Keynotes

Technically speaking, IPC APEX EXPO 2021 is the place to be inspired. This year’s program includes three keynote presentations, each with a vision towards the future of electronics. Be motivated, educated, and enlightened. Take advantage of the opportunities to network with colleagues worldwide. Register today and receive a 20% discount.

John Mitchell
IPC President and CEO

Monday, March 8, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm CST

As IPC’s president and CEO, John Mitchell leads the organization’s global operations and staff. Working with the IPC board of directors, he is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the Board’s strategic vision and aspirational goals. He joined IPC as president and CEO in April 2012, and has been instrumental in launching solutions to help IPC’s members achieve financial success and competitive excellence.
 

Presentation: “Industry 2030: The Big Ideas Reshaping Electronics Manufacturing.” Driven by geopolitical shifts and technological progress, the industry is on the cusp of dramatic change. In his keynote, John highlights the trends that will transform the industry, and the steps that companies need to take to succeed amidst this change. Interwoven with his remarks will be the perspectives of industry experts who will further illuminate the applicability of the big ideas reshaping electronics manufacturing.

 

Travis Hessman
IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief

Premier Keynote | Wednesday, March 10, 8:00 am–8:45 CST

Part futurist, part manufacturing tech geek, Travis Hessman has built his career covering the rise of the new digital manufacturing revolution. From artificial intelligence and 3D printing to the IoT and industrial wearables, Travis brings with him a wealth of history and perspective on the new tools and tech posed to disrupt the course of the industry and spur a new rise in U.S. manufacturing. As chief editor of IndustryWeek, Travis offers a unique perspective that matches this high-tech energy with insights from his daily contact with some of the world’s most successful and innovative manufacturers about real-life implementations, applications, and strategies for digital transformation success. 
 

Presentation: “The Great Digital Transformation.” Hessman will discuss the process undertaken by some of today’s most successful companies to transform a dizzying array of technologies such as connected machine-to-machine systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence into actionable, effective digital strategies. Guided by Hessman, participants will navigate a roadmap to digital transformation that can help move their companies from the sidelines to the heart of the Factory of the Future — The Industry 4.0 revolution. Hessman will conduct a live, one-hour Q+A session in the afternoon following his keynote. Bring your questions!

 

Shawn DuBravac
IPC Chief Economist

Thursday, March 11, 8:15 am–9:00 am CST

As IPC’s chief economist, internationally recognized thought leader, global futurist and trendcaster, Shawn DuBravac works to expand IPC’s research program and provide insights on the biggest issues facing the $2 trillion global electronics industry, including supply chain resiliency/uncertainty, trade wars, skilled workforce shortage, and the expanding role of electronics in the global economy.

Presentation: “The Tech Industry in a Post-pandemic World.” DuBravac, an internationally recognized thought leader, global futurist and trendcaster, will provide insights on the biggest issues facing the $2 trillion global electronics industry, including supply chain resiliency/uncertainty, trade wars, skilled workforce shortage, and the expanding role of electronics in the global economy.