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Summerfest Tech 2019 - Second Year Event Grows to Two Days

Summerfest Tech

Thank you for your interest and support of Summerfest Tech. See below for the Summerfest Tech 2019 programming.

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and its Summerfest Tech supporters are excited to announce the details of the second annual Summerfest Tech event, which will be held June 25-June 26, 2019. By leveraging the Summerfest brand to showcase technology, Summerfest Tech intends to champion the regional business community and spotlight Wisconsin’s growing reputation as a tech hub. It also creates unique timing and locations for the community to convene and connect around relevant tech topics. Finally, it allows Summerfest to diversify and enhance programming by increasing technology in and around the festival, engaging a new audience.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25 - Henry Maier Festival Park - Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:15 pm
Keynote: Dennis Hoffman – SVP, Corporate Strategies, Dell Technologies

Adapting to Change - adapting your business to the ever-changing tech and digital world

7:00 pm
Technology & Music with Steve Aoki, Two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ

Moderator: Jordan Lee, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
How technology has shaped his evolution as a performer, including how tech, AI and other advances influence his performance.

8:00 pm
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Post Summerfest Tech Reception at the Harbor House. Limited Reservations. Sponsored byPDS
8:30 pm
End Event

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 – MORNING - Discovery World - East Pavilion 

8:30 am
Networking / Registration
9:00 am
Keynote: Sudhi Sinha – VP and GM of Digital Solutions, Johnson Controls

Building Digital Businesses

10:00 am
Panel Discussion One – Women in Technology

Marquette University – Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus College of Engineering Dean
Johnson Controls - Lisa Roy, Vice President of Commercial Operations
Moderator: Intel - Mary Bunzel, General Manager, Manufacturing & Industrial Solutions

10:30 am
Panel Discussion Two – Cyber Security

Godfrey & Kahn – Justin Webb, Co-Chair of Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice
Data Holdings – Stacy England, Vice President of Operations
Marquette University – Dr. Thomas Kaczmarek, Director, Master of Science: Computing
DocLaunch & – Michael Adam, Founder
Moderator: Milwaukee Business Journal – Mark Kass, Editor-in-Chief

11:00 am
Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Display and Overview: Jon Bekefy, Electric Vehicle Business Planning Manager, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
11:20 am
5 Lakes Pitch

Four regional startups will compete for the chance to win a cash prize of $15,500 and additional sponsor prizes.
To see additional details or to apply, please visit

Marcus Lemonis
Marcus Lemonis will be a guest judge for the 5 LAKES Pitch competition at Summerfest Tech. Lemonis, a graduate of Marquette University, leads multiple business enterprises, stars in CNBC’s The Profit, and is considered one of the most sought-after industry experts and keynote speakers in the small business sector today. See bio below.

11:50 am
5 Lakes Pitch Award Presentation
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Everyone is invited to enjoy Steve Aoki’s DJ set at the Miller Lite Oasis

To learn more about this event or to attend, please email



Dell Technologies


Data Holdings
Godfrey Kahn
Marquette University

Media Sponsor

Business Journal

Additional Support

Northwestern Mutual, gener8tor, Startup Milwaukee, Morpheus Advisors, DocLaunch, Radio Milwaukee