Conference News: What I learned this week – December 14, 2018

With Our Powers Combined: The teams behind ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) conference and Reed Exhibition’s Infosecurity Group will be joining forces in 2019 with a new conference called Infosecurity ISACA North America Expo and Conference. It will debut in New York City’s Javits Convention Center from 20-21 November 2019. According to the official statement, “ISACA will bring experience developed since the 2015 launch of its CSX Conferences, expert workshop series, certification preparation sessions, and latest developments related to the CSX Training Platform, all to the new event programming. Infosecurity, which entered the North American conference arena in 2017, will build on its strengths in industry expositions, media, immersive learning and leadership networks.” The organizers expect approximately 2,000 attendees at the new event.

The Incite Scoop on Europe: Incite summit is taking their senior Brand Marketing Summit NYC to Europe for the first time in June of 2019. The group hosted its first ever customer service summit in Europe in 2018 and it was hugely successful, including 200 high profile brands.  The European Brand Marketing Summit will be very similar to the NYC event in terms of topics and format – featuring one keynote and two tracks in the afternoon. The conference is currently slated for mid- June in London.

Security re:Invented: Just prior to its annual re:Invent conference, AWS announced that they would be launching their first conference dedicated to cloud security: AWS re:Inforce. The event will offer a deep dive into the latest approaches to security best practices and risk management utilizing AWS services, features, and tools. The inaugural conference will be held in Boston, MA on 25 – 26 June 2019. More details will be offered here as we get closer to the conference dates.

Speaking Opportunity: The Conference at MWC19 Shanghai will offer insights on current and future trends and into the key role that the Asian technology community plays in creating a better future. Some of the topics covered on next year’s agenda include: AI, 5G, Content and Media Transformation, Future Mobility, Banking and Telecom Convergence, Smart Homes, Data Trust & Security, and Blockchain. Submit via the online form by 31 January.

 Lunchtime Learning: The annual Women in the World summit, “a convening of mighty women leaders, blazing activists and courageous movers and shakers who will move you with their provocative first-person storytelling and shake up your worldview,” will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 10 – 12 April 2019. To mark 10 years, they will “share the stories of women on the front edge of change who have presided over this great awakening in the global women’s movement and are leading it into the next decade.” Get ready for this milestone anniversary by watching some of the amazing and inspiring speakers who have graced the WITW stage previously.

Coming Up Next Week: You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout. But yes, most major industry events go on holiday hiatus this week through the New Year. Need a conference fix to cheer you up and get you through until CES? Technical-minded professionals can check out events like the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) (13-16 December; San Francisco) and the 4th International Conference on Big Data and Information Analytics (17-19 December; Houston). Meanwhile, digital marketers in India can head to Digital Marketing Summit Hyderabad on 16 December.

 And regardless of the events you attend over the next two weeks, don’t forget to keep your eye to the sky – because Santa Claus is coming to town!


Conference News: What I learned this week – May 4, 2018

See you next May, Eh?: A couple weeks ago we wrote about Collision Conference’s quest to find a new home. If you were one of the respondents who voted for Toronto, you are in luck!  The tech conference announced that it will be relocating from New Orleans to Toronto, Canada next year.  The 2019 event will take place from 20 – 23 May. Watch Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau announce the move here.

San Francisco Gets WIRED: In order to celebrate its 25-year anniversary, WIRED will return to its roots in San Francisco hosting a four-day, city-wide festival from 12 – 15 October. The gathering will celebrate “the ideas, innovations, and individuals that have reshaped our world over the past 25 years, and those that will shape it moving forward.” The Festival, appropriately named WIRED 25 will include open houses at Silicon Valley’s top companies, musical performances and book readings, and a thought leadership forum with keynotes, demos and networking opportunities. The festival organizers expect approximately 2,500 attendees over the course of the four days. More information will be available within the coming weeks.

Speaking Opportunity: Money20/20, taking place from 21 – 26 October, is self-described as the conference “where the Payments, FinTech and Financial Services ecosystem unites to create and explore the disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses manage, spend and borrow money.” The event has a hard Call for Content deadline of 8 June, but the conference organizers recommend submitting ideas ASAP as speakers are confirmed on a rolling basis beginning in March. In order to increase your chances of acceptance review the conference’s step by step guide to its Call for Content process before submitting anything.

Lunchtime Learning: The ASU + GSV Summit attracts more than 4,000 leaders from the enterprise, investment, higher education, and PreK – 12 communities. But this is not your average EDU conference!  Sessions focus on “elevating dialogue and driving action around raising learning and career outcomes through scaled innovation.” The agenda covers topics such as: Why Democratizing xR Will Revolutionize Education; AI Plus Human Intelligence Is The Future of Work; Is the U.S. Ready for Consumers to Rate the Value of Higher Education?; and Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age. Check out all of the compelling speakers here.

Coming up next week: The WSJ launches its inaugural Future of Everything Festival (8 – 10 May; New York) to explore the exciting changes – from art to artificial intelligence – that are transforming our world. Experts from Google, Slack, and even celebrities-turned-entrepreneurs will headline the event, highlighting New York at its most innovative. Just a few miles away, Techonomy NYC also gets underway 8 May, drawing an intimate crowd of movers and shakers who will examine today’s critical technological advancements and policy changes. New Schools Venture Summit will run 8 – 9 May in San Francisco. This annual invitation-only is designed for education leaders who bring important and diverse perspectives in PreK-12 education innovation. And on 9 May in La Jolla, the Near Future Summit will convene inventors, entrepreneurs, media, and investors for an intensive three days of ideas and collaboration, as well as art and music.

Will writing a book increase my shot at a featured speaking opportunity?

One of questions I’m most frequently asked is “If I write a book, will that increase my chances of being accepted as a conference speaker?” And as with almost question regarding the conference industry, the answer is – “it depends.”  A few marketing conferences, and even some entrepreneurial/leadership events, are keen to have authors as part of their speaker lineup – even offering book signings during the networking breaks.  For the majority of conference organizers, however, having a book published will not guarantee a speaking role.  That is not to say that you should not write a book if you are passionate about an idea and eager to share it with the world. I just don’t suggest you spend your time writing a tome simply to secure more or better speaking engagements.

Why won’t a book put your speaker submission over the top?
Keep in mind that it is much easier to write and publish a book in today’s digital world of ebooks and online bookstores. This means that there are MANY new books published every week. Also remember that, unless it is a best seller or work of fiction, books tend to have a shelf life. (How recently have you flipped through those books on “Web 2.0” or “What is Cloud Computing?” that you bought ten years ago?)  Conferences that ask for a list of published books or materials in the speaker submission form typically ask for the publication dates as well.  And since most conferences plan their agenda 9 – 12 months in advance, a book published more than a few years ago may seem stale by conference content standards.

So how can you increase your changes of being accepted as a speaker?
What does matter to conference managers is that the topic you are suggesting is unique and actionable. Conference managers are also more interested in expertise and past speaking experience, than whether you wrote a book. It helps if you are known as an expert on that topic and have examples of recent talks to prove that you can hold your own on stage.  Yes, a book will help prove that you know your stuff, but there are many ways to demonstrate that. Instead of committing the time to writing a book, you could produce a blog or podcast that offers new topic ideas on a regular basis. You could also create regular posts for LinkedIn.  The best way to prove to conference managers that you are a subject matter expert and passionate speaker is to show them – upload a video of a past speaking engagement that conference mangers can access. This will illustrate your knowledge and stage presence in a way that the written word cannot.

Conference News: What I learned this week – July 21, 2017

Global Gathering Greatness: The team behind Fortune events will be combining two of their most popular events, Brainstorm TECH and Fortune Global Forum, to create a new conference experience. Brainstorm TECH International will be their new conference in Guangzhou, China from 5 – 6 December 2017. According to the organizers, “the launch of Brainstorm TECH International is being co-located and timed to coincide with the 2017 Fortune Global Forum, which will gather the CEOs of the world’s biggest companies and top leaders from China and beyond.”

Off-The-Record: TechCrunch has announced that a new segment of Disrupt San Francisco will debut at the September conference – Off the Record sessions. These moderated Q&A sessions and networking receptions, open to all Disrupt SF attendees, will showcase “top founders and investors making waves” within one of the following categories: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Cryptocurrencies/Blockchain, Biotech, Drones/Mobility, Privacy/Security and AR/VR. Interested parties may suggest a speaker through the end of July.

Speaking Opportunity: The 2017 IoT Device Security Summit, taking place in Santa Clara from 28 September, is accepting speaker proposals until 10 August. The conference will offer practical advice for tackling the “complex challenges of IoT design and implementations on device security.” Some of the topics of interest include: Hardware and Software Security Components; Using Security Frameworks and Dev Kits; Matching IoT Profiles with Security Requirements; and Understanding the Performance and Energy Impact of Security.  

Lunchtime Learning: Dublin Inspirefest self-described as “a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts, covering key trends from Infosec to Blockchain, AI to Robotics, Games to Professional Development.” The conference also includes the Fringe festival of live music, spoken word, and comedy. Watch sessions entitled, “The Science of Happiness,” “How Big Data Could Help Us Avoid Hospitals in the Future,” and  How Complex IoT is Intersecting with Everyday Life.”

Coming Up Next Week: RSA Conference heads to Singapore for its annual Asia Pacific & Japan event starting 26 July. Keynotes and track sessions will stream live, providing updates for the info security community at hand and at home. Sponsor free programming for the hacking community kicks off 27 July at DEF CON in Las Vegas. Nearly 20,000 attend DEF CON to hear the latest hacking research, new tool releases, and updates on zero-day attacks. Wearable Technologies Conference USA will feature the usual suspects 25 July in San Francisco and aims to get past the hype of wearables and down to real business possibilities within the WT ecosystem. The 2nd Annual Blockchain Conference will be held 28 July in DC with the goal of bringing together senior figures in finance, tech, government, venture capital, and startups to discuss Blockchain/DLT beyond Bitcoin.


Conference News: What I learned this week – June 10

VR+NY TV Week: The team behind the NYC Television & Video Week has unveiled a new component to their week long media industry event.  The inaugural VR 20/20 will be a one-day conference on 17 October at the TimesCenter highlighting the technologies and trends disrupting the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality market.  The agenda will be comprised of keynote sessions, panels and demos.  Details can be found here.

Spreading Security: After a successful debut in New York in 2013 and an expansion over the past two years into Washington DC, the organizers of the Cyber Security Summits are entering four new markets this year.  In addition to New York and DC, the series, which aims to discuss the current challenges to integrating security measures that will best protect enterprises, is also being held in Atlanta, LA, Chicago and Dallas. For more information and a schedule of events click here.

Happy Together: Informa recently announced that its OTTtv World Summit and Content Delivery World will be co-located in 2017.  According to the announcement, holding the events together “will give additional exposure and networking opportunities to the conference delegates and speakers and broaden the scope for learning, meeting exhibitors and doing business under one roof.”  The events will be held in London from 8-10 November.

Speaking Opportunity:  Outsourcing World Summit has opened its call for speakers for the 2017 event, taking place from 19 – 22 February in San Antonio, TX.  2017 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Summit, which will be held under the conference theme of Harnessing the Power of Disruption. The association organizing the event, IAOP, is seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the outsourcing industry.  Speaker submissions must be completed here by 10 July.

Lunchtime Learning:  Thousands of digital and tech entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders attended the WEBIT Festival in Bulgaria in April. In an article leading up to the event, Forbes Magazine published a piece that asked “Is Sofia the Real Digital Capital of the New Markets?” Even if you were unable to attend the conference this year, you can find out what all the buzz was about  by watching the speaker videos here.

Coming Up Next: Several business and tech publications will host annual conferences next week, including Bloomberg Technology Conference and Wired BizCon. Also next week crowds of video gamers will descend on Los Angeles to kick off the annual E3 Expo and excited television and media professionals will head north for the Banff World Media Festival.

Conference News: What I learned this week – April 22

Works for Me: The Economist will build on the success of its annual Talent Management series with a new group of events under the Future Works brand.  These one-day summits will explore how new technologies and the changing workforce are effecting organizations. The series will begin in London with Future Works: Europe on 21 June and conclude in Chicago on 8 November.  They are still determining how best to bring the series to the Asia market but are considering building select topics into the Japan forum on 20 October.

New Event Takes Flight: After a successful event launch in 2015 the Women’s Venture Fund, which supports women entrepreneurs by providing a range of services to help them launch and grow their businesses, has expanded its TakeFLIGHT Summit for Enterprising Women Entrepreneurs to a full day event. This summit will include a hackathon, several plenary panels and workshops, and  will tackle topics such as marketing a business; acquiring funding; and overcoming obstacles in the tech sector. The event will take place on Saturday, 11 June and already has several stellar speakers confirmed.  These include Jeff Hoffman, former CEO and founder of Priceline and Cynthia Ringo Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a pioneer of dou­ble bot­tom line venture capital investing.

Speaking Opportunity:  Oracle is looking for experts on Oracle business and technology to speak at its OpenWorld Conference on 18 – 22 September in San Francisco.  The speaker proposals that are of most interest, according to the submission guidelines, are those that showcase “Oracle’s products, services, and solutions in original, innovative, and informative ways” and that demonstrate a “cutting edge approach” and “provoke discussion.” Submit your ideas here before the CFP closes on 9 May.

Lunchtime Learning: The Computer History Museum in Mountain View is a leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. Revolutionaries  is the Museum’s acclaimed speaker series that began in 2011. The live event attracts 400 attendees who are technology leaders and influencers from Silicon Valley. The interviews are also broadcast on KQED public Television, KQED radio, and often on C-SPAN. Past speakers have included Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Allen, Marissa Mayer and Elon Musk, to name a few. Find out what these renowned innovators, business leaders, and authors have to say about how they have achieved success.

Coming Up Next: More than 11,000 entrepreneurs, business and tech leaders, investors and media will head to New Orleans next week for Collision Conference. Created by the same team that grew the behemoth Web Summit in Europe, this event bring together startups as well as Fortune 500 brands for networking and discussion of business strategy in a digital world. Event takes place from 26 – 28 April.  Also next week in San Francisco the Samsung Developers Conference will gather its developers and devotees under the 2016 theme of “Connecting the Future Everywhere You Look.” From 27 – 28 April more than 100 technical sessions and hands-on workshops will provide attendees with information they need to build the technology of tomorrow. For the marketing professionals who are trying to figure out how to utilize the technologies coming out of the previously mentioned events, they can attend the Forrester Forum for Marketing Leaders in New York on 26 – 27 April. This conference will explain how to “orchestrate powerful marketing campaigns and tactics across multiple channels and platforms.”


Conference News: What I learned this week – Jan 8

Marketing Unbound in Asia: The Economist announced that they will host one of their Marketing Unbound events in Asia in 2016. The event series, previously called The Big ReThink, explores how marketers are adapting to new strategies and technologies in order to benefit both their companies and careers. More information on the Asia event, to be held in Hong Kong in May, can be found here.

Mobile 360 in 2016: Due to the security issues in Brussels following the Paris attacks late last year, the GSMA decided to postpone the Mobile 360 Europe event.  The good news is that they have just announced a new date for the event.  It will take place on June 14 and the organization still plans to hold it in Brussels.

Speaking Opportunity:  ITU Telecom World, the annual ICT event organized by ITU Telecom, part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has opened its Call for Speakers for its 2016 event.  While the exact dates of the conference have not yet been announced, we do know that it will take place in Bangkok in November.  Speaker nominations are due by 29 February according to the guidelines found here.

Lunchtime Learning: The next DLD Conference will take over Munich in a few weeks.  If you are not lucky enough to attend, you can still view some of the eclectic speakers from past events here. Topics focus on several themes including Science & Politics; Art & Design; Business & Finance, etc.

Coming Up Next: Next week is an important one for entrepreneurs, educators and meteorologists!  The US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference sets up shop in San Diego; the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) educates attendees in Orlando; and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Conference forecasts the future of the industry in New Orleans.