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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 04: Opportunities & Challenges of IT & OT Convergence
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-08-04

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 4: Opportunities & Challenges of IT & OT Convergence

    The digital ecosystem of Industry 4.0 has forced the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Along with the combining of physical and virtual worlds, this workforce convergence brings untold opportunities and challenges for manufacturers. On this episode of Industry 4.0 in Focus, Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly is joined by David Schippers, chair and assistant professor of Information Technology Decision Sciences at Walsh College, for a deep dive into IT/OT convergence and its impact on people, processes and the future of innovation.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 4 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • Bid Targeting System (BTS) Online Software Demo
    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-08-06

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.

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  • SVB MIDWEST VIRTUAL INVESTOR TREK August 10-14, 2020
    All day
    2020-08-10-2020-08-14

    *Application Deadline: July 10th, 2020

    Details
    SVB’s Midwest Virtual Investor Trek aims to showcase top early-stage technology companies based in the Midwest to investors throughout the country. We’re actively sourcing interested applicants from all over the Midwest and a cohort will be selected for virtual meetings with participating investors. This is an incredible opportunity where SVB will directly facilitate meetings with many of the country’s top early-stage VC firms. We are looking for applicants with the following profile:

    -A startup focused in the Technology sector

    -Plan to raise a Seed or Series A round of $1MM-$10MM within the next 3-6 months

    -Have developed an MVP at a minimum

    -Primary office based in the Midwest (IL, IN, IA, OH, MI, MO, MN, WI, KY)

    If you are interested in applying for this compelling opportunity to expand your investor network and initiate fundraising discussions, please complete the application form below. SVB coupled with participating investors will be conducting a selective vetting process to ensure mutual fit, so please be sure to apply by the application deadline on Friday, July 10th, 2020.

    Questions?
    Please contact Alex MacDonald at almacdonald@svb.com.

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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 05: The Rise of AI in Manufacturing
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-08-11

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 5: The Rise of AI in Manufacturing

    “Artificial intelligence will change 100% of jobs, 100% of industries and 100% of professionals,” Ginni Rometty, executive chairman of IBM, recently said. How is your business responding? We know that AI technology jumpstarts the transformational process and powers Industry 4.0 through integration with the Internet of Things (IoT) and interconnected machines, but how do businesses begin to enable real-time visibility across entire supply chains? How can they begin to use AI to more accurately guide decisions far beyond what human intelligence could offer? On Episode 5 of Industry 4.0 in Focus, we are joined by Dr. Richard Olawoyin, Oakland University associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, as we dive into Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report—available for download beginning July 13—to discuss the rise of AI in manufacturing and beyond.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 5 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 06: Mobility & Manufacturing Transformed with 5G
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-08-18

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 6: Mobility & Manufacturing Transformed with 5G

    5G, the next generation of wireless technology, is poised to make factories of the future faster, more agile and increasingly flexible. With the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for flexible and dynamic manufacturing lines has never been greater, and those manufacturers that leverage 5G will see the benefits.

    You’re invited to Episode 6 of Industry 4.0 in Focus for a virtual discussion with Benjamin Ortiz of Verizon as we discuss how 5G will revolutionize the manufacturing industry with real-world examples from Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, available for digital download beginning July 13. Discover how Verizon’s deployment of 5G technology helped a manufacturing client transform its automated guided vehicle and material movement operations and learn how this technology is the key to unlocking digital transformation.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 6 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • 2020 Macomb Virtual Meet the Buyer
    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-08-20

    This event will be Virtual.
    Macomb Meet the Buyer is an event that connects businesses with government agencies and prime contractors. This event will give small businesses access to buyers from across the federal, state and local government sector. These agencies will meet with the aspiring vendors. Major prime contractors will be in attendance seeking capable subcontractors to help them meet their requirements. Also, you will have an opportunity to meet with Michigan resource partners. Seller s benefits include opportunity to diversify your sales, pitch your product and services to decision makers, network with other small or large businesses and help keep business local to the Michigan economy. This event is not for startups. Macomb Regional PTAC recommends that businesses have 2 years of commercial business sales before entering into the government contracting realm.

    Register at: https://www.center-gateway.com/107000/index.php?EVT=54932

  • Bid Targeting System (BTS) Online Software Demo
    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-08-20

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.

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  • Industry 4.0 In Focus Episode 07: AR — The New Reality for Work Instructions
    9:00 am-9:30 am
    2020-08-25

    Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Reveal Goes Virtual
    Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series

    Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal is going virtual for 2020! Join us this summer, beginning July 13, as we debut Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, titled Industry 4.0 in Focus, and launch a livestream series featuring Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and the report’s key contributors from industry and academia as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

    As we enter a new decade, the opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 are enormous. 5G technology will unlock the bandwidth to make Industry 4.0 truly possible, collaborative robots will become more agile and configurable and artificial intelligence will continue to become more sophisticated. While these rapid technological advancements provide manufacturers with great opportunities for growth, 2020 is also a time of profound uncertainty for business leaders and the global workforce as we face new challenges around the enormous amounts of data we are collecting, disruptive and sophisticated cyber threats and the impact and fallout of coronavirus, the worst pandemic of our lifetimes.

    Join us as we address these most pressing challenges—as well as the greatest opportunities—impacting the business world today. How should companies prepare in 2020 and beyond for the digital transformation and position themselves for long-term strategic success?

    Episode 7: AR — The New Reality for Work Instructions

    In a rapidly changing manufacturing ecosystem, workers on the shop floor today must adapt to a faster, more flexible and faultless assembly process, often alongside robot counterparts and other smart and connected Industry 4.0 technologies. For many manufacturers, augmented reality (AR) can be a useful ally in training new employees as well as experienced operators when product variants and materials frequently switch and change.

    Join Automation Alley’s Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly as he discusses AR projected work instructions with the experts at OPS Solutions. Learn how the company’s Light Guide Systems technology is helping manufacturers save time, money and reduce errors. A case study on Netherlands-based TNO from Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, available for digital download beginning July 13, will be discussed.

    Register now for this free livestream-only event! Registration is not required, but highly encouraged. As an added bonus for registering, you will receive the link to join the Zoom webinar directly where you will be able to ask questions and interact with our guests. To register for this or any upcoming episode in the series, click here.

    This event is Episode 7 of “Industry 4.0 in Focus: A Livestream Series” featuring key contributors to Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report. Join us each week as they break down the report’s emerging technology trends, case studies and action items for industry.

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  • 2020 North American Space Summit
    All day
    2020-08-30-2020-09-02

    The focus of MAMA’s North American Space Summit (NASS) is to provide an educational and networking forum for aerospace stakeholders from academia, government and commercial organizations.

    The NASS is held each Fall in Traverse City, Michigan. The summit is held over two days with presentations and panels on Space industry issues, trends and technology.

    The NASS focuses on understanding and taking advantage of defense and commercial opportunities in near-earth and low orbit space.

    Thought leaders and policy makers who are envisioning and implementing the USA’s presence in space will provide context for the program. Prime contractors and program managers will brief attendees on their current and planned projects. They will be detailing the needs and opportunities available to the USA’s supplier network.

    Attendees representing small and medium size enterprises in the fields of engineering and manufacturing will have the opportunity to participate in B2B meetings with the presenting prime contractors.

    Whether it is the Pentagon’s new Space Force, nano/microsatellite networks, or Missile Defense Systems, near earth outer space is becoming crowded with business opportunities. Growth focused enterprises who aspire to be part of the next generation of high tech companies will benefit from attending this event.

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