Changing the Rules of the Game: Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 will return to San Francisco from 27 February – 3 March and the conference managers have introduced a number of new features.  These will include multiple new focused Summits the Monday and Tuesday of the event, including the new UX Summit “devoted to all facets of the user experience discipline in the video game industry,” and a Board Game Design Day, which is described as a “deep dive into the art and science of designing non-electronic board and card games.”  GDC 2017 will also host a GDC Movie Night series, with screenings of specially themed movies also on Monday and Tuesday. These screenings will be open to all attendees so grab some popcorn and get ready!

Speaking of New Event Features: Women4Tech is a new GSMA programme being introduced at Mobile World Congress 2017.  Attendees will discover how women are transforming the world of technology through four days of discussion, networking, tours, speed coaching, and awards.  Obtain all of the details here.

Glamour-ous Event: It seems that every time you turn around a new publication is growing its event portfolio. So it was not a surprise when earlier this year, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive announced that the brand would be expanding its 2016 Women of the Year Awards to include a day of programming, called the Women of the Year LIVE Summit.  Also new in 2016, the event, taking place on 14 November, will move to Los Angeles and be “live-streamed or broadcast for the first time in conjunction with Condé Nast Entertainment.” Click here to learn more about the Women of the Year Awards.

Speaking Opportunity: Health Datapalooza is a hybrid conference and Internet event which is self-described as a “gathering place for people and organizations creating knowledge from data and pioneering innovations that drive health policy and practice, and generate market value.”  The 2017 conference will be in Washington DC from 27 – 28 April and has recently opened its call for speakers. Topic and speaker suggestions “that reflect how data sharing, use, and transparency fuels high value health care” will be accepted until 17 November.  Apply today for the chance to gain visibility with more than 1,600 onsite attendees.

Lunchtime Learning: Last week, President Obama traveled to Pittsburgh where the White House, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) co-hosted the Frontiers Conference. The goal of the event was to bring together the Nation’s best innovators to “discuss how new frontiers in science and technology will help improve lives and shape the future.”  This series of videos is worth watching even if you are not on your lunch break!  Plenary speakers included American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher Atul Gawande, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc. Tim O’Reilly, host of 99% Invisible Roman Mars, Stanford University Professor of Economics Raj Chetty, NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, the first female private space explorer Anousheh Ansari, and the POTUS himself.

Coming Up Next: Next week executives from companies such as Lyft, Netflix, AT&T, HBO, IBM and Pinterest will come together to discuss “the shifting landscape for financing; the tenuous balance between privacy and security; the evolution of digital platforms; the future of automotive tech; and the growing influence of global challengers” at the Wall Street Journal WSJ.D Conference in Laguna Beach.  Meanwhile in Indianapolis, the Public Relations Society of America will gather more than 2,000 professional communicators in Indianapolis for its PRSA International Conference. At the 4th Annual Bloomberg Year Ahead Conference in New York, senior leaders will address “the most urgent topics for 2017 and beyond.”  In Vegas next week, the brand new IBM World of Watson (formerly called Insight) attendees will find out how to incorporate data, analytics, and cognitive solutions into their own businesses, regardless of the industry.