Conference News: What I learned this week – January 4, 2019

What’s NXT: In 2019 the National Retail Federation will launch a new event and say goodbye to another. NRF NXT will debut in July in Las Vegas, aiming for an audience of 350. According to the organizers, NXT will offer “an intimate, up-close look at the latest trends in data, analytics and emerging technology, marrying powerful thinking with real-world case studies.” The program will be made up of member-curated content, small-group sessions and peer-to-peer networking. The National Retail Federation also noted that, which was last held in September, will not return to its event lineup this year.

Back to the Future: The creator and producer of the Hispanicize event and the Mixed Reality Marketing Summit will be developing a new event for 2019: NostalgiaCon. The inaugural gathering will focus on the 1980’s and will take place from 4 – 6 July at the Anaheim Convention Center. According to the official press release, “the pop Americana convention will feature three full, high energy days and nights of concerts with top music acts, major celebrity panels, meet and greets showcasing music artists from the 80s and today, sports legends and pop culture icons, cosplay, retro merch drops, video arcade games and break dance competitions.” And yes, even Max Headroom will make an appearance!

Speaking Opportunity: CES Asia™ 2019 has opened its call for speakers! The conference, which will again take place in Shanghai, China, from 11 – 13 June, is seeking topic/speaker suggestions that fall within the following themes: 5G, Mobile and Connectivity AI (Artificial Intelligence); Blockchain; Digital Health and Wearables; Entertainment, Sports and Content; FinTech, Retail and eCommerce; IoT (Internet of Things); Lifestyle and Smart Home; Robotics/Drones; Smart Cities; Startup and Investment; Tourism and Hospitality; Transportation Technology (vehicle technology, autonomous vehicle, smart transportation); VR&AR. If you have a relevant idea, complete the online speaker submission form by 5 February.

Lunchtime Learning: Previously known as Washington Ideas Festival, The Atlantic Festival takes over downtown Washington D.C. every fall with newsmaker interviews and conversations, film screenings, forums, book talks, and social events. The heart of the festival is the Ideas stage, hosting luminaries from the public and private sector. If you were not able to attend, or simply want to relive the experience, you can now watch Ideas stage speakers from 2018 online, including such as Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chairman and CEO, AT&T Randall Stephenson, President and CEO of Starbucks Kevin Johnson, and the Founder of Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant.

Coming Up Next Week: All eyes are on Vegas, as CES (Consumer Electronics Show) takes over Sin City. Considered the global stage for consumer tech innovation, this first major conference of 2019 attracts more than 180,000 individuals from over 150 countries, including more than 6,500 members of the world’s media and over 65,000 senior-level executives. In addition to the main CES program covering topics from AI to eSports to smart cities, attendees span out to numerous co-located and ancillary events across the city. Among those are Digital Hollywood, known for its “who’s-who” in media and entertainment panels; CONNECTIONS Summit, focused on IoT and the smart home; Kids@Play and Family Tech, which explores STEAM learning and play; CES Government; and the CME accredited Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare.



Conference News: What I learned this week – August 3, 2018

Dublin Tech Summit’s New Diggs: After strong growth and positive feedback the past two years, Dublin Tech Summit (DTS) has decided to move to a new venue that will better accommodate its attendees.  The conference, which will run from 10 – 11 April 2019 will be hosted in RDS, considered Ireland’s premier venue for exhibitions, conferences, meetings and entertainment events.  It is worth noting that this is the former home of Web Summit, which now takes place in Lisbon.

By Any Other Name: The team behind The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Festival has announced that the gathering will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a name change. Henceforth known as The Atlantic Festival, the event will again take place in October in Washington D.C. According to the organizers, “our new name pays homage to 161 years of reporting, analysis, and storytelling, and captures the expanded ambition of the event.”

Speaking Opportunity: Black Hat events provide attendees with the latest information, research, development, and trends in information security. Black Hat Briefings were created 20 years ago and cover everything “from critical information infrastructure to widely used enterprise computer systems to the latest InfoSec research and development and everything in between.” The Briefings are vendor-neutral, allowing the presenters to speak candidly about real problems and potential solutions across both the public and private sectors. Until 20 August, Black Hat Europe, which will return to London from 3 – 6 December, will be accepting speaker/topic ideas for the 25 & 50-minute Briefings. Submit today.

Lunchtime Learning: POLITICO Live is an extension of POLITICO’s journalism, convening “global thought- leaders and influencers to discuss key issues, big ideas and trends playing out at the intersection of local, national and international policy and politics.” Watch some of these interviews, featuring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Personal Finance Expert Suze Orman, and Former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush.

Coming Up Next Week: Black Hat USA kicks off its 21st year providing the latest in research and trends for the information security industry. Six days of technical trainings and conference programming run 4 – 9 August in Las Vegas. Later that week in Vegas, DEF CON (9-12 August) offers its annual “conference for hackers.” (More than 20,000 of them!) Attendees this year can network and learn with their peers at 28 content-based villages, covering everything from AI to crypto to ethics. For a different sort of crowd, the Milken Institute offers its California Policy Summit on 7 August in Sacramento. The invitation-only summit convenes top-level executives and policymakers to confront the state’s most persistent policy challenges. Retailers head to Boston this week for eTail East (6-9 August) to learn from fellow leaders, start-ups, and eCommerce disruptors. And on 8 August, more than 600 business leaders, high-growth startup founders, media, and investors head to Vancouver for Traction Conference to share the challenges and opportunities for “Scaling Up” – which also happens to be the 2018 theme.