Reading blogs, listening to podcasts, watching how-to videos, attending webinars; These are all fantastic ways in which a professional can develop new skill sets, hone existing skills, and keep up to date with industry trends. So why bother with in-person conferences? Are they worth the time and expense? What can they offer that various forms of media cannot?
Attending conferences and meetup's provide attendees with unique learning and career-building opportunities that just can't be found anywhere else.
There are a lot of reasons why you would attend a machine learning conference, maybe its to meet your ML hero who is giving a presentation or simply just to break out of your comfort zone. However, the two driving factors behind the attendance of any conference is the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and to network. The networking opportunities alone should be enough to drive you through the door.
Networking cannot be underestimated in terms of your career progression as statistics show that 85% of all jobs are filled through networking. Linkedin is great for staying connected to your peers, be it local or overseas. However, there simply is no substitution for meeting people in real life. Any conference worth its salt will have time set aside specifically for networking. Use these opportunities as well as your lunch and coffee break to form new relationships or build on existing ones. You may just find your next mentor or job opportunity. Although, it is not just as simple as turning up and striking a conversation, there are some strategies you can put in place.
To learn is the most obvious benefit of attending a conference and the sole reason why some people choose to attend. There’s something new to learn in the machine learning universe every day, and many of these conferences are at the foreground of these cutting-edge changes.
Conferences are where you can access the most up to date industry information, oftentimes from the sources themselves. With hundreds, sometimes thousands of attendees, you can also gain exposure to a boundless variety of new ideas and trends that can benefit your latest project or business venture. When planning out your conference schedule for the year, be picky and selective about which ones to dedicate your time and money to by first asking yourself what you hope to learn from each one. Take time to research the speakers, break out sessions, and workshops and make a schedule far in advance to ensure you’re getting the most out of the conference as possible.
Now that you are aware of some of the benefits of attending a machine learning conference. Here are three major conferences coming up in September.
Start Date: September 5th - September 6th, 2019 in London, England
Description: A truly global event featuring speakers and attendees from many countries around the world.
Why You Should Attend: Attendees will hear from some of the top minds in AI, learn inventive new solutions to tough problems, and have the ability to network with other participants from over 55 different countries. Regarding machine learning and vision, one of the conferences four tracks is dedicated to the subject. Whether you want to learn more about human/computer interaction, signal processing, or pattern recognition, IntelliSys will have information on the subject.
Start Date: September 10th - September 13th, 2019 in Siena, Italy
Description: A premier event for machine learning professionals.
Why You Should Attend: Now in its fifth year, the LOD Conference is, in the event's own words, a "single-track machine learning, computational optimization, data science conference that includes invited talks, special sessions, and demonstrations." This is a premier event for those in machine learning and will feature brilliant minds from some of the world's top universities and leading companies. Plus, it takes place in Tuscany in September. Need we say more?
Start Date: September 9th - September 12th, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales
Description: A well-respected conference covering topics related to machine vision.
Why You Should Attend: This machine learning conference focuses specifically on machine vision, image processing, and pattern recognition. As one of the longest-running events on this list (in operation since 1985), BMVC enjoys a fabulous reputation in the artificial intelligence community. Attendees to the 2019 conference will listen to expert keynote speakers, attend hands-on workshops, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Cardiff, Whales. Learn about the future of technology in a city whose history stretches back to the Roman Empire.