There are plenty of SaaS conferences out there. Which ones should you attend? The following list of top 30 SaaS conferences will help you decide.
SaaS (short for software as a service) conferences are some of the most popular business gatherings on the planet. Some of them focus on the industry as a whole. Others cater to certain niche topics. And still, others delve deep into specific software solutions and how to use them.
In this article, we’ll explore the top 30 SaaS conferences happening in 2019. By the end of this post, you’ll have a much better idea of which get-togethers are worthy of your time and why.
Ready? Let’s dive in!
Date and Location: November 19 – 22 in San Francisco, California
Dreamforce, hosted by Salesforce, is one of the biggest SaaS conferences in the world and has been drawing crowds to the bay area since 2003. The 2019 gathering expects to receive more than 170,000 attendees all gathering to listen to keynote speakers and participate in the 2,700 breakout workshops that will be offered.
Why You Should Attend: There’s so much to learn and experience at Dreamforce. No matter what areas of SaaS you work in — sales, marketing, customer service, IT — this conference is for you. The list of 2019 speakers include Al Gore, Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors, Ariana Huffington, and many more. And with over 170,000 attendees, the networking opportunities are basically endless.
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Date and Location: September 3 – 6 in Boston, Massachusetts
INBOUND is a marketing conference by HubSpot that takes place in Boston, MA every year. Over 24,000 people attended the 2018 event to learn inbound marketing and sales tactics from best-selling authors, hit TV producers, and leaders at major corporations. But it’s not all education at INBOUND. From the tasty food trucks to the world-class entertainment, INBOUND is a ton of fun too.
Why You Should Attend: If you want to learn how to get customers to come to you rather than chasing them around the internet, INBOUND has a lot to offer. The slate of 2019 speakers includes Katie Couric, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jason Blum (an award-winning producer), and Alex Ohanian (the founder of Reddit).
Date and Location: July 15 – 17 in Seattle, Washington
At MozCon, attendees experience exceptional speakers, learn actionable tactics, and leave with endless possibilities. Sounds pretty good, right? This three-day conference will take you deep into the world of marketing as you learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry.
Why You Should Attend: Want to know how your SaaS brand can rank higher in Google search results? Wondering why your email marketing efforts are falling flat? Need help developing your company’s brand? Go to MozCon. The folks at Moz have been leading the SEO and general marketing community for a while now. They really know their stuff!
Date and Location: May 21 – 24 in San Francisco, California
Gainsight’s Pulse is the biggest B2B event in product experience. Those charged with ensuring customer satisfaction should definitely consider attending this stellar get-together. The 2019 conference will feature over 100 sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and a legendary afterparty.
Why You Should Attend: First of all, the speaker list is great. As an attendee, you’ll learn from leaders at Google, Salesforce, Cisco, Slack, and more. Second, the numbers don’t lie. 97.3% of past attendees reported finding Pulse helpful for their careers. And third, the Pulse afterparty is always a roaring good time.
5. Adobe Summit
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Date and Location: March 29 – April 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Adobe puts on a great many events throughout the year, but Summit is always one of the best. 2019 attendees dove deep into experience marketing and learned from speakers like Superbowl champion Drew Brees, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, Best Buy’s CEO Hubert Joly, Suntrust Bank’s CMO Susan Johnson, and many more.
If you missed the 2019 gathering, don’t worry. Just sign up for the event’s email list and receive a huge discount on 2020 tickets.
Why You Should Attend: In SaaS, creating great customer experiences is essential. It’s what will separate your tool from the myriad of others on the market. And that’s exactly what you’ll learn how to do at Adobe Summit. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with others in your industry. And if that’s not enough, just look at the positive reviews. 99% or previous attendees say the conference exceeded their expectations.
Date and Location: November 4 – 7 in Lisbon, Portugal
WebSummit is “the best technology conference on the planet” according to Forbes. High praise! But we definitely agree that this is a must-attend event. Each year, attendees gather in Lisbon, Portugal to learn where the futures of SaaS, startups, and general technologies lie. The slate of 2018 speakers included executives from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and more.
Why You Should Attend: Besides just Forbes, the New York Times and the Atlantic both give the event high marks as well. Plus, there’s a little something for everyone at WebSummit. The conference offers 24 unique tracks including ones for content marketing, crypto, growth strategies, and even music and sports.
One of the highlights of #ConEx for our team was seeing @debjohanning – our winner of 2 conference tickets – and her colleague, Kara, pictured here with @jaybaer. Good times this week! 🙌
Thanks, ladies! pic.twitter.com/RsbgyEh53j
— Convince & Convert (@convince) August 22, 2018
Date and Location: August 20 – 22 in Toronto, Canada
Conex is an annual conference hosted by Uberflip, a SaaS company that helps its customers personalize content experiences at scale. And that’s exactly what this get-together is all about. Well-known speakers like Jay Baer, Ann Handley, and Neil Patel will share actionable tips on how to create and own the content experience.
Why You Should Attend: Content marketing is one of the absolute best ways to promote your SaaS company. So why not learn how to do it right from some of the most prolific and successful content creators on the planet? Attendees will also get to take part in hands-on workshops and meet others in the industry.
Date and Location: June 13 – 14 in Boston, Massachusetts
If you’re in revenue ops, you’ll want to attend Ramp19. This conference, hosted by InsightSquared, has a narrow focus: equipping revenue operations professionals with the skills and connections they need to succeed.
Why You Should Attend: Many SaaS conferences cater to a wide range of people. Not Ramp. This get-together is 100% focused on revenue ops folks. If that’s you, then you owe it to yourself to go and learn from leaders in your field. People like Hilary Headlee from Zoom Video Communications and Dana Therrien from SiriusDecisions will be at the 2019 event.
9. SEMrush Live
Join us at the first Global SEMrush User Conference in Prague!
☑️Expert Panel Discussions
☑️Networking with digital marketers from around the world
— SEMrush (@semrush) March 7, 2019
Date and Location: May 15 – 17 in Prague, Czech Republic
SEMrush Live is the first ever global SEMrush user conference. Work in marketing? Then book your ticket to Prague now and learn from industry leaders. The event will include knowledgeable speakers, expert panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities.
Why You Should Attend: SEMrush Live will give attendees a unique experience. Not only will they have the chance to hear from amazing speakers, but they’ll also have the chance to participate. It promises to be a very hands-on event and attendees will leave with a lot of practical tips and strategies. Plus it’s set in the beautiful city of Prague!
10. SaaStr Annual
Date and Location: February 5 – 7 in San Francisco, California
SaaStr is one of the biggest, most popular events in the SaaS industry. The annual gathering brings together 12,000 people and features over 300 sessions designed to help you scale your SaaS business and improve LTV. Unfortunately, the main gathering already took place in 2019. But if you missed it, don’t fret. SaaStr is also hosting a similar event in Paris, France in June.
Why You Should Attend: Whether you plan to attend SaaStr’s Paris event in June or wait for the mega 2020 get together, you’ll be in for a treat. Attendees learn how to scale their startups, have the opportunity to network with their peers, and even get the chance to be mentored by industry professionals. The speaker list is always amazing too. 2019’s slate included execs from Dropbox, HubSpot, Twilio, and Intercom.
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Date and Location: August 7 – 8 in Vancouver, Canada
Ready to supercharge your company’s growth? Then you need to seriously consider attending Traction where you’ll learn the top growth tactics from leaders at mega-companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Slack. The list of 2019 speakers includes CEOs, marketing experts, and customer success leaders.
Why You Should Attend: Traction gives attendees the chance to both learn from and network with SaaS industry leaders. Oh and apparently the food at this conference is amazing. At least that’s what the COO of Intercom thinks.
Date and Location: December 10 – 11 in San Francisco, California
Just like the name says, Growth Marketing Conference is all about helping you grow your SaaS company. You’ll learn about acquisition, activation, and retention. You’ll get the latest tactics in B2B and enterprise growth. And you’ll discover the best tips and tricks for organic and performance marketing. Just about every “growth” topic is covered.
Why You Should Attend: People attend GMC because they want to grow their companies faster and more profitably. This conference is a great way to learn how. Previous speakers include folks from Google, Twilio, Dropbox, and more. Attendees also get the chance to participate in hands-on workshops and network with industry leaders.
Date and Location: February 12 – 15 in San Francisco, California
Think is the combination of IBM’s top conferences — World of Watson, Amplify, Interconnect, Edge, and Connect. In 2018, the technology giant decided to create one mega-conference that delivered the “quintessential IBM experience” rather than host multiple get-togethers. So, as you can imagine, Think is huge. Attendees learn about a range of technology topics and sharpen their skills. While the 2019 event has come and gone, we recommend you add this event to your 2020 calendar.
Why You Should Attend: Last year’s speakers included professional athletes like Joe Montana and Tony Hawk, the CEOs at companies like AT&T and Red Hat, and a Harvard research specialist. That’s quite a collection of top performers. Since you work in the technology field, why not attend a conference hosted by a company that’s been pushing technological boundaries for decades?
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Date and Location: October 14 – 16 in Dublin, Ireland
3 days, 40 hours of content, 250 exhibitors and 4,000 people? Sounds like SaaStock, an annual SaaS conference in Dublin Ireland. Just about everyone who’s anyone in the world of SaaS will be at this highly-rated conference to share and learn the strategies that work best in the industry.
Why You Should Attend: Whether you’re a founder, exec, or investor, SaaStock has something to offer you. The speaker list for 2019 includes leaders from Stripe, SurveyMonkey, and Vidyard. There are plenty of hands-on workshops to attend. And the networking opportunities are abundant. Not to mention, the conference is in Dublin so you’re sure to have a great time.
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Date and Location: September 16 – 18 in Boston, Massachusetts
The Business of Software Conference (BoS to the cool kids) is for software leaders, entrepreneurs, and decision makers that want to scale up their companies. The event covers a range of topics relevant to SaaS professionals such as marketing, hiring, and even mental health — but coding and finance topics are specifically NOT on the agenda.
Why You Should Attend: BoS is an intimate event that encourages learning. As an attendee, you’ll be taught by industry experts, be able to easily network with other SaaS pros, and have a great time while enjoying the beautiful city of Boston in the fall.
Source: Recurring Revenue Conference
Date and Location: April 30 – May 1 in Marina Del Rey, California
The Recurring Revenue Conference is put on by Sutton Capital Group and is Southern California’s only event wholly dedicated to the subscription economy. Each year, over 700 business leaders come together to discuss ways to improve LTV and keep a steady stream of dollars funneling into SaaS companies like yours.
Why You Should Attend: RRC teaches you exactly what you need to know as a SaaS company leader: how to reduce customer acquisition costs (CAC), improve LTV, manage explosive growth, and more. Learn what works and what doesn’t from the top dogs at companies like Zenefits, Mavenlink, and Limelight CRM.
Date and Location: October 20 – 30 in New York City, New York
Onward, an annual conference hosted by Yext, is dedicated to “the future of search”. Attendees learn the latest SEO and SEM strategies they can then use to better position and market their SaaS businesses. Last year’s gathering featured 28 breakout sessions, 100+ speakers, and more than 1,200 participants. The 2019 conference promises to be even better.
Why You Should Attend: Onward has a stellar reputation in the SaaS events community. So much so that leaders from major companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon attend annually. While the speaker list has yet to be announced for 2019, previous speakers include: Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famous astrophysicist, David Blaine, a popular magician and entertainer, and leaders at companies like Amazon, Pinterest, and Waze. So you can trust that this year’s speakers will be up to snuff as well.
18. LTV Conf
— FE International (@FEIntl) May 12, 2018
Date and Location: April 3 – 4 in New York City, New York
In SaaS, LTV is one of the most important metrics to track. So, if you happen to work for a SaaS company, it makes sense to attend an event that dedicates itself to this topic, right? LTV Conf is one of North America’s leading SaaS conferences. It boasts a presentation score of 9.6 (out of 10) and 95.7% of previous attendees say they would love to attend again.
Unfortunately, the 2019 gathering has already taken place. But we suggest you visit their site and snag your 2020 tickets today at the early bird rate.
Why You Should Attend: At LTV Conf, attendees learn how to grow and scale their SaaS companies, the pros and cons of both bootstrapping and getting VC funding, how to hire properly, and much more — all things that can affect LTV. The 2019 list of speakers includes well-known consultants, successful founders, and general industry experts.
19. SaaS North
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Date and Location: November 26 – 27 in Ottawa, Canada
Looking to scale up your SaaS company? Then attend SaaS North, Canada’s largest conference dedicated to the topic. The 2018 gathering brought together 1,750 people from more than 600 companies to learn from 70 speakers and attend 40 different sessions. Since the entire event focuses on scaling, we have to believe that 2019 will be even bigger.
Why You Should Attend: SaaS North is endorsed by some of the biggest players in the technology industry. Folks from Shopify, Microsoft, HubSpot and more all sing the conference’s praises. The event is also known for connecting people. Should you attend, you’ll have ample opportunity to be encouraged by fellow SaaS professionals, learn from successful software entrepreneurs, and meet potential investors.
At first subscription didn’t work for @KopariBeauty until they hit a nerve with coconut deodorant.
— Alicia Thomas (@thealiciathomas) October 18, 2018
Date and Location: December (Exact Date TBD) in Boston, Massachusetts
Recur is a SaaS conference hosted by ProfitWell. It aims to bring together the smartest people in the subscription community to share down-in-the-trenches war stories, offer one-on-one advice, and provide networking opportunities. The event has grown substantially in the last few years and has a strong history of securing repeat attendees — always a good sign!
Why You Should Attend: Recur, happening in December 2019, is a great way to cap your year. Should you attend, you’ll have the chance to learn from some of the brightest minds in SaaS and network with other professionals in your field. Your ticket also includes access to video recordings so you can take some of the conference magic home with you.
21. SaaS Monster
Date and Location: May 20 – 23 in Toronto, Canada
SaaS Monster stands apart from the rest of the conferences on this list. Mostly because it’s not it’s own conference. Rather, it’s a SaaS specific track within one of the world’s fastest growing technology events, Collision Conference. But don’t let that deter you from attending. SaaS Monster will focus on four main pillars of content related to SaaS: cloud computing, big data, enterprise technology, and security.
Why You Should Attend: SaaS Monster will bring together SaaS professionals to discuss the industry, share valuable insights, and network with each other. In 2019, folks from Adobe, MailChimp, Intercom, Zendesk, and more will be speaking. And the best part? A ticket to SaaS Monster allows you to attend the full Collision Conference experience!
Date and Location: June 10 in London, United Kingdom
HYPERGROWTH empowers its attendees to “discover your breakthrough”. The event brings together innovative business leaders to share their insights on business growth, selling tactics, marketing strategies, and more. Keynote speakers in 2019 include an award-winning filmmaker, a best-selling author, and Adobe’s CMO. And don’t worry if the London date doesn’t jive with your schedule. HYPERGROWTH will also be held in Boston and San Francisco later in the year. Just know that the lineup of speakers will change for each location.
Why You Should Attend: Join 2,000 other game changers for this exciting conference focused on sales techniques, marketing strategies, and general growth tactics. While not strictly a SaaS conference, HYPERGROWTH is a collection of innovators and provides plenty of learning and networking opportunities for professionals in a wide variety of industries. Plus, the tickets are very affordable when compared to many other high-quality conferences.
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Date and Location: September 25 – 26 in Vancouver, Canada
Hosted by Unbounce, a popular landing page software company, Call to Action Conference (i.e. #CTAConf) is a must-attend marketing event set in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada. Historically, it’s been a fun, engaging, and insightful conference. 2019 should be no different. So far, confirmed speakers include brilliant minds from companies like Moz and Orbit Media Studios.
Why You Should Attend: Unbounce are experts at marketing and conversion optimization. After all, that’s what they do all day, every day. If you need to learn how to better market your SaaS startup and convert more website visitors into paying customers, get your ticket to CTA Conference now. But the event is more than just oodles of learning opportunities. It’s also a blast and the afterparty gets high marks from previous attendees.
Date and Location: October 3 – 4 in San Francisco, California
BoxWorks, hosted by (you guessed it!) Box, contemplates the future of work. Were you to attend the 2019 gathering, you’d learn how to transform your business by harnessing digital technologies and gaining a competitive edge. The conference offers seven different tracks so your event experience can be catered to your own personal needs.
Why You Should Attend: Whether you want to learn about digital transformation, security, modern cloud stacks, or specific industries, BoxWorks has content for you. The list of 2019 speakers features execs from Box and IBM with more to be added soon. And the conference also has a Box certification program. Get hands-on training with the tool and become a power user.
Date and Location: May 6 – 8 in San Diego, California
Technology and Services World (TSW) is “where technology and service executives talk business.” Intrigued? Then secure your tickets for this event and learn about customer success, revenue generation, selling tactics, artificial intelligence, professional services best practices, and more.
Why You Should Attend: To succeed in the modern business world, you need to stay on the cutting edge of technology. At TSW, you’ll learn everything you need to about the topic. You’ll also have ample opportunity to network with colleagues. Lastly, the expo will expose you to new tools and solutions that will make your work life easier.
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Date and Location: April 10 – 11 in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Tech Summit is Europe’s fastest growing tech conference. It features more than 200 speakers and 10,000 attendees — nearly half of which are women! This event does a great job of making sure everyone feels welcome and included. Speakers in previous years include leaders from Amazon, Google, and NASA.
While the 2019 event has already taken place, super early bird tickets can be purchased for 2020 at a steeply discounted rate.
Why You Should Attend: DTS brings together world-class innovators to share knowledge and cover the latest trends. And attendees have a chance to network with other event-goers from 70 different countries and with industry leaders.
Date and Location: March 24 – 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada
MicroConf takes a different approach than many of the other events listed in this article. It focuses exclusively on small, self-funded companies. If that’s the kind of business you own or work for, this conference is a must-attend. Though you’ll have to go in 2020 as the 2019 conference has already taken place.
Why You Should Attend: MicroConf offers two distinct conference tracks. The Growth Edition is aimed at those currently earning a full-time income from their digital products. The Starter Edition is for those not currently making a full time income from their startup. Both tracks will help attendees further their careers by giving them access to world-class performers and speakers.
We have a packed house at the @SageIntacct Modern SaaS Finance Summit here in San Jose. Thank you to our attendees for joining today’s event!@StackOverflow @GainsightHQ @Jobvite @G2Crowd @JeffEpstein @BessemerVP @gsands @costanoavc @FloQast @Workiva @codeverse @davidappel pic.twitter.com/9gWqDUK7nV
— Sage Intacct (@SageIntacct) February 6, 2019
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Date and Location: May 16 in New York City, New York
The Modern SaaS Finance Summit is a niche conference that focuses on the five key pillars that SaaS finance leaders need to address. The one-day event is hosted by Sage Intacct at the Dominick in New York City.
Why You Should Attend: For financial professionals at SaaS companies, this conference is incredibly valuable. Topics covered include scaling to $100m, the proper metrics to prove your companies growth model, and how to build an accurate financial forecast. Pretty important stuff, right?
Honored to be the winner amongst so many great startups today at @AscentConfNYC! Thanks for having us and hearing how Perksy is building the future of feedback! #MarketingStrategy with @nadiagenmasri pic.twitter.com/60h5cKjuP4
— Perksy (@getperksy) October 4, 2018
Date and Location: October 7 – 8 in New York City, New York
What do you get when you combine 3,000 attendees, 300 exhibitors, and 4 unique conference tracks? Ascent, New York City’s prominent tech conference. The 4 tracks include: “Startup Grad School”, which will teach you the keys to entrepreneurship, “VC and Investing”, which covers investment strategy and networking, “Growth and Marketing”, which shares the latest business growth insights, and “SaaSummit”, which talks all things SaaS related.
Why You Should Attend: Ascent is a great collection of innovators. 43% of the 3,000 attendees are founders and/or CEOs and 26% of them are investors. The event also has a strong history of securing great speakers. Execs from Foursquare, The Muse, and Credit Karma have spoken in previous years.
Date and Location: March 8 – 17 in Austin, Texas
No SaaS conference list is complete without mentioning South by Southwest (SXSW). This event is absolutely massive. In fact, it’s one of the most well-known events in the world — regardless of topic or industry. The 2019 event (which, unfortunately, has already happened) discussed things like blockchain, startups, marketing tactics, art, sports, and more.
Why You Should Attend: The 2019 slate of keynote speakers included the Beastie Boys, the founders of Instagram, a successful politician, and award-winning writers and musicians. There was so much knowledge to be gleaned from these folks! The conference also gives attendees the chance to network with thousands of others. Plus, there’s so much going on. If you need a break from the sessions, you can always listen to live music or catch a film screening. Definitely consider attending in 2020.
Wrapping Up: Which SaaS Events Will You Attend?
The amount of SaaS conferences out there is mind-boggling. But the above list will help you narrow down your options to just the 30 best get-togethers. We encourage you to read back through and pick out a few tech events or user conferences that will be most beneficial to you.
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