Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto: According to IDC, the worldwide spending on robots is expected to double in the next four years, to $188 billion in 2020. To learn more about this fascinating industry, TechCrunch will be hosting its first-ever robotics event on 17 July in Boston. TechCruch plans to “bring together the investors, technologists, researchers and engineering students who are working on the latest stuff, like soft robotics, collaborative robotics, undersea and airborne robotics and that welcoming, all-purpose robot you always wanted to meet you at the door with a cold beer.” This will be part of TechCrunch’s new Sessions series of one-day events which will dive deeply into a single topic. Learn more about this new event here.
DLD in Berlin: In the fall, the team behind the DLD conferences will add one more new DLD destination to its lineup. DLDberlin will debut on 26 – 27 October. The organizers note that attendees can “expect the usual DLDish mix of inspiration, information and… the unexpected with a Berlin twist.”
P4C X 2: Since 2009, Partnering for Cures (P4C) Conference has been bringing together the biotech, life sciences, medical research and academic communities with government and investors to “to find partners and explore collaboration opportunities that are crucial to accelerating the research and development process.” This year, the event will be held in two biomedical innovation hubs: Boston on 12 June and San Francisco on 14 November. Both events will open registration in the spring.
Speaking Opportunity: For the past 10 years, Spiceworks, the vertical network that IT professionals use to connect with one another and technology brands, has been hosting its SpiceWorld Conference. Marketing experts and IT professionals with a desire to share helpful solutions and successful strategies are invited to submit speaker proposals through Thursday, 30 March here. Once the call for speakers has ended, submissions will be available for the entire Spiceworks Community to view and vote on the sessions they’d like to attend at SpiceWorld. Finalists will then be reviewed by a team of Spiceworks staffers who will weigh in and announce the speaker selections in June. SpiceWorld will happen in Austin from 9 – 11 October.
Lunchtime Learning: If you were not able to attend Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco earlier this month, you can catch all of the action on their YouTube Channel. GDC is the world’s largest professional game industry event, bringing together programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games and virtual reality. Find out what’s hot and what’s not by tuning in today.
Coming Up Next: Next week, the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) will bring thousands of communications technology professionals to Las Vegas to discuss topics such as network resiliency, critical infrastructure and spectrum optimization. The conference is co-located with the Infrastructure forum and the Network Infrastructure and ETA Education Forums. In Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference & Expo (SVVR) will be at the San Jose Convention Center from 29 – 31 March. But if that is not your thing, you could drive to San Francisco for the Professional Business Woman of California (PBWC) Conference, featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton and actresses Taraji Henson and Rosario Dawson as keynote speakers. And for a timely discussion on the future of healthcare, you could the Business Health Agenda in Washington D.C.