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 – June 17

Fortune and Health! Fortune’s has announced that it will be adding to its Brainstorm franchise of events this fall.  The inaugural Brainstorm HEALTH conference takes place from 1 – 2 November at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego. This by-invitation-only event is being produced in association with IBM Watson Health under the theme of “Seizing the Disruptive Opportunity.”  As with other Fortune conferences, Brainstorm HEALTH will include a mix of plenary panels and breakout roundtable discussions.  Learn more about the new conference here.

Mobile Event Combo: Previously two separate conferences, Mobile 360 – North America and Mobility LIVE! will merge as one in 2016 in order to “deliver a platform for exploring the key trends impacting the mobile industry as well as adjacent industry sectors.”  Also happening on 1 – 2 November, this combination event, called GSMA Mobility Live! – North America, will offer a number of new features including the Demo Stage, which was hugely popular at Mobile World Congress.

Speaking Opportunity:  TechMedia is seeking experts “with a digital marketing lesson, case study, hack, or a bit of digital-jedi-wisdom to share” to speak at Digital Summit Philadelphia.  The city of brotherly love is a new market for the Digital Summit series.  The event takes place from 23-24, August 2016 and speaker proposals are due by 8 July.

Lunchtime Learning:  In April, approximately 1,000 thought leaders and innovators attended the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England in order to “explore fierce compassion as a driver of social progress.”  Spend your lunchtime with visionaries such as Al Gore, Elizabeth Cousens and Gary Gottlieb.  Perhaps you too will be inspired to create “entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.” Videos found here.

Coming Up Next: Next week more than 15,000 global advertising, marketing and communications professionals will gather in France for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.  This year’s event includes eight days of “inspiration, celebration, education, and networking.”   Meanwhile in Anaheim, the biggest digital stars will unite with their fans, creatives and industry professionals at VidCon, one of the fastest growing gatherings for online video enthusiasts. For the first time this year, the conference has partnered with YouTube for a three-day livestream of sessions. Last but not least, London Technology Week kicks off on 20 June, ushering in a festival of events taking place across the city.  See the whole list of learning/networking opportunities here.