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Partnership and Ecosystem Conferences You Should Attend in 2022

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Get ready for plenty of awkward fist bumps and “I didn’t realize you were so tall over Zoom,” exclamations: Conferences are back IRL 🎉. 

We’ve got conferences with locations spanning across the world (as well as virtual for those who prefer remote) where you can talk partnerships, keep up with the latest tech trends, get deep dives on your specific ecosystem, and learn from industry giants. Who knows? You might even make some friends. 

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Are we missing your favorite conference? Let us know at insights@crossbeam.com.

Partner Conferences

The partnership space is all about building relationships, and doing so at a conference with your peers and industry leaders at an event where everyone is extra fired up after almost two years of Zoom happy hours sounds great to us. If you’re in the same boat, check out these conferences below (and maybe we’ll see you there).

SaaS Connect April 27th – 28th 2022 📍San Francisco, CA

Attend the annual event for SaaS companies, platforms, API services, channels, distributors, resellers, app stores, and investors.

Go if you like: 

  • Total focus on SaaS partnerships, platforms, and distribution.
  • Meeting 400+ partnership leaders.

Past speaker orgs include: 

Zapier

Monday.com

Mailchimp

Intuit

Shopify

Register here

Supernode May 17th-18th 📍Philadelphia, PA

Supernode is a two-day gathering in Philadelphia presented by Crossbeam. Join 200+ partnership professionals from leading SaaS companies to swap best practices, get inspired by leading partner programs, and (most importantly) make new friends.

Go if you like: 

  • This blog 😉.
  • Actionable, battle tested workshops.
  • Listening to 13+ mainstage talks from industry leaders.
  • Ending the weekend literally surrounded by masterpieces

Don’t miss out on being a part of the first-ever Supernode. 

Register here

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SaaStr Annual September 13th – 15th📍San Mateo, CA

The world’s biggest SaaS event is back for the eighth year in a row. The conference includes three days of networking sessions, speakers, deep-dives, and workshops.

Go if you like: 

  • Meeting 10,000 cloud and SaaS founders, VCs, and execs.
  • Conferences that are outdoors, festival style.
  • 100+ workshops.

Previous speakers include: 

Anjali Sud, CEO at Vimeo

Wade Foster, Co-Founder & CEO at Zapier

Jennifer Tejada, CEO at PagerDuty

Ali Ghodsi, CEO at Databricks

Ariel Cohen, CEO at TripActions

Abhinav Asthana, CEO at Postman

Register here

SaaStock October 17th – 18th, 2022 📍Dublin, Ireland

Join 5,000+ SaaS founders, execs and investors to learn from industry experts, get hot leads, and connect with your peers. 

Go if you like: 

  • SaaS-specific workshops, talks,and networking.

Previous speakers include: 

Joel Gascoigne, CEO & Co-Founder at Buffer

Padmasree Warrior, CEO & Founder at Fable

Cris Savage, CEO & Co-Founder at Wistia

Edith Harbaugh, CEO & Co-Founder at LaunchDarkly

Hiroki Takeuchi, CEO atGocardless

Register here

Tech Conferences

Great for those in tech partnerships (or for those who are just tech nerds). You can see a showcase of upcoming tech trends, hear from industry experts, and network with peers who could potentially become your next tech partner. 

Collision Date TBD 📍Toronto, Ontario. 

This “tech carnival for entrepreneurs” has an exhibition floor, onstage sessions, roundtable discussion, and networking events for the 38,000+ attendees to learn about and discuss the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

Go if you like: 

  • Nerding out on tech while rubbing elbows with industry leaders, investors, and celebrities.

Past speakers include: 

Ryan Reynolds, Actor, Owner at Mint Mobile

Ukonwa Ojo, Global CMO at Amazon Prime Video & Amazon Studios

Katherine Maher, Former CEO at Wikipedia

David Bekham, Goodwill Ambassador at UNICEF

Bret Taylor, President & OOO at Salesforce

Nick Tran, Head of Global Marketing at Tik Tok

Dan Schulman, CEO at Paypal

Radhika Jones, Editor-in-chief at Vanity Fair

Pre-register here

Synapse Summit February 17th 📍Tampa, FL

Synapse Summit is a one-day event focused on tech innovation featuring panel discussions with industry leaders, hands-on workshops, and skill building and trend spotting activities 

Go if you like: 

  • Urban, renewable energy, financial, healthcare, and/or defense tech.
  • AI/Machine learning.
  • Cryptocurrency. 

Past speakers include: 

Daymond John CEO at The Shark Group

Tammy Hodo Ph.D. CEO at All Things Diverse LLC

Steven Galanis Founder and CEO at Cameo 

Register here

Web Summit November, Date TBD 📍 Lisbon, Portugal

Web Summit is the largest tech conference in the world and is back this upcoming year with two dates and locations. Both events will feature industry leaders and celebrities discussing strides taken in the tech world. 

Go if you like: 

  • Emerging technology.
  • Tech companies from outside of North America.

Past speakers include: 

Dr Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer at Amazon

Amy Poehler, Founder of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls 

Ayo Tometi, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter

Craig Federighi, Senior VP of Software for Apple

Jen Wong, COO for Reddit

Pre-register here

Top Ecosystems Conferences

These conferences aren’t partnerships specific, however they are industry specific. Depending on your ideal partner profile, you may find your next partner by choosing the most relevant conference below. 

MarTech 

RampUp February 28th – March 1st 📍 San Francisco, CA

RampUp is a conference bringing together marketing and technology professionals to collaborate and tackle problems.

Go if you like: 

  • Marketing technology (or “MarTech”).

Past speaker orgs include: 

Loreal

Peloton

Roku

Bayer

Register here

MozCon July 11th-13th 📍Seattle, WA

MozCon is a three day event for marketers looking to sharpen their SEO tools. Attend for the presentations, insights, tactics from industry leaders. 

Go if you like: 

  • SEO, search marketing, mobile, conversion optimization, and local search.

‘22 speaker lineup includes: 

Amanda Milligan, Head of Marketing for Stacker

Areej AbuAli, Head of SEO at Papier

Brie E Anderson, Owner & Founder BEAST Analytics 

Casie Gillette, Senior Director of Digital Marketing for KoMarketing

Dana DiTomasca, President & Partner of Kick Point

Kameron Jenkins, Content Lead for Shopify

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FinTech

FiNext February 2nd – 3rd 📍Dubai, United Arab Emirates July 14th – 15th 📍San Francisco, CA

FiNext conferences provide a meeting place for the global financial sector, introducing FinTech startups, tech providers, investors, and stakeholders to one another. 

Go if you like: 

  • FinTech, banking, and/or finance.

Dubai ‘22 speakers include: 

Aamena Khan, Partner at PwC

Ritu Marya, Editor in Chief at Entrepreneur APAC, Franchise India Media, Entrepreneur Media

Atul Monga, Founder at BASIC

Previous USA speakers include: 

Ben DiScipio, Chief Strategy Officer at Bloom Protocol

David Galvan, Vice President at MasterCard

Nathan Adamson, Head of FinTech at Railz

Register for Dubia location here 

Show interest for USA location here

LendIt FinTech USA May 25th – 26th📍New York City, NY

LendIt FinTech is putting on New Yorks’ largest FinTech event, featuring networking events and speaker sessions with top internet finance leaders.

Go if you like: 

  • FinTech.
  • The big 🍎. 
  • Big slices of pizza.

Previous speakers include: 

Nick Molnar, CEO & co-founder at Afterpay

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO & co-founder at Ellevest

Mike Cagney, CEO & co-founder at Figure

Henrique Dubugras, CEO & co-founder at Brex

Register here

Ecommerce 

eTail February 28th – March 2nd📍Palm Springs, CA

eTail is a three day event focused on helping ecommerce and retail professionals network with their peers. Includes 30 hours of discussion groups, roundtables, networking, and creative-think tanks. 

Go if you like: 

  • eCommerce and omnichannel retail. 

‘22 speaker lineup includes: 

Lev Peker CEO at CarParts.com

Rich Fulop Founder & CEO at Brooklinen

Melanie Travis Founder & CEO at Andie

Eric Hutchinson Co-Founder at Resident

Kevin Moffit Chief Retail Officer at Office Depot

Jonathan Mayes, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Albertsons 

Register here 

Data / Business Intelligence (BI)

Power BI Summit March 7th – 11th 📍Virtual

Power BI Summit is a multi-day event with speakers from the Microsoft Power BI team’s product group and industry experts from all around the world and will feature more than 100 sessions.

Go if you like:

  • Microsoft power BI topics including: Power Query, DAX, Dataflow, Visualization, Power BI Desktop, Power BI report server, Mobile experience, Embedded, Power BI Premium, Architecture, and governance.

‘21 speakers include: 

Arun Ulag, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft

Craig Bryden Chief Executive Data Strategy at BITQ

Patrick LeBlanc, Principal program manager at Microsoft

Register here

Growth Marketing Summit June 15th📍Frankfurt, Germany 

This European summit is all about scaling sustainably with a data-driven, customer-oriented approach to digital growth. It features TED-Style discussions from industry leaders (all talks will be in English).

Go if you like: 

  • Digital growth and optimization.

‘22 speaker lineup includes: 

Dan Ariely Author, Co-Founder at BEworks

André Morys CEO & Founder at KonversionsKFRAFT

Simon Dahla Premium Conversion Lead for Spotify

Joost De Schepper Associate Director Premium Conversion Optimization for Spotify

Erin Weigel Principal Designer for Booking.com

Morgan Brown VP Growth for Shopify

Sandra Wu Director of Growth for Himalaya

Register here 

Startups

Startup Grind Global Conference February 28th – March 2nd📍Redwood City, CA)

Join 3,000 of startups for a conference with an emphasis on bringing humanity back to business. 

Go if you like: 

  • Interacting with 3,000 startups and scale-ups from the global tech ecosystem.
  • Hands-on workshops for scaling and evolving your startup.

Past speakers include: 

Eric Schmidt, Former CEO & chairman at Google

Stewart Butterfield, CEO at Slack

Katrina Lake, Founder at Stitch Fix

Michael Siebel, Managing director at Y Combinator

Register here

Sales Tech

Gartner CSO & Sales Leader Conference May 16th – 18th📍San Diego, CA

This three day conference is for Chief Sales Officers (CSO’s) and their sales team members looking to strengthen their strategy and overcome the obstacles stemming from COVID-19, economic challenges, and an ever-changing tech landscape. 

Go if you like: 

  • Sales strategy, enablement, and operations. 

Previous speakers and featured Gartner experts include: 

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley

Brent Adamson, Distinguished VP, Advisory at Gartner

Michele Buckley, VP, Team Manager at Gartner

Dave Egloff, VP Analyst at Gartner

Craig Riley, Chief of Research – Sales and Customer Service at Gartner

Craig Rosenberg, Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner

Register here 

Presented by the big players

There are some companies whose partner ecosystems are so big that they can influence the space entirely. As those who have taken our Tech Ecosystem Maturity Diagnostic survey know, we categorize these partner programs as Supernodes, the most mature. Conferences hosted by these big players are great places to learn from the experts.

Hosted by marketing automation and CRM company Husbot, Inbound Conference showcases business trends, conversations with industry leaders, and workshops for attendees to apply marketing techniques to their specific business. After two years virtual, the ‘22 conference will be back in person. 

Go if you like: 

  • Marketing, automating marketing, CRM optimization.

Previous speakers include: 

Yamini Rangan, CEO at Hubspot

Oprah Winfrey, CEO & founder at the Oprah Winfrey Network

Brian Halligan, Co-founder & executive chairman at Hubspot

Dharmesh Shah, Co-founder & CTO at Hubspot

Sarah Paiji Yoo, Co-founder & CEO at Blueland

Spike Lee, Writer and Filmmaker at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks

AWS Re:invent Announcement TBD

Amazon Web Services’s Re:invent brings together the cloud tech community. While ‘‘21 has yet to take place, so details on the ‘22 conference haven’t been released. Register for November 29th – December 3rd Las Vegas event, or check back frequently for the ‘22 announcement. 

Go if you like: 

  • Cloud technology.

‘21 speakers include: 

Adam Selipsky, CEO at Amazon Web Services

Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Utility Computing and Apps at Amazon Web Services

Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon

Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Machine Learning at Amazon

Google Cloud Next Details TBD

Google Cloud Next focuses on how the future of cloud technology can influence new business opportunities with your tech stack.

Go if you like: 

  • Cloud technology.

‘21 speakers include: 

Sundar Pichai, CEO at Alphabet

Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud

Melonie D. Parker, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Google

Alison Wagonfeld, VP of Marketing at Google Cloud

Microsoft Ignite Details TBD

The Microsoft Ignite brings together developers and tech professionals to hear from experts and participate in hands-on activities. Check back in frequently for more information on the ‘22 event. 

Go if you like: 

  • An all-encompassing look at building and scaling a tech company.

‘21 speakers include: 

Bret Arsenault, Chief Information Security Officer at Microsoft

Steven Astorino, Vice President of Development at IBM

Nadim Abdo, Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Microsoft

Get prepped for your next conference by reviewing our Partner Playbook.

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