Milken in MENA: From 7 – 8 February 2018 the Milken Institute will debut its first Middle East gathering, appropriately named, The MENA Summit. This invitation-only gathering of executives, investors, political leaders, government officials, heads of sovereign wealth funds and philanthropists, will provide “unparalleled insights into the pressing issues affecting the region and the rest of the globe.” The agenda will include topics such as healthcare, technology, capital markets, and education.

New at Interop ITX: The organizers of the recently rebranded Interop ITX were pleased with the changes they made in last year’s program, which expanded beyond their strong networking and infrastructure history to deliver content valuable to those navigating the modern IT landscape.  And since the landscape is constantly evolving, Interop ITX has promised that its agenda will continue to evolve as well. They have already announced two changes for 2018: the addition of a Government track and an AI Summit.  As the most represented industry among attendees, adding a track on government was a no-brainer.  And the AI Summit will be a two-day summit within an agenda focused on case studies and implementations.

Rework Summit get reworked: Due to popular demand Re.Work has expanded the Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco taking place from 25 – 26 January to include the AI Assistant Summit and the Deep Learning for Enterprise Summit. Additionally, they will be hosting the Women in Machine Intelligence Dinner on 23 January where “leading minds in machine intelligence will come together.”

Speaking Opportunity: O’Reilly’s Artificial Intelligence Conference New York will consider how AI is changing the business landscape and explore what the future holds for applied artificial intelligence engineering, when it comes to the Big Apple on 30 April – 2 May 2018.  If you are interested in speaking at the event, you must complete the online call for presenters form. The conference will be accepting proposals from those who are willing to share “compelling case studies, technical sessions, tear-downs of both successful and failed AI projects, technical and organizational best practices, and more.” Submit your speaker proposal before the 14 November deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: A couple weeks ago the GSMA and CTIA partnered to debut the first-ever Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, welcoming more than 21,000 attendees from 110 countries and territories to San Francisco. Even if you were not able to attend, you can watch the keynotes here. Find out what they said about the show’s main topics: networks, platforms, consumer IoT, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, content and media, public policy and sustainability.

Coming up next week: The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Masters of Marketing Annual Conference kicks off 4 October in Orlando, offering the 2,000 marketing leaders who attend three days of programming focused on successful business growth. Also in Orlando, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women In Computing Conference runs 4 – 6 October. Its goal is to provide women in computing the opportunity to discuss topics from AI and data science to entrepreneurship and career development. The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WSIE) is an invitation-only event in New York next week, for 500 business executives, innovators, government leaders, academics, media. And the Washington Post will hold its sixth annual Cybersecurity Summit on 6 October in Washington, DC with a program covering government leaks and hacks, protecting consumer data and critical infrastructure, ransomware, and cyber warfare.