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Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference


Wednesday, October 07, 2020


Live - Online

Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference

COVID-19 has prevented us from meeting face-to-face for the 10th Annual Manufacturing Conference. However, it has not deterred us from wanting to network and learn. So, we are going VIRTUAL and offering this fantastic event at NO CHARGE to our participants! The LIVE sessions will include: Industry 4.0, Cybersecurity, and a panel discussion on Social Media Savvy:  It's All About Marketing Your Business.


8:30–8:45am – Welcome

8:45–9:15am – Industry 4.0

Presenter: Jill Lippincott, IEDA and Curtis Burnett, Grow Cedar Valley

As Manufacturing faces a fourth industrial Revolution, it’s all about automation. Iowa Economic Development Authority will soon release a Manufacturing 4.0 plan to outline a path forward, including strategies and policy recommendations to help Iowa manufacturers not only adapt Industry 4.0 technologies, but grow and compete globally.  In this session, the technologies encompassed by Industry 4.0 that will transform how products are designed, fabricated, used and serviced will be explored and defined, including the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, augmented reality, cybersecurity and more. 

9:15–9:45am – Industry 4.0 Panel Discussion

Moderator: Karla Organist, UNI IDM

10:00–10:30am – Cybersecurity

Presenter: Andrew Rockwell, John Deere

We are all aware that cybercriminals are continuously evolving their tactics, but did you know that over 60% of breaches originate with a supplier or trusted third party? As regulations around security and privacy around the world, companies must continue to invest time and talent into protecting themselves from breaches and ransomware, but they cannot ignore the risks posed by their supply base. This session will give you some insights into the changing threat landscape and what companies like John Deere are doing to try to reduce their risk.

10:35–11:15am – Social Media Savvy: It's All About Marketing Your Business Panel Discussion

Moderator: Staci Kramer, Hawkeye Community College

Social Media is proving to have a real impact on your business's ability to get follower engagement and the word out about what you do. Come learn from this experienced panel what they do and how it's impacted their ability to increase business! 


This live virtual conference is free. You will receive a link to access the session once you register.

Register online for the 10th Annual Virtual Manufacturing Conference.


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