Conference News: What I learned this week – December 21, 2018

Growing Their Fortune in China: Fortune announced that they will be hosting a new event in China next year. The Global Sustainability Forum will take place in Yunnan, China from 4 -6 September 2019. The conference will focus “on the convergence of energy, technology, and sustainability, convening leaders from business, government, NGOs, and academia from China and around the world.” The agenda will cover environmental protection and energy innovation with an emphasis on China and its interactions with the rest of the world.

No Longer Rocking the Casbaa: Earlier this year, the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) noted that it would be changing its name and therefore the name of its annual convention. According to the association “as we broaden our scope and mission to encompass the broader video industry and ecosystem in Asia… Casbaa is very excited to introduce the launch of the Asia Video Summit. No longer the CASBAA Convention, the aim of the Summit is to become the defining conference on the State of the Video Industry in Asia: the opportunities and the challenges, the disruption and the consolidation, the success stories and the ability to embrace change.”

Speaking Opportunity: The International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) Privacy. Security. Risk. (P.S.R.) Conference is accepting speaking proposals until 27 January 2019. P.S.R. brings together the best of the best in privacy and security through technical cross-education. The 2019 Conference will return to Las Vegas from 24 – 25 September in Las Vegas. Suggest speakers via their online form found here.

Lunchtime Learning: Last September, the Global Climate Action Summit brought together leaders from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” Happening midway between Paris 2015 and 2020, the event was timed to provide the confidence to governments to ‘step up’ and trigger this next level of ambition sooner rather than later. Hear international and local leaders from states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society as well as national government leaders, scientists, students, nonprofits and others share what they have achieved to date and what they are committed to doing in the future.

Coming Up Next Week:  If you were good this year, hopefully Santa is coming next week. Regardless, Scarlino Speaker Strategies wishes you the happiest of holidays!

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Conference News: What I learned this week – December 14, 2018

With Our Powers Combined: The teams behind ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) conference and Reed Exhibition’s Infosecurity Group will be joining forces in 2019 with a new conference called Infosecurity ISACA North America Expo and Conference. It will debut in New York City’s Javits Convention Center from 20-21 November 2019. According to the official statement, “ISACA will bring experience developed since the 2015 launch of its CSX Conferences, expert workshop series, certification preparation sessions, and latest developments related to the CSX Training Platform, all to the new event programming. Infosecurity, which entered the North American conference arena in 2017, will build on its strengths in industry expositions, media, immersive learning and leadership networks.” The organizers expect approximately 2,000 attendees at the new event.

The Incite Scoop on Europe: Incite summit is taking their senior Brand Marketing Summit NYC to Europe for the first time in June of 2019. The group hosted its first ever customer service summit in Europe in 2018 and it was hugely successful, including 200 high profile brands.  The European Brand Marketing Summit will be very similar to the NYC event in terms of topics and format – featuring one keynote and two tracks in the afternoon. The conference is currently slated for mid- June in London.

Security re:Invented: Just prior to its annual re:Invent conference, AWS announced that they would be launching their first conference dedicated to cloud security: AWS re:Inforce. The event will offer a deep dive into the latest approaches to security best practices and risk management utilizing AWS services, features, and tools. The inaugural conference will be held in Boston, MA on 25 – 26 June 2019. More details will be offered here as we get closer to the conference dates.

Speaking Opportunity: The Conference at MWC19 Shanghai will offer insights on current and future trends and into the key role that the Asian technology community plays in creating a better future. Some of the topics covered on next year’s agenda include: AI, 5G, Content and Media Transformation, Future Mobility, Banking and Telecom Convergence, Smart Homes, Data Trust & Security, and Blockchain. Submit via the online form by 31 January.

 Lunchtime Learning: The annual Women in the World summit, “a convening of mighty women leaders, blazing activists and courageous movers and shakers who will move you with their provocative first-person storytelling and shake up your worldview,” will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 10 – 12 April 2019. To mark 10 years, they will “share the stories of women on the front edge of change who have presided over this great awakening in the global women’s movement and are leading it into the next decade.” Get ready for this milestone anniversary by watching some of the amazing and inspiring speakers who have graced the WITW stage previously.

Coming Up Next Week: You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout. But yes, most major industry events go on holiday hiatus this week through the New Year. Need a conference fix to cheer you up and get you through until CES? Technical-minded professionals can check out events like the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) (13-16 December; San Francisco) and the 4th International Conference on Big Data and Information Analytics (17-19 December; Houston). Meanwhile, digital marketers in India can head to Digital Marketing Summit Hyderabad on 16 December.

 And regardless of the events you attend over the next two weeks, don’t forget to keep your eye to the sky – because Santa Claus is coming to town!

Why Top-Rated Speakers Stick to the Script

Conference managers often ask their attendees for feedback – both positive and negative – so that they can improve each event experience. Through this process, I’ve learned that few things irritate conference managers and attendees more than a discrepancy between the original session abstract and the presented lecture. Attendees have limited time at conferences and if there are several concurrent sessions, they must choose only one. They want to feel confident they are making a wise choice based on their objectives for attending the conference. So when a speaker steps on stage and begins presenting a topic that varies dramatically from the talk description in the printed agenda, it does not go over well with the audience.

As a speaker, avoiding this faux pas is easy – always keep a copy of the speaker proposal you originally submitted and do not vary from that description when developing the presentation. Then ask yourself the following questions when drafting your talk outline:

  • Does this topic match the idea I originally submitted?
  • Can I use my original list of learning objectives or attendee takeaways to develop an outline of my session?
  • What are the most important points to cover in the time I am allotted?
  • If I must change the focus slightly, do I have time to get it approved by conference manager – meaning they have time to update the session description on the conference brochure/website?

Ensuring that your session description matches your presentation is an easy way to create a positive experience for attendees and build trust with your target audience. At the end of the day, if you can provide tangible takeaways that they can utilize in their work lives, you will have a happy audience AND a more positive response on those session feedback forms.

 

Conference News: What I learned this week – November 30, 2018

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: When Collision Conference returns in May of 2019, not only will it be in a new location (Toronto) but it will also be adding two new stages to its conference line up! HealthConf brings together “industry giants, disruptive startups, investors and innovators … to redefine fitness, health and healthcare.” Due to the popularity of Collision’s sister event, focused on fintech, Collision 2019 will also include the MoneyConf stage. This stage will gather “the world’s leading banks, tech firms and disruptive startups to…discuss the future of finance.” A list of all the Collision stages may be found here.

A More Efficient Workforce of Tomorrow: After taking into consideration the feedback from the high-level leaders in industry, education, government, and nonprofit that attend their annual conference, the event team at the U.S. News & World Report has announced that the STEM Solutions: Workforce of Tomorrow Conference will transition to a one-day summit. According to the event team: “This will ensure valuable conversations during networking opportunities, such as during our popular roundtables. At the same time, we’ll also be doing more on usnews.com before and after the event in order to help the conversation go beyond the four walls.” The conference will take place on 22 May 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., covering issues key to the future of education and workforce development.

Not Gonna Happen: Digital Hollywood Media Summit will not be happening in 2019 as the producer of those events will be focusing his efforts on a new event collocated with Mobile World Congress Americas, taking place from 22 – 24 October in LA. He will also feature a new Personal Wellness = Fitness + Sports + Nutrition + Mindfulness track at Digital Hollywood Spring, from 21- 23 May. The Spring Summit will focus mostly on film/TV, wellness and advertising topics.

Speaking Opportunity: Content Marketing World is back at it, planning next year’s program (3-6 September 2019 in Cleveland) and accepting speaking proposals now. Marketers, PR professionals, and content creators should submit original, never-before presented topic proposals that highlight a B2B, B2C, or non-profit brand story of content marketing in action.  The 14 December deadline is strict, and videos are a must. So if you don’t have a video of yourself speaking already, break out the camcorder or just your phone and start explaining your topic!

Lunchtime Learning: Communicators from non-profits, foundations, and other impact-driven organizations gather each year at ComNet San Francisco to practice what they preach and preach what they practice – building a better world through the “smart and deliberate use of strategic communications.” Every comms professional – no matter your industry – can glean inspiration from the 2018 keynotes, which included senior editor of The Atlantic David Frum, former president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, and media triple-threat Lena Waithe. Check out their talks here, and then get ready to put aside your doubt and lead!

Coming up next week: Work in AI? Chances are good you’re headed east next week. At the cerebral-sounding Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference (3-8 December; Montreal), what began as a modest and niche technical conference now attracts big tech firms and nearly 8,000 attendees. Down the eastern seaboard, AI World kicks off 3 December in Boston, while AI Summit NYC runs 5-6 December. CNBC wraps its multi-part @Work series on 3 December in San Francisco with Capital@Work, a program focused on investing in the future workforce that is geared toward CFOs and senior financial managers. Also in SF, VRX Conference runs 6-7 December and tackles the real market opportunities and impacts of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Business Insider’s Ignition gets underway 3 December in NYC, showcasing a program of interviews with leaders in media, tech, and journalism. Lastly, Black Hat Europe (3-6 December) brings the latest trends and developments in infosecurity to London.

Conference News: What I learned this week – November 16, 2018

IP to DX: Imago Techmedia, the team behind IP EXPO and the Cyber Security Series of events has announced that they are officially changing the name of IP Expo Europe. From 2019 and beyond, the conference will be known as Digital Transformation EXPO. Digital Transformation EXPO, which will run from 9 – 10 October 2019, will combine the proven cloud, infrastructure and security credentials of the IP EXPO Event Series and Cyber Security Event Series with four new EXPO brands – AI-Analytics X, Blockchain X, Internet of Things X and Developer X.

The Big Apple Gets Digital: TechMedia, LLC, which hosts the Digital Summit series of events within cities around the country for the digital marketing community has added a new location to its 2019 lineup: The Big Apple! That’s right, Digital Summit will take place in New York City on 1 – 2 May. Although this is the first year of the event, the organizers expect approximately 1,500 attendees. More information on this series of events may be found here.

Speaking Opportunity:  The Cannes Lions 66th International Festival of Creativity which will again return to the seaside town on 17 – 22 June 2019, has opened its call for content and is currently seeking speakers who will share world-class information that will illustrate how an organization “raised the bar of creativity in branded communications.” If you have a real-world case study or lesson to share that is “inspiring, surprising and provocative,” submit via their online form by 14 December. Cannes Lions Beach panels, China Day talks, and Lions Health have separate CFP processes. Read the Call for Content guide on how to complete your speaker submission.

Lunchtime Learning: Money20/20, which wrapped a few weeks ago, featured more than 400 speakers from the most innovative companies as well as thought leaders from startups that are redefining how we view and address the industry. The conference is self-described as the place “where the Payments, Commerce and Financial Technology ecosystem unites to create and explore the disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses manage, spend, invest, protect, share and borrow money.” Check out previous keynote speakers as well as the daily conference highlights to find out everything you need to know about saving, spending and investing.

Coming up Soon: Next week conference activity is quiet in the U.S. because of Thanksgiving, but internationally this is the start of a busy conference month leading up to year end. On Wednesday, for example, the Telegraph’s Smart Mobility Summit (21 November; London) will be focused on the commercialization of autonomous cars. Post Thanksgiving, we see an uptick in U.S. events as well. AWS re:Invent gets underway 26 November in Las Vegas, drawing around 30,000 customers and partners for keynotes, bootcamps, certifications, and networking. Automobility LA (26-29 November) explores the future of human driving and mobility, with virtually all the major auto tech players and makers on hand. At Bloomberg’s Year Ahead Conference, the invite-only crowd will attempt to solve a wide-reaching variety of today’s most critical business issues; while the Forbes Healthcare Summit – also invite-only – focuses on major innovations in medical technology and public health. TEDWomen (28-30 November; Palm Springs) offers everything we’ve come to expect from the TED brand – eponymous talks, unexpected but valuable connections, and memorable videos – with a focus on women who shatter the status quo. And in Santa Clara on 28 November, the co-located IoT Tech, Cyber Security & Cloud, Blockchain, and AI & Big Data Expos draw a collective 13,000 IT leaders and ancillary industry professionals for an expo floor and conference agendas on these cutting-edge innovations.

Conference News: What I learned this week – November 9, 2018

Living on the Edge: In January the BroadGroup will expand their Edge Conference franchise further with Edge Europe. While the group previously held an Edge event as part of their Datacloud flagship event in Monaco, Edge Europe will be a standalone conference taking place in Amsterdam from 30 – 31 January 2019. Topics that may be covered include: Defining the Edge and the Impact on the Data Center; Exploring Standards at the Edge; and Infrastructure Requirements and Responsibilities.

Get to the Point: “Dull talks at conferences can feel interminable. Or could it be that they really do go on for longer?” begins an article in Nature. While anyone who has suffered through a long-winded conference speaker has likely asked a similar question, Professor Robert M. Ewers of the Imperial College London decided to take it to the next level by formally researching the phenomenon. His findings? “For every 70 seconds that a speaker droned on, the odds that their talk had been boring doubled.” Professor Ewers then goes on to make an actionable recommendation: “To avoid banality, speakers should introduce their objectives early on and focus on pertinent information. They should avoid trite explanations, repetition, getting bogged down by irrelevant minutiae and passing off common knowledge as fresh insight.” We concur.

NASSCOM Name Change: NASSCOM’s flagship event, called the India Leadership Forum has been a successful conference for 26-years. So why have the conference organizers decided to rebrand and rename the forum in 2019 to NASSCOM Technology & Leadership (NTLF), where “T” (Technology) replaces “I”?  This is something that the conference team considered as they were wrapping up their World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), which had strong attendance and a very engaged audience. They realized that almost every company is now a tech company in some way. “Technology is at the heart of businesses today and is reshaping strategy, culture, jobs, policy and everything we do. NTLF will create a platform which brings together technology and leaders to not only talk about tech but the ‘business of tech’.”

Speaking Opportunity: The organizers of NAB Show are now accepting speaker submissions for the 2019 program, which will be held 6 – 11 April in Las Vegas. This is the larger NAB conference & expo (as opposed to NAB’s NYC show, which just wrapped), drawing more than 100k attendees to address the convergence of media, entertainment & technology. Topics of interest in 2019 include: Advanced Advertising; eSports & Game Development; AI/Machine Learning/Deep Learning; 5G; Connected Cars and the Passenger Economy; Content Creators & Creative Masters; Podcasting; Innovation Pipeline; Multicultural Media Strategies; Next-Gen Media Technologies; and The Content Cloud. The deadline to submit a speaker proposal is Friday, 30 November.

Lunchtime Learning: BSR™ is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. At this year’s BSR Conference which was held earlier this week in New York City, participants discussed “A New Blueprint for Business” and explored “what it takes to build a truly sustainable business that is resilient in the context of profound societal and environmental change.” Watch speakers from past BSR events to understand why “issues that have long been part of the remit of sustainability professionals are changing and becoming more and more central to business strategy.”

Coming Up Next Week: “Harnessing Tech for Responsible Growth” is a chief goal for many business leaders today; it’s also the theme of Techonomy18, which will run 11-13 November in Half Moon Bay. Questions posed by speakers at Techonomy this year include: Will software robots make work more creative? And, is universal cooperation a pipe dream? In Laguna Beach, WSJ’s flagship tech event D.LIVE gets underway on 12 November and features among its speaker lineup top executives from Uber, Google, Coinbase, and more. Senior technologist from CTOs on down attend SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo in New York (12-13 November) for a massive conversation around the technologies enabling digital transformation. Technology, Economy & Society are this year’s underlying themes. Infosecurity USA will be held 14-15 November in New York and draws over 4,000 security professionals for both inspiring talks and technical workshops. At Forbes CMO Summit (14-16 November; Dana Point) it’s all about this year’s theme “Champions of Change: CMOs at the Center of Business, Tech and Cultural Innovation” and the increasingly diverse hats chief marketers wear. Last but not least, the largest gathering of early childhood educators, administrators, and researchers – NAEYC Conference and Expo – begins 14 November in Washington DC.

 

Conference News: The Healthcare Issue! – November 2, 2018

Changes in Your HLTH: HLTH launched in May 2018 with a goal of covering “disruptive innovations that are driving substantial reductions in health costs and dramatic increases in health quality.” The conference was wildly successful, attracting 3,500 attendees in its first year. But according to the conference organizers, there were too many healthcare events in the spring and moving the fall allowed them to be “even more impactful in our mission to serve as a catalyst for the improvement of healthcare in the US by enabling the industry to regroup as the current year comes to an end, as well as commence critical planning before the start of the new year.” Therefore, the next HLTH event will be 27-30 October 2019 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Changes in a Name: Last week, The Aspen Institute and partner The Atlantic Magazine announced that they are renaming their health-themed conference, Spotlight Health. Henceforth, it will be known as Aspen Ideas: Health. The conference has been the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival since 2014. According to the organizers, they wanted to better align the conference name with “the word that defines us as an organization, convener, and event: IDEAS.” Programming for Aspen Ideas: Health will not change at all in its focus. It will be held from 20 – 23 June 2019.

Speaking Opportunity: AI & Big Data for Healthcare Summit will be one of the conferences featured as part of the of the 2019 DataX London Festival which runs from 2 – 3 May 2019. On 2 May, this summit will explore how leaders in the healthcare field may leverage data analytics to deliver patient-centric outcomes.  If you have a real-world example or case study to share, make your speaker and topic suggestion within the next month. Speaker suggestions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Lunchtime Learning: Fortune Conferences has announced that the fourth annual Brainstorm Health event will return to San Diego from 2 – 3 April 2019. The conference will again bring together CXOs from companies, hospitals, insurers, pharma and biotech as well as VCs and technology luminaries. Watch some of last year’s inspiring talks including interviews with the CEOs of Aetna Inc. and  Kaiser Permanente, Leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Stanford University School of Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and even author and life strategist, Tony Robbins.

Coming Up Next Week: What event did Forbes call “the best technology conference on the planet” and also recently announced it will stay in Lisbon for the next decade? That would be Web Summit, which on 5 November welcomes another 70,000 founders, investors, innovators, and journalists to collectively ask the tech world: where to next? Or head east across the Iberian Peninsula, and you’ll land at VMworld/Europe (5-8 November; Barcelona). More than 8,000 IT professionals and executives gather here for the latest on trends enabling the digital enterprise. At long-running BSR Conference in New York (6-8 November), senior execs from Fortune 500 companies come together with foundations, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to define a “new blueprint” for sustainability. The video marketplace ecosystem meets at VideoNomics Summit on 7 November in Rancho Palos Verdes. Among the experts lined up to speak here are executives from Amazon Studios and PBS, as well as agencies and brands. And on 9 November in San Jose, AI Frontiers will see all the usual suspects – Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, you name it – gather to examine opportunities and challenges in deploying AI large scale.