22 conferences for DAM professionals to attend in 2018

Conferences for DAM professionals

DAM professionals work in a variety of roles and come from a wide range of industries. There’s the DAM librarian who works on the marketing team at an e-commerce company, and there’s the systems supporter who works in the IT department in the manufacturing sector. This makes it difficult to come up with a list of conferences specific to DAM professionals. But we tried our best and came up with this list of more than 20 conferences for DAM professionals to attend.

There are DAM-specific conferences, a librarian conference (of course!), and other conferences that focus on topics such as broadcasting and higher education. We’re confident there will be a conference on this list for you to attend, and if not, let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

Smart Content Summit

Smart content summit
Dates and locations:

  • Feb. 27 in Los Angeles, CA
  • March 8 in New York, NY

Number of attendees: 250+

The Smart Content Summit is put on by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance. MESA advances new technologies that are enabling the digital transformation of media and entertainment. Specifically, the Smart Content Council is a technology community within MESA that focuses on metadata, data, analytics, and AI. This conference will provide an annual, market-specific update on best practices, industry data initiatives, and tools that studios, broadcasters, and their business partners are using to make their content more identifiable, accessible, and usable. The fifth annual Metadata Madness Luncheon will also be held. What could be better than metadata and lunch?!


Creative Operations 2018


Dates and locations:

  • March 7 in London, U.K.
  • May 3 in New York, NY

Number of attendees: 150+

The Creative Operations conference is put on by Henry Stewart and it’s a relatively new conference. Henry Stewart is known for their DAM conferences, and they created this new one to stress the importance of the tools, systems, and methods that maximize productivity in the creative process.


Digital Asset Symposium

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Date and location: Spring 2018 in New York

Number of attendees: 100-150

The Digital Asset Symposium is put on by The Association of Moving Image Archivists, which is the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists. DAS offers real-world information about managing and preserving your media content through a unique case-study approach. The full lifecycle of content is discussed at DAS.


Intelligent Content Conference

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Dates and location: March 20-22 in Las Vegas, NV

Number of attendees: 400

The Intelligent Content Conference is the one content strategy event for marketing professionals. ICC helps you be truly effective at strategic content. Topics covered include scaling your content, repurposing and reusing content, delivering content to the right person at the right time on the right device, and leveraging the right technology. This conference is for those that want to bring structure to their content marketing with technology and process.


Marketing Technology Expo

Marketing technology expo

Dates and location: March 21-22 in London, U.K.

Number of attendees: 2,000+

The Marketing Technology Expo features some of the newest technology and services that are changing the marketing world. There will be a variety of expert-led seminars covering a wide array of sectors and ideas from influencers and developers in marketing. If you attend this conference, you’ll be able to understand the latest developments and learn about the future of technology used in digital marketing.


Digital Marketing World Forum

Digital Marketing World Forum

Dates and location:

  • April 16-17 in London, U.K.
  • September 20-22 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Number of attendees: 800+

Digital Marketing World Forum will give you the knowledge and skills you need to understand and address your future challenges with digital marketing and social media. This conference has a series of keynotes and panel discussions delivered by some of the industry’s most disruptive thought leaders. Session topics include digital strategy, brand recognition, e-commerce, influencer marketing, content marketing, data, analytics, personalization, automation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and mobile marketing across two conference tracks.


Enterprise Data World

Enterprise Data World

Dates and location: April 22-27 in San Diego, CA

Number of attendees:  800+

Enterprise Data World is a comprehensive educational conference on data management. You’ll have the chance to meet and network with hundreds of other data professionals from around the globe. The six-day conference has in-depth tutorials, educational content driven by leading industry experts, and two-day workshops. Topics include data strategy, data architecture, metadata, modeling, governance, data and information quality, and more.



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Dates and location: April 23-25 in San Jose, CA

Number of attendees: 2,500

MarTech is a tech conference or marketers and a marketing conference for technologists. It’s a vendor-agnostic forum for understanding different marketing technologies and how to effectively integrate them into your marketing strategy and operations. Topics will cover everything from the future of martech to encouraging creative collaboration across your organization.


HOW Design Live

HOW design live

Dates and location: April 30-May 3 in Boston, MA

Number of attendees: 3,200+

HOW Design Live is one of the largest annual gatherings of creative professionals in the world. There will be over 100 educational sessions and keynotes given by some of the best creative minds. There will also be great networking opportunities with other creatives as nearly 4,000 attendees arrive from every state and dozens of countries around the world. And you’ll have the opportunity to preview new tools, technologies, and products. This conference is a must for any creatives.


DAM NY 2018

Henry Stewart DAM NY

Dates and location: May 3-4 in New York, NY

Number of attendees: 800+

Of course we couldn’t have a DAM conferences list without including the Henry Stewart DAM conferences. DAM New York is the biggest conference dedicated to digital asset management. There will be over 100 speakers during 60+ sessions covering metadata, integration, automation, AI, corporate archives, video workflow, creative operations, semantics, governance, rights management, and more.


The Next Web

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Dates and location: May 24-25 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Number of attendees: 15,000

The Next Web conference is a showcase of the technology and techniques driving business innovation. There are 18 tracks to choose from, including marketing, music, creative and design, machine learning, and more, so there’s something for almost every DAM professional regardless of industry. There will also be roundtable sessions, workshops, exhibition floors, side events and parties, food trucks, and entertainment and networking.


SLA Annual Conference

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Dates and location: June 9-13 in Baltimore, MD

Number of attendees: 2,500+

The Special Libraries Association puts on this conference every year, bringing together information professionals from a variety of fields and giving them the opportunity to learn best practices from each other. This is actually the largest meeting of information professionals in North America! In addition to awesome networking opportunities, you’ll also have the chance to attend a variety of workshop sessions throughout the two days. This is a must for all the DAM librarians out there.


DAM Europe 2018

Henry Stewart DAM Europe

Dates and location: June 28-29 in London, U.K.

Number of attendees: 150+

There are a few Henry Stewart DAM conferences, so expect to see the rest on this list. This one is actually Europe’s largest conference dedicated to DAM. DAM Europe provides a unique environment to exchange knowledge, experiences, and build professional networks. There will be real-world case studies, workshops, roundtables and tutorials, interactive panels, and the latest thinking and new developments in the world of DAM — all from the user’s perspective.


Content Marketing World


Dates and location: September 4-7 in Cleveland, OH

Number of attendees: 4,000+

Content Marketing World is an event where you can learn and network from the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. You’ll get all of the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team and to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience. There will be over 120 sessions and workshops presented by some of the leading brand marketers from around the world. Sessions will cover strategy, integration, measurement, and more.


DAM Chicago 2018

Henry Stewart DAM Chicago


Date and location: September 12 in Chicago, IL

Number of attendees: 200+

Here’s another Henry Stewart DAM conference for you. This one is actually the Midwest’s largest conference dedicated to DAM (are you sensing a theme here?). If you’ve never attended a Henry Stewart DAM conference, we highly recommend it. These conferences are some of the few that solely focus on DAM. And they’re really for everyone, from someone just starting out to the expert looking for ways to improve.



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Dates and location: September 13-17 in Rai, Amsterdam

Number of attendees: 57,000+

The International Broadcasting Convention has evolved from its technical broadcast roots and today encompasses the whole breadth of media creation management and delivery, from online content to digital cinema, from automated workflows to high-resolution capture and display. It’s an annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management, and delivery of electronic media, worldwide. There will be over 90 sessions and over 400 speakers.

Technology for Marketing 2018

Technology for Marketing

Dates and location: September 26-27 in London, U.K.

Number of attendees: 10,000+

Technology for Marketing is the U.K.’s only exhibition dedicated to marketing technology. This event connects over 10,000 marketers and decision makers with the newest marketing technologies. It’s for any marketer who’s on the lookout for self-development, business growth, and improving their skills through practical tips from experts, case studies, and strategic sessions from industry leaders.


Festival of Marketing


Dates and location: October 10-11 in London, U.K.

Number of attendees: 4,000+

The Festival of Marketing is a unique experience where ambitious marketers can discover, learn, celebrate, and shape the future together. It’s the largest global event dedicated to brand marketers. You’ll be inspired by over 250 different speakers as well as participate in hands-on learning so you can take what you learned and practically apply it back at the office. Topics covered include AI, brand and creative, content, customer experience, data and analytics, digital transformation, and more.


High Ed Web

High Ed Web Conference

Dates and location: October 21-24 in Sacramento, CA

Number of attendees: 750

The High Ed Web conference is for all the DAM admins who work in higher education and is put on by the Higher Education Web Professional Association. The association is an organization of web professionals that work at institutions of higher education. The organization strives to advance web professionals, technologies, and standards in higher education. They design, develop, manage, and amp the futures of higher education digital communications and services. Go to this conference to watch exciting keynotes, participate in enriching sessions, and engage in plenty of networking.


Web Summit

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Dates and location: November 5-8 in Lisbon, Portugal

Number of attendees: 60,000+

The Web Summit is the “largest technology conference in the world.” It started as simple idea in 2010, which was to connect the technology community with all industries. One ticket gets you access to the 23 conferences that are within the summit. You’ll have the chance to network with other professionals from around the world and meet with technology companies and those interested in how technology can transform their business and their lives.


DAM San Diego 2018

Henry Stewart DAM San Diego
Dates and location: November 15-16 in San Diego, CA

Number of attendees: 400+

Here’s the last of the Henry Stewart DAM conferences. This one is in San Diego, so if you’re on the west coast (or maybe want to take a DAM vacation?), this one’s for you. Attend a Henry Stewart DAM conference to see the most up-to-date innovations, knowledge, and insights in the DAM world.




Dates and location: November 28-December 1 in Portland, OR

Number of attendees: 650+

This conference is put on by The Association of Moving Image Archivists, which is the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists. Attendees represent all areas of community including corporate and national archives, media companies, libraries, historical societies, service providers, universities, and more. Workshops, screenings, and more than 60 sessions led by working archivists address the best ways to preserve and provide access to media.

There’s nothing more valuable than getting out of the office and learning from your peers, and this list provides you with over 20 ways to do it! We’d love to hear which conferences you’ll be attending in 2018 and if you’d like to see any other conferences added to the list. What other conferences would be great for DAM professionals to attend? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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