Conference News: What I learned this week – February 15, 2019

New In the Land of the Rising Sun: Over the past few years the Milken Institute has ramped up its international presence by launching several symposiums overseas. In 2019 it will add to its lineup with the first Japan Symposium. This exclusive, invitation-only event will gather heads of large financial institutions, senior business leaders, top institutional investors, and high-level government officials from Japan, the Asia-Pacific region, and the United States on 25 March. Learn more about this new conference here.

GrowCo is NoMo: Inc. will no longer hold its Grow Your Company Conference (GrowCo), a three-day event that offered advice, strategies, and connections for entrepreneurs looking to grow a business. Instead, in 2019, Inc will host a series of regional events focused on growth and showcasing fast-growing companies within each market. The events will be in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC. While the event series dates have not yet been announced, they will happen in May and June. Learn more about this Fast Growth Tour here.

Speaking Opportunity: The O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference, scheduled to run from 9 – 12 September, is now accepting speaker submissions. The conference is self-described as “a deep dive into emerging AI techniques and technologies—focusing on practical business applications.” The agenda includes inspirational keynotes, real-world case studies, high-level executive briefings, and technical demos. There is both a technical audience consisting of professionals who are algorithms or data engineers; CxOs of analytics, data, IT and innovation; research scientists, as well as a business audience, including analysts, strategists, managers of innovation, product marketers and investors. If you have a session idea to suggest, submit it here before the 26 February deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: Adexchanger Industry Preview bills itself as providing marketers insight into what to expect within the industry in the next 12 months. One of the core themes coming out of this year’s conference was the importance of finding a balance between responsible data use, automation and personalization. Even if you were not able to attend, check out sessions such as The Marketer’s View, featuring Michael DeLellis, EVP Integrated Global Marketing at Calvin Klein; We Need To Optimize For The Citizen, featuring Publicis Groupe’s Rishad Tobaccowala, and a CEO panel on The Publisher Of The Future.

Coming Up Next Week: Energy innovators and providers meet in Austin at Parks Associates Smart Energy Summit (18-20 February) to learn how connectivity and data are transforming the utility industry. At eTail West, both brand marketers and CTOs take the stage 19-22 February in Palm Springs to share strategy with their peers. Previously known as the India Leadership Forum, the NASSCOM Technology & Leadership Forum’s new name reflects the centrality tech plays in nearly every business decision today. The forum will be held 20-22 February in Mumbai. DeveloperWeek SF adds a new conference component – DevExec World – when it gets underway this week. Geared toward all levels, DevExecWorld will focus on the development of leadership roles, technicians all the way up to CTO. At Mobile Ventures Summit (21 February; San Francisco), attendance is limited to senior brand marketing execs and partners; the event is closed to the press and agencies. And on 22 February, the Watermark Conference offers professional and personal development to the women of Silicon Valley.


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 – July 27, 2018

Fortune’s Focus on Finance: Fortune has announced another new event in its Brainstorm conference series: Fortune Brainstorm Finance. This new conference will happen on 19 – 20 June 2019 in Montauk NY. Brainstorm Finance will bring together “the established giants of Wall Street and the up-and-coming new guard of fintech, blockchain, and venture finance to explore–and shape–the future of finance.” More information on the new event may be found here.

Part of your Worldz: Fortune has also revealed that it will release its Future 50 companies list at Worldz Summit in October. The two-day summit is designed to connect, educate, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in both their personal and professional lives. This year’s event will run from 17 – 18 October in Los Angeles and will feature speakers from VANs, Calvin Klein, GoogleX, Samsung, Mastercard, VICE and The Muse.

Be More Direct: In February, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) published research indicating that “growth in most consumer categories is shifting to brands centered on direct consumer relationships and agile supply chains flexible enough to serve consumer needs as they evolve.” In order to stay on the front lines of this trend, the IAB has launched a new annual event, the IAB Direct Brands Conference. The event will run from 30 – 31 October in New York City. In addition to delving further into this category growth, the trade organization will release a more refined version of the “IAB 250 Powered by Dun & Bradstreet,” at the show.

Speaking Opportunity: Game Developers Conference (GDC), taking place from 18 – 22 March in San Francisco, brings together 28,000 attendees who are programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games and immersive experiences. The conference features 750 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on “a comprehensive selection of game development and VR/AR topics”. If you have an idea for the main GDC Conference programme, submit it following the guidelines here by 16 August.

Lunchtime Learning: The Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program just wrapped its ninth annual Aspen Security Forum last week. This is one of my favorite events to watch on my lunch break! Former and current government officials, leaders from national security-related companies and nationally recognized journalists take the stage to discuss key homeland and national security issues. The content sometimes frightening, but always enlightening. Hear from Frank Klotz, Former Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services; Paul Nakasone, Commander, US Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency and more.

Coming up Next Week: What do a senior agency exec, the Philadelphia Eagles’ digital media manager, and the founder of The Onion all have in common? They are speaking at next week’s Digital Summit Philadelphia, which runs 31 July – 1 August in the City of Brotherly Love. The Digital Summit series is designed for brands, agencies, service providers, B2B providers, and non-profits. CompTIA ChannelCon kicks off 31 July in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 business technology professionals and vendors attend this annual event for best practices, certification, and networking. And on 30 July in Providence, RI sustainability managers from across industries gather at the National Association for Environmental Management’s (NAEM) Corporate Sustainability Management Conference. The program promises tools to “improve your company’s performance internally and more effectively manage your sustainability data at both ends of the supply chain.”


Conference News: What I learned this week – July 20, 2018

CIOs into the Amazon: This fall Landmark Ventures will not hold its CIO West conference as a standalone event. Instead, the Landmark Ventures team will host a series of networking dinners/events taking place during AWS re:Invent 2018 (26 – 30 November in Las Vegas), rather than a full conference as in previous years.

Can you Hear Me Now? The CDX Brand Summit Series is pleased to announce the launch of SONIC! Hosted in partnership with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Digital Ventures in New York City, SONIC! will explore how current and emerging voice and audio technologies, products, platforms, and applications are transforming the customer experience. Taking place from 4 – 5 September, the conference will be an executive-level, peer-based event with very limited capacity.

Speaking Opportunity: RSA Conference 2019 (4 – 8 March; San Francisco) has opened its Call for Speakers. They will use a two-part submission process this year. The main Call for Speakers closes Wednesday, 1 August (11:59 PM Pacific Time). Speakers who would like to be considered exclusively for one of the two Hackers & Threats tracks, must submit by Saturday, 1 September (11:59 PM Pacific Time). Hackers and Threats sessions include discussions about the growing underground economy, advanced threats, APTs, new classes of vulnerabilities, exploitation techniques, reverse engineering and how to combat these problems. Hackers & Threats Advanced is technically advanced and will include live demos and code dissection.

Lunchtime Learning: The annual EG conference brings together more than 500 members of the creative community, to hear “inventors and educators, artists and designers, writers and thinkers, scientists and engineers, musicians, magicians, icons, iconoclasts, young and old” share examples of how they have made their passion projects and ideas into something real. To be educated and inspired, check out some of the previous talks here.

Coming up next week: The inaugural Stareable Fest kicks off 20 July in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. Described as a “three-day celebration of excellence in independent television,” Stareable is half industry marketplace and half creator convention, featuring experts from HBO, PBS, and Emmy-winning web series creators. The Corporate Events Marketing Association (CEMA) Summit runs 22-24 July in Los Angeles, providing education for professionals in the event marketing industry. On 24 July, Google will produce Cloud Next in San Francisco. Designed for anyone with a stake in developing an accessible and scalable cloud, this program features inventor demonstrations, codelabs, breakouts, bootcamps, keynotes, and leadership panels. Overseas, RSA Conference will run its APAC cybersecurity event in Singapore from 25-27 July.

Conference News: What I learned this week – June 29, 2018

Big Brands & Big Ben: After a successful debut in 2018, Forbes has decided to bring back its CMO Europe Summit. The event was introduced last year in conjunction with its centennial anniversary. This year, CMO Europe will take place in London in December, again bringing together 100+ top marketing officers from the region. Learn more here.

Newsflash! New PR Event: The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will debut a new conference this year in San Diego from 6 – 7 December. The inaugural Marketing and Digital Communications Conference will spotlight the world of integrated marketing communications and demonstrate how “owned, earned and paid media work together to build communications campaigns that deliver extraordinary results.” The agenda is still being developed, but will include both a digital marketing and integrated strategy track.

News Item and Bonus Speaking Opportunity: Since we will not publish our newsletter the week of the Fourth of July holiday, we wanted to share the news regarding the new Dreamforce CFP process. This year Salesforce opened a “Call for Content” versus a “Call for Speakers” for its Dreamforce Conference. They have combined everything into one simplified submission landing page. This includes the CFPs for the developer and administrator track, the partner community, the general call for presentations and a call for speakers. Be sure to select the correct form and note that each has its own submission deadline. All “Calls for Content” will live in one place. This includes the admin and developer call for presentations, the call for presentations, and the Partner community call for presentations in addition to the general call for speakers.

Speaking Opportunity: Self-described as the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, CES will return to Las Vegas from 8 – 11 January.  The conference organizers have opened a formal Call for Presenters (CFP), inviting thought leaders, innovative thinkers and industry influencers to apply. This year’s topics of interest include: 5G; Advertising; Marketing; Content and Entertainment; Artificial Intelligence; Healthcare; Product Design; Sourcing and Manufacturing; Resilience (exploring city preparedness and crisis recovery); Smart Cities; Smart Home; Sports; Tourism and Hospitality; and Transportation including AutoTech. If you are a true thought leader in one of these areas/industries, complete their online form by 13 July.

Lunchtime Learning: In 2017, 3,600 marketers from over 50 countries gathered in Cleveland, OH for Content Marketing World. This conference, self-described as the world’s largest content event, provides attendees with the knowledge they need to implement a content marketing plan that will grow their businesses and inspire their audiences.  Prepare for this year’s conference by watching some of last year’s keynoters, including the head of content for Coca-Cola and Youtube personality, Casey Neistat.

Coming up next week: The U.S. conference scene takes a breather for the Fourth of July holiday. But overseas, many of Europe’s movers and shakers in tech will meet at The Europas (3 July; London). Founders and investors participate in daytime unconference sessions which will be followed by evening awards. In Hong Kong the following week, RISE gets underway on 9 July. More than 10,000 attend the RISE brand’s 13 distinct stages, including SaaS Monster, Growth Summit, and Pub Summit to name a few. Back in the States, educators and administrators hoping to take advantage of the summer break can participate in one of two Midwest conferences. The National Principals Conference runs 11 – 13 July in Chicago and focuses on leadership best practices for K-12 schools, while IEL’s National Family & Community Engagement Conference in Cleveland (same dates) draws attention to the importance of family and community engagement in student success.

Conference News: What I learned this week – June 22, 2018

FT Brings Energy Event to Texas: Following the success of its London Summit, The Financial Times has launched a Digital Energy Summit in the USA. This event will include sessions covering what we can expect from the next phase of digital and technology disruption to the oil, gas, power and clean energy industries. The conference organizers expect more than 150 decision-makers from the digital energy community at this summit which will be held on 6 December in Houston, TX.

DevNetwork Tips the Scales: Scalability 2018 is a new event produced by DevNetwork, the same team behind DeveloperWeek and TechWeek. Taking place from 27 – 28 November in Chicago, the conference will aim to “give everyone, from CTO to software developer, a complete update on all of the newest technologies and best practices on scaling up your technology.” The organizers expect approximately 1000 attendees representing executives, engineers, and technical teams.

Speaking Opportunity: Infosecurity will return to New York this fall for its second annual US conference. Co-located with ISC East and Unmanned Safety & Security Expo, the conference will run from 14 – 15 November. The event organizers are now accepting speaker suggestions for Tech Talks, a series of “inspiring, bite-size presentations addressing the latest cybersecurity risks, threats and challenges.” Unlike Infosecurity Europe, the CFP is open to everyone, even those not exhibiting. If you have a new topic idea and speaker to suggest, submit via their online form before the 5 July deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in Silicon Valley in 1992 by a group of entrepreneurs and investors with roots in the Indus region. Now attracts business professionals and start up employees from around the world. In May, TiE Silicon Valley decided to do something different to build on the twenty-five-year legacy of their annual conference, TiEcon. They renamed the event TiE Inflect and focused the agenda on the business and human impact of AI. If you were not able to attend, you can still learn from the world’s best minds on how AI combined with disruptive technologies like Blockchain and IOT are radically transforming every industry including FinTech, MarTech, HealthTech and more. Watch sessions from TiE Inflect here.

Coming Up Next Week: The Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, produced in partnership with The Atlantic, continues through 30 June. The main portion of the program follows up last week’s spotlight on health and will feature sessions focused on globalization, justice, and staying human in a high tech world. In Chicago, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference and Expo kicks off 24 June, connecting 16,000 educators and innovators from the edtech world. Next year, ISTE heads to Philly. Forbes CEO Initiative holds its Annual Meeting 25-27 June in San Francisco. This membership initiative was originally created to bring together an exclusive group of chief executives who all have prioritized infusing broader purpose into corporate strategies. The second annual Geekwire Cloud Tech Summit will be held 27 June in Seattle and again speakers will represent top players in the space, like AWS, Google, Microsoft, and Slack. And in Shanghai on 27 June, Mobile World Congress opens its APAC counterpart to the theme “Discover a Better Future.”

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Conference News: What I learned this week – June 8, 2018

Big Easy for Real(screen): The Realscreen Summit will move from its decades-long home in Washington DC to New Orleans in 2019. The conference organizers noted that the move to the Big Easy was the result of several consultations with past Realscreen Summit delegates, advisory board members and participants. The summit will be held from 28 – 31 January.

A New Call to Action: The Human Capital Institute (HCI) has introduced a new event for 2018, the Call to Action Conference. According to the conference manager, HCI decided to specifically focus on the professional and consultative skills that HR executives will need in the future – the skill sets that allows them to both drive innovation and add value that cannot be created by bots or other automation technologies. The Call to Action Conference will run from 3 – 5 October in Scottsdale, AZ.

Speaking Opportunity: IoT Evolution will return to Fort Lauderdale, FL from 29 January – 1 February.  The umbrella event is comprised of multiple conference tracks along with collocated events covering Smart City Technology and applications, IoT Healthcare, Industrial IoT Solutions, and the LPWAN Expo.  The conference managers are seeking submissions for session abstracts and speakers with “the experience, knowledge and background” to educate and inform a worldwide audience of enterprise implementors, governments and municipalities, Service Providers, IoT manufacturers, platform companies and other providers of IoT infrastructure.” If you have what it takes, submit speaker and topic ideas via their online form by 29 June.

Lunchtime Learning: The Guardian Changing Media Summit is the publication’s flagship media event that brings the industry together to discuss issues such as finding balance amid the accusations of misinformation and bias, the changing consumption patterns of readers, the responsible use of data, and how brands and agencies are promoting diversity. Watch sessions from last year’s conference here.

Coming up next week: More than 1,500 women and men from around the world converge at the Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit, 10-12 June in San Jose. Celebrating 2018’s theme of #BetheVision, WITI offers a welcoming venue for innovators who are “designing tomorrow’s tech markets & cultures today.” London Tech Week kicks off 11 June, showcasing the best of tech while providing networking, social, learning and business opportunities for almost 50,000 attendees. Self-styled as Europe’s Business Festival for Innovation and Digitization, CeBIT will run 11 – 15 June in Hannover, Germany. New for 2018 is an increased focus on future mobility, blockchain, eGovernment, augmented & virtual reality and influencer marketing. The producers of Promax/Broadcast Designers Association (BDA) Conference and Expo/US (11 – 14 June; New York) are excited to introduce a new one-day pop-up festival this year geared toward designers, visual storytellers, and scientists. In Dublin on 12 June, the fourth annual MoneyConf convenes the world’s leading bitcoin, cryptocurrency and fintech experts. MoneyConf is organized by the same team that produces Web Summit. More than 50,000 video game industry professionals and gamers head to LA next week when the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) hosts E3. Running 12-14 June, this mammoth event is open to the public, as well as streamed live.