Summerfest Tech 2024 

June 24th – 27th

The event will remain free of charge and accessible virtually!

June 24th: Opening event – Henry Maier Festival Park

June 25th: Conference Day 1 – Potawatomi Hotel | Casino

June 26th: Conference Day 2 – Potawatomi Hotel | Casino

June 27th: Closing event – Henry Maier Festival Park

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Event Schedule

24
Jun
4:00pm - 7:00pm - Summerfest Grounds - Aurora Pavilion

Registration

Be sure to check-in and pick up your badge. Reminder, this badge is also a 3-day pass to Summerfest 6/28 - 6/30!

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Summerfest Grounds - Aurora Pavilion

Brews, Beats, and Bytes: The Fusion of Tech, Entertainment, and Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurs

TBD

Moderator:

Matt Adamczyk, Technologist in Residence, Microsoft   

Panelists: 

Cordero Barkley, Partner, TitletownTech 

Jonah Turner, Head of Emerging Technology, Molson Coors Beverage Company 

Sarah Pancheri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. 

Hugh Forest, Chief Programming Officer, SXSW (South by Southwest) 

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Summerfest Grounds - Aurora Pavilion

Networking and Live Music

Networking

Networking event sponsored by Midwest House. Music from band Diet Lite.

25
Jun
8:00am - 6:00pm - North Pre-Function

Registration

Stop by the North Pre-Function area to check-in and pick up your badge. Reminder, this badge is also a 3-day pass to Summerfest 6/28 - 6/30!

8:30am - 9:00am - Main Event Center

Breakfast

Sponsored by Salesforce

8:50am - 9:00am - Main Event Center

Welcoming Remarks

Opening remarks from the Summerfest Tech Director and i.c.stars opening intro

9:00am - 2:00pm - North Pre-Function

Versiti Blood Drive

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin will be onsite at Potawatomi Casino Hotel in the Main Event Hall on June 25th and 26th from 9am to 2pm with a blood drive donation. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

Sign up here for June 25th and here for June 26th.

9:00am - 10:00am - Main Event Space

People Savvy - Improve Communication, Build Better Relationships & Deal with Difficult People

KeynoteTalent

Studies show that 85% of your success in life is due to your people skills, yet it’s one of the most difficult skills to develop. In this highly interactive & hilarious presentation, Betsy takes you through an engaging experience of how different personalities prefer to communicate, connect, be influenced, make decisions & resolve conflict. This presentation includes a verbal DISC assessment, which will help you to determine which personality style(s) are most like you. As a human behavior expert, Betsy breaks down yours and other's personality styles in a humorous and easy way to understand, so you can work better with others and get the results you want.

 

Besty Allen-Manning, Owner & CEO, Corporate Culture Training Solutions

10:15am - 11:15pm - Main Event Center

The Who, What, and How of the Recent Trend of CIO’s transitioning to CDIO’s

Business Leaders + ExecutivesCIO + Leadership Pathways

CIO’s are being asked to do more from the CEO’s. Join us while we explore how four Wisconsin CIO’s have stepped up and taken on the Digital strategy and function for the organizations. 

Moderator:

Chris Luecke, Podcast Host & Community Builder, Manufacturing Happy Hour 

Panelists: 

Tim Dickson, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Regal Rexnord 

Chad Steighner, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Clarios 

SriRaj Kantamneni, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Schreiber Foods 

Joe Herington, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Schreiber Foods, Charter Manufacturing 

 

 

10:15am - 11:15pm - Serenity

Women in Technology: Engineering Opportunities & Solutions in Energy Technology

FuturistSustainabilityTechnologistsWomen in Tech

This panel will discuss the gender gap in the technology field and panelists will share their perspectives and opportunities to bring more women into the energy and tech sectors. 

Moderator:

Tami Garrison, Senior Director Social Responsibility, Generac Power Systems   

Panelists: 

Erik Wilde, Executive Vice President Industrial, Americas, Generac Power Systems 

Dana Guthrie, Managing Partner, Gateway Capital 

Leah Newman, Associate Professor and Program Director for Industrial Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering 

10:15am - 11:15pm - Harmony

Mentor Session – Software Development – Agile, DevOps, UXUI

Mentorship

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

10:15am - 11:15pm - Clarity

Cyber Threat Detection

Cybersecurity

Presented by Sprocket Security

This workshop series will cover the progressive steps of handling cyber threats—securing against them, recovering if they occur, and sustaining operations through robust infrastructure. They will walk attendees, interested in a holistic view of cybersecurity, through a comprehensive approach to cyber resilience.

  • Understanding the Threat Landscape: Overview of current cyber threats and trends affecting industries.
  • Continuous Penetration Testing: How continuous testing can help identify vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
  • Adversary Simulations: Discussing the benefits of simulating real-world attacks to test security measures.
  • Attack Surface Management: Techniques for managing and minimizing the potential entry points for cyber attackers.
  • Real-Time Monitoring and Response: Importance of monitoring threats and how to respond effectively.
  • Collaborative Defense Strategies: Sharing strategies and insights on fostering collaboration within and across organizations for enhanced security.
10:15am - 11:15pm - Prosperity

Startup/Investor Workshop

TBA

 

 

10:15am - 11:15pm - Inspire

Prompts for Business Leaders: Key Questions to Ask When Implementing AI

Artificial IntelligenceBusiness Leaders + ExecutivesFuturistTechnologists

Implementing AI solutions in your business offers enormous opportunity – and also challenges for business leaders who must identify opportunities, implement new technologies and drive change in their organization.  This panel will explore use cases in health care, manufacturing, and consumer-facing applications to help business leaders understand key trade-offs and what questions to ask their teams and vendors. UWM researchers will offer perspectives on cyber security, bias, computation and implementation.   

Moderator:

Brian Thompson, Chief Innovation and Partnership Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee    

Panelists: 

Jake Lou, Associate Professor of Health Informatics & Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Zhen Zeng, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

11:30am - 12:30pm - Main Event Center

Innovation: Exploring the Future of Business Growth and Operational Excellence

Business Leaders + ExecutivesCybersecurityInnovation

Join us for a transformative breakout session where we'll dive into the thriving ecosystem of a model that harmoniously blends growth, automation and finance in a data-driven decision world. Explore a multi-disciplinary approach that can uniquely position your business for success. During this discussion you’ll gain insights into the value of real-time data access, cost reduction methods, enhanced security through technology, operational excellence and how to navigate the complexities of digital transformation. This unique exchange is designed to leave its participates with key insights to support your businesses next growth phase.

Moderator:

Aaron Towns, Director of Corporate Banking, BMO 

Panelists: 

Tyler Muncy, Google Cloud Sales Executive, Google 

Rich Scudellari, Founding Partner, Penny Jar 

Chris Brown, Sr. Vice President of Sales, Caddi 

DJ Vogel, Founder, Ghostcale 

Steve McQuin, CEO, Farwell 

Tere Sackerson, Managing Director: U.S. National TPS Executive Leader, BMO 

11:30am - 12:30pm - Serenity

Managing Cyber Risk from the C-Suite

Business Leaders + ExecutivesCIO + Leadership PathwaysCybersecurity

Managing risk from the C-suite is nothing new. There are constant conversations and processes that address risk to the business. However, Cyber security risk is unique and morphing at a rate that outpaces the normal cadence of business in most industries. Couple this with the fact that most company’s boards meet less frequently than the c-suite and potentially drives action that may not be keeping pace with the threat landscape. What can the CISO, CIO and CEO in particular do to keep pace with the risk and help the rest of the C-suite keep informed and up to date so decisions are relevant to the business.

Moderator: 

Julie Ragland, CIO,  Navistar, Inc.

Panelists: 

Angela Johnson, CISO, Children’s Hospital 

Tina Chang, CEO, SysLogic 

Maribeth Achterberg, CIO, Boldt

11:30am - 12:30pm - Harmony

Mentor Session – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, InlusionMentorship

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

11:30am - 12:30pm - Clarity

Remediation and Disaster Planning

Business Leaders + ExecutivesCIO + Leadership PathwaysCybersecurity

Presented by ValorTech

This workshop series will cover the progressive steps of handling cyber threats— securing against them, recovering if they occur, and sustaining operations through robust infrastructure. They will walk attendees, interested in a holistic view of cybersecurity, through a comprehensive approach to cyber resilience.

  • Incident Response Framework: Key components of an effective incident response plan.
  • Digital Evidence Preservation: Best practices for managing and securing digital evidence after a security breach.
  • Forensic Analysis: Techniques and tools for conducting thorough forensic investigations.
  • Disaster Recovery Planning: Steps to create a resilient disaster recovery strategy that minimizes downtime and data loss.
  • Business Continuity: Ensuring continuous operation and resilience through various disruptions.
  • Role of Managed Services: How partnering with MSSPs can enhance the robustness of cyber defenses and compliance.
11:30am - 12:30pm - Prosperity

Startup/Investor Workshop

TBA

11:30am - 12:30pm - Inspire

Community Chosen Programming

TBA

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Lunch

Networking

Explore the Potawatomi Casino|Hotel for a variety of food options!

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Main Event Center

Making Sense of CoPilot

Advanced TechArtificial IntelligenceInnovationMachine LearningTechnologists

Learn how a local Wisconsin enterprise is charting the course with AI to add user productivity for both general Microsoft users and specialized use cases. 

Panelists 

Stephen Magnuson, VP of Corporate IT, Regal Rexnord 

Reshad Alam, Vice President, Information Systems Security, Regal Rexnord 

Nate Lasnoski, Chief Technology Officer, Concurrency 

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Serenity

Tech for Good - United Way Techquity

TBA

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Harmony

Mentor Session – Women in Tech

MentorshipNetworkingWomen in Tech

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Clarity

Technical Workshop

TBA

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Prosperity

The Entrepreneurial Dream

Entrepreneurs

It All Starts with an Idea; Thinking the Entrepreneurial Way; The Nature of the Entrepreneurial Experience; Entrepreneurship as a Process; Entrepreneurship as a Journey; Why Anyone Can Do It; Key Competencies and Skills; The Four Types of Ventures that Entrepreneurs Start; The Commodity Trap; Opportunity versus Concept

Presenter:

Dr. Jason William Johnson, Founder/CEO, SoundStrategies, LLC 

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Inspire

EV Mythbusting: Separating Fact from Fiction

FuturistSustainabilityTechnologists

As the EV and alternative energy industry continues to expand, there are myths surrounding EV and electrification that can hinder its adoption. This session aims to debunk myths and discuss infrastructure, data and analytics, funding, alternative fuel technology, and benefits to electrification to businesses.

Panelists:  

Andy Byrne, Director of EV Products and Markets, Potawatomi Adventures 

Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities 

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Main Event Center

A Practical Guide to Cybersecurity: How to Not be a Ransomware Headline

Cybersecurity

Trends and threats in cybersecurity seem to change as quickly as TikTok trends. In this session, Ryan and Sheldon will provide practical information on what’s actually happening in cybersecurity, how you can protect your business and yourself, and how you can stay ahead of threats to protect the integrity and security of your valuable data. 

Panelists: 

Ryan Brooks, CTO & GM, Data Holdings 

Sheldon Cuffie, Vice President & Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), American Family Insurance 

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Serenity

#MKETech Roundtables: The Future of our Ecosystem

FuturistTalentTechnologists

So much has changed across Milwaukee’s tech landscape over the past several years – and there’s so much more to come! Sit down with a small group of your like-minded tech enthusiasts and dig into a unique discussion about the future of this ecosystem. You’ll choose what to discuss and a local tech leader will prompt your table’s conversation – come ready for authentic networking and inspirating ideas! Continue your chats at the happy hour after this session.

Speaker:

Joe Poeschl, Director of Engagement, MKE Tech Hub Coalition

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Harmony

Mentor session – Cybersecurity

CybersecurityMentorshipNetworking

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Clarity

Salesforce AI for Manufacturers

Artificial IntelligenceBusiness Leaders + Executives

Curious how you can use AI to impact your day-to-day business operations? Salesforce AI is transforming the manufacturing industry by enabling predictive maintenance and automating quality control processes. Salesforce's AI capabilities empower manufacturers to optimize equipment performance, reduce maintenance costs, and deliver high-quality products. Come hear from customers, Salesforce industry experts and services providers about how the future of the platform can transform your business. 

Speakers:  

Tim Dickson, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Regal Rexnord 

Ryan Moylan, Salesforce Solution Engineer, Salesforce 

Alex Devries, Technical Architect, Aleysian 

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Prosperity

Startup/Investor Workshop

TBA

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Inspire

Community Chosen Programming

TBA

4:30pm - 6:30pm - [TBD]

Happy Hour

Networking

Brought to you by Insight

26
Jun
8:00am - 6:00pm - North Pre-Function

Registration

Stop by the North Pre-Function area to check-in and pick up your badge. Reminder, this badge is also a 3-day pass to Summerfest 6/28 - 6/30!

8:30am - 9:00am - Main Event Center

Breakfast

Sponsored by Genesis10/Dev10

9:00am - 2:00pm - North Pre-Function

Versiti Blood Drive

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin will be onsite at Potawatomi Casino Hotel in the Main Event Hall on June 25th and 26th from 9am to 2pm with a blood drive donation. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

Sign up here for June 25th and here for June 26th.    

9:00am - 10:00am - Main Event Center

Ethical and Societal Implications of Generative AI

Artificial IntelligenceKeynoteTechnologistsWomen in Tech

As Artificial Intelligence systems pervade day-to-day life, the need for these systems to be robust, fair, accurate, and just has become of urgent importance. As the foundational backbone of AI systems, large scale datasets play a crucial role in the performance, accuracy, robustness, fairness and trustworthiness of AI systems. In this talk, I: a) present work that highlights numerous concerns arising from large scale datasets, b) discuss the downstream impact of such dataset on models (including the exacerbation of societal biases and negative stereotypes) and c) review some approaches to both incremental improvements as well as shepherding broader structural change. 

Dr. Abeba Birhane, Advisor, AI Accountability at Mozilla Foundation and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Statistics 

10:15am - 11:15pm - Main Event Center

Making AI Real - the Best Practices in Creating Value in Your Organization with AI

Artificial IntelligenceBusiness Leaders + Executives

This session will explore how successful companies frame the conversation, ways to position your executive team for success, discuss parallel initiatives to chase, provide examples of companies in the area making a difference, and how to get started. 

Speaker:

Nathan Lasnoski, CTO, Concurrency 

10:15am - 11:15pm - Serenity

Milwaukee's Tech Talent Transformation: How Local Companies Can Embrace Tech Talent Programs

Business Leaders + ExecutivesTalent

A panel discussion about tech talent upskilling programs, featuring Amazon Web Services and Brooksource. Includes a case study from American Family Insurance, the benefits they gained, and how they had a positive impact on the local community. 

Moderator:  

Bruce Wolf, Senior Manager, Enterprise Digital Risk, American Family Insurance 

Panelists:  

Sheldon Cuffie, Vice President & Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), American Family Insurance 

Shelby Whalen, Elevate Program Coordinator, Brooksource 

Cherry Ji, Senior Program Manager, AWS Education Program: AWS Training and Certification 

Betty Yang, Software Development Engineer, American Family Insurance 

 

 

10:15am - 11:15pm - Harmony

Mentor Session – Software Design & Engineering

Mentorship

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

10:15am - 11:15pm - Clarity

Infrastructure Redundancy

CybersecurityProject ManagementSoftware Development - Agile, DevOps, UXUISustainability

Presented by 1547 Realty

This workshop series will cover the progressive steps of handling cyber threats— securing against them, recovering if they occur, and sustaining operations through robust infrastructure. They will walk attendees, interested in a holistic view of cybersecurity, through a comprehensive approach to cyber resilience. 

  • Designing Redundant Systems: Principles of designing data centers with redundancy and fault tolerance.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: How to ensure data centers can scale in response to growing data demands and technological advancements.
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Discussing sustainable practices in data center operations and design.
  • Physical and Network Security: Integrating robust physical security measures and cybersecurity practices.
  • Risk Management in Data Centers: Identifying and mitigating risks in data center operations.
  • Future Trends in Data Center Technology: Exploring upcoming innovations in data center design and management.
10:15am - 11:15pm - Prosperity

Bridging the Gap: How Can Small Businesses & Startups Grow Together

Business Leaders + ExecutivesInnovationNetworking

There is a rich and vibrant history of manufacturing and small business, in Wisconsin. Newer to the ecosystem is the emerging tech industry. However, these two seldom have the opportunity to be in the same room and benefit from each other. How can we all work together to continue the legacy of the workforce that has made Wisconsin a great manufacturing state while also benefiting from the innovation. Specifically, to increase productivity, prevent offshoring, through implementation of new technology and providing first client acquisition for local startup founders. This will be an interactive programming with a lot of collaboration on how everyone can best move forward to grow together. Questionnaires and engagement will be asked of audience members, before, during and after the event. 

Moderator:

Forest Richter, Founder, Fresh Coast Labs 

Panelists: 

Jake Krueger, Partner, Fresh Coast Labs 

Craig Armstrong, CEO, ScanPac 

10:15am - 11:15pm - Inspire

From Music to Mars: How a Life in Music Led to a Career in Aerospace

Record producer and touring multi-instrumentalist Jason Achilles presents a storied personal accounting of developments that led to the world hearing the first sounds captured from Mars by the NASA Perseverance rover on February 22nd, 2021. This historic and inspiring journey will culminate with a show-and-tell analysis of technical hurdles, sharing recent recordings from the Martian surface, and what the future holds for audio that is literally out of this world. Q&A to follow. 

Jason Achilles, Zandef Deksit Inc.; former consultant, NASA/JPL 

11:30am - 12:30pm - Main Event Center

Unlocking the Power of AI: Roundtables Discussions for AI Strategy and Implementation

Artificial IntelligenceBusiness Leaders + ExecutivesFuturistInnovation

AI isn't just the future—it's the present, revolutionizing every facet of business. Join fellow executives, business leaders, and innovators for roundtable discussions to learn from one another and share invaluable insights, strategies, and best practices for seamlessly integrating AI into your business. Each table is moderated by a Husch Blackwell attorney to help provide insights into the legal and regulatory landscape surrounding AI. From navigating compliance to seizing growth opportunities, this is your chance to stay ahead of the curve and propel your business into the AI-driven future. 

11:30am - 12:30pm - Serenity

Building in the New Data Age: Design and Construction Considerations when Building Data Centers

Advanced TechInnovation

With all the new construction needing to be more equipped to handle high-data and technology loads, and with organizations like Microsoft creating a large data centers in our region, what things need to be considered in this new world of construction around supporting the amount of energy needed to power these buildings?

Speakers TBD

11:30am - 12:30pm - Harmony

Mentor Session – C-Suite + Leadership Pathways

CIO + Leadership PathwaysMentorship

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

11:30am - 12:30pm - Clarity

Technical Workshop

TBA

11:30am - 12:30pm - Prosperity

Intellectual Property Basics and USPTO Resources

Business Leaders + ExecutivesEntrepreneursInnovation

Learn from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. The discussion will cover: 

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets 
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP 
  • Local resources and assistance available through the USPTO and other agencies 

Speaker: 

James O. Wilson, Acting Regional Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office 

11:30am - 12:30pm - Inspire

Community Chosen Programming

TBA

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Lunch

Networking

Explore the Potawatomi Casino|Hotel for a variety of food options!

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Main Event Center

The Journey to Gaining Access to Capital – The Future Outlook of Considering All Options

Business Leaders + ExecutivesEntrepreneursInvestment

Join us for a transformative discussion where we'll dive into the thriving ecosystem of finance. Discover how having a multi-disciplinary approach can uniquely position your business for success. In this session boundaries will be pushed and creatively will flourish as we explore insights from a extraordinary panel of  Venture Capitalist, Equity Partner, Business Incubator and traditional Financial Institution all ready to illuminate your path with ideas to create growth. 

Moderator:

Andreas Bubenzer-Paim, Managing Director: Head of Technology Banking, BMO 

Panelists: 

Troy Vosseller, Partner, Gener8tor 

Cordero Barkley, Partner, Title Town Tech 

Andrew Hockin, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets (Venture Capital) 

Sean Lightner, Director of BMO Technology Banking – Growth & Innovation, BMO 

3:00pm - 5:00pm - Main Event Center

Pitch Competition

Networking

The 8 Finalists are:

Liff Happens

Chicago, IL

A software platform designed to solve the challenges of Lost and Found.

Zinacare

South Africa

We are an at-home health testing company democratizing access to healthcare

RoddyMedical

Milwaukee, WI

Medical products designed by clinicians for patient safety and mobility

Atomix

Milwaukee, WI

Atomix provides high-touch operations high-growth omnichannel brands.

Athlytic

Detroit, MI

Marketplace that connects student athletes with brand partnerships.

Econofi

Chicago, IL

We Deliver Product Innovation for Community Banks.

ReachPathways

Chicago, IL

REACH is a college and career pathway.

Lotza

Menomonee Falls, WI

We are the only drink mixer designed to support liver health and next day recovery.

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Serenity

The Path to Digital Acceleration

Artificial IntelligenceFuturistTechnologists

Come hear from a panel of Digital Marketing visionaries. Topics will include Business Agility, AI, the path to cloud and much more!  

Moderator:

Heather Polen, Global VP of Customer Transformation, Sitecore 

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Harmony

Mentor Session – Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning

Artificial IntelligenceMachine LearningMentorshipNetworking

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

Led by Nate Lasnoski, Chief Technology Officer, Concurrency 

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Clarity

Demystifying - Artificial Intelligence

Artificial IntelligenceInnovation

In this session, we delve into the dynamic world of AI, navigating through headlines and hype cycles to discern practical applications and essential skills. Beginning with foundational definitions and key terms, we embark on a journey exploring the practical applications of machine learning, best practices in training and evaluation, as well as platforms, tools, and popular algorithms driving AI innovation. Through real-world use cases, we uncover the transformative power of AI across industries. Delving into AI languages and tools, we discuss strategies for selecting frameworks tailored to specific business needs. Furthermore, we offer insights into UWM's (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) AI initiatives, serving as a compelling case study. By the end of this session, participants will be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of AI trends, practical applications, and strategies for navigating the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence. 

Matt Friedel, Senior Lecturer, UWM School of Information Studies; Adjunct Faculty, Marquette; Angel Investor & Co-founder, Milwaukee Venture Partners, Inc. 

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Prosperity

Locking Down Enterprise IoT and OT Environments: Securing the Future of Manufacturing

FuturistManufacturing

The proliferation of IoT, IIoT, and OT devices without standardized security measures has opened up new avenues for cyberattacks, leading to an alarming 400% increase in malware attacks this year alone. In the manufacturing sector, remote access requirements for employees and partners have significantly expanded the attack surface, with VPN vulnerabilities emerging as a primary target. Additionally, the rise of shadow IT has introduced numerous unauthorized devices onto networks, necessitating continuous visibility. Join us as we delve into IoT security best practices within the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including the adoption of the zero trust framework outlined by the CISA Maturity Model.   

Dan Shelton, VP CTO in-Residence, Zscaler 

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Inspire

Tech for Good

TBA

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Serenity

Industry 4.0 & Hybrid Networks

Artificial IntelligenceSustainability

We'll dive deep into Industry 4.0, exploring top-notch use cases like the Purdue model, AI, Automation, Robotics, IoT, Digital Twins, Real-time Carbon/Energy Insights, SR/VR, and Analytics. Discover how 5G, private cellular, DAS 2.0, and current customer deployments complement Wi-Fi, paving the way for seamless connectivity. 

Moderator 

Dave Woodward, Owner, GranGraeGroup 

Panelists

Todd Kelly, Sr. VP of Solutions Engineering, STEP CG  

Joseph Hamann, Executive Director, Connected Systems Institute, UW-Milwaukee 

 

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Clarity

From Concept to Reality: Building Your Tech Ideas with Wisconsin Tech Month Insights

InnovationManufacturing

This workshop is designed to inspire and equip participants with the tools to turn their innovative tech ideas into successful realities. Using the proven framework of Wisconsin Tech Month, this session will delve into the practical aspects of taking an idea from inception to execution, with a focus on fostering a supportive tech ecosystem.

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Harmony

Mentor Session – Project Management

MentorshipNetworking

Meet the Expert Mentor sessions are intended to intentionally pair up 10 executive leaders with chosen mentees in an intimate networking session. Each session will start with a 10-15 minute overview of the topics, and the remaining time will be focused 3 rounds of networking.

Mentors are TBD, but keep checking back, as we will update as confirmed.

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Prosperity

The Ever-Changing Threat Landscape

Cybersecurity

Today's cyber threat landscape is constantly evolving. Traditional castle-and-moat architectures are no longer adequate to secure data and users in our hybrid work world. Currently, half of the malware delivered each month comes from SaaS apps. John will explain why it’s important to have visibility for all your traffic – especially well-known (trusted) applications. Followed by a live demo from Bob.

Presenters: 

John LaBrie, Solutions Engineering Manager, Netskope 

Bob Fudurich, Sr. Solutions Engineer, Netskope

3:15pm - 4:15pm - Inspire

Community Chosen Programming

TBA

4:30pm - 6:30pm - [TBD]

Happy Hour

Networking

Brought to you by Expedient

27
Jun
12:00pm - 4:00pm - Summerfest Grounds – Dockside Bar

Networking Event

Networking

Use your badge to get into Summerfest FREE and attend this great finale event at Summerfest at the Dockside Bar. Enjoy snacks, two free beverages, and great networking and music on Milwaukee’s lakefront. To see the full music lineup for this day, visit Summerfest.com/lineup. For grounds location, visit Summerfest.com/grounds-map/.  Sponsored by UWM School of Information Studies.

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