New Digs in Barcelona: 4YFN is the startup event of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, the GSMA’s MWC. At the 2023 event, which will be held in from 27 February – 3 March, 4YFN is moving into Hall 8.1 in Fira Gran Via. It will include two outdoor gardens, and a new Discovery Area in a purpose-built conferencing suite – where key programmes will take place. These programmes will focus on Digital Health (exploring the next frontier in healthcare), FinTech (including disruptive concepts such as cryptocurrency, NFTs and DeFi), FrontierTech (considers the intersection of emerging technologies and real-world/future world), EdTech (covers the dramatic evolution in the way we learn) and Impact (highlighting the power of digital innovations to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges).

Bucks Bash in Bangkok: Asia has a dynamic fintech ecosystem and more than 50 fintech unicorns. That is why Tracey Davies President of top money show, Money20/20, just announced live from Money 20/20 USA in Las Vegas, that they are expanding their global show footprint in 2024.  Money20/20 will host an event in Bangkok, Thailand from 23-25 April 2024. While little information is available yet, keep your eyes on the event site for updates in the coming months.

Speaking Opportunity: The International Association of Business Communicators announced their annual IABC World Conference will be held next year 4-7 June in Toronto. Knowing that communication can strengthen connections, skills experiences, and understanding, the conference organizers landed on the 2023 theme: “Communication Can Deepen,” and now through 27 November, senior executives, business communication leads, academics, and consultants are invited to propose stories that showcase the true power of communication. New this year, speaker candidates can submit not only for panels, workshops, and traditional breakouts, but also to lead discussions on a topic that is not yet fully developed.

Conference Manager Q&A: Timothy Garon is Director, Event Content & Strategy, at the CyberRisk Alliance, where he has oversight and coordination of content for event brands including InfoSec World, Identiverse, and more. Tim shared with us a few thoughts on the recently concluded InfoSec World, and why he always seeks feedback from his audience.

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

It’s probably the ever-changing aspect of the industry that we cover. In cybersecurity, there is something new and different pretty much every day. This industry is never boring. At Infosec World, I’m always excited to see what’s new and different in terms of risks, threats, and solutions that are out there. Also, Infosec World has a 29-year-old legacy of being held in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World!

Speaker Strategies: What is the most important piece of a successful presentation abstract/topic description? I look for a knowledgeable speaker, who can tell a story and relate to the audience. And with the topic description, I seek out an engaging or “catchy” title, followed by a description that lays out exactly what the session will be covering and the takeaways the attendees will receive. Those sessions also seem to get attention and stand out from others.

Speaker Strategies: Do you solicit attendee feedback after a conference? Absolutely. We always want to know what works and what doesn’t so we can better shape the conference program and experience to what the attendees are looking for.

Coming Up Next Week: The philosophy behind Techonomy – which runs 13-15 November in Sonoma as an interactive retreat for business and other leaders – is that innovation and technology have the power to save us, but only if we act rapidly and purposefully. At HLTH (13-16 November), the entire health ecosystem comes together to focus on health innovation and transformation at the Venetian in Las Vegas. AFROTECH Conference runs 13-17 November in Austin, drawing a community of over 20k Black tech innovators from around the world to engage on emerging trends, and for networking and recruiting opportunities. Kicking off its 2022 programme 14 November in Singapore, Bloomberg New Economy Forum was initially established in 2018 by Michael Bloomberg to convene global leaders tackling the world’s most significant changes and challenges. Designed for “preeminent rising women in business along with select leaders in government, philanthropy, education, sports & the arts,” Fortune Most Powerful Women/MPW Next Gen runs 15-16 November in San Diego. Finally, CNBC Technology Executive Council will hold its 4th annual Member Summit on 15 November in New York, featuring CEOs and policy leaders engaged in high-level conversations with CNBC journalists on digital transformation, technology and society, and cybersecurity.