Stay at the Top of Your Field With These 2018 Conferences in Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina, is one of the fastest-growing cities on the East Coast, and it's a hot destination for business travelers. Every year, many professional development conferences flock to Raleigh, thanks to its mild climate, central location, and reasonable costs for hotels and restaurants.

Curious about which Raleigh conferences can benefit you? Read on to learn about some of the city's most exciting offerings in 2018.

1. KEY5 Speaker Conference

Raleigh's KEY5 Speaker Conference knows listening to long talks can be boring. That's why it sets a peculiar limitation on everyone who wants to talk: All speeches must be a five-minute "Keynote." If you can't express an idea in five minutes, the argument goes, you probably can't explain it very well.

This conference takes place January 27th at the upscale Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte. Coffee, tea and food are provided. The event features 20 speakers, who each give their Keynote about a particular aspect of business, entrepreneurship, marketing, strategy, productivity and other broadly applicable topics. Be sure to check out the KEY5 Conference's giveaways: Every year, conference-goers walk away with about $1,000 worth of hot technology and other goods.

2. CED Life Science Conference

Raleigh's CED Life Science Conference is one of the premier networking opportunities for life scientists in the region. The Council for Entrepreneurial Development sponsors the conference, which serves as one of the city's biggest draws for high-tech development. It's taking place in February 27-28 of 2018.

Every year, more than 1,000 attendees descend on the Raleigh Convention Center to learn more about North Carolina's biggest life science companies. The conference draws luminaries in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, agricultural biology and drug delivery.

3. TriAgile

TriAgile is an annual interdisciplinary conference put on by the charmingly named Southern Fried Agile nonprofit. It promotes lean and agile organizational practices, which can benefit any group.

TriAgile 2018 (follow that link for tickets)takes place April 5th at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus. (Because it's near campus, there are many restaurants and amenities nearby.) The keynote speaker for the one-day conference is Gil Broza, author of "The Human Side of Agile." It's a perfect conference to go to if you want to add organizational expertise to your resume, and show your bosses you know how to whip a company into shape -- and because it's just a one-day conference, it's easy to work into your business travel itinerary.

4. APPA Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

The American Public Power Association (APPA) is a nationwide nonprofit organization that advocates for community-owned utility companies. It holds its Engineering & Operations Technical Conference every year, drawing power plant technicians and safety professionals from around the country.

As this time, the location, speakers and registration details are yet to be announced, although the conference is taking place from April 29th to May 2nd. However, the conference brings together some of the nation's finest minds in the realm of power plants and power infrastructure. The conference's tracks focus on system-wide communications and control, power generation and fuels, environmental issues and regulatory compliance, safety, system planning, power transmission and distribution, and supply management.

5. 2018 Raleigh Angelbeat Conference

Angelbeat holds annual conferences around the country about hot security topics, and on December 5th it's holding a Cloud and internet security conference at the Embassy Suites in Raleigh. The conference begins with a breakfast for all professionals to get to know each other, and then moves into a series of talks. Topics include vital computer security issues like preventing DDoS and ransomware attacks, securing Cloud infrastructure, and the role of AI and machine learning in computer security. Speakers include big names in computer security like IBM's Alan Dickinson, Ryan Wilson from VMware, and disaster recovery expert John Castillo from Zerto. Register online in advance, or show up early the day of the conference to get tickets.

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