2021 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Location: Birmingham, AL

Monday, April 12

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Opening Reception
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Type: Reception
Location: The Club (Gold Room) // 1 Robert S Smith Dr., Homewood, AL 35209

Tuesday, April 13

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration
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Type: Registration
Location: The Lyric Theatre Lobby // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Networking
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Type: Continental Breakfast
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:05 am - 8:25 am

Opening Remarks: Industry 4.0 and Where It Will Take Us
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Mayor Randall Woodfin, Tom Meredith, Hank Torbert, Kirk Coburn, Tim DeSilva
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

8:30 am - 9:15 am

Manufacturing Innovation: How Technology Can Drive Productivity
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Mike Ogles
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Renato Gross

9:20 am - 9:50 am

Mobility And The Automotive Landscape: Where Are We Going?
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Type: Keynote Session
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Chris Thomas

9:50 am - 10:05 am

Networking & Coffee Break
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Type: Break
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:10 am - 10:55 am

Emerging Digital Economy of Cities
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Ben Easterling, David Parker, Robert Millar
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Gordon Feller

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Energy & Renewables: What Technologies Are Leading Power Generation And Distribution?
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Abbey Roy, CJ Vizas, Rakesh Shankar
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Kirk Coburn

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon
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Type: Keynote Session
Location: McWane Science Center (Drayton Nabers, Jr. Event Center) // 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Kristina Nilsson

1:10 pm - 1:55 pm

Transportation & Logistics: Technologies That Are Leading The Sector
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Samir Saini
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Mark Bünger

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Aerospace & Defense Industry: What Technologies Are Driving Innovation?
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Type: General Session
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Rob Cranston

2:45 pm - 2:55 pm

Networking & Coffee Break
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Type: Break
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Chemicals & Biomaterials and How They Are Transforming How We Make Things
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Type: General Session
Panelists:John Cumbers
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Happy Hour and Networking Mixer
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Type: Happy Hour
Location: Elyton Hotel, Empire Room (16th Floor) // 1928 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Wednesday, April 14

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration / Continental Breakfast & Networking
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Type: Continental Breakfast
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

9:05 am - 9:50 am

Frontier Leadership Panel: How Do We Lead The Company of the Future?
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Type: General Session
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Tom Meredith

9:50 am - 10:05 am

Networking & Coffee Break
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Type: Break
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

10:10 am - 10:55 am

Financing Industrial Innovation Fireside Chat With VCs & CVCs
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Aaron Gillum, Kelly Belcher, Kirk Coburn
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Laurence Hayward

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Automation & Drones: What Technologies Are Leading Industrial Transformation
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Mark Bünger
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: James Kahmann

11:45 am - 12:25 pm

Lunch
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Type: Lunch
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Tech Transfer And Commercialization: Monetizing Industrial Technologies and IP
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Type: General Session
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: John Carr

1:20 pm - 2:05 pm

Innovation Ecosystems / Smart City Development
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Jennifer Sanders, Peter Torrellas
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Moderator: Mark Arend

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks / Acknowledgements / Conference Takeaways
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Type: General Session
Panelists:Hank Torbert, Kirk Coburn, Tom Meredith
Location: The Lyric Theatre // 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203