Comexposium Cuts Confabs:  Comexposium announced that they have suspended their activities for US-based digital marketing events. This will include the 2018 US ad:tech and iMedia events as well as the Modern Marketing Summits (MMS). Comexposium made it clear that this decision was purely based on the ongoing business forecast for the events and will have no effect on the conferences in international markets which you will find here.

Revolutionaries Retire: The Computer History Museum has decided to retire the Revolutionaries series of events. Their two new speaker series include Inside the Transformation which “illustrates the impact and implications of computing through stories of transformative people, companies, or projects” and Technically Speaking which provides “an in-depth look at surprising, unusual, or little-known topics.” Find out who is scheduled for both series in 2018.

Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum: Michael Bloomberg is launching a new global conference that will run from 6 – 8 November in Beijing which, according to the official press release, will “promote collaboration among participants to address the greatest challenges facing the planet, among them climate change, inequality and social disruption created by new technologies.” Called The New Economy Forum, the event will be hosted in partnership with the government-backed China Centre for International Economic Exchanges. Although the organizing committee has indicated that the gathering will be Davos-like in the level of conversations and participants, it will be much smaller. They plan to keep the event attendance at approximately 400 attendees.

Speaking Opportunity: Last week, we wrote about BlockWorld 2018, the newest conference from the team behind DeveloperWeek, happening 12 – 14 September in San Jose. If you have a talk idea related to one of the following tracks – The Future of Money; Internet 2.0 & the Future of the Web; FinTech & Blockchain; Investing in Cryptocurrencies; Crypto Crowdfunding; Security & Cryptography; Ethereum and Smart Contract Innovation; Blockchain, Governance & Compliance – then submit it here by 1 June.

Lunchtime Learning: The Milken Institute Global Conference wrapped up its 2018 addition earlier this month. The forum again brought together leaders from the world’s top firms, organizations, universities and governments to discuss collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health around the world. Hear from some of this year’s speakers including primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, Actress Goldie Hawn and several of the leading business minds of our time.

Coming Up Next Week: More than 1,200 tech professionals gather at the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference (21-22 May; San Jose) to celebrate innovative peers who are changing the world under the theme “Lead Beyond.” At Palo Alto Ignite – the company’s annual conference for network security and cybersecurity users – attendees will hear from Keren Elazari, an internationally recognized expert on all matters security and hacker culture. Ignite kicks off 21 May in Anaheim. The media and entertainment crowd gather again at Digital Hollywood/Spring (22-24 May; Los Angeles), where panelists debate the industry’s latest trends, technologies, and business strategies. C2 Montreal kicks off 23 May and will center around the theme “Transformative Collisions,” the idea that the intersection of commerce and creativity offers the greatest potential for innovative and actionable solutions to today’s biggest challenges. More than 6,000, representing tech and startups, will attend. And last but not least, The Next Web (TNW) Europe Conference returns to Amsterdam (24 – 25 May) to “predict, discuss, and invent the future” and shape a deeper conversation on how technologies such as blockchain and AI will directly affect industries.