Frontier Conference 2020 brings together leaders to share the latest ideas for industrial innovation

Conference in Birmingham, Alabama on April 1-3, 2020 is expected to attract 200-plus industry leaders

BIRMINGHAM, AL – (January 2, 2020) – Frontier Conference 2020, where more than 200 business, government and academic leaders will share information and best practices for
industrial innovation, is set for April 1-3 at The Lyric Theatre and Hill Event Center in Birmingham.

The last Frontier Conference, held in 2018, attracted innovation leaders representing 130 organizations from 20 states and five countries, spanning a total of 17 major industrial
disciplines. The concept is to share ideas between industries about everything from transportation logistics, to renewable energy’s impact on power generation, to leadership tips for forward-thinking industrial companies.

The conference’s leaders decided to move from New Orleans to Birmingham for the third edition because of the Birmingham area’s tradition as a manufacturing and industrial center and its status as one of the top hubs for industrial innovation in the South.

“Technology is changing the industrial landscape every day, and it can be hard for professionals to know what’s happening beyond their own industries,” said Tom Meredith of Brightstar Capital Partners, Chair of Frontier Conference 2020. “This conference offers a unique way for industrial leaders to find new ways to address current challenges while embracing opportunities for the future.”

Meredith, whose career in finance and manufacturing has included senior-level roles at Dell, Sun Microsystems, Meritage Capital and Amdahl Capital, is taking a lead role in developing a list of speakers and panelists who are thought leaders at corporate, finance, academic and research organizations. He is currently a Partner at Brightstar Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in closely held, middle-market companies.

The industrial and energy sectors have experienced a tremendous change in the past decade, with millennials taking roles as future leaders, software disruption, and new challenges related to safety, security, and the environment. Both established companies and disruptive startups are seeking ways to take advantage of these changes and to be ready for the future, and The Frontier Conference is designed to help them determine the best way forward.

“The Frontier Conference is designed to be the intersection between tech and big industry,” said Hank Torbert, who is heavily involved in emerging technologies for industrial companies and is CEO and Founder of the Frontier Conference. “Our goal is to bring industry leaders together to connect and celebrate.”

A look at the conference schedule illustrates the wide breadth of content:

Thursday, April 2

  •  “Industry 4.0 and Where It Will Take Us”
  •  “Manufacturing Innovation: How Technology Can Drive Productivity”
  •  “Mobility and the Automotive Landscape: Where Are We Going?”
  •  “Energy & Renewables: What Technologies Are Leading Power Generation and
  •  “Transportation and Logistics: Technologies That Are Leading The Sector”
  •  “Aerospace & Defense Industry: What Technologies Are Driving Innovation?”
  •  “Chemicals & Biomaterials and How They Are Transforming How We Make Things”

Friday, April 3

  •  “Frontier Leadership Panel: How Do We Lead The Company Of The Future?”
  •  “Financing Industrial Innovation Fireside Chat With VCs and CVCs”
  •  “Automation & Drones: What Technologies Are Leading Industrial Transformation”
  •  “Tech Transfer and Commercialization: Monetizing Industrial Technologies and IP”

Registration for The Frontier 2020 is now open.
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About The Frontier Conference

The Frontier Conference is a two-day conference for up-and-coming leaders in the industrial world, including top innovators, executives, investors, and entrepreneurs, to cross-pollinate and rethink the future of industrials. We bring together leaders who are on the edge of the industrial internet, thus leveraging data and designing solutions in areas such as robotics, AI, IoT, advanced materials, and other emerging technologies.

The Conference was founded by Hank Torbert, Kirk Coburn and Tim DeSilva. Hank is an executive and investor focused on identifying and supporting emerging technologies for
industrials. Kirk is an entrepreneur, investor, and member of Shell’s corporate venture capital fund at Shell Technology Ventures (STV), focused on investing in both traditional oil and gas technologies and future markets. Tim DeSilva is a brand architect and creative strategist, co-founder of Culture Pilot, and co-curator of event experiences such as TEDxHouston and Visualized NYC.