Forbes’ Big I.D.E.A: In February 2018, Forbes is teaming up with the I.D.E.A. Initiative, (Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Awareness) to host the inaugural Forbes I.D.E.A. Summit in New York City, “bringing together executives and decision makers from a wide range of industries to discuss the power of the multicultural market.” While the conference organizers are still working on the agenda, we know that topics will focus on “how leaders are connecting with diverse consumers and recruiting and retaining diverse talent, as well as how companies can best compete in an inclusive nation.

Geographic Growth Forces out Fusion: TechMedia has decided to retire the Fusion Conference to focus on expanding the Digital Summit series portfolio. They are anticipating sixteen events in 2018, including a few new markets. While they haven’t made the final decision on where the Summits will expand, New York, Salt Lake City and Miami are on the shortlist.

Speaking Opportunity:  IoT North America will return to Chicago on 28 – 29 March. According to the conference manager, the event provides a forum “to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements in the machine, device and building intelligence, connectivity/telemetry and IoT industry.”  If you have a topic and speaker to suggest, you must do so by 2 November following the guidelines found here.

Lunchtime Learning: Held during the week of the UN General Assembly, the Mashable Social Good Summit focuses on “how we can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place.” Hear world leaders and progressive thought leaders share their ideas on creating the world we want to live in by 2030.

Coming up next week: Data-driven marketers will gather at the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) &Then conference 8 -10 October in New Orleans. The event features more than 175 brand speakers addressing an audience of 15,000 marketing leaders, account managers, and creative professionals. PRSA’s (Public Relations Society of America) International Conference kicks off 8 October in Boston, attracting a mix of 3,000 public relations professionals and college students. Registration is already sold out for Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, running 9 – 11 October in DC. That’s hardly surprising given the impressive speaker, which includes Fortune 500 CEOs and chairpersons, well-known media, military leaders, as well as a US senator and a sports legend. And finally, the 2017 GeekWire Summit gets underway 9 October in Seattle. More than 800 innovators, entrepreneurs, business executives and tech leaders gather here to explore the future of the innovation economy.