Conference News: What I learned this week – February 1, 2019

Out for a Summer Drive: Its official, the final North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), held in Detroit, has concluded. Last year NAIAS announced a transformational move for the show – starting in 2020 it will be held in the summer, beginning on June 8th.  According to the event organizers, the re-imagined show will allow “participating brands to deliver dynamic exhibits and experiential opportunities outside of the show’s four walls for attending journalists, industry members and consumers and will provide new avenues to showcase the products and technologies on display.” The event still has plans to include The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a multi-day Public Show.

Plotting a Course to the US: Run successfully in Europe since 2016, Geo IoT World will launch an Americas edition in San Francisco next month. The first Geo IoT World US event will bring together “location, IoT and connected industries leaders with developers and start-ups to explore the latest Geo IoT use cases and business opportunities” from 26 – 28 March 2019. In addition to a two-day track on geo-aware IoT innovation in the Automotive/Smart Mobility areas, the programme will also focus on applications in key markets such as retail, industry, smart cities and more.

Speaking Opportunity: At the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women In Computing Conference (2 – 4 October; Orlando), nearly 20,000 technologists at every career level meet to learn about emerging trends and to advance their professional lives. With meticulously planned topic tracks, top-of-their-game keynoters, and even impressive onsite childcare, this is not one to be missed. If you plan to submit a speaker, do yourself a favor and set aside at least a half hour just to review the topic track descriptions and abstract examples. As with that other well-known Orlando destination, you cannot spend too much time planning!

Lunchtime Learning: Unless you’ve made a name for yourself in entertainment, tech, or as an influential investor, tough luck getting an invitation to the exclusive Upfront Summit held each winter in LA. While you may not get the chance to rub elbows with the likes of Mark Cuban, Kerry Washington, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, you can at least attend vicariously through these fireside chat and keynote videos. Issues like the future of work, cryptocurrencies, and empathetic leadership were just a few of the topics passionately addressed in 2018.

Coming Up Next Week: Coming up next week: The next generation of SaaS entrepreneurs learn from the veterans at SaaStr Annual Conference (5-7 February; San Jose). More than 12,000 execs, founders, and VCs gather to create a three-day community centered on mentorships, networking, and “BTDT” advice on scaling faster. At Digital Entertainment World (DEW), the “power of creativity and influence” takes center stage when creators, brands, and platforms meet on 4 February. DEW will be held in Marina del Ray. “Design in the Wild” is the theme next week when interaction design practitioners from around the world gather at Interaction 19 in Seattle (3-8 February). When Amazon, HBO, Google, and Microsoft headline the event partners, you know the heavy hitters will be there. And last but not least, the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Annual Convention gets underway 4 February in San Antonio, showcasing recent trends and solutions in ed tech.


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

CNBC in the other Bay Area: Based on the explosive growth of technical innovation and startup activity in the Guangzhou Bay Area, CNBC International has decided to focus their efforts in China, creating a new annual conference called East Tech West. Happening from 27 – 29 November in Guangzhou, the conference will feature CNBC-hosted panels, fireside chats and workshops covering eight tech themes: AI in Society; The Future of Fintech; Tech innovation/5G/Telecommunications; Cybersecurity; Venture Capital; The Global Trade Outlook; The Greater Bay Area; The Future of Entertainment. CNBC will also be broadcasting live from the event and providing immersive reporting digitally on

Keep it Local: Localogy is a new 1-day event for agencies and in-house marketers exploring the latest information and best practices on advanced marketing topics and tactics. Attendees will leave with new ideas for generating leads, revenue and sales. Check out the gatherings this fall in NYC and Seattle.

Speaking Opportunity: Interop ITX returns to Las Vegas from 20 – 23 May 2019 and the conference organizers are accepting speaker proposals until 12 October.  They are accepting submissions in these main topic areas: Cloud; Data & Analytics; Devops; Emerging Tech; Infrastructure; IT Strategy; Professional Development; and Security. If you have a speaker and topic idea that is relevant, actionable and vendor- and product-agnostic, submit via their online form found here.

Lunchtime Learning: Brought to you by the creators of Web Summit, MoneyConf has gathered the world’s leading bitcoin, cryptocurrency and fintech experts every year since 2015. Taking place in Dublin each June, the event has grown to include more than 5,000 attendees from over 60 countries. If you want to stay up-to-date on the Next Big Thing in fintech, check out videos from last year’s conference here. And if you are so inspired, registration has already opened for the next MoneyConf to be held from 10 – 12 June 2019.

Coming Up Next Week: Two tech giants go head-to-head this week when Microsoft and Salesforce host user conferences on opposite coasts. Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce (25-28 September) has grown into a true behemoth, taking over Moscone, the Marriott Marquis, and other nearby SF hotels and drawing upwards of 160,000 industry “trailblazers” for an already sold-out program, plus… heavy metal legends Metallica? In Orlando, Microsoft Ignite kicks off 24 September with fewer actual rock stars but awesome insights into the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork, and productivity. Fortune Brainstorm Reinvent gets underway 25 September in Chicago and brings a select group of tech heavyweights together for an intensive discussion on digital transformation, curated by Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky, Beth Kowitt, and Brian O’Keefe, and former GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock. Last but not least, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women In Computing Conference (26-28 September) gears up for another year of welcoming 18,000 women technologists to Houston.

Conference News: What I learned this week – February 3

FT Starts a Conversation: The Financial Times has launched a global series of Leadership Dialogue meetings to begin a conversation with a selective group of global CEOs and thought leaders around the de-globalization trend emerging following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election victory and how businesses can thrive in this environment.  The London Dialogue will be 17 May and the New York meeting will take place on 26 September. Each Dialogue will be structured as three hours of peer-to-peer discussions followed by a high-level dinner. Special content will be produced before and after each event.

Two Days of Data!: Due to popular demand, the 2017 CDO Summits, regional gatherings that address “the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media,” will be two-day events. The first of these expanded gatherings will be on 15-16 March 2017 in Sydney. Digital strategists and practitioners will be able to attend one or both days in each city.  The first day will focus on digital transformation and day two covers data and analytics.

Speaking Opportunity: The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing Conference, which “aims to connect, inspire and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative,” has opened its call for speakers. Since its founding in 1994, the event has grown to attract more than 15,000 attendees and accept more than 1,600 speaker submissions! If you are interested in speaking, submit a proposal by 8 March, but be sure to read the speaker guidelines first!

Lunchtime Learning: Self-described as “Burning Man meets TED”, Slush manages to gather more than 17,000 technology leaders and startups in Helsinki during the coldest months of the year.  If that alone isn’t a strong enough endorsement, check out tech titans and top investors providing insights on entrepreneurship and The Next Big Thing.

Coming Up Next Next week, ITEXPO will return to Ft. Lauderdale. Produced by Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC), the event brings together IT professionals and luminaries to explore the latest technology trends in cloud, VoIP, WebRTC, unified communications and more.  In San Francisco next week, NewCo Shift debuts.  This conference, which is self-described as an executive conference on capitalism at a crossroads, aims to convene a “unique group of leaders from small, fast growth start-ups (NewCos) and Fortune 500 companies (BigCos), together with an array of experts from the policy and regulation fields” to discuss the role of the corporation in society.  And finally, the Wharton Healthcare Business Conference will take place in Philadelphia next Thursday and Friday. This year’s conference will focus on “how companies are balancing the tension between collaboration and competition while breaking down the traditional boundaries that have defined the industry.”