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January edition: Ultimate Events Happening Soon

With each new day, you can guarantee that some very bright people are planning get-togethers designed to have massive impacts for everyone involved. The settings can be musical, artistic, creative, academic or business-focused; these are events you hear about before saying, “that sounds awesome,” and “sign me up.” This actively researched and updated blog series is my answer to helping people learn about ultimate events on a timely basis.

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Mark your calendar: Awesome events coming to Amsterdam, Austria, Cleveland, LA, Seattle and Vegas

The weather should start cooling down soon – which may make it easier for us to explore new opportunities for education and invigoration. This 12x Learning Optimizer edition provides timely information on upcoming, highly valuable and inspirational opportunities for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists. Even if you’re stuck at home, I hope this knowledge will introduce some new energy and ideas in the days to come. Be sure to save the date on Friday, 9 September, and join Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, Celine Dion and others from the Hollywood community in supporting the Stand Up To Cancer televised fundraising special. Read more

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Sharing Secrets: 2016 Cannes Lions Live Sessions of the Day


It has been an exciting week for me, even though I am once again missing the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently underway in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 18-25 June has teamed-up with global media agency network Mindshare and YouTube to provide two live-streamed sessions every day this week. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… new videos will continue to go live here over the days ahead. Hopefully these presentations – streamed in real-time for a global audience – will be rich with valuable secrets and insights.

Here is the complete rundown of the sessions that were chosen by almost 20,000 voters: Read more

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FITC is set to inspire in Toronto, NYC and Chicago

For 2016, FITC is ready to expand its highly successful history bringing leading design and technology professionals and students together in cities like Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo and Toronto. Here are the overview details for three upcoming inspirational FITC conferences that will unite designers, developers, digital artists and everyone innovating in the digital space in Toronto, New York and Chicago.

FITC Toronto, April 17-19, 2016, Hilton Toronto

Better and stronger than ever, the original three-day professional celebration of the world’s best design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies soon returns to Toronto. Engineered year after year to unite and transform the creative industry, the 2016 organizers have assembled dynamic leaders and stars from all across North America and the world. Once again, FITC Toronto will unveil the future of everything innovative, technical and creative, to leave attendees informed, challenged and inspired.

Thanks to Dexigner.com, you can use discount code “dexigner” to save $100 off any ticket for this event. Read more

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Something SXSW special just for you


Thirty years ago, the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival began in Austin, Texas. Having grown to essentially become all things to all people, the event’s concurrent film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences attract 85,000 attendees, which includes the lion’s share of the entertainment and advertising industries, as well as the brand marketers wanting to engage with them. This year’s SXSW will launch on 11 March and run on through the 20th. Perhaps slightly less well known is the fact that SXSW, Inc., also runs the SXSWedu conference on educational innovation (running 7-10 March this year in Austin), the SXSW Eco environmental conference (set for 10-12 Oct. in Austin), and SXSW V2V focused on innovative startups (future dates and locations TBD).

I’ve just taken a fresh look at all the relevant news feeds to point you to the pure gospel. Enlightenment awaits: Read more

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Awwwards Conference Update: Amsterdam and New York City

Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s premier website competitions, Awwwards aims to recognize and promote the best of innovative web design and the talent and efforts of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world.

At Awwwards Conferences held each year in the planet’s most iconic cities, digital architects, pixel visionaries and curators of dreams come together to share their best-kept secrets and unveil their keys to success. Read more

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Making history: CES 2016

Owned and produced by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2016 International CES will kick-off soon in Las Vegas, where it will run from Jan. 6 through Jan. 9. Well established as the essential annual gathering for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and their breakthroughs for more than 40 years. It’s truly a global stage, where the marketers behind next-generation innovations make great efforts to create splashes of epic proportions. With CEA standing as the technology trade association representing the $200+ billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, the media blitz we’ll witness provides amazing insights… proving that this largest hands-on event of its kind is extremely important in identifying and addressing this far-reaching industry’s key issues.

For access to more CES 2016 insider intelligence, keep your eyes on these pundits in the hours ahead. Read more

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TNW Conference this Wednesday at The Manhattan Center

Very soon, six months of hard work and careful curation will pay off, when the sun rises on 18 November and the 2015 TNW Conference convenes in New York City. The Next Web’s marketing manager Matthew Elworthy has kept me posted on developments over the past several months as the program, attendance and other details on the festivities have firmed up. For example, in mid-October he let me know that this year’s Conference will take place at The Manhattan Center. “The Manhattan Center is one of New York’s most elegant and versatile event destinations – pairing a century-old former opera house with fully integrated 21st century media and entertainment production technology.”

Some 1,500 attendees are expected in total, representing over 800 companies. Here are a few more highlights to whet your appetite. Read more

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Join the fun at FITC FORM Fest, 2-3 Nov. in Chicago

FITC has a 14-year history of uniting leading design and technology professionals and students in Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto and other major international cities, but its last event to hit Chicago was back in 2008. On Nov. 2-3, a brand new Chicago-centric event conceived and produced under the auspices of FITC and its founding director Shawn Pucknell will take place at the Chicago History Museum. Entitled FORM Fest, the conference is aiming to be a landmark gathering of digital creators and technologists who are passionate about creating innovative work.

The impressive line-up of speakers includes bona-fide design-industry stars from elsewhere – like Stefan Sagmeister, GMUNK, Jared Ficklin and Rama Allen – but also local heavyweights like Erin Sarofsky, Jason White (Leviathan), Kim Alpert, Chuck Anderson and Chicago Design Museum’s executive director Tanner Woodford, among many others. Other featured speakers include Anton + Irene, Nicholas Felton, Jason Peterson of Havas Worldwide, Carlos Segura of Segura, Inc., and Anthony Vitagliano of Digital Kitchen.

Alpert and White are both past FITC speakers, and with support from conceptual design company Leviathan, they worked closely with FITC to create FORM and custom-tailor it for Chicago’s booming creative community. Read more

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NYC’s Advertising Week begins on 28 September

Proudly marking its 12th year in New York, Advertising Week is a hybrid of inspiring thought-leadership and highly entertaining special events featuring the industry’s best and brightest. With the world’s greatest city as its backdrop, Advertising Week draws from the brand, agency, technology, startup, media and broader cultural communities, advancing key conversations designed to drive the ad business forward and influence industry globally.

For 2015, Advertising Week will once again shine the spotlight on critical business drivers shaping and influencing these combined industries worldwide. In the words of its organizers, “Measured by breadth, scope and impact, Advertising Week transcends standard industry conferences and moves the needle on essential industry challenges like talent and diversity.”

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