CNBC in the other Bay Area: Based on the explosive growth of technical innovation and startup activity in the Guangzhou Bay Area, CNBC International has decided to focus their efforts in China, creating a new annual conference called East Tech West. Happening from 27 – 29 November in Guangzhou, the conference will feature CNBC-hosted panels, fireside chats and workshops covering eight tech themes: AI in Society; The Future of Fintech; Tech innovation/5G/Telecommunications; Cybersecurity; Venture Capital; The Global Trade Outlook; The Greater Bay Area; The Future of Entertainment. CNBC will also be broadcasting live from the event and providing immersive reporting digitally on

Keep it Local: Localogy is a new 1-day event for agencies and in-house marketers exploring the latest information and best practices on advanced marketing topics and tactics. Attendees will leave with new ideas for generating leads, revenue and sales. Check out the gatherings this fall in NYC and Seattle.

Speaking Opportunity: Interop ITX returns to Las Vegas from 20 – 23 May 2019 and the conference organizers are accepting speaker proposals until 12 October.  They are accepting submissions in these main topic areas: Cloud; Data & Analytics; Devops; Emerging Tech; Infrastructure; IT Strategy; Professional Development; and Security. If you have a speaker and topic idea that is relevant, actionable and vendor- and product-agnostic, submit via their online form found here.

Lunchtime Learning: Brought to you by the creators of Web Summit, MoneyConf has gathered the world’s leading bitcoin, cryptocurrency and fintech experts every year since 2015. Taking place in Dublin each June, the event has grown to include more than 5,000 attendees from over 60 countries. If you want to stay up-to-date on the Next Big Thing in fintech, check out videos from last year’s conference here. And if you are so inspired, registration has already opened for the next MoneyConf to be held from 10 – 12 June 2019.

Coming Up Next Week: Two tech giants go head-to-head this week when Microsoft and Salesforce host user conferences on opposite coasts. Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce (25-28 September) has grown into a true behemoth, taking over Moscone, the Marriott Marquis, and other nearby SF hotels and drawing upwards of 160,000 industry “trailblazers” for an already sold-out program, plus… heavy metal legends Metallica? In Orlando, Microsoft Ignite kicks off 24 September with fewer actual rock stars but awesome insights into the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork, and productivity. Fortune Brainstorm Reinvent gets underway 25 September in Chicago and brings a select group of tech heavyweights together for an intensive discussion on digital transformation, curated by Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky, Beth Kowitt, and Brian O’Keefe, and former GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock. Last but not least, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women In Computing Conference (26-28 September) gears up for another year of welcoming 18,000 women technologists to Houston.