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 – February 8, 2019

Seattle got even Cloudier! DevNetwork has added another conference to its 2019 lineup – Developer Week: Cloud Edition! The event will take place in Seattle from 30 – 31 May and is expected to bring together 800+ cloud engineers, IT managers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to learn about the newest cloud computing innovations in a city that hosts many of the world’s largest cloud providers. According to the organizers, the agenda will cover the following topics: Microservices Architecture, Artificial Intelligence in the Cloud, Containers & Kubernetes, Digital Transformation, Serverless Architecture, Security & Performance, CI/CD, IT & DevOps Management.

New Approach to What’s Next: Ad Age will be “reinventing its approach to Ad Age Next” in 2019. The conference, which used to be an annual gathering, will become a quarterly have day event, paired with Ad Age Titans, a Shark Tank-inspired live pitch event. Attendees will learn about topics and trends effecting the advertising industry and reveal the startups that are disrupting it. Read more or register for the next one here.

Speaking Opportunity: RSA Conference holds its information security events around the globe. Their Asia Pacific & Japan conference will be held on 16 – 18 July in Singapore. This year’s theme is Better. According to the organizers, this means “working hard to find better solutions. Making better connections with peers from around the world. And keeping the digital world safe so everyone can get on with making the real world a better place.” Speaker submissions are due by 20 February following the guidelines offered here.

Lunchtime Learning: Perhaps no other gathering packs as much industry, political, and humanitarian clout as the World Economic Forum held each January in Davos, Switzerland. Current world leaders are joined by CEOs from the world’s most successful companies and luminaries so famous they need no introduction (think Al Gore, Jane Goodall, HRH the Duke of Cambridge) for visionary talks and behind-closed-door deal making. Even journalists covering the forum have to jump through notoriously high hoops just to get a badge. Check out these videos from WEF 2019 but be warned: The program packs so much star power, you might need sunglasses.

Coming Up Next Week: At HIMSS 2019 (11-15 February; Orlando) the Champions of Health Unite – that is, according to the conference theme. The annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference & Expo is a major draw in the healthcare IT ecosystem, with over 45,000 professionals, clinicians, and suppliers in attendance. With a focus on the marketing-media value chain and how brands are born, grow, and die in the disrupted economy, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Annual Leadership Meeting gets underway 10 February in Phoenix. At Kidscreen Summit (11-14 February; Miami) it’s all about exploring every angle in kids’ entertainment. More than 2,000 content creators, distributors, programming execs, and more attend every year. And while circumstances in Las Vegas often get dicey, the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (DICE) Summit is anything but dubious. Major game publishers, developers, and influencers meet to discuss the state of the industry and support the independent games movement.

Conference News: What I learned this week – December 21, 2018

Growing Their Fortune in China: Fortune announced that they will be hosting a new event in China next year. The Global Sustainability Forum will take place in Yunnan, China from 4 -6 September 2019. The conference will focus “on the convergence of energy, technology, and sustainability, convening leaders from business, government, NGOs, and academia from China and around the world.” The agenda will cover environmental protection and energy innovation with an emphasis on China and its interactions with the rest of the world.

No Longer Rocking the Casbaa: Earlier this year, the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) noted that it would be changing its name and therefore the name of its annual convention. According to the association “as we broaden our scope and mission to encompass the broader video industry and ecosystem in Asia… Casbaa is very excited to introduce the launch of the Asia Video Summit. No longer the CASBAA Convention, the aim of the Summit is to become the defining conference on the State of the Video Industry in Asia: the opportunities and the challenges, the disruption and the consolidation, the success stories and the ability to embrace change.”

Speaking Opportunity: The International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) Privacy. Security. Risk. (P.S.R.) Conference is accepting speaking proposals until 27 January 2019. P.S.R. brings together the best of the best in privacy and security through technical cross-education. The 2019 Conference will return to Las Vegas from 24 – 25 September in Las Vegas. Suggest speakers via their online form found here.

Lunchtime Learning: Last September, the Global Climate Action Summit brought together leaders from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” Happening midway between Paris 2015 and 2020, the event was timed to provide the confidence to governments to ‘step up’ and trigger this next level of ambition sooner rather than later. Hear international and local leaders from states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society as well as national government leaders, scientists, students, nonprofits and others share what they have achieved to date and what they are committed to doing in the future.

Coming Up Next Week:  If you were good this year, hopefully Santa is coming next week. Regardless, Scarlino Speaker Strategies wishes you the happiest of holidays!

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 – November 9, 2018

Living on the Edge: In January the BroadGroup will expand their Edge Conference franchise further with Edge Europe. While the group previously held an Edge event as part of their Datacloud flagship event in Monaco, Edge Europe will be a standalone conference taking place in Amsterdam from 30 – 31 January 2019. Topics that may be covered include: Defining the Edge and the Impact on the Data Center; Exploring Standards at the Edge; and Infrastructure Requirements and Responsibilities.

Get to the Point: “Dull talks at conferences can feel interminable. Or could it be that they really do go on for longer?” begins an article in Nature. While anyone who has suffered through a long-winded conference speaker has likely asked a similar question, Professor Robert M. Ewers of the Imperial College London decided to take it to the next level by formally researching the phenomenon. His findings? “For every 70 seconds that a speaker droned on, the odds that their talk had been boring doubled.” Professor Ewers then goes on to make an actionable recommendation: “To avoid banality, speakers should introduce their objectives early on and focus on pertinent information. They should avoid trite explanations, repetition, getting bogged down by irrelevant minutiae and passing off common knowledge as fresh insight.” We concur.

NASSCOM Name Change: NASSCOM’s flagship event, called the India Leadership Forum has been a successful conference for 26-years. So why have the conference organizers decided to rebrand and rename the forum in 2019 to NASSCOM Technology & Leadership (NTLF), where “T” (Technology) replaces “I”?  This is something that the conference team considered as they were wrapping up their World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), which had strong attendance and a very engaged audience. They realized that almost every company is now a tech company in some way. “Technology is at the heart of businesses today and is reshaping strategy, culture, jobs, policy and everything we do. NTLF will create a platform which brings together technology and leaders to not only talk about tech but the ‘business of tech’.”

Speaking Opportunity: The organizers of NAB Show are now accepting speaker submissions for the 2019 program, which will be held 6 – 11 April in Las Vegas. This is the larger NAB conference & expo (as opposed to NAB’s NYC show, which just wrapped), drawing more than 100k attendees to address the convergence of media, entertainment & technology. Topics of interest in 2019 include: Advanced Advertising; eSports & Game Development; AI/Machine Learning/Deep Learning; 5G; Connected Cars and the Passenger Economy; Content Creators & Creative Masters; Podcasting; Innovation Pipeline; Multicultural Media Strategies; Next-Gen Media Technologies; and The Content Cloud. The deadline to submit a speaker proposal is Friday, 30 November.

Lunchtime Learning: BSR™ is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. At this year’s BSR Conference which was held earlier this week in New York City, participants discussed “A New Blueprint for Business” and explored “what it takes to build a truly sustainable business that is resilient in the context of profound societal and environmental change.” Watch speakers from past BSR events to understand why “issues that have long been part of the remit of sustainability professionals are changing and becoming more and more central to business strategy.”

Coming Up Next Week: “Harnessing Tech for Responsible Growth” is a chief goal for many business leaders today; it’s also the theme of Techonomy18, which will run 11-13 November in Half Moon Bay. Questions posed by speakers at Techonomy this year include: Will software robots make work more creative? And, is universal cooperation a pipe dream? In Laguna Beach, WSJ’s flagship tech event D.LIVE gets underway on 12 November and features among its speaker lineup top executives from Uber, Google, Coinbase, and more. Senior technologist from CTOs on down attend SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo in New York (12-13 November) for a massive conversation around the technologies enabling digital transformation. Technology, Economy & Society are this year’s underlying themes. Infosecurity USA will be held 14-15 November in New York and draws over 4,000 security professionals for both inspiring talks and technical workshops. At Forbes CMO Summit (14-16 November; Dana Point) it’s all about this year’s theme “Champions of Change: CMOs at the Center of Business, Tech and Cultural Innovation” and the increasingly diverse hats chief marketers wear. Last but not least, the largest gathering of early childhood educators, administrators, and researchers – NAEYC Conference and Expo – begins 14 November in Washington DC.


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 – October 26, 2018

KNOW Something New: KNOW Conference has grown so much over the past three years that it is moving to new digs in Vegas in 2019. But that is not all that is new at KNOW. When the next edition of the conference takes place on 24 – 27 March, the organizers will reveal a more robust agenda, including six tracks (trust & safety, digital identity, fintech & payments, regtech, innovation & technology, and security) and several new session formats: debates, lighting talks, workshops and fireside chats. Check out the agenda here.

The Next Chapter: The Next Web Conference has been held in Amsterdam’s Westerpark for more than a decade. Earlier this year, we covered some of the new stages they added to the 2018 programme. And now the conference organizers have announced that they will be relocating the conference in 2019.  TNW2019 will be hosted at NDSM, Amsterdam Noord, increasing expected attendance to 17,500! According to the Events Director Wytze de Hann, “With a century’s worth of history, this former shipyard has been a cradle of Dutch innovation for the worldwide shipbuilding industry. I couldn’t think of a more fitting location to host TNW Conference on May 9 & 10, 2019.”

Speaking Opportunity: Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference provides a unique education experience that blends together the digital forensics and cybersecurity industries for collaboration between government and private sectors. Qualified industry professionals are currently invited to submit their session proposal to be considered as a speaker for the Myrtle Beach edition of Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference, happening in 2019 at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes from 2 – 5 June. Speaker candidates should submit abstracts that are relevant, current, and reflect a learning objective from one of the following primary session tracks: Audit/Risk Management; Forensics; Investigations; and Information Security. All submissions are due by 17 December 2018 via their online form.

Lunchtime Learning: Assembling icons who have made the world “wired” over the last 25 years on one stage is no small feat. And yet that’s exactly what happened at the WIRED 25 Summit, which was held last month in San Francisco as part of the WIRED 25 Festival, a celebration of the publication’s quarter-century mark. It featured among its festival lineup a robot petting zoo (yes, you read that correctly), mixed reality studios, and “work immersion” visits at offices including Slack, Lyft, Airbnb, and HP. Most impressive though was WIRED 25’s knockout summit lineup: Jeff Bezos, Sean Parker, and Anna Wintour, not to mention Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and others. With so much star power, we recommend wearing sunglasses when checking out the video from their talks!

Coming Up Next Week: The future of the workplace continues its reign as a top conference theme in 2018. In New York this week, two events tackle this very issue: CNBC’s Productivity@Work (30 October) and Atlantic’s Future of Work conference (31 August). Productivty@Work is the second of CNBC’s three-part series on the future of work and will focus on how human capital is best deployed in the fourth industrial revolution targeting CIOs and CTOs, while the Atlantic’s event is designed for business leaders across industries, policymakers, and academia. Unbound Miami gets underway on 30 October. Hailed as a disruptive tech innovation hub, it reaches 5,000 attendees in sectors like fintech, adtech, AI, healthtech, eCommerce, and robotics. CHIME CIO Forum/Fall, which is held 30 October – 2 November in San Diego, offers a premier gathering of hospital and health system executives with ample opportunity for candid conversation. And on 30 October, Educause Annual Conference assembles over 7,000 higher education IT professionals for networking and idea sharing tailored toward individual attendee’s experience levels.