As a CIO or IT manager, you may be thinking of summer vacation plans (sun and sand anyone?) but there are several upcoming conferences to consider adding to your 2013 calendar. Here are seven can’t miss events for the CIO crowd coming up this spring and summer.  Backupify will be at the CIO Cloud Summit and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium from this list so if you’re attending those events, be sure to come by and say hello!

CIO Perspectives Forums

Dates vary by region

This series of one-day regional events put on by CIO Magazine is aimed at senior IT leaders from mid-to-large sized companies.  The content-rich networking events help executives collaborate on business and technology issues.  CIO magazine hosts additional  events including CIO 100 and The CIO Leadership Event, which are also worth considering.

CIO Visions: Cloud & BI Summit

April 28-30, 2013, NYC

At this conference, over 200 CIO’s and IT leaders will come together to tackle Cloud and Business Intelligence issues in this 2-in-1 event.  There is a chance to participate in research meetings with leading solution providers, and learn about new technologies and solutions.  Last year, 94% of attendees found and connected with solution providers they intended to partner with after the conference.

CIO Cloud Summit

May 7-8, 2013, NYC

This is an annual event for a small group of 50-60 CIO’s to discuss critical cloud computing issues and build relationships with IT exec peers in an intimate setting.  There are user-led educational sessions and networking events to share and explore new ideas.

InformationWeek CIO Summit

May 8, 2013, Las Vegas

During this day long summit, C-level and Senior IT executives will discuss the critical role they play in driving innovation at their companies.  This event is part of a larger week long Interop conference which focuses on the latest information technology trends.

MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

May 22, 2013, Cambridge, MA

This is a one day interactive event that brings together 700 global IT execs along with leading MIT faculty.  Attendees will enjoy thought-provoking discourse and practical education on the future of technology, best practices, and the changing role of the CIO through presentations, panels and networking.

The Society for Information Management (SIM)

Various dates for various events The Society for Information Management (SIM) is a network for IT leadership and a community of thought leaders who share experience and intellectual capital at various events across the country.  SIM hosts in-person meetings including SIMposium, Advanced Practices Council, Regional Leadership Forums, chapter meetings, and CIO roundtables as well as online tools, publications, and more.

The CIO Event

Date varies by global region. North America: June 20-21, 2013

These events occur in various regions around the world and feature over 150 CIO’s in each region to champion think tanks, panel discussions, and workshops.  Sure to inspire thought leadership and best practices strategies.