Investing in Tech: Barron’s Group plans to add a new event to their robust conference lineup in 2020 called Investing in Tech. In an environment where investing in technology has hit some recent headwinds, the group has created an investor-focused forum to help establish some level of clarity for its members. This event will “provide perspective on what’s new, how to invest and where to partner” by highlighting examples of innovators and technologies that are disrupting businesses and creating positive change. The 150 attendees – founders, investors, and established company executives – will gather for Investing in Tech on 10 June at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park.

Making an Impact: Silicon Valley companies are known for pulling off some amazing pivots. In 2020 a conference focused on startups is ironically making one of its own. The founders of Silicon Valley Open Doors (SVOD), a technology investment conference which brought together an eclectic mix of creative, forward-thinking, and insightful people in the entrepreneurial and investment world, has decided to switch gears and host a new event this year. Instead of SVOD, the World Impact Forum will now take place in Mountain View on 13 – 14 May. In previous years, SVOD Conference focused a few sessions on Impact. So, it is fitting that World Impact Forum will be fully focused on Impact – highlighting established companies, individuals and startups that solve global problems.  

Speaking Opportunity: The goal of the (ISC)² Security Congress is to advance security leaders by arming them with the knowledge, tools, and expertise to protect their organizations. The event, which will take place from 16 – 18 November, brings a global community of professionals in cyber, information, software and infrastructure security together in Orlando. If you have a session idea that aligns with one of the conference tracks, submit it via their online form by 22 March.   

Lunchtime Learning: Since 1995, the FORTUNE Global Forum has been hosted by the editors of Fortune in several great cities and focuses on the dynamic frontiers of global business. The 2019 event was held in November in Paris under the theme of Action 2020: Reinventing for a New Decade. Watch leaders in business and government discuss topics such as: Navigating the dramatic power shifts across financial markets, trade, and politics; Issues impacting business and the economy in the coming decade; How CEOs can approach challenges including technological disruption, shifting government policies, and volatile markets; Pressing technology issues such as cyber security, A.I., and automation.

Coming Up Next Week: As technology rewrites the language of marketing and media, advertising execs can head to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Annual Leadership Meeting (9-11 February; Palm Desert, CA) to brush up on their understanding of 5G, AR, AI, AVOD, IOT, and OTT. At the Watermark Workplace Summit, attendees are promised “an afternoon of practical strategy for managers and team-builders of all genders.” The Workplace Summit takes place 11 February in San Jose. Also on 11 Feb, The DICE Summit – which stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain – is a Las Vegas gathering of high-level executives and creatives minds working in interactive entertainment. The 28th edition of the NASSCOM Technology and Leadership Forum (12-14 February; Mumbai) will center around the theme “Tech in 20s: Coming of Age.” And DeveloperWeek SF kicks off 12 February, convening 8,000 developers for 15 tracks of knowledge sharing, hackathons, and networking.