Conference News: What I learned this week – February 15, 2019

New In the Land of the Rising Sun: Over the past few years the Milken Institute has ramped up its international presence by launching several symposiums overseas. In 2019 it will add to its lineup with the first Japan Symposium. This exclusive, invitation-only event will gather heads of large financial institutions, senior business leaders, top institutional investors, and high-level government officials from Japan, the Asia-Pacific region, and the United States on 25 March. Learn more about this new conference here.

GrowCo is NoMo: Inc. will no longer hold its Grow Your Company Conference (GrowCo), a three-day event that offered advice, strategies, and connections for entrepreneurs looking to grow a business. Instead, in 2019, Inc will host a series of regional events focused on growth and showcasing fast-growing companies within each market. The events will be in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC. While the event series dates have not yet been announced, they will happen in May and June. Learn more about this Fast Growth Tour here.

Speaking Opportunity: The O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference, scheduled to run from 9 – 12 September, is now accepting speaker submissions. The conference is self-described as “a deep dive into emerging AI techniques and technologies—focusing on practical business applications.” The agenda includes inspirational keynotes, real-world case studies, high-level executive briefings, and technical demos. There is both a technical audience consisting of professionals who are algorithms or data engineers; CxOs of analytics, data, IT and innovation; research scientists, as well as a business audience, including analysts, strategists, managers of innovation, product marketers and investors. If you have a session idea to suggest, submit it here before the 26 February deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: Adexchanger Industry Preview bills itself as providing marketers insight into what to expect within the industry in the next 12 months. One of the core themes coming out of this year’s conference was the importance of finding a balance between responsible data use, automation and personalization. Even if you were not able to attend, check out sessions such as The Marketer’s View, featuring Michael DeLellis, EVP Integrated Global Marketing at Calvin Klein; We Need To Optimize For The Citizen, featuring Publicis Groupe’s Rishad Tobaccowala, and a CEO panel on The Publisher Of The Future.

Coming Up Next Week: Energy innovators and providers meet in Austin at Parks Associates Smart Energy Summit (18-20 February) to learn how connectivity and data are transforming the utility industry. At eTail West, both brand marketers and CTOs take the stage 19-22 February in Palm Springs to share strategy with their peers. Previously known as the India Leadership Forum, the NASSCOM Technology & Leadership Forum’s new name reflects the centrality tech plays in nearly every business decision today. The forum will be held 20-22 February in Mumbai. DeveloperWeek SF adds a new conference component – DevExec World – when it gets underway this week. Geared toward all levels, DevExecWorld will focus on the development of leadership roles, technicians all the way up to CTO. At Mobile Ventures Summit (21 February; San Francisco), attendance is limited to senior brand marketing execs and partners; the event is closed to the press and agencies. And on 22 February, the Watermark Conference offers professional and personal development to the women of Silicon Valley.


Conference News: What I learned this week – January 25, 2019

AI comes to DC: The organizers of AI World have announced their newest conference, AI World Government, which will run 24 – 26 June in Washington D.C. The event was developed to “educate and inform public sector agencies and its supply chain on the many benefits of deploying AI technologies.” The conference organizers hope that the programme will also shape the conversation around ethics, safety and regulatory requirements for machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, image and pattern recognition, and emerging intelligent automation solutions.  Attendance will be between 800 – 1200 and made up of federal, state, and local government technology decision makers as well as members of the growing AI ecosystem. For more information on the conference or to suggest a speaker/topic click here.

Out of this World: Last week, Amazon announced they would add another new event to their conference line up. In addition to re:Invent and re:Inforce, the company will host re:MARS (Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) on 4 – 7 June 2019 in Las Vegas. Since 2016, Jeff Bezos has invited a few notable scientists, engineers and academics to a private gathering to explore the future applications of ML, automation, robotics and space, but this is the first time the company will host a public conference focused on these four areas. According to the organizers, they are not planning to open a formal call for presenters (CFP). Speakers for the event so far seem to be drawn mostly from the academic world, and include Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley, and Kate Darling, a robot-human interaction expert from MIT. Registration won’t open until March but you can learn more on the event website now.

Speaking Opportunity: In time for the new year, the producers of Serious Play have finalized dates for both annual conferences, and 2019 brings a change in one of the venues. First, Serious Play returns to Montreal from 10-12 July and is hosted by the University of Quebec. A week later, the event heads south to the University of Central Florida in Orlando (18-20 July), where organizers promise an exceptionally strong program, given the state’s Florida advanced status in game-based learning programs. There is still time to propose speakers, but don’t wait – submissions are accepted until 15 February.

Lunchtime Learning:  Unless you were living under a rock or completely off the grid the first week of January, you probably read numerous updates coming out of Vegas from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). While you undoubtedly heard news from the massive event, you may not have had the opportunity to watch any of the keynotes or Super Sessions – even if you were in Vegas. Check out the video archive to hear IBM president and CEO, Ginni Rometty, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg and LG Electronics President and Chief Technology Officer I.P. Park share what they believe the future will bring.

Coming Up Next Week: Teachers, administrators, and education innovators make a date at Future Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando. In its 39th year, FETC offers the technology-driven education community tools and ideas to transform learning in and out of the classroom. ITEXPO joins co-located programs on AI, blockchain, the future of work, open source, and more when it celebrates 20 years, starting 28 January in Ft. Lauderdale. The entertainment crowd has several alternatives to Sundance this week, between the “who’s who” content creator and buyer lineup at Realscreen (28-31 January; New Orleans) and the exclusive, invite-only Upfront Summit (30-31 January, Malibu). And in Tel Aviv, CyberTech (28-30 January) anticipates a crowd of 15,000 B2B attendees looking to learn from senior security officers hailing from companies like IBM, Dell EMC, Symantec, Microsoft, and Google.

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 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: 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.