Event, Thought Leadership

CIO Think Tank

Exclusive Access to Peers and Industry Experts on the Technology Issues Shaping Business

From artificial intelligence to blockchain, IoT to robotics and more, the technologies of the future are here – and IT innovators are already thinking about ways to harness these emerging technologies for competitive advantage. Don’t pass up an exclusive opportunity to share ideas about the leading edge of digital transformation with experienced IT and business leaders, editors, and industry analysts.

CIO Think Tank brings together a group of 8-10 CIOs from large enterprises in an intimate and non-competitive setting. The discussion will focus on a single technology topic to allow for a deep, fruitful discussion among a formidable group of thought leaders.


This event will attract 8-10 CIOs from large companies across all industries. As an invitation-only event, all attendees are hand-vetted to include qualified titles, companies, and buyers.

  • 8-10 CIOs/IT Executives
  • IDG Editors
  • IDC Analysts
  • Optional: Venture Capitalists*
  • Sponsor Partner Executives


*Based upon mutual agreement

Sponsor Benefits

CIO Think Tank offers continued exposure for your brand and executives, continued opportunities for earned media, and even more feedback from prospective buyers. You’ll have unfettered access to the leading minds on a key topic, plus content assets, research, and ongoing engagement that will influence your messaging and shape R&D. You’ll gain deep insights into CIO plans and needs, and the opportunity to showcase your positioning and strategic roadmap.

CIO Think Tank provides a unique opportunity for CIOs and business leaders to get valuable face time with our award-winning B2B editorial team, and earn media featured on the world’s largest enterprise IT websites. Senior IDG editorial subject matter experts will attend the event and take part in all discussions. They will offer expertise, opinions and insight, and help facilitate a lively and informative conversation. IDG’s video team will capture video vignettes, as well as one-on-one interviews with participants. All editorial coverage related to an event will carry a CIO Think Tank explainer graphic outlining the mission of the event with recognition of all event participants.

In addition to the CIO Think Tank “Roadmap Report”, IDG’s editors will explore additional coverage opportunities throughout the year, including reporting from Think Tank Outposts as well as use cases discussed during CIO Think Tank, executive interviews, and out-takes from the ongoing microcommunity discussions. As always, this additional coverage is at the discretion of the editors, but the event is designed to highlight issues and concerns of interest to IDG’s senior tech readership.

Content Focus

Peer insights, combined with independent expertise (editors, analysts, and venture capitalists) and critical perspective from a sponsor partner, will shape how leaders define, validate and measure how their organizations move forward in key and emerging areas of digital transformation.

An IDG facilitator will probe different viewpoints to establish the potential of a given technology, the barriers to adoption, and the steps organizations can take to bring value to their business. This two-hour conversation is captured for use on IDG’s editorial properties, with your company as the premier partner.

The remaining two hours go deeper as the conversation turns private in an NDA session. Members are able to speak freely to share progress and information. Your front row seat to this candor includes floor time to ask the group for feedback on questions of your choice.

Prediction Markets:

Prediction Markets are the best method to predict unmet, unknown, and emerging market needs and trends. IDG’s Prediction Markets Program asks technology and LOB decision-makers about what they believe will happen within their industries/areas of expertise in a fun and engaging experience. Each CIO Think Tank will include a Prediction Market, fielded in advance of the event, featuring 5-10 questions based on the topic. The results will be used to inform the agenda or drive additional discussion among attendees.

Sample Technology Topics:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • IoT
  • Edge Computing
  • Blockchain for Business
  • Workplace of the Future
  • Multi-Cloud Computing