fortune, this gathering is driven by its annual list of most powerful women. It attracts a stellar lineup of speakers (including Michelle Obama in 2015) and a diverse mix of the esoteric (linking purpose to profit) and the practical (make-overs). Watch for sister events, MPW Internationals in Hong Kong and London, England.

Top 15 Conferences 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women

15. Summit 2017 November 3-6, 2017 Los Angeles, CA

Summit 2017 will (sadly) not be on a boat, but it will push the cutting-edge of immersive experiences, interactive programming, lively exhibits, intimate intellectual environments, open-air performances, site-specific artist activations, and so much more. Working within and throughout the existing interplay between the urban and natural environment in downtown LA, they’ll be creating an intimate and walkable campus. 

Top 15 Conferences 2017 Summit 2017

Now that you have our list of Top 15 Conferences 2017, which ones will you be attending? And of course… if you need help planning, we’re here for you! Are there any we missed?! Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!

ABCey’s Top 5 Emerging Conference Trends

Here at ABCey, we’re always trying to stay on top of emerging conference and tech trends that continue to shape the industry. These days it’s less about going to a conference, and more about the experience!


1. Meetings are Experiences: Planners today are seeking more experiential programs that maximize attendees’ time, create an emotional connection between attendees and the company, and align with business objectives of the meeting. Last year, ABCey events produced an event for San Francisco’s biggest Security Conference, RSA and  SpiderOak, a ‘zero-knowledge’ privacy cloud tech company for Penetralia: Privacy Matters. We  incorporated live video mapping walls depicting the history and evolution of internet privacy, and created a experiential display with two boxes entitled “Privacy” and “Security” to show the difference between these two terms!


2. Mobile Technology: Like every other aspect in our lives, we rely on our phones or tablets to get us through the conference! With the emergence of all these conference apps, such as eventmobi, foursquare, DoubleDutch and various social media platforms, the audience member can always stay connected, coordinate meet-ups and know what is going on at the event.


3. Interactive Technology: Some of the newest technology trends this year are audience focused. From responsive imaging to 3D lighting, these new technologies are paving the way for bigger and better technologies to take center stage of conferences in the future. In February, we hosted FireEyes’ Guardian of the Galaxy themed party where guests were able to stand in as superhero cyborgs using 3D mapping and those images were projected onto mannequins posed and ready to save the world.


4. Geofencing and Location Awareness TechnologiesThis allows conference planners the opportunity to instantaneously send information out to attendees once they enter the geofencing proximity, making it significantly easier. With location awareness technologies, guests can check in to a conference just by walking into the geofence zone!


5. Bringing In The Local Culture: Large conference halls are out and cultural city locations are in this year! Attendees want a more local experience so planners are bringing in regional cuisines and farm to table-esque foods and topping it off with local craft breweries and wineries unavailable to people at home!

What other trends have you noticed?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook & Twitter!

Tech Tuesday: The Interactive Wall

Tech Tuesday highlights some of the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming companies for their innovative ideas and ability to think outside the box!

Being an event planner, we’ve attended conferences and presentations of all kinds.  Some of the least memorable include lots of talking, little visuals and minimal audience engagement. Well, there’s a groundbreaking technology that utilizes an Interactive Wall that is changing the way speakers communicate with their audiences.

You may have first seen this type of interactive video wall during the election coverage and now it’s available for events! One company providing this service is PSAV, a leading audiovisual provider that has services all over the world, and even right here in San Francisco. These interactive walls have 46-inch square screens configured in either a two-by-two or three-by-three format. If that is not sufficient enough, custom screens of any size can be created. The wall essentially operates like a large iPad with over two dozen apps that create maps, presentations, and games.

An interactive wall can also be used for many purposes, being educational or for digital signage. If used for a trade show, the wall can display logos and information specific to a certain vendor. What we love most is that it enables planners to present their ideas in a digital way specific to their themes, while also providing sponsorship and advertising opportunities. To learn more about how this interactive wall works, check out the video below!

Would you try an interactive wall at your next event? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!