Change at the Top: The Aspen Institute, which is responsible for events such as the Ideas Festival and topical seminars has announced that Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., President of Franklin & Marshall College, has been named its next President and CEO. He will succeed Walter Isaacson, who lead the Aspen Institute for 14 years, on 1 June 2018. Full details about the announcement are available on the Aspen Institute website.

AI for Engineers: The organizers of the QCon conference, for senior developers, architects, and leaders in software, recently announced that they would be programming new conference in April of 2018, called  This event will be focused on the practices of artificial intelligence and machine learning. According to the QCon team, this program differs from other AI/ML conferences in that, “rather than focusing on data scientists, targets how full-stack software engineers can apply machine learning and AI techniques and toolkits in their day-to-day roles.”  Check out the website for more information on the event, including a list of tracks plans to cover.

Speaking Opportunity: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has opened its call for speakers. This year, the Festival will have eight content themes: Reach, Communications, Craft, Good, Experience, Innovation, Impact and Entertainment. These themes or ‘tracks’ will run concurrently across the festival, across all locations, over the course of its five days. The event organizers will issue a separate CFP for Lions Health. If you have a creative story to tell, submit your idea here by 15 December.

Lunchtime Learning: Programmatic I/O is self-described as “the original and world’s largest conference focused on programmatic media and marketing.” Held annually in New York and San Francisco, the event attracts professionals and executives from brands, agencies, publishers, media companies and technology providers. Watch industry leaders talk about the impact of AI on marketing, how to manage buys across multiple platforms, and what happens if Adtech and Martech and don’t converge?

Coming up next week: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) kicks off its National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare in Orlando (10 – 13 December). More than 6,000 health care providers, administrators, and researchers who are unsatisfied with the current state of health care take part. Calling itself the “largest independent AI business event,” AI World runs 11 – 13 December in Boston. The Next Web (TNW) descends upon New York for a fifth time to supply its invite-only audience with two kinds of knowledge: a solid understanding of the technologies bound to impact their industries and specific lessons they can implement. And on 12 December, CB Insights A-ha! Conference gets underway in San Francisco. Centered around the theme “The Future Leaves Clues,” A-ha!’s program features keynotes from up-and-coming founder/CEOs, as well as demos and a roundtable with and Venmo senior execs.