Eric Thelen 
EIT Digital 
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Bay Area – Germany Dialogue on Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 

On November 7 – 9, the Bay Area hosts a German delegation of Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 leaders, including the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leader of the Year 2017 Award. The program is organized by EIT Digital and the German American Business Association in California as part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” and includes events on November 7 and 8 that are open for BAC members as well as visits to Bay Area manufacturing sites.

November 7, 6-8pm:
VIP Reception at the German Consulate General in San Francisco
(1960 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109)
By invitation – Bay Area Council members are welcome to CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS

November 8, noon-2:30pm:
Industry Roundtable at the HanaHaus in Palo Alto
(456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
By invitation – Bay Area Council members are welcome to CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS

November 8, 4-8:30pm:
Industrie 4.0 Conference at SAP Palo Alto
(3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304)

The Delegation of German Industrie 4.0 leaders consists of:

Rainer Glatz
Managing Director for Software and Digitalization, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) and Representative of Plattform Industrie 4.0

Thomas Koenen
Head of Department Digitalization and Innovation at the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Volker Smid
CEO of Searchmetrics and Industry Member of Industrie 4.0 Working Group

Dieter Wegener
Vice President Siemens and Speaker  “Management Team Industrie 4.0” of Central Association of German Electronic Industry

Detlef Zühlke
Founder & Chairman of SmartFactory and Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leader of the Year 2017

US-based speakers and panelists at the Industrie 4.0 conference include:

Alberto Acito
Head of Foreign Direct Investment Unit, Italian Trade Agency

Flavio Bonomi
Founder and CEO, Nebbiolo Technologies and former co-leader of Cisco’s Internet of Things initiative

John Dyck
CEO of Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

Stephanie Louis
Ecosystem Business Development Manager, Watson Cloud Platform, IBM North America

Sarah Peach
Senior Director, Business Development IoT, Samsung

Stan Schneider
CEO RTI & Vice Chair Industrial Internet Consortium

Karthik Suri
Chief Operations Officer, GE Digital

Walter van der Weiden
Senior Economic Advisor, Dutch Consulate General in San Francisco