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.”