European Shopping Spree: After a successful launch in 2016, Shoptalk, the conference focused on the ongoing transformation effecting how people discover, shop and buy all of their physical goods, will cross the pond to Europe in 2017. Taking place from 9 – 11 October, Shoptalk Europe aims to gather 2,000 attendees from established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, media and analysts. Check out the website to learn more and submit topic ideas.

More Security: According to Forrester, “Security, privacy, and risk are no longer about managing exposure to the downside, but are now integral drivers of business success, customer experience/loyalty, and revenue growth.”  Based on this notion, the organization is hosting two new events in 2017: The Privacy & Security Forum in the US and Europe. These forums will bring together 300 “technology innovators, security and risk experts, business leaders, customer experience professionals, our own best analysts, and a world class roster of pacesetting brands.” The US event is currently scheduled for September in Washington D.C. and the European event will be October in London.

ClickZ Live Events are Dead: ClickZ Live is no longer hosting its own events in the US or Asia. While there was no formal announcement, there is nothing in the works for 2017 and the conference section of their website only covers news from others’ events. ClickZ still runs its online editorial business, which covers topics such as marketing, email, search, social and analytics.

Speaking Opportunity: GSMA announced that its Mobile 360 Security & Privacy Conference will return to The Hague on 23 – 24 May 2017. Held in cooperation with GSMA partners The Hague Security Delta and The Municipality of The Hague, The Mobile 360 – Privacy & Security event is “entirely devoted to privacy and security across the mobile enterprise ecosystem.” The CFP is open until 3 February and speaker guidelines and a list of topics of interest may be found here.

Lunchtime Learning: M1 Summit San Francisco 2016 was  held on 15 November and included speakers from Google Play, Pinterest, Mavin and Homebrew. Check out videos from M1 (“Mobile-First”) Summit to hear about the latest in mobile technology from the innovators that are pushing its boundaries.

Coming Up Next:  The 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos will begin on 17 January under the theme Responsive and Responsible Leadership. According to the organizers, more than half of the 400 sessions will address “strategies for fostering greater social inclusion and human development.”  Also in Europe next week, the DLD (Digital Life Design) Conference will bring together more than 1,000 business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and influencers for crossover conversation and inspiration.  The National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention – The BIG Show – will be in New York from 15 -17 January and National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Market and Conference attendees will smartly be enjoying the warm weather in Miami.