Still Growing Strong: In September 2022, Web Summit the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will bring a version of what Bloomberg dubbed, “Davos for geeks” to Toyko, Japan. The team behind Web Summit announced last year that they plan to bring the gathering to new regions across the world. Web Summit will also come to Brazil in 2022. For 2021, Web Summit is still planning to host its massive conference in Lisbon from 1 – 4 November.

The Luck of the Irish: MIT Technology Review will return to Europe in 2021, selecting Belfast, Ireland as its home base for EmTech Europe. The event will be held virtually on 1 – 2 July 2021 but will be hosted again in Belfast physically in 2022 and 2023 at the ICC Waterfront. Belfast-based events company, Aisling Events, has acquired the license to host and run the conference. Emtech events give attendees the opportunity to “discover future trends and learn from the most innovative people and companies in the world.”

Speaking Opportunity: National Forum on Character Development will take place on 20 – 22 October. is an organization of passionate people advocating for integrity, honesty, respect, and other core ethical values to be fused into education for the betterment of our nation. They are looking for sessions in the character development and SEL sphere for schools, families, sports, workplaces, and international communities. You can get a feel for the topics they cover by reviewing the sessions from their previous conference. Submit speaker and topic ideas here, before the 15 June deadline!

Lunchtime Learning: And speaking of Emtech Europe… The conference hasn’t been held since 2018 when it was hosted by Toulouse, in the south of France. From mainstage keynotes to Q&As and small discussions, these events provide a curated view of the year’s most important developments. It is fascinating to watch talks from a few years ago to realize what progress we’ve made and where work still needs to be done. Sessions covered topics such as Rewriting Life: Reengineering our Bodies, Networks: Becoming a Connected Society, Intelligence: At the Forefront of Data, Catalysts: Society’s Chrysalis, and Experiences: Engaging with Evolving Interfaces.

Coming Up Next Week: Women in Tech World Series Online (7-11 June) is a week-long festival offering an immersive, educational experience for “like-minded women to access proven strategies and tools that support them in their mission to achieve their career goals.” Speakers here range from CEOs and Chief Data Scientists to entrepreneurs, like Speaker Strategies founder Amy Scarlino, and even Michelle Obama! When Realscreen Live gets underway 7 June, the expanded program will offer keynotes and panels with industry leading executives in the unscripted and non-fiction entertainment community. At Forbes Health in Action (8 June), virtual attendees will explore accelerating shifts in the way healthcare is delivered and address new and existing disparities in healthcare that have emerged. Presented in partnership between MIT Technology Review and Harvard Business Review, EmTech Next runs 8-10 June and examines the intersection of leadership strategies and new technologies that will power a forever-changed workforce. Landmark Ventures Social Innovation Summit (8-10 June) is an impact-driven program, featuring a lineup of household names across business, sports, entertainment, and activism. Finally, there is Horasis Global Meeting, convening under the theme “Fostering Shared Humanity” on 8 June.