Quick! Think FAST: “Free Ad-Supported Streamed Television” – or FAST, as it’s increasingly known – is the focus of Spring TV Week’s newest program. Scheduled for 26 April (and part of the umbrella Spring TV Week event that runs virtually 26-30 April), the FAST Summit provides a timely opportunity to assess the current landscape, explore where platforms are achieving success in attracting audiences, and look to the trends on the immediate horizon. This new for 2021 program will feature two main tracks: Marketing FAST and Marketing Hispanic FAST. Spring TV Week will also include its perennial Advanced Advertising and NextTV Summits, which address the next generation of advertising experiences and business of streaming video, respectively.

Post Covid Security Confab: The team behind RSA Conference has announced that they will not host RSA Conference Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) this July but will resume in 2022. According to their announcement on 15 March: “While we see a proverbial light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, we must continue to focus on ensuring the health and safety of our attendees.” The conference organizers did add that the RSA Conference, which takes place from 17 – 20 May 2021, will be a truly global virtual experience for the cybersecurity community.

Speaking Opportunity: Working Mother Media (WMM) will once again host the annual WorkBeyond Summit online. This multi-industry and cross-cultural workplace event “will dive into the lessons learned from the past year on the unique challenges that impacted parents and caregivers,” exploring strategies organizations are leveraging to retain and build an inclusive environment for all talent. The conference will take place from 19 – 20 October 2021. If you have an idea for a talk, workshop or coaching session, submit here before the 23 April deadline.

Lunchtime Learning: Northeastern University’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIOT), along with the mobile and video technology research and development company InterDigital, hosted the first virtual 6G symposium in 2020. In September 2021, the program will again convene leaders from industry, academia, and government to consider the possibilities of the successor to the 5G mobile network, which cellphone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and develop a roadmap for its research and development. Check out the sessions on this evolving technology from last year as well as some informative webinars they’ve launched since then.

Coming Up Next Week: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the American Marketing Association/AMA will run a Women in Marketing Coffee Break Series (22-26 March). Each day in the series will highlight a different woman leader who has made a significant impact on the marketing community. Techonomy’s Digitally United Virtual Conference (23- 24 March) will focus on “closing the gaps in a techonomic world” between citizens who are connected and those who aren’t, between regulators and tech platforms, and between fully-online companies and those still transforming. “The Age of Implementation” is the theme for this year’s EmTech Digital, MIT Technology Review’s annual event on artificial intelligence. Dates for the virtual EmTech Digital are 23-24 March. In its 42nd year, the Simmons Leadership Conference – which is produced by the university’s Institute for Inclusive Leadership – explores resilience and authenticity for the 5k women leaders who attend. Finally, Zinnov’s Confluence program kicks off online 24 March and offers global R&D and product development executives a “technology and talent blueprint for the new normal.”