Welcome to the inPress Global Media Events Tracker – this live listing highlights upcoming media convenings around the world, to help you decide how best to spend your time in press… offline!
AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Africa Soft Power Summit
May 27th – 31st 2024
Incorporating the RAW Women’s Leadership conference and ASP Gala & Awards, the Africa Soft Power summit brings together speakers and delegates from across the media, tech, creative, and broader sectors. The Africa Soft Power Group’s mission is to propel the continent forward by leveraging the creative industries, championing these sectors and creating opportunities for more women and young people along the way. You can find out more here.
Africa Tech Festival
November 11th – 14th 2024
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Incorporating AfricaCom, AfricaTech and AfricaIgnite, the Africa Tech Festival seeks to unite Africa’s tech ecosystems and industry verticals, welcoming 15,000+ attendees. The event is run in partnership with the Department of Communications & Digital Technologies of South Africa, and is set to include high level speakers, such as H.E. Minister Ousmane Gaoual Diallo – Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy, Republic of Guinea and H.E. Minister Dr Bosun Tijani – Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, The Republic of Nigeria. All the details here.
Digital Media India
March 13th – 14th 2024
New Delhi, India
Run by WAN-IFRA, the Digital Media India (DMI) Conference is described as South Asia’s premier meeting place for digital news media professionals. Since its inception in 2009, this conference has been a beacon of innovation and growth, reflecting the rapid evolution of the digital media landscape in the region. The event serves as a vital platform for industry leaders to share their experiences, discuss emerging trends, and collaborate on strategies to navigate the ever-changing digital media landscape. Find out more.
Mobile World Congress
February 26th – February 29th
Fira Gran Via, Barcelona
GSMA’s legendary mobile media & tech event continues in full swing in 2024, exploring the future of connectivity. This year’s themes include 5G & Beyond, Humanising AI, and Game Changers, and you can find out further details here.
World Congress of News Media
April 22nd – 26th
Described by the International News Media Association (INMA) as ‘the best executive-level briefing on news media in the world’, this event comes with a whole host of activities, including main media conference, study tours, workshops, awards and more. The agenda is derived from the international INMA community (hand-picked by peers), and the main theme for 2024 is a critical one: ‘How news media transforms next in the emerging world of AI’.
April 23rd 2024
The Brewery, London, UK
The Professional Publishers Association’s (PPA) flagship annual festival returns to The Brewery this year, and a programme tailored to all those involved with content, marketing, product, sales, creative, data, and across both the consumer and B2B sectors. With 500+ professionals traditionally in attendance, it’s a must attend media event, particularly for those working in the UK publishing sector.
World News Media Conference
May 27th – 29th 2024
Run by WAN-IFRA and described by the organisation itself as a ‘mega event’ to coincide with its 75th anniversary, this year’s convening brings 3 summits, 2 study tours, and a whole bunch of run-off workshops in one, as 900+ participants gather during a year that will likely prove crucial for news media, particularly given the rise of AI. Details here.
FIPP World Media Congress
June 4th – 6th 2024
The 46th FIPP World Media Congress returns to Cascais in 2024, bringing together delegates from 40+ countries to discuss the future of the media industry at large. The organisation has a proud heritage in magazines dating back to 1925, and continues to deliver opportunities to learn, connect, engage, and do business at the intersection of media and technology. All the details via the event organisers’ website here.
The Publisher Podcast Conference & Awards
June 5th 2024
An innovative addition to the UK media events calendar, The Publisher Podcast Awards and accompanying conference celebrate – and signify – the industry’s adoption of podcasts as a central editorial offering, and all of the great work being done in this area. You can find out more here.
Digital Publishing Awards
June 12th 2024
Hosted by the Association of Online Publishers (AOP), the Digital Publishing Awards are a much loved tradition in the UK media events calendar. The night always delivers a great atmosphere and a much deserved celebration of all the creativity going on in the digital sector, and you can find out all the information so far here.
June 17th – 21st 2024
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is one of the largest events in the advertising world, and continues to go from strength to strength. There’s insight from iconic thought leaders, ideas from the world’s most innovative companies, and inspiration from every corner of the creative marketing community – during a week of world-class networking, learning, and history-making creativity.
September 22nd – 25th 2024
The DistriPress Annual Congress is an exclusive event for industry professionals in the global press circulation and distribution sector. Delegates can network, stay updated on industry trends, and gain valuable insights during this three-day event. Details here.
November 11th – 14th 2024
Altice Arena & Fil, Lisbon, Portugal
Attracting 70,000+ attendees and drawing arena-sized audiences to its sessions, Web Summit has established itself as a must-attend event in the media tech calendar. The Guardian has called the event “Glastonbury for geeks”, and in addition to pure tech plays, you’ll also find plenty of digital media interest at the event.
NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA
Digital Content Next Summit
February 7th – 9th 2024
Charleston, South Carolina, US
Digital Content Next (formerly the Online Publishers Association) represents some of the biggest brands in global media, from the BBC, to Hearst, to Disney. The organisation’s flagship summit is being staged in Charleston in February, and you can find out further details here.
South by Southwest (SXSW)
March 8th – 16th 2024
Austin, Texas, US
Now established as a media tech mainstay, South by Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. First founded in Austin, Texas in 1987, the festival brings together all those in celebrating the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture.
Digital Media LATAM
April 11th – 12th 2024
Panama City, Panama
Billed by WAN-IFRA as ‘by tradition the most important event for the media industry in Latin America’, the 2024 edition will focus on learning about the best editorial and technological strategies, and the current need for agility, foresight and the audacity to “disrupt” before disruption comes knocking. More information.
Web Summit Rio
April 15th – 18th 2024
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Described by Globo as “The largest technology and innovation event in the world”, the 2023 Web Summit Rio brought together 21,000+ people and the companies redefining the tech industry. In 2024, the organisers plan to go even bigger, welcoming 30,000+ people along to the festivities.