TC sets the Stage(s): TechCrunch is bringing their industry-specific TC Sessions events to Disrupt for the first time this year through programming across six new stages. The stages will feature industry-specific programming tracks such as AI, Fintech, Hardware, SaaS, Security and Sustainability. Check out their robust event site for more information on the topics they plan to cover and speakers already confirmed.

AI Goes to (Digital) Hollywood: AI has been used in the entertainment, technology, advertising and media industries for years but the chatter around it has exploded recently. Enter Digital Hollywood’s AI: Breaking the Net. This day-long, online only event will be held on Tuesday, 18 July 18. Topics will include: Investment Strategies in Generative AI; The Digital Brand Experience; AI, Search, Social Media and Visual Software; AI in Advertising; and Architects of AI and Entertainment.

Speaking Opportunity: This year’s HLTH (8-11 October; Las Vegas) will examine how increasingly complex threats to public health can be addressed to reduce health inequities, tackle the ongoing mental health crisis, and minimize cost and access that currently act as a barrier to care. HLTH is seeking “actionable insights, candid conversations, and collaboration” stories for the agenda now through 16 June. Want to improve your chances of being among the 5-10% of presenters ultimately invited to speak? Take a few tips to heart: Think bigger than just your corner of the health ecosystem; prove you won’t shy away from hard questions; and tell HLTH why you think against the standard grain.

Lunchtime Learning: Columbia Business School held its annual BRITE Conference earlier this spring, exploring how innovation and technology affect the ways organizations build and maintain brands. Presented by the Center on Global Brand Leadership, BRITE 2023 featured chief marketers from Pfizer, Saks, Warner Music Group, and Stack Overflow. If you couldn’t attend, videos from the agenda are available on the business school’s YouTube site here. Check out videos from sessions on topics like business in the era of climate change; communications-driven leadership & impact; and building a brand and community amongst developers.

Coming Up Next Week: The 6th edition of MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Next will run as a virtual event 13-14 June, examining topics such as generative AI, web3, metaverses, leadership strategies for the digital workforce, technology and industry 4.0, and the emerging technologies transforming the customer experience. At The Next Web/TNW – co-produced by the Financial Times and held 15-16 June in Amsterdam – attendees can expect to learn how tech is helping us build towards a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future. Viva Technology kicks off 14 June in Paris, as one of Europe’s largest events uniting the business, tech, and startup communities and featuring speakers like Meta’s Chief AI Scientist, Magic Leap’s CEO, and director of MIT’s Media Lab. Banff World Media Festival (11-14 June) is an international marketplace and conference for creators, producers, and distributors of scripted, unscripted, and kids’ content. Finally, Retail Innovation Conference – formerly known as RetailX – offers a “reimagined event for reimagined commerce experiences” when it’s held 13-15 June at Chicago’s McCormick Place.