Wednesday, September 18
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Doors Open and Light Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
What You Don’t Know About Cyber Risks, Directly from an Ethical Hacker
Jay Kaplan, CEO and Co-founder of Synack, asserts that “Cybersecurity is an arms race with talent and technology at the helm – the side that employs the most advanced and intelligent resources will ultimately win.”
Jay founded Synack after serving in multiple cyber-related capacities at the Department of Defense. In this session, he will address manufacturers’ biggest concerns and the unknown threats to their companies and critical infrastructure. As a hacker-turned-CEO, Jay will provide a unique perspective on how the adversary views your attack surface, and what businesses can do to stay ahead of the threat and minimize risk. He will share security best practices from Synack's crowd of ethical hackers.
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
ED Talks are short, dynamic discussions to address the most critical issues facing manufacturing leaders. (Thanks to TED for the format idea!)
9:45 AM – 10:05 AM
Talk 1 / Jumpstart Your Digital Enterprise Evolution
There is a lot of discussion these days about why to become a more digital enterprise, but little about how to begin and what matters most along the way. In this session, Raj Batra, President, Digital Industries, Siemens USA, will pull from Siemens customer experiences and propose a set of best practices for manufacturers as they move from exploration into action.
10:05 AM – 10:25 AM
TALK 2 / Blockchain and Industry 4.0
The impact of blockchain technology in Industry 4.0 continues to grow. Hear from Timothy Abbott, Manager, Digital Transformation Technology, at Moog Inc., to learn how the company is currently working on the use of blockchain technology to solve some of the challenges that will arise in this 4th industrial age.
10:25 AM – 10:45 AM
Talk 3 / Embracing Risk to Advance Your Career
The risk/reward equation is a key contributor to career progression—especially when a candidate doesn’t come from central casting. Former U.S. Navy officer and corporate CEO JoAnna Sohovich tells the story of her strategic approach to welcoming risk in a way that contributes to career advancement to achieve one’s ultimate goals. Listen to her story of embracing risks and navigating a career as a woman in the military, manufacturing, and technology worlds.
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
How Companies and Colleges Collaborate to Solve the Future Digital Talent Gap
Economic growth propelled and improved the human condition throughout history. Today we are in the midst of a cyber revolution, propelled by artificial intelligence, big data, automation, and robotics. The causes of economic growth were as much sociological as technological, with improved education the most important catalyst driving each industrial revolution wave. One of the most important institutions that are a pre-condition for growth are universities: a more evenly balanced education in collaboration with business and industry is required. Purdue University is leading this evolution in collaboration between companies and colleges. Dr. Gary Bertoline, dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, will provide insights in how modern universities can help play a critical role in ensuring a competitive manufacturing base and higher standards of living in the 21st century.
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
Building the Future of Work in the Age of AI: How New Jobs and Technologies Will Transform Manufacturing
Predictive maintenance, human-robot collaboration, and generative design are but a few recent applications of artificial intelligence reshaping manufacturing. Expectations continue to rise for AI to unlock elusive productivity gains. The demand for AI to drive a more productive future in manufacturing has significant implications for the workforce, including the automation and replacement of some workers as well as the need to upskill others. Rob Atkinson, President, and Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, and the MAPI Foundation will share the latest research and a new perspective on managing workforce transformation in the age of AI.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Nurturing Resilience
Manufacturing is an industry under transformation. Technologies, policies, analytics, world events, customer expectations, and automation are contributing to the rapid pace of change that has many manufacturers wondering if their organization will come through the evolution stronger than before. In Touching the Dragon: And Other Techniques for Surviving Life’s Wars, James Hatch brings us a lesson of personal resilience to inspire your journey. Along with co-author and filmmaker Christian D’Andrea, James shares his story of living life at a high frequency as a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development group when a devastating injury forced him to retire from the military. Ejected from the life he knew, and ashamed of what he thought were his failures, he struggled with alcoholism, depression, and suicidal thoughts. What saved him was a network of colleagues and strangers that equipped him with the tools he needed to survive, and eventually thrive. James’ journey through (and out of) darkness shows us the true meaning of leadership and teamwork. His story is helping people deal with crisis, challenge, and difficulty of all kinds, by allowing them to realize that they have resources that can help them persevere.