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SMEs Going Digital – Mastering the Transformation 

Digitalization bears enormous potential for companies across all industries. SMEs in particular can profit from going digital – but how to master this transformation?

Our Digitalization Forum discussed the benefits of autonomous and intelligent technology as well as new business models that have arisen through the use of data and digital infrastructure.

Thank you for joining us on October 19 at 1871, a leading tech hub in downtown Chicago, to learn how your company can go digital successfully and to network with drivers of innovation. 

Pictures from this year's Digitalization Forum


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Date, Venue & Registration

Friday, October 19, 2018
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654

Nearby Parking

Ticket Prices:
Free for GACC members
$75.00 for non-members


10:00am -


Registration & Networking

11:00am - 

Welcome & Keynote



Mark Tomkins
President & CEO
GACC Midwest


Mathew Sweezey
Principal of Marketing Insights

Read his Salesforce blog!

Welcome Venue Host

Betsy Ziegler

12:00pm - 

Panel 1: The ABC's of New Business Models - 
Analytics, Blockchain, and the Cloud

12:45pm - 

Networking Break

1:30pm - 

Panel 2: Autonomous & Intelligent - Leveraging
AI & Industry 4.0 for Your Business


Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks


Digitalization Forum Registration

Free for members
$75.00 for non-members

Please note that all sales are final. 

By attending this event, you agree to allow photos and/or video of you to be taken and used in GACC Midwest’s marketing collateral, including but not limited to our website and other digital channels.


Keynote: Mathew Sweezey, Author of Marketing Automation for Dummies, and Principal of Marketing Insights at Salesforce


Panel 1: The ABCs of New Business Models - Analytics, Blockchain, and the Cloud

Lou Leuzzi
Director of Sales - Americas
relayr Inc.


Alexandra Prodromos
Executive Director
Chicago Blockchain Center
Business Development Manager
Bloq, Inc.

Uwe Roehm
Manager, IT
Robert Bosch LLC

Patrick Bass
thyssenkrupp North America, Inc.


Panel 2: Autonomous & Intelligent – Leveraging AI & Industry 4.0 for Your Business

Dr. Vivek Dave
Director of Technology Development
Harting US


Andreas Hofmann
SVP of Sales
Machinify, Inc.

Ankit Sharma
Senior Solution Specialist
SAP Industries

Eric Schmidt
Vice President of Sales and Client Relations
secova USA



Review of 2017


Digitalization presents countless opportunities to optimize business operations. But how do you transform your traditional business into a Digital Leader?

Professionals across all industries learned how to digitalize business processes and what to do with big data.

Keynote speaker Howard Tullman, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of 1871, explored trends and developments in digital technologies alongside panelist such as Siemens and Cebit.

The Digitalization Forum was held in conjunction with the German American Business Awards.

Photos by 1871/Andrew Merz


Heather Broberg

Senior Manager, Membership Development & Engagement


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