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Calling women leaders: these innovation events are for you

January 16, 2019

In the age of digital transformation, leaders today are faced with new challenges to innovate and compete in business. But while more companies are committed to gender equality in the workplace, just a quarter of senior roles across the world in 2018 were held by women. For those females in positions of leadership, we have rounded up the events specifically aimed at the development of women (and men) at the top of the ladder.

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This is your innovation events calendar for 2019

December 27, 2018

Innovation, technology and future trends are always on the mind of innovation leaders. To keep on top of things and stay up to date, we have gathered the 12 innovation events for your diary for 2019 – one for every month of the year.

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Digital Transformation Europe 2018

June 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
InterContinental London – The O2,

London,United Kingdom
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Conceived to lift the lid on the meaning of digital transformation, market research company Forrester invites technology management and marketing leaders, innovators and practitioners to this forum in London. The two-day programme in June comprises over 30 sessions featuring industry experts and Forrester analysts, offering insight into how to embrace the strategic business transformations that new digital technologies make possible.

XXIX ISPIM Innovation Conference

June 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Clarion Hotel,

Stockholm,Sweden
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The International Society for Professional Innovation Management holds this 3-day multi-track conference in Stockholm, aimed at researchers, managers, executives and consultants with a passion for innovation management. Leading innovation thought leaders will present hundreds of presentations and workshops on the latest thinking in innovation management, while visitors can network with other innovation professionals from 50 countries and share innovation insights.

Digital Leaders week

June 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The most inspirational week in the Digital Transformation calendar.Digital Leaders Week celebrates, showcases, shares and inspires the best digital transformation across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In 2017, there were over 40 events around the country.

RAID 2018

June 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Paris,France
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Standing for Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things & Data, RAID is aimed at C-level executives and senior managers to confront opportunities and challenges of disruptive innovation. The 2018 event welcomes some of the world’st most innovative companies and influential thinkers, with a focus on B2B opportunities.

Chief Innovation Officer Summit

July 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - July 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Singapore,Singapore
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The Chief Innovation Officer Summit provides interactive learning and unparalleled networking opportunities with innovation leaders from the world’s most reputable companies. Under the theme “Foster Ideation, Structure Execution, Boost Innovation in Asia”, the event enables you to reinvigorate your business with fresh ideas and meet industry pioneers.

European Innovation Academy 2018

July 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Centro de Congressos de Estoril,

Lisbon,Portugal
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Consisting of a three-week acceleration programme to transform ideas into startups, the largest event organized by the European Innovation Academy will welcome hundreds of participants, startups and speakers to Portugal in July.

AI & IoT 2018

August 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Paris,France
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The International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & IoT provides a prospect for leading researchers, experts, scientists, innovators and delegates to interact, discuss and share innovative ideas in these fields.

Matchmaking Event “Innovation – 2018”

August 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Kiev,Ukraine
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Aimed at Technoparks and startups, this matchmaking event in Kiev is a networking platform for scientists, innovators, inventors, manufacturers leading innovative technologies, founders of startups and spin-off companies with  representatives of enterprises, potential partners, experts or consumers.    

Life Cycle Innovation Conference

August 29, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Berlin,Germany
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Part of the Life Cycle Initiative, the conference explores innovative approaches and methods to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), along with products and services that will help transition towards a more sustainable world.

Medtech Innovation Event 2018

September 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Biel,Switzerland
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A matchmaking event for startups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), service providers, investors, and academic and global players from the medtech sector, Medtech Innovation Event will take place in Switzerland in September. The event consists of pitches by startups/industrial innovators and solution providers, and will include a tabletop exhibition and a 1-to-1 partnering service.

Future Festival World Summit

September 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Toronto,Canada
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Rounding up the 2018 edition of the Future Festival, the Future Festival Toronto is the signature three-day event, designed to be the world’s best innovation conference.  Over 700 attendees and the world’s best innovators come together  in Toronto, the organisers’ HQ city with trend safaris, workshops and thought leaders, to prototype their future.

FT Innovation Dialogue – Customer-centric Innovation

September 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

London,United Kingdom
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The Financial Times’ 4th Innovation Dialogue takes a practical look at how corporates are redesigning their innovation processes to incorporate customer intelligence into their organisation.

Future Trends 2018

September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Taking place in New York, Future Trends 2018 is a platform that showcases cross-industry insights, innovation and brand executives who have spotted the key business trends on the horizon and pro-actively adapted future strategies.

Innovation Excellence 2018

September 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Barcelona,Spain
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On September 27-28, 16 experts in the field of innovation excellence will present the best practices for enhancing innovation and customer experience through design thinking, to a select audience of high-level executives.

IoT Solutions World Congress 2018

October 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Fira Barcelona Gran Via,

Barcelona,Spain
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The global reference for industrial IoT, the IoT Solutions World Congress is dedicated exclusively to connecting IoT providers with industry in order to help the latter increase productivity via this disruptive technology. With over 300 exhibitors, the 2018 edition will continue to explore the latest industrial IoT innovations to bring visitors the necessary cutting-edge expertise and strategies to  capitalise on IoT.

Back End of Innovation 2018

October 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Phoenix,AZUnited States
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Taking place in Arizona in October, the Back End of Innovation 2018 brings the most forward-thinking companies and thought leaders who will share their insights on driving idea execution, building financial impact and enhancing cultural change.    

East Sweden Innovation Week

November 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Östergötland,Sweden
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From the 5th to the 11th of November, the East Sweden Innovation Week is filled with inspiration, professional development and networking. With the aim of strengthening the innovation climate of Östergötland, some of the leading innovation companies and entrepreneurs will be present at the event.

Web Summit

November 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Altice Arena,

Lisbon,Portugal
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Considered “The best technology conference on the planet”, Web Summit brings the founders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, groundbreaking startups, policymakers, heads of state and world-class speakers to Lisbon in November.

Global Innovation Forum 2018

November 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

London,
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With presentations, panel debates, workshops, DemoLab, Teenage Innovators and a Start-up Stage, the forum brings together innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors to discuss the latest trends in innovation, design, creativity, R&D and new product development. Key speakers, global players and intense networking will define the agenda of the event, whose theme is ‘Be More Human’.

Transformation 4.0: Digital Leadership, Disruptive Innovation & Design Thinking

November 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,

Singapore,Singapore
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The inaugural Transformation 4.0 interactive forum exposes new ways of thinking and leading organisations in the digital economy. Featuring interactive discussions, case studies and expert insights, the event will discuss how technology is being used to push organisations into the digital age and about embracing an end-user-centric way of innovating.

Innovation Mini MBA

November 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Academy,

London,United Kingdom
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Supported by Google, this unique programme is a fully immersive learning experience that focuses on deep-dive case studies and experiential engagement. Aimed at participants experiencing a high level of disruption in their industry, it provides the tools to implement lasting innovation through definition, idea scaling and prioritisation.   The Academy, a Google Space, London, United Kingdom    

ISPIM Connects Fukuoka

December 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel,

Fukuoka,Japan
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The International Society for Professional Innovation Management holds this conference in Japan to tackle key global challenges that are relevant locally through innovation, such as population ageing, finding new sources of energy and developing a start-up ecosystem. At the event, visitors will engage with top innovation leaders from Asia-Pacific and beyond, learn about the Fukuoka innovation scene and network with innovation experts across industries and continents.

Citrix Summit ’19

January 7 @ 8:00 am - January 9 @ 5:00 pm
Orange County Convention Center,

Orlando,FLUnited States
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Providing the tools and inspiration to help businesses grow and succeed in a world of rapid digital transformation, the Citrix Summit ’19 is taking place in Florida in January. As well as providing critical training and hands-on learning, the summit also features a new Marketing Track and a free certification exam at its Certification Centre.  

CES Conference

January 8 @ 8:00 am - January 11 @ 5:00 pm

San Diego,United States
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CES is a global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. The proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies takes place in Las Vegas between January 8-11, attracting more than 150,000 tech fanatics and 4,000 exhibitors.  

Women in Tech

January 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tower 42,

London,United Kingdom
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Women in Tech is a networking and investor event with the aim to foster the female entrepreneurial and investor ecosystem. The event seeks to make a difference by featuring keynote speakers and 5 pitches from female entrepreneurs, followed by networking.

sTARTUp Day 2019

January 23 @ 8:00 am - January 25 @ 5:00 pm
Tartu Ülikooli Spordihoone,

Tartu,Estonia
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The biggest business festival in the Baltics brings together more than 4,000 attendees to Tartu, Estonia, between January 23-25. Organised by the local startup community, it features over 100 world-class speakers, hands-on seminars, expo area, and matchmaking and pitching.  

Innova-Con 2019

January 29 @ 8:00 am - January 30 @ 5:00 pm

San Diego,United States
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A joint initiative by the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) and the US Chamber of Commerce, Innova-Con 2019 gathers prominent speakers and global innovation management experts in Washington. This year’s theme is “Disruption: The Emerging Landscape of Innovation”, focusing on areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Globalizing Innovation.

AI Innovation Summit 2019

January 29 @ 8:00 am - January 30 @ 5:00 pm

San Diego,United States
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The AI Innovation Summit is a two-day conference in San Francisco that engages, inspires and provides unique insights into cutting-edge practices. Welcoming some of the world’s most accomplished practitioners, thought leaders and vendors, the summit will also cover machine learning, measuring innovation, artificial intelligence and data science.

London Blockchain Week 2019

February 8 @ 8:00 am - February 14 @ 5:00 pm

San Diego,United States
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One of the early pioneers of Blockchain events, the 3rd annual London Blockchain Week takes place in the British capital in February. More than 3,000 participants are expected to take part in workshops, exhibitions, evening receptions and the Blockchain Hackathon.  

Think 2019

February 12 @ 8:00 am - February 15 @ 5:00 pm

San Diego,United States
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Between February 12th-15th, IBM hosts the conference Think 2019 in San Francisco (USA). Promising to sharpen skills, provide hands-on experience with the latest technology and extend visitors’ professional network while having fun in the process, the conference features educational opportunities, expert guidance, demonstrations and entertainment.