On the Right Track: Another new track will debut at Web Summit in November. According to the organizers, Venture will bring “the most influential investors from top international funds together with leading angels, accelerators and LPs to share their thoughts on the future of investment.” In order to get a better idea as to what attendees have in store, you can find the speaker lineup for the Venture track at Web Summit’s sister event, Collision, here.
Under Development: SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, has decided not to host its Leadership Development Forum in 2019. It was previously scheduled for 16-18 September in Seattle. According to the conference manager, “we are exploring options on how best to serve this community going forward, and how to provide a unique learning experience for all.” For details on other events that SHRM hosts, visit their events website.
Speaking Opportunity: The MarTech® Conference will return to Boston on 16 – 18 September 2019. This event, which was designed for “hybrid marketing professionals charged with breaking down organizational silos designed for a pre-digital world,” is now seeking speaker proposals. Interested? Senior-level marketers with a story to tell should offer best practices and case study examples of how they have navigated the technologies and organizational challenges facing the industry today. Remember to submit by the end of May in order to be considered for the fall event.
Lunchtime Learning: Technology plays an important role in our business and personal lives. But over the past couple years, the companies that we depend on to make our lives more efficient have been publicly questioned about whether these same technologies are doing as much harm as good. On 2 April, The Atlantic brought together policymakers, tech leaders, and privacy experts to discuss the issue and how they plan to move forward. Watch sessions featuring Noah Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; Jason Oxman, President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council; and U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene on stage at The Atlantic’s The New Rulebook: The Future of Tech Regulation.
Coming Up Next Week: There is no shortage of cryptocurrency and blockchain events these days, but quantity doesn’t always mean quality. Since 2015, Consensus Conference (13-15 May; New York) has been one of the better-known events in the space, attracting Wall Street and Fortune 500 execs as well as pioneering cryptographers and developers. Down the road, Techonomy NYC gets underway 14 May. While Techonomy also plans to touch on blockchain, the program offers a wider topical scope, covering the myriad ways tech impacts our world through its 2019 theme: “Collaborating for Responsible Growth.” The Atlantic Education Summit will be held 14 May in Washington, DC and offer teachers, administrators, and policymakers new ideas for equalizing educational opportunities for all students. In Paris, Viva Technology will boast an audience of over 100,000 when it runs 16-18 May, celebrating global innovation and entrepreneurship. And on 17 May, over 700 broadcasters, distributors, financers, and creators head to Los Angeles for ContentLA, where they’ll hear from programming leaders at CBS, Hulu, and Sony.