One Giant Leap: TechCrunch announced their first show dedicated to the space startup category. On June 25, the team will be hosting TC Sessions: Space, a single-day event dedicated to this “fast-emerging startup category.” More than 1000 engineers, founders, students, investors, executives, military and government officials will gather at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel to learn about advances in manned space travel and colonization, earth observation data, and space manufacturing. Like many of the other TC Sessions events, Space will include main stage interviews, a startup pitch-off for earlier-stage companies, breakouts and Q&A sessions, allowing attendees to delve into subjects raised by main stage speakers.
Hats Off (For Now): Another event has postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak after carefully considering the potential impact on attendees. This time it’s Black Hat Asia, which had been scheduled for 31 March – 3 April in Singapore. New dates for Black Hat Asia are 29 September – 2 October.
I’m Getting Mad(con)!: A collaboration between Reed Exhibitions and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is bringing a new event to New York in May. madconNYC is self-described as a “build-your-own adventure marketing event” will help marketers “uplevel their ability to traverse the mad landscape of brand marketing in an informal, self-guided environment.” The conference, happening on 12 – 13 May at the Brooklyn Expo Center, will encourage attendees to select experiences based on their learning objectives, covering the trends and tools that are shaping modern marketing – AI, Analytics, Social, native advertising, programmatic Influencer marketing, personalization, etc.
Speaking opportunity: Diversity Best Practices is seeking speaker suggestions for its EmERGe Leadership Summit West. This event, one of three the organization will host in 2020, will be on 10 September in San Francisco. They welcome speakers who are employee & business resource group leaders, HR executives, diversity professionals, executive sponsors, mid-level managers, and experienced consultants to share ERG success stories as well as the tools and tricks that they use to develop their organization, communicate effectively and embrace innovation. If you have a topic/speaker suggestion, complete the nomination form here by 1 May.
Lunchtime Learning: ShopTalk returns to Vegas next month, boasting an all-woman speaker lineup. This conference has quickly grown to become one of the go-to events for retail and eCommerce innovation. Even if you are not in the retail industry, you will find the keynote talks to be fascinating. Hear the CEO of Gap explain how the GI Bill gave birth to retail as we know it today. Find out from the CEO of Mattel how Barbie has stayed relevant for 60 years. And discover why the CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company believes there is a huge opportunity to rewrite the story of the department store industry.
Coming Up Next Week: Culture leaders from companies of all sizes gather at the Great Place to Work® For All™ Summit (3-5 March; San Francisco) to hear keynotes from Fortune 100 Best chief execs and other people leaders. At WSJ’s CIO Annual Meeting, attendees are CIO network members and other business leaders. The event takes place 2-3 March in SF, covering topics like enterprise applications for 5G, scaling innovation, and managing across different regulatory regimes. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) runs two programs next week – the Masters of Data & Technology Conference (2-4 March; Orlando) following by its Brand Masters Conference (4-6 March; Scottsdale). At Montgomery Summit, which kicks off 4 March in Santa Monica, invited entrepreneurs, investors, and executives dissect some of the most important innovations in business and technology. Finally, DigiPublish takes on NYC on 4 March, offering a one-day educational program for digital marketers and strategists.