KEY (OUT OF FIVE): LEARNABILITY: SCHMOOZABILITY: COSTABILITY:
6th Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture
, Edmonton, Alberta
Scholars, writers, and artists come together to examine cultural impacts of oil and energy.
8th TechCrunch Disrupt, San Francisco
Startups make show-and-tell presentations hoping to attract attention from all-star techies, investors, and influencers. Best in show takes $50,000.
15th Bloggy Boot Camp, Dallas
This touring, one-day blogging conference for women lands in Dallas. Organizers say "boot camp" will not require exercise.
16th World Water Congress, Busan, south korea
Global authorities gather to discuss the latest on water management, treatment technologies, and supply and sustainability.
17th World Low Cost Airlines Congress, London
Execs from such airlines as Aer Lingus and Wizz Air parachute in for three days to talk best practices on securing new routes, customers, and revenue.
23rd Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, New York
Literary stars and fans schlep to this borough for one of the largest (and most bookish) events in the U.S.
24th Social Media Week, Worldwide
This global, weeklong lollapalooza looks at the ultimate big picture, examining how social media steers cultural, political, and economic change.
27th The 3% Conference, San Francisco
The inaugural event for female creative directors boasts keynotes from star speakers including Cindy Gallop and Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
A version of this article appeared in the September 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.