Content Consolidation: GSX normally kicks off on a Sunday with the Opening Night Celebration and closes on Thursday afternoon with the conclusion of the exposition.  In order to provide a more compact experience for attendees, GSX will be making a few changes in 2020. Not only will the event take place in Atlanta next year, but they will move the three-hour exposition wrap up on Thursday morning to a three-hour exposition kickoff experience on early Monday evening, shortening the main conference programming by a day. The 2020 event dates are 21 – 23 September and the organizers stated that “attendees and exhibitors alike will still learn, network, and conduct business as they always have but in a more efficient schedule.” For more information see the 2020 FAQs here.

Doing Good in Dublin: The team behind Dublin Tech Summit will launch a new event in the city in June called Sustainability 2030. According to the conference organizers, the Sustainability 2030 summit “will convene thought leaders, policy makers, heads of industry, investors and experts in their field for an engaging exchange of insights and strategies to overcome challenges and seize opportunities in the ever-evolving, business ecosystem.” The conference core themes will include Green Tech, Legislation, Business for Good, Sustainability, Responsibility and the Circular Economy.

Speaking Opportunity: Self-described as “the world’s biggest festival and awards for the creative and marketing communications, entertainment, design and tech industries,” Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity focuses on creativity in marketing communications. The 2020 event (22 – 26 June) has opened its call for content with a 10 January 2020 deadline. The organizers are looking for fresh content created specifically for the Festival. The best speaker suggestions match the right speaker and topic with the right track and stage. But never fear! This content guide provides all of the details you need to know about this year’s themes, stages and session formats.

Lunchtime Learning: As you prepare said speaker submissions for the 2020 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, watch some of the highlight videos form last year for a recap of just some of the most memorable moments. Hear Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg for a conversation around consumers and their changing behavior; actress Kerry Washington on how she is leaning into the digital future of TV; and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner on what established brands can learn from challenging the status quo.

Coming Up Next Week: As the calendar year winds down, so does the global conference-scape. However, a handful of events do take place next week, including MIT Technology Review Emerging Technologies EmTech China, which runs 13-14 December in Beijing. Like other EmTech programs, this one promises to explain the significance of new technologies that are disrupting existing industries, creating entirely new markets, and changing society. Each fall, Yale holds an invite-only CEO Summit and this year’s will be held 17-18 December at The Roosevelt Hotel New York. The theme? “We Don’t Look 100 and Neither Do You: 2020 Perspectives from the Pioneers of CEO Leadership Forums.” And on 16 December the semi-private Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference hosts approximately 4,000 employees and partners in Las Vegas.