New Forbes Conference: On 5 – 6 November Forbes will bring business leaders, entrepreneurs, and entertainers together in Atlanta for their inaugural ForbesBLK Summit. Forbes noted that their goal is to discuss the topics paramount to black capitalism. Examples they offer: “Why do Black businesses still have complications luring venture funds? What’s the state of real estate? Black media? Black businesses? How can minority executives navigate the world of sports and beyond? And is there a future in cryptocurrency?” Forbes has already named a few speakers including TV & Radio host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, writer, director, DJ, philanthropist, children’s book author, and activist, Nick Cannon; Former Professional Basketball Player, Philanthropist, Coach and Entrepreneur Isiah Thomas; Storehouse President & CEO Tamira Chapman and Chief Commercial Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers Shelly Cayette to name a few. You can find more information and register for the live or virtual sessions here.

On the Fringe: The AI Fringe is a series of events organized by Milltown Partners, in close collaboration with a group of Partners and the wider UK AI ecosystem, that will  complement the UK Government’s AI Safety Summit taking place on the 1st and 2nd November at Bletchley Park. While the Government’s gathering plans to create “a shared understanding of the risks posed by frontier AI and the need for action as well as a forward process for international collaboration on frontier AI safety,” The AI Fringe events will bring together a broad and diverse range of voices into the conversation to expand the discussion beyond the AI Safety Summit’s focus on Frontier AI safety. AI Fringe will happen at various locations between 30 October – 1 November in the UK. If you are unable to attend live, sessions will also be live streamed via the AI Fringe YouTube channel and recorded to be shared after.

Submission Opportunity: Often considered the world’s largest broadcast, media and entertainment tradeshow, the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual NAB Show 2024 is scheduled to run 13-17 April in Las Vegas. Now until 3 November, prospective speakers can submit for both general sessions OR the more technical Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology/BEIT Conference that is held under the NAB umbrella. If you are uncertain where your idea belongs, read the submission guidelines carefully. BEIT focuses on technical issues facing today’s media professionals with an emphasis on the evolution of technology for radio, television, digital, and the broader media and IT ecosystem. For broader trends and topics – for example, DEI initiatives, policy, postproduction, streaming, metaverse, and more – submit using the general session form to be considered for a main NAB program panel or presentation.

Lunchtime Learning: In September DLD (Digital – Life – Design) Media hosted DLD Circular conference, which brought together experts from across industry, technology, science, art and design “to provide unique perspectives on this new economic model and explore how the vision of a circular economy can foster innovative business concepts and societal transformation.” The programme included sessions on Building a Sustainable Digital Economy: Engaging Customers, Entrepreneurs and Consumers; Making Fashion Sustainable & Circular; Leading a Circular Transformation and How Networks Drive Sustainability. You may find all of the sessions on the DLD YouTube page.  

Coming Up Next Week: Described as “the world’s biggest, most influential gathering of the global money ecosystem,” Money 20/20 gets underway 22 October in Las Vegas and examines what’s next across the world of banks, payments, tech, and policy. MIT AI Conference (21 October; Mountain View) is organized by MITCNC, the regional alumni club of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Northern California. MIT AI’s 2023 theme is “Foundations for a Better World” and will consider the many ways AI is being used to uncover new opportunities and transform industries. Black Hat’s SecTor – which runs 23-26 October in Toronto – has built a reputation of bringing together experts from around the world to share their latest research and techniques involving underground threats and corporate defenses. Connecting the next generation of video game leaders is the goal at GamesBeat NEXT (23-24 October; San Francisco), a gathering designed for game developers, publishers, investors, executives, and industry visionaries. Alexander Group Executive Annual Forum showcases the ways revenue leaders can influence and take charge of the revenue growth mandate, when it’s held 25-27 October in Palm Beach, FL. And women across the tech ecosystem will gather in Pittsburgh from 26-28 October for the IEEE Women in Engineering/WIE Forum East to develop and improve their leadership skills. If you plan to go, don’t miss Speaker Strategies’ Gail Davis who will host a workshop on how to Fortify Your Personal Brand Through Conference Speaking!