Conference News: What I learned this week – November 30, 2018

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: When Collision Conference returns in May of 2019, not only will it be in a new location (Toronto) but it will also be adding two new stages to its conference line up! HealthConf brings together “industry giants, disruptive startups, investors and innovators … to redefine fitness, health and healthcare.” Due to the popularity of Collision’s sister event, focused on fintech, Collision 2019 will also include the MoneyConf stage. This stage will gather “the world’s leading banks, tech firms and disruptive startups to…discuss the future of finance.” A list of all the Collision stages may be found here.

A More Efficient Workforce of Tomorrow: After taking into consideration the feedback from the high-level leaders in industry, education, government, and nonprofit that attend their annual conference, the event team at the U.S. News & World Report has announced that the STEM Solutions: Workforce of Tomorrow Conference will transition to a one-day summit. According to the event team: “This will ensure valuable conversations during networking opportunities, such as during our popular roundtables. At the same time, we’ll also be doing more on before and after the event in order to help the conversation go beyond the four walls.” The conference will take place on 22 May 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., covering issues key to the future of education and workforce development.

Not Gonna Happen: Digital Hollywood Media Summit will not be happening in 2019 as the producer of those events will be focusing his efforts on a new event collocated with Mobile World Congress Americas, taking place from 22 – 24 October in LA. He will also feature a new Personal Wellness = Fitness + Sports + Nutrition + Mindfulness track at Digital Hollywood Spring, from 21- 23 May. The Spring Summit will focus mostly on film/TV, wellness and advertising topics.

Speaking Opportunity: Content Marketing World is back at it, planning next year’s program (3-6 September 2019 in Cleveland) and accepting speaking proposals now. Marketers, PR professionals, and content creators should submit original, never-before presented topic proposals that highlight a B2B, B2C, or non-profit brand story of content marketing in action.  The 14 December deadline is strict, and videos are a must. So if you don’t have a video of yourself speaking already, break out the camcorder or just your phone and start explaining your topic!

Lunchtime Learning: Communicators from non-profits, foundations, and other impact-driven organizations gather each year at ComNet San Francisco to practice what they preach and preach what they practice – building a better world through the “smart and deliberate use of strategic communications.” Every comms professional – no matter your industry – can glean inspiration from the 2018 keynotes, which included senior editor of The Atlantic David Frum, former president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, and media triple-threat Lena Waithe. Check out their talks here, and then get ready to put aside your doubt and lead!

Coming up next week: Work in AI? Chances are good you’re headed east next week. At the cerebral-sounding Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference (3-8 December; Montreal), what began as a modest and niche technical conference now attracts big tech firms and nearly 8,000 attendees. Down the eastern seaboard, AI World kicks off 3 December in Boston, while AI Summit NYC runs 5-6 December. CNBC wraps its multi-part @Work series on 3 December in San Francisco with Capital@Work, a program focused on investing in the future workforce that is geared toward CFOs and senior financial managers. Also in SF, VRX Conference runs 6-7 December and tackles the real market opportunities and impacts of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Business Insider’s Ignition gets underway 3 December in NYC, showcasing a program of interviews with leaders in media, tech, and journalism. Lastly, Black Hat Europe (3-6 December) brings the latest trends and developments in infosecurity to London.


Conference News: What I learned this week – April 27, 2018

Brandweek is Back: James Cooper, the editorial director of Adweek, recently announced that his team would be bringing back the storied Brandweek franchise with a “first-of-its-kind event where the most dynamic minds in the brand marketing community will gather to launch hundreds of conversations, thousands of ideas and millions of actions that will shape the future of brands and transform the way they influence the world.” Brandweek conference, which will happen on 23 – 25 September in Palm Springs, will focus on the future of brands through four overarching themes: Emerging Tech, The Future of Retail, The Human Factor, and Brands in Society. More information may be found here.

Follow the Money: Richard Jacobs (organizer of the Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Super Conference,) is hosting a new conference in September. The Future Tech Expo, which will take place from 14 – 16 September in Dallas, is self-described as “the only conference that gives attendees the full picture on how “smart money” is betting on the fourth industrial revolution.” The agenda will cover topics including blockchain, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, virtual reality, and other future tech spaces – so that the more than 2,000 attendees can understand how and where investors are placing their bets.

Speaking Opportunity: When Mobile World Congress Americas comes to Los Angeles from 12 – 13 September the agenda will again cover the most critical topics in the mobile industry. The conference managers are looking for speaker and topics suggestions that align with one of their main themes: Media & Entertainment, the 4th Industrial Revolution, Innovation, and The Network. Submit your ideas online by 11 May.

Lunchtime Learning:  The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series, named after the former dean of the Caltech faculty and emeritus professor of physics who founded the series in 1922, features speakers from Caltech and JPL, who address their cutting-edge research. Watch some of the fascinating topics covered in these videos: What Columbus Discovered as professor Nicholas Wey-Gomez unwinds the threads of discovery; How Clean is the Cloud? considered by Professor Adam Wierman; and Using Fish to Understand How and Why We Sleep by professor David Prober.

Coming Up Next Week: The Milken Institute will hold its annual, by-invitation-only Global Conference for 3,500 business leaders and government officials in Beverly Hills. Its 2018 theme “Navigating a World in Transition” draws attention to the forum’s perennial goal of advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health. In New York, the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference runs 30 April – 2 May, offering attendees updates on the most important AI developments for business, through the lens of both technical and strategy-based sessions. Over the past several years, Interop ITX (30 April – 4 May; Las Vegas) has remained one of the largest events geared toward IT decision makers across all industries. New in 2018: The program has been designed by all-new track chairs. Collision kicks off its fifth year as “America’s fastest growing tech conference,” drawing about 25,000 attendees last year. This year’s event takes place from 1 – 3 May in New Orleans and features CEOs and other senior speakers from companies such as Facebook, Lyft, Microsoft, and Oracle. And on 1 May, The Atlantic will again host its Education Summit for 250 educators and policymakers tackling the monumental question: What does the future of American education look like?

Conference News: What I learned this week – April 20, 2018

Collision in Canada? In a recent LinkedIn post, Paddy Cosgrove, the founder of Web Summit and its sister conference in the U.S., Collision, announced that Collision Conference has outgrown its New Orleans venue and that he and his team are looking for a “bigger and more globally connected home” for 2019 and beyond. They are inviting members of the tech community to vote on the next venue in an online survey.  Options include Toronto, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas (where it began in 2014) or New York.

Forbes makes an Impact: Forbes will debut its Impact Summit on 12 – 13 June in New York, focused on impact investing. It is described by the conference organizers as an “exclusive, invitation only event for doers and investors who believe real world action matters more than talk.”  And in order to continue the conversation and build a peer community around this gathering, Forbes will “activate Impact members throughout the year, creating a loyal and influential group to lead the next generation.” Find more information on the event here.

Speaking Opportunity: Open Source Summit North America is “the leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.” From 29 – 31 August, 2,000 attendees will convene in Vancouver in an event that will combine LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and the new Open Community Conference. If you have a topic idea related to Cloud Native Apps/Microservices; Infrastructure & Automation (Cloud/Cloud Native/DevOps); Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics; Linux Systems; Open Collaboration Conference; Diversity Empowerment Summit; or Emerging Open Technologies, submit before the CFP closes on  29 April.

Lunchtime Learning: The Women in the World Summit held its ninth annual gathering on 12 – 14 April in NYC, with leaders such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid, Parkland gun control activist Delaney Tarr, Liberian Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee and  Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. If you were not able to attend, you can still hear the stories of “CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists, peacemakers, and firebrand dissidents” whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues here.

Coming up next week: MIT’s Club of Northern California will host its AI Conference (20-22 April; San Francisco) focused on how machine learning is shaping the future of industries and creating industries of the future. Starting 22 April, data scientists, engineers, and information architects will gather at Enterprise Data World. The event, which runs through the 27th and is held in San Diego, draws over 800 attendees and offers tutorials, workshops, and lightning talks on everything from data strategy to semantic technology. eMerge Americas kicks off 23 April in Miami and highlights the “latest innovations driving transformation around the globe” for nearly 13,000 business leaders, investors, and entrepreneur attendees. MarTech West runs 23 – 25 April in San Jose. Its aim is to “cross-pollinate” the best ideas and latest innovations across marketing, technology, and management, and its attendees will hear from brands and agencies, as well as marketing execs from technology firms. Finally, Professional Business Woman of California (PBWC) Conference (24 April; San Francisco) features another year of top-notch keynoters and industry experts for an examination of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing women leaders today.

Conference News: What I learned this week – January 20

America, the Beautiful: Aspen Ideas Festival has announced that it is partnering with the iPhone Photography Awards, for its first ever photo contest.  The America I Know track at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival will consider the divided U.S. post-election and how bridges can be built across these divides. As part of the track, the conference team would like “to explore as many “Americas” [as possible] through the modern camera lens.”  The contest is open to participants worldwide, and per the contest site, they are looking for photos of “the faces, places, and symbols that represent America – whether you’ve lived in the US your whole life or you’ve only seen it in the movies.” All images must be taken with an iPhone or iPad and submitted here by 31 March. Two winners will receive passes to the Aspen Ideas Festival from 22 July – 1 July 2017.

Day after (Web) Tomorrow: After growing to 1,300 attendees in 2016, WebTomorrow, self-described as “the meeting point for everyone who is active in the digital scene,” has added a second day of content.  WebTomorrow 2017 will take place from 8 – 9 June in Ghent, Belgium.

Collision of the Planet:tech: One of the twelve conferences happening at CollisionConf (2-4 May) this year will bring together “the world’s leading innovative startups, business giants, influencers and controversial voices from the worlds of sustainability, environmental tech, and energy efficiency.”  The new conference, called Planet:tech, will showcase innovations created to fight the forces of climate change and pollution. Learn more here.

Speaking Opportunity: The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) has opened its CFP for technical papers and poster sessions. IBC is interested in submissions from “every discipline, whether you are a professional or a professor, a member of a R&D team, working alone or within a global brand and from across any part of the broadcast, communications, electronic media and entertainment fields.” Paper abstracts should be submitted online by 6 February.  If accepted, authors will be invited to prepare full white papers and give a 20-minute presentation at the IBC Conference on 14 – 18 September 2017.

Lunchtime Learning: Unless you were one of the few lucky world leaders or executives to be at the World Economic Forum this week, you probably were not able to catch all of the amazing policy-shaping content that came out of Davos. Luckily, most of the sessions were recorded for our viewing pleasure.

Coming Up Next:  Next week, “the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment,” Realscreen Summit, will gather content developers, distributors and broadcasters in Washington D.C. for four days of networking. Also in D.C., the Congressional Internet Caucus’ 13th Annual State of the Net Conference will discuss topics such as ethical digital citizenship and surveillance reform. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting will convene 4,100 “scientists, educators, students, and other professionals from across the weather, water, and climate community” in Seattle. And the Handelsblatt Strategic IT Management Conference will be held next week in Munich.

Conference News: What I learned this week – May 13

Advertising Week Heads East: The calendar has finally been posted for Advertising Week’s debut in Toyko from 30 May – 2 June. The Tokyo Midtown complex in central Tokyo will host the daytime conference program, but evening events will happen across the city. To see the full line up of sessions and events, click here.

Carriers Carry On: Terrapinn Pte Ltd has announced that Carriers World Asia, which celebrated its 18th anniversary in March of 2016, will be rebranded as Telecoms World Asia moving forward.  This name change was a result of the industry’s transformation “in preparation of a digital future.” The 2017 conference dates have not yet been announced, but we know that it will return to Bangkok sometime in March of next year.

Speaking Opportunity:  The 6th Annual EventTech Conference, which focuses entirely on “using social media and technology to enhance live events” has opened its call for speakers.  The event will take place from 14 – 16 November in Las Vegas and will attract more than 1000 event marketers. The conference organizers are interested in topic ideas that will “give attendees a full perspective on applying technology, social media and digital tools to events and trade shows.” Submit by 17 June following guidelines found here.

Lunchtime Learning: Collision Conference which recently took place in New Orleans has posted several of its session videos online.  If you were not one of the lucky 10,000 attendees who made it to the Big Easy, never fear!  You can add some flavor to your next lunch by watching Center Stage speakers, including Chris Sacca, Cal Henderson, Mick Foley, Hayley Barna, and Julia Hartz on the video playlist.

Coming Up Next: Internet Week New York, the annual celebration of how technologies are impacting business and culture, kicks off on Monday. Stay busy all week with this schedule of featured events. On the other side of the world, The Global Festival of Media will bring together executives from the world’s biggest brands, marketing and media agencies from 18 – 20 May. The event will return to Rome, Italy after a successful 2015 debut there. Also next week, the Internet and Television Expo (INTX) will bring more than 9000 digital media and communications professionals to Boston, including a stellar lineup of speakers such as the CEOs of Periscope, FanDuel, Comcast, Scripps Networks Interactive and more!