A New Game Plan: Last week CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Boardroom announced they would be partnering on a new conference on innovation in the rapidly evolving sports landscape. Called Game Plan, the new event will take place on 25 July in Los Angeles and will gather “the most influential leaders from across the sports landscape including athletes, owners, investors and innovators to devise a GAME PLAN for a rapidly evolving world.”

Made Up Media? On 8 June in LA the Entertainment Technology Center at USC will host the inaugural Synthetic Media Summit. The one-day event will feature “a range of experts and stakeholders working in the field of generative AI, all with a lens on applications for the media industry and the accompanying promises and perils.” The summit is a collaboration between USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.  Confirmed speakers include Bill Baggelaar CTO, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Stella Biderman AI ethics researcher, Eleuther.ai; Tom Graham CEO, Metaphysic.ai; Tony Guarino EVP, Global Production & Studio Technology, Paramount; Melody Hildebrant CISO, Fox Corp. / President, Blockchain Creative Labs; Dr. Jan Leike Alignment Team Lead, OpenAI and more.

Speaking Opportunity: Now through 18 June, technical experts are invited to submit to speak at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon (November 6-9, 2023; Chicago & online). Think you have what it takes to present here? The CFP guide offers a surplus of detailed and clear advice. First, they allow a maximum of two submissions per speaker, and you may only be selected to speak on one panel and one non-panel session per event. Second, diversity of thought is critically valued, and as such the event explicitly does not accept submissions with all-male panels, and speakers must not all be from the same company. Finally, the chairs will not select submissions that have already been presented at a previous Linux Foundation event within the past year; so if your submission is similar to a previous talk, it’s imperative to explain how this version differs.

Lunchtime Learning: 2022 marked the inaugural year for Axios BFD, a summit for dealmakers across retail, healthcare, media, and other sectors. And yes, “BFD” means what you think it means, according to Axios Executive Editor Aja Whitaker-Moore: “True to its name, Axios BFD offer[s] an unparalleled opportunity to hear from and connect with the newsmakers driving these headline-grabbing deals.” To catch up on highlights from last fall, check out the highlights here. And stay tuned for video to be added from Axios’ first west coast BFD, held just this week in SF with mainstage session livestreamed.

Coming Up Next Week: At MIT Sloan CIO Symposium (15-16 May; Cambridge), academic leaders, CIOs, digital technology executives, and industry experts will gather to explore the theme “Driving Digital Resilience in a Turbulent World.” (Psst: MIT is offering a free, online stream for virtual attendees!) Fortune Most Powerful Women/MPW Next Gen gets underway 16 May in San Diego, drawing talented, high-achieving young women executives who are selected through the application process to join together and recognize the power of their platform to bring about change. Reuters Digital Health USA runs 16-17 May, also in San Diego, uniting health leaders to identify better ways to connect disparate data and streamline clinical workflows. SALT – which stands for SkyBridge Alternatives – holds its annual iConnections conference in NYC 16-18 May for investment leaders seeking to learn the latest developments in disruptive innovation. Conference Board Change & Transformation Conference (18-19 May; NYC) examines the intense pressure organizations face to remain agile and how they can adapt to new priorities and operating models. Self-described as “a unique, intimate learning experience designed exclusively for c-level cyber professionals,” Information Systems Security Association/ISSA Cyber Executive Forum runs 18-19 May in Baltimore. And finally, 19th Represents Summit will run as a three-day, hybrid event 18-20 May in Chicago and online, exploring gender equality through conversations about tech, justice, and economic mobility.