Conference News: What I learned this week – October 19, 2018

Future Reality: Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference & Expo (SVVR) began as a small meet up for VR enthusiasts and eventually grew into a massive conference designed to highlight AR/VR/MR technologies. They recently announced that they will not host a 2018 or 2019 Conference & Expo but that it will return in 2020. Watch here for more details.

Entrepreneurship Year Round : The Harvard Entrepreneurship Club has announced that instead of holding one annual conference in 2019, they will instead be hosting a monthly speaker series highlighting a seasoned business founder sharing their secrets for success as well as incorporating a pitch competition for students involving local investors. The conference had traditionally taken place in March and featured a day-long agenda of keynotes and breakout sessions. The club leaders said that there is a possibility that they will again host the conference but wanted to try a new format in 2019 based on members’ feedback.

Speaking Opportunity: MarTech Conferences are designed to help marketing leaders “discover, learn, and connect with others passionate about the challenges of modern marketing.” The conference organizers are currently seeking speaker proposals for the West Coast event which will be in San Jose, CA on 3-5 April 2019. If you have a case study example of how you were able to navigate the complexities, technologies, and organizational challenges faced by the modern marketer, then submit your idea via this online form by 15 November. Keep in mind that the agenda includes both 45 minute and 20-minute sessions.

Lunchtime Learning: When the Bloomberg Global Business Forum was created in 2017, its goal was to bring together politicians and the world’s most prominent business leaders to tackle weighty issues such as how to “construct a new multilateral economic order to solve the challenges that led to the unraveling of so many twentieth-century assumptions and institutions.” This year’s gathering, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, took place in New York City on September 26th alongside the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Get a glimpse of the topics covered and speakers who took the dais as video of the sessions are now available for your viewing pleasure. Featured speakers include UK Prime Minister Theresa May, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Baidu’s CEO Robin Li and, of course, Michael Bloomberg.

Coming Up Next Week: What do Shaq, Richard Branson, and the mayor of Dallas have in common? All will be featured at Money20/20, which runs 21-24 October in Las Vegas and brings the fintech ecosystem together around a common goal: to create a simpler and more inclusive financial system. Fast Company’s Innovation Festival gets underway 22 October in New York and promises “bold talks” and a “bustling festival hub” for 10,000 attendees hailing from diverse backgrounds and industries. Digitally-minded professionals from across the world will meet at Crowdsourcing Week Global (24-28 October; Washington, DC) to hear from experts using crowdsourcing, open innovation, and crowdfunding to advance business goals and organizational missions alike. Looking to accelerate your business with AI? Then head to VentureBeat Summit on 22 October in Mill Valley, CA where 180 senior executives will meet to learn from peers on AI and machine learning breakthroughs. Later in the week CMOs flock to Orlando, where the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Masters of Marketing Annual Conference is held 24-27 October.

And last but not least, catch Speaker Strategies’ very own Amy Scarlino when she addresses The Professional Speechwriters Association World Conference on 23 October in Washington DC!



Conference News: What I learned this week – May 27

Virtual Reality Event: Momentum, producers of Pivotcon, recently announced that they will be creating a new conference this fall called VRevolution.  Scheduled for October in New York, the event will offer insights from innovative VR experience companies as well as global brands utilizing the technology.  There will, of course, also be some cool product demos.  Momentum expects approximately 500 attendees.

Another Acquisition:  While I’m a bit late in reporting this, it is important enough not to miss.  CEB, a best practice insight and technology company, announced earlier this month that it closed its acquisition of Evanta, the organizer of more than 200 annual events, such as the CIO Summit series.  According to a CEB spokesperson, the acquisition “expands their C-suite and senior executive reach by nearly 50%.”

Speaking Opportunity:  O’Reilly media announced that it will be creating yet another new event in 2016!  The Artificial Intelligence Conference will bring together industry practitioners who are “driving enterprise adoption of AI and, in doing so, changing the landscape of business and society.” The event, which will be partially co-located with Strata+Hadoop World, will happen at the Javits Center from 26 – 27 September. The conference is currently seeking speaker/topic ideas which may be submitted by 6 June here.

Lunchtime Learning:  Earlier this month, Wired Health Conference gathered more than 450 attendees for a day of “new ideas and analysis of the trends driving change and progress across the healthcare industry.” Check out the full content from the day here.

Coming Up Next: Because no conference manager in the US would schedule a conference on or around Memorial Day, all of the action is in Asia next week.  CommunicAsia, taking place from 31 May – 3 June in Singapore will bring together thousands of ICT professionals to experience the latest technologies in 3D Printing, IoT, M2M, Mobile Apps, OTT and more. RISE Conference, brought to us by the same group behind the Web Summit, begins on Monday in Hong Kong with a stellar speaker line up. And Computex another one of Asia’s largest ICT events, will happen at the Taipei World Trade Center from 31 May  – 4 June.