It might still be the era of COVID, but online events are in full swing. This week Littledata will be at a number of virtual events for partners, investors, and data scientists. Here's a quick overview.

We were busy with customer-focused events in September, and also saw a surge in new customer reviews (coincidence?). In any case, October is turning out to be focused on events around strategic planning -- good timing with our current job openings and upcoming funding round!

IDEAS Global AI Conference

IDEAS has put on a number of events and hackathons over the years, but none is more popular than their Global AI conference. Littledata CEO Edward Upton is speaking at this year's global conference today. He'll be looking at the technical aspects of how to track and model customer lifetime value for ecommerce sites, especially those with a mix of one-off and subscription revenue.

The Seed Stage pitch event from Episode 1

We're excited to pitch at The Seed Stage this week, a unique pitch event organized by Episode 1, a seed stage Venture Capital fund based in London. What makes it unique? It's a demo-day-like experience, but outside of the accelerator context. Clearly there's a lot for interest in this type of event, as the last event included five funds in addition to Episode 1: True, Playfair, FuelAscensionJamJar, and Wayra.

It was an honor to be selected to participate -- apparently there were more than 800 applicants for 20 slots -- and we look forward to continuing conversations both during and after the virtual event.

Shoptalk Meetup

Everyone in the DTC community looks forward to Shoptalk, so we were really excited to see the new format for Shoptalk Meetup, an entirely virtual event.

As Shoptalk pitches it, Shoptalk Meetup is retail's "first digitally native event." Just as ecommerce has adapted at lightning speed in response to the pandemic, with new features, apps and functionality to help brands reach customers outside of traditional shopping experiences (eg apps for coordinating curbside pickup), the events industry has adapted as well.

Our partner organizations like SUBTA have helped create meaningful online interactions with new virtual event formats this year, and with Shoptalk Meetup we have an event that is entirely based on live meetings. They've put together a fantastic guest list of brands, retailers, tech partners, analysts, and agencies, and we're looking forward to connecting with Shopify Plus brands, media outlets, and a lot of old friends and colleagues!

Will you be at Shoptalk? Let us know on Twitter.