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 – 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.