Curated Conference Guide 2013-2014
 

Curated Conference Guide 2013-2014

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We realize that it’s increasingly difficult to schedule time out of the office to attend industry events and conferences. Still, there are a number of worthwhile gatherings we strongly recommend. As ...

We realize that it’s increasingly difficult to schedule time out of the office to attend industry events and conferences. Still, there are a number of worthwhile gatherings we strongly recommend. As a service to our clients, Webbmedia Group has curated the best of all likely tech conferences and events for 2013-2014. Below is that list, along with important details and additional information. Each entry includes a rating scale for added convenience.

We produce this curated list twice a year, in January and August. January’s edition includes exact dates and location, while the August list is intended for planning purposes (and has estimated dates).

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    • GUIDE TO 2013-14 EVENTS Recommended conferences and events during the coming year. 2012CONFERENCES BY WEBBMEDIA GROUP STAFF Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013 Curated Guides
    • 2 Executive Summary We realize that it’s increasingly difficult to schedule time out of the office to attend industry events and conferences. Still, there are a number of worthwhile gatherings we strongly recommend. As a service to our clients, Webbmedia Group has curated the best of all likely tech conferences and events for 2013-2014. Below is that list, along with important details and additional information. Each entry includes a rating scale for added convenience. We produce this curated list twice a year, in January and August. January’s edition includes exact dates and location, while the August list is intended for planning purposes (and has estimated dates). $ = cost of conference (not including flight or lodging) $ = $100 or less $$ = up to $500 $$$ = up to $1,000 $$$$ = up to $2,000 $$$$$ = > $2,000 J = good chance that you’ll learn/ see something groundbreaking = conference is difficult to get into/ exclusive WMG = one or more Webbmedia Group staff plans to attend January DLD January Munich http://dld-conference.com/conferences DLD is invitation only, but you can also submit your information for consideration. This is a high-profile conference focused on exploring the most zeitgeisty topics in digital media and design. $$$J WMG Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013
    • 3 Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013 February Tools of Change February New York City http://www.toccon.com/toc2012 This conference focuses on changes within the publishing industry, with an emphasis on books. New technology is discussed, prototypes are often shown. O’Reilly conferences sometimes lack good editorial curation, and panels can therefore come off as platforms for marketing products. $$$ WMG Spark Camp February. May, October Locations vary depending on each camp http://www.sparkcamp.com This is an invitation-only event that brings together 60 luminaries for an intense weekend of conversation and learning. Camps are held on a single topic (data, design, storytelling) and invitees include extremely bright minds in media, technology, design, data, journalism and elsewhere. Free J  (Amy Webb is a cofounder) TED and TEDActive February Vancouver (new TED home) http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/ TED conferences are notoriously difficult to get into and very expensive ($6,000 per person and up). In February, TED hosts a new exclusive conference, Full Spectrum, and an in-person gathering to watch a live simulcast (TEDActive). The main draw at TEDActive is networking with the folks who didn’t make the cut for the full TED show. $$$$ - $$$$$ J 
    • 4 Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013 March SXSW (South By Southwest) March Austin, Texas http://sxsw.com SXSW (Southby to locals/veterans) is an annual gathering of interactive web/ mobile people during week one and film/movie folks during week two. More than 30,000 attendees descend on Austin each March to party, see new stuff and network. Some argue that the after-hours parties have become the main event. Webbmedia Group curates this conference every year, recommending the 30 must-attend panels and parties. Look for an email from us with that list in February. Note: If you haven’t already registered and received a hotel confirmation early fall, you may need to book accommodations elsewhere in Texas or San Antonio. All hotels on the conference route typically sell out by December. Flights and rental cars are the next to go, so if you plan on attending, make sure you register and book everything ASAP. $$$ WMG April TC Disrupt NYC April NYC http://techcrunch.com/events/ This is part-hackathon, part startup battlefield, part carnival of new ideas, apps, websites and devices. A second main event happens in San Francisco in the fall. $$$ WMG VentureBeat Mobile Summit April Sausalito, CA http://venturebeat.com/events/mobilesummit2013/ This is an industry conference focused exclusively on mobile. We tend to see the usual suspects presenting (if not the companies, then the people), but the breadth of content spans beyond apps to infrastructure, platforms, enterprise, commerce and the like. $$$
    • 5 Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013 May D12 (All Things D conference) May Rancho Palos Verdes, California http://allthingsd.com/category/d/d11/ (last year’s conference) Some argue that this is one of the most important industry events of the year. Major announcements from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and others are always expected. It’s the place to network, to see and to be seen by the tech community. Note: D is impossible to get into, even though a set number of seats are offered to the general public. The conference hotel is sold out well in advance. $$$$$ J  WMG Google I/O May San Francisco https://developers.google.com/events/io/ (this year’s conference) This is Google’s developer conference, and it features lots of people doing interesting things. This is where Google Glass debuted, and where major announcements are made. $$$$  June Personal Democracy Forum June New York City http://personaldemocracy.com/conferences/nyc/2012 This is widely regarded as one of the best conferences to attend. It sells out early and always brings together a fascinating crowd. $$ J WMG Aspen Ideas Festival June Aspen Institute, Aspen Colorado http://www.aspenideas.org/ Ideas Festival is a fantastic few days of thinking big thoughts and learning more about the world in a relaxed setting. It always sells out and tickets go extremely fast. Registration usually happens in early November. $$$$ J  WMG
    • 6 Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013 July Fortune Brainstorm Tech July Aspen Institute, Aspen Colorado http://www.fortuneconferences.com/brainstorm-tech-2013/ This conference doesn’t necessarily show the latest innovations, but we’ve found it to be an eclectic mix of business leaders who stay at the conference even after they speak – which is a rare find. Participants are friendly and talkative. This is a great place to make new professional connections and to network. $$$$$ J WMG September Online News Association September or October Varies from year to year http://ona12.journalists.org/ (last year’s site) The Online News Association conference primarily attracts those working on the digital side of newspaper and radio organizations. It attracts 1,200 people each year and much of the focus is on innovation in tools/ technology, storytelling, SEO, revenue and design. $$ - $$$ J WMG October PRSA October San Francisco, California http://www.prsa.org/Conferences/InternationalConference/registration/ index.html PRSA is the largest conference for those involved in PR/ marketing/ advertising/ branding. Digital will be a big focus in 2012 -- and it’s a very good place to network. $$$$$ J WMG Strata & Hadoop World October NYC http://strataconf.com/ This is regarded as the best conference for people working in/ interested in data. There are several Strata conferences around the world, but the NYC event features lots of hands-on training with Hadoop. Alumni of past O’Reilly conferences receive a discount. $$$$$ J WMG
    • 7 Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013 October CEATEC October Tokyo http://www.ceatec.com/en/ This conference is worth the trip to Japan. You’ll see cutting-edge technologies and innovations, especially in wearables, lifetech and home goods. Registration is free, so you can save your cash for the airfare. Free J WMG November AdTech November New York City Link from last year: http://www.ad-tech.com/ny/ AdTech happens twice a year, on the West Coast in spring and on the East Coast in the winter. We think that the NYC conference is better, because it includes more industry players and opportunities to network. It’s held at the Javits Center when in NYC, which means lots of people and things to see. $$$ J December LeWeb December (Paris) and June (London) Paris & London Link from last year: http://www.leweb.co/ This is Europe’s big event, bringing together tech industry leaders, startups, VCs, journalists and others into a giant three-day festival. $$$$$ J WMG Also Noteworthy: The Chicago Ideas conference and DCWeek happen in the fall – both attract a 20- something techie crowd. NYC’s Internet Week is similar but takes place in June. Dreamforce is a must-attend for those working directly with Salesforce. We also recommend TechStars showcases and events, which are held throughout the country. For journalism, we also recommend these conferences: Investigative Reporters & Editors (investigative focus), Association of Alternative Weeklies, Society of News Design (newspaper focus), AEJMC (educator/ academic focus) UNITY (diversity focus).
    • 8 Knowledge Base: 2012 Conferences © 2013 Webbmedia Group, LLC http://www.webbmediagroup.com Updated 8.10.2013 Contact Us Site: http://www.webbmediagroup.com Tel: (267) 342.4300 Email: info@webbmediagroup.com Twitter: @webbmediagroup Key Company Info • Webbmedia Group launched January 2006. • We’ve worked with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, foundations, media organizations, governments, universities and tech startups worldwide. • We offer strategy and training services. • Webbmedia Group staff are fluent in Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, French and English. • All of our research, client work and training is personalized for each individual group. About Webbmedia Group Webbmedia Group is a near-term digital strategy firm that innovates for the future while solving complex problems related to disruptive technologies. Our core product is the Digital FuturePrint. Rather than focusing on immediate changes in the marketplace or what might happen in another 30 years, Webbmedia Group focuses on reshaping an organization for disruptive tech trends in the next 2 - 5 years. Looking ahead to the near-term allows our clients to make practical, strategic decisions today while planning for the future. Headquartered in Baltimore, Webbmedia Group has team members in more than a dozen cities, including Miami, NYC and Kyiv (Ukraine). Our virtualized office and distributed platform allows Webbmedia Group to draw on a wide variety of disciplines to serve our worldwide client base. Members of our staff are fluent in Spanish, Russian, Japanese, French and English. For more information on our offerings, see: http://www.webbmediagroup.com/client-engagements.