Two-day conference highlights the tensions of innovation, workforce, supply chain
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) – With speakers ranging from technology entrepreneurs to political insiders to the workforce development leaders, the 2016 AutoVision Conference targeted some of the auto industry’s exposures to disruption and growth.
More than 200 auto industry leaders from Kentucky and beyond gathered in Lexington Monday and Tuesday for the second annual conference, created by the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association.
“Our job at KAIA is to bring our members and to Kentucky auto businesses the stories they won’t get anywhere else,” said Dave Tatman, executive director of KAIA. “Presenting big ideas like 3D printing, wearable technology and workforce development innovations give our businesses crucial understanding of emerging trends. That allows them to adapt to the changing industrial environment more quickly.”
The presenting sponsor of the event is the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
A recurring theme throughout the final day of presentations was the notion that not only are advances in technology speeding up, but so are the ideas for application of those technologies. “Big data”, the masses of information gathered from connected cars, consumers, facility machines, and more will be used to better judge supply chain needs, promote safety, and improve the consumer experience.
Gary Silberg of KPMG led the Tuesday morning session with a presentation on “The Clockspeed Dilemma” – the theory that a concurrent demands of consumers, technologies, mobile services and more will create new and unexpected services and products. He pointed to the lightning-fast rise of Uber as an example of disruptive innovations that will change consumer expectations.
Ankur Gopal, CEO of Interapt, demonstrated how wearable technology – everything from Google Glass eyeglasses to internet-enabled vests – can help manufacturers train employees, target machine problems and improve efficiencies.
Other sessions included topics ranging from adapting to international cultures in the workforce, to the impact of the presidential election on automotive regulation and policies.
A full review of AutoVision will be included in the next edition of AutoVision magazine, set to be published later this fall.
To learn more about KAIA or to join, visit www.kyautoindustry.com.