Open Compute is Open for Business: The Open Compute Project’s community of executives, engineers, developers & suppliers in the open hardware ecosystem can choose from several programming options in 2021. Throughout the spring, OCP will run regional virtual events, with dedicated programs focused on China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan & Europe. The OCP Global Summit, on the other hand, will run 9-10 November as a hybrid event, with session running onsite in San Jose and livestreamed for a wider reach. Organizers say the change in timing will allow the OCP to “better plan and prepare, taking into consideration regional holidays, and reducing the time constraints on our volunteer leadership.”

Partnership in Asia: Coming off their successful Global Conference, the Milken Institute has announced that their Asia Summit will take place in partnership with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and run alongside the Singapore FinTech Festival in December. Their goal is to “turn these moments of uncertainty into opportunity, guiding citizens and institutions into a new era of shared global prosperity.” The content will be delivered both virtually and in person from 8 – 10 December 2020.  

Speaking Opportunity: As many of us become better acquainted with our houses this year, the expanding market for the smart home comes as no surprise. One event in this space currently accepting speaker proposals is Parks Associates’ 12th annual Smart Energy Summit – which will tackle the theme “Engaging the Consumer” and run as multiple virtual sessions in 2021: 23-24 February; 28 April; 18 August; and 27 October. Submit now through 15 December to have your talk around energy management, home services, revenue models, solar, and more considered.

Lunchtime Learning: Last month, the International Economic Forum of the Americas hosted the Toronto Global Forum online. The conference brought together the world’s leaders, legislators, economists, Fortune 500 CEOs and world-class experts for “an active and impactful platform for dialogue, corporate insight and collaboration… advancing, understanding, exchanging insights, and sharing solutions to the major challenges facing the world today.” Sessions included: Trade in a Pandemic World; Towards a Future Proof Global Infrastructure; and Globalization and the Digital Economy. Watch them all here.

Coming Up Next Week: Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion & social impact in the global workplace is the goal of the S.H.E. Summit, which gets underway 9 November. S.H.E. – which stands for “she, he & equity for all” – provides five full days of programming designed to help you “close 2020 strong and propel your 2021.” At CNBC Evolve (10 November), global companies and their executive leaders who are embracing change and transforming for the future take center stage. CNBC Evolve asks: In an era of rapid technological advances and demographic change, how do legacy companies adapt, innovate & evolve? Healthcare IT experts turn to CHIME Digital Recharge when it runs 10-12 November, with talks led by hospital CIOs and tech disruptors on critical topics such as cybersecurity and digital transformation. Path to Purchase is another group with a fall virtual offering. The P2P Digital Expo (10-12 November) is a reimagining of their flagship event to address how the retail marketplace is changing. And at the Conference Board Diversity & Inclusion Conference – with programming on the 12, 13 & 16 November – the focus remains on building organizations where everyone can belong, contribute & succeed.