The Best Conferences for MSPs to Attend in 2020

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Whether you’re deciding how to allocate your professional development budget or you’re looking to stay up-to-date on industry trends, choosing an MSP conference to attend can be daunting.

With more options than ever before, it’s important to select a conference (or two) that best align with you, your business, and your budget. The guide below can help you select a conference based on what you’ll learn, who you want to talk to, how much it costs, and whether it aligns with your busy schedule. Here are the top 9 conferences you should consider attending in 2020.

MSP Expo

  • Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 
  • Date: February 11th-14th, 2020
  • Price: Prices range from $0 to $1,995 per person with discounts for groups of 3+
  • Who you’ll meet: 3,000+  global MSPs, MSSPs and Value Added Resellers
  • Why you should attend: With more than 3,000 attendees and 30 sponsors, MSP Expo is the premier conference and networking summit for MSPs. The focus of this trade show is to teach attendees how to grow their revenue and networks, increase the value of their company, deliver better customer service, and evaluate different technologies. This information is delivered through various training sessions, workshops, and special events, so you can attend the ones most relevant to your business.

 

ASCII SMB Summit

  • Locations: Long Beach, Houston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Cincinnati, Toronto, Atlantic City, Boston & Orlando
  • Date: Varies by location. Find more details here
  • Price: Free! Note: there is a fee if you register and don’t attend.
  • Who you’ll meet: Varies by location
  • Why you should attend: The ASCII SMB Summits are made up of MSPs, VARs, and solution providers. The focus of these summits is to help MSPs find new revenue streams through networking, educational sessions, and keynote speakers. Past attendees enjoyed peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the strong MSP focus at each event, and learning about new products and vendors.  If you live in North America and your budget is tight, this is an excellent option for you as tickets are free and there are multiple locations across the US and Canada.

 

Channel Partners Conference and Expo

  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Date: March 9th-12th, 2020
  • Price: Prices range from $279- $799 for attendees through March 6, 2020.
  • Who you will meet: 6,400+ agents, VARS, MSPs, integrators, consultants, and suppliers. 300+ key vendors, distributors, and master agents. 100+ Industry-leading speakers
  • Why you should attend: The Channel Partners Conference and Expo is the largest trade show for MSPs, VARs, integrators, consultants, and service providers. This event consists of a three-day expo hall, in-depth conference sessions, countless networking opportunities, a business success workshop, and the Excellence in Digital Services Awards Reception. Various pressing topics are covered during this event, such as sales and marketing strategies, best business practices, and more.  

 

MSP World

  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana 
  • Date: March 15th-17th, 2020
  • Price: Attendee tickets start at $299
  • Who you will meet: 300+ prequalified MSPs and attendees with an average of 10 years or more years of experience in the managed services industry.
  • Why you should attend: MSP World is a premier event for SMBs or Enterprises in the managed services or cloud computing industry. Conference highlights include educational sessions, analyst-style briefings, networking, business-focused keynote speakers, and the MSP leadership council meeting. This is the only event with a single, vendor-agnostic focus on supporting MSPs and their ecosystems.

 

Robin Robin’s Bootcamp

  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee 
  • Date: April 8th-11th, 2020
  • Price: Tickets for the live event start at $1,797 with discounts available for 2 or more attendees
  • Who you will meet: 1,200+ IT service business owners
  • Why you should attend: Robin Robin’s Bootcamp is entirely focused on four key topics: revenue generation, strategic and profitable growth, marketing, and entrepreneurial success. The event aims to provide attendees with actionable, highly relevant strategies, tools and templates for growth, and more opportunities for your IT services. This is the second-largest event in the IT services channel and continues to grow year over year.

 

DattoCon

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Date: June 8th-10th, 2020
  • Price: Full conference passes are $499 until April 30th. Every attendee after the first 3 is only $99, making this a great event for your entire team.
  • Who you will meet: 2,700+ MSPs, 3,300+ attendees. 
  • Why you should attend: DattoCon, hosted by Datto, is focused on thought-leadership and technical content to help attendees become more skilled at running their business. Attendees are provided with educational sessions, keynote speakers, and peer networking opportunities. Whether you are a technician or an executive, this trade show will have content catered to you. Past attendees have loved the networking opportunities, amazing swag, and balance of entertainment and technical presentations. If you’re a Datto/Autotask user, this is the event for you.

 

Channel Partners Evolution

  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Date: September 29th – October 2nd, 2020
  • Price: TBD, registration not yet open as of February 2020.
  • Who you will meet: 3,200+ MSPs, VARs, agents, integrators, consultants, and suppliers. 
  • Why you should attend: In tandem with Channel Partners Expo, Channel Partners Evolution consists of a 3-day expo hall, the 2nd annual MSP 501 awards dinner, in-depth conference sessions, networking opportunities, keynote presentations, a ½ day marketing workshop, and more! Past attendees have appreciated the ROI from this show, the dynamic organizations that attend, and insightful technology presentations that keep them up-to-date with industry trends. 

 

NexGen

  • Location: Anaheim, California
  • Date: October 18th-20th, 2020
  • Price: Free for general admission with VIP passes available
  • Who you will meet: Service-led and cloud-focused managed services professionals
  • Why you should attend: The NexGen conference is designed for services-led and cloud-focused MSPs who want to capitalize on a managed services market. This conference caters to members of the channel and high-velocity MSPs looking to explore future technologies, gain actionable intelligence on market trends, add strategic long-term partners, connect with trusted peers, and grow recurring revenue streams for their business.

 

IT Nation Connect

  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Date: November 11th-13th, 2020
  • Price: As of February 2020, tickets are $750 with group discounts available
  • Who you will meet: 2,600+ IT solution providers, 3,000+ IT service providers and MSP attendees. 73% of attendees are decision-makers.
  • Why you should attend: IT Nation Connect is powered by ConnectWise and welcomes technology professionals from around the world for three impactful days of speakers, sessions, and networking focused on thought leadership and business growth. Session topics are based on one of seven themes, including security, talent development & leadership, scalability & growth, mergers & acquisitions, service delivery & customer success, and sales & marketing. Attend this show to gain industry insight, realize business goals, and engage with companies that sell, service, and support technology.    

 

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Please note that the above prices are subject to change and may increase as conference dates get closer.