Celebration of Innovation: Fast Company has added a new event to their 2021 lineup… the first-ever Most Innovative Companies Summit. This event, running from 9 – 10 March, will “celebrate the Most Innovative Companies in business, provide an early look at major business trends and offer the inspiration and practical insights on what it takes to innovate in 2021.” The agenda will feature both companies and nonprofits that are creating inventive products and processes that “underscore a growing commitment from businesses to take all stakeholders into account as they strive to grow and prosper.”

COVID Conference Planning Tool: After travel restrictions were put in place and live gatherings were eliminated last year, several of the Online News Association’s (ONA) members and partners approached them about ideas to navigate critical decisions about in-person events. The result was a newly-created decision-making framework to monitor the crisis and inform planning. The ONA recently refreshed it based on how the crisis and the response have evolved. Including “considerations about the public health response, government actions, travel advisories, community feedback, peer organizations, social responsibility and financials” this is a fabulous tool for any event planner. Find access here.

Submission Opportunity: Content Marketing World/CMW is planning a live 2021 event (28 September – 1 October; Cleveland), where they expect to feature more than 100 “epic content marketing” sessions and workshops by the leading brand marketers. Have an epic topic you want to share with CMW attendees? First, some important tips. #1: Be sure your presentation is original and hasn’t been delivered elsewhere. #2: Include a speaking example, which can be a link or uploaded file. And #3: For agencies, co-presenting with a client gives you a much better chance of being selected. Most of all, be sure to submit by the 12 March deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: Traction Conf brings founders, c-suite and leaders from the fastest growing companies to share best practices around the subjects of user acquisition, retention and monetization. Like everyone else, they made the most of 2020 switching to a virtual playlist of sessions. This means that these valuable insights are available year-round! Hear Patrick Campbell, Founder & CEO, ProfitWell share Lessons from 20k+ SaaS Companies; Brandon Redlinger, Head of Product Marketing at ringDNA provide The Ultimate Guide to Demand Generation, and  Zarina Stanik, who leads events and experiences for Ceros and Bridget Esposito, VP Creative at Prudential explain how to Engage Your Audience in a Virtual World Through Content. Very appropriate.

Coming Up Next Week: A virtual kick-off prelude to the Digital Life Design (DLD) year, DLD All Stars (21-23 February) will feature inspirational speakers and role models from 15 years of DLD history. In accordance with this year’s motto, “What the World Needs Now,” speakers will offer their calls-to-action for 2021. Mobile World Congress Shanghai gets underway 23 February, with an in-person component with exhibition onsite in Shanghai – a first of its kind in the telecoms space since the pandemic began and sure sign of things to come! – accompanied by the option to attend MWCS virtually as well. Accelerate, presented by CDX, will focus on “Digital Business in a Transformation Age.” Held 23-24 February and free to register, Accelerate attendees will learn how organizations are adapting to the new consumer economy, the evolving realities of work, and the urgent task of constant innovation. SaaStock Remote teaches entrepreneurs how to gain traction, grow & scale their SaaS business, 23-25 February. Finally, the Fortune Reimagine Work Summit is set for 24 February and will contemplate the biggest workforce experiment in modern history: a massive redistribution of employees from shared offices into remote workspaces.