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5 Must Attend Tech Conferences Around The World This Week

1. Event Industry Trends and the Future of Events, London – July 30

This event will bring together leading industry figures to discuss the findings of the recent event industry Pulse Report, which surveyed over 500 event organisers to learn about their plans for the future.

Some of the issues which will be dealt with by the speakers will include: Which technologies do organisers plan to adopt next, what are the favourite UK venues for organisers, how much do different types of event spend on marketing, technology, venues or programming and

how organisers choose venues. Considering this is a free event it's definitely not to be missed.

2. VenueConnect, Baltimore – August 1, 2015

VenueConnect, one of the leading global events for event professionals is taking place in at the Baltimore Convention Centre this year. The event aims to bring together industry leaders and key influencers in one space to offer their thoughts and tips about how to achieve success.

The event includes venue executives, managers, and personnel from a spectrum of public assembly facilities around the world, and features education that addresses the opportunities and challenges relevant to current facility operations. This conference will be a tremendous celebration of the role that women play as managers and leaders within IAVM and throughout the venue industry.

3. World Education Congress 2015, San Francisco – August 1, 2015

Meeting Professional International’s signature event delivers top-rated education and networking to meeting and event professionals. Attendees are immersed in learning experiences designed to give you the competitive edge when planning meetings.

This event will provide meeting and event professionals who attend with outstanding networking and marketplace opportunities for conducting business. With both formal and informal scheduled face-to-face activities, WEC attendees can connect to industry peers and partners.

Whether attendees prefer to listen to lectures from speakers or prefer a more interactive participatory style session they will find them all here.

4. Affiliate Summit East, New York – August 2, 2015

Now in it's 12th year, the Affiliate Summit is the leading affiliate marketing conference and is taking place at the New York Marriot Marquis. There will be an exhibit hall filled with with affiliates, merchants, vendors, and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts.

There will also be the Affiliate Summit eSocial platform for attendees which offers registered attendees an opportunity to connect securely and privately prior to the conference to network and request on-site meetings.

The summit also offers a Newcomer Program helps connect first time attendees with Affiliate Summit veterans. Conference veterans volunteer their time to share their past experiences, ideas and information to help newcomers optimize their time at the conference.

Summer NYC VC and Angel Conference, New York – August 6, 2015

This event is an excellent opportunity for start ups to come and actually pitch to key investors and influencers in their industry.

Speakers at the conference will be discussing trends in Early-Stage Investing, hot sectors, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, the best ways to reach other Investors.

There is also an optional Pitching Workshop where experts will help attendees deconstruct their pitches for ideas and work with them to formulate a clean and concise pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on their company. Then armed with their new pitch, it can be immediately tested on the Panel of Investors during the event.

Must Attend Startup Events Happening This July

Startup Grind NYC - Stack Exchange New York July 9, 2015

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs in over 170 cities. Helping to nurture startups in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

This week on July 9th, the speaker is Joel Spolsky of Stack Exchange, one of the leading websites for facilitating questions and answers from developers about programming. This is sure to be a great event to meet fellow professionals from the developers sector. To date, Startup Grind has helped around 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentor-ship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

App Promotion Summit London July 9, 2015

At the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the App Promotion Summit in London will be bringing developers, media companies, app studios and brands together with the leading mobile ad networks, cross promotion exchanges, software providers and agencies. 

The event will display the newest cutting edge additions to technology, while also discussing the latest trends in app usage. From highly visible business in the sector to startups, they will have the chance to network with other media and technological companies, many of which have emerged as well known companies, such as Amazon, Twitter, and PayPal.

2015 Multicultural Women's National Conference New York July 16-17

This years conference at the Marriot Marquis New York is going to be all about mindset and is titled “Mindset Matters: Igniting Potential. Driving Excellence.”

By instilling resolve, resilience, and creative thinking - what can seem unfavourable current realities can also be opportunities in disguise. Attendees will learn that through conversations about shared experiences, educating one another, challenging bias this can infuse teams and individuals with a culture of positive energy and momentum.

Aiming to expand strength and wisdom during Same Race and Cross Race Conversations, challenge our thinking with engaging keynotes and panel discussions, draw inspiration from leadership journeys shared in StoryTalk sessions and commit to action during powerful skill-building workshops.

MobileBeat 2015 San Francisco July 13-14

Now entering it’s 8th year in existence MobileBeat 2015 is the event to go to to enhance your ability to succeed on the mobile platform and learn from industry leaders.

It’s projected that this year there will be 2 billion smartphones worldwide, those users will spend on average 3 hours per day on them which is more time than they will spend watching television.

Some of the key topics that will be covered at the event will be :Growth-hacking / Customer acquisition: What are the winning strategies, and what works best if you’re short on time?

Hyper personalization: How to make users love what you do, and what your brand stands for by delivering exactly the right message at the right time.

The mobile video revolution: Mobile video is exploding in 2015. What does this shift mean for you, and how should your marketing strategy reflect this?The art of mobile design: How to think “mobile first” to engage and delight your users on these new platforms.For those serious about growing your business through mobile, this is a must-attend event.

The Big Social Media Conference 9-10 July Manchester, UK

The Point is Lancashire County Cricket Club’s conference and events centre at Old Trafford and will be the venue for The Big Social Media conference 2015.

This exciting event is hosted by on-line community Social Media Experts and will  will feature keynote speakers including LinkedIn expert Melonie Dodaro, Facebook marketing guru Mari Smith, influential entrepreneur Lilach Bullock plus a whole range of experts and key influencers from around the globe. Topics on the agenda include social media advertising, video marketing, boosting sales and profits and insight into some of the world’s most popular social media platforms.

For Business owners, Digital marketing executives, Social media executives this is  can’t miss event.

Tips For Entrepreneurs - Lessons Learned From A Female Founder

"I was always destined to become an entrepreneur".

This was the first sentence Niamh Bushnell, Dublin's first Commissioner for Startups, spoke at InspireFest 2015.

She was on stage to give tips to potential startup founders in Dublin who may be struggling to get their idea off the ground. Bushnell told the, predominantly female, audience that she was enterprising from a young age, persuading an Italian man to drive herself and her friend the length of Italy, for free, when she was just 18 years old. 

Since then Bushnell has worked for Enterprise Ireland, has become an Angel Investor, and has set up two companies of her own while living in New York city, the first of which sadly failed.

She shared 10 lessons she has learned over her career thus far, from communication challenges and picking the right co-founders to the issue of becoming too emotionally involved in your idea. Below are her tips for anyone looking to start their own business

Lesson 1: Don't lost track of the market.

You have a great idea - brilliant. But as your idea, and product or service develops, be sure not to lose track of which direction the market is going. Will your idea still be relevant is 6 months? Are you keeping up-to-date with your competitors? One of the most important things to know when starting your own business is to never lose track of the market.

Lesson 2: Being busy doesn't mean you're being productive.

Anyone can make themselves busy, but not everyone can be consistently productive. Make sure you are spending your time working on the right things, the things that are most important to your business taking off.Start with spending time doing the things you love then try to get the more difficult tasks done when you are feeling more motivated.

Lesson 3: Choose everything carefully.

When starting your first business, it is imperative to choose every small element of it with extreme care. Consider your phone providers as much as your investors, be as picky when choosing internet services as you are with choosing talent.

Lesson 4: There are no shortcuts.

You need to tell yourself this again and again because taking shortcuts will only end in a lot more work further down the line or in some instances, ultimate failure. Everything takes time and everything needs to be done properly. Taking shortcuts with your startup is a BIG no-no.

Lesson 5: Tech is challenging.

If you have tech in your product but are not a techie yourself, you will need to learn to be an excellent listener. If you're co-founder is good at the tech side, and your're not, you will need to find clear ways to communicate to ensure you both understand the direction you wish to take your product.

Lesson 6: Successful businesses LOVE numbers.

It's all about the numbers, both at the beginning of your journey and cone your business is established. Investors want to know numbers: How many customers do you have? How many are you retaining? How big is the market? How much profit are you making? Always keep track of the numbers for everything, no matter how small.

Lesson 7: Know both your macros and micro market.

This is about knowing what people are up to in the 'virtual town hall'. Knowing your market isn't just about keeping an eye on your competitors and your sector, it's about understanding and being aware of the bigger picture. Watch the news, read newspapers, subscribe to tech blogs and stay up to date on everything and anything that could potentially affect your business.

Lesson 8: REALLY like your co-founder.

Some people say you should never go into business with friends. While that isn't exclusively true, you do need to be VERY careful with who you decide to start your business with. You have to really like them. You need to like them so much that you would willingly invite them over for dinner every night of the week. If you don't get on with your co-founder, your business is doomed to fail from the get-go.

Lesson 9: Beware of 'good enough'.

This is about focusing on a problem that does not need to be fixed. If the general public feel the product or service they currently use is 'goof enough' that there is probably no real need for a new one. Don't try to create a market where one does one already exist.

Lesson 10: Avoid all the 'startup hype'.

It is so easy. especially here in Dublin, to get sucked in by the hype that surrounds the startup sector. Everyone wants in and some people have even become serial startup founders, jumping form one startup incubator to the next. Just because there is funding available and a great selection of accelerator programmes does not mean they will take you to the next milestone. Your're idea and features need to be killer and you need to work harder than you have ever done before in order to get it off the ground.