Summerfest Tech 2019

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and its Summerfest Tech supporters are excited to announce the details of the second annual Summerfest Tech event, which will be held June 25-June 26, 2019. By leveraging the Summerfest brand to showcase technology, Summerfest Tech intends to champion the regional business community and spotlight Wisconsin’s growing reputation as a tech hub. It also creates unique timing and locations for the community to convene and connect around relevant tech topics. Finally, it allows Summerfest to diversify and enhance programming by increasing technology in and around the festival, engaging a new audience.

Event Schedule

5:30 pm


6:00 pm


6:15 pm

Keynote: Dennis Hoffman – SVP, Corporate Strategies, Dell Technologies

Adapting to Change - adapting your business to the ever-changing tech and digital world

7:00 pm

Technology & Music with Steve Aoki

Two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ

Moderator: Jordan Lee, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

How technology has shaped his evolution as a performer, including how tech, AI and other advances influence his performance.

8:00 pm


8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Post Summerfest Tech Reception at the Harbor House.

Sponsored by pds

8:30 am

Networking / Registration

9:00 am


9:15 am

Keynote: Sudhi Sinha – VP and GM of Digital Solutions, Johnson Controls

Building Digital Businesses

10:00 am

Panel Discussion One – Women in Technology

Marquette University – Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus College of Engineering Dean
Johnson Controls - Lisa Roy, Vice President of Commercial Operations
Moderator: Intel - Mary Bunzel, General Manager, Manufacturing & Industrial Solutions

10:30 am

Panel Discussion Two – Cyber Security

Godfrey & Kahn – Justin Webb, Co-Chair of Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice
Data Holdings – Stacy England, Vice President of Operations
Marquette University – Dr. Thomas Kaczmarek, Director, Master of Science: Computing
DocLaunch & – Michael Adam, Founder
Moderator: Milwaukee Business Journal – Mark Kass, Editor-in-Chief

11:00 am

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Display and Overview

Jon Bekefy, Electric Vehicle Business Planning Manager, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

11:20 am

5 Lakes Pitch

Four regional startups will compete for the chance to win a cash prize of $15,500 and additional sponsor prizes.

To see additional details or to apply, please visit

11:20 am

Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis will be a guest judge for the 5 LAKES Pitch competition at Summerfest Tech. Lemonis, a graduate of Marquette University, leads multiple business enterprises, stars in CNBC’s The Profit, and is considered one of the most sought-after industry experts and keynote speakers in the small business sector today. 

11:50 am

5 Lakes Pitch Award Presentation


Dell Technologies and Vmware intel

WIPFLI johnson controls Marquette University Data Holdings Godfrey and Kahn Ahead


Milwaukee Business Jornal 

Community Support Provided By

gener8tor • Northwestern Mutual • Startup Milwaukee • Morpheus Advisors • DocLaunch • Radio Milwaukee •

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