Tackling Big Challenges: The Global Tech Challenge will launch at CES when the conference returns to Vegas in January. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® entered into a partnership with the World Bank Group to “mobilize the tech community and create solutions focused on key development challenges through a joint global challenge.” The competition will focus on three key areas – health, gender barriers and technologies that enable communities to be more resilient in the face of disasters and climate change. CES and the World Bank Group will also collaborate on conference programming opportunities at CES 2020 with content focused on the intersection of technology and development.

One the Move: A couple big events have announced new locations for 2020. PopTech will head to Washington DC from 21 – 24 October 2020. It was previously held at Point Lookout – near Camden, ME. The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) is moving from Armenia to Malaysia next year with 2020 dates of 13 – 16 September. Also, all WCIT2020 delegates will have full access to the Visit Malaysia’s TechFest2020, a 10-day island-wide interactive festival on how technology is advancing humanities. Although ReCode ConCon was held at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona last year, it will head back to CA in 2020. Code Conference will be at the Beverly Hilton from 26 – 28 May.

Speaking Opportunity: Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference will return to Myrtle Beach, SC from 31 May – 3 June 2020 providing a unique education experience that blends together the digital forensics and cybersecurity industries for collaboration between government and private sectors. Qualified industry professionals are invited to submit their session proposal to be considered as a speaker on one of the following session tracks: Audit/Risk Management, Forensics, Information Security, and Investigations.  The conference organizers are interested in abstracts that are relevant, current, and reflect a learning objective that relates to these topics. So be sure to submit by the 16 December deadline!

Lunchtime Learning: Web Summit, the world’s largest technology conference according to the Financial Times, has just concluded its 2020 edition with all of the excitement and fanfare attendees have come to expect. This year’s conference, which happened from 5 – 7 November in Lisbon, included 1,206 speakers across its 22 stages. Many of them were interviewed on stage some of the 2,526 journalists attending the conference. Even if you were not able to make it to the event, you can still watch the sessions with speakers from companies such as Uber, Amazon, the WWE, IKEA, AT&T and more.  

Coming Up Next Week: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, which runs 8-11 December in Orlando, has been providing attendees with the latest improvement science for over 30 years. Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Generation gets underway 10 December in Laguna Niguel, gathering 250 of today’s most influential, trailblazing female business leaders for a professional accelerator. Growth, strategy, and innovation execs head to CB Insights Collective Conference in NYC next week to gain knowledge from peer industry leaders, including Microsoft, Salesforce, BMW, and JetBlue. It may lack a flashy website, but the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Conference (10-12 December; Vancouver) has become one of the hottest venues for deep expertise sharing and talent attraction in machine learning. Speaking of AI… the AI Summit NYC kicks off next Wednesday and explores implications of the technology for business.