Interop Evolves: Technology is constantly changing and after 30 years of covering these changes the Interop conference has decided to make one of its own. UBM the organization behind the Interop Conference has announced that the iconic event will henceforth be known as Interop ITX and will debut under this new brand on May 15-19, 2017 in Las Vegas. Interop ITX will focus on 6 core areas (Infrastructure; Security; Cloud; Data Management; DevOps; Leadership & Professional Development), and will allow attendees to customize their content experience based on their future tech priorities. It will also have new home at the MGM Grand. More information can be found in their press release found here.

Learn about Events at this Event: The Folio: Show, taking place in New York on 1 – 2 November will present several new conference tracks this year.  Among them will be one focused on events. The show, which “provides the essential tools publishers need to navigate change in the magazine business and across the broader media landscape” notes that events are a growth area for many magazine-media companies and they are eager to learn the skills required to produce successful gatherings. This new track will cover “the multidisciplinary skills essential across disciplines to produce an event, from content programming, prospect identification, sales, attendee marketing and on-site execution.”

New Diversity & Inclusion Conference: Human Capital Institute (HCI) is launching a new diversity and inclusion conference in April 2017 in San Francisco. This event was created after HCI received repeated requests from members who were eager to receive insights and best practices around implementing effective diversity and inclusion operations. Because this is the inaugural year, the conference organizers plan to keep the audience to approximately 250 attendees. More information should be available shortly on their event website.

Speaking Opportunity: Strata + Hadoop World focuses on the data trends and technologies that are shaping businesses worldwide.  The event, happening in San Jose from 13 – 14 March, is now accepting speaker proposals. Topics should be educational and non-commercial in nature, and share best practices or lessons learned.  Submit speakers by 30 September via the online form found here.

Lunchtime Learning: This week marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  In order to examine the strengths and vulnerabilities of homeland security The Atlantic hosted a conference entitled, Fifteen Years Later: Are We Any Safer?, which was based on Steven Brill’s September cover story in the magazine. This one-day forum featured speakers from the US Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, among others.  Spend your lunch break watching their fascinating and educational interviews.

Coming Up Next: Anyone in the Eastern US who is in marketing and communications is in for a treat next week.  In Boston, both the Future M Conference and Jeff Pulver’s new MonAge event will bring together marketing and technology innovators. In New York, the Financial Times Future of Marketing Summit focuses on “Connecting with the Conscientious Consumer.” And “DC’s definitive digital marketing event, Digital Summit, will take place. Also next week look for coverage of the new GigaOm Change and Germany’s digital transformation conference called NEXT.