It Takes a Village: eMerge Americas, which is self-described as “the premier technology conference shaping the future of innovation” will return to the Miami Beach Convention Center from 18 – 19 April. The event brings venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and technology innovators to sunny Florida. This year, they have announced that they will add an AI expo AI Village which will showcase dozens of AI solutions providers, ranging from startups to cutting-edge global organizations. Also new this year will be a dedicated AI Theater featuring round-the-clock programming.

Web Summit’s New CEO: Web Summit announced that Katherine Maher would be their new CEO as they prepare for the Lisbon event which is just over a week away. Katherine brings considerable experience to the role, having previously served as chief executive of the Wikimedia Foundation, the global non-profit behind Wikipedia. She is also the chair of messaging platform Signal Messenger. Upon assuming the role, she noted “Our immediate task is returning the focus to what we do best: delivering dialogue among all those connected with technological advancement.”

Submission Opportunity: Robotics Summit (1-2 May 2024; Boston) and the co-located Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum were created to help attendees overcome hurdles related to commercial robotics development. Now through 1 December, the producers are seeking proposals for a host of session formats, including technical presentations, roundtables, workshops, robot demos, and even lab tours. Both the main summit and healthcare forum will cover tracks on design/development and enabling technologies. The summit will also explore manufacturing considerations and AI.

Conference Manager Q&A: Cassandra Roach is the Conference Production Coordinator for Executive Platforms, which produces the North American Sustainability & Responsibility Summit (NASRS). The event will take place in Denver from 24 – 26 March 2024. We caught up with Cassandra to find out what excites her about the next event and what her team is doing differently this year.  

Speaker Strategies: Is there anything that differentiates NASRS from other events that focus on sustainability?

Diverse and world-class expertise, real-world solutions based on specific case studies, a wide-ranging focus on sustainability topics that go beneath the surface, and a strong commitment to fostering meaningful, lasting connections all work together to create an exceptional experience. These factors make NASRS a standout event for those looking to enhance their knowledge, share experiences with industry peers and leaders, and drive sustainable practices in their organizations.

Speaker Strategies: What about your next event excites you the most?

What is most exciting about our upcoming NASRS event is that the executives who attend this event truly have the decision-making power to steer global enterprises in a more sustainable direction. Being there feels like you have a front row seat to conversations pushing the global movements that are creating a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Speaker Strategies: Is there anything you plan to do that is new or different at the event this year?

At this year’s NASRS, we are excited to introduce several innovative elements. We are incorporating interactive elements into the presentations to make the learning experience more engaging and participatory. We recently launched our speaker roundtable series, which provides attendees with the opportunity to hear in-depth discussions between our expert speakers. We have ventured into the world of podcasting offering attendees insightful audio conversations which are a different format for learning. We are passionate about creating an experience that resonates with our audience, and we are continuously working to make each event even more engaging, informative, and transformative.

Coming Up Next Week: In collaboration between Stanford and UC Berkeley, DeCode Innovation Conference explores innovation and entrepreneurial issues pertinent to students, alumni, and business leaders alike when it’s held 4 November at the SCET Office, UC Berkeley. Held in Miami, the second edition of the FT-Nikkei Investing in America Summit (7 November) convenes leaders from foreign multinational corporations and local and federal officials to explore the U.S. economic outlook and key investment opportunities making America more competitive, sustainable, and resilient. At Milken Institute Future of Health Summit (6-8 November; Washington, DC), attendees will unite under the theme “Closing the Gap: Better Health for More People.” Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum runs 8-10 November in Singapore, offering a constructive space for business and government leaders to meet for dialogue and international engagement on issues like “persistent inflation, geopolitical tensions, the rise of AI, and the precarious state of the world’s climate.” Reuters NEXT operates under a similar objective – to tackle the world’s thorniest problems – when it’s held 8-9 November in New York. And finally, PRovoke Global Summit kicks off 6 November at Hotel Washington, designed for senior practitioners to address critical issues and celebrate the best PR work.