Conference News: What I learned this week – February 8, 2019

Seattle got even Cloudier! DevNetwork has added another conference to its 2019 lineup – Developer Week: Cloud Edition! The event will take place in Seattle from 30 – 31 May and is expected to bring together 800+ cloud engineers, IT managers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to learn about the newest cloud computing innovations in a city that hosts many of the world’s largest cloud providers. According to the organizers, the agenda will cover the following topics: Microservices Architecture, Artificial Intelligence in the Cloud, Containers & Kubernetes, Digital Transformation, Serverless Architecture, Security & Performance, CI/CD, IT & DevOps Management.

New Approach to What’s Next: Ad Age will be “reinventing its approach to Ad Age Next” in 2019. The conference, which used to be an annual gathering, will become a quarterly have day event, paired with Ad Age Titans, a Shark Tank-inspired live pitch event. Attendees will learn about topics and trends effecting the advertising industry and reveal the startups that are disrupting it. Read more or register for the next one here.

Speaking Opportunity: RSA Conference holds its information security events around the globe. Their Asia Pacific & Japan conference will be held on 16 – 18 July in Singapore. This year’s theme is Better. According to the organizers, this means “working hard to find better solutions. Making better connections with peers from around the world. And keeping the digital world safe so everyone can get on with making the real world a better place.” Speaker submissions are due by 20 February following the guidelines offered here.

Lunchtime Learning: Perhaps no other gathering packs as much industry, political, and humanitarian clout as the World Economic Forum held each January in Davos, Switzerland. Current world leaders are joined by CEOs from the world’s most successful companies and luminaries so famous they need no introduction (think Al Gore, Jane Goodall, HRH the Duke of Cambridge) for visionary talks and behind-closed-door deal making. Even journalists covering the forum have to jump through notoriously high hoops just to get a badge. Check out these videos from WEF 2019 but be warned: The program packs so much star power, you might need sunglasses.

Coming Up Next Week: At HIMSS 2019 (11-15 February; Orlando) the Champions of Health Unite – that is, according to the conference theme. The annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference & Expo is a major draw in the healthcare IT ecosystem, with over 45,000 professionals, clinicians, and suppliers in attendance. With a focus on the marketing-media value chain and how brands are born, grow, and die in the disrupted economy, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Annual Leadership Meeting gets underway 10 February in Phoenix. At Kidscreen Summit (11-14 February; Miami) it’s all about exploring every angle in kids’ entertainment. More than 2,000 content creators, distributors, programming execs, and more attend every year. And while circumstances in Las Vegas often get dicey, the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (DICE) Summit is anything but dubious. Major game publishers, developers, and influencers meet to discuss the state of the industry and support the independent games movement.


Conference News: What I learned this week – March 2, 2018

Streaming into Latin America: Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP will be bringing his Stream (un)conferences to Latin America for the first time next year.  Stream LATAM, will debut from 16-19 May 2019 in Salvador, Brazil.  The Stream conferences, held all over the world, do not follow a traditional conference model. Instead of curated content, any delegate can speak on any topic that he or she chooses. There are typically several sessions held concurrently at any given time, and the discussions are facilitated by the attendees. More info on the new event may be found here.

Cyber Security in a City Near You!: Imago Techmedia, the team behind IPEXPO Europe has added two new cybersecurity conferences to its 2018 lineup. After a successful expansion into the United States last year with Cyber Security Chicago, Imago Techmedia will be hosting similar conferences in two more U.S. cities.  Cyber Security Atlanta will be held on 17 – 18 October and Cyber Security Dallas will be on 31 October– 1 November 2018. Check out this group’s global lineup of events.

Speaking Opportunity: AI World is one of the industry’s largest independent events focused on the state of the practice of enterprise AI and machine learning.  This year’s theme is “Accelerating Innovation in the Enterprise.” According to the conference managers, they are looking for submissions that speak to “the challenges and hurdles that enterprises have overcome in successfully implementing AI in innovative ways.” The conference will return to Boston from 3 – 5 December. If you have a story to share, submit via the online CFP by 31 March.

Lunchtime Learning: Tech By Superwomen Summit (TSWS) was created to enable greater diversity in the technology space. These gatherings aim to bring “women and men together to speak about the roles of responsibility, accountability and highlight paths forward to transform tech culture and tap new opportunities for innovation as a result.” This year’s conference, taking place from 3 – 4 May in San Francisco will again include speakers from tech, business leadership and politics who will give keynotes, fireside chats and one-on-one interviews.  Watch some of last year’s empowering talks here, including Tech Superwomen Founder Cathryn Posey’s inspiring, closing address.

Coming up next week: More than 40,000 health IT professionals and clinicians gather at HIMSS 2018 (5 – 9 March; Las Vegas). One of the leading health information and technology conferences worldwide, HIMSS covers topics like privacy, cybersecurity, connected health, and data analytics. International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) – which has been assembling the critical communications industry for more than 40 years – moves to Orlando in 2018 and kicks off 5 March. (IWCE will return to Las Vegas in 2019.) SXSWedu is expected to attract over 7,000 education thought leaders from around the world when it runs 5 – 8 March in Austin as a precursor to the larger SXSW Festival the following week. The Montgomery Summit is an invitation-only conference for 1,000 investors and top executives in media, communications, and IT. It will be held 7 – 8 March in Santa Monica. And last but least is Digital Hollywood’s Media Summit, which runs 7 – 8 March in New York and gathers leading executives, content creators, and producers in the entertainment technology space.

Conference News: What I learned this week – July 7

An Eye for Travel Transformation: The digital transformation that is changing every industry is also effecting how travel is sold. For that reason, Eye for Travel has added a new conference to its lineup for 2017, Digital Strategies for Travel Summit 2017.  This conference, taking place from 29 – 30 November in Amsterdam, will cover topics such as: The holistic approach to digital strategy; Democratizing AI; How to differentiate your app; and Positioning yourself in a voice controlled world.

Announcing ConnecTechAsia: Based on the respond to “the expanded needs of the tech and comminications community to see, discover, and experience more of the solutions today that effect business tomorrow,” the team behind CommunicAsia is giving the conference a brand.  Following the recently concluded conference, the team unveiled a new conference name, ConnectTechAsia, which will encompass CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia, and their newest event NXTAsia. The goal is to cover the “entire spectrum of communication, broadcast, and enterprise technology and services reflecting the pulse of Asia today.”  The 2018 event will take place from 26 – 28 June in Singapore.

Speaking Opportunity: The HIMSS Annual Conference brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world to hear case studies about the optimal use and value of health IT. The conference producers are now accepting speaker proposals and are most interested in sessions that: Demonstrate the adoption and best use of health IT and management systems; Relate to real-world accomplishments and challenges; Highlight best practices and beneficial uses of health IT via case studies; Showcase transformative change in health and healthcare through IT. Submit speaker proposals by 17 July.

Lunchtime Learning: Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd held its inaugural Gateway conference in Detroit a couple weeks ago. This event was aimed at helping U.S. business to boost exports to China and attracted approximately 1000 attendees. According to Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma, “the Chinese market presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. small businesses and farmers to grow their businesses, and in turn, create more U.S. jobs.” Videos from the event, including an interview between Charlie Rose and Ma can be found here.

Coming up next week: RISE, produced by the team behind Web Summit, is held in Hong Kong starting 11 July. The goal of this fast-growing conference is to provide attendees the opportunity to learn about every major industry touched by technology. In|Vest will run for a third year in NYC from 11-12 July. Attracting approximately 1,000 from the wealth management community, In|Vest is produced by SourceMedia, publishers of American Banker and Bank Investment Consultant. The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) are combining their annual meetings to form the National Principals Conference, held for the first time this year. This event begins on 9 July in Philadelphia.

Conference News: What I learned this week – May 6

Security on a Global Scale: A few posts ago I mentioned that O’Reilly Media is launching a new event, The O’Reilly Security Conference in New York on 31 October – 2 November. Well, the conference organizers have received such an overwhelmingly positive response to this announcement that they have decided to launch another Security Conference in Europe.  This event, O’Reilly Security EU will take place from 9 – 11 November 2016 in Amsterdam. They are accepting speaker proposals for both events now.

Argyle Makes Acquisition: Argyle Executive Forum a leading provider of executive-level events such as the CMO and CFO Leadership Forums, has just announced that it is acquiring two event-producing companies: Innovation Enterprise and CFO Magazine. According to the official announcement, Argyle’s offerings will now include “350 live events and 200 webcasts annually.” More information on the acquisition can be found here.

Speaking Opportunity:  Each year, the HIMSS conference brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world for education and networking.  HIMSS17 (19 – 23 February in Orlando) has just opened its Call for Proposals and is interested in case studies and presentations about best practices for transforming health through IT.  Speaker submissions may be made through 13 June 2016 following guidelines found here.

Lunchtime Learning: The INTX: The Internet & Television Expo has announced several high-profile speakers for the conference, taking place in a few weeks. In order to get excited about the riveting conversations that can only happen when the worlds of media, entertainment and technology combine, check out some of the sessions from last year’s event.

Coming Up Next: TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the conference kings on the startup scene, will return to New York next week from 9 – 11 May. The organizers recently announced that they will live-stream the entire conference on Facebook this year! The stream will also be embedded on the front page of  In Santa Clara from 10 – 12 May the Internet of Things World will take place.  This event which is self-described as “the world’s largest and most comprehensive IOT event” will run concurrently with Apps World North America, Wearable World Congress, and Future Connected Cars.