The Top Data Engineering Conferences for Practitioners and Academics

Data engineering is hotter than ever right now, and it’s one of the few data science professions not getting lost in the shuffle due to generative AI and prompt engineering. Since many AI professionals are looking to take a deeper dive into data engineering, they’re now looking into data engineering-specific conferences to expand their knowledge and network with other data engineers. As such, here are a few major data engineering conferences that you should consider in 2024.

Databricks Data & AI Summit

This leading event focuses on data engineering, data science, and AI technologies. It features sessions led by industry experts, insights into cutting-edge tools and frameworks, and real-world use cases. The next summit is scheduled for June 10-13, 2024, in San Francisco, CA.

The Data Engineering Summit

As the second annual conference, now in-person in 2024, the Data Engineering Summit is co-located alongside ODSC East 2024 this April 23rd to 24th in Boston, MA. At this event, you’ll learn the entire stack of data engineering, ranging from theoretical concepts to how to train an entire team on ETL, data cleaning, data pipelines, and more.


The annual IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) is one of the premier conferences in data and information engineering and addresses research issues on designing, building, managing, and evaluating advanced data-intensive systems and applications. This year, it’ll take place May 13-16th in Utrecht, Netherlands.


The International Conference on Computing and Data Engineering (ICCDE) is a forum for scientists, engineers, and researchers to discuss and exchange novel ideas, results, experiences, and work-in-process. ICCDE specifically focuses on research and innovation in computing and data engineering, and covers topics like big data, cloud computing, machine learning for data engineering, and more. It often takes place in Bangkok in the beginning of each year.

Big Data & AI World

Big Data & AI World conferences cover a broad spectrum of big data and AI, from technical aspects like data engineering and analytics to more strategic discussions on business applications and ethical considerations. Big Data & AI World also caters to a broader audience including business professionals and those new to the field. The next event will be in London this March 6th to 7th.

DataConnect Conference

The annual DataConnect Conference brings together industry leaders, technical experts and entrepreneurs to discuss the latest trends, advancements, technologies, and innovations in data, analytics, machine learning, and AI. DataConnect targets industry leaders, technical experts, and entrepreneurs, suggesting a deeper dive into technical discussions.

Which is right for me?

All of the conferences listed above have their respective benefits and are worth checking out. If you’re seeking a data engineering conference with a little bit of something for everyone, then ODSC’s Data Engineering Summit would be your best bet. With topics meant for junior data engineers to seasoned pros building pipelines and even topics for less tech-savvy decision makers who are exploring data engineering products, this summit is worth checking out. Register now for 60% off all ticket types!

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