2020 Manufacturing First Expo & Conference Goes Virtual
December 17, 2020
PanelTEK participated in the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Manufacturing First Expo & Conference this year. From Oct. 20 – 22 Manufacturing First conducted a virtual platform using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to connect people together.
The Manufacturing First Expo & Conference is a northeast Wisconsin event where manufacturers, suppliers, and support service organizations come together to promote the virtues of and opportunities in manufacturing.
Benefits to Manufacturing First Expo & Conference Virtual Format
Each day provided virtual networking among the exhibitors, as well as scheduled virtual exhibitor presentations with Q & A. The virtual platform worked exceptionally well in making valuable connections and building collaborative relationships among exhibitors. Meetings were restricted to 15 mins max, and by the time attendees got through intros, and brief explanations of their companies, time was up. It was a positive format—short and sweet, which allowed for more meets!
We had some very good “virtual” keynote speakers, and breakout sessions…all from the comfort of our business or home offices.
First Expo Highlights
- Oct 20 kicked off with a virtual welcome and keynote presentation by Danial Burrus. Daniel Burris is considered one of the world’s leading futurist speakers on global trends and disruptive innovation. He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, and shared some of his game-changing strategies and methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact.
- Oct. 21 featured a keynote presentation by Tim & Gretchen Gilbertson, of Seura. Tim & Gretchen shared their story of successfully building a cutting- edge technology company in Green Bay, manufacturing TV mirrors, outdoor/water-proof
TVs, and distributing across the globe.
- The final day featured an executive roundtable of local Industry leaders. Participants shared ideas and experiences to address the changing demands on today’s manufacturing environment.
As a participating member of NEWMA, PanelTEK has been a part of the Manufacturing First Expo since 2016.
NEWMA is a group of Manufacturers, working with educators, workforce development, chambers of commerce and state organizations to promote manufacturing in our Northeast Wisconsin region. NEWMA’s vision is to create a positive view of manufacturing careers through advance collaboration efforts that promote the health of the Manufacturing Industry.