Excitement filled the San Francisco air last week – and it wasn’t just because the Blue Angels were in town. Under the dome on the fourth level of the BeSpoke event center, attendees of the New West Summit 2019 – the cannabis tech conference – spent October 10-11 focused on the innovation, inspiration and new ideas that are filling the explosive cannabis industry.
For the fifth year in a row, hundreds of enthusiasts and participants from the cannabis technology, science, media and investment spaces came together at New West Summit to listen, learn and be inspired from more than 150 speakers, presenters and exhibitors, as well as each other.
Each morning began with a leadership meditation before guests selected from a myriad of panels and speeches focusing on the developing cannabis industry. Speakers delivered to packed audiences, with crowd favorites including Alicia Silverstone, well-known actress and New York Times best-selling author; Killer Mike, actor, rapper and cannabis activist and entrepreneur; Michael Franti, platinum-selling artist, filmmaker, and founder of Soulshine Bali; Paul Rosen, CEO and co-founder of Pantry Food Co.; and Mara Gordon and Ophelia Chong, community activists. This year’s event also included the Leafwire Pitch Slam, sponsored by Leafwire, a cannabis business network. During the slam, 10 cannabis start-ups pitched their businesses to industry professionals for a grand prize of $10,000.
New West Summit 2019 was also backed by influential sponsors, including platinum sponsors: Mediajel, ExCapsa, New Frontier Data, CuraPure and Healthy Hemp Strategies. Other key supporters include Blaze, Big Rock, Green Sky Strategy and CannabisNewsWire.
The summit’s networking opportunities are legendary, and this year’s networking moments reached new heights. From Mediatropolis, the event’s official kick-off party, to the rooftop bash ending the event, and including countless face-to-face conversations that took place in every corner and during every moment of New West Summit, guests took advantage of countless moments to rub shoulders with the movers and shakers in the cannabis world.
“This was our best-attended and most exciting summit yet,” said New West Summit founder and executive director Jim McAlpine. “Participants repeatedly commented on the caliber of speakers and presentations, and we were particularly pleased with the exceptional coverage and participation of CannabisNewsWire to build awareness and visibility of the summit. CannabisNewsWire’s access to more than 5,000 outlets combined with continued coverage via multiple cannabis-oriented brands allowed us to expand our reach to a wider audience and provide additional exposure for our sponsors, exhibitors and speakers. We’re already looking forward to next year’s summit and a continued partnership with CannabisNewsWire.”
“Being a key part of the New West Summit is an honor,” said Christopher Johnson, director of syndicated communications for CannabisNewsWire. “The event brings together thought leaders, creators, entrepreneurs, brand developers and investors in the cannabis world for an extraordinary opportunity to network, learn, and talk about what’s happening next in one of the most vibrant industries out there right now. The expo floor was busy, speaker rooms were full, and the air was electric throughout the two days of the summit. We congratulate the New West Summit team on the successful event and appreciate the opportunity to work with such a professional organization.”
About New West Summit
There’s a reason New West Summit (NWS) is considered THE cannabis tech conference: it is constantly improving to meet the needs of conference-goers. Now on its fifth year, NWS is still running strong, attracting exhibitors and speakers from all over. With a focus on global collaboration, the New West Summit works to bring together individuals in cannabis, technology, science, media, and investment to work toward a more cohesive future for the cannabis industry as a whole.
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