Digital Economy Events You Missed & Where You Need To Be In Q4

Shelly Dutton

The leading edge of the digital economy is wherever innovators gather. Be a part of the revolution.

Get an inside look into where some of today’s elite innovators are heading.

Who Was Where


July 09 – 13

World Domination Summit

Portland, Oregon

Credit: That Jolie Girl

This brainchild of Chris Guillebeau, New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life, proves that nonconformists and rule breakers make great entrepreneurs. Despite the block parties, dunk tanks, and attempts to break a Guinness World Record, this event got down to business with an eclectic presenter lineup that included Derek Sivers, creator of CD Baby, which sold for US$22 million in 2008. Drawing from their personal experiences, speakers shared how their personal passions and ideas ignited their entrepreneurial journey and became a reality that is changing people’s lives for the better.


September 06 – 12

Pirate Summit

Cologne, Germany

Credit: Heisenberg Media
Credit: Heisenberg Media

Attendees weren’t fooled by the fire-breathing dragons, flowing rum, and parties next to a burning man. These pirates knew how to get serious and formed mutually beneficial partnerships. Carlo Matic, co-founder of SUPR, shared his best practices of more than 1,000 Web and app projects for startups and corporates. Apparently Loanbase and Sorry As A Service were listening—they won the hearts (and votes) of their fellow pirates as well as the top prize of €25,000 from ProSiebenSat1 Accelerator

October 01 – 02

GeekWire Summit 2015

Seattle, Washington

Credit: GeekWire
Credit: GeekWire

It can be awe-inspiring to see the digital revolution through the eyes of the engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators who are powering it. Phil Spencer, Xbox chief and Microsoft Game Studios VP; Jim Olson, cancer researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Dave McClure, venture capitalist and founder of 500 Startups; and Eric Sprunk, COO at Nike, were among the headliners who discussed the extraordinary use of technology to create new businesses.


Through October 31

Expo Milano 2015

Milan, Italy

Credit: Norio Nakayama
Credit: Norio Nakayama

An estimated 20 million people have discovered what digital economy oracle Mary Meeker has been proclaiming all along: There’s significant innovation among businesses involved with growing food and delivering it. For six months, Expo visitors feasted their taste buds, eyes, and imaginations on the digital transformations that are changing how we produce, harvest, distribute, and purchase our sustenance.


November 12–13

O’Reilly’s Next: Economy

San Francisco

Kimberly Bryant Credit: Mills College
Kimberly Bryant Credit: Mills College

Hear firsthand predictions from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant, and Google senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock about how the digital revolution is transforming the way we work. Topics include workforce augmentation through robotics and artificial intelligence, the social contract in a world of on-demand employment, the emergence of the creative economy, and tools and practices for managing the 21st-century workforce<

What’s Next


November 23–24

Fashion Digital United Kingdom

London, UK

Credit: Mario Sánchez Prada

Learn about the digital economy in high style by rubbing elbows with some of fashion’s elite. Discover how today’s top brands—such as Kate Spade New York, BCBG, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, and Alice + Olivia— are reimagining retail. Panels and sessions, featuring approximately 100 industry speakers, will focus on e-commerce strategies and technology that are empowering retailers to create stronger brands, improve consumer traffic, and increase sales.


December 08–09

IGNITION: Future of Digital

New York City

Hiroshi Mikitani Credit: Wikimedia Commons

What happens when you bring together the brightest minds in media and technology with no script? Mind-blowing predictions that can change how you view digital disruption. This event has attracted speakers such as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Taboola founder and CEO Adam Singolda, Huffington Post co-founder and editor in chief Arianna Huffington, and many others. This year, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Rakuten founder and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani, and Al Roker Entertainment founder and CEO Al Roker join the slate of headline speakers.


January 13–15


Las Vegas

Kate Matsudaira Credit: Annie Laurie Malarke

Internet of Things, cloud, and social networks—you name it, it’s revolutionizing how businesses support employee learning, engagement, and productivity. Does your team know how technology can reignite your organization’s talent development efforts in 2016? Hear from thought leaders and practitioners who are leading this new frontier, including entrepreneurs David Rose, CEO of Ditto Labs; Kate Matsudaira, principal of Urban Influence; and Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of mobile monetization network Kiip.


January 20–23

World Economic Forum

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

Credit: World Economic Forum
Credit: World Economic Forum

The world’s top leaders gather to shape the global, regional, and industrial agenda. Breakthrough technologies, demographic shifts, and political transformations will have the spotlight as attendees share insights on societal and economic consequences of current trends and their ideas for navigating them. This event typically attracts international dignitaries, such as France’s president François Hollande, and business leaders, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma.


Now Through 2016

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Watch the evolution of robotics and artificial intelligence unfold before your eyes. Visit the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to get a behind-the-scenes look at how tele-operated surgical robots, robotic legs, and socially intelligent humanoid robots are transforming disciplines as varied as medicine, underwater exploration, and entertainment.