GIL-livers Travels?: In 2023 Frost & Sullivan decided to transform their GIL Summit from an annual conference to a quarterly series of innovation workshops and tours. According to the conference organizers, each session will include “an inspiring innovation center tour, a rock star line up of industry leaders to share strategy, tactics and secrets of success, and collaborative sessions on critical issues for you to both get insight from others and to share your own.” The series will include: 17 May at MIT in Cambridge, MA; 13 September at NASA Space Center in Houston, TX; 8 November in a to-be-announced location on the West Coast,  and 6 February 2024 in a to-be-announced location on the East Coast.

Revving Up for a New Event: Formula 1 is launching a live sports, entertainment and business summit, called F1 Accelerate will take place at the Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida on 4 May, the day before the Miami Grand Prix. The summit is a collaboration with Custom Events from WSJ, the commercial unit of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.  According to their initial announcement, idea behind this by-invitation-only summit is to “convene talent from across sport, entertainment, and business to discuss how we can all continue to accelerate positive change across our industries and beyond.” While there is nothing on the calendar beyond the May gathering, F1 hopes to continue this Accelerate series into the future.

Speaking Opportunity: Known as a one-stop shop for everything in fintech from payments to banking to financial services, Money2020 USA (22-25 October; Las Vegas) has grown into one of the most important events in the global money ecosystem. Now through 8 May, interested speakers are invited to submit for a variety of session formats, ranging from a 1:1 interview to a 5-minute “rant.” Session ideas should be unique and new (never before presented), tie back to one of the “chapters” of Money2020’s story (i.e. agenda themes), and push the envelope. Our tips: Be sure to include a proof of work video of past speaking; plan to purchase a conference registration at the discounted speaker rate if selected to present; and review the submission FAQs.

Lunchtime Learning: – The Milken Institute Japan Symposium returned to Tokyo last month under the theme: New Era, New Opportunities. It gathered regional and global business, finance, and government leaders to “encourage innovative thinking and renewed partnerships that capitalize on market transformation and the reopening of economies around the world.”  Watch Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo; Wendy Norris, Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Future Fund; Ken Suzuki, Co-founder and CEO of SmartNews; Keiko Tashiro, Deputy President at Daiwa Securities; Rahm Emanuel, United States Ambassador to Japan; and others who are eager to foster alliances between East and West to accelerate innovation.

Coming Up Next Week: From 30 April to 3 May, Milken Institute will convene its 26th annual Global Conference in Los Angeles, under the theme “Advancing a Thriving World.” Milken attendees can expect to learn about developments in gene therapies, renewable energy, AI, infrastructure, DEI, and FinTech. MIT Technology Review holds two programs next week – first up, its event for tech leaders Future Compute (30 April – 1 May), followed by its signature AI conference EmTech Digital (2-3 May), both offering options to join in-person on the MIT campus or to view the sessions virtually. At the inaugural – and sold out – Web Summit Rio, organizers expect more than 20,000 delegates who are “redefining the tech industry” to attend in Brazil 1-4 May. WSJ’s Future of Everything Festival will be held at NYC’s Spring Studios 2-4 May, featuring headliners like city mayor Eric Adams, tech visionary Marissa Mayer, and CEOs from Ford, Slack, and Hilton, as WSJ explores the “bold ideas, investments, experiments and moonshots shaping the future.” Finally, PRSA Corporate Communications Conference kicks off 1 May at the Orlando World Center Marriott, centered on the theme “Communicating to Connect the Dots.”