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 – May 25, 2018

Milken Makes Moves: Milken Institute will host its Annual California Summit a little sooner than usual this year. Based on feedback from attendees and local government support, the event will be held in August instead of November and will move from LA to Sacramento.  The conference programme will align with Milken Institute’s 2018 conference theme: “Navigating a World in Transition.”  More details may be found here.

Security, Now Built In: O’Reilly Conferences will no longer host a Security Conference. Previously held in the fall in New York, the event has been dissolved because cyber security topics are covered in many of the other conferences within their event lineup. As the world becomes more connected, cyber security will become an increasingly important component of all tech conversations.

Speaking Opportunity: The conference formerly known as VRDC, has changed its name to XRDC and opened its call for submissions for 2018. The event, which has evolved to more broadly encompasses the rich diversity of immersive experiences, including innovative AR, VR, and MR use cases across industries, will take place from 29 – 30 October in San Francisco. The XRDC Advisory Board is accepting submissions “exploring augmented, virtual and mixed reality pertaining to healthcare, education, and training applications as well as both game and non-game entertainment-immersive development” until 4 June. Find out more information on the tracks and topics before submitting a speaker here.

Lunchtime Learning: For the past 50 years, CES has been the go-to conference for the anyone involved in the business of consumer technologies. Although that category has expanded considerably since the event’s founding, CES is still accurately self-described as “the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.” It is fun to look back on past announcements which is possible with the conference’s video site.

Coming up next week: From 27 – 29 May, HIMSS and Health 2.0 Europe will join forces in Barcelona to explore “international innovations in consumer health, patient care, digital healthcare technologies, big data and analytics, AI, and wearable tech.” Meanwhile, in Rancho Palos Verdes, ReCode’s Code Conference has promised to “dig even deeper into what’s next for industry stalwarts” this year and talk “with a new generation of technology titans who are casting the future.” This will be the first time the conference takes place without Walt Mossberg who retired last year. Also, in California next week (30 May – June 1), more than 6,000 CXOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and press will gather at AWE (Augmented World Expo) to find out what’s next with VR and AR. And on 30 May in New York, The New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum explores the complex issues faced by presidents, chancellors and provosts of our nation’s colleges and universities.

Conference News: What I learned this week – January 5, 2018

Disrupt Disruption: TechCrunch’s Disrupt in San Francisco has grown to become the flagship of TechCrunch’s annual event lineup. Last year’s conference attracted more than 5000 attendees!  That is why the team behind Disrupt decided to make some changes in 2018 – hosting a single Disrupt event in the US, which will attract an audience twice the size of past years.  The conference will be held at Moscone Center West in San Francisco from 5 – 8 September. According to the event organizers, “With more space, we’ll be able to go deeper — more exhibiting startups, workshops, programming and demos — on fast-emerging, new categories like AI, CRISPR, blockchain, mobility, crypto-currencies, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles and space and robotics, to name a few. And none of that will take away from more “traditional” startup categories like enterprise, e-commerce and the rest.” Although this means that the New York event will cease to exist, TechCrunch does still plan to host a European Disrupt in 2018.

Forbes Heads to the Heartland: When Forbes planted the seeds of its AgTech event, it never anticipated such amazing growth! The conference organizers have announce that in 2018 they will host a another AgTech conference, in addition to the Salinas gathering, in America’s Heartland.  AgTech Indianapolis will take place from 26 – 27 September and aims to “bring together some of the smartest minds in technology and global agriculture to tackle the world’s most critical challenges to our food supply.” Forbes is aiming for an audience of approximately 300. Click here for more information on the event.

Speaking Opportunity: The GSMA is now accepting speaker suggestions for MWC Shanghai which run from 27 – 29 June 2018 across several venues including the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), the Kerry Hotel Pudong and the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel. The Conference will feature thought-provoking presentations from some of the mobile industry’s most influential executives who will share their visions of the mobile industry while providing essential insights on current and future trends. If you have a topic that is relevant to the mobile ecosystem, make your suggestion via the online form by 19 January.

Lunchtime Learning: Speaking of TechCrunch Disrupt, if you have not had the chance to attend one of these conferences, you can still catch all of the action online.  Watch mainstage keynotes, Battlefield presentations and Hackathon highlights here. Speakers such as Classpass CEO Fritz Lanman; computer security researcher and entrepreneur Moxie Marlinspike, and Founder and Chief Product Officer at Nest, Matt Rogers will share their thoughts on the hottest tech trends of the day.

Coming up next week: All eyes are on Las Vegas, where CES and its ancillary events explore the latest in consumer tech, enterprise innovations, and more, drawing attention even outside the business world. While the official CES program runs from 9 – 12 January with its own conference sessions and enormous show floor, a host of other programs, receptions, and workshops run concurrently, focusing on specific technologies and catering to niche demographics. A few examples include: Digital Hollywood at CES (8 – 12 January), which draws experts in the TV, film, telecom, and tech space; VR Fest (9 – 12, January), featuring top industry speakers from the global immersive entertainment community; Connections Summit (9 January), focusing on IoT and connected home business models; Kids@Play (9 – 12 January), looking at the new ways that digital natives learn, create and communicate; and IDC at CES (10 January), which explores macro trends affecting the connected consumer.

Conference News: What I learned this week – July 14, 2017

What’s New (IN)security? Last month Dark Reading announced that it would be producing a new live event called Insecurity.  According to Dark Reading, the conference, taking place Gaylord National Harbor on 29 – 30 November, “will concentrate on methods of defense, rather than exploits and attacks.” The agenda will demonstrate best practices in how to do key security functions “such as budgeting, staffing, patch management, user provisioning, security metrics, incident response,” etc. In addition to the traditional conference sessions, Dark Reading will create interactive sessions and group discussions to facilitate conversation among attendees. Registration is not yet open but you can sign up to be notified when it does.

Time for a (Name) Change: The team behind the recently-concluded Cloud Identity Summit (CIS) declared that it would be renaming the summit to Identiverse. According to the conference mangers the breadth of content shared at the event has grown with attendance and the new name “better reflects the growing diversity of ideas and networks within the industry.” Identiverse 2018 will take place on 24 – 27 June in Boston.  Topics will again include evolving trends and best practices around ideas such as intelligent identity, the Internet of Things, standards adoption and mobility.

CES Gets Smart (Cities): The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced that Smart Cities will be a new area of focus at the CES 2018. The show will feature a full conference program highlighting 5G technologies and public/private partnerships, “and include experts in utilities, health, safety and other public services.” CES will also host a dedicated smart city exhibit area, called the Smart Cities Marketplace, featuring smart city enabling technologies “such as artificial intelligence systems, sensors, data analytics, transportation, network infrastructures, and other devices and services.” Learn more about this, and other CES experiences here.

Speaking Opportunity: SXSW is now accepting speaker proposals related to music, film, and digital technologies in variety of formats including panels, solo presentations, workshops, and more through its PanelPicker. For the past ten years, SXSW organizers have utilized the PanelPicker as a way to democratize panel selection. Public voting via the PanelPicker accounts for 30% of selection weight (the other 70% is split between staff & the SXSW advisory board), so there is a strong incentive to craft an intriguing topic and encourage voting. If you have a unique and innovative session idea, submit it here by Friday, 21 July 2017. SXSW 2018 will return to Austin from 9 – 18 March.

Lunchtime Learning: TiEcon is self-described s one of “the largest technology anchored conferences dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship,” attracting more than 4,500 attendees.  Held annually in Silicon Valley, the conference agenda covers hot areas of innovation including machine learning, IoT, FinTech, security, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, software defined infrastructure, drones, digital health, and more. Watch speakers such as investors Vinod Khosla and Tim Draper, innovators from Meta Co., AutoX Inc., and NASA, and business leaders from JetBlue, Marketo, and VMware take on the 2017 theme: IMAGINE. INNOVATE. INFLECT.

Coming up next week: Fortune Brainstorm: Tech kicks off next Monday 17 July to a sold out, invitation-only audience of leaders from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and investors. This exclusive summer conference retreat couples keynotes on fast-breaking tech trends with breakfast round tables and even morning hikes and yoga. Celebrating its 20th year, Black Hat/USA begins 22 July with with four days of technical training, followed by two conference days of programming for the more than 9,000 information security professionals who attend. The IOT Evolution Expo will be held next week in Las Vegas and draws an audience of developers, architects, senior IT management, and operations managers. The theme for this year’s program is “Defining the Impact of IoT on the Enterprise.” For marketing leaders, Frost & Sullivan offers its Annual Digital Marketing MindXchange 17-19 July. Held in Nashville, the organizers promise attendees “a professional network, unbiased insights, actionable techniques and the tools necessary to achieve transformational growth and return.”

Conference News: What I learned this week – December 9

Dream Come True: If you are headed to CES in a couple weeks, be sure to check out the newest addition to the conference – the Sleep Tech Marketplace.  Announced by The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) earlier this fall, the new Marketplace will be presented by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and will include the latest innovations in sleep trackers, smart beds, etc. The Sleep Tech Marketplace at CES 2017 will take place from 5 – 7 January in Las Vegas.

Techonomy Returns to NYC: In 2016 Techonomy held its first event in its hometown of New York City.  The one day event was a more concentrated version of the Techonomy Conference that happens in Half Moon Bay each November.  After a successful debut,  media company has announced that they will again host a NYC event in 2017. The conference, tentatively scheduled for mid-May, will add another day of content in 2017which will be focused specifically on innovations in healthcare. Updates will be posted on Techonomy’s event site soon.

Speaking Opportunity: DevWorld 2017 NYC Conference & Expo, which the event organizers describe as having the potential to be “New York City’s largest developer conference of 2017” has opened its call for speakers.  Content tracks at DevWorld will include the Application Development track, the Fintech Dev Summit, the media Dev Summit, and the Artificial Intelligence Dev Summit.  Submit speaker proposals by the first round deadline of 24 February completing this form.

Lunchtime Learning: Last month the Web Summit, which attracted more than 50,000 attendees, took place at its new home in Lisbon. If you were not able to attend, you can catch up on all the sessions you missed on their YouTube channel.  Watch innovators, developers, enterprise leaders and entrepreneurs share best practices and amazing stories.

Coming Up Next:  The world’s largest power generation event, Power Generation Week, will be in Orlando from 11 – 15 December.  The week consists of 5 events including Power-Gen International, Renewable Energy World International, Nuclear Power International, Coal-Gen, and GenForum. On 14 December, AtlanticLive will take on Silicon Valley’s diversity challenge with their workshop called Inclusion in Silicon Valley.  Also next week, the Conference Board will convene business leaders at its Performance Management Summit, where they will “address the needs of the organization and employee.”

Conference News: What I learned this week – Jan 1

Bloomberg Breaks Through: BloombergLIVE announced that they will be hosting a new event in New York on May 25, 2016. Called Breakthrough Conference, the event will bring together approximately 100 CEOs and other senior leaders from mid-sized companies “for a day of smart conversation around the next generation of growth.” Bloomberg also plans to create a Breakthrough network that continues the dialog throughout the year.

Conference InSURGEnce: Ci labs, the team behind the Web Summit, have announced their first foray into India with SURGE Conference. SURGE will take place from February 23 – 24 at the Manpho Convention Center in Bengaluru and will focus on tech trends and start ups primarily in India. The event organizers expect 5000 attendees. They have already lined up an impressive list of speakers which you can find here.

Speaking Opportunity:  Submit speakers for CTIA Super Mobility 2016 until January 20. The event is interested in senior-level speakers who can address “the hottest issues in mobile today.” According to the speaker submission form, some of these topics include the Internet of Things, the Connected life, Enterprise and business IT, Retail, and Mobile marketing. See the guidelines here.

Lunchtime Learning:  Business Insider’s Ignition Conference brings together leaders from media and technology to discuss the future of the digital world. You can watch some of the best sessions here. They include speakers such as Jim Cramer, Les Moonves and Henry Blodgett.

Coming Up Next: CES, organized by the Consumer Technology Association, which recently underwent a name change, will take place in Vegas from 6 – 9 January. A full list of the events happening as part of and around CES can be found here.