Podcasting is one of the most effective ways to share your message with like-minded people worldwide. It’s also an impactful strategy to increase revenue by selling advertising space and paid brand partnerships. There are roughly 383 million podcast listeners around the globe, and that number is expected to jump to 424 million by the end of 2022.
If you’ve been thinking about starting a podcast of your own, attending a podcasting conference is a great way to jumpstart your success. You’ll get to hear from today’s podcasting industry leaders, learn about trending topics, and even get to test out the latest technology through interactive demonstrations.
There are several podcasting conferences held throughout 2023, and here, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular events.
Top Podcasting Conferences to Attend in 2023
Whether you’re brand new to podcasting or a seasoned pro, there’s a 2023 podcasting conference just for you. Here are some of the top events of the year:
When: January 26-29
Where: Orlando, FL
Podfest Expo is hosting its ninth-annual event in Orlando, featuring speakers from some of today’s best podcasts. The event caters to podcasters of all experience levels and covers critical topics like audience growth, monetization and marketing, and launch strategy. Podfest Expo’s sponsors include industry leaders like Podbean and Cinamaker.
Podfest Expo’s event schedule is jam-packed with lunch-and-learns, education breakout sessions, and keynote addresses. Each day of the event concludes with networking events and after-parties. There is also a closing brunch at the end of the conference.
Audio Intelligence Summit
When: February 15
Where: New York, NY
The Audio Intelligence Summit is a half-day event held in New York City that is explicitly focused on audio advertising. The event hosts publishers, brands, and agencies and explores trends and best practices around growing brand awareness and monetization. Featured speakers include thought leaders from the audio and podcasting space.
Scheduled discussion topics include “The Power of Audio Creative Testing” and “Amplifying Brand Marketing.” There will also be an interactive audio experience.
Podcast Movement: Evolutions
When: March 7-10
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Podcast Movement: Evolutions is a four-day event held at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas. The event features eight different stages, over 100 workshops, and plenty of panels, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers. Three unique tracks are available, depending on your level of podcasting expertise: Beginner, Podcaster, and Industry Pro.
If you’re in the market for new podcasting equipment, Podcast Movements: Evolutions also features a trade show with participants and demonstrations from today’s top brands. The event also hosts parties where guests can unwind and connect over drinks, food, and music.
Where: Atlanta, GA
The VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2023. The event is the largest of its kind, catering specifically to voice actors. Podcasters looking to network with voice-over talent will benefit as well. This year’s keynote speaker is actress and comedian Debra Wilson.
Radio Days Europe
When: March 26-28
Founded in 2010, Radio Days Europe is a three-day event, hosting 1,500 attendees from across the globe. Attendees can expect an itinerary with panel discussions, interactive experiences, and workshops. There will also be plenty of time to network with others.
If you’re curious about how artificial intelligence (AI) will impact the future of podcasting, the relationship between radio and AI is a central theme at this year’s event. You’ll learn how top radio broadcasters use AI to gather audience data to enhance and improve content.
The Podcast Show
When: May 24-25
Where: London, England
The Podcast Show is the largest international festival for podcasting. Held at London Islington’s Business Design Centre, the event hosts over 350 industry speakers, over 150 interactive sessions, and panel discussions. There are also networking events and mentorship opportunities. This year’s headline partners are Wondery (an Amazon company) and Acast.
While The Podcast Show’s main event takes place during the day, there is also a nighttime festival of live podcasts held all week long. The Podcast Show LIVE portion will feature over 30 live podcast stage shows from today’s top talent.
She Podcasts Live
When: June 19-23
Where: Washington, DC
Held at the MGM National Harbor Resort in Washington, DC, She Podcasts Live empowers aspiring and established women podcasters to share their voices. Every speaker at the event is a current podcaster who’s female or of a marginalized gender. The event is also committed to making at least 50% of its speakers people of color or members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
In addition to hosting top industry speakers, each day at She Podcasts Live starts with an early morning yoga class. The event is also known for its unique networking events, like slumber parties!
True Crime Podcast Festival
When: August 25-27
Where: Austin, TX
True crime is one of the most popular podcast genres, and the True Crime Podcast Festival allows fans and listeners to meet some of their favorite hosts. Creators also get a behind-the-scenes look through interactive panel discussions. The event also includes discussions around paranormal topics and podcasts.
Indie Pod Con
When: September 8-9
Where: Philadelphia, PA
The Independent Podcast Conference held its first event in 2014 and grew out of a community that began on Facebook. Founder and business coach Super Joe Pardo left his family’s $100 million business in pursuit of his entrepreneurial journey, and his mission is to help others on a similar path. Today, he’s an award-winning podcaster and international public speaker.
Attendees at Indie Pod Con can expect speakers and demonstrations covering the latest podcasting technology, mastering new techniques, and how to grow and maintain an audience. Tickets to the event include lunch, professional headshots, and access to a video archive for one year.
Blk Pod Festival
When: September 30 – October 1
Where: Atlanta, GA
Hosted by Blk Pod Collective, Blk Pod Festival is an event aiming to bring together Black creatives and podcasters. Their mission is to create a safe space for Black audio creators and to tackle the unique issues they face within the podcasting industry.
Whether you’re brand new to podcasting or an experienced pro, Blk Pod Festival has something for everyone. Aspiring podcasters can take advantage of the event’s “launch track” to learn everything from what equipment to purchase to how to grow an audience.