New Markets to Inspire: Since inception of the first Inspire CIO Leadership Network CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards in 1998, more than 800 CIOs have been honored as finalists and 200+ have received the prestigious award, honoring chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. In 2020 the Inspire CIO Leadership Network is expanding into two new markets – Arizona and Colorado. The Phoenix, Arizona chapter will host its awards ceremony on 17 April and Denver, Colorado ceremony will take place on 24 April.

More eMerged in Content: eMerge Americas, which showcases the latest innovations driving transformation around the globe, is scheduled to return to Miami from 30 – 31 March. In 2020 the conference organizers will add a new content component to the programme. The Forum stage will offer hour-long sessions in a more intimate setting (seating approximately 100), allowing speakers to delve deeper into technical topics that may only be touched upon in the main stage conversations. Each Forum session will include some type of interactive element. While the agenda is still being developed, you can watch a recap of the 2019 eMerge Americas conference here.

Speaking Opportunity: The 8th annual 930gov conference will return to Washington DC Convention Center on 10 June. Organized by Digital Government Institute, 930gov will attract 1,250+ government IT professionals who are interested in topics related to Customer Experience,Cybersecurity, IT Security, Physical Security Cloud, IT Modernization, IoT, AI, Machine Learning, Records & Information Management, and All things Data (Big Data, Data Management, Data Integrity, Information Sharing). If you have a speaker/topic suggestion, submit it according to the guidelines found here, before the 18 December deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: In June, the 2019 Forbes Women’s Summit convened hundreds of strong leaders “whose ambitious actions are changing the world at unprecedented scale.” Hear visionaries such as Incoming ECB President Christine Lagarde on Closing The Gender Gap, television journalist and anchor of the CBS Evening News Norah O’Donnell on why Journalism Is What We Need To Make Democracy Work, and the first hijab-wearing fashion model Halima Aden on why you shouldn’t Change Yourself, but Change The Game.

Coming Up Next Week: Fall conference season is in full swing, and the venues range from the intimate and by-invite-only to one of tech’s biggest gatherings. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO Forum/Fall gets underway 3 November in Phoenix, but don’t plan on dropping by without an invitation – this one is reserved for members and reps from CHIME Foundation firms. On the other attendance size spectrum, Web Summit (4-7 November; Lisbon) has grown from 400 to 70,000 attendees since its creation in 2009, and is a serious contender for best global tech conference. A staggering 1,000 speakers present here. Fast Company Innovation Festival is another big one taking place next week. It runs 4-8 November in NYC and will, this year, explore a theme of connectivity among and between people and devices. The secretive and off-the-record Foursquare Conference is also held this week, inviting around 300 senior execs in media, tech, and entertainment for closed-door dialogue. And even though the 25th anniversary milestone was last year, WIRED 25 is coming back (8-9 November) to San Francisco with an impressive speaker line up, tour of participating work offices, and even Saturday family events.