The Best Conferences For The Rest of 2012

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Iget this question quite often these days, so here is a list of what I consider some of the best events to attend from now and until the end of 2012 related to Technology, Mobile, Design, Innovation, Storytelling and Make/DIY culture.

Do you have a conference to recommend? Please do it in the comments below!

(You can follow more events selected by Conference Basics on our public Google Calendar)



7/Sept dConstruct [Brighton, UK]

dConstruct 2012 is a gathering of smart and entertaining people poking at the intersection of technology and culture. The theme of this year’s dConstruct is “Playing With The Future”. Prepare to be entertained on topics ranging from playfulness and creativity to digital preservation and science fiction.dConstruct remains the ideal conference for web designers and developers. The presentations may not contain any practical tips you can take back to work on Monday morning but you will gain insights into the direction our digital technology is taking. You might just find yourself showing up at work on Monday morning with an altered perspective on the world.

10-12/Sept TechCrunch Disrupt [San Francisco, USA]

TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year. This September 8-12, TechCrunch will be bringing Disrupt back to San Francisco to reveal an all new slate of outstanding startups, influential speakers, guests, and more to the stage. The TechCrunch Disrupt conference is a beast of many moving parts, all of which you can find in the video and details below.

17-18/Sept PICNIC Festival [Amsterdam, The Netherlands]

PICNIC Festival 2012 will be an international gathering of approximately 3500 professionals representing business, technology, government and non profit, education and the creative industries.The Festival will be an active learning environment where companies and organizations can understand this ‘new ownership’ shift. At the Festival, they can question assumptions and then improve and re-imagine by developing new ideas, concepts and prototypes.The goal is to discover opportunities for transformation: processes, cultures, products, services, models and experiences.

2012 theme – New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up

20-23/Sept The Do Lectures [Campovida, USA]

The idea is a simple one— that people who Do things can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things, too. So each year we invite a set of people down here to come and tell us what they Do. They can be small Do’s or big Do’s or just extraordinary Do’s. But when you listen to their stories, they light a fire in your belly to go and Do your thing, your passion, the thing that sits in the back of your head each day, just waiting, and waiting for you to follow your heart.

23-25/Sept Clinton Global Initiative [New York, USA]

Theme: Designing for Impact. The 2012 Annual Meeting will explore how the Clinton Global Initiative community can utilize our abundance of global capacity to invent better tools, build more effective interventions, and work creatively and collaboratively to design a future worth pursuing.

28/Sept TEDxTransmedia [Rome, Italy]

TEDxTransmedia 2012 – WEkids: Dreamers, Geeks, Mindshifters – will present TED Talks that strive to inspire new ways of media thinking. In three sessions, Dreamers, Geeks, Mindshifters, we hope to awaken the unconscious optimism, energy, passion and free-thinking of the inner child in us all.TEDxTransmedia 2012 invites pioneers, trailblazers, innovators and speakers of all ages, to share the stage with ideas, and stories of success and failure, that will help us learn new ways to tell stories across multiple media platforms.

28/Sept Mind the Product [London, UK]

MindtheProduct 2012 is the first conference of its kind – bringing together product management leaders from around the world to explore the intersection of design, technology and business – the business of building great products.



7-10/Oct Health 2.0 [San Francisco, USA]

At the 6th Annual Fall Conference you will see the very latest technologies in Health 2.0, and we’ll maintain our tradition of hosting leading thinkers and fascinating conversation. This fall, new technologies will be presented in contextual environments woven around a developing narrative which illustrates the transformation occurring in the space. Change doesn’t come easily and a true, universal transformation requires the analysis, connection and redefinition of categories across all parts of the system. We’ll dive deeper into these issues with topics like big data analysis, personalized medicine, price transparency and keynotes from Health Futurist Joe Flower and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini. Over two days we will progressively illuminate on stage, through mini-environments and discussion, that Health 2.0 is everywhere – it touches how we live, how we eat, how we interact with providers, patients and more.

10/Oct Next Service Design [Berlin, Germany]

We think that Service Design is going to be one of the hottest topics within the next year. That’s why we’ve decided to dedicate a whole conference to it.

16-17/Oct GigaOM Structure [Amsterdam, The Netherlands]

In its five years, the Structure conference stands at the epicenter of the cloud computing revolution. In this, our first European event, we invite both innovators and the most pragmatic practitioners from Europe and Silicon Valley to engage in debate, learning and sharing over two days.

17-18/Oct Dublin Web Summit [Dublin, Ireland]

The founders of Twitter, YouTube, Skype and over 100 international entrepreneurs, investors and influencers having spoken over the last two years, with thousands of attendees joining from around the world. In those two short years, the Dublin Web Summit has grown from a small conference to the second largest tech conference in Europe. This year it might even become Europe’s largest tech onference. We’ll have to wait and see!In 2011, over 1,500 attendees joined us from 45 countries across the world. This year over 3,000 will join us, and we hope from even more countries than ever before. The Web Summit runs over two days and caters to both seasoned tech company CEOs and executives, and those from more traditional businesses.

25-26/Oct WIRED Conference [London, UK]

This year’s event looks set to top last year already and will be jam-packed with stimulating content, networking and inspiring talks from people reshaping our world. Delegates will be immersed in a creative and innovative atmosphere of collaborative discovery and knowledge sharing, all brought to you directly by the team at WIRED, the world’s leading magazine for those at the cutting edge of ideas, technology, culture and business.

My review of the 2011 edition.



6-7/Nov Health 2.0 [Berlin, Germany]

Since 2007, the Health 2.0 Conference has been the leading showcase of cutting-edge innovation transforming the health care system. Not your typical stodgy conference, Health 2.0 brings a fresh approach to the space and is the leader in health care technology today. We bring together the best minds, resources and technology for compelling panels, discussions and product demonstrations. In addition to our flagship event held in San Francisco each fall, we also host an annual “Spring Fling” event and multiple international conferences, including Paris, India and Berlin.

14-16/Nov MLOVE Japan [Tokyo & Kamakura, Japan] <— Disclaimer, I’m the director of MLOVE Japan

Japan is the Future of Mobile, Now. MLOVE is inviting leaders and innovators from Japan, Europe and the USA to discuss the powerful potential of mobile to act as a catalyst for community, positive change and inspiration. Set in the beautiful city of Kamakura, a former capital of Japan, with a rich architectural heritage and many historically significant Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, some of them over 1,200 years old, global mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs and developers will mix with architects, scientists, musicians and social entrepreneurs to share and develop experiences in a highly interactive format and learn from each other about the opportunities that mobile presents today.

14-16/Nov Monaco Media Forum [Monte Carlo, Monaco]

The Monaco Media Forum brings together leaders of new and traditional media for two and a half days of high-level discussions about the future of online, broadcast and print communications. Aggressively global in outlook, the invitation-only gathering focuses on emerging opportunities in media technology, distribution and content, with special emphasis on advertising, marketing & finance. Now in its seventh year, MMF is a unique meeting place for architects and builders of the next-generation media landscape.Please note that participation in MMF is restricted to members of the Les Amis du Monaco Media Forum, an invitation-only non-profit group.



3-4/Dec The Lean Startup Conference [San Francisco, USA]

The Lean Startup Conference  brings together innovators from startups and established companies alike to share lessons for building profitable lean organizations.

4-6/Dec Le Web [Paris, France]

A unique experience: over the years, the LeWeb program has featured such industry luminaries and international leaders as Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker, Karl Lagerfeld, Jack Dorsey, Xavier Niel, Philippe Starck, and Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan to name a few. A global footprint: LeWeb brings together the most influential audience in the internet ecosystem from all over the world.3500 participants from 76 countries gathered in Paris on Dec 2011 for LeWeb’11 and more than 1300 from 50 countries attended the 1st London edition last June. A platform for your success: entrepreneurs, sponsors, venture capitalists, visionaries… connect at LeWeb and shape the future of your business.

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