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The World's Most Important Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives

As a CIO and senior IT leader,  you need actionable advice to drive digital to the core of your products, processes and talent. But you also need to prepare for disruptive trends that can help you deliver long-term business benefits. This year’s theme, Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core, will help you see further, explore deeper and to discover how to make digital a core competence for you and your organization.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is specifically designed for:
Roles Include:
  • Corporate-wide CIOs
  • Business unit CIOs
  • Senior IT leaders reporting to the CIO
Senior IT Executives

What You Will Learn

Shaped by feedback from you and other CIOs to stay focused on only what is most relevant and useful, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo experience will include:

  • A community of over 5,000 CIOs and their leadership teams
  • An agenda focused on the imperatives that you and your team must pursue to align with your enterprise mission critical priority
  • Six tracks spanning technology & information, leadership and business strategy
  • Recommended journeys with sessions and peer-to-peer engagements most relevant to you
  • Innovative keynotes brimming with inspiration from the world’s top innovators and leadership experts
  • CIO Story sessions featuring visionary CIOs sharing practical examples of putting digital leadership into practice
  • Over 135 Gartner Analysts onsite providing you with the most personal guidance and advice possible in analyst one-on-ones
  • A wealth of peer engagement opportunities to make lasting connections, share best practices, and network with your peers
  • Solution providers filling the ITxpo showcase with new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the solutions you need

What's Included

  • Access to all sessions, including mastermind, industry, and analyst keynotes
  • (2) Two Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings (30-minutes each)
  • Analyst-user roundtables
  • Industry intensive program (Sunday) that includes sessions, networking and guest speakers
  • ITxpo exhibit floor where leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement at breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Evening country receptions
  • Conference agenda planning through Events Navigator
  • Special benefits for Alumni
  • (1) One-year access to Events On Demand

Learn more about Pricing and Registration


All CIOs and IT leaders have unique goals and challenges around two key areas: aligning to their CEOs’ business priorities and advancing their careers, digital roadmaps and organizational influence. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you address both, with a flexible, accessible agenda mapped to your top priorities and anchored in three key areas: Technology and InformationLeadership, and Business Strategy.

Conference Tracks

An agenda focused on your priorities
This year, our track structure is built on a framework of strategic and tactical priorities that overlap and interlock across leadership, technology and information, and business strategy.
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Create a Dynamic Organization
  • Transform the Technology Core
  • Architect the Digital Platform
  • Drive Business Performance
  • Plan for the Digital Future

Learn more about our additional virtual tracks covering your priorities for Cost Optimization, Cloud and Security.

View the inforgraphics on Cost Optimization, Digital Business and Leadership

Industry Sunday

Digital is moving quickly. Prepare for what’s happening right now in your industry — with a full day of networking and solution provider presentations on Sunday, cross-industry sessions throughout the week, and industry-specific presentations you don’t want to miss.

Magic Quadrant, Signature Series & Maverick Sessions

Do you have an IT investment decision to make? 
Hear from a Gartner analyst first. Plus, be there live during these Magic Quadrant and Hype Cycle sessions to ask questions directly to the analyst.
Gartner Magic Quadrant
A graphical representation that positions competing technology vendors within a specific market, a Gartner Magic Quadrant lets you clearly see how well technology providers are executing against the overall market.

View all 25 Magic Quadrant sessions.

The Signature Series sessions challenge you to think and lead panoramically, anticipate disruptive forces and stay steps ahead.
Hear Gartner's top predictions, strategic technology trends and CEO perspectives - before anyone else - at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, such as:
  • The 2017 CIO Agenda
  • The CEO Perspective 2016: How CIOs Should Respond
  • The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017
  • Gartner's Top Predictions for 2016

Watch the video to learn more. View all Signature Series sessions here

Maverick sessions purposely zig where others zag, cutting analysts loose to be edgy, disruptive and thought-provoking. Prepare to open your eyes wide so you can see the future in a fresh, revealing light. View technology through a fresh lens, particularly where it intersects with decision making and politics on the path to digital leadership.

Top take-aways
  • Step outside traditional boundaries
  • Stretch your thinking; seeing what others may not
  • Speculate and project with confidence

View all Maverick sessions here

Key Take-Aways from the 2015 Conference

Image At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, we heard how organizations of all types and in all geographies are engaged in a fast-moving environment in which all the players are furiously experimenting. Business goals change more rapidly than traditional IT can respond. As a CIO, you must pursue agile practices to compete at the digital speeds while focusing on rock-solid IT reliability. Throughout the event, Gartner challenged attendees to “Rise to the Challenge” of delivering business outcomes and innovating for digital business. 
4 days at #GartnerSYM reinforced my belief that now more than ever opportunity exists for CIOs to do even greater things for their companies.

- Ken Piddington, Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 attendee

Value of Attending Symposium/ITxpo


Experience a rich assembly of forward-thinking guest speakers and luminaries.

Highlighted Speakers

  • Mark Bowden
    Mark Bowden

    Human Behaviour and Body Language Expert


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  • Nigel May Barlow
    Nigel May Barlow

    Innovation Expert, Agent Provocateur and Business Rocker

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  • Martin Lindstrom
    Martin Lindstrom

    Change Agent, Brand Futurist and Best-Selling Author

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  • Salim Ismail
    Salim Ismail

    Founding Executive Director/Global Ambassador

    Singularity University

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  • Pete Goss
    Pete Goss

    Entrepreneur, Author and Adventurer

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  • Parag Khanna
    Parag Khanna

    Leading Global Strategist, World Traveler, and Best-Selling Author

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Featured Speakers

Gartner Analysts


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Information Technology

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you identify and explore technology and service providers to address your specific needs as a CIO. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings.

  • For Attendees: Learn about the innovative solutions that will add the most value to your business.
  • For Exhibitors: Learn more about ITxpo and the exhibitor experience.
  • Contact us for information on speaking and exhibitor opportunities.

Venue & Travel

Barcelona, Spain


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 will take place 6 - 10 November 2016, at the CCIB (Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona). A full day of industry-specific insights kicks off on Sunday, November 6, at 11 a.m, with additional industry content throughout the week. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Transportation will be provided daily to and from the hotels listed here

Executive Programs Members: Hotel reservations will open on  25 May 2016 at 12:00 p.m. GMT. You must be registered for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in order to book a hotel reservation. Contact your service delivery team for information if you would like to register. 

All Attendees: Hotel reservations will open on 1 June 2016 at 12:00p.m. GMT. You must be registered for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in order to book a hotel reservation. 

To make a hotel reservation, please log back into your registration profile in your gartner.com account and select “Make Hotel Reservation.” Here you will be able to check hotel availability by entering your desired hotel and your check-in/out dates. Please note, hotel rooms are assigned within our real-time inventory system and are first-come, first-served, based on availability. All reservations must be made with Gartner and cannot be booked directly with the hotels. 

Hotel Cancellation Policy

By making your hotel reservation through Gartner EMEA Events Registration you expressly agree that after close of business (17:00 hrs GMT) on Wednesday 19 October 2016, your credit card will be charged for the full reservation with no refund in the event of cancellation or partial reduction of stay. Should you cancel your reservation prior to 17:00hr GMT on Wednesday 19 October 2016 no penalties will be incurred. Any cancellations must be made in writing to EMEA.Registration@gartner.com or done online via your registration profile.
Failure to check-in on your scheduled arrival date will result in the cancellation of your entire reservation and will be subject to the cancellation penalty. 

Parking and Local Transportation
We offer complimentary shuttles to/from the official Gartner Symposium/ITxpo hotels
For more information, please reference our  FAQ document

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to the Symposium/ITxpo Housing Team at  emea.registration@gartner.com or +44.208.879.2430. 

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

CCIB (Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona)
Rambla Prim, 1-17
Barcelona, Spain - 08019

Silken Diagonal Barcelona
Avenida Diagonal, 205
Barcelona, Spain

Novotel Barcelona City
Avenida Diagonal, 201
Barcelona, Spain

Ilunion Barcelona
C/Ramón Turró, 196
Barcelona, Spain

Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22@
Calle Pallars 203
Barcelona, Spain

Sallés Hotel Pere IV
Carrer de Pallars, 128
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Princess
Avinguda Diagonal, 1
Barcelona, Spain

Diagonal Zero
Plaça de Llevant, s/n
Barcelona, Spain

Four Points by Sheraton
Avinguda Diagonal, 161-163
Barcelona, Spain

Hilton Diagonal Mar
Passeig Del Taulat 262-264
Barcelona, Spain

AC Barcelona Forum by Marriott
Paseo Taulat 278
Barcelona, Spain

Melia Barcelona Sky
Pere IV, 272 286
Barcelona, Spain

TRYP Barcelona Condal Mar
Carrer de Cristóbal de Moura, 138
Barcelona, Spain

Barceló Atenea Mar
Paseo Garcia Faria 37-47
Barcelona, Spain

Front Maritim
Passeig de Garcia Fària, 69
Barcelona, Spain

Hotel 4 Barcelona
Carrer del Doctor Trueta, 164
Barcelona, Spain

H10 Marina
Avinguda del Bogatell, 64
Barcelona, Spain

Icaria Barcelona
Avinguda d'Icària, 195
Barcelona, Spain

Vincci Bit
Carrer de Josep Pla, 69
Barcelona, Spain

Vincci Maritimo
Calle Llull, 340
Barcelona, Spain

Alexandra Barcelona, a DoubleTree by Hilton
Calle Mallorca, 251
Barcelona, Spain

Attica 21
Carrer de Provençals, 10
Barcelona, Spain

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona
Passeig de Gràcia, 68
Barcelona, Spain

Condes de Barcelona
Passeig de Gràcia, 73
Barcelona, Spain

Eurohotel Diagonal Port
Carrer de Lope de Vega, 4
Barcelona, Spain

H10 Port Vell
Pas de Sota Muralla, 9
Barcelona, Spain

Pullman Skipper
Av. del Litoral, 10
Barcelona, Spain

Agua Restaurant
Paseo Marítimo
de la Barceloneta, 30
Barcelona, Spain

Accommodations & Privacy Advisory

Gartner has been made aware that service providers, such as Exhibition Housing Management, have contacted a number of individuals who are attending our conference to offer hotel reservation services and/or sell copies of the confidential attendee list.  

Please note that Gartner has NOT authorized them, or anyone else, to contact attendees on our behalf, nor does Gartner share/sell attendee contact information to anyone.  

Learn more on how to protect yourself from scamming attempts.