The Top Industry Events Every ICT VAR Should Attend 

With 90% of executives ranking conferences among their top lead sources, it is no wonder that in-person networking events have become increasingly popular across the IT industry.  These events are a valuable way to learn about new opportunities, make connections within the industry, and build relationships with partners, vendors, and customers. These events often feature workshops and presentations from experts across a wide range of technology and business topics, making it easy to learn about new trends and technologies. 

With so many events to choose from, which ones are best for ICT VARS? Here are some suggestions: 

Top Events for ICT VARS 

Cisco Live

Region: EMEA and US 
Next event: June 8-12, 2025 in San Diego 

Cisco Live is an annual event that aims to deliver the latest technical education, insights, and inspiration to support your success.  Hear from Cisco’s executive leadership and industry leaders about their vision for the future.  Meet with Cisco experts to discuss your technical or business-related questions and challenges. Learn about Cisco products, technologies, and services including AI, security, and networking. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: This event is an excellent place to meet industry peers, potential customers, and business partners in the Cisco ecosystem. Networking with other professionals can lead to new business opportunities, partnerships, and insights into industry trends that can help you position your business more strategically. 

Cisco Partner Summit

Next event: October 28–30, 2024 in Los Angeles 

This is an exclusive, invitation-only event for Cisco Partners. Participants learn about Cisco’s latest product launches, program announcements, and insights from Cisco executives. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: At the Partner Summit, you can engage directly with Cisco’s executive leadership and technical experts. This access allows you to discuss specific technical or business challenges, gain insights into Cisco’s strategic direction, and provide feedback directly to those who are shaping the company’s future. 

Dell Technologies World

Region: Global 
Next event: May 19–22, 2025 in Las Vegas 

This event focuses on how Dell is enabling customers on their AI journeys. Visionaries showcase the latest news and technologies to help accelerate from ideas to innovation. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: Being at the forefront of technological advancements, Dell uses this event to showcase their latest products and technologies. As a VAR, learning about these new offerings firsthand can prepare you to effectively market and integrate these solutions into your own product lines. 

TD SYNNEX CommunitySolv Fall Conference

Region: North America 
Next event: November 19-21, 2024 in Hollywood, FL 

CommunitySolv brings together a diverse network of dedicated partners from across the IT ecosystem. Participants benefit from peer-to-peer networking opportunities, education, enablement resources, and executive access that empowers them to accelerate growth. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: The conference features a range of technical sessions, workshops, and hands-on labs tailored to various levels of expertise. These can help your VAR stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and solutions in areas like AI, security, and networking. 

Avaya Engage

Region: North America 
Next event: May 13-15, 2025 in Las Vegas   

Avaya ENGAGE is an annual event for customers, partners, and staff who are a part of the Avaya ecosystem. Attendees will be guided toward the right path to customer experience innovation while leveraging the systems and platforms already deployed. Learn about new features and capabilities Avaya is bringing to its products and services — from on-premises solutions to cloud and anywhere in between. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: With over 80 breakouts to hear from the top minds in the industry, ICT VARs will gain valuable insights to help inform your business strategies and anticipate market shifts. 

BICSI Winter Conference 
Region: North America 
Next event: January 28-February 1 in Orlando 

BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the ICT profession and currently serves more than 26,000 members across nearly 100 countries. The event’s speakers and exhibitors come from many different backgrounds to share their expertise and vision for advancing the ICT industry. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: This is a premier ICT event, where you’ll uncover the latest challenges and solutions in the future of ICT. 

Channel Futures Leadership / MSP Summit

Region: Global 
Next event: October 30 – November 2 in Miami Beach 

Channel Futures connects the entire channel ecosystem of the ICT industry.  For over 25 years, they have held the largest independent channel event in the world with more than 10,000 attendees annually. The event provides executive-level programming and face-to-face connection with peers and vendors for business solutions and services. 

 Why ICT VARs should attend: This event is a destination for the entire channel community to meet, conduct business, and outline plans for the coming year. 

Consumer Technology Association (CES)

Region: Global 
Next event: January 7-10 in Las Vegas 

CES is the most influential consumer tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. CES showcases companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. It also includes a conference program where the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers address the industry’s most relevant issues. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: Exhibiting at or attending an event like CES can increase your visibility in the industry. It’s an opportunity to promote your brand, showcase your expertise, and attract new business 

RSPA Inspire 

Region: North America 
Next event: January 26-29 in Curacao 
RSPA is North America’s largest community of VARs, software providers, vendors, and distributors in the retail, restaurant, grocery, and cannabis verticals. Inspire is the RSPA’s annual leadership conference and the retail IT channel’s premier leadership event. The event features executive-focused educational presentations, group workshops, networking, and panel discussions.  

Why ICT VARs should attend: VARs join for guidance from the ICT General Counsel, ICT community, and the RSPA Academy. 

CRN XChange

Region: Global 
Next event: March 1-3 in Orlando 

CRN XChange is an annual event for IT channel decision-makers and technology suppliers. The event is an opportunity for IT channel professionals to learn about the latest trends, network, and build relationships with technology suppliers. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: Discover advanced strategies, the newest technology solutions, and top-tier market intelligence to propel your business ahead and increase revenue in a dynamic marketplace. 


Region: Global 
Next event: March 17-20, 2025 in Europa-Park, Germany 

CloudFest is the #1 internet infrastructure event in the world, connecting the global cloud computing industry. The event takes over a European amusement park to facilitate new partnerships and deep knowledge sharing. 

Why ICT VARs should attend: Participating in a prestigious event like Cisco Live can boost your credibility with clients and partners. It shows your commitment to staying current with technological advancements and industry best practices. 

If you are an ICT VAR looking for education, inspiration, or relationships, make sure these top industry events are marked on your calendar. 

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