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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. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 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 6,000 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
  • 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 200 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
  • Stretch your thinking and get to the core of the business and technical imperatives driving you and your peers during interactive learning sessions
  • Solution providers filling the ITxpo solution showcase with new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the solutions you need


We are preparing our 2017 agenda, see what we covered last year to get an understanding of the breadth of coverage:

Last Year's Conference Tracks

An agenda focused on your priorities
Our track structure in 2016 was built on a framework of strategic and tactical priorities that overlaped and interlocked 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

Industry Program

Each year, the first day of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is dedicated to industry-focused content. Prepare for what’s happening 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.
  • Banking & Investment
  • Education
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
  • Retail

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 Executive Summary Report

Image Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 challenged CIOs and IT leaders to become panoramic thinkers in the new digital world: to see what’s happening all around you, to be open to new ideas and to look for innovations everywhere. This is what it means to lead 360, and how CIOs and IT leaders can drive digital to the core.

Throughout the event, attendees discovered how to lead and succeed in a digital world — learning from leaders in diverse fields and from one another. We heard how organizations of all sizes, from all around the world, are meeting the challenges of competing in a rapidly changing digital society. The following summary presents key content highlights from this year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to help you lead 360.

View the 2016 Executive Summary Report 
Symposium not only gives us a chance to imagine new patterns and models for the future ahead, but drives us to also create a real change in the digital ecosystem

- Direttore Commerciale Zucchetti SPA

First time visiting Barcelona Symposium, and what a brilliant experience. Completely surpassed my expectations. So much to learn and brilliant to hear the analysts speak. Worth attending without a doubt.

- Temenos

The bimodal sessions have really helped; two years ago they were separate modals and today it’s about merging. It’s a confirmation that we are on the right track.

- CIO H A Moller

Hear the value of Symposium from your peers


Experience a rich assembly of forward-thinking guest speakers and luminaries. Check back periodically as we will begin to announce our 2017 speaker line-up soon.Highlighted Speakers from 2016

Highlighted Speakers

  • Parag Khanna
    Parag Khanna

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

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  • Salim Ismail
    Salim Ismail

    Founding Executive Director/Global Ambassador

    Singularity University

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  • Mark Hutchinson
    Mark Hutchinson

    President and CEO

    GE Europe

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  • Per Adamsson
    Per Adamsson

    Head of Strategy & Business Development

    Volvo Group Telematics

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  • Carlos Gonçalves
    Carlos Gonçalves

    Global Chief Information Officer

    Societe Generale Global Banking and Investor Solutions

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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.