Social Impact Tech Conferences to Attend in 2023

Posted by Noah Hart | Conferences

As technology continues to shape our world, an increasing number of conferences and events are focusing on the intersection of technology and social impact. These gatherings provide a platform for passionate individuals, organizations, and innovators to come together, share ideas, and explore how technology can be harnessed for positive change. If you're interested in making a difference through technology, here are some of the top social impact tech conferences to attend in 2023.

Rights Con - June 5-8, San José, Costa Rica and Virtual

The 12th edition of the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age

Social Innovation Summit - June 6 - 7, Los Angeles, CA

SIS is an event for social impact leaders across corporate responsibility, philanthropy, investment, technology, and innovation.  

BenCon 2023 - June 13 - 14, Washington, DC

We are inviting individuals representing viewpoints and experiences across levels of government, non-profits, academia, and industry who work on policy, delivery, and advocacy for public benefits and relevant technologies to join us for the Digital Benefits Conference — or BenCon for short —the first annual convening of the Digital Benefits Network at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University.

Power to Fly: Tech for Social Impact - July 12 - 15, Virtual

The Tech for Social Impact Summit will center on inspiring stories - and some warning tales - showcasing companies that were founded to create positive social impact. From EdTech to Healthcare, they'll take a look at startups and established companies who properly aligned their values with their missions. 

Impact Labs: The Impact Summit - Summer 2023

A gathering of talented and passionate students and technologists from around the world to connect with one another, hear from expert speakers, learn new skills, and discover high-impact opportunities.

8th Annual CA Water Data Summit - September 7 - 8 - Palo Alto, CA

Bringing together individuals from water agencies, research teams, and other areas of the water sector, the CA Water Data Summit aims to encourage collaboration and provide opportunities for members of different organizations to interact and engage with new ideas and approaches to water data.

Tech Impact: Tech Forward Conference - September 10 - 12, Chicago, IL

Nonprofit leaders will educate, inspire, and share how technology can elevate the way we work as nonprofits. Engage in a conversation around how mission focused, transformative applications of technology can create a positive change in the sector.

Climate Week NYC - September 17 - 24, New York, NY

Climate Week NYC is the largest annual climate event of its kind, bringing together some 400 events and activities across the City of New York – in person, hybrid and online. Each year, business leaders, political change makers, local decision takers and civil society representatives of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world, gather to drive the transition, speed up progress, and champion change that is already happening.

SOSV Climate Tech Summit - September 26 - 27, Virtual

From energy and transport to food and industrial materials, climate tech startups are pushing the boundaries of science and technology in the race to decarbonize our economy and save planet earth. The SOSV Climate Tech Summit aims to convene the climate tech startup ecosystem of founders, investors, technologists, corporates, policymakers and media to discuss the extreme challenges ahead.

MIT Technology Review: Atmosphere of Opportunity - October 4 - 5, Cambridge, MA or Virtual

New technologies across all industries are making it possible to craft business plans that transition to clean energy systems while maintaining, if not improving, market competitiveness. Net zero 2050 commitments no longer need to be based on hope, but can instead be built on technology, policy, and societal changes that will transform the economy for a sustainable future.

Join us in person on the MIT campus or online from anywhere in the world for an attendee-centric experience that features globally renowned experts, live presentations, interactive Q&As, expert-led discussions, and rich networking experiences.

PIT-UN Convening 2023 - October 12-13, Boston, MA

Boston University (BU) will host the annual Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Convening on October 12-13, 2023 at the newly constructed Center for Computing & Data Sciences. Organized around the theme of Partnership for Impact, the 2023 Convening will explore how universities can partner with government, companies, universities and community organizations to foster public interest technology, and address modern challenges. Topics from past Convenings, including data privacy, equitable design, cybersecurity, ethics in AI, public infrastructure, green technologies and more, will be discussed. The BU planning committee from the Faculty of Computing and Data Science (CDS) will announce 2023 programming details in the coming months. 

VERGE: The Climate Tech Event - Oct 24 - 26, San Jose, CA

VERGE 23 is the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. It is the center of gravity for the climate community — leaders from business, government, solution providers and startups — working together to address the climate crisis.

Technology Association of Grantmakers - November 6 - 9, Nashville, TN

The TAG conference attracts 450 technology executives and decision-makers from private, family, and community foundations throughout North America and beyond. The theme for the 2023 conference is "Trust and Technology".

    NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference - March 13 - 15, 2024, Portland, OR and virtual

    NTEN’s conference — often referred to as the NTC — is the annual gathering of people who want to make the world a better place through the skillful and equitable use of technology. At the NTC, you'll learn essential nonprofit technology best practices while connecting with a community that shares your commitment to social change.

    Attending social impact tech conferences provides a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, gain insights from industry leaders, and contribute to the advancement of technology for positive social change. Whether you are interested in sustainable development, ethical tech, artificial intelligence, or any other social impact domain, these conferences offer a platform to learn, collaborate, and make a difference. If you know of another conference we should be aware of share it with us by emailing [email protected]!