2018 digital and content conference calendar

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Find your ideal professional development opportunity here in our roundup of 2018 events for digital communications professionals. We’ve listed all the conferences and expos that may be relevant to your interests over the next couple of months and we’ll be adding to this list in the coming weeks.

Many of the events listed take place on our recruitment homeground of Europe, focusing on our key recruitment areas: technical communication, content strategy and marketing, copywriting, UX, metadata, AI, augmented reality and more.

We cover many of the conferences listed below on the Firehead blog, or you can subscribe to Firehead to catch up on digital comms and recruitment trends quarterly by email.

Did we miss any great conferences? Let us know in the comments. Thanks!


Social Media Marketing World, San Diego, US, 28 Feb-2 March 2018
With 5,000 marketers and creators, this is a mega-conference, organised by the Social Media Examiner.

Mobile Trends Conference, Krakow, Poland, 1-2 March 2018
Now in its 7th year, Poland’s biggest IT conference is dedicated to mobile techniques, technologies and marketing with 450 attendees and more than 25 presentations.

SXSW Interactive, Austin, US, 9-13 March 2018
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One of the biggest and best web gatherings in the world takes place in Austin, Texas, each year. Buy a badge for Interactive section or take in the SXSW film and music festivals as well as technologies converge.

Intelligent Content, Las Vegas, US, 20-22 March 2018
The Intelligent Content Conference (ICC) is the one content strategy event specifically designed for marketing practitioners. It is now in its 10th year and focuses on how to plan, create, and deliver strategic content.

Big Data Innovation Summit, London, UK, 21-22 March 2018

Design, develop and discuss your big data journey. The 2018 schedule will bring together executives from the data community for two days of keynotes, panel sessions, discussions and networking.

IA Summit, Chicago, US, 21-25 March 2018
This will be the 19th IA Summit for professionals in information architecture and experience design. It offers two days of workshops and a three-day main programme that attracts the industry’s leading thinkers in IA, UXD and content strategy.


An Event Apart, Seattle, US, 2-4 April 2018
A three-day conference with 18 sessions and a focus on digital design, content, code and UX. The Seattle conference kicks off the first of six events that take place throughout the year and across major cities in the US.

Digital Media Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-11 April 2018
With a theme of ‘mastering the logged-in economy’, DME is a conference that puts the focus on digital revenue. Key topics include: digital reader revenue, innovation culture, platform monetisation strategies and the digital ad crisis.

DMWF Expo Global, London, UK, 16-17 April 2018
A conference and expo of digital marketing technologies and strategy, featuring: digital strategy, brand recognition, ecommerce, influencer marketing, content marketing, data, analytics, personalization, automation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and mobile marketing across two conference tracks.

Intra.NET Reloaded, Berlin, Germany, 18-20 April 2018
Leading event for 400+ intranet professionals and internal comms teams to discuss the latest issues in intranets, the digital workplace and internal communications.


Adobe Digital Marketing Summit EMEA, London, UK, 3-4 May 2018
A chance to connect with other digital marketing professionals and brush up on tools and trends in digital marketing. This year there are 140+ sessions across 10 tracks.

Beyond Tellerand, Dusseldorf, Germany, 7-9 May 2018
Now in its eighth year, this conference gathers speakers on creative web design and development. What does the title mean? The exact translation for the sentence is: “Take a look beyond the edge of the plate”. BTconf also runs in Berlin in November.

STC Technical Communication Summit, Orlando, US, 20-23 May 2018
STC’s 65th annual conference attracts more than 600 attendees and 40 exhibitors during a three-day period to discuss all things tech comm. The 2018 theme is ‘Communicate the Future’.

Confab Central, Minneapolis, US, 21-23 May 2018
Content strategy conference for strategists, UX designers, digital marketers and techcomm professionals with a workshop day and around 30 sessions covering the topics, trends and best practices shaping content strategy today.

SMX London, London, UK, 22-23 May 2018
Search Marketing Expo is a conference series by Search Engine Land, covering hot topics and latest thinking in the world of SEO, SEM and online marketing.

UXLx: User Experience Lisbon, Portugal, 22-25 May 2018
A user experience conference offering more than 20 practical workshops, 10 inspiring talks and networking with 500 attendees from 40 different countries.

Soap!, Krakow, Poland, 23-25 May 2018
Rahel Anne Bailie and Stefan Gentz were among the 2018 speakers line-up at this European content conference catering for techcomm professionals, content strategists and digital marketers.

Augmented Reality World Expo (AWE), Santa Clara, US, 30 May-1 June 2018
Now in its ninth year, AWE is the largest augmented and virtual reality event in the world bringing 5000 AR/VR professionals together to ‘make the world more interactive’.


MadWorld, San Diego, US, 3-6 June 2018
Technical communication and content strategy conference offering 40 sessions, 20 expert speakers and a network of attending technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists.

Creative ProWeek, featuring PePcon, New Orleans, US, 4-8 June 2018
CreativePro Week features PePcon, a conference focused on print and ePublishing, and multiple other conferences focused on ‘how tos’ in publishing software.

CMA Live, Edinburgh, Scotland, 6-7 June 2018
Chris Brogan and Ann Handley are the big names at this year’s CMA Live (formerly know as The Content Marketing Academy), in which world-leading marketing and business speakers gather to talk about achieving business growth.

UnGagged London, London, UK, 11-13 June 2018
SEO and digital marketing tactics are on the table at this headline event of London Technology Week (11-15 June).

eTail Europe 2017, London, UK, 19-21 June 2018
The event for eCommerce and multi-channel retailers, featuring speakers from Sainsburys Argos, Estee Lauder, House of Fraser, and other big names.


MozCon, Seattle, US, 9-11 July 2018
Advice from industry leaders in SEO, social media, community building, content marketing, brand development, CRO, analytics, and more.


Litmus Live, London, UK, 21 August 2018
Learn the latest in email marketing with sessions on everything from data-driven design to advanced personalisation, improved workflows, and more.

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