AfricaCom, Royal Greenwich Early Music, Creating Reality Hackathon, Variety INNOVATE, are calendar highlights in November’s media and showbiz industry events

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Digital Marketing World Forum Conference and Expo (#DMWF) is a digital and social marketing conference taking on the challenges of the digital future. #DMWF runs series events in Amsterdam, London, Singapore and North America. Topics covered at the shows include: digital strategy, customer experience, influencer marketing, content marketing, personalization, data and analytics, measurement, digital and social branding, marketing technology trends, new digital channels, video, e-commerce, social commerce, social selling, mobile, SEO, social listening, reputation management, (social) storytelling, email marketing, marketing automation and more. The planned New York City event set for November 7-8 will be largely conducted from two conference streams – Social, Influencer and Advertising; Content, Data and Disruption – and 40 plus exhibitors. Expect to see exhibitors set up with booths that will include: Showbox, Shutterstock Custom, Instabot, ContentWriters, tidal labs, Sideways, Sketchfab, Find A Way Media, ONE Event Network, and many others not mentioned here.

Session topics include understanding how VR and 360 are transforming the marketing and communication industries. Exploring how Virtual Reality can enhance video campaigns, how will Augmented Reality impact consumer purchasing behaviors, making marketing activities more efficient from the rise of artificial intelligence. Presented in a series of keynotes, panel discussions, and some informal chats, delivered by practicing disruptive thought-leaders, #DMWF includes sessions covering; digital strategy, brand recognition, e-commerce, influencer marketing, content marketing, data, analytics, personalization, automation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and mobile marketing across conference tracks. Scott Jaworski, Director of Social Media, Intel, delivers the opening keynote of the Social, Influence and Advertising stream addressing the topic, The importance of a brand social footprint: how reshaping social and content strategy will impact brand ownership. Miri Rodriguez, Storyteller, Microsoft, delivers the opening keynote of the Content, Data and Disruption stream addressing the topic, Storytelling that Doesn’t Suck: Beyond Content Marketing.

For the #DMWF conference tracks, this is a sampling of topics covered in the Social, Influencer and Advertising track: Expanding organic social traffic in a world of paid advertising; The Snowball Effect: The power of the micro-influencer; Building long lasting influencer relationships, managing and measuring success; Bringing human connection back to digital marketing; Understanding the challenges of marketing to Generation Z; Exploring the impact of social media on digital diplomacy. Here is a sampling of topics covered in the Content Data and Disruption track: Storytelling that doesn’t suck: Beyond content marketing; Content Marketing Masterclass – creating experiences that stand out in a crowded marketplace; The role of content in brand attachment; One screen, two screens, no screens: the end of marketing as we know it; Bringing your campaigns to life through dynamic content and engagement on digital platforms; Video, the present and future king – effective storytelling in a crowded marketplace; The Future of Digital Marketing Technologies; Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence.

AfricaCom broadcast convention is in CapetownAfrica’s digital road forward is the emphasis for AfricaCom, which will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary this year during its Capetown event. Parent organizer Informa/KNect365 provides products and services based on content, intelligence, and connections to specialist communities worldwide, including academic publishing, business intelligence, global exhibitions, and knowledge and networking. Toby Shapshak, Editor-in-Chief of Stuff Magazine and co-host of TechBusters on CNBC Africa, Stuff Magazine, delivers the opening Keynote, “Visions for Africa,” November 7, opening the three-day convention. Other speakers will include, Lee Yee, Huawei; Hon. Tjekero Tweya, Republic of Namibia; Werner Van Rooyen, LUNO; Herman Singh, MTN; Mosiuoa Tsietsi, Rhodes University; Luke Mckend, Google; Bhavin Shah, Telekom Malaysia; Daddy Mukadi, Airtel; Raj Pai, Google; Charles Murito, Google; Barnabas Ndyanabo Bwali, Airtel Tanzania; Uche Ofodile, Facebook, are only a few of the many speakers lined up that can be named here.

The AfricaCom 20/20 portion of the convention will host the 20th-anniversary celebrations slated for November 7, serving complimentary drinks in an atmosphere focused on networking and connecting. AfricaCom 20/20 is a new show floor feature dedicated to accelerating Africa’s digital transformation. It is considered the centerpiece of the Technology Arena. The Technology Arena, a new exhibition hall at AfricaCom, will hold everything from IoT to Fintech. The Technology Arena will play host to the new AfricaCom 20/20 show floor feature – the AHUB, the Innovation Stage and TV Connect Africa. It will display insights on future tech trends as a showcase of new digital products. AfricaCom will feature Afest, a customizable networking opportunity where attendees can meet leading players in the African TMT industry and do business in a relaxed atmosphere.

AfricaCom’s AHUB program is arranged to demonstrate and spotlight the role of entrepreneurship in fuelling Africa’s digital economy and connect African tech start-ups and scale-ups to investors. The program will include briefings directed to start-ups and investors as well as live pitch sessions, new AHUB Start-Up Academy skills workshops, sector snapshots covering FinTech, digital health, agri-tech, clean energy and ICT4D, and panel discussions with topics that range from figuring investor mentalities to acquiring disruptive practices. The Telecoms and Tech Academy, part of KNect365 learning, is a learning provider to the industry. Together with AfricaCom and designed specifically for the event, the Telecoms and Tech Academy has created a series of learning programs.

Here are sections of the AfricaCom conference as it will be presented: Visions for Africa Keynotes – Accelerating Africa’s digital revolution: the path towards industry 4.0, AHUB – Unleashing the power of Africa’s tech start-up ecosystem, IoT Africa – Unlocking the power of real IoT in Africa, Mobile Finance & Commerce Africa – Building a digital society, TV Connect Africa, Connecting Africa, LTE Africa, AfricaCom 20/20 – Digital Transformation, IoT, AI, Connectivity Stage, Leaders In Africa Summit (invitation only) – Intelligent conversation and productive debate with those in the driving seat of Africa’s digital transformation, Digital Health Clinic (Innovation Stage) – Innovating healthcare delivery in Sub Saharan Africa, SDN & NFV PoC Zone,. There will be a concluding segment, “Technology Arena Launch Party (at AfricaCom 20/20)” that will close the conference.

Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition is a three-day event from November 9 at Blackheath-London. Primarily, the festival program consists of exhibitions, music recitals, and the biennial music competition. Planned exhibits will showcase instrument makers, music shops, publishers, recording companies organizations and education sessions on every day. The exhibition segment will be comprised of international shops, music publishers, recording companies, societies and forums displaying recorders, flutes, crumhorns, shawms, lutes, viols, fiddles, Baroque violins, rebecs, harps, hurdy-gurdies, drums, tabors, harpsichords, spinets, organs, and clavichords. There will be performance highlights to take note of. On November 9, Trinity Laban Historically Informed Performance Competition Winners Concert can be attended, with free admission. On the same day, 21st Century Baroque performs “Exquisite Baroque Music with a modern twist.” On November 10, Baroque ensemble Passacaglia explores Vivaldi’s music as it masquerades in various manifestations in a program titled, “Vivaldi Undercover.”

FontanellaZ @ Royal Greenwich Early MusicOn the final festival day, November 11, Joglaresa explores the roots of Iberian song – motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas, in a program titled, “The Enchantress of Seville,” and the Thomas Tallis Society choir, which takes its name from the 16th C composer who worked at the Greenwich Royal Court, performs a program of “Claudio Monteverdi; Vespers of 1610,” conducted by Eamonn Dougan to conclude the festival program. The festival’s Biennial Solo Recorder Competition is organized by the Society of Recorder Players and Moeck, the Society of Recorder Players. It was started to encourage young players of talent, and to help them in their professional aspirations. Competitors must show that they are able to sustain a full recital program at a professional level. The Solo Recorder Competition is international and entries are welcomed from recorder players that are up to a certain standard and who are under thirty years of age on November 1 in the year of the Competition. Top Prize includes a recital at the Greenwich International Festival of Early Music combined with a Cash Prizes, presented at the recital, donated by Moeck and Early Music Shop.

The Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition are organized by The Early Music Shop, The Early Music Shop in London and Saltaire-West Yorkshire, is an early music instrument specialist. Formerly part of Woods Music Shop in Bradford, it is a source of medieval, renaissance and baroque musical instruments that are sold. The assortment includes recorders, viols, lutes, harps, crumhorns, harpsichords, spinets, shawms, hurdy-gurdies, rebecs, medieval fiddles, re-enactment percussion, sheet music, CDs, and accessories. In addition to instruments, The Early Music Shop carries a huge range of sheet music for all abilities and styles, from early music to popular, ABRSM examination syllabus, music for schools, songbooks, films and shows and tuition books.

Exploring the limits of AR/VR in entertainment and other industries by bringing together selected, talented individuals, to form multidisciplinary teams that will build creative and original applications is the focus for Creating Reality Hackathon. Designers, developers, and domain experts from AR/VR communities in Los Angeles and beyond are part of the collaboration in the development competition to create innovative and insightful AR/VR apps that will be demonstrated to the judges and the general public at the end of the competition. The hackathon is modeled after Reality Virtually Hackathon sponsored by the MIT Media Lab but with LA creative categories. Participants will have the chance to meet and network with like-minded developers, industry experts, and talented peers in the emerging AR/VR field.

The Creating Reality Hackathon, hosted by the Fox Innovation Lab (Twentieth Century Fox’s research and development center), will promote innovations in new entertainment categories as well as other categories defined by the AR/VR community and sponsors. The competition hopes to nudge the boundaries of the technological advancements over the last year and inspire the creation of original and novel apps by forming competing groups. From November 10 the Hackathon will cover four days of workshops, developing projects, and a day-long conference presenting the future of AR/VR. Workshops will be held on day one, but before the Hackathon starts, to bring participants up to speed with development platforms, specifics about headset platforms, software tools, and design. This will help designers and developers learn what they need to contribute to their teams’ development project.

An immediate goal of the Hackathon is to expose people to new ideas, allow them to meet and work with new people, and engage in new design activity within AR, VR and MR environments. Preliminary categories that are open to fill submissions are news content, innovative entertainment, AI and Machine Learning, live sports, content production, and AR/VR for good. But this brief orientation will conclude by early evening and the Hackathon will begin after team formation and conclude on the morning of the final day. Newly created teams will work together to create something that’s never been seen before. Judging and awards conclude the Hackathon. The Creating Reality Hackathon is produced by Grassroots Developer Education, Inc., the same team who brought you the Reality, Virtually, Hackathon!

INNOVATE is Variety’s newest Summit focusing on the entertainment industry’s cutting-edge and evolving technologies. Industry figures will gather in Beverly Hills for one day on November 29 to explore how AI, advancing analytics and VR/AR/360 technology are advancing marketing, storytelling creation, content curation, audience engagement/measurement and other areas. The main agenda program presentations will be as follows: The State of the Immersive Entertainment Experience, ABC/Disney and the TV Genome Project, Analytics – Power Player in the OTT Experience, They Blinded Me with Science! NextGen Storytellers, In the Lab: AI and Machine Learning for Media Industry, What the Hack!?! Securing Content in the Digital Age, Branded Entertainment Data Presentation, VR/AR/360, and the Brand Engagement Opportunity, Trendsetters in Multiplatform Marketing, Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman, CBS Corporation, will deliver the primary keynote address of the summit. Expect a speakers list that will include (but is not limited to), Dan Schiebler, Twitter; Elizabeth Frank, AMC Entertainment; Ted Schilowitz, Paramount Pictures; Maureen Fan, Baobob Studios; Kelly Uphoff, Netflix; Dantley Davis, Facebook; Josh Feldman, NBCUniversal; Karen Dufilho, Google; Julie DeTraglia, Hulu.

Maui 2017 Songwriters FestivalThe third annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival which will have activities in Kahului, as well as other Hawaiian islands, is an event benefiting charitable organizations, including the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the Dorvin and Betty Leis Charities, Inc., and the BMI Foundation. They are organizations dedicated to encouraging the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions. Intimate in-the-round acoustic concerts are held at island venues where the performing songwriters share not only songs but the stories behind them.

The seasoned lineup of scheduled performers includes Eric Church, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Wendell Mobley, Heather Morgan, Luke Dick, Randy Houser, Bob DiPero, Lee Thomas Miller, Casey Beathard, Ed Roland, Ashley McBryde, Lily Meola, and others. Maui Festival will be MC’d by Storme Warren, the morning show host on SiriusXM’s “The Highway,” as well as host to weekly Country Music Countdown show, “The Highway Hot 45.”

Maui Songwriters Festival opens with a preliminary get together on November 29, and there will be performances by Bob Dipiero and Luke Dick. Thereafter, subsequent scheduled festival days carry a particular daily theme. The Official Kick-Off and Artist Reception Is November 30 and features performances by Maren Morris, Randy Houser, Ed Roland, Bob Dipiero, Lily Meola, and Casey Beathard. December 1 is Nashville’s “How I Wrote That Song,” hosted by Storme Warren, with performances by Jon Pardi, Wendell Mobley, Lee Thomas Miller, Heather Morgan, Ashley McBryde and Luke Dick. December 2 is “Eric Church and Friends” also hosted by Storme Warren, featuring performances by Eric Church, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Ed Roland and Lily Meola.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. India/France fusion band, Trinaad is set to unveil a new album. Visit their page for more details. In this month’s photo placement, JUSTICE LEAGUE (top photo), opens mid-November in North America, directed by Zack Snyder and with an ensemble cast that includes Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Ben Affleck, and Willem Dafoe. Next, AfricaCom broadcast convention in Capetown, FontanellaZ at Royal Greenwich Early Music, Maui Songwriters Festival. With December now here and the end of year holidays that come at this time, the events calendar takes a bit of a dip. Still, there are events happening around the globe that are worthy of notice. Children’s Global Media Summit 2017 comes to Manchester, InfoComm MEA VR AR Pavilion is in Dubai, the International Theater Expo (THEATEX) will be in Koto, Cracker Storytelling Festival is in Homeland Heritage Park, VRX 2017 (with a theme grounded in VR’s business growth and cultural immersion) comes to San Francisco, Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival is in Stuttgart for one day, VRARA Toronto Chapter: VR/AR Redefining the Theme Park Experience and Redefining Art opens in Toronto.

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