Collision in Canada? In a recent LinkedIn post, Paddy Cosgrove, the founder of Web Summit and its sister conference in the U.S., Collision, announced that Collision Conference has outgrown its New Orleans venue and that he and his team are looking for a “bigger and more globally connected home” for 2019 and beyond. They are inviting members of the tech community to vote on the next venue in an online survey.  Options include Toronto, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas (where it began in 2014) or New York.

Forbes makes an Impact: Forbes will debut its Impact Summit on 12 – 13 June in New York, focused on impact investing. It is described by the conference organizers as an “exclusive, invitation only event for doers and investors who believe real world action matters more than talk.”  And in order to continue the conversation and build a peer community around this gathering, Forbes will “activate Impact members throughout the year, creating a loyal and influential group to lead the next generation.” Find more information on the event here.

Speaking Opportunity: Open Source Summit North America is “the leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.” From 29 – 31 August, 2,000 attendees will convene in Vancouver in an event that will combine LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and the new Open Community Conference. If you have a topic idea related to Cloud Native Apps/Microservices; Infrastructure & Automation (Cloud/Cloud Native/DevOps); Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics; Linux Systems; Open Collaboration Conference; Diversity Empowerment Summit; or Emerging Open Technologies, submit before the CFP closes on  29 April.

Lunchtime Learning: The Women in the World Summit held its ninth annual gathering on 12 – 14 April in NYC, with leaders such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid, Parkland gun control activist Delaney Tarr, Liberian Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee and  Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. If you were not able to attend, you can still hear the stories of “CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists, peacemakers, and firebrand dissidents” whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues here.

Coming up next week: MIT’s Club of Northern California will host its AI Conference (20-22 April; San Francisco) focused on how machine learning is shaping the future of industries and creating industries of the future. Starting 22 April, data scientists, engineers, and information architects will gather at Enterprise Data World. The event, which runs through the 27th and is held in San Diego, draws over 800 attendees and offers tutorials, workshops, and lightning talks on everything from data strategy to semantic technology. eMerge Americas kicks off 23 April in Miami and highlights the “latest innovations driving transformation around the globe” for nearly 13,000 business leaders, investors, and entrepreneur attendees. MarTech West runs 23 – 25 April in San Jose. Its aim is to “cross-pollinate” the best ideas and latest innovations across marketing, technology, and management, and its attendees will hear from brands and agencies, as well as marketing execs from technology firms. Finally, Professional Business Woman of California (PBWC) Conference (24 April; San Francisco) features another year of top-notch keynoters and industry experts for an examination of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing women leaders today.