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 – September 14, 2018

Tech Savvy Content Development: Content Marketing Institute (CMI) acquired the Intelligent Content Conference in 2014 to help professionals develop more efficient and scalable content strategies. As the industry has evolved, CMI has decided to focus more of the conference content on technology – and its impact on content, processes, and strategy. Therefore, they are rebranding and renaming the Intelligent Content Conference to ContentTECH Summit in 2019. The event will be in San Diego from 8 – 10 April. To learn more and submit speakers check out the new web site here.

Innovation and Intelligence Coming Together: The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WSIE) just completed a merger with the brands of the World Innovation Organization (“WIO”), including the World Intelligence Festival, Design Intelligence Atelier, Intelligent Cities Expo and the World’s Most Innovative People Awards. Moving forward, WSIE will include “the sum of these experiences” and “focus on inspiring and spreading intelligent innovations…across seven industries – services, lifestyle, manufacturing, infrastructure, health, industry 4.0 and cities.” And based on the conference organizers discussions with many of the WIO fellows, partners and speakers, they decided to move the event from October of 2018 to 8 – 10 April 2019. It will be held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Speaking Opportunity: The ISTE Conference & Expo is one of the most influential edtech events in the world. From 23 – 26 June thousands of educators who are looking to harness the power of technology to advance learning and teaching will gather in Philadelphia for the 2019 annual conference. Until 27 September, educators at any career stage or exhibitors who would like to demonstrate noncommercial uses of technology to transform education may submit speaker proposals via the online CFP form. Remember to check out their submission guidelines first. They offer helpful details and tips.

Lunchtime Learning: The DLD Team heads to the Big Apple every spring to explore the infinite opportunities of the digital world and to inspire discussion around the most important trends headed our way. Hear an eclectic line up of speakers including Werner Vogels from Amazon in a session called We Can Hear You – Voice For Business, Mary Lou Jepsen of OpenWater and Wolf Singer of Max Planck Society on Disrupting The MRI – New Ways To Read The Brain; and Stephan Schambach of NewStore on The Future Of Retail.

Coming Up Next Week: Over 2,000 healthcare professionals – everyone from nurses and hospital CIOs to policy makers and tech providers – gather at Health 2.0 (16-18 September; Santa Clara). There, they’ll be treated to keynotes from Google, UPMC, Walmart, and more. On 17 September, the IFP Screen Forward Conference kicks off in New York and showcases the development, production, and promotion of hundreds of independent films. The Berkeley Innovation Forum (BIF) runs 19-20 September. True to its mission of open innovation, BIF brings together a carefully selected, membership-based group of about 125 executives whose discussions are guided by their own experiences but also the latest research out of UC Berkeley and other universities. The AI Summit (18-20 September; San Francisco) boasts the tagline “world’s largest AI for business event” and with good reason: AWS, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft all participate here. And on 21 September, the 3rd annual VR/AR Global Summit gets underway in Vancouver and offers keynotes, workshops, and other collaborative spaces for attendees to examine advancements in VR/AR/MR.