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Program

Immerse yourself in inspiring stories and experiences

The line up for the 2019 Connect Summit is amazing. Be inspired by all people who make this event possible.
This a tentative schedule and subject to changes.

Monday, June 10

12:00 PM

Registration desks open at the Park Hyatt

6:00 PM

Reception Dinner and social held mountain side under the stars

Tuesday, June 11

Scheduling note: All keynotes, panels, expert presentations and meals held in Grouse Mountain/McCoy’s Peak (ballroom) unless otherwise noted.

6:00 AM

Breakfast

7:00 AM

Opening and Welcome: Molly Sloan, URUS

7:15 AM

Tim Taylor, VAS

Many dairy operations have successfully implementing technology to gain efficiency. However, the successful deployment of interconnected technologies can take you to the next level. Tim will share his vision about transforming the dairy industry with inter-connectivity, mobility and business intelligence.

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7:35 AM

Keynote: Robert Erhard, Nestle

Learn about the global milk economy from Robert Erhard as he shares his experiences and the challenges of sourcing milk for a global company like Nestle. From China to Switzerland, Robert has worked in many markets and knows what it takes to bring milk and milk products to feed a growing world.

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8:20 AM

Expert Speaker: Emerging Technology and the Future of Dairy Operations

8:40 AM

Expert Speaker: Emerging Technology and the Future of Dairy Operations

These talks will highlight emerging technologies in food and beverage production from outside the dairy industry.

9:00 AM

Break

  • Technology Kiosk Area

9:30 AM

Panel: Emerging Technology and the Future of Dairy Operations

Necessity drives innovation. Innovation emerges as new technology to fuel on farm efficiency. What drives adoption of these new technologies? A group of start-up companies will share their insights as they look to bring new efficiencies to the dairy industry.

10:15 AM

Expert Speaker: Dairy Intelligence and Decision Making

10:35 AM

Expert Speaker: Dairy Intelligence and Decision Making

Big data fuels the engine of deep learning. What can be learned by allowing unrelated data to be merged? Find out from experts who have seen a glimpse of the future.

10:55 AM

Panel: Dairy Intelligence and Turning Data Into Information

Many industries have used data and deep learning to make big advancements, but the dairy industry has not done so yet. What are the obstacles and challenges the industry needs to overcome? Find out what several companies are already doing and the insights they have gained.

11:30 AM

Networking in the Technology Kiosk Area

12:00 PM

Lunch

  • Technology Kiosk Area Open

1:00 PM

Expert Speaker: Sustainability and Resource Efficiency

1:20 PM

Expert Speaker: Sustainability and Resource Efficiency

Listen and learn from two industry companies that are using technology to drive sustainability and deliver real value to the farm.

1:40 PM

Panel: Metric-Driven Success and Sustainability

It seems everyone is talking about sustainability now days but who is really doing it and are they seeing any value. Although important, what can the dairy industry do to make sustainability more than just a feel-good measure? Listen to what dairy producers and leading companies are doing to achieve tangible results and create a viable dairy ecosystem.

2:20 PM

Summit Wrap-up and Summary

2:30 PM

Networking in the Technology Kiosk Area

3:00 PM

Innovation Break-out Sessions

3:30 PM

Innovation Break-out Sessions

The Innovation Break-out Sessions allow the Connect Summit Attendees to learn about what individual companies are doing to bring technological value to the dairy business. Attendees can interact with members of these companies in a smaller setting and see live demos of the value each can bring to the farm. The sessions by each company are repeated and attendees can choose to attend two of the three presentations.

6:00 PM

Dinner

8:00 PM

Special Presentation: Peyton Manning, Super Bowl Champion

Going from the top of his game, to being injured and out of football, and back to the top as a Super Bowl Champion, few have overcome more adversity than Peyton Manning. Hear what motivated Peyton to fight his way back to greatness as he shares his thoughts and memories of Hall of Fame career.

Payton Manning

Two-Time Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback and Five-Time NFL MVP earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as one of the leaders in nearly every statistical passing category.

Wednesday, June 12

6:00 AM

Breakfast and Highlights

7:00 AM

Keynote: Alexander van der Lely, Lely

Hear what perspectives the CEO of Lely, Alexander van der Lely, has to offer after 27 years of innovation in robotics and farm automation. Robotics for the dairy farm have come a long way and there are many lessons learned. Learn how tough but strategic business decisions need to be made.

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7:45 AM

Expert Speaker: Connecting the Parts: Information Flow on the Dairy

8:05 AM

Expert Speaker: Connecting the Parts: Information Flow on the Dairy

Large amounts of data exist both on-farm in milk production and downstream in milk processing and distribution but there is not much of a connection. Listen how these two leaders in data connection are bringing real benefit to the dairy operation and the consumer.

8:25 AM

Panel: Connected Dairy Before and After the Farm Gate

The importance of connecting the on-farm milk production data to the milk processor and distribution channels is growing. Consumers want to know how something was made, where did it come from, and how were the animals & workers treated. This panel discussion will focus what progress has been made in data flow and data connection on both sides of the farm gate.

9:10 AM

Networking in the Technology Kiosk Area

9:45 AM

Expert Speaker: Mobility Technology, the Connected Worker, and Enterprise Success

10:05 AM

Expert Speaker: Mobility Technology, the Connected Worker, and Enterprise Success

Connecting your workers with the success of your dairy is more important than ever and mobile technology, gamification and process  consistence are all connected. The dairy cannot have success without process consistency. Hear what these two industry experts have to say about how their technology choices connect workers with key processes and successful implementation.

10:25 AM

Panel: Mobility Technology, the Connected Worker, and Enterprise Success

The need for talent and labor in the dairy industry grows each day. Implementing various forms of technology can help a farm reduce labor  costs through mobility, repeatable decision making and work flow management. This panel will focus on what opportunities exist and what challenges come when implementing technology to reduce or place labor.

11:30 AM

Networking in the Technology Kiosk Area

12:00 PM

Lunch

  • Technology Kiosk Area Open

1:00 PM

Expert Speaker: Connecting with the Consumer and the Success of the Dairy Industry

1:20 PM

Expert Speaker: Connecting with the Consumer and the Success of the Dairy Industry

Feeding the world in the next 20 years will require growth, innovation in many areas, and vision to lead the dairy industry. Hear what these two industry visionaries have in mind to meet that challenge.

1:40 PM

Panel: Connecting with the Consumer and the Success of the Dairy Industry

  • Sue McCloskey, Fairlife

For a dairy producer, the competition is not the other dairy farmer across the road, it is the choices that the consumer makes every day. Connecting the consumer to the wholesomeness milk and passion of the dairy industry can take many forms. See how this group of individuals are making a difference in consumer opinions.

2:20 PM

Summit Wrap-up and Summary Take Home Inspiration: Sue McCloskey, Fairlife

2:30 PM

Networking in the Technology Kiosk Area

3:00 PM

Innovation Break-out Sessions

3:30 PM

Innovation Break-out Sessions

The Innovation Break-out Sessions allow the Connect Summit Attendees to learn about what individual companies are doing to bring technological value to the dairy business. Attendees can interact with members of these companies in a smaller setting and see live demos of the value each can bring to the farm. The sessions by each company are repeated and attendees can choose to attend two of the three presentations.

6:00 PM

Dinner

Everyone will be taking the enclosed gondola up the mountain for dinner and band entertainment. You will enjoy amazing views and sunset, social activities and entertainment. A great way to conclude the Connect Summit!

For registration or other questions please contact us at 559-686-9496 (8am–5pm PT, Monday–Friday) or send us an email.