In this topsy-turvy world, deciding when and where to invest one's time and energy is of critical importance. Especially for creatives and other entrepreneurs where the need to be strategic and innovative is constant, conferences, festivals and other thoughtful gatherings of respected peers represent momentous opportunities for building vital connections and seeing exactly what people are thinking and responding to. This actively researched and updated series is my ongoing contribution toward helping us all learn about Ultimate Events on a timely basis.

Follow this link to the parties listing for CES, running 9-12 January in Las Vegas: - and here's where to find the full program slate for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

January Events
. 1 | London's New Year's Day Parade and Festival
. 2-15 | Palm Springs International Film Festival
. 3-4 | UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute: Data Visualization for Storytellers, San Francisco
. 8-9 | UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute: Podcasting, San Francisco
. 9-12 | CES, Las Vegas
. 9-12 | UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute: Visual Storytelling Workshop, San Francisco
. 9-12 | Virtual Reality Festival, Las Vegas
. 10-12 | UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute: VR Storytelling, San Francisco
. 16-18 | NATPE, Miami
. 17-20 | Eurosonic Noorderslag 2018, Groningen, Netherlands
. 17 | Luxury FirstLook, NYC
. 17-21 | Tomorrow Never Knows, Chicago
. 18 Jan. - 3 Feb. | Igloofest, Montreal
. 18-21 | Outsider Art Fair, NYC
. 18-28 | Sundance Film Festival, Park City
. 21-25 | Shiprocked, Port Canaveral
. 24 | Digiday Awards Europe Gala, London
. 24-28 | Kiruna Snow Festival, Kiruna, Sweden
. 26 | CDO Summit, Tokyo
. 26-29 | Rainbow Serpent, Lexton, Victoria, Australia
. 27 Jan. - 13 Feb. | Carnival of Venice
. 27 Jan. - 3 Feb. | Snowattack Ski, Snowboard & Music Festival, Les Orres, France
. 30 | Digiday Video Awards Gala, NYC
. 30 | Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

Featured Video: Get an inside look at the Sundance Film Festival
Featured Image: Samuel Zeller, Geneva, Switzerland.

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