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    Think. Act. Lead.

    Expand your 360 vision to drive digital to the core. 

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    What to Expect from Symposium/ITxpo 2016

    Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Chris Howard shares how this year’s conference will open your eyes to a bigger picture — and smarter decisions.

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    Because no two senior IT leaders are the same, we’ve created four CIO Journeys with recommended sessions to help you tailor your agenda to your responsibilities and tenure in your role.

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

Look ahead; plan accordingly. That strategy makes sense until you’re competing at digital speeds and need to drive digital innovation to the core of every process, product, and service. Your next asset or technology partner could be anywhere: Incubating just beyond your peripheral vision. Innovating outside everyone else’s comfort zone. The ability to expand your mindset and see the future in 360 becomes essential.

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


By thinking, acting and leading change in multiple directions, you can perceive what others can’t: Emerging trends. Unexpected opportunities. Disruptive threats. New ways to create digital sources of revenue.  Our 2016 conference agenda will open your eyes to a bigger picture from the edge to the core: revealing more strategic options and smarter decisions in every direction. If you'd like more information,  sign up and you'll be the first to know when our full agenda is available.


2016 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

View full track descriptions and key priorities that will be addressed.

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

  • Salim Ismail
    Salim Ismail

    Entrepreneur, technology strategist and software engineer

  • Martin Lindstrom
    Martin Lindstrom

    Change agent, brand futurist and best-selling author

  • Mark Bowden
    Mark Bowden

    Human behaviour and body language expert

  • Pete Goss
    Pete Goss

    Sailor and Adventurer

What We Hear About Our Speakers

Inspiring experience that will channel the learnings within my company and overall business connections

- Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 attendee


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.

  • 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

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.