O’Reilly Shifts its Velocity: This year marked the last of the O’Reilly Velocity conferences which covered everything from Kubernetes and site reliability engineering to observability and performance. In its place, the conference team is creating a new event to broaden the agenda. Infrastructure & Ops will provide senior developers, software engineers, SREs, and tech leads with all the information and skills they need to successfully migrate their systems to a modern infrastructure. It will take place from 15 – 18 June at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The team at O’Reilly expects approximately 400 – 500 attendees at this inaugural conference and will include agenda topics such as Migrating to the cloud; Moving to microservices; Developing with Kubernetes; Managing legacy systems; Baking in security; Developers’ guide to AI/ML; Mastering site reliability and maximizing performance; Introducing automation; Building, reorganizing, and leading teams; and Deploying and monitoring AI.

CyberSec Connection: The team behind one of the world’s largest cybersecurity gatherings, RSA Conference, has announced that they will be featuring a new “Engagement Zone” at the 2020 event. The area which will be located on Level Two in Moscone West, will be available only to full conference attendees and is designed “to foster interactive and collaborative learning within a variety of group and one-on-one settings.” According to the conference organizers, the zone will offer reserved meeting space, interactive problem-solving activities, speed networking; Birds of a Feather sessions – including both planned topics and free-form discussions – and a group of facilitated discussions falling under the banner of “Cooperative Learning”.

Speaking Opportunity: MWC Shanghai 2020 is self-described as “Asia’s leading event for next-generation technology – 5G, IoT, AI, big data and beyond.” The 2020 conference will again explore the idea of Intelligent Connectivity through industry-focused discussions on the future of connectivity and the unveiling of new intelligently connected technologies. The key focus areas will be similar to those covered at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona so reread the Conference Confidential blog before you draft your submission to determine which is the best fit for you. View the list of potential topics and submit your proposal online before Thursday, 30 January 2020.

Lunchtime Learning: WIRED25 Summit, an ideas festival first held in 2018 to celebrate the publication’s silver jubilee, returned this year to showcase the “really smart people” who are working to craft a better future. CEOs, actors, authors, scientists, and engineers hashed out plans onstage at the Commonwealth Club, while offstage, attendees networked and paid visits to some of the most innovative workplaces in San Francisco. Lucky for us, WIRED not only live streams the program, but also makes video available on their website for every talk.

Coming Up Next Week: Speaker Strategies will not publish our newsletter next week as we plan to be off celebrating the holidays with friends and family. So, coming up next week we wish you the best things the season has to offer and a happy, healthy 2020.