Conference News: What I learned this week – October 26, 2018

KNOW Something New: KNOW Conference has grown so much over the past three years that it is moving to new digs in Vegas in 2019. But that is not all that is new at KNOW. When the next edition of the conference takes place on 24 – 27 March, the organizers will reveal a more robust agenda, including six tracks (trust & safety, digital identity, fintech & payments, regtech, innovation & technology, and security) and several new session formats: debates, lighting talks, workshops and fireside chats. Check out the agenda here.

The Next Chapter: The Next Web Conference has been held in Amsterdam’s Westerpark for more than a decade. Earlier this year, we covered some of the new stages they added to the 2018 programme. And now the conference organizers have announced that they will be relocating the conference in 2019.  TNW2019 will be hosted at NDSM, Amsterdam Noord, increasing expected attendance to 17,500! According to the Events Director Wytze de Hann, “With a century’s worth of history, this former shipyard has been a cradle of Dutch innovation for the worldwide shipbuilding industry. I couldn’t think of a more fitting location to host TNW Conference on May 9 & 10, 2019.”

Speaking Opportunity: Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference provides a unique education experience that blends together the digital forensics and cybersecurity industries for collaboration between government and private sectors. Qualified industry professionals are currently invited to submit their session proposal to be considered as a speaker for the Myrtle Beach edition of Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference, happening in 2019 at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes from 2 – 5 June. Speaker candidates should submit abstracts that are relevant, current, and reflect a learning objective from one of the following primary session tracks: Audit/Risk Management; Forensics; Investigations; and Information Security. All submissions are due by 17 December 2018 via their online form.

Lunchtime Learning: Assembling icons who have made the world “wired” over the last 25 years on one stage is no small feat. And yet that’s exactly what happened at the WIRED 25 Summit, which was held last month in San Francisco as part of the WIRED 25 Festival, a celebration of the publication’s quarter-century mark. It featured among its festival lineup a robot petting zoo (yes, you read that correctly), mixed reality studios, and “work immersion” visits at offices including Slack, Lyft, Airbnb, and HP. Most impressive though was WIRED 25’s knockout summit lineup: Jeff Bezos, Sean Parker, and Anna Wintour, not to mention Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and others. With so much star power, we recommend wearing sunglasses when checking out the video from their talks!

Coming Up Next Week: The future of the workplace continues its reign as a top conference theme in 2018. In New York this week, two events tackle this very issue: CNBC’s Productivity@Work (30 October) and Atlantic’s Future of Work conference (31 August). Productivty@Work is the second of CNBC’s three-part series on the future of work and will focus on how human capital is best deployed in the fourth industrial revolution targeting CIOs and CTOs, while the Atlantic’s event is designed for business leaders across industries, policymakers, and academia. Unbound Miami gets underway on 30 October. Hailed as a disruptive tech innovation hub, it reaches 5,000 attendees in sectors like fintech, adtech, AI, healthtech, eCommerce, and robotics. CHIME CIO Forum/Fall, which is held 30 October – 2 November in San Diego, offers a premier gathering of hospital and health system executives with ample opportunity for candid conversation. And on 30 October, Educause Annual Conference assembles over 7,000 higher education IT professionals for networking and idea sharing tailored toward individual attendee’s experience levels.


Conference News: What I learned this week – October 12, 2018

Losing its Momentum?: Instead of hosting the Momentum Conference in New York in 2018 The Next Web’s (TNW) team will instead run an event in London that is all about blockchain and crypto. Dubbed Hard Fork Decentralized, the gathering will bring together the world’s leading blockchain, crypto and finance companies at more than 50 venues across three days. This new conference will take place from 12 – 14 December. Info on the venues and activities may be found here.

Hopping Across the Pond: TMT Finance, a leading provider of exclusive news and events on M&A, investment, financing and advisory opportunities in telecom, media and technology, has announced that they will produce a version of their flagship M&A forum in the US for the first time next year. The group has held an M&A conference in London for almost a decade but due to “a rapid rise in interest in our news and events from our US-based TMT executives and investors” it will debut a sister event in New York on 11 April 2019. TMT will expects approximately 250 executives active in telecom and media infrastructure and services across North America to attend.

Speaking Opportunity: IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference brings together mid-to-senior, technology professionals and female and male STEM leaders from around the world who are interested in advancing women leaders. The organization is currently accepting speaker presentation proposals for the 2019 event, which will take place in Austin on 23 – 24 May. If you have a topic or speaker idea to suggest, do so via their online form by 17 November.

Lunchtime Learning: For over 30 years, Interop’s evolving conference brand has meant education, thought leadership, and networking for thousands of IT problem solvers. What initially set out to cover interoperability & IP networks now examines contemporary trends du jour, like cloud, data & analytics and how emerging technologies like blockchain and VR are affecting IT. Tune in to Interop’s keynote channel to watch a fascinating fireside chat with the City of Detroit’s CIO Beth Niblock, a keynote from an infrastructure exec with Amazon/Whole Foods, and an especially eye-opening panel on inclusion in tech, all from the 2018 program.

Coming Up Next Week: The global TV industry will divide and conquer, with well-known events in New York, LA, and Cannes this week. First up, MIPCOM attracts nearly 14,000 TV and digital content executives when it kicks off 15 October in the French city best known for its eponymous film and creative festivals. In LA, Digital Hollywood (16-18 October) convenes yet another program jam-packed with expert panels, covering issues from advertising to cannabis to VR in Hollywood. NAB NYC will run 17-18 October at the Javits Center. With keynotes from Robert De Niro and ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz, the show also offers business, technology, and creative sessions tracks to “advance the art, science, and business of content.” WIRED25, which celebrates the publication’s quarter-century mark, gets underway on 12 October in San Francisco and combines an interactive festival celebrating the cultural side of tech, a one-day business summit, and behind-the-scenes office visits of some of SF’s hottest companies. Chicago Ideas Week (15-21 October) is a seven-day festival that features more than 200 experts on wide-ranging topics and, with tickets for even some of the biggest name speakers starting at $15, delivers on its promise of open ideas.


Conference News: What I learned this week – May 18, 2018

Comexposium Cuts Confabs:  Comexposium announced that they have suspended their activities for US-based digital marketing events. This will include the 2018 US ad:tech and iMedia events as well as the Modern Marketing Summits (MMS). Comexposium made it clear that this decision was purely based on the ongoing business forecast for the events and will have no effect on the conferences in international markets which you will find here.

Revolutionaries Retire: The Computer History Museum has decided to retire the Revolutionaries series of events. Their two new speaker series include Inside the Transformation which “illustrates the impact and implications of computing through stories of transformative people, companies, or projects” and Technically Speaking which provides “an in-depth look at surprising, unusual, or little-known topics.” Find out who is scheduled for both series in 2018.

Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum: Michael Bloomberg is launching a new global conference that will run from 6 – 8 November in Beijing which, according to the official press release, will “promote collaboration among participants to address the greatest challenges facing the planet, among them climate change, inequality and social disruption created by new technologies.” Called The New Economy Forum, the event will be hosted in partnership with the government-backed China Centre for International Economic Exchanges. Although the organizing committee has indicated that the gathering will be Davos-like in the level of conversations and participants, it will be much smaller. They plan to keep the event attendance at approximately 400 attendees.

Speaking Opportunity: Last week, we wrote about BlockWorld 2018, the newest conference from the team behind DeveloperWeek, happening 12 – 14 September in San Jose. If you have a talk idea related to one of the following tracks – The Future of Money; Internet 2.0 & the Future of the Web; FinTech & Blockchain; Investing in Cryptocurrencies; Crypto Crowdfunding; Security & Cryptography; Ethereum and Smart Contract Innovation; Blockchain, Governance & Compliance – then submit it here by 1 June.

Lunchtime Learning: The Milken Institute Global Conference wrapped up its 2018 addition earlier this month. The forum again brought together leaders from the world’s top firms, organizations, universities and governments to discuss collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health around the world. Hear from some of this year’s speakers including primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, Actress Goldie Hawn and several of the leading business minds of our time.

Coming Up Next Week: More than 1,200 tech professionals gather at the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference (21-22 May; San Jose) to celebrate innovative peers who are changing the world under the theme “Lead Beyond.” At Palo Alto Ignite – the company’s annual conference for network security and cybersecurity users – attendees will hear from Keren Elazari, an internationally recognized expert on all matters security and hacker culture. Ignite kicks off 21 May in Anaheim. The media and entertainment crowd gather again at Digital Hollywood/Spring (22-24 May; Los Angeles), where panelists debate the industry’s latest trends, technologies, and business strategies. C2 Montreal kicks off 23 May and will center around the theme “Transformative Collisions,” the idea that the intersection of commerce and creativity offers the greatest potential for innovative and actionable solutions to today’s biggest challenges. More than 6,000, representing tech and startups, will attend. And last but not least, The Next Web (TNW) Europe Conference returns to Amsterdam (24 – 25 May) to “predict, discuss, and invent the future” and shape a deeper conversation on how technologies such as blockchain and AI will directly affect industries.

Conference News: What I learned this week – June 24

Telecosm is On the Money: When the Telecosm event ceased to exist in 2009, it left a hole in the conference landscape. Then last year, MoneyShow acquired the Telecosm Forum, returning the the once-annual technology event hosted by visionary George Gilder, to San Francisco. This decision was so well received, that the organizations have decided to again make Telecosm an annual gathering. The 2016 Forum will be held in San Francisco on 24 August. Aiming to discuss future advancements in technology as they relate to specific sectors, this year’s conference will focus on Fintech, Biotech and the Internet of Things. According to the conference organizers, the event will be “an exclusive gathering of 300 senior VP and C-level executives, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, public policy decision makers, and the top thought leaders and business executives from the world’s leading technology companies.”

Momentum for The Next Web: The Next Web will not be hosting its TNW Conference in the US this year, but instead will host a new event called Momentum.  Momentum will feature speakers selected by the TNW team to provide a “genuine, candid look at the key moments that made some of the world’s most successful individuals and companies into powerhouses of unstoppable growth. The website for this new event should be up next week.

Speaking Opportunity:  The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) is accepting speaker/topic suggestions for its 2017 event to be held from 6 – 9 June in Chicago. Retail leaders from across the industry will discuss the latest in e-commerce strategies as well as online retail trends at this annual gathering hosted by Internet Retailer magazine. Speaker submissions will be accepted until 15 July and must be made according to the guidelines found here.

Lunchtime Learning:  I mentioned in last week’s edition of Conference News that VidCon, one of the fastest growing gatherings for online video enthusiasts, was live-streaming its sessions during the event last week.  In case you missed it, tune into the YouTube channel for sessions from the past few years.  Hear from fan favorites like Hank Green, Anna Akana and, of course, Grumpy Cat.

Coming Up Next: Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, will continue next week in Colorado. This year’s program features topics about the election, global affairs, reimagining capitalism, the future of food and the mysteries of the universe, among others.  Also next week, one of Asia’s biggest mobile industry events, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, will bring together thousands of “visionary leaders and tech-savvy consumers.”  The organizers will have several new experiences on the show floor this year including a drone flying cage and a Virtual Reality zone.  The other large mobile industry event taking place next week will gather attendees in London.  Open Mobile Summit Europe is self-described as a “hub for mobile product leaders meet, share, innovate, and walk away with actionable insight for their mobile team.”