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AGENDA & SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
OPENING KEYNOTE
10:00am  -  10:45am
Microsoft's Blueprint for Manufacturing Mastery
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Are you ready to harness the future of manufacturing? Dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Simon Floyd, the esteemed GM for Manufacturing in the Americas at Microsoft. This is more than just a keynote—it's your gateway to understanding the seismic shifts in the AI landscape. Simon will unravel Microsoft's cutting-edge insights, showcasing tangible use cases that are already transforming manufacturing. But it's not just about the successes; it's about learning from challenges. Discover the nuances of what's working in AI and what's not, tailored specifically for the manufacturing sector. For ambitious small to mid-sized manufacturing and supply chain companies, this is your golden ticket to staying ahead, innovating, and driving unparalleled growth. Seize this chance to be at the forefront of the AI revolution in manufacturing.

SESSION | CASE STUDY
11:00am  -  11:45am
The Visual Factory Journey:
A Case Study in Innovation 

SEKISUI Aerospace and Xemelgo will share best practices and lessons learned from their Visual Factory journey, a multi-year Digital Transformation project. Julie Traweek is a Senior Product Manager & Experience Designer at SEKISUI Aerospace. Renuka Agrawal is Director of Engineering at Xemelgo. Together they have led a multi-site deployment of sensors and software technology that powers visualization dashboards that show the real-time status of SEKISUI Aerospace's manufacturing operation. 

 

For over 30 years SEKISUI Aerospace has been designing, testing, and manufacturing composite products for the aerospace industry.

 

Xemelgo is a Seattle-based software startup that focuses on Smart Manufacturing solutions. 

LUNCH KEYNOTE
12:00pm  -  12:45pm
Mastering Disruption: Zebra Technologies' Vision for the Next Era of Manufacturing

Step into a transformative session with insights from Zebra Technologies, a global leader at the forefront of technological innovation. Dive deep with Andy, the Sr. VP/GM of Advanced Data Capture, Machine Vision & Imaging, as he unravels the intricate tapestry of technology disruptions reshaping the manufacturing landscape. This isn't just a glimpse into the future—it's a hands-on guide to understanding the practical use cases of products born from these disruptions. For small to mid-sized manufacturing and supply chain companies, this session is your compass to not only navigate but thrive amidst the rapid technological shifts. Equip yourself with the knowledge and strategies to stay ahead, innovate, and drive unparalleled growth in an ever-evolving industry.

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ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
1:00pm  -  1:45pm
Manufacturing's Think Tank: Collaborate, Innovate & Elevate

Dive into a pivotal session designed to not just discuss, but to redefine the future of manufacturing. In a focused 30-minute round table, your insights and expertise will merge with industry peers, creating a melting pot of revolutionary ideas. Your choice of table, made during registration, ensures you're part of a conversation that resonates with your passion and expertise. With ten distinct topics, curated from prior surveys, you're not just attending a session—you're stepping into the driver's seat of innovation in manufacturing.

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  • Workforce Development in Manufacturing: Nurturing Talent for Industry Growth

  • Emerging Markets in Washington: Exploring Opportunities in Clean Tech, Space, Agriculture, and More

  • Leadership in Manufacturing: Inspiring Excellence & Driving Innovation

  • Marketing in Manufacturing: Strategies for Success

  • Sales Strategies in Manufacturing: Driving Growth and Market Penetration

  • Bottlenecks in Manufacturing: Identifying & Overcoming Challenges

  • Manufacturing Technology Implementation: Maximizing Efficiency & Competitiveness

  • HR in Manufacturing: Nurturing Talent for Success

  • Supply Chain Optimization: Streamlining Efficiency & Resilience

  • Internal Communications in Manufacturing: Fostering Engagement and Alignment

SESSION | PANEL
2:00pm  -  2:45pm
Bridging the Funding Gap: Expert Insights on Manufacturing Grants and Opportunities

In today's landscape, where innovation drives growth, securing the right funding can catapult a business forward or leave it trailing behind. Dive into this session to uncover a wealth of funding opportunities meticulously crafted for the manufacturing sector.

Under the adept guidance of Allison Budvarson, COO of Out of the Box Manufacturing, this panel seamlessly merges hands-on industry expertise with in-depth governmental knowledge. With representation from Aerospace, Workforce, and Clean Tech/Energy sectors, participants will be enlightened on state-level programs and grant opportunities. And the journey of discovery extends further. Impact Washington will broaden your horizon, offering a holistic view of resources from both state and federal avenues.

For burgeoning manufacturing and supply chain enterprises, this session is more than just information—it's your compass to navigate the vast seas of innovation funding. Equip yourself with the strategies and insights that will not only fuel your initiatives but also position you as a vanguard in the realm of manufacturing.

SESSION
3:00pm  -  3:30pm
Beyond the Factory Floor: CDL-Seattle's Vision for the Manufacturing Renaissance
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In a rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape, staying ahead means embracing the cutting-edge, and there's no better place to witness this transformation than the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at Seattle's University of Washington. Dive into a session with Emer Dooley, the site lead for CDL-Seattle, and embark on a journey that bridges the gap between traditional manufacturing and the future.

CDL, a global beacon for startup accelerators, has been at the forefront of fostering innovations, especially in computational health. But now, CDL-Seattle is turning its gaze towards manufacturing. Discover how startups, under the CDL umbrella, are leveraging machine intelligence, IoT, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, and groundbreaking approaches to workforce augmentation to address manufacturing challenges.

For small to mid-sized manufacturing companies, this isn't just a session—it's an invitation. An invitation to explore partnerships, gain insights, and potentially collaborate with ventures that could redefine your operations. With the backing of giants like Microsoft Corporation and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, CDL-Seattle stands as a testament to the power of innovation. Don't just be a spectator; be a part of the manufacturing renaissance.

FINAL KEYNOTE
3:45pm  -  4:30pm
Session Description Coming Soon
RECEPTION
4:30pm  -  5:30pm

After a day of insights and innovations, it's time to relax, reflect, and build relationships. Join us for an exclusive reception, where the conversations continue amidst a backdrop of delightful appetizers and refreshing beverages. This isn't just a reception—it's an extension of the day's journey, offering you the perfect setting to forge new connections, deepen existing ones, and exchange thoughts in a more informal setting. For small to mid-sized manufacturing companies, this is your moment to mingle with industry peers, thought leaders, and potential collaborators. As the day's learnings still resonate, let's toast to new opportunities, shared visions, and the promising future of manufacturing.

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