Summerfest Tech Announces Conference Sessions and Pitch Competition Finalists

MILWAUKEE, WI (May 6, 2024) – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. (MWF) is excited to reveal the conference details for the seventh annual Summerfest Tech, Milwaukee’s premiere tech event.  In 2024, Summerfest Tech will focus on Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, Wisconsin’s regional Tech Hubs including Biohealth and Renewable / Sustainable Energy and Cybersecurity as well as several Tech Talent sessions. 

Summerfest Tech supports Wisconsin’s growing reputation as a tech hub, highlighting the growth and opportunity in the region. The conference will take place in person at Henry Maier Festival Park and Potawatomi Casino Hotel, Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27, and will remain FREE of charge. To register, visit Summerfest Tech.  

Breakout sessions for Summerfest Tech are listed below and include: 

Business & Executive Leaders – sessions focused on innovation and strategy:

  • The Who, What, and How of the Recent Trend of CIO’s transitioning to CDIO’s
  • Making Sense of CoPilot
  • Innovation: Exploring the Future of Business Growth and Operational Excellence
  • Making AI Real - the Best Practices in Creating Value in Your Organization with AI–
  • Unlocking the Power of AI: Roundtables Discussions for AI Strategy and Implementation
  • The Path to Digital Acceleration
  • Industry 4.0 & Hybrid Networks
  • A Practical Guide to Cybersecurity: How to Not be a Ransomware Headline
  • Prompts for Business Leaders: Key Questions to Ask When Implementing AI

Technologists – sessions focused on hands-on tech workshops:

  • Salesforce AI for Manufacturers
  • Demystifying - Artificial Intelligence

Entrepreneurs – sessions focused on engaged workshops for entrepreneurs:

  • Bridging the Gap: How Can Small Businesses & Startups Grow Together
  • The Journey to Gaining Access to Capital
  • The Entrepreneurial Dream
  • Intellectual Property Basics and USPTO Resources

Tech for Good and Other – sessions focused on community advocacy, accessibility, cybersecurity, and sustainability:

  • Women in Technology: Engineering Opportunities & Solutions in Energy Technology
  • #MKETech Roundtables: The Future of our Ecosystem
  • Locking Down Enterprise IoT and OT Environments: Securing the Future of Manufacturing
  • From Concept to Reality: Building Your Tech Ideas with Wisconsin Tech Month Insights
  • EV Mythbusting: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Managing Cyber Risk from the C-Suite
  • Milwaukee's Tech Talent Transformation: How Local Companies Can Embrace Tech Talent Programs
  • From Music to Mars: How a Life in Music Led to a Career in Aerospace
  • Building in the New Data Age: Design and Construction Considerations when Building Data Centers

See the full agenda with descriptions and details of each session at

“Our commitment to advancing the region is evident with the growth of Summerfest Tech and reflected in the broad range of programming and speakers at this year’s conference,” said Sarah Pancheri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “In collaboration with many partners, we look forward to producing Summerfest Tech as a means to share insights on the progress of tech here in the Midwest.”

The popular Summerfest Tech Pitch Competition, produced by Young Enterprising Society, in partnership with Molson Coors Beverage Company, has finalized the top eight startups that will be pitching. They are:

  • Liff Happens Inc, Chicago, IL
  • Zinacare, South Africa
  • RoddyMedical Inc, Milwaukee, WI
  • Atomix, Milwaukee, WI
  • Athlytic, Detroit, MI
  • Econofi, Chicago, IL
  • REACH Pathways, Chicago, IL
  • Lotza, Menomonee Falls, WI

New this year, Summerfest Tech held an open call for content across the community. After a strong response, the submissions have been winnowed by the Steering Committee and voting is now open (HERE) to select four sessions to be held during Summerfest Tech.  The deadline to vote is May 24, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (Each registered attendee can vote once daily).

Don’t miss the FREE networking luncheon on-site at Henry Maier Festival Park, home to Summerfest, on Thursday June 27.  Plus, all registered attendees will receive FREE admission to the music festival’s second weekend June 27-29, 2024, featuring headliners such as MUNA, Charles Wesley Godwin, Alison Wonderland, Hippo Campus, Key Glock and many more.  Plus, the festival’s biggest stage, the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, will be hosting Illenium, Tyler Childers, and Keith Urban.

Summerfest Tech is supported by Generac Power Systems*, Molson Coors Beverage Company*, American Family Insurance*, BMO*, Charter Manufacturing, Potawatomi Ventures*, Regal Rexnord, Valor Tech*, AE Business Solutions*, Aleysian, BizStarts, Concurrency Inc.*, Eliassen, Expedient*, Fortinet, Fresh Coast Labs, Husch Blackwell*, i.c.stars*, Insight Enterprises, Inc., MKE Tech Hub Coalition*, Netskope*, Oliver Construction Co., Salesforce*, Sitecore, STEP, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County*, UScellular Business*, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,  UW-Milwaukee*, UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies*, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation*, Wisconsin Tech Month, Zscaler*, TESCHGlobal, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Versiti, Bridge to Cures*, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)*, Microsoft TEALS*, Wisconsin School of Business, and the Wisconsin Tech Council. Media support provided by Experience Milwaukee*. *indicates a returning partner. 

Learn more and register for the event here - Summerfest Tech

About Summerfest Tech 
Summerfest Tech began in 2018 with the goal of leveraging the Summerfest brand to showcase technology and provide a forum for attendees from the tech and business community to network, educate, and celebrate the evolution of technology. Summerfest Tech continues to champion the regional business community, while shining the spotlight on Wisconsin’s growing reputation as a tech hub, highlighting the growth and opportunity in the region. Programming from local, regional, and national speakers, as well as a cash-prize pitch competition, connects the tech community around relevant topics. Summerfest Tech will be held June 24-27, 2024, free of charge, in-person and available virtually.  For more details, visit