MIXXing it Up: The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) will be changing the format of its annual MIXX Conference this year. Instead of a traditional conference and expo, the IAB will be hosting a series of approximately ten, leader-to-leader conversations with c-suite executives from top brands. They will call the new series of conversations, called Dialogues, will convene “a select group of senior industry executives during Advertising Week 2017, to engage in intimate dialogues with transformative leaders in business, politics, economics, and technology to gain insights from and debate critical industry, political, and economic issues with each other – the men and women who are driving business change in the U.S. and abroad.” The audience will be curated by the IAB who will invite only 50 – 75 attendees to each conversation.

Honoring your Mother (of all Demos): Held annually since 1982, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) was one of the first and most prestigious events focused on human-computer interaction. The 2018 conference, taking place from 21 – 26 April in Montreal will celebrate “the 50th anniversary of The Mother of all Demos, in which Douglas Engelbart demonstrated the revolutionary and future-predicting oN-Line System (NLS).” In honor of this occasion, CHI will be renaming the Interactivity track to “Demonstrations” which will be held as a one-evening celebration on 23 April.  Participants will present hands-on prototypes and share novel interactive technologies with the entire audience.

Speaking Opportunity: Sys-con Cloud Expo West brings together technology buyers and vendors to discuss cloud computing and all that it entails.  The team behind this conference is now accepting speaker proposals for the West Coast event taking place 31 October – 2 November in Santa Clara. If you have a compelling topic of case study, submit it here by 30 June!

Lunchtime Learning: A few weeks ago, the New York Times brought together the most influential leaders in higher education to explore topics such as student success and affordability; free speech, diversity and inclusion; campus unrest; new technologies; and the potential impacts of the Trump administration.  Watch leaders from our nation’s top colleges and universities address these issues at the NYT Higher Education Leaders Forum.

Coming up Next Week: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference will be held in New Orleans 18 – 21 June, featuring talks and training by HR leaders, strategists, practitioners. Co-produced by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Aspen Ideas Festival will launch its 12th annual conference by bringing together “some of the foremost thinkers in the world today with civically-minded leaders in business, the arts, politics, sciences, humanities, and philanthropy.” New this year, the Ideas Festival will offer members of the public under 35 years of age a limited access Millennial Pass at a discounted price. In London, the Global Expansion Summit kicks off 18 June and focuses on international business strategy, attracting private industry executives and government leaders, hailing from more than 60 countries. Also this week, the National PTA Annual Convention takes place in Las Vegas and brings together PTA representatives from around the country, PTA state leaders and governance, and educators. It begins 22 June.