2020 conferences: a crowdsourced list of 200+ events

2020 conferences: a crowdsourced list of 200+ events

We all live and work in our own bubbles. Attending a conference or event can help us pop those bubbles and discover new ideas.

For the second year in a row, we asked Lab Report readers to share their must-attend events. Our crowdsourced list has doubled in size, with new additions to every category. The result: more than 200 events across eight broad topic areas.

If you want to learn more about tissue engineering, ethnographic research, cellular agriculture, cybersecurity education, applied spectroscopy, transportation technology, or wearable art, there’s a conference for you. You could talk about conversational AI at multiple voice tech conferences each month — and some are focused exclusively on specific industries like healthcare.

But the most popular events explore concepts with broad appeal: culture and society, innovation and technology, money and influence. Many respondents aspire to attend well-known conferences such as TED, TEDMED, SXSW, MIT Technology Review’s EmTech series, and the World Economic Forum’s annual summit in Davos. And similar to what we heard when we crowdsourced a list of email newsletters last year, many respondents want to attend a conference that’s a mashup between existing events, a partnership between interesting organizations, or an international version of a popular U.S. conference. This makes sense — we subscribe to publications and attend events to connect the dots and gain access to fresh insights.

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The full crowdsourced list is below. Did we miss an important event? Email editor@luminary-labs.com to let us know where you’ll be this year.

Health & life sciences

Design & digital



Space & science

Civic innovation & smart cities

New ways of working & doing

Culture & futurism

* Events marked with an asterisk are new to this year’s list.

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