RetailX Reimagined: Retail TouchPoints will reimagine RetailX in 2022 as the Retail Innovation Conference. It will take place from 11-12 May at McCormick Place in Chicago and join the Retail Innovation Conference, IRCE (one of the most recognizable and highly regarded event brands in the digital and ecommerce space) and Design:retail (which serves the digital and physical retail communities). Not only will the content “serve a diverse range of retail professionals seeking the strategies, tools and tactics to create seamless digital and in-store experiences and meet connected consumers’ expectations,” but the new Innovation Lab will also feature “emerging brands and startups, and engaging show floor activations.”

Becoming more FLEXible: SEMICON West, which brings together key decision makers from across the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, and FLEX Conference, the annual event focused on flexible hybrid and printed electronics innovations, will co-locate in 2022. Held from 11 – 14 July at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the events will both open registration in the spring. Semicon West just concluded its 2021 event earlier this month but they are returning to their regular conference cadence in July. According to SEMI America’s president David Anderson, the colocation of these events “promises to uncover new ways for semiconductor and FHE leaders to accelerate global digitization in ways that continue to improve how we work and live.”

Speaking Opportunity: Each year, Content Marketing World brings the universe of content marketers, creative directors, and agencies to Cleveland for ideas, inspiration, and networking. In 2022, CMW will run 13-16 September in-person at the Huntington Convention Center, as well as offer a virtual program 29-30 September with livestreamed keynotes and other recorded content from over 200 speakers, addressing topics like content strategy, data & analytics, email, visual storytelling, and social media. Up to the task? Submit a speaking proposal now through 31 January. A few tips: Show measurable results. Co-present with a client. And don’t forget to include the required audio/video file of past speaking.

Lunchtime learning: If you were not one of the lucky 42,751 people who attended Web Summit in Lisbon last month, you may wonder what you were missing. Well, you can now catch some of the action by checking out the Centre Stage sessions. Hear from speakers such as superstars Amy Poehler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Magic Leap CEO Peggy Johnson, Sir Nick Clegg VP of Global Affairs at Meta, and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the US House of Representatives. If the sessions inspire you to be there next year, the conference has already announced that it will return to Lisbon from 1 – 4 November 2022.

Coming Up Next Week…Speaker Strategies will be taking some time off to enjoy friends and family during the holidays. We wish you the very best of the season and look forward to reconnecting with all our speakers, clients and readers when we publish our first newsletter of 2022 in January! Happy Holidays!