Originally published on January 6th, 2020.

Salesforce is one of the most prestigious companies in the world. The company's groundbreaking cloud-based software is a revolutionary element for organizations and businesses around the world - helping to automate, streamline, and optimize everything from customer service and marketing to application development and data analytics.

With the massive suite of products produced by Salesforce, the company (and other independent outlets) puts on a wide range of events to showcase its enormous power and business potential. Attending these programs will give users and customers from all walks of business life a leg up on Salesforce use for the years to come. 

In light of the global health concerns, however, many of these conferences have gone virtual or rescheduled to later in the year. To make sure you don't miss out, we once again present our list of the top seven Salesforce events for 2020, now updated to reflect all time and location changes:

1. Xforce Data Summit

2. TrailheadX Salesforce Developer Conference 2020

3. Higher Ed Summit 2020

4. Internet of Things Conference and Expo

5. Connections

6. Qcon

7. Dreamforce

1. Xforce Data Summit

Date: April 29-30

The premier event for exploring Salesforce data and integrations, X-Force Data Summit from Xplenty is one of the most engaging virtual conferences of the year. Stop into this virtual conference and explore best practices, workflows, and lessons learned around everything Salesforce.

Explore topics including "Intercom and Salesforce in Large Installations," "Learning from Salesforce Healthcare Implementations," and "A Pattern for Salesforce Data Migration." Xforce features more than 20 speakers coming from a wide range of companies - Silverline, Bitrise, Broughton Partners, Verbit, and many more.

Registration for the X-Force Data Summit is free.

2. TrailheadX Salesforce Developer Conference 2020 

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Date: June 19-20

This comprehensive and engaging virtual conference from Salesforce is a must-attend for all Salesforce developers. The conference offers a "latest and greatest" look at new Salesforce products and innovations from engineers and product leaders. Look forward to networking opportunities with other developers and insights and learnings from Salesforce admins and architects.

The conference also boasts workshops, expert-led sessions, connections with colleagues and Salesforce personnel, and the fun conference "TrailheadX Quest." Opportunities for further connections come from the Salesforce "Global Gathering."

Registration is free for the 2020 event.

3. Higher Ed Summit 2020

Date: TBD

Rescheduled to prepare for a virtual event, the 2020 Salesforce Higher Ed summit brings together figures from that industry from around the world. The summit explores "every aspect of technology, education, and innovation." There's also a focus on the "doing good" aspect of Salesforce, driven by the conference's annual Summit Awards.

Check the event's website for updates regarding speakers, workshops, and other agendas.

Registration for this event is free.

4. Internet of Things World Conference and Expo

Date: August 10-13, 2020

Location: San Jose, CA 

Though the event was postponed, Salesforce is still slated to make an appearance at the Internet of Things World Conference and Expo. This huge conference focuses on the strategies and technology surrounding the "Internet of Things" (IoT) and boasts over 12,000 figures from around the industry.

Tracks include industrial and consumer verticals and the tech industry; there will also be over 400 exhibitors and startups featured at the World Conference and Expo. Workshops feature sessions on the "comprehensive smart environment," standards and intellectual property, and connected health. Speakers include representatives from Avis, Dell Technologies, Rolls-Royce, and much more.

Prices range from $2,895 (the "everything" pass) to $450 (a "training" pass).

5. Connections

Date: May 4-6

Connections - from Salesforce - is the vplace to go to discover how to optimize the use of the platform. This virtual event showcases the experience and talents of industry experts and focuses on the practical business applications of the Salesforce platform. Connections consists of representatives from the retail, consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.

There are three different tracks for the Connections expo. Discover how to better connect with customers in the marketing track, discover new tools and future applications in the commerce track, and grow customer relationships with the service track. The conference also includes a focus on giving back to the community and culminates with a "Salesforce Concert."

Registration for this event is free.

6. QCon

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Date: June 15-17

Location: New York City, NY

It's not about characters from Star Trek or James Bond, but the technology focus is undoubtedly there at New York City's QCon. This conference showcases the best practices and technologies from the world's most innovative software companies. One of the QCon featured speakers? Salesforce VP Cloud Architect (and former security director of the Obama 2012 campaign technology program) Ben Hagen.

Tracks for the 2020 conference include "Modern CS in the Real World," "Machine Learning for Developers," "Trust, Safety, and Security," and "Developing/Optimizing Clients for Developers."

As of this writing, QCon is still scheduled to take place as an in-person event on the above dates. However, prospective attendees should monitor the event website for any changes that may occur.

Pricing ranges from $2,505 (3-day conference) to $4,065 (conference and two days of workshops).

7. Dreamforce 2020

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Date: November 9-12

Location: San Francisco, CA

The prestigious annual Dreamforce conference from Salesforce is one of the premier events in the industry every year. Salesforce's event draws some of the biggest names in the world for acclaimed keynote addresses. Recent speakers include former president Barack Obama, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, and many more.

The conference boasts a massive selection of workshops, sessions, talks, and industry events; there's a wide array of new product demonstrations and hands-on displays. Dreamforce is rife with networking opportunities for attendees and plenty of fun - with rollicking concerts and parties throughout the four-day event (past bands showcased at Dreamforce include U2 and Metallica). For anyone involved with Salesforce, this event is a must-attend to cap off 2020.

Pricing for the event has not yet been determined. Please refer to the website for more details.

Xplenty's Thoughts

With this fantastic list of summits around the world, there's plenty of opportunity for all levels of Salesforce user to learn, network, and discover in 2020. To pick just one to recommend is tough - but we'd have to go for the Dreamforce 2020 event in San Francisco. This flagship conference from Salesforce is the best and most comprehensive (and the most fun) way to explore all the platform has to offer.

Since Dreamforce isn't until November, to jumpstart your Salesforce knowledge, you can tune into the Xforce Virtual Summit on April 29-30th. Something like that??

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