One…Two…: Modev has launched a new event focused on the infrastructure of Web3 for builders, creators, explorers, brands and investors. Appropriately dubbed, THREE, the conference will highlight “the $2T digital transformation market being driven by new technologies, covering Web3, NFTs, Conversational AI, DAOs, NLG, Blockchain, AI/ML, Quantum Computing, Edge, Metaverse, 5G, Security, Privacy and more”. According to the conference organizers, “THREE is for everyone building and exploring Web3 and the companies looking to meet them” and will take place 10 – 13 October in Arlington, Virginia.

Into the Metaverse: The team at VentureBeat, which also hosts Transform and the GamesBeat Summit, is debuting a new event this fall. MetaBeat “will bring together metaverse thought leaders to give guidance on how metaverse technology will transform the way all industries communicate and do business.” On 3 – 4 October at SVN West in San Francisco, the VentureBeat hopes to gather 1,500 attendees for inspiring talks, tactical breakout session discussions and a demo hall. Those who are not able to join live will be able to watch the content via livestream or on-demand post-event.

Speaking Opportunity: FinCyber Today (9 – 12 October in Scottsdale) dives deep into tactical practices relevant to CTOs, analysts, and other information security practitioners working for financial firms. Hosted by the FS-ISAC’s team, this in-person event is more oriented towards the practical application of emerging trends and practices in information security vs the strategy-focused FS-ISAC Spring and Fall Forums. If you have a topic and speaker idea to propose, do so here before the deadline: 11:59pm (EST) on Wednesday 6 July.   

Conference Manager Q&A: Hans Baelmakers, Chief of Innov8rs sat down with Speaker Strategies to talk about what he loves about his job and has learned since 2011, when Innov8rs began hosting conferences in innovation hubs around the world. Innov8rs conferences say that they are different than other innovation events because participants have ample time to actively connect, collaborate and share knowledge in order to improve the innovation outcomes at their organizations.

Speaker Strategies: What do you love most about your job?

What’s not to love about it? Partly, it’s the curation of the agenda and the design of the experience. Finding those edgy perspectives, including those diverse and different stories, embedding reflection and sharing – I spend a lot of time making sure it all works together. I also like leading the team from the initial decision to host our next conference, through efforts of engaging global and local partners, managing operations and logistics and finally seeing the successful execution of it all. You’ll find me walking around the conference keen to support our team the best way I can, so they can ensure our participants have a good time.

Speaker Strategies: How do you determine when/where to host your conference?

Mostly by obtaining feedback from our global audience. So far, all of our 28 conferences have been hosted in a different city as local members invite us to explore their ecosystem.

Speaker Strategies: You have an event coming up in Austin, TX in November. What are you looking forward to the most at the Austin event?

As host, I look forward to our tribe having those conversations one can only have face-to-face. We’ll serve great content and make sure we cover all relevant topics as brought forward by participants. Yet we design the conference so that 90% of participants’ time is spent in small group working sessions addressing real issues. That is where they find a lot of value.

Coming Up Next Week: The Next Web/TNW Conference – which runs 16-17 June in Amsterdam and is produced in collaboration with the Financial Times – invites founders, investors, corporates, and governments to discover the future of technology. Hosted by CoinDesk, Consensus (10-12 June; Austin) is among world’s longest-running crypto festival and covers all sides of blockchain, Web 3, and the metaverse. Dublin Tech Summit/DTS gets underway 15 June at the RDS (The Royal Dublin Society). Over the last five years, DTS has grown to attract over 8k attendees and is a major destination for B2B technologists and leaders. The Society for Human Resource Management/SHRM will hold its annual conference 12-15 June in New Orleans and with programming for online attendees, covering such critical issues for HR leaders talent acquisition, retention, and DE&I. Kicking off 12 June, Banff World Media Festival gathers media leaders at this picturesque Alberta destination where partnerships are forged and new films and series are pitched across scripted, unscripted, and kids content. Finally, CogX Festival & Leadership Summit returns to London 13-15 June, for an inclusive festival of AI, blockchain, and the metaverse asking its attendees: How do we get the next 10 years right?