5 Business Events for 2019 (That Aren’t Stuffy or Boring)

We’ve talked business events on this blog before, but we think it’s high time we shared an update. 

We’re 25% of the way through 2019 (?) and plenty new events have gone live in the time since we last shared our recommendations, so here we have a new line-up of events for you to check out, beginning with…

1) Be a Brilliant People Developer

You might be familiar with White October Events for a few reasons. Aside from our resident White October Events alumnus, Vicky, you’ve probably stumbled across a few of their many-splendored events such as The Lead Developer, AngularConnect, and Selenium Conf

White October Events

Today, however, I wanted to showcase their upcoming Be a Brilliant People Developer event. A business would be nothing without the people that make it. And, on the event site, the team behind it sum this up perfectly:

People are hard, so why are they called “soft skills”?

This workshop is aimed towards helping people who want to develop themselves as leaders, managers, coaches and mentors, and who want to enable themselves to help other people develop within those roles. 

The main focuses of the day will be the science behind motivation, giving feedback, and a discussion on the elements that make a successful team, among others. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Meri Williams, the CTO of Monzo who has led teams of 30 to 300 people over the span of her career. 

Location: London, UK.

Date: September 13th, 2019

Tickets: Available now for £550.

2) Data Visualization Foundations

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met a pivot table that I didn’t have an argument with. 

Communicating data with employees, potential and current investors or potential customers is a vital skill. Data, no matter how personally interesting it is to you or how invested you are in it, is often brutally dull information to absorb if it’s not presented in a way that you can understand it quickly. 

After all, your instincts about what makes sense after pouring over the data for months can be very different from what actually makes sense to your audience who are seeing it for the first time. 

Stamen data visualisation

Events like this one, hosted by Stamen are set to help you figure out the best way to explain the value and progress of your business and the data behind its growth. This event is particularly directed towards the more technical members of your business, as a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and Java are pre-requisites for day 2, but the first day will be more of a primer and suited to almost everyone. 

The event will be facilitated by Curran Kelleher, founder of vizhub.com.

Location: San Francisco, California.

Dates: June 8th & 9th, 2019.

Tickets: From $250. Available now.

3) The Future of Sustainable Investing

Anyone who’s participated in a round of funding either as the recipient or investor will tell you that it’s a complex process. There are risks involved on both sides, and the road to investment is one that you need to be prepared for in advance. 

Enter: Swissquote. As the leading bank in online trading services, they’ve got 20 years’ experience when it comes to managing and empowering investments and investors. 

Swissquote Logo

It’s not all numbers though, even if they are a bank. The organisation has a robust and inspiring company culture, which focuses on integrity and transparency at its core.

All of this is epitomised in the event we’re here to look into. The Future of Sustainable Investing is an hour long, free event for anyone who’s interested in environmental, social and governance investing. 

The event will be facilitated by Angela Saxby, former Chief Technologist of HP who is currently a sustainable investment analyst for the SI research team at RobecoSAM.

Location: Zurich, Switzerland.

Date: April 11th, 2019

Tickets: Free, and available here.

4) RetailTO

If you’re in the world of B2C, you know that that arena brings with it a host of challenges that are completely unique to it. It can be hard to go it alone when working in retail, so where expert help is available, it makes sense to go after it. 


Tech Toronto will be hosting RetailTO this July. The conference aims to foster collaboration between people involved in technology, retail and brands with the hope of creating new relationships that enable business growth.

Speakers due to present throughout include the Retail Innovation Manager at Johnson & Johnson, the Founder of Yellofruit, and the CEO of Furnishr. For a sampler of what you can expect from these, the team have provided recorded sessions from previous events which you can watch back here

Full details are available on the conference website

Location: Toronto, Canada.

Date: July 31st, 2019.

Tickets: Starting at C$32.

5) Forecasting and Financial Metrics

Money keeps your business and employees alive, so it would be pretty remiss of us to not include an event set to help businesses with their finances. 

Forecasting Logo

Whether you’ve not yet implemented a forecasting methodology in your business or you’re looking to improve on the metrics you’ve already put in place, this Bureau of Digital event is just the ticket. 

Focusing on improved business performance and higher profitability, there will also be information around industry-specific data provided. Among the takeaways you’ll get, the team behind the event will be providing content on what forecasting is, the key metrics driving forecasting, pipeline measurement, and how to compare metrics to make sure they’re applicable to your business.

Further details are available here

Location: New York City, USA.

Date: December 6th, 2019.

Tickets: Available now for £499.

If you’ve got any recommendations for business events that you’ve found useful that didn’t make the list this time, you can always feel free to reach out to us on Twitter

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