In the KNOW: Over the past couple years, the KNOW Identity Conference has become one of the leading industry events focused on digital identity, trust, and the data economy. To keep the momentum going following its March conference, the team has introduced KNOW Identity Forums. These half-day regional summits will be curated “to promote targeted industry discussion and personalized networking in your local area.” The organization has tested the concept in New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Click here for a list of the upcoming forums.

Wait a Week: The Executive Committee of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), has decided to move the dates of the conference by one week which means it will be held from 29-31 October 2019 in Riyadh. According to the organizers “this decision was taken following consultations with the highest authorities in government among myriad G20 economies who expressed their strong interest and intention to participate at the FII.” The conference again aims to convene influential leaders in business and government to discuss trends in the global economy and investment environment.

Speaking Opportunity: CES, the annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), returns to Vegas from 7 – 10 January 2020 and they have just opened their call for speakers! The conference organizers are looking for thought leaders, innovators and technology experts who can bring a unique perspective to one of their topic areas of focus. These include: 5G/Mobile, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Solutions, Privacy, Resilience, Smart Cities, Smart Home, Sports/Esports, Transportation, and Travel/Tourism. In order to be considered for a speaking role at CES 2020 complete the online form by 12 July.

Lunchtime Learning: The world has changed dramatically since The Economist’s beginnings in 1843, but the publisher has remained relevant by focusing on freedom of expression and the liberal values upon which the magazine was founded. In order to encourage debate and discussion around these ideas among critics and supporters, and to engage a young audience, The Economist created the Open Future Initiative in 2018. This was done, in part, to celebrate their 175th anniversary. While the conversation takes place across all The Economist’s platforms, it culminates in a global event, the Open Future Festival, held simultaneously in Hong Kong, London and Chicago (Last year it was in New York). This year’s conference will happen in 2019 on 5 October. Watch last years’ sessions across all locations here.

Coming Up Next Week: HR professionals flock to Las Vegas to attend this year’s SHRM Conference & Expo (23-26 June). The Society for Human Resource Management’s flagship event, this one covers a broad range of HR topics and workplace issues. At the venerable Aspen Institute Ideas Festival on 23 June, attendees are invited to “cut through the noise” and can expect another stellar lineup of influencers across art, business, education, health, and society. Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) gets underway in Chicago this week, promising to deliver a “one-stop-shop for all your e-commerce needs.” IRCE runs 25 -28 June. In Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Asia runs 26-28 June, and attendees can expect to learn about the same innovations and disruptive trends that permeate the GSMA’s other programs, just with a regional focus. In San Francisco, SYS-CON’s Cloud Expo (24-26 June) returns to the West coast after a one-year hiatus.