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Fire Up Your Laptop And Travel To 4 Of The Best Virtual Creative Conferences Around The World

By Sophie Hart
20th Apr 2020

It’s a seriously wild time right now and although we’ve seen big-name events and conferences cancelled across the globe, a few have adapted to the times and gone totally digital, meaning they’re more accessible to us than ever before. While there are definitely perks to attending a conference IRL (like jetting off to exotic locations) we can’t help but get excited over the fact we can finally attend top global conferences that might have otherwise blown the budget. 

There’s no denying it’s a competitive market out there so if you’ve been itching to learn a new skill and up your career game, we’ve rounded up the most prestigious creative conferences from around the globe that can certainly help. 

Got WiFi? Here are four virtual conferences you can attend from the comfort of your couch. 

TechCrunch Disrupt

If you’ve heard of HBO’s Silicon Valley, you’re probably pretty familiar with the world’s largest tech conference, TechCrunch Disrupt. Kicking off 14 September, this conference is three days of maxed-out programming that brings some of the world’s smartest people to San Fran—and now you can attend virtually from the comfort of your living room. According to TechCrunch Disrupt, they’ve got just one goal—to give startup founders the keys to success. They’ve seen the likes of Zuckerberg, Musk, and Benioff take the stage long before they were making headlines so you know you’re in for an absolute ride. If you’re an entrepreneur who’s keen to get ahead of the game and *virtually* rub shoulders with some of the best in tech, then this conference is definitely for you. 

Ignite London

This is the biggest B2B marketing and networking experience in the world, and now they’re going digital. Ignite brings together 1,500 fired-up marketers under one virtual roof to deliver content streams, workshops, keynote panels, seminars, and they’re even going ahead with their annual party so you can network over a virtual margarita. The event kicks off on 23 June and will come to life via a virtual venue with stages, session rooms, an exhibitor area and even a reception area. Although this conference is technically all about B2B, any marketer would find serious value here. Debating data acquisition and sharing tips on leveraging Google Analytics? Our hearts are already racing. 

LaterCon

Hosted by Instagram scheduling and marketing platform Later, this social media conference is all about nailing the Instagram game. At LaterCon, don’t expect generic advice—they’re all about hyper specifics with panels and discussions tailored to industries and the size of your business. Whether you’re a global brand, small business, e-commerce store, or passionate creative, LaterCon has cherry-picked speakers with expertise distinctly for you. Get the top 2020 Instagram trends, insights on what’s going to be big for influencer marketing, how to create a click-worthy content strategy, advertising on Instagram, getting personal on IGTV, and so much more. The best part? This conference is totally free. No expensive passes, no travel costs, and no begging your boss to foot the bill. 

#SMWONE

Usually Social Media Week host two conferences in NYC and LA but in light of the current climate, they’ve decided to merge and create #SMWONE, a virtual conference series for digital marketers. When Social Media Week first announced their 2020 theme ‘HUMAN.X’ it was because they believe in the ability of technology to unite people—not divide them—which only made the exciting challenge to take the conference digital and prove this theory all the more important. At #SMWONE, you can expect 100 hours of live-streamed content, talks, panel sessions and workshops, together with on-demand content, product demos, and networking hangouts that will span a four-week period starting 5 May. It’s pure digital marketing heaven.

Keen to keep learning? Check out eight out-of-the-box online workshops here

Image Credit: Adomas Aleno

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