Ad Age Next, our biggest annual event, returns this Nov. 13 and 14 to tackle the most effective marketing today: innovation.
From AI to food, from human-robot interaction to honest-to-goodness personal communication, Next will help you see over the horizon and make your own change.
Day One features an afternoon of surprising keynotes and conversations, culminating in Next Titans, a new live experience that will celebrate the beginning of six startups seeking funding to support their growth and visibility. They will pitch live to former Mondelēz chief media and e-commerce officer Bonin Bough, BlueRun Ventures General Partner Cheryl Cheng, former GE chief marketing officer Beth Comstock and VaynerX chairman Gary Vaynerchuk, but with a twist: Using Indiegogo, the in-studio and streaming audience will also be able to purchase products and compete with the Titans to become a marketing partner.
Day Two will chart Next Blockbusters from cannabis to space exploration. Midday tracks will let you focus on the subject, such as connected gaming or commerce, that matters to you most. And you'll get plenty of networking time.
The first Next speakers are:
Sophia Amoruso, CEO and founder at Girlboss
on connections as the future of currency
Sharmeen Browarek, senior director of viewer engagement at Twitch
on using machine learning to fight bias in gaming
David Dancer, CMO at MedMen
on the cannabis boom to come
Jess Carbino, Bumble's sociologist
on the next workforce
Kass Dawson, global head of marketing at Softbank Robotics
with the Pepper robot, on the future of human-robot interactions
Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas
on cannabis in Lagunitas drinks and the culture
Jason Mars, CEO and co-founder at Clinc
on the rise of conversational AI
Claudia Mata, co-founder of Vertly
on cannabis in beauty
Megan Maloney, investor at General Catalyst
on the real future for blockchain
Glenn Minerley, head of esports at Momentum Worldwide
on brands' role in the entertainment culture ahead
Delane Parnell, CEO and co-founder at PlayVS high school esports league
on the future of competitive gaming
Ralph Santana, CMO at Harman
on the 65-mile-per-hour living room
David Shing, digital prophet at Verizon's Oath
on screens and our mental health
Randall Wilkinson, CEO and co-founder of The Wilkinson Group
on the future of food and his company's robotic Wilkinson Mini Bakery
The summer sale tickets are gone, but early-bird tickets are available now through Aug. 15.
Come to Ad Age Next on Nov. 13 and 14. Because where else can you find weed, robots and space exploration on one stage?