Curated Creator Community Confab: The last time Speaker Strategies made conference predictions, one that made the list was: “more companies will be creating their own conferences for customers and partners.” And even through the pandemic, that has remained true. Just last week Instagram jumped on the bandwagon with its inaugural Creator Week, a by-invitation-only virtual gathering that was expected to attract 5,000 creators from the U.S. The Instagram Live sessions featured emerging creators, brands, Instagram and Facebook execs and others to offer a peek at what’s to come and how brands can maximize their presence and ultimately make more money. Keep an eye out for additional creator, customer, client events which are sure to continue into the next year.

Guten Tag DLD: DLD is finally back with its first live event since the pandemic began. For DLD Summer, happening on 1 July from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. CEST, DLD will have a select in-person audience at the Munich Urban Colab, but they also welcome all DLD fans worldwide to tune in online, for free. Like other DLD events, they will cover topics that are shaping the future, “from AI, robotics, mobility and the future of work to sustainability, smart cities, Europe’s Green New Deal and the circular economy.”

Speaking Opportunity: Described as the largest LGBTQ conference in the world Out & Equal Workplace Summit brings together executives, ERG leaders and members, and HR and DEI professionals and experts who are working towards LGBTQ equality. The agenda offers strategies that create inclusive workplaces, “where everyone belongs and where LGBTQ employees can be out and thrive.” The 2021 Summit will be held virtually from 6 – 8 October. They are now seeking ideas for panels, presentations, roundtables, and workshops that showcase best practices in LGBTQ workplace equality, which must be submitted before the 9 July deadline. For specific requirements and topic areas of interest check out their proposal guide before signing into the system.

Lunchtime Learning: Big Data LDN is planning a return to London this fall, when it will be held at the Olympia from 22 – 23 September and co-located with Blueprint LDN, a new event focused on how to build a modern cloud-native architecture fit for today’s requirements. In the meantime, check out highlights from the past year of webinars and other virtual content, featuring case studies and best practices for enabling a data-driven future for your business. Topics ranged from How to Build a Successful DataOps Program to Dealing with Data Sovereignty at Scale and Creating and Fostering a Data-Driven Culture. To join the “data revolution,” watch the interviews and panels here.

Coming Up Next Week: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (21-25 June) will leverage a fully online program this year to, once again, benchmark global creative excellence. At NRF Retail Converge, the retail industry will meet online 21-25 June for deep exploration of commerce technologies and challenges including matters of supply chain, data privacy, and customer experience. The theme of this year’s LEAP HR Tech Talent will be “Radical Change Through People” when it runs 21-23 June. ITEXPO will hold its Tech Super Show 21-25 June as a fully in-person event at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with tracks programs focused on IoT, Smart Cities, 5G, Future of Work, Blockchain, and more. At the virtual Women in Technology International/WITI Summit, attendees will “celebrate ingenuity” with a global focus 22-24 June. New this year, an APAC track will focus on “Stories of Growth.” And at Milken’s online Future of Health Summit (22-23 June), attendees will explore ways to improve pandemic preparedness, disease prevention, diversity in clinical trials, mental health services, and food access.