Summerfest Tech 2022
Summerfest Tech Celebrates 5th Year with Focus on Innovation - Grows to 2 Days, Adds New Locations, Doubles Pitch Competition Prize
The fifth annual Summerfest Tech will take place Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Events will take place across the city of Milwaukee, including at
- Saint Kate Arts Hotel - 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
- New BMO Tower - 790 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
- Milwaukee Artist Resource Network’s (MARN) - 191 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202
- Henry Maier Festival Park during Summerfest - 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Summerfest Tech 2022’s focus will be on innovation, with keynotes discussing Innovation by Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Collaborations, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, and Cryptocurrency/Non-Fungible Token (NFT).
Opening Night Welcome Party
Hosted by Northwestern Mutual. Join fellow attendees as we kick-off Summerfest Tech 2022!
Welcome by: David Manske, Senior Director in Digital Innovation, Northwestern Mutual
Artist Working In Education
Speaker:LaShawndra Vernon, Executive Director, Artists working in Education Inc.
Check-in & Breakfast, brought to you by Rite-Hite
Welcome: MKE Tech Hub Coalition
Innovation | Discovering the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible (Simone Ballroom)
Innovation – it continues to be a buzzword for many organizations. They have innovation hubs, innovation initiatives, and even innovation departments. Yet, despite all the talk, most companies struggle to innovate. Hear from Chuck Swoboda, author of “The Innovator’s Spirit,” how innovation is fundamentally about people, not process. It starts with your mindset, and for many, our life experiences have created beliefs and behaviors that actually hinder innovation. He will describe the six principles that make up the Circle of Innovation and how you can apply these principles in your daily life to uncover your own Innovator’s Spirit. And then he will provide some ideas as to how to identify this mindset in others.
**The first 250 in-person attendees and the first 50 virtual attendees will receive a FREE copy of Chuck’s book “The Innovator’s Spirit”.
Chuck Swoboda, Innovator-in-Residence at Marquette University, Executive Chairman of Vast Therapeutics, and the retired Chairman and CEO of Cree, Inc.
Breakout Sessions: Innovation
(1) Leading with Digital, Data, and Disruption (Simone Ballroom)
With new technologies being implemented into manufacturing and industrial organizations, data is being created and generated at unprecedented amounts. Led by Dr. Kris Ropella, Dean of Engineering at Marquette University, hear from Rite-Hite, Zurn, Sargento, and Milwaukee Tool how they use the power of the data to drive customer value and innovate products, create new corporate culture that is tech-centric, and rise to innovation challenges in their specific industries.
Dr. Kristina Ropella, Dean of Engineering, Marquette University
Joe Manone, President and CEO, Rite-Hite Products Corporation
Mike Troutman, Chief Information Officer, Zurn Water Solutions Corporation
Chad Jones, Director of Software Engineering, Milwaukee Tool
Bruce Wisnefske, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Operations, Sargento Foods Inc.
(2) Innovating for Diversity (The Arc Theatre)
In this discussion, moderated by Art Hopkins (Consultant and Co-Lead of Technology Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates), "Innovating for Diversity" co-authors Bertina Ceccarelli and Susanne Tedrick discuss why traditional approaches to DEI programs have not led to meaningful changes while discussing how innovation principles - courage, risk-taking, trust, collaboration, and leadership - may help to produce results.
Art Hopkins, Consultant and Co-Lead of Technology Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
(3) Supporting Innovation In Your Community (DaDa Breakout Room)
Discussion on innovation principles and applying those to revamping DEI initiatives within an organization. How do we go beyond “compliance” and make meaningful changes in tech and most other industries? Hear from our leaders on innovative ways we ensure diverse talent thinks of NM as a destination for a career in technology. From our STEM and early career programs, to how we source diverse tech talent through authentic community partnerships, we want the audience to walk away with models you can apply at your company to accelerate your DEI values.
Kisha Keeney (Moderator), Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual
Stacy Zaja, Assistant Director - STEM/K12 Programs & Tech Ecosystem Partnerships, Northwestern Mutual
Que El-Amin, Co-Founder, President, Young Enterprising Society, Scott Crawford, Inc.
Jon Ogden, Assistant Director, Infrastructure & Cloud, Northwestern Mutual
Rashi Khosla, Founder and CEO, MARS Solutions Group & MARS Returnship Program
Collaborations | Engineering and IT Working Together (Simone Ballroom)
The importance of cross-department collaboration between engineering and IT teams continues to grow more important every day. Learn from Generac Power Systems and Rockwell Automation on how their organizations collaborate these two teams to support agile delivery, increase efficiencies in process, and leverage their collaborative knowledge to drive technology innovation.
Sabha Museteif, Director, High Performance Organization, Rockwell Automation
Chris Nardecchia, SVP & Chief Digital & Information Officer, Rockwell Automation
Greg Gernert Jr., Vice President & General Manager, Rockwell Automation
Amber Malone, VP Global Engineering Controls & Automation, Generac Power Systems
Tim Dickson, Chief Information Officer, Generac Power Systems
Breakout Sessions: Collaborations
(1) Future-Proof: Bridging the Digital Divide In a Post-Pandemic World (DaDa Breakout Room)
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed where the greatest barriers to digital equity and inclusion exist in our community. Our community needs to continue addressing these barriers, while also looking ahead to future crises that could limit access to essential digital resources. This panel will discuss how we can strive to “future-proof” digital equity and inclusion, ensuring all residents have access to affordable broadband, internet-enabled devices, and digital skills and literacy training. Though the pandemic is not “over,” we need to be thinking now about how to prepare for the future, so that all residents and neighbors have the essential tools and resources they need to live well.
David Berka, Project Manager: Techquity and Resource Equity, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
Tim Baack, President & CEO, Pathfinders
Angela Johnson, CISO, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Joan Johnson, Library Director, Milwaukee Public Library
Nadiyah Johnson, CEO & Founder, Jet Constellations & Milky Way Tech Hub
(2) Dream Building (Simone Ballroom)
Our tech ecosystem and the support for its development continues to evolve. Join us as our American Family Insurance community partners lead a critical discussion on the importance of developing inclusive partnerships. The absolute importance of catalytic investments in STEM/STEAM for the advancement of Milwaukee and beyond will be the highlight.
Leana Nakielski, Community and Social Impact Investment Director, American Family Insurance
Joseph Werner, Project Operations, BlocPower
Anique Ruiz, WiscAMP STEM-Inspire Program Manager, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Blanca Gonzales, Executive Director, i.c.stars
Kenge Adams, CEO and Founder, Connect Business Consulting, LLC
(3) Collaboration Intelligence: Innovating with People Who Think Differently (The Arc Theatre)
The Internet of Intelligent Things holds great promise. It also requires great collaboration between technology, product, and customer leaders to deliver success with digital business. Technical leaders and builders will be vital to increasing value and impact of digitally connected products and exceptional customer experiences. We must all strive to support and sustain the advanced product management processes and skills for a new generation of products. It will require empathetic product and system design, analytics, and a new focus on intelligence distributed through the Internet of Things. Our panel has experience with all of that and will share the hard-won lessons and near-blunders that you can avoid to meet the future more confidently.
Doug Barton, Director, UW-Madison E-Business Consortium
Jody McDonough, Chief Information Officer, Sub-Zero Group
John T. Bartucci, Vice President Connected Products, The Master Lock Company
Dave Jones, Sr Marketing Manager, Broan-NuTone
Sam Girard, Vice President of Customer Success, Johnson Controls
(4) Private CIO Event - Led by WisconsinCIO (Deep Image)
Mke Tech Hub Community Speaker Blitz (Simone Ballroom)
Attend this lunch session to learn about different organizations doing interesting work within the tech ecosystem. The following community organizations will showcase their work and present ways people can get connected and involved: UWM-SOIS, MKEsports Alliance, FOR-M, MARS Returnship, Microsoft Teals, Society for Information Management-WI Chapter, WIT WI, and i.c.stars
Justice Tech Workshop (The Arc Theatre)
Milky Way Tech Hub and The Way Out are breaking the cycle of incarceration through technology and bridging the tech gap for our justice-involved population. This workshop aims to educate the audience on the Justice Tech Industry along with the work happening around the MKE Tech ecosystem, and how Milky Way Tech Hub and The Way out are making a collective impact. There will be opportunities to learn from justice-involved individuals.
Cybersecurity | Trends - Global, National, Regional (Simone Ballroom)
Hear from the FBI on what companies and consumers should continue to be diligent about as we move into a more technologically advanced world.
Amanda Knutson, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Breakout Sessions: Cybersecurity
(1) Protecting Critical Company Assets (DaDa Breakout Room)
As the world becomes more connected, manufacturing, healthcare, utilities, and public safety segments need secure, reliable, controlled and low latency protection of valuable data in areas where there is limited connectivity. Hear from Cole Crews & James Rose as they bring industry knowledge and use case experience on Private Cellular Networks (PCN) and share examples on how PCNs can help businesses improve uptime and control over critical operations – from people and machines to sensors and analytics.
(2) Future of Cybersecurity Workforce (Simone Ballroom)
This programming will provide an analysis of the current supply vs. demand within, and overall diversity of, the cybersecurity workforce. It will also cover an overview of strategies employed by organizations working together to expand career pathways into cybersecurity careers to address workforce shortages in a manner inclusive of those historically underrepresented in tech.
Dr. Tom Kaczmarek, Director, Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense Marquette University
Chytania Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Employ Milwaukee
Laura Schmidt, Chief Talent Development Officer, MKE Tech Hub Coalition
Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Lead for Academic Engagement, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Rafat Elsharef, Instructor of IT Networking and IT Security, Milwaukee Area Technical College
(3) Cyber Insecurity (The Arc Theatre)
Ryan Brooks, CEO and co-founder of Stack41, will discuss the current threat landscape, with real world examples of impacted organizations and how they responded, along with what can be done to prevent attacks and reduce their impacts. Actionable advice and insights will be explored in detail and discussed - which will help keep your organization safe and out of the headlines.
Ryan Brooks, CEO and Founder, Stack41
(4) Private CISO Event - Sponsored by Netskope (Deep Image)
Building Responsible AI, powered by AWS (Simone Ballroom)
The future of machine learning depends on it being done responsibly. Machine learning can imitate and enhance human decision-making and amplify human prejudices. As machine learning moves from the research lab to the enterprise, questions around Explainability and Bias become even more critical and need to be considered from the beginning and throughout the development process. Attend this talk to learn about the history of AI innovations at Amazon, as well as the AI/ML tools offered to the public by AWS, with a particular focus on how to build Responsible AI using them.
Denis V. Batalov, PhD, Worldwide Tech Leader for AI/ML, Amazon Web Services
Networking Happy Hour - hosted by Zscaler
VC MKE Investor<>Startup Meetings
Summerfest Tech is partnering with VC MKE to hold one-on-one meetings in Milwaukee between Midwest founders of color and national investors that specifically work with these underrepresented founders. For more information about being a startup or investor in this program visit VC MKE.
Lunch Break - Private Lunch Hosted by BMO and Michael Best
VC MKE Investor<>Startup Meetings Continued
WARF "Innovation Day", Presented by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Get on the inside to hear university innovation presentations and ask questions of some of Wisconsin’s most innovative scientific researchers. These early- stage technologies are prime for investment. Be one of the first to learn how Wisconsin is innovating in healthcare, semiconductors, fusion power, hemp and much more.
Hear from the following groups:
Control and Disrupt: Next-Generation Semiconductors Outperform Silicon
Mike Arnold, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at UW-Madison
Neurosetta: Brain & Spinal Cord Screening Platform
Randolph Ashton, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison and Co-Founder/CEO of Neurosetta LLC
Viable Fusion: Breakthrough Physics for Clean Energy Generation
Kieran Furlong, Honorary Fellow, UW-Madison College of Letters & Science and CEO of RealTa
MegaPerceptron: Revolutionizing the Healthcare Ecosystem with AI
Sandeep Gopalakrishnan, Assistant Professor and the Director of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair Lab (WHTRL) at the UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing and CEO/Co-Founder
Beyond CBD: Optimized Hemp Cultivars
Mike Petersen, Senior Scientist at the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center (WCIC) at UW-Madison
Health Monitoring and Imaging System for Concrete Structures
Adhira Sunkara, Assistant Director at WiSys
Pitch Competition – produced by Young Enterprising Society
The following 8 pitches will compete for their chance to win a portion of $50,000! Space is limited. First come first served
Jonah Turner, Head of Emerging Technologies, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Kathleen Gallagher, Executive Director, 5 Lakes Institute
Daniel Gawronski, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Dawn Nguyen, Associate, Hyde Park Ventures
Keaton Nankivil, Principal, Alumnit Ventures
Darrin Vohs, Chief Information Officer, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Robert Wynn, President, CLIMB USA, Inc.
Funding All Ventures
Fundraising, whether through traditional means of investment, grants, contributions from friends and family, crowdfunding, or pre-sales, takes networking and commitment. Join Matthew Friedel Senior Lecturer at UWM and Co-Founder of Milwaukee Venture Partners MVP Angel Network as he shares his perspectives on how to fund any venture. In this informal session, Matthew will walk through some statistics, tactics, and strategies for funding your next venture at any stage.
Mathew Friedel, Senior Lecturer, UWM; Angel Investor & Co-Founder, Milwaukee Ventures Partners, Inc.
Economic Impact of Cryptocurrency and NFTs In Music And Art
The panel will focus on providing some basic education on blockchain technology and it’s participants and review the value proposition of digital assets. Panel discussion will be appropriate for learners of all backgrounds and will feature conversation about economic impacts of NFTs within the Music and Art community.
Jake Rohrer, Manager, Wipfli LLP.
Summerfest Tech Networking Event at Dockside
Brought to you by University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Information Studies
**All Summerfest Tech attendees can scan their Summerfest Tech badge to enter Summerfest for FREE on June 30th, July 1st, and July 2nd.
Announce Pitch Competition Winner at Summerfest, Dockside Bar
Summerfest Sponsors VIP Deck Parties
Media Support Provided By
Community Support Provided By
gener8tor • i.c.stars • Milky Way Tech Hub • MKE Tech Hub Coalition • New North Inc. • Techquity •
The Commons • UW-E-business Consortium • Wisconsin Tech Association • Young Enterprising Group