Power Play! New session puts focus on Industry 4.0 movement into professional sports at Automation Alley’s Integr8 conference on Nov. 6 in Detroit

NASCAR, Detroit Lions and cycling leader Trek to discuss using AI, Big Data tools for a competitive advantage and amped up fan engagement

TROY, Mich.—October 23, 2019—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, has added a panel discussion to its global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8, focused on how smart technologies are disrupting the professional sports industry to help demonstrate how the Fourth Industrial Revolution—including the Internet of Things, Big Data, cloud computing, AI and more—has moved to sectors well beyond the factory floor.
The panel discussion, titled Power Play: How Smart Technologies are a Sports Industry Game-Changer, will close out the conference, which is being held Nov. 6 in Detroit.

Panelists include Ashton Mullinex, Detroit Lions executive director of business strategy and analytics; Steven de Jongh, a Dutch-born former professional road bicycle racer who now works for Trek, a multi-national bicycle and cycling product manufacturer and distributor committed to improving race performance and results through data analytics; and Gene Stefanyshyn, senior vice president and chief international officer for NASCAR, which is using Big Data, AI, 3D printing and modeling and simulation to bring new opportunities to a uniquely American experience that is seeing increased global popularity.

“Industry 4.0 is a game-changer not only in manufacturing, but in every segment of business, and the business of sports is no exception,” Kelly said. “The Power Play panelists will explain how Industry 4.0 is leading to new ways to engage fans, improve player health and safety, and win at the highest levels of professional sports entertainment.”

Supported by blockbuster brands including IBM, Intel, Verizon, Comcast and DTE; locally by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and globally by The World Economic Forum, Integr8 is expected to draw 1,000 tech and manufacturing professionals to the TCF Center in Detroit. In addition to keynote presentations by John Kovac, Microsoft director of U.S. Industry Manufacturing, and Martina Koederitz, general manager of IBM’s U.S. Industrial Market in North America, there will be an Integr8 expo to further highlight the technology options available that facilitate digital transformation, new Industry 4.0 roundtable sessions, breakout sessions focused on Industry 4.0’s impact on the workforce, small and medium-sized manufacturers, the health care and automotive industries and much more. In addition, the Smart Technology Zone, presented by Automation Alley partner the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, will focus on information and hands-on demos tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0.

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, robotics, artificial intelligence, the cloud, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing and advanced materials and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion. Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also being held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

Keynote speakers from Microsoft, IBM to address the strategic transformation of organizations in the midst of Industry 4.0 at Automation Alley’s Integr8 conference on Nov. 6 in Detroit

John Kovac, Microsoft director of U.S. Industry Manufacturing, and Martina Koederitz, general manager of IBM’s U.S. Industrial Market in North America, bring their digital perspective to industries looking to modernize with disruptive technologies

TROY, Mich.—October 10, 2019—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announced global tech giants Microsoft and IBM will keynote Integr8, leading the conversation on continuous digital transformation and the outlook for organizations seeking to innovate by harnessing Industry 4.0 technologies. On Nov. 6 at Detroit’s TCF Center, formerly Cobo Center, John Kovac, Microsoft director of U.S. Industry Manufacturing, will kick off the global Industry 4.0 conference with a morning keynote at 8 a.m.; Martina Koederitz, general manager of IBM’s U.S. Industrial Market in North America, will deliver the lunch time keynote at noon.

Kovac, who works with executives to drive organizational and product change by re-imagining product, will share use-cases and industry best-practices regarding the digital transformation, with a focus on trends and patterns that Microsoft has identified across a variety of industries impacted by Industry 4.0. Koederitz, who has been dedicated to helping businesses transform through technology across the electronics, automotive, aerospace and defense, chemicals and petroleum, and ‘X’ industries, will discuss how the convergence of Industry 4.0 technologies has been shaping the future to make business more successful, in addition to changing lives on a personal level.

“Many companies are beginning to understand, adapt and innovate through Industry 4.o, but we have only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible with these technologies,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director and CEO. “Integr8 is fortunate to have industry thought leaders John Kovac and Martina Koderitz address this rapid pace of change, offering guidance and inspiration to champion a forward-thinking mindset.”

Supported by blockbuster brand sponsors including IBM and Intel; locally by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and globally by The World Economic Forum, Integr8 is expected to draw 1,000 tech and manufacturing professionals to the TCF Center in Detroit. In addition to the two keynote presentations, there will be an Integr8 expo to further highlight the technology options available that facilitate digital transformation, new Industry 4.0 roundtable sessions, breakout sessions focused on Industry 4.0’s impact in a variety of industries including health care, automotive, retail, food production and more. In addition, the Smart Technology Zone, presented by Automation Alley partner the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, will focus on information and hands-on demos tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0.

The day-long conference will close with an Afterglow featuring a panel discussion on how Industry 4.0 technologies are impacting the sports industry. The discussion, titled “Power Play: How Smart Technologies are a Sports Industry Game-Changer,” will include panelists from NASCAR, Trek cycling and professional Detroit sports teams.

“This panel discussion will demonstrate how Industry 4.0 technologies are impacting industries well beyond the factory floor,” Kelly said. “Other industry sectors can learn from the innovative ways the sports industry is using these cutting-edge technologies to connect with fans, improve player safety and performance.”

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion. Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466;
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

Automation Alley announces breakout sessions for its Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8, Nov. 6 in Detroit

Plus, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center partners with Automation Alley to present Smart Technology Zone sessions focused on supply chain

TROY, Mich.—October 2, 2019 – Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, is pleased to announce the breakout sessions for Integr8, the Industry 4.0 conference. Focused on how the smart and connected technologies of Industry 4.0 are converging to disrupt all industries, from automotive and defense to retail and health care, key sessions include:

  • The Digital Factory: From Threat to Opportunity
  • The Retail Revolution: Shopping Gets Personal
  • Driving Innovation: Automotive Industry 4.0 – What’s Next?
  • The Future of Defense in the Era of Industry 4.0
  • Health 4.0: How Emerging Tech & Biomedical Research are Saving Lives
  • Slovakia Meets the Motor City: Industry 4.0 Automotive Solutions in Central Europe

Additional sessions are being added leading up to the conference, which takes place Nov. 6 at Detroit’s TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center). Separately, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center), is partnering with Automation Alley for a segment of Integr8 breakout sessions called the Smart Technology Zone that are specifically tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0. Those sessions include:

  • Automation: Real-Time Solutions for Long-Term Issues
  • Lean Technologies: Continuous Improvement in the 21st Century
  • Business Intelligence: Using Data for Better Decision Making
  • Digital Design & Manufacturing: Beyond Blueprints and Subtractive Manufacturing

“The addition of the Smart Technology Zone will benefit small and medium-size manufacturers, with a full day of sessions designed to address their needs, and interactive and hands-on demonstrations that will enable them to experience and interact with these emerging technologies,” said Mike Coast, president of The Center.

Complete descriptions of breakout sessions, including those offered by The Center, can be viewed on the Integr8 breakout session page.

Supported by blockbuster brand sponsors including IBM and Intel, locally by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and globally by The World Economic Forum, Integr8 is expected to draw 1,000 tech and manufacturing professionals to Detroit. In addition to the breakout sessions, there will be an Integr8 expo to further highlight the technology options available to facilitate digital transformation, new Industry 4.0 roundtable sessions and two keynote speakers that will be announced soon. Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly says attendees will walk away from the conference with a roadmap for Industry 4.0 implementation.

“Integr8 presents an opportunity to take action and gain a competitive advantage, not only through an understanding of these new and emerging technologies and how they can transform the manufacturing processes, but also through collegial networking with those engaged in the highest levels of Industry 4.0 implementation,” Kelly said.

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion. Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466;
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

New sponsors including IBM and Intel sign on for Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference Integr8, Nov. 6 in Detroit

TROY, Mich.—September 9, 2019—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces that IBM and Intel have signed on as event sponsors for its global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8. Heading into its third year, the Nov. 6 event will move to Detroit’s TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center) to accommodate an anticipated 1,000 attendees and an expanded Smart Technology Expo. Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly said the event is catching the sponsorship attention of global companies who are positioning themselves as leaders in the Industry 4.0 space.

“In just two years, Integr8 has caught the attention of the world stage when it comes to advanced manufacturing. In 2018, the World Economic Forum, which has a global advanced manufacturing initiative in place, came on board. In 2019, we are welcoming mega business brands like IBM and Intel, as well as other new and returning sponsors that are packing a big punch in Industry 4.o,” Kelly said. “We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors and supporting partners who understand the urgency of 4.0 adoption and want to see Michigan and the U.S. lead the charge.”

The list of new and returning Integr8 sponsors to date include:

  • IBM
  • Splunk
  • Behco
  • PTC
  • DTE
  • Sario
  • Marco
  • SRI International
  • Intel
  • Omron
  • Plex
  • Clayton & McKervey
  • Soft Robotics
  • Kors Engineering
  • RPM
  • TrialAssure
  • SICK Inc.
  • Kundinger, Inc.
  • Comau
  • Feyen Zylstra
  • MarketsandMarkets
  • Mettle Ops
  • Novastar
  • OPS Solutions
  • Prosper-Tech Machine & Tool
  • Macomb Community College
  • ANSYS
  • Ascent Aerospace
  • CenturyLink
  • DENSO
  • DTI
  • Farbman Group
  • General Dynamics Land Systems
  • Magna International
  • Mclaren Health Care
  • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Oakland Schools
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Rehmann
  • Stefanini
  • ZEISS Industrial

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the World Economic Forum continue as Integr8 supporting partners.

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion. In addition to Michigan and U.S. manufacturing and technology leaders, Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts. Countries represented at Integr8 2017 and 2018 included Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, China and Japan.

A new format this year will include Industry 4.0 roundtables in addition to breakout sessions; national and international keynote speakers and panelists will offer compelling insights on how to capitalize on the rapid transformation of global manufacturing while ensuring the workforce is prepared for the changing job landscape. The Smart Technology Expo will now include global exhibitors to further highlight the technology options available to facilitate the digital transformation.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the business community to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also held at TCF Center. Tickets for Luminate are also available on the website.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:
Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

Automation Alley moves Integr8, the Midwest’s signature global Industry 4.0 conference, to Detroit’s TCF Center Nov. 6 to accommodate anticipated audience of 1,000

Early bird tickets, sponsorship opportunities now available as event enters its third year

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466; Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

TROY, Mich.—June 20, 2019—Anticipating 1,000 attendees, Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, will move its global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8, to TCF Center, formerly Cobo Center, when it returns to Detroit for a third year on Nov. 6, 2019. Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly said the event continues to grow as Industry 4.0 adoption accelerates.

“We set what we thought were lofty attendance goals of 350 when we launched the inaugural Integr8 conference at the Renaissance Center in Detroit in 2017, but we surpassed that number,” Kelly said. “Last year, we aimed for 750 attendees and surpassed that, too. As the understanding of Industry 4.0 and its impact on manufacturing grows, the corresponding urgency to implement an Industry 4.0 strategy does, too. Integr8 has responded accordingly; we moved from concept to action in less than three years and there’s no slowing down now.”

Integr8 is a cross-discipline global conference focused on the eight core smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Cloud, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials and Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion. In addition to Michigan and U.S. manufacturing and technology leaders, Integr8 attracts a global audience seeking to learn from and engage with their American counterparts. Countries represented at Intgr8 2017 and 2018 included Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, China and Japan.

A new format this year will include Industry 4.0 roundtables in addition to breakout sessions; national and international keynote speakers and panelists will offer compelling insights on how to capitalize on the rapid transformation of global manufacturing while ensuring the workforce is prepared for the changing job landscape. The conference will once again include a Smart Technology Expo, this year adding global exhibitors to further highlight the technology options available to facilitate digital transformation.

Early bird tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the day-long Integr8 conference are available at integr8conference.com. The evening before the conference, Nov. 5, Automation Alley is inviting the public to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception also held at TCF Center. Early bird pricing for Integr8 ends Aug. 16.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Integr8, Automation Alley’s Industry 4.0 global conference, gains additional sponsors heading into its second year; event is Nov. 14 in Detroit

TROY, Mich. — September 20, 2018— Automation Alley is pleased to announce strong sponsorship support of its second annual Integr8 global Industry 4.0 conference, taking place in Detroit on Wednesday, November 14. The conference is focused on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0: the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

As Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, Automation Alley created the Integr8 Industry 4.0 conference in 2017 to draw global attention to the rapid technological changes taking place in the manufacturing industry and to help companies large and small form action plans for their digital transformation. The inaugural Integr8 event drew a sellout-crowd of 550 and attendance is expected to approach 700 this year with expanded seating capacity at the venue.

The excitement for the conference is building as Automation’s Alley reputation as a thought leader in Industry 4.0 and smart factories grows, according to Automation Alley CEO and Executive Director Tom Kelly, who moderated a World Economic Forum community dinner on Industry 4.0 in Tianjin, China on September 19.

“With the support of our active members and sponsors, Automation Alley is gaining a global reputation as the go-to U.S. source for Industry 4.0 learning and programming,” Kelly said. “The Integr8 conference gives us the opportunity to put smart manufacturing in the spotlight and showcase what is currently being done with Industry 4.0 – and what remains to be tackled. It’s a monumental challenge, but we are confident that Michigan can lead the way in the fourth industrial revolution.”

Eager to be a part of the energy and engagement of Industry 4.0 through Integr8, the following companies have signed on as key sponsors:

For a complete list of sponsors and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Integr8 website.

As previously announced, Helena Leurent, Head of Shaping the Future of Manufacturing and Production and Member of the Executive Committee – World Economic Forum, will present the lunchtime keynote address at Integr8, bringing another global voice to the conference’s focus on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0. The full roster of speakers to date are listed here. For registration information on Integr8 and Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail VIP reception on November 13 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, visit integr8conference.com.

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:

Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley, hutchisonc@automationalley.com; 248.457.3203

World Economic Forum Head of Future of Production to keynote Integr8, Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference, Nov. 14 in Detroit

Helena Leurent to bring global perspective to Integr8’s focus on smart factory innovation

TROY, Mich.—July 24, 2018— Helena Leurent, head of future of production with the World Economic Forum, is headed to Detroit, Nov. 14, to take part in Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8. Leurent, a member of the Forum’s executive committee and head of shaping the future of manufacturing and production, will provide the lunchtime keynote address, adding a global perspective to the conference’s focus on smart manufacturing technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

For almost 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the catalyst for global initiatives, historic shifts, industry breakthroughs, economic ideas and tens of thousands of projects and collaborations. The Forum’s strategy is simple and effective: bring together the most relevant leaders from all sectors of global society and identify the best ways to address the world’s most significant challenges.

As Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, Automation Alley created the Integr8 conference in 2017 to draw global attention to the rapid technological changes taking place in the manufacturing industry, and to help companies large and small form action plans to assist in their digital transformations.

The day-long conference is expected to draw 750 technology and manufacturing professionals from across the globe to Detroit’s Renaissance Center this fall. The event will center around the eight core components of Industry 4.0, including robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and advanced materials, cloud computing, cybersecurity and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

In addition to Leurent, speakers will include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from industry, academia and government. The conference will include a smart technology expo, breakout sessions, panel discussions and hands-on technology demonstrations centered around manufacturing, design, workforce development, aerospace, health care, women in manufacturing and more.

“Right now, in factories across the globe, manufacturers are trying to make sense of the unprecedented technological transformation associated with Industry 4.0, from 3D printing to artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things and next-generation robotics,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director and CEO. “We are honored to bring the World Economic Forum to Detroit and look forward to Helena Leurent’s keynote address at Integr8, one that I’m sure will inspire us to build more innovative, sustainable and inclusive production systems that benefit all.”

The World Economic Forum’s initiative focused on the future of manufacturing and production provides a unique global platform for leaders to understand how new technologies will impact the production ecosystem, and the implications for business models, jobs, sustainability and the innovation capacity of nations.

Previously, Leurent held several executive positions including managing director and head of business engagement where she managed existing relationships with World Economic Forum members and generated new value propositions for partnerships with companies in emerging markets. As head of the Forum’s food and beverage industry, she developed the Industry Partnership program for agriculture, food and beverage companies.

Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Leurent worked for McKinsey & Company, primarily serving companies in media and consumer goods. Her career started in management consulting at The LEK Partnership and subsequently with Tesco Stores Plc in marketing and hypermarket development.

Leurent holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MA in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University.

Integr8 early bird ticket pricing ends Aug. 16. The evening before the conference, Nov. 13, Automation Alley is inviting the public to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. For complete registration and sponsorship information for both events, visit integr8conference.com.

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

About The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

The World Economic Forum believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.

 

Media Contacts:

Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

Integr8, Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference, returns Nov. 14, keeps focus on smart manufacturing

TROY, Mich.—June 27, 2018—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces the return of Integr8, a cross-discipline global conference focused on the smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The day-long conference will be held Nov. 14 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Early bird tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at integr8conference.com.

Integr8, which sold out its inaugural year in 2017, is expected to draw 750 technology and manufacturing professionals from across the globe to Detroit this fall. The event will center around the eight core components of Industry 4.0, including robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and advanced materials, cloud computing, cybersecurity and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

“Industry 4.0 is where digital meets physical with the goal of increased efficiency. Here in Michigan, we aim to be the leader in the implementation of Industry 4.0 on our factory floors,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director and CEO. “We look forward to once again convening this global gathering of industry leaders to discuss how rapid technological change is impacting manufacturing, not only here in Michigan, but around the world.”

Integr8 will provide attendees with knowledge and action to assist in their digital transformations while expanding their professional networks of technology and manufacturing leaders and influencers. Speakers will include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from industry, academia and government. The day will include a smart technology expo, a keynote presentation, breakout sessions, panel discussions and hands-on technology demonstrations centered around manufacturing, design, workforce development, aerospace, health care, women in manufacturing and more.

The evening before the conference, Nov. 13, Automation Alley is inviting the public to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception at the Detroit Marriott.

For complete registration and sponsorship information, visit integr8conference.com. Early bird ticket pricing ends Aug. 16.

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:

Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301