Connected Manufacturing Forum 2021

July 29 - 30, 2021

JW Marriott, Austin, TX

Jennifer Watson


Director of Manufacturing
General Motors

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Jennifer.

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Day One – Emerging from Pilot Purgatory to Realize Full Scale Implementation

Monday, August 31st, 2020


1:30 PM Fireside Chat: Industry 4.0 Lessons Learned & Milestones Achieved

As the fifth largest manufacturer in America with $121.6 billion in annual revenue, General Motors produces more than 8 million vehicles annually. Last year the company accelerated its “transformation for the future,” building on the strategy it laid out in 2015 to strengthen its core business, capitalize on the future of personal mobility and drive significant cost savings. In an intimate one-on-one live interview, Jennifer will share how GM is:

•Evolving its product development workforce and processes to drive world-class levels of engineering using advanced technologies
•Improving quality and speed to market through these new processes and technologies
•Driving innovation and business value after “insourcing” all of its IT functions in 2018 

Day Two – Building an Agile Organization, the Vital Foundation for Digital Transformation Success

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020


9:20 AM Keynote Panel: Robotics Automation --The integration of Man and Machine, and How to Quell Job Loss Fears

Many claim robotics create a stronger, faster, and more powerful workforce, one that elevates—not eliminates— human roles in manufacturing, but job-loss fears still concern factory workers and managers. Our panel of experts will:

•Help separate fact from fiction about the impact robotics has on jobs and workers
•Explore the role of robots to carry out very repetitive and/or unsafe tasks so that the human workforce can perform higher-value manual tasks
•Discuss how manufacturers should address job loss fears and manage expectations about robotics -- what is realistic and what is not