WSJ in APAC: After hosting the Converge conference alongside CiLab’s RISE event in Hong Kong for the past two years, The Wall Street Journal events team has decided to strike out on their own.  In 2017 they will host WSJD Live Asia in Hong Kong from 8- 9 June.  WSJ will also be in Asia in May when they host their first Asia CEO Council meeting in Tokyo.  As a global publication, the team felt that it was important to include the APAC market in their live conversations.

New Event for Enterprise IoT: RCR Wireless News, a leading communications industry information, database and marketing services company, has expanded its digital portfolio with the launch of “Industrial IoT 5G”, an online source for IoT and 5G insights, information and use cases. As part of this series, the group has announced that, in partnership with Arden Media Company, it will host the Enterprise IoT Summit from 28 – 29 March 2017 in Austin, TX. They expect approximately 500 attendees in the first year who will be mostly from enterprise and carrier organizations who are “IoT product managers, designers, software developers and strategist as well as IT and operations professionals who are tasked with digitally transforming their enterprise.”  For more information on this new conference, click here.

Ad:tech Rebrands & Relocates: Last year when Comexposium Group acquired ad:tech events, they announced that they would be postponing ad:tech West (originally scheduled to happen in Los Angeles) to 2017. And just last week they announced the event’s dates, new location (San Diego) and the fact that all ad:tech conferences will henceforth be known as MADE (Marketing, Advertising, Digital, Energized). This “newfound guiding principle of ad:tech,” according to the conference site, “is MORE than an event – it is an attitude and an energy propelling ad:tech to the next era of innovation.” MADE (ad:tech) San Diego will be held from 10 – 11 May.

Speaking Opportunity: Cannes Lions Festival, happening from 17- 24 June 2017 has opened its call for speakers. The Cannes Lions content programme is focused on CREATIVITY (not marketing or tech).  They are looking for “the world’s greatest creative communicators…to reflect, to rally and to inspire.” Submissions are due December 16 via their content portal (which includes an excellent guide to developing content). It is also important to note that the Lions Health, Innovation, and Entertainment conferences all have separate submission processes.

Lunchtime Learning: Earlier this year, The Next Web announced that it would be rebranding its upcoming US event and would limit the speakers to twelve meticulously selected innovators who would present their “tales and hidden truths behind famous successes.”  You may now see the results of this process by watching the TNW Momentum event online here.

Coming Up Next:  In Orlando, thousands of healthcare professionals will gather for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, beginning on 4 December. Then from 6 – 8 December, Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting will gather more than 1,300 exhibition and events industry professionals in Anaheim to learn about the latest industry trends and technology. Business Insider will host its seventh flagship Ignition conference in New York. And on the other side of the pond the startup community will take over London’s Copper Box Arena to celebrate innovation at TechCrunch Disrupt London.