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Second Quarter Symposium

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lambeau Field Atrium - Legends Club Room


  • All members of the council

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Join Us for our Second Quarterly Symposium of the year and another opportunity to hear from Industry leaders in the IoT sphere.

Date: Tuesday June 13th, 2023

Place:Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54304


Steve DeCabooter - Gilson

Dan Croft - Mission Critical IoT

Panel - Tech Talent and Upskilling 

Event Details:

8:00am - Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:30am - Welcome from Board Chairman, Jeremy Udovich

8:35am - Presentation 1: Getting Started with an IoT Product - Steve DeCabooter  

It can be difficult to determine where to begin with IoT. In this presentation, Steve will go through some of the fundamentals that the Gilson team considered when they began developing their connected pipetting platform, TRACKMAN® Connected.

9:35am - Presentation 2: The Customer Support Experience: An IoT Enigma - Dan Croft of Mission Critical IoT

The IoT industry has been the subject of incredible hype over the past ten years.  Forecasts of trillions of deployed sensors have both helped and hurt the development of the IoT ecosystem.  The investment funding tap opens with the hype, and then tightens when some of the exuberant expectations aren’t immediately realized.  This session will highlight and discuss that the number of IoT proof-of-concepts, and trials is truly outstanding; however for the IoT to meet and exceed expectations it will absolutely require a significant acceleration of migrations from trials to production deployments. In order for this phenomenon to occur, clients must see a greater focus on, and improvements in the overall IoT customer experience.  This session will explore the human elements required for a great IoT experience.

10:40am - Networking Break

11:00am -  Panel Discussion - Upskilling in the IoT World 

There is a disconnect in tech layoffs and hiring because many companies are cutting jobs due to the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses, while other companies are continuing to hire for certain positions. This discrepancy can be attributed to the fact that some organizations are adjusting their business models to fit the new landscape, or pivoting to new services or products that may require additional personnel, while others are continuing with a business model that is no longer viable in today’s market.

This panel will try to answer what is going on in the Marketplace; The disparity between layoffs and the gap in hiring; what success looks like in a recruiting partnership; Leveraging AI and RPA in your recruiting process; and some pros and cons in working with outside recruiters.


Amber Malone - VP, Global Engineering - Controls & Automation, Generac

Steve DeCabooter - Director, Global Software Platforms, Gilson

Susan Wagner - Senior Business Development Manager, INSPYR solutions

Moderator - TBA

12:00pm - Adjourned


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To inspire Wisconsin and the Midwest to lead the evolution of the Internet of Things. Our rich history of supporting manufacturing, software, retail, and healthcare industries gives the region the experience and knowledge needed to foster the Internet of Things. 

We also believe if our companies and their employees are to continue to stay and grow here, and if new companies are going to be built here, we need to promote Wisconsin and the Midwest as the epicenter for IoT. We drive technological advancement in the region, so the world knows that you build it in the Midwest if you want to succeed in the Internet of Things evolution.


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WIoT is a professional membership-driven organization that advocates for Wisconsin and the Midwest as the epicenter for IoT. The WIoT provides its members a forum and platform for purposeful networking, relationship building, talent attraction, development, and mutual exchange of information relative to the Internet of Things.

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We provide statewide programming for our WIoT membership in a regular event series focused on Education, Capital, Talent, and Policy as it pertains to the Internet of Things.  Additionally, we provide an IoT Inventory of regional companies focused on IoT and source and publish case studies of IoT products and implementations that have taken place in Wisconsin.

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