Virtually There: B&C/Multichannel News NYC Fall TV Week will cover all of the conferences typically held concurrently at their live event virtually throughout the month of September. It will be comprised of: Virtual News Tech (8 – 11 September), Advanced Advertising (14-18 September), Hispanic TV (21-25 September), Streaming Video (29 September – 2 October), Audience Measurement (29 September – 2 October), and  Wonder Women 30 September). EmTech Asia will be hosted as an exclusive virtual event between 4 – 6 August 2020. Vidcon began its virtual programming this week and will continue to share content through the end of the month.

Culture in Comfort:  In 2019 the Financial Times Weekend Festival drew record crowds (nearly 4,000) to the grounds of Kenwood House near London to hear from leading experts and commentators in arts, music, literature, food & drink, business and technology. After the event FT Weekend editor Alec Russell said: “To see several thousand FT Weekend readers flocking to packed tents to hear their favourite writers debate and enthuse about the ideas of our age was truly inspiring. Next year will be bigger!”  Instead of letting the pandemic ruin their momentum, the FT has decided to take the festival virtual. While several conferences have made the switch to virtual, it can be a bit more challenging for festivals. FT plans to take on the challenge the first weekend of September when they play host to hundreds of speakers, including “a heady mix of debate on the wrenching issues of the day, wine tastings and performances from the comfort of your home.”

Speaking Opportunity: The Call for Speakers Nomination Form is now open the virtual WorkBeyond Summit on 13-14 October 2020. Attendees are leaders and team members who play critical roles regionally, nationally, or internationally to shape their workplace culture, including professionals and practitioners with responsibility in Benefits, Worklife, Employee Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development, Employer of choice, Culture, Health & Wellness, Human Capital and HR, Talent and Workforce Development, Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition, and ERGs. If you can share key data findings, takeaways and practical solutions for helping an organization be the best place to work in the new post-pandemic landscape, submit via the call for speakers nomination form by the 10 July deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: Forbes ran a stellar healthcare conference event before COVID-19. Find out what the world’s top leaders in the $4 trillion healthcare space were focused on last year. Watch the sessions at the 2019 Forbes Healthcare Summit, where speakers such as Sir Andrew Witty, the President of UnitedHealth Group and Chief Executive Officer of Optum, Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Stefano Pessina, the dealmaker behind Walgreens Boots Alliance, shared their insights on “disruptive prescriptions for the brain, body and the business of healthcare.”

Coming Up Next Week: Beginning 28 June, the virtual Aspen Ideas Festival will host a robust daily lineup of speakers, spanning arts, science, the economy, diplomacy, democracy, and of course addressing the present juncture our society is in. Open Stack will host its Large-scale Usage of Open Infrastructure Software program 29 June – July 1, offering attendees a chance to collaborate and discuss problem areas, answer questions and create new, open resources. The GSMA will launch Mobile World Congress Thrive China on 30 June, its first edition of the Thrive series which is intended to offer the 5G, AI, and IoT best practices that would have been shared at the live MWC events. And at the Promax Virtual Experience (7-9 July) creative, brand, and strategic teams will meet online to “explore new strategies, network, and showcase the greatest campaigns in entertainment marketing.”