Together at Last: You likely read about Informa’s acquisition of Light Reading back in August. At the time, they stated that they would be utilizing their joint capabilities “to create an integrated event, digital ( & Light Reading) and analyst offering (Ovum & Heavy Reading) that will act as a one stop platform” for sponsors and telecom operators interested in an integrated educational message.” The organization has recently published its 2017 calendar of events.  Conferences may be found through the online search tool.

Learning about Machine Learning: Extension Media announced that it will launch a Machine Learning Developers Conference to be co-located with IOT DevCon.  The new event will take place from 26 – 27 April at the Santa Clara Convention Center and will address the “technical challenges and business opportunities of machine learning and artificial intelligence in embedded systems.” While IoT DevCon will continue to provide practical training for IoT application developers, Machine Learning DevCon will explore the hardware and software challenges of “building up and debugging these complex machine learning and artificial intelligence systems.” Learn more about the conference here.

Smart Technology Smarts: Remote Magazine has also announced a new event, which will be co-located with the 2017 Internet of Things North America Conference, happening in Chicago from 29 – 30 March. The new event, Connected Cities USA will cover smart technologies that are helping cities modernize their infrastructure projects quickly and more efficiently, making “drastic changes to modernize communities.” According to the event announcement, “employing intelligent IoT based technologies in these areas will allow for more efficient use of resources, organic expansion via sustainable cities, high technology job creation, reduced pollution, and a higher standard of living for residents.” For more detail on the new event, click here.

Speaking Opportunity: With three stages, the CeBIT Global Conferences provide a “360-degree panoramic view of the digital world.” The conferences annually bring the entire digital community together: IT solution providers and users, Internet companies, investors and creative minds and forward thinkers of every description. Call for Speakers for the 20 – 24 March 2017 programme is now open. Both CeBIT exhibitors and non-exhibitors may apply for speaker slots via the online form until the 31st of December 2016. Topics of interest include Artificial Intelligence, VR/AR – Hyper Virtuality, Robotics, Mobility, Space Technology, IoT, the Quantified Self, Cyber Security and Biohacking.

Lunchtime Learning: Earlier this year, The Next Web announced that it would be rebranding its upcoming US event to focus on 12 speakers in order to reveal the “tales and hidden truths behind famous successes.”  In order to help you get excited for the New York conference taking place on 16 November, watch the videos from The Next Web Europe which happened from 26 – 17 May, 2016.  Hear from speakers such as Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, Giphy Founder and COO Adam Liebsohn, and Founder and CEO of The Muse Kathryn Minshew.

Coming Up Next: Next week in Cannes, MIPCOM will convene the entertainment industry for four days of meetings, screenings and conferences. The party begins this weekend with MIPJunior, the “leading showcase for kids programming.”  In Orlando, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, self-described as “the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives,” begins on 16 October. There are also two important women’s leadership conferences happening next week. The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women In Computing Conference will bring 15,000 women technologists and the best minds in computing to Houston, TX for three days of networking and information sharing.  On Monday, the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit will begin under the theme of Building a Better Future. The agenda includes executives from companies such as Citigroup, Uber, Target, Salesforce and Tyson Foods and is sure to facilitate conversations that inspire.