IT conferences and conventions can boost your IT career.India’s IT industry is booming and the need to stay current on developments is as great as ever. With today’s tech, IT professionals are able to conduct meetings, give demonstrations and share ideas without leaving their offices. While technology makes collaboration easy and inexpensive, some things just can’t be learned via telecommunication. In these instances, there’s no substitute for a nice face-to-face meeting.

Attending trade shows and conferences is a great way to meet-and-greet with colleagues and get a feel for the happenings in the industry. Organized networking events not only provide a universal platform for professionals and graduates to gather, but also allow individuals the opportunity to learn from and share with one another.

Most industries have regular conferences and trade shows, and the IT industry is no different. Attending can provide more opportunities than one can grab and, as a bonus, have the benefit of helping you advance in the It field.

Below are the some of the benefits one can find by attending such events.

Enhance your Skills

IT conferences and trade shows always have a variety of opportunities for you to sharpen your skills. For example, some IT gatherings demonstrate hands-on training that allows participants to join in and experience new technologies or products for themselves. Attending relevant presentations allows you to truly absorb the messages of industry leaders. You can get a better feel for emerging trends in the industry, as well as the challenges that need to be overcome, and gauge the direction of new ideas and innovations.

You not only can learn new things about the industry, but can look good to management as you bring useful tips and experiences back to your office.

Grow Your Own Network:

Attending IT conferences is an opportunity to express yourself. You can meet other professionals, as well as potential customers and competitors. Meeting other IT professionals can expose you to new customers and opportunities that you may not have considered before. People are often more open and relaxed in the atmosphere of a trade show or conference and more willing to share leads and ideas.

Industry professionals will be present, many of whom will share their personal experiences on how they have achieved important career successes. You can often engage with professionals from other organizations who can provide you with advice and procedures for solving difficult problems.

It’s always a good idea to be open-minded and sociable with everyone you meet at these gatherings. This goes not just for the exhibition floor or presentation rooms, but in the elevators and dining facilities as well. You never know who may be helpful to you in the future. Remember to be courteous as you gather contacts. These contacts are the seeds to potential opportunities for new customers, career moves, new employees for your company and so forth.

Training and Offers

Conferences and conventions can be a great way to get some free training and save money on upcoming certification exams. Often many IT certification vendor companies like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco and others provide no-cost training sessions along with other freebies like whitepapers, keynotes, hand-on labs, and so forth. Additionally, many IT conferences and conventions provide heavily discounted certification exam vouchers for the attendees.

Besides saving you money, these opportunities can help sharpen your skills, and better prepare you to take upcoming certification exams.

Get Inspired

Being out of the office can promote creativity and innovation as you meet with and observe other professionals. Attending these events and hearing industry leaders share their expertise can inspire you. Oftentimes small things can generate ideas and breakthroughs for projects you are currently working on.

Don’t limit yourself to attending just the major presentations; small businesses are often very creative in solving problems. Feel free to attend presentations by competitors as well; they can come up with good ideas too.

Presentations and other professionals can inspire a right minded person who is willing to work hard and think outside the box.

IT conferences and conventions can boost your IT career.Advancing You Career

Like any accomplished professional, successful IT practitioners need to have passion for their work. Participating in industry gatherings can be the perfect tonic to keep your excitement and motivation at high levels.

For many people such events open doors to new opportunities. Participating in simple conversations with like-minded people will often spur innovation and reignite your excitement as well.

The following is a short list of important conferences for the IT field that are coming up this year, and may be worth your time:

HAKON’15 – The Hackers Convention. Central India’s largest hackers gathering. Hakon’15 brings together some of the best brains in IT security from government and private organizations, and the digital underground.

Hakon’15 is being held Oct. 4 in Indore, MP. This year’s theme is Terrorstrom — The Rise of Digital Terrorism. India is often thought of as an easy target for unethical hackers. Speakers and presenters will showcase cutting edge tools, techniques, and methodologies that are at the forefront of the global threat landscape.

Next Generation Cyber Threats India Expo 2015. With more than 400 business in attendance, the expo will highlight some of the most critical aspects of next-generation cyber threats facing Indian companies in the following sectors: Telecom & IT, Banks & Financials, Transport, Defense, Government, Energy, Legal, Railways, Real Estate, Aviation & Power, SME’s Enterprise, and so forth. The conference was originally set to be held in Mumbai on May 15, but a new date is pending after the original arrangements had to be postponed.

Joomla! World Conference 2015, Nov. 6-8 in Bangalore. This is your opportunity to be part of the largest Joomla! learning experience of the year. This year’s gathering features more than 500 developers and designers from around the world.

ICSOC 2015: International Conference on Service Oriented Computing is the premier international forum for academic, industry researchers, and developers and practitioners to gather and share groundbreaking ideas and accomplishments in the areas of networking, business process management, wireless and mobile computing, cloud computing, cyber physical systems and software engineering. The conference will be held Nov. 16-19 in Goa.

International Conference on Data Mining, Multimedia, Image Processing and their Applications (ICDMMIPA2015). The conference will be held Sept. 18–20 at the Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University in Rajasthan and is hosted by the Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC). The event features workshops and presentations by international researchers.

Remember, as a successful IT professional you need to actively participate in the industry. As you are actively involved you can build your reputation and earn the respect of others professionals. IT gatherings can add social aspects into your learning while helping advance your career. Such events should be chosen carefully to help maximize your career opportunities.

Don’t hesitate to grab those opportunities with both hands!