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.


Conference News: What I learned this week – December 8, 2017

Change at the Top: The Aspen Institute, which is responsible for events such as the Ideas Festival and topical seminars has announced that Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., President of Franklin & Marshall College, has been named its next President and CEO. He will succeed Walter Isaacson, who lead the Aspen Institute for 14 years, on 1 June 2018. Full details about the announcement are available on the Aspen Institute website.

AI for Engineers: The organizers of the QCon conference, for senior developers, architects, and leaders in software, recently announced that they would be programming new conference in April of 2018, called  This event will be focused on the practices of artificial intelligence and machine learning. According to the QCon team, this program differs from other AI/ML conferences in that, “rather than focusing on data scientists, targets how full-stack software engineers can apply machine learning and AI techniques and toolkits in their day-to-day roles.”  Check out the website for more information on the event, including a list of tracks plans to cover.

Speaking Opportunity: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has opened its call for speakers. This year, the Festival will have eight content themes: Reach, Communications, Craft, Good, Experience, Innovation, Impact and Entertainment. These themes or ‘tracks’ will run concurrently across the festival, across all locations, over the course of its five days. The event organizers will issue a separate CFP for Lions Health. If you have a creative story to tell, submit your idea here by 15 December.

Lunchtime Learning: Programmatic I/O is self-described as “the original and world’s largest conference focused on programmatic media and marketing.” Held annually in New York and San Francisco, the event attracts professionals and executives from brands, agencies, publishers, media companies and technology providers. Watch industry leaders talk about the impact of AI on marketing, how to manage buys across multiple platforms, and what happens if Adtech and Martech and don’t converge?

Coming up next week: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) kicks off its National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare in Orlando (10 – 13 December). More than 6,000 health care providers, administrators, and researchers who are unsatisfied with the current state of health care take part. Calling itself the “largest independent AI business event,” AI World runs 11 – 13 December in Boston. The Next Web (TNW) descends upon New York for a fifth time to supply its invite-only audience with two kinds of knowledge: a solid understanding of the technologies bound to impact their industries and specific lessons they can implement. And on 12 December, CB Insights A-ha! Conference gets underway in San Francisco. Centered around the theme “The Future Leaves Clues,” A-ha!’s program features keynotes from up-and-coming founder/CEOs, as well as demos and a roundtable with and Venmo senior execs.