Wait…what? How in the heck is it already the last quarter of 2018? Cue the existential crisis! While we cry in a corner about the fleeting nature of time, you still have plenty of time to attend some seriously killer ecommerce conferences before the end of the year. Some of the best events of the year are yet to happen, so get your bags packed and your plane tickets ready. Here are our top five picks for the best ecommerce conferences to attend in Q4.
1. BrandWeek – September 23 – 25, 2018
Don’t call it a conference! Brandweek, Adweek’s annual multi-day “movement to shape the future of brands” is right around the corner and boasts a diverse and eclectic roster of senior-level executives from some of the world’s most influential brands. This year, Brandweek will cover four overarching themes – Emerging Tech, The Future of Media and Commerce, The Role of Brands in Society and The Human Factor – and takes place in beautiful Palm Springs, California. The badge includes access to all Brandweek sessions, two-night hotel accommodations at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, scheduled meals throughout the event and evening entertainment including special performances. If you’re interested, be sure to apply ASAP!
2. Hawkefest – October 4, 2018
Step right up! The ecommerce circus is coming to town! The second annual rendition of our very own annual ecommerce anti-conference, Hawkefest, is going to even bigger than last year. Taking place at historic Santa Monica landmark, The Victorian, attendees will enjoy a full day of peer collaboration, keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and a closing ceremony by former LA Clipper-turned-entrepreneur Baron Davis. This year, Trina Spear of Figs, Shawn Gold of TechStyle and Jake Kassan of MVMT will be taking the stage, along with an incredible roster of speakers from a variety of industries including fashion, beauty, cannabis, health & wellness, crypto and B2B.
3. WORLDZ – October 17 & 18, 2018
Described by LA Weekly as “a music festival for tomorrow’s corporate executives,” WORLDZ is global community and immersive two-day summit connecting today’s most influential CEOs, CMOs and cultural icons with the leaders of tomorrow. Just one look at the absolutely insane lineup of “speakers & masters” and you’ll be scrounging your pocket for any extra cash to put towards a ticket to the event. This year, there will be 3,000+ attendees meeting and learning from WORLDZ Masters from top brands like Samsung, Google, LVMH, Dropbox, Mattel and WME across four actionable tracks: Culture, Technology, Social Impact and Leadership. Just a small example of some of the WORLDZ 2018 Masters include:
- RZA – Artist, Producer, Filmmaker & Author, Wu-Tang
- Katia Bassi – CMO, Lamborghini
- Sophia Amoruso – Founder & CEO, Girlboss
- Doug Palladini – Global Brand President, Vans
- +350 more
4. Forbes CMO Summit – November 14-16, 2018
An event in the Forbes Live event series, the Forbes CMO Summit brings together the world’s most prominent marketing professionals across all industries. The event is pretty exclusive – it’s invitation only – and open to CMOs from Forbes Global 2000 companies or equivalent. During this three day summit in Dana Point, California, attendees will have the chance to share ideas and perspectives, continue building leadership skills and address the challenges and opportunities in today’s business economy.
5. Entrepreneur L!VE – November 16, 2018
Entrepreneur is the magazine when it comes to covering all things entrepreneurship, small business management and business. Which is why it would follow that any event put on by the esteemed magazine is going to bring together incredible entrepreneurs who know what it takes to be successful. And that’s exactly what Entrepreneur L!VE does. In one inspiring day, Entrepreneur brings together a remarkable group of innovators to share with attendees their “unfiltered, unconventional and unexpected insights” into all that goes into launching, growing and sustaining a successful business. This year the keynote speakers are retired race car driver and GoDaddy entrepreneur Danica Patrick and professional tennis player and entrepreneur Maria Sharapova. Check out the full speaker lineup and buy your ticket here.
See You There!
Mark your calendars, clear your schedule and meet us at one, some or all of these awesome ecommerce events. And if you think we missed a good one, let us know so we can add it to the list!