Fall 2017
event agenda

Day One - Wednesday, Oct. 18th

Main Stage Events

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Paul Boris

Chief Operating Officer, Vuzix Corporation

Wednesday October 18, 2017 8:50am – 9:00am 

Has the future for wearables in the enterprise arrived? This session takes a big picture look at the enterprise wearables space and addresses the reasons why enterprises can no longer afford to ignore this new category of technology.

  • Are wearables a legitimate enterprise priority right now?
  • Has the technology caught up to enterprises’ needs?
  • Which devices and applications are seeing the most traction today?
  • Current capabilities and shortcomings of enterprise wearables
  • Advantages and disadvantages of wearables over other mobile technologies
  • Key challenges that could impact the growth of wearables in business and industry
  • How will the role of wearables in the workplace evolve? How can enterprises prepare for the future?

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Jay Kothari

Project Lead, Glass at X, the moonshot factory, Google

Wednesday October 18, 2017 9:00am – 9:30am 

“What are the steps I need to take to effectively (and profitably) use wearables in my business?” In this group discussion, leading enterprises discuss how to go about evaluating, piloting, and successfully implementing wearable tech in the workplace, including essential first steps; partnering with the right people; strategies for change management and engaging the workforce; the role of IT; and launching a successful pilot program.

  • What’s the best way to get started? Key steps, timelines and strategies for ensuring successful adoption
  • Setting up POCs, determining KPIs, and delivering ROI
  • Considerations for introducing wearables into your workforce: Buy-in from management, employee engagement, IT, data analytics, and security
  • Choosing the right vendors: Understanding the difference between a partner and a supplier
  • Challenges encountered and lessons learned
  • Moving ahead: How to go from a pilot to larger-scale rollout 


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Brian Ballard

CEO & Co-Founder, Upskill, Formerly APX Lab

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Chris Comfort

Innovation and Technology Manager, Southern Company
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Lance Decker

Engineering Specialist, Tenaris
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David Herlong

Director Smart Grid & Innovation, Florida Power & Light
avatar for Bryan Shackelford

Bryan Shackelford

Innovation Representative, World Wide Engineering & Construction, Eastman Chemical Company
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Yann Veslin

Mechanical Operations Planning & Performance Manager, Keolis

Wednesday October 18, 2017 9:30am – 10:15am 
  • Wednesday October 18, 2017 10:15am – 10:20am 
      • Wearables support AGCO’s lean journey and continuous improvement reductions in waste
        • Motion, Waiting, Over Processing, Defects, Skills, Transport, Inventory
      • Fusing plant-level and enterprise network information to people, processes, and technologies at the exact point of impact to deliver value
        • Standard Work Instructions, Quality Inspections/Gates, Material  Movement and On-the-Job-Training
      • Problem solve your way to RIGHT – Right tool, right place, right data, right time   
        • Predictive Analytics
      • Next steps


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      Peggy Gulick

      Director Business Process Improvement, AGCO

      Wednesday October 18, 2017 10:20am – 10:40am 
    • Wednesday October 18, 2017 10:40am – 10:45am 

What are the most valuable opportunities for head-worn devices in enterprise, including smart glasses, augmented, virtual and mixed reality headsets, and other head-mounted displays? In this session, leading enterprises share the use cases they’re exploring for their organizations.

  • Capabilities: Hands-free access to information, checklists and instructions; remote support; hands-free photo and video documentation; object/image recognition
  • Applications: Training, design, collaboration, workflow/checklists, service and support, safety, sales, brand development
  • AR vs. VR vs. MR: Understanding the value proposition of each reality, and which technology is right for your business
  • Considerations when creating a new digital-physical reality for your employees and customers: Hardware limitations, cost, UX/UI, environment, etc. 


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Johanna Bellenberg

Director Marketing & Communications, Picavi
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Brock McKeel

Senior Director Central Operations – Customer Experience and Mobility, Walmart
avatar for Mitchell Mook

Mitchell Mook

Lead Process Engineer, GE Transportation
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Alan Robles

Associate, Firmwide Creative Media Leader, Gensler
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Kelly Thresher

Public Policy Specialist, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Risk Analysis Research Center
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Jaap de Vries

VP of Innovation, Science & Technology, FM Global

Wednesday October 18, 2017 11:45am – 12:30pm 

Wednesday October 18, 2017 12:30pm – 12:35pm 

Based on the book “Haunting the CEO” by John Hughes, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions embarked on a technical and cultural journey, whereby the IT department became a revenue generating business partner and thought leader in the Mechanical Engineering and Construction capabilities, including:

  • Wearable Technology
  • Cloud Automation & Machine Learning
  • Augmented & Virtual Reality

Through the application of a rigorous IT roadmap, in conjunction with a structured organizational change management methodology, MacDonald Miller is delivering higher value to our customers on a more frequent basis while lowering the costs of doing business.


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Bradd Busick

CIO, MacDonald-Miller

Wednesday October 18, 2017 12:35pm – 12:55pm 

Wednesday October 18, 2017 12:55pm – 1:00pm 

What are the most valuable opportunities for wrist- and body-worn wearables in the enterprise? In this session, leading enterprises share the use cases they’re exploring for their organizations. Devices covered include smartwatches, smart bands, smart clothing, body cameras, exoskeletons, and body-worn sensors.

(1) Tracking workplace activity to increase efficiency, productivity, and safety
(2) Real-time data and communication
(3) Employee biometrics: Authentication, identification, security, and safety
(4) Short checklist items and quick alerts
(5) Navigation/GPS: Location tracking and increased situational awareness
(6) Wearable (body) cameras: Security and documentation
(7) Employee Ergonomics: Optimizing routine workflow to prevent injuries


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Mike Rolfes

Analyst, Lux Research
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Martin Leitgab

Research Engineer, Staff, Leidos

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Mark Melody

EH&S Manager, Caterpillar

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Brian Mullen

Innovation Strategy Manager, Brigham Innovation Hub, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Kelvin Sanborn

EHS Digital & Analytics Leader, General Electric

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Joe Williams

Director of Technology, Rogers-O’Brien Construction

Wednesday October 18, 2017 2:00pm – 2:45pm 

Wednesday October 18, 2017 2:45pm – 2:50pm 

Construction is still one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, with job sites being complex networks of people, equipment, and activity that are dangerous and ever changing. With continued pressure to drive more value to clients, how do project teams use technology to improve productivity while maintaining safe working conditions? Skanska sought to answer this question and is researching and piloting an Internet of Things (IoT)-based technology called real-time location systems (RTLS) to dynamically track people and assets in order to make our job sites smarter, safer, and more productive. Taking it one step further, they are exploring how dynamic world of wearables is converging with immersive reality and RTLS to better understand the individual experience of a construction worker to predict and prevent potential safety incidents. This presentation will focus on how wearables, IoT, sensing devices, virtual reality and RTLS can enhance environmental awareness and real-time visibility of worker’s safety and productivity on active job sites, as well as into operations. Skanska will explore the tools in action on real projects, along with benefits, challenges, and lessons learned. 

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Albert Zulps

Regional Director, Virtual Design & Construction, Skanska

Wednesday October 18, 2017 2:50pm – 3:10pm 

Wednesday October 18, 2017 3:10pm – 3:15pm 

Tsunami AR/VR, the leading enterprise AR/VR platform, will discuss new methods for visualizing critical enterprise data and advanced analytics in a new immersive collaboration platform.  For the first time, an enterprise can now visualize significantly more information, which in turn drives more accurate and faster decision making.  Tsunami will demonstrate the ability to ingest all forms of data into immersive environments and collaborate across an enterprise and partners.  Come see how VR/AR can be combined with smartphones, tablets, and PCs with this new breakthrough technology.

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Chris Hill
President, Global Client Solutions, Tsunami AR VR

Wednesday October 18, 2017 3:15pm – 3:35pm 

Wednesday October 18, 2017 3:35pm – 3:40pm 

From video, still image and audio recordings to location-based information, machine and environmental data, and (human) biometrics, wearables have the potential to generate and transmit loads of valuable data for the enterprise. In this group discussion, enterprises consider how wearable and other sensor data can be intelligently analyzed to enhance business processes. In addition to addressing the challenges of data collection, storage and analysis; the panel will take a broader look at how wearable technology relates to other IoT technologies including drones, M2M, etc. to create a truly connected workplace.  

  • What role will wearable tech play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
  • Challenges of and best practices for
    • Data collection, management and storage
    • Data accuracy and consistency
    • (Real-time) data analytics
    • Data security
  • Data overload: Organizing, interpreting, and conveying relevant data (identifying the most pertinent, critical and actionable information)
  • Applying business analytics to wearable tech: Examples of how data from wearables can be analyzed to optimize operations, enhance the workplace, and empower/protect the workforce
  • Advice for enterprise decision makers looking to leverage wearable data to achieve operational excellence through process improvement
  • Planning an IoT project incorporating wearables
  • Planning for a fully connected workplace of the (near) future: Creating an ecosystem of connected devices and technologies


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David Nedohin

President, Scope AR

avatar for Scott Aldridge

Scott Aldridge

Innovation & Disruptive Technology Leader, CDM Smith
avatar for Pramod Dikshith

Pramod Dikshith

Senior Product Manager, Amazon
avatar for Sam Murley

Sam Murley

EHS Digital Acceleration Leader, General Electric
avatar for Michael Newsham

Michael Newsham

Global Learning Systems Lead, Monsanto
avatar for Victor Oh

Victor Oh

Digital Innovation Manager, BASF


Wednesday October 18, 2017 4:20pm – 5:05pm 

Wednesday October 18, 2017 5:05pm – 5:10pm 

It’s a cool technology, but is it really valuable? Early indications say yes. Learn what benefits AR really brings, and how to take your investment from proof of concept to profitable. In this session you will learn:

  • 5 repeatable patterns where AR brings value
  • Strengths of AR over the next best alternatives
  • Putting the patterns to work to find use cases


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Barbara Ballard

VP Product Management, PTC

Wednesday October 18, 2017 5:10pm – 5:30pm 

Wednesday October 18, 2017 5:30pm – 5:35pm 

“The more perfect a machine becomes, the more they are invisible behind their function. It seems that perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away…At the climax of its evolution, the machine conceals itself entirely.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Dr. Brian Laughlin explores the interaction between psychology, technology, and innovation:
  • How do we future proof our company? 
  • Technology is fleeting, effective business processes are not
  • Don’t fall in love with the technology 12 myths about good requirements gathering
  • How to avoid the pitfalls
  • Map the workflow
  • Start with why“As is process” (real world observations are imperative)
  • User involvement and buy-in is crucial (intention, process, technology)


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Brian Laughlin

Technical Fellow — IT Architect, Mobile Devices, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing

Wednesday October 18, 2017 5:35pm – 6:05pm 


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Paul Boris

Chief Operating Officer, Vuzix Corporation

Wednesday October 18, 2017 6:05pm – 6:10pm 

Day Two - Thursday, Oct. 19th

Main Stage Events

avatar for Brian Ballard

Brian Ballard

CEO & Co-Founder, Upskill, Formerly APX Lab

Thursday October 19, 2017 8:55am – 9:00am 

The wearable space is evolving rapidly, even as it just gains traction in the enterprise.  Devices, features and OS capabilities all spur the imagination, but the rules haven’t really changed – without support for rapid deployment of high value use cases, a broad ecosystem and a rich experience, most use cases are academic exercises not real value add, ultimately slowing broad adoption.  No use case is more pragmatic and broad than assisting those with physical challenges, allowing them to function more effectively in society, even returning them to the workforce.  Hear how the tech is not eliminating jobs, but in fact returning Wounded Warriors to the workplace, while improving their ability to rejoin their community.  But could this use case be the one that drives viral adoption of wearables in the enterprise?  With device resident image recognition, barcode capability, voice interaction and audio prompts, language translation – you can even tell if your manager is ticked off as they approach you – this use case demonstrates tools that are directly and immediately applicable to a wide variety of enterprise use cases in manufacturing, warehouses and field service. Best part is that these capabilities are being delivered to Wounded Warriors today, out of the box.  

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Paul Boris

Chief Operating Officer, Vuzix Corporation

Thursday October 19, 2017 9:00am – 9:30am 

In this group discussion, leading experts and end users converse about the current state of the enterprise wearable software market and the challenges of developing a business-ready wearable application.

  • What goes into developing effective enterprise wearable applications? Key considerations
  • Evaluating currently available software solutions: OTS vs In-house vs. 3rd party
  • Software-related issues preventing wearable technology from reaching its full potential in the enterprise
  • Developing for wearables vs. developing for smartphones and tablets
  • Key challenges in building apps for wearable platforms:
    • Understanding the UX/UI requirements in an industrial setting
    • Field of View (FOV): Screen real estate and display limitations
    • Content creation: Making enterprise information (ERMs, PDFs, 2D diagrams, manuals, machine data, etc.) wearable-ready
    • Varying operating systems
    • Memory and computing power limitations  
  • Key privacy and security concerns in building enterprise wearable apps
  • Software providers’ role in educating end users about which hardware device is right for their use case


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John Solomon

Advisory Board Member, Atheer

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Mike Festa

Director of Wayfair Next, Wayfair
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Richard Rabbitz

Principal Member of Engineering Staff, Lockheed Martin
avatar for May Russell

May Russell

General Manager – Emerging Technologies, Ford Motor Company
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Jake Steinerman

Lead Project Specialist/Developer – Digital Marketplace Center, The Dow Chemical Company
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Paul Szotek

Director, Indiana Hernia Center

Thursday October 19, 2017 9:30am – 10:15am 

Thursday October 19, 2017 10:15am – 10:20am 

  • Changing market elements and evolving customer behavior
  • Influence it has on supply chain, and new rising trends including technological advancement
  • How DHL reacted and are doing, particularly with vision picking via smart glasses
  • Glimpse into the future possibilities being explored by DHL with augmented reality


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Justin Ha

Director, Solutions Design, DHL

Thursday October 19, 2017 10:20am – 10:40am 

Thursday October 19, 2017 10:40am – 10:45am 

Human-centered design and ergonomics factors greatly impact an enterprise’s ability to quickly, successfully and safely implement wearables. These considerations help to ensure workforce engagement and expedite the change management necessary for wearable adoption. In this group discussion, leading experts and end users provide insight into what we require from enterprise-grade wearables and the key ergonomic design factors you need to be aware of.

  • What makes for an enterprise-grade wearable device? (Device features, industry regulations, etc.)
  • Importance of human-centered design and key hardware requirements
    • Ergonomics – Form Factor – Comfort
    • Durability – Reliability – Safety
    • Transferability – Hygiene – Health Risks
    • Cost – Maintenance – Mobile Device Management
    • Battery Life – Wireless Charging – Network Connectivity
  • Off-the-shelf (OTS) or customized devices?
  • Multi-functioning or task-specific?


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Ramon Llamas

Research Manager Wearables and Mobile Phones, IDC

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Ken Fast

Principal Engineer, General Dynamics Electric Boat
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Theo Goguely

Director of Marketing, Atheer
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Drew Holbrook

Advanced Computing Technologies – Immersive Realities, Gulfstream Aerospace
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Aleksandar Vukojevic

Emerging Technologies Manager, Duke Energy
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Todd Wynne

Director of Applied Technology, Rogers-O’Brien Construction

Thursday October 19, 2017 11:45am – 12:30pm 

Thursday October 19, 2017 12:30pm – 12:35pm 

Ever feel like one of the only people at your company seeing disruptive technology advance at quickening speed?  Are you struggling to get a traditional company moving quickly and experimenting with new technology?

Come learn about the ‘how to’ of conducting an R&D experiment with wearable technology in a highly conservative and regulated industry.  We’ll cover topics like:

–   Conducting effective change management in the enterprise

  • Addressing regulatory compliance, privacy & info security concerns
  • Coordinating between business and IT units
  • Managing expectations and earning trust
  • “You want me to do what?” Engaging end-users

–   Designing quick meaningful technology experiments

  • Evaluating hardware, software & infrastructure components
  • Working with technology vendor partners

–   Shifting from experimentation to implementation

  • What can happen when a new idea meets the Rube Goldberg machine
  • Setting expectations around value
  • Keep the long view in mind


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Rita Briody

IT Analyst
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Brett McCorkle

Senior IT Analyst, Erie Insurance Group
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Jeremy Sloan

Senior Software Engineer -Test Automation, Erie Insurance Group

Thursday October 19, 2017 12:35pm – 12:55pm 

Thursday October 19, 2017 12:55pm – 1:00pm 

  • 3D technology has been around for years, and Revit has become the standard AEC documentation platform in the design world for many firms. Workflows that incentivize engineering simulation offer an effective way of sharing and collaborating the work of different design disciplines. 

    From that, perspective views and “Fly-throughs” become more easily generated to enhance owner understanding and in some cases fundraising.  Although owners are reluctant to pay for extensive modeling, it is often provided as an “Additional Service”.  More frequently, designers and builders are sharing 3D platforms and sharing the effort to develop 3D models.  The benefits of carrying 3D models into the construction process with the involvement of structural, envelope, and mechanical trade contractors further enhances optimized constructability and efficiency.

    • The Why
    • The What
    • How do we design/how should we design?
    • Deployment and Execution
    • Immersion vs Analysis – how to work both
    • Appropriateness by project phase – best bang for buck
    • Scaling
    • The future
    • Resolution – More data is needed (duh) but profitability will drive the workflows once the novelty has worn off and the media delivery becomes commonplace
    • How do you monetize 3D?  Question has been around for years at this point – AR and VR are efficiency enhancers, not standalone products.


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    John Myers

    Senior Virtual Design & Construction Manager, Gilbane

    Thursday October 19, 2017 2:25pm – 2:45pm 

Thursday October 19, 2017 2:45pm – 2:50pm 

 Planning the pilot projects

          a.  Hardware

          b.  Software

          c.  Communications

          d.  Use cases

          e.  Deciding on the internal stakeholders participants

2.  Executing the pilot projects

          a.  Integration with existing systems

          b.  Additional equipment

          c.  SW/HW changes/improvements during the pilot project

3.  Evaluating the pilot projects

          a.  Hardware pros and cons

          b.  Software capabilities

          c.  Lessons learned

4.  From pilot project to Enterprise solution

          a.  Solution Architecture similarities and differences

          b.  Cloud based vs. Inside the firewall solution

          c.  Challenges with software integration with the existing internal systems


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Aleksandar Vukojevic

Emerging Technologies Manager, Duke Energy

Thursday October 19, 2017 2:50pm – 3:10pm 

Thursday October 19, 2017 3:10pm – 3:15pm 

The world is becoming more connected every day. The “Internet of things” has infiltrated our personal lives significantly over the last few years and continues to advance forward. From summoning a vehicle with our phone to controlling a thermostat with machine learning, our personal lives are more connected than ever before. Come see how this future is also coming to life on construction sites. Come see how a construction Superintendent can conduct their jobsite Orchestra all from a mobile device into reality. Come experience the connected jobsite.

Key Takeaways:

1) Introduction to the integration of map-based project information and visualization.

2) Understanding the power of having all of your design information in geolocated map layers.

3) Observe a leaner and more efficient process to manage a project.

4) Familiarize with various geolocated applications and hardware integrations.

5) Identify the insights of the future connected jobsite that will soon be available.


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Danny Rodriguez

CEO & Founder, Alive
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Joe Williams

Director of Technology, Rogers-O’Brien Construction
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Todd Wynne

Director of Applied Technology, Rogers-O’Brien Construction

Thursday October 19, 2017 3:15pm – 3:35pm 

Thursday October 19, 2017 3:35pm – 3:40pm 

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Brian Ballard

CEO & Co-Founder, Upskill, Formerly APX Lab

Thursday October 19, 2017 3:40pm – 3:50pm 

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