Meet some of the greatest leaders in IT

Unbiased advice. New points of view. Lasting connections.

Networking at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo® isn’t just about meeting new people. It’s about candid conversations with world-class IT leaders from various backgrounds, organization sizes and industries. Where you can dive into what’s working — and what’s not — with your peers in small, facilitated discussions. It’s impromptu brainstorming sessions in a Meetup and “aha” moments during lunch. 

With three days and access to more than 1,000 CIOs and IT executives, you’ll have ample opportunities to make lasting connections.

Explore our networking opportunities below.


In these small, peer-facilitated exchanges, you can build relationships and gain new perspectives on key issues. Meetups are all about open dialogue and debate, which complement our more-structured sessions. 

Industry Sunday

In-depth guidance into industry trends, challenges and strategies ranges across financial services and insurance, government and public sector, healthcare, education, manufacturing, oil and gas, retail and utilities. 

Midsize Enterprise Program

Designed with scale and resources in mind, the Midsize Enterprise Program is specifically for CIOs and IT executives from midsize enterprises.

Global Enterprise Executive Experience

The Global Enterprise Executive Experience (GEEE) is an exclusive program either for enterprises that have more than $10 billion in annual revenue or for the largest federal agencies.

Women in IT/Women CIO Programs

Collaboration and learning are at the heart of these programs designed exclusively for women. Gartner is proud to bring together its extensive network of women members each year for this exclusive program.

Special Evening Event

In 2019, we arranged social engagement opportunities for you. From welcome receptions and networking lunches to a special evening event - A Night in the Vineyards, an evening that celebrated beautiful vineyards of South Africa. This event included a host of awesome entertainment, including a live band and wine tasting (non-alcoholic options will also be available). The event was fun and relaxed, giving  opportunity to network with your peers whilst enjoying some good food and drinks. 

Interactive sessions

Gartner one-on-one meetings

Gartner one-on-one meetings are a key aspect of the conference experience; they are developed to provide solutions to IT challenges and opportunities within an enterprise. These highly sought-after meetings provide the undivided attention of a Gartner expert for 30-minutes who listens and guides you on matters most critical to your success.


Hear what your peers from various industries are experiencing about relevant topics in these Gartner-moderated sessions. Roundtable discussions are informal and liberating, allowing you to relax, share insights and learn from the lessons, approaches and experiences from all the diverse attendees around you.

Networking meals and receptions

The best business relationships often begin as personal connections. That’s why we’ve arranged social engagements at every chance. From welcome receptions and networking lunches to a special evening event, have fun as you build new business relationships with your peers.

Explore all the thought-provoking, inspiring and forward-looking topics that took place at the 2019 conference