Throughout the show, a series of presentations and panel discussions will explore automation trends in the “Win the Future” theater, located at the back of the Automate exhibit hall near the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) booth. (McCormick Place North Hall) These sessions are free and open to any Automate attendee.

Win the Future Theater Schedule
Monday, April 8, 2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm IFR CEO Roundtable
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Mexico – The Land of Automatización Opportunity
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Innovation Showcase Presentations
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm A Discussion on Mobility
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Robotics Cluster Spotlight – Pittsburgh
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm OPC Foundation
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Innovation Showcase Presentations
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Fireside Chat - Investing in Automation
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Robotics Cluster Spotlight – Boston
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Launch Pad Startup Competition
Thursday, April 11, 2019
10:30 am - 11:30 am ARM Institute Panel Discussion
11:30 am - 11:45 am USA Science & Engineering Festival
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Robots.Jobs
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Student/Job Seeker Interactions

The schedule includes:

Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards

The Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards recognizes companies that demonstrate excellence in a product or technology, an application, or in research and development in the vision and image processing industry.


IFR CEO Roundtable

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) will sponsor a CEO roundtable discussing the theme “Global race for leadership in robotics and AI.” The program will feature an introduction by Gudrun Litzenberger, IFR General Secretary, followed by a summary of the latest results of global sales of industrial robots by Steven Wyatt, IFR Vice President. The roundtable will include individual interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent leaders:

  • Dr. Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), USA
  • Dr. Byron Clayton, CEO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), USA
  • Junji Tsuda, President, IFR and Representative Director Chairman of the Board of Yaskawa Electric Corp., Japan
  • Henry Sun, Director of Strategy, Guangzhou MINO Automotive Equipment Co, China
  • Thomas Visti, CEO, MIR, Denmark
  • Moderator: Robert Huschka, Director of Education Strategies, Association for Advancing Automation, USA

Mexico – The Land of Automatización Opportunity

Mexico has become a hot spot for robotics and automation over the last few years, which is why the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) recently created A3 Mexico to help support and grow the industry in the country. This panel will discuss the opportunities that exist in Mexico along with strategies to help you successfully do business there. Panelists include:

  • Guli Lima, Controlar
  • Ruben Rodriguez, ATI Industrial Automation
  • Others

Innovation Showcase Presentations

See select Automate exhibitors present their latest innovations in the Win the Future theater. Each 30 minute session presents the opportunity for theater attendees to interact directly with these new technologies.


Robotic Mobility

This panel discussion will delve into the opportunities and challenges with implementing mobile robots into your facility. It will also cover the new R 15.08 safety standards.


Robotics Cluster Spotlight – Pittsburgh

Join a panel of speakers from Pittsburgh discussing the robotics and automation advances and activities happening in their region.

Fireside Chat - Investing in Automation

A fireside chat on “Investing in Automation” where Oliver Mitchell, founding partner at Autonomy Ventures, will talk with Daniel Theobald, co-founder and chief innovation officer at Vecna Robotics.


Robotics Cluster Spotlight – Boston

Join a panel of speakers from Boston discussing the robotics and automation advances and activities happening in their region.


Launch Pad Startup Competition

Seven finalists will compete for the top prize in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition. Co-produced by MassRobotics, the competition features some of the industry’s most promising young companies in robotics, machine vision and motion control who are competing for the spotlight and a $10,000 cash award. The winner will be chosen by the following panel of distinguished judges:

  • Oliver Mitchell, Autonomy Ventures
  • Tom Ryden, MassRobotics

AI in the Workforce

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is widely used in advanced manufacturing, retail, health care, finance, telecommunications, education, research and more. The evolution and continued use of AI brings questions surrounding the future of the workforce. This panel discussion addresses several of the most common questions centered around AI in the workforce, particularly as it relates to robotics and automation. Panelists include:

  • Michael Britt-Crane, DoD Manufacturing Technology Program Office
  • Robert Graff, YASKAWA AMERICA, INC.
  • Douglas Jensen, Ed.D., Rock Valley Community College
  • Ted Rozier, Festo Didactic North America

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Marc Shulman from the USA Science & Engineering Festival reviews what their group does for workforce development.



Behind every drone, every medical robot, every autonomous vehicle or robotic arm, there is a person. A person who wants to build technology that will improve how our lives are lived. Representatives from Robots.Jobs will discuss how they connect skilled people with companies implementing automation.


Career Fair Networking Session

Students and job seekers have the opportunity to mingle with recruiters from Robots.Jobs and with exhibitors looking to hire.