Lab Report

December 13, 2018
No. 68

Planning your 2019 conference schedule.

Plus: macro-trends, location data privacy, chief ethics officers, tiny satellites, and designing for social connection.

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A crowdsourced conference list

Convening with brilliant minds at the right conference can lead to new ideas, new deals, new companies — and can even alter the course of your career. Even if your organization has a generous budget for conferences, it’s easy to feel like you may be missing out.

As 2018 winds down, we’re taking stock of the past year's conferences and planning for 2019. Luminary Labs CEO Sara Holoubek attended more than 30 events and recently shared a recap on LinkedIn.

We’re crowdsourcing a list of next year’s must-attend conferences, convenings, and meetings. Please tell us about your favorite events by completing this 60-second survey. (If you’d like to recommend or invite a Luminary to speak, please email We’ll publish a summary of results in a future issue of the Lab Report newsletter.

Fill out the form and share the survey with a colleague.

Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash

Insights & updates

LinkedIn asked business leaders and pundits to make 2019 predictions for its annual roundup of “50 big ideas.” We’ve been tracking some of these macro-trends for a while now.

Smartphone apps are collecting — and selling — far more personal location data than most consumers realize.

Salesforce has hired its first-ever Chief Ethical and Humane Use Officer.

Surveillance images from a swarm of tiny satellites helped firefighters contain the deadliest wildfire in California’s history.

Airbnb’s new Backyard initiative is “an endeavor to design and prototype new ways of building and sharing homes.”

Could cities be designed to encourage social connections and reduce loneliness?

Cool jobs & opportunities

Enigma is hiring a diversity developer evangelist in New York.

Freddie Mac is recruiting a senior open innovation manager in McLean, Virginia.

And we’re looking for a marketing specialist in New York. View all open roles at Luminary Labs and help us connect with someone who wants to work on the thorny problems that matter.

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