The global SaaS market became a $60 billion industry as of early 2018, according to some Gartner research we extrapolated. As revenue from this market continues to increase more quickly than forecast, more companies are finding ways to join — and excel — in the world of cloud-based services.
As a content marketing agency that works with SaaS companies across a broad range of industries, we like to stay on top of what keeps the industry innovating among such fierce competition.
Here are the top SaaS conferences that will help you learn and grow your business in the next year.
April 30–May 3, 2018 — New Orleans
SaaS Monster unites more than 5,000 professionals in the software development and sales fields. CIOs, CTOs, investors, startups, buyers and established companies all have a place at this event, which is aimed at exploring the conversations and inquiries driving the SaaS industry.
Big names on this year’s speakers list include Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan. Guests can expect to explore conversations like cryptocurrencies, green tech and how big data drives competitive intelligence.
May 1–2, 2018 — San Francisco
SaaS Connect is one of the leading conferences driving growth and innovation in the SaaS industry. This event together SaaS companies, investors and other service providers to talk partnerships.
The team behind SaaS Connect is determined to expand and strengthen the SaaS community by fostering stronger partnerships in the SaaS community, and the agenda reflect this commitment. One particularly interesting speaker on the list is Liz Pearce, who stepped down as CEO of LiquidPlanner in 2017. She will be speaking about her experiences in growing a startup toward maturity.
This is an excellent conference if you’re looking for integration system partners or other allies who can help you grow.
May 10–11, 2018 — London
Leaders looking for a more intimate, personalized conference will love the atmosphere at LTV Conf. Here, SaaS entrepreneurs unite with private companies, public entities and investors for innovative conversations on growth and development.
Topics will cover hiring and retaining SaaS talent, reaching high-value customers, consistent innovation, and more. A couple of speakers worth keeping an eye out for: Edgar founder Laura Roeder and Price Intelligently co-founder and CEO Patrick Campbell.
Business of Software Conference
October 1–3, 2018 — Boston
The Business of Software conference focuses on bringing software professionals together for honest discussions, problem solving and collaboration. Both entrepreneurs and leaders in the space are invited to come and share their ideas to promote innovation in the industry. This conference differs from ordinary conferences because its focused on creating a level playing field for everyone attendance. This means that keynote speakers are regarded with the same respect as every last attendee, and you’ll be able to talk with experts and leaders freely.
October 15–17, 2018 — Dublin
SaaStock brings together entrepreneurs, employees and investors from more than 50 countries. There aren’t many better opportunities to connect with VCs in Europe than SaaStock. The speakers list this year is especially interesting, too, with Seedcamp Managing Partner Reshma Sohoni and Vidyard CEO Michael Litt on the schedule.
QCon San Francisco
November 5–9, 2018 — San Francisco
Qcon is aimed at helping software development teams become more efficient. QCon conferences are held a few times per year in cities throughout the world, but the 2018 San Francisco conference stands out as the one to attend this year.
The conference itself — a tightly knit event that features an 11-to-1 ratio of attendees to speakers — will run for three days. Afterward, there are two days of workshops for any companies interested in focused sessions.
While the 2018 event is still taking shape, you can get an idea of what to expect from last year’s editorial tracks, which included a deep dive into microservices (Randy Shoup, now the VP of Engineering at WeWork, held the most-attended talk on managing data in microservices) and a fascinating look at the frontiers of system architectures.
XaaS Evolution Europe
November 25–27, 2018 — Berlin
XaaS is focused specifically on the practical implementation of cloud services into business environments. Every speaker and event on Evolution Europe’s agenda supports the idea that cloud services are most important technology tool in the modern world.
Likewise, Evolution Europe is focused on showcasing the experiences and opinions of experts in the field. Though the 2018 event’s speakers list is still in the works, you can get an idea of whom to expect from the 2017 event, which included executives and top managers from DHL, Siemens and Uber.
Through discussion of real-world successes and challenges, attendees will gain an actionable view of best practices in SaaS implementation.
November 28–29, 2018 — Ottawa
This conference is filled with knowledge and networking events designed to help SaaS founders scale up and boost revenue.
Since its inception, SaaS North has been attended by representatives from major industry players such as Shopify, Microsoft, Hubspot and more. Highlights from the 2017 speakers list include Ali Tajsekandar, founder and CEO of Wishpond, and Alkarim Jivraj, president and CEO of Espresso Capital.
February 5–8, 2019 — San Francisco
SaaStr brings together the B2B SaaS community for three days of inspiration, discussions and networking. In the past, SaaStr attendees have heard from company leaders at HubSpot, Trello, Stripe and more.
The event tends to be well-attended by both venture capitalists and founders, so it’s a great opportunity for new companies to network with potential funding sources. The SaaStr team also recently added a European-based event to the agenda.
Recurring Revenue Conference
2019 Dates TBD — Los Angeles
If you’re struggling to optimize revenue, the Recurring Revenue Conference could be the perfect learning opportunity for you. This event brings together more than 600 industry leaders, including investors, SaaS founders, CEOs and more.
Speakers at the Recurring Revenue Conference are focused on how to maximize income in the growing subscription-based economy, and SaaS leaders who attend will leave with inspiring and actionable advice on what their next steps should be.
2019 Dates and Location TBD
No matter how successful your SaaS business is, reaching a plateau is a normal part of the business’ lifecycle.
GrowthHackers is a SaaS-focused conference that helps businesses overcome these plateaus through inspiring leadership development. Attendees of this conference will have the opportunity to explore processes and best practices that help a SaaS company grow.
Keynote speakers include CEOs, leaders and experts from some of the world leading SaaS companies across all industries.
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