Scale School: A new event has been added to the 2021 lineup of SaaStr family events. Saastr Learn, which is currently slated to take place in March, will include content themes similar to the organization’s Bridging the Gap and New New in Venture events this year. The SaaStr Learn agenda will offer tips that startup leaders need to know about scaling their business – how to grow teams, culture, fundraising, engineering, and product development. The conference organizers are planning for more than 20,000 attendees at this virtual event.
RISE again: In 2015, the team behind the Web Summit created a sister event in the Asia Pacific region called RISE. It steadily grew to become “one of the biggest technology conferences in Asia” until the unrest in Hong Kong lead to its cancellation in 2020. Then came COVID-19. Now the conference team has announced that they will be bringing back RISE as a virtual event in 2021. They expect more than 5,000 people to come together online to experience their timely content and participate in networking opportunities. RISE will be held on 25 March 2021.
Speaking opportunity: Thousands of healthcare professionals—from senior executives to providers to payers to IT consultants to entrepreneurs—attend the behemoth HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition each year. Though HIMSS is usually held in winter, they are pushing the 2021 event back to 9-13 August to accommodate a return to Las Vegas. Now through 2 November, anyone with a story to tell relating to one of HIMSS’ 17 education tracks can submit a speaking proposal. What makes a strong submission? Find out under “Prepare with these Resources” on the CFP page.
Lunchtime Learning: Earlier the month, the New Yorker hosted its first-ever virtual Festival, which offered “an eclectic mix of conversations, performances, and experiences, featuring some of the most talented and influential figures of our time.” Sessions included unique conversations between Ira Glass talks and Malcolm Gladwell; Dr. Anthony Fauci with Michael Specter; and Steve Martin and Jerry Seinfeld with Susan Morrison. If you didn’t buy a digital pass, you can also tune in to one of the free community events on the climate crisis or equality and justice.
Coming Up Next Week: For 25 years, Fortune Global Forum has been convening CEOs from the world’s biggest companies and economic leaders to explore the key issues shaping global business. This year’s edition, running virtually 26-27 October, will examine the deep impacts of worldwide upheaval due to pandemic and societal inequalities. The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) Toronto Global Forum kicks off 26 October under the theme “Forging a Resilient Economy” to promote partnerships among major Canadian and international corporations. As higher ed faces one of its most unprecedented challenges, Educause Annual Conference (27-29 October) will tackle the IT challenges and opportunities that universities and other institutions face right now. The Channel Co.’s Best of Breed Virtual Series is designed to meet the evolving needs of the IT channel’s largest and fastest-growing tech vendors. On 28 October, invited attendees will break out into groups to share economic and market insights. And the CNBC Technology Executive Council Summit – comprised of execs from public and private corporations, non-profits & government entities – will meet virtually 29 October to address technology & society after the pandemic.