Summerfest Tech 2020

Summerfest Tech 2020

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Summerfest Tech 2020

September 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


September 2
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

This FREE all-day event on September 2nd will provide programming intended to educate, promote, and connect the tech and business communities.



8:00 am
Virtual Event Opens
8:15 am – 8:45 am

As the lines between Art & Science continue to blur, hear from Mike Ellis, Chief Digital & Customer Officer, on how Johnson Controls is driving forward innovation to deliver unrealized customer value through the intersection of intelligent technology and human experience.

8:45 am
Network / Visit Virtual Booths
9:00 am – 9:30 am

This programming will provide insight and the importance of securing your data before, during, and after a crisis.

9:40 am – 10:10 am
Breakout Sessions: Session One

(A) Futureproofing: The Next Era of Innovation:Todd McClees, Founder, Pendio GroupMary Bunzel, Executive Director, Connected Systems Institute at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
This programming will discuss elements of creating the workforce of the future, which in turn accelerates the adoption of technology and innovation in our region, unleashing unlimited potential for transformative business model innovation across industries, particularly within advanced manufacturing.

(B) Leading Innovation: A People Focused Endeavor: Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering, Marquette University
Innovation is a term – dare we say, a buzzword – that we hear everywhere. What does it really mean? What does it really take to lead innovation? Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University, will share elements of the mindset and skillset required to effectively lead innovation and provide participants with the opportunity to consider their own readiness to serve the world and others through innovation.

(C) Power Your Digital Transformation: Drive efficiency, automate processes, and visualize your data with Microsoft Power Platform: Drew Poggemann, Director of Solution Architect, Heartland Business Systems
Leverage Microsoft’s enterprise low-code / no-code Power Platform that is built with security and governance at the foundation. Connect to hundreds of pre-built connectors and drive productivity whether in the office or in the field. See real-world examples on how you and your team can build powerful mobile-ready business applications that can drive efficiency, automate business processes, and visualize your data while reducing effort by 70%.

(D) For Entrepreneurs – Growth Strategy and Business Planning Workshop Series – Growth Modeling: Girish Ramachandra & Marcie Bomberg, Wipfli
Wipfli’s Growth Strategy and Business Planning Workshop Series will provide participants with tools and insights to help overcome many of the challenges faced by tech businesses and start-ups surrounding the growth of their companies. This seminar is designed to help all size companies scale up. The workshop will include discussion on growth modeling in analyzing key drivers for growth and scenario analysis.

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Programming TBD
11:00 am – 11:30 am

Bill Borkowicz, Director of Sales for Data and Software Solutions at U.S. Cellular, will present on evolving wireless technologies, including 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), that enable businesses, entrepreneurs and communities to thrive. Bill will highlight several examples of these technologies and how they will help both the private and public sectors innovate, be more competitive, drive operational efficiencies and create growth. To learn more about 5G and other emerging technologies at Summerfest Tech, please visit our virtual booth to experience online demonstrations and talk with one of our experts.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch Break / Network / Visit Virtual Booths
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Pitch Competition – presented by Startup Wisconsin and sponsored by Wipfli

To review details about the pitch competition and to apply, visit

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Dell Technologies

Programming will explore embracing diversity and inclusion in technology

3:15 pm
Network / Visit Virtual Booths
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Breakout Sessions: Session Two

(A) Expanding MKE’s Tech Talent requires New Approaches: Moderated by Kathy Henrich, CEO, MKE Tech Hub Coaltio
Panelists: Neal Sample, CIO, Northwestern Mutual; Tim Schilke Delivery Executive, West Bend Mutual InsuranceRashi Khosla Founder, Mars Solution GroupRyan Hoyle, Program Executive for Outsource to America, GalaxE.Solutions

The MKE Tech Hub Coalition’s goal of doubling the tech talent in the region is only possible through developing the talent in a way which is reflective of the region’s population. This requires creating non-traditional on-ramps into the tech field including dedicated coding camps, apprenticeships, or re-skilling opportunities. During this conversation, we’ll hear from organizations who have enhanced their teams through non-traditional talent sources including their successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

(B) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Tech Industry: Moderated by Sheldon Cuffie, Vice President & Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer, American Family Insurance
Panelists: Diamond Lewis, Chief Technology Officer, CASHDROPBen Juarez, Co-Founder, Latinos In TechDana Guthrie, Product Manager at Johnson Controls & Managing Director & Founder of Alchemy Angel InvestorsNadiyah Johnson, Founder of Jet Constellations

In the corporate environment or within the start-up community, the ecosystem benefits from a variety of perspectives and contributors. A panel featuring representatives from all different positions within the tech community will share their experiences as leaders of color who build business and work with intention to increase opportunities.

(C) Corporate Capital on the Rise: John McDonald, Attorney, Godfrey & KahnS.C.Dan Reed, Managing Director, American Family VenturesJason Franklin, Founding Managing Director, WV Ventures
One of the most significant sources of capital and startup ecosystem support in the Midwest has been from corporations. Join our panelists as they discuss what may be driving the influx of corporate venture investing, their outlook for the next year, and potential opportunities for corporations and startups in the Midwest.

(D) For Entrepreneurs – Growth Strategy and Business Planning Workshop Series – Strategic Planning: Girish Ramachandra & Marcie Bomberg, Wipfli
Wipfli’s Growth Strategy and Business Planning Workshop Series will provide participants with tools and insights to help overcome many of the challenges faced by tech businesses and start-ups surrounding the growth of their companies. This seminar is designed to help all size companies scaleup. The workshop will include discussion on strategic planning in identifying the right goals and tracking through measurements of key results.

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
From The Southside of Chicago to Silicon Valley: How Culture, Community & Capital Shaped Rashaun’s Path to Becoming the VC to the Stars: Rashaun Williams – Venture Capitalist, Manhattan Venture Partners, presented by American Family Insurance

Rashaun Williams, an expert in the financial world looks to share his life story and passions for financial literacy and tech investing. From a youth on the south side of Chicago, to an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, learn how Rashaun Williams started Queensbridge Venture Partners with hip-hop artist and investor, Nas, and working with other celebrities and athletes as tech investors.

5:00 pm
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