Putting Ideas in Motion: The organizers of dmexco (12 – 13 September, Cologne) have added a new stage for the 2018 event, specifically conceived for video content. They are encouraging “leading TV channels, broadcasters, platform operators, video publishers and multichannel networks” to suggest presentations on advertising environments and future marketing opportunities for this new stage, called Motion Hall.  More information can be found here.

Future of Everything: The Wall Street Journal will debut The Future of Everything Festival for the first time in New York City from 8 – 10 May. WSJ describes the anticipated audience as “ambitious students, innovators and the C-Suite executives who shape the future” as well as “influencers and industry experts who will help them anticipate it.” The Festival will include panel discussions, Q&A sessions, product demos and interactive exhibitions across twelve themes: Medicine, Transformation, Beauty & Wellness, Food, Work, Entertainment, Sports, Money, Cities, Artificial Intelligence, Art, Your Home.

Speaking Opportunity: The GSMA will continue its Mobile 360 series into 2018 with the return of the Privacy & Security Summit. Taking place on 30 – 31 May in The Hauge, the event is focused on privacy and security across the new and emerging mobile ecosystem. The Call for Speakers will be open until 3 February. If you are interested in participating in a keynote, panel discussion, or workshop or have a case study to share, submit your suggestion via this online form.

Lunchtime Learning: National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention, also known as The BIG Show, took place this week in New York. Self-described as “the world’s most important retail conference,” The Big Show brings together the largest gathering of retail industry executives from across the globe. Check out some of the presentations from past speakers here.

Coming up next week: The World Economic Forum hosts its Annual Meeting 23 – 26 January in Davos, capturing interest from business and political leaders across the world. The 2018 WEF program, chaired for the first time by an all-female board, will focus on the theme, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” In nearby Germany, Digital Life Design’s (DLD) Munich Conference kicks off 20 January for an invitation-only audience of 1,000 business, creative, and social leaders. “Reconquer” is DLD’s call to action and theme for 2018. IoT Evolution Expo runs 22 – 25 January in Las Vegas. With an emphasis on IoT applications and business use cases, IoT Evolution explores how companies are leveraging sensors, connectivity, platforms and data to change the course of their business. And in Anaheim on 22 January, Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation & Development MindXchange will feature leaders from brands such as Akamai, Cisco, Cleveland Clinic, and Wells Fargo for sessions on keeping pace with robotics, native voice, AI, VR/AR and other technology advancements.

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