This is the sixth year we’ve made this list for you. Here, you’ll find brand new trainings, symposia, summits, forums, expos, seminars, workshops, conventions and conferences worth checking out, as well as established events that might be new to you. If you work in federal, state or local government, you’ll discover events you cannot do without.
This list of the best government conferences will let you plan ahead and advocate for those precious professional development dollars. We’ve dug deep to find the dates for as many events as we can to help you have a great 2020.
As a bonus for the social media savvy, the listings include event hashtags, when available, for those who can’t attend but want to participate in the virtual conversations.
National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Annual Conference
January 6 – 9, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #NCSE2020
The NSCE conference engages more than 800 leaders from the sciences, education, government, policy, business and civil society to foster a dialogue across these sectors on environmental policy-making and decision-making with the use of science. The program includes presentations by experts and sessions that spotlight new research, innovation and the power of collaboration through partnership.
Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Financial Systems Summit (FSS)
January 9, 2020 | Washington, D.C. or virtual
The FSS unites government leaders and industry experts to discuss how to improve government services through systems modernization in a budget-constrained environment. Sessions will highlight CIO/CFO priorities, agile, shared services, cybersecurity and emerging technologies.
Public Sector CIO Academy: California
February 5 – 6, 2020 | Sacramento, CA | #govtechlive
If you can score a spot at this invitation-only event, you’ll meet C-level professionals addressing the most important policy, management and leadership issues surrounding the future of digital government and the role of the public sector CIO in the state of California. It’s developed by and for government by Government Technology, which hosts other events around the country.
AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC)
February 10 – 11, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #NHPC20
The NHPC brings together health care decision-makers, policy experts, advocates, consumers, patients, researchers and leaders from the public and private sectors to share the latest evidence and discuss the most critical issues and immediate policy priorities in United States health care. This event puts policy insights and perspectives from diverse sectors of health and health care decision-making into context with the latest evidence and examples from science and practice. In 2020, NHPC is co-located with the Health Datapalooza.
Esri Federal GIS Conference
February 11 – 12, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #FedGIS
The Esri Federal GIS Conference provides government professionals insight to help navigate their missions and ultimately save time and money. Attendees learn more about products, solutions and services related to ArcGIS software that can improve collaboration, deliver better services and meet current mandates. The conference is free for federal government and NGO personnel. Also check out the Esri User Conference (EsriUC).
Association of Government Accountants (AGA) National Leadership Training (NLT)
February 12–13, 2020 | Washington, D.C. or virtual
The NLT provides development and training to help government financial professionals excel as leaders in today’s competitive market. It’s an opportunity to share best practices, find solutions to shared challenges, network with your peers, and learn from the top financial management leaders and industry experts.
February 24 – 28, 2020 | San Francisco, CA | #RSAC
RSA Conference is a cybersecurity event that brings together professionals from all sides of the field — CISOs to security engineers — to give attendees the perspectives and insights needed to conquer looming risks and leave hackers in the dust. Attendees have access to comprehensive educational sessions as well as the chance to network and meet with other professionals in the field.
Federal Networks Conference
February 26 – 27, 2020 | Washington, D.C.
The Federal Networks conference brings together senior decision-makers from key agencies across government to share their latest plans for how they will design, purchase and operate their networks — as well as the IT services that these networks enable and deliver.
The AIIM Conference
March 3 – 5, 2020 | Dallas, TX | #AIIM20
Join 600 information professionals from across the globe and discover best practices, current trends and top issues facing the information management industry.
Climate Leadership Conference
March 4 – 6, 2020 | Detroit, MI | #TheCLC
The Climate Leadership Conference convenes a global audience of climate, energy and sustainability professionals to address climate change through policy, innovation and business solutions. It is an opportunity to collaborate with peers, learn from experts and together navigate the latest climate and energy solutions.
Code for America Summit
March 11 – 13, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #CfASummit
The Code for America Summit is a roll-up-your-sleeves conference that brings together government innovators, civic-minded technologists and entrepreneurs to tackle big problems and deliver government that works in a digital age.
South by Southwest (SXSW)
March 13 – 22, 2020 | Austin, TX | #SXSW
SXSW is a series of conferences and festivals that offer a convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies. SXSW Interactive features a government and politics track that focuses on areas related to government policy on all levels as well as privacy issues on both the personal and corporate level. Specific topics include policy and civic engagement on the local, state and federal level; the relationship between government and technology; big data tracking; and surveillance concerns.
National Council on Public History (NCPH) Annual Meeting
March 18 – 21, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | #ncph2020
NCPH’s annual meeting is for professionals, students, faculty members and anyone else interested in public history, and attracts academic historians, federal employees, archivists, museum workers and teachers. The conference provides professional development, networking and community connections.
Federal 100 Awards
March 19, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #Fed100
The Federal 100 Awards are the original awards in federal IT. The awards honor the leaders at all levels who have gone above and beyond to show how technology can be leveraged to make government run better.
Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC)
March 24 – 26, 2020 | Baltimore, MD | #20NTC
The NTC, hosted by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), is the nonprofit sector’s signature technology event. It assembles thousands of the best and brightest nonprofit and public sector professionals from around the world. Together, they collaborate, innovate and discover new ways to spark change with technology.
Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON)
March 24 – 26, 2020 | Seattle, WA | #GSMCON2020
GSMCON attendees can collaborate with a network of city, county, state and local social media managers, learn strategy and technique from experts and peers, and maximize their program to bring value to citizens.
Digital Government Institute’s (DGI) E-Discovery, Records & Information Management Conference
March 26, 2020 | Washington, D.C.
As the volume of digital information continues to grow, the scope of electronic records management has expanded exponentially and is an increasingly critical issue, particularly as it relates to providing secure storage, access and retrieval of government records. At this DGI event, government and industry experts discuss technology solutions, requirements and policy updates and changes, and review examples of successful electronic records and e-discovery programs. It’s free for government professionals.
Federal Managers Association (FMA) National Convention and Management Training Seminar
March 29 – April 1, 2020 | Alexandria, VA
FMA advocates for excellence in public service through effective management and professionalism. The national convention provides an opportunity to discuss how FMA can promote great work in the federal government.
International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE)
March 30 – April 3, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV | #IWCE2020
IWCE helps professionals leverage emerging technologies to create a safer, more efficient and more interconnected world. It features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry. Attendees are a diverse group of industry professionals including government and military, public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical and 911), utility, transportation and business enterprise.
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference
April 3 – 7, 2020 | Anaheim, CA | #ASPA2020
The ASPA Conference showcases state-of-the-art practices used in modern public and nonprofit administration while exploring new approaches and opportunities for continued innovation. It brings together public administrators, scholars and students from across the discipline.
Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo
April 6 – 9, 2020 | Denver, CO | #smartcitiesconnect
The Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, co-located with the US Ignite Application Summit, convenes 400+ global city leaders, representing 250+ cities and communities to advance citizen engagement, improve citizen life, and enhance partnership opportunities between innovative technology and solution providers.
Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) East
April 13 – 17, 2020 | Boston, MA | #ODSCeast
The Open Data Science Conference gathers attendees, presenters and companies that are working on shaping the present and future of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and data science. It is one of the largest gatherings of professional data scientists. ODSC has two events in the United States: ODSC East and ODSC West. Registration discounts may be available to government employees.
Training Officers Consortium (TOC) Annual Institute
April 19 – 22, 2020 | Ocean City, MD
The TOC Annual Institute provides professional development and networking opportunities to the federal training community and human resource professionals.
National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program
April 22 – 25, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #nejc2020
Three days of interactive training sessions showcase voices of experience, research, discussions and thought-provoking dialogue. The program addresses the needs and challenges of communities, governments, municipalities, tribes and others with an interest in environmental justice.
Professional Services Council (PSC) Annual Conference
April 26 – 28, 2020 | White Sulphur Springs, WV
The conference addresses the most important legislative and regulatory issues related to acquisition, business and technology facing the government professional and technology services industry. Must be a PSC member to attend.
April 26 – 29, 2020 | Tampa, FL | #GEOINT2020
This annual gathering is for those working in geospatial intelligence. It provides training, education and professional development to thousands of attendees, including government personnel, intelligence officers, members of the military and industry specialists. The host, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), also presents the GEOINT Community Week each fall.
National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) Annual Training Conference
April 26 – 30, 2020 | Austin, TX | #NPELRA2020
NPELRA provides progressive labor relations advice that balances the needs of management and the public interest. The Annual Training Conference is open to supervisors, managers or representatives of management in the public sector, not representing any union.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Just Economy Conference
April 27 – 29, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #JustEconomy
The NCRC’s Just Economy Conference is a national event for community, policy, government and business leaders who work for fairness in lending, housing and business. The conference features a wide range of sessions on community organizing and advocacy, housing, access to capital and credit, workforce and community development, fair lending and business. Sessions will be packed with dozens of tactics to bring back to your neighborhood.
Broadband Communities Summit
April 27 – 30, 2020 | Houston, TX | #bbcsum20
The Broadband Communities Summit features telecommunications trends in broadband technologies for communities. It attracts broadband system operators, network builders and deployers of all kinds. Many of the country’s major property owners and real estate developers attend the summit each year, along with independent telcos and cable companies, municipal and state officials, community leaders and economic development professionals.
YTH Live: the youth + health + tech conference
May 3 – 4, 2020 | San Francisco, CA | #ythlive
YTH Live is the premier conference for trailblazing technology that advances youth health and wellness. Each year the brightest minds in youth advocacy, public health, government and tech gather at YTH Live to showcase what works, share ideas and learnings, and launch new collaborations. Connect with vibrant thinkers, makers and doers, and use what you learn to improve the lives of the youth you serve.
National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear Conference
May 3 – 6, 2020 | National Harbor, MD | #NASCIO20
NASCIO conferences are the go-to events for state IT leaders. It hosts both a mid-year event each spring and a larger annual conference each fall, which gives state CIOs and members of their staff the opportunity to come together with many private-sector solution providers for education and networking.
Transforming Local Government Conference
May 5 – 8, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ | #TLG2020
This event, hosted by the Alliance for Innovation, attracts participation from local governments that are seeking new and innovative ways to connect people, information and ideas that support their efforts to be the best communities in which to live, work and prosper.
Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program
May 11 – 15, 2020 | Leesburg, VA
A destination for training in leadership, diversity, inclusion/EEO, and career advancement and management. Open to all federal employees. Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is a nonprofit representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the federal and D.C. governments.
Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition
May 17 – 20, 2020 | Denver, CO | #ATD2020
The ATD International Conference & Exposition provides the knowledge, strategies and solutions needed to effectively attract, develop and retain top talent. You’ll gain insights into the latest trends, best practices and new solutions for designing, delivering, implementing and measuring learning programs.
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada Annual Conference
May 17 – 20, 2020 | New Orleans, LA | #GFOA2020
Thousands of public finance professionals gather each year for this three-day conference to share ideas, develop technical and managerial skills, view new products and network with peers.
Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Bid & Proposal Con
May 17 – 20, 2020 | Location TBA | #APMP2020
The world’s largest event for proposal, bid, tender, capture, business development and graphics professionals, including government contracting. Attendees learn about tested information, proven strategies and best practices to help capture, write, produce, manage proposals and increase win rates.
Government Fleet Expo & Conference
May 18 – 21, 2020 | Anaheim, CA | #GFX2020
At this conference, public fleet professionals can have real conversations with their peers about daily challenges, get public fleet-specific training and access the latest vehicles and technology in the exhibit hall. It provides an opportunity to learn from the industry’s top public fleet professionals from across the country, connect and share ideas and learn new strategies for efficiency, increasing ROI and cutting costs.
National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Communications School
May 19 – 21, 2020 | Louisville, KY | #NAGC2020
The Communications School provides networking opportunities and practical educational sessions to help government communicators increase their skills. It attracts a mix of federal, state and local government communication leaders.
Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) National Education Conference (NEC)
May 19 – 21, 2020 | St. Louis, MO | #SGMPNEC
The National Education Conference (NEC) is the largest annual event in the government meetings industry and is where government professionals from across the country come together for education, resources and networking.
National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Annual Rural Health Conference
May 19 – 22, 2020 | San Diego, CA | #NRHA2020
The Rural Health Conference is for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members and more. It is the nation’s largest rural health conference. NRHA hosts other events throughout the year, including the Health Equity Conference.
National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Health Equity Conference
May 19, 2020 | San Diego, CA
The Health Equity Conference offers attendees the opportunity to meet with peers and experts who share an interest in health equity issues in rural America. This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and services to the underserved and often under-represented U.S. rural population. NRHA hosts other events throughout the year, including the Annual Rural Health Conference.
Key Executive Leadership Conference
May 26, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #KeyLeadershipConference2020
This is an opportunity to explore principles, industry trends and best leadership practices by talks given by exceptional leaders in the field from the federal government and public sector as well as non-governmental and nonprofit organizations. The conference is provided by the School of Public Affairs Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University.
AGA and AFFIRM’s CFO/CIO Summit
May date TBA, 2020 | Washington, D.C.
The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) host this educational event on the intersection of policies and management issues that impact CFOs and CIOs and how they are working together to improve efficiency and transparency, reduce risk and strengthen their workforce. Free for government employees.
International Open Data Conference (IODC)
June 3 – 5, 2020 | Nairobi, Kenya | #IODC20
The IODC attracts senior government officials, policy experts, academics and open data advocates to meet, make connections and work together to enable the open data revolution. The IODC helps to chart open data’s future and, in turn, strengthens democracy, generates jobs and builds prosperity. Held every two years.
June 10, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #930gov
930gov is a free, one-day, multi-track conference and trade show where government technical communities gather to connect, exchange and gather ideas in one location from thought leaders from each community. It is held in conjunction with other events, including the Cyber & IT Security Conference and the IT Modernization Conference. It is organized by the Digital Government Institute, which hosts other conferences for public sector IT professionals.
ServiceUnites: Conference on Volunteering and Service
June 10 – 12, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #ServiceUnites
People who care about the future of volunteer service convene at Points of Light’s annual conference to work together to increase the number of volunteers in the world and the impact of the work they do. It is the largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders in the world.
National Disability Rights Network’s P&A/CAP Annual Conference
June 15 – 18, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ | #NDRN2020
The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) Annual Conference is an event for anyone who supports meaningful choice, empowerment and independence for all people with disabilities. Attendees build skills and also renew and deepen their commitment to equality for people with disabilities.
June 15 – 19, 2020 | Scottsdale, AZ | #SMILEcon
The SMILE Conference is an event that trains police in the use of social media for community outreach, event management and investigations. It attracts an international audience of police social media practitioners, including PIOs and their supervisors, investigators and crime analysts. Attendees typically are 65% sworn and 35% civilian.
dg.o Conference: Digital Government Society (DGS) International Conference on Digital Government Research
June 17 – 19, 2020 | Seoul, Republic of Korea | #dgo2020
The dg.o conference is a forum for presentation, discussion and demonstration of interdisciplinary research on digital government, political participation, civic engagement, technology innovation, applications and practice.
National Civil Rights Conference
June 22 – 23, 2020 | Location TBA
The National Civil Rights Conference features workshops, artistic productions, sessions, tours, vendors, networking opportunities and other activities focusing on civil rights, social justice and human dignity.
June 22 – 24, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #mEnabling20
The M-Enabling Summit is dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It connects leaders in government, private sector and industry, academia and nonprofit organizations to advance discussion and decision-making at the intersection of mobile technology, aging disability, and policy in the United States and abroad.
National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Biennial Conference
June 30 – July 5, 2020 | Chicago, IL | #2020NAD
NAD ensures that the needs and concerns of the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing community are well represented on the federal level. The NAD Conference is specifically tailored for deaf, deaf-blind, late-deaf, hard of hearing and hearing professionals, federal and state employees, civic and community organization employees and more. In partnership with Deaf in Government (DIG), NAD offers Government Employee Training (GET) sessions during the conference. Held every two years.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Convention and Exposition
July 1 – 4, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #LULAC20
The LULAC National Convention draws over 15,000 participants including top leaders from the government, business, and the Latino community.
Esri User Conference
July 13 – 17, 2020 | San Diego, CA | #EsriUC
The Esri User Conference has long been a favorite at GovLoop. It’s a conference designed for users of the Esri platform and for those who want to learn more about geographic information systems (GIS), data visualization and other geospatial applications. Be sure to check out the Esri Federal GIS Conference (FedGIS).
International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) Conference
July 19 – 22, 2020 | San Diego, CA | #IPAC2020
A collaborative environment to learn about trends and best practices in recruitment and merit-based assessment practices and to work through input/output (I/O) related challenges.
Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Professional Development Training (PDT)
July 19 – 22, 2020 | Dallas, TX or virtual
AGA’s Professional Development Training brings together top financial officials in federal, state and local government, as well as from academia and the private sector, for valuable training and networking.
Annual Conference on Independent Living
July 20 – 23, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #NCIL2020
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) conference attracts grassroots advocates, government representatives and people from major organizations that work to advance independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.
AHEAD Conference, Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education
July 20 – 24, 2020 | Palm Desert, CA
The AHEAD Conference may be sponsored by the Association on Higher Education and Disability, but the topics are not just related to higher education. There is a heavy emphasis on diversity, disability, policy, technology, current trends and issues as they relate to the law and disability. Those presenting are leaders in their fields and have included professionals from the Department of Justice, the Office of Civil Rights and others.
Federally Employed Women (FEW) National Training Program (NTP)
July 20 – 24, 2020 | Orlando, FL
This event trains federal workers for personal and professional career growth. FEW maps every training session to the guidelines of the Office of Personnel Management’s Senior Executive Service, Executive Core Qualifications (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions) and the underlying fundamental core competencies.
Next Generation of Government Training Summit
July 22 – 23, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #NextGenGov
The NextGen Summit is a place to cultivate and enable the absolute best next generation of government. Whether you’re a millennial just entering the government workforce, a manager tasked with retaining and developing talent or a seasoned public servant looking for new resources or challenges, the NextGen Summit is where you want to be. The two-day summit inspires federal, state and local govies to be positive change ambassadors.
July 26 – 29, 2020 | Grapevine, TX | #NCMAwc
Over 2,000 professionals in contract management, procurement and acquisition attend this event hosted by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). World Congress offers breakout sessions relevant to all career levels, engaging main stage speakers and many networking events.
July 28 – 30, 2020 | Bethesda, MD | #drupalgovcon
Drupal GovCon brings together people from all over the country who use, develop, design and support the Drupal platform with a focus in government. Drupal GovCon features presentations on the cutting edge of the current state of Drupal and how to leverage your skills to better serve your community.
DEF CON Hacking Conference
August 6 – 9, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV | #DEFCON
DEF CON is one of the world’s longest-running and largest hacker conventions. Government security researchers, cyber staff, developers, IT employees and law enforcement join black and white hat hackers at this conference to better understand the significant vulnerabilities facing public and private sector technology, systems and products.
Federal Dispute Resolution (FDR) Training
August 10 – 13, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ | #FDRtraining
The FDR Training helps attendees resolve workplace disputes and avoid situations that lead to complaints, ultimately reducing costly litigation for your agency. Sessions span five educational tracks: alternative dispute resolution, equal employment opportunity, executive perspective, attorney/legal and human resources/labor relations/employee relations.
August 11 – 13, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | #EnergyExchange2020
The Energy Exchange is the Federal Energy Management Program’s event that brings together subject matter experts from a wide range of technical disciplines to share their knowledge of government best practices with the federal energy management community. The Energy Exchange actively supports the development of federal energy efficiency champions by offering a comprehensive selection of training sessions and a technology-focused trade show.
Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Annual Conference
August 16 – 19, 2020 | Gatineau, Québec, Canada | #IPAC2020IAPC
The IPAC Conference showcases cutting-edge best practices, models and collaborative efforts that have achieved excellence in public service delivery, governance and policy development. It attracts attendees from across Canada working at all levels of government and the public sector as well as representatives from Indigenous governments and institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia.
Blacks In Government (BIG) National Training Institute (NTI)
August 24 – 27, 2020 | Tampa, FL
The National Training Institute (NTI) is attended by public servants across the federal, state and local government levels. It is designed to elevate the day-to-day work performance of government employees to include methods on how to recognize and embrace a leadership role in the thrust of government transformation.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) FEDcon
August 30 – September 1, 2020 | Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ
FEDcon provides the opportunity for NARFE chapter and federation leaders to provide valuable knowledge regarding your federal benefits, to deliver important updates on legislative issues that impact the federal community and to offer training in grassroots advocacy.
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Annual Conference
August 31 – September 3, 2020 | Denver, CO
The NATOA Annual Conference is the premier event for local government IT, government access programmers and communications and cable decision-makers.
IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo
September 13 – 16, 2020 | Baltimore, MD | #IACP2020
Whether you are new to human resources or in a senior human resources position, the IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo can help you stay current in the ever-changing field of human resources.
GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health
September 23 – 26, 2020 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | #GLMA2020
GLMA’s Annual Conference is the premier, interdisciplinary LGBTQ health conference and the world’s largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBTQ health issues and concerns. It educates practitioners, policy advocates, educators, administrators, researchers and students about the unique health needs of LGBTQ individuals and families.
International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference
September 23 – 26, 2020 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | #ICMA20
The ICMA Annual Conference for local government managers and staff has been going strong for over 100 years. It offers an abundance of educational, information-sharing and networking tools to help you manage your community in today’s complex environment. Save the dates for the future ICMA annual conferences.
Professional Services Council (PSC) Tech Trends Conference
September date TBA, 2020 | Washington, D.C.
The PSC Tech Trends Conference is an opportunity to hear from senior government officials and engage in the top IT issues facing the federal government. At this half-day conference, you’ll be the first to hear the results of PSC’s survey of federal IT and cybersecurity leaders and gain insights on how to help the government deliver more effective mission results through technology adoption and innovation.
United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)
October 10 – 13, 2020 | San Juan, Puerto Rico | #USCA
The USCA is the largest conference on AIDS in the nation. It is hosted by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), a nonprofit that urgently fights for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America.
National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference
October 11 – 14, 2020 | Minneapolis, MN | #NASCIO20
NASCIO conferences are the go-to events for state IT leaders. It hosts both a midyear event each spring and a larger annual conference each fall, which give state CIOs and members of their staff the opportunity to come together with many private sector solution providers for education and networking.
American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo
October 24 – 28, 2020 | San Francisco, CA | #APHA2020
The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. Conference participants attend to strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research.
Data Driven Government
October date TBA, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #ddggovconf
Data Driven Government, formerly known as Predictive Analytics World for Government (PAWGOV), is focused on helping government executives share and discuss emerging trends and best practices using data analytics to enhance mission outcomes. A practically-focused, vendor-neutral conference, Data Driven Government advances the deployment of analytics and data science within federal, state and local governments to reduce fraud, waste and abuse. Other applications of the technology include automating manual processes and driving smarter decisions by extracting actionable insights from the vast quantities of data within government agencies.
Imagine Nation – ELC
October date TBA, 2020 | Location TBA | #ImagineNation2020
ATC-IAC’s Imagine Nation – ELC offers an experience designed to spark the imagination, inspire bold thinking and fresh ideas, foster collaboration and dialogue, and spotlight the newest and most relevant technology. The conference brings together forward-thinking agencies and companies focused on improving mission delivery. It also provides a neutral ground where government and industry can work together as true partners.
PSC’s Vision Federal Market Forecast Conference
October date TBA, 2020 | Falls Church, VA | #PSCvision20
The Vision Federal Market Forecast addresses the defense, civilian and federal IT markets. It is where industry and government convene to present and discuss the results of the Vision Federal Market Forecast, which delivers insights from hundreds of government executives, think tank experts, congressional staff and Wall Street analysts who take part in non-attribution interviews. These insights provide a concise, quantifiable assessment of the budgets, programs, priorities and issues in a rapidly changing environment.
November 9 – 12, 2020 | San Francisco, CA | #DF20
A massive conference for users of Salesforce’s CRM platform and tools, with over 150,000 in-person attendees. In addition to the general sessions relevant to any Salesforce user, the conference also has several sessions designed specifically for government and public sector organizations.
ARNOVA’s Annual Conference
November 12 – 14, 2020 | Indianapolis, IN | #arnova20
The ARNOVA conference is designed to create a public conversation on, as well as opportunities for presenting research about, pressing issues and vital opportunities facing the voluntary or nonprofit sector. It is both a showcase for the best and most current research, as well as a seedbed from which new research is born.
UN Climate Summit
November date TBA, 2020 | Glasgow, Scotland | #COP26
The UN Climate Summit will mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels to advance climate action that will enable implementation of many of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas: energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.
Blockchain Expo North America
November date TBA, 2020 | Santa Clara, CA | #BlockchainExpo
Blockchain Expo brings together thousands of delegates across key industries for two days of content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies.
Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) Conference
December 6 – 9, 2020 | Washington, D.C. | #BECC2020
The BECC conference focuses on understanding the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations and using that knowledge to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future.
Not Yet Scheduled
The dates for these events have not been announced:
- ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence | Usually held in spring | Washington, D.C. | #AE2020
- Adobe Digital Government Technology Conference | Usually held in fall | Washington, D.C. | #AdobeGovCon
- Advanced Learning Institute’s (ALI) Strategic Government Communications for Public Affairs | Usually held in spring | Washington, D.C. | #ALI_GovComms
- African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA) Annual Leadership Development Workshop | Date TBA | Location TBA
- American Association for Budget & Program Analysis Spring Symposium | Usually held in spring | Location TBA
- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Homeland Security Conference and Federal Identity Forum & Exposition (FIFE) | Usually held in spring | Washington, D.C. | #AFCEAHomeland & #FedID
- Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) Leadership Workshop | Usually held in summer | Location TBA
- Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training (IC&FPT) | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #Fraud20
- Clarity2020 | Date TBA | Washington, D.C. | #Clarity2020
- Cloudera Government Forum | Usually held in winter | Location TBA
- Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Conference | Usually held in winter | Location TBA
- EEOC’s EXCEL Conference | Usually held in summer | Location TBA | #EEOCEXCEL
- Federal Information Systems Security Educators Association (FISSEA) Conference | Usually held in spring | Gaithersburg, MD | #FISSEA2020
- GAIN: Grow Accelerate Innovate Network | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #GAINConf
- GITEC Emerging Technology Conference | Usually held in spring | Annapolis, MD
- Graduate School USA Federal Workforce Development Conference | Usually held in spring | Washington, D.C.
- Granicus National Summit | Usually held in spring | Washington, D.C. | #GranicusSummit20
- Igniting Innovation Conference and Awards | Usually held in spring | Washington, D.C. | #IgnitingInnovation20
- International LGBTQ Leaders Conference | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #LGBTQLeaders20
- National Association of Government Web (NAGW) Professionals Annual Conference | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #NAGW2020
- National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #NASPAA2020
- National Center for Public Performance (NCPP) Public Performance Conference | Date TBA | Location TBA | #NCPP2020
- National Image’s National Training Program | Usually held in fall | Location TBA
- National Information Officers Association (NIOA) Annual Training Conference | Usually held in summer | Location TBA | #NIOA2020
- Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) West | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #ODSCwest
- oSTEM’s National Conference | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #oSTEM2020
- Othering & Belonging Conference | Usually held in spring | Oakland, CA
- Out & Equal Workplace Summit | Usually held in fall | Location TBA | #OESummit
- Partnership for Public Service Service to America Medals (SAMMIES) | Usually held in fall | Washington, D.C. | #SAMMIES2020
- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Public Affairs and Government Summit | Usually held in summer | Location TBA | #pagprsa
- Public Sector Innovation Summit | Usually held in fall | #VMwareGovSummit
- Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) National Training Program | Usually held in summer | Location TBA
- Symantec Government Symposium | Date TBA | Location TBA | #symgovsym
- Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) Summer Conference | Held in summer | Location TBA
Other government events?
You’re out in the world discovering fantastic events for government workers all the time. What other events and conferences should be included on this list? Add your suggestions in a comment at the end of this post — we might just add them when we update this list of government conferences to attend in 2021.
Lauren Girardin is a marketing and communications consultant, storyteller, and freelance writer based in San Francisco. She helps organizations engage their communities and tell their stories. Her website is laurengirardin.com and you can connect with her on Twitter at @girardinl.