2020 Product Showcase & Demo Day

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2020 Product Showcase & Demo Day

On mHUB's third anniversary, join us for a day of discussion and celebration of innovation in physical product development across the Midwest, sponsored by Bank of America. Hear from the visionaries, innovators, and entrepreneurs working to carry our region's legacy as the engine for U.S. manufacturing. Exciting events planned throughout the day including talks, startup pitches, and a showcase of more than 30 startups leading the way in product development.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
965 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA Get Directions
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2020 Product Showcase & Demo Day

Afternoon Speaking Program & Showcase (2:00pm - 6:50pm) 

1:30 PM - Check in begins

2:00 - 6:00pm - mHUB Product Showcase with more than 30 member companies 

Prototyping Lab

2:00 - 2:20pm - Welcome remarks

Event Space 

2:20 - 3:05pm - Forging the Gap Between Educational Institutions and Industry: Future of Work in a Rapidly Advancing Technological Innovation Environment

The rise of AI and Automation is changing the work landscape as we know it. As technology advances, the modern worker, along with their education and skillsets, will need to adapt to stay employable. Is our current education system incompatible with rapidly changing industries and the necessary training to support the evolving modern worker? Hear from business, academic and workforce leaders about how we can break down the silos between campus learning and real-world learning and move toward an ecosystem of collaboration that includes educational institutions, civil society, employers, and governments. 

Moderator: Karin M. Norington-Reaves, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership  


  • TJ Augustine, Vice Chancellor, Innovation, University of Illinois at Chicago  
  • Brad Henderson, Chief Executive Officer, P33 
  • Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges Chicago  
  • Betsy Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer, 1871

3:05 - 4:00 pm - Startup Pitches and Lightening Talks

Event Space

4:00 - 4:45pm - Emergence of Venture-Backed Physical Product Innovation: Why Now is the Time for Investing

Software investment outpaces hardware at 12-1. This inequity made sense a decade ago, but is a missed opportunity today – and one that Illinois can benefit from. In fact, Chicago continues to outpace every other U.S. top tier tech city on returns from invested capital: 1.4 times greater than the Bay Area, 1.2 times greater than New York, and 2 times greater than Boston. Large corporations and the public sector are joining traditional investors in sourcing the next big tech from within the Chicago tech ecosystem. Join this panel to hear why the time is now to invest. 


  • John Pletz, Senior Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business


  • Beckett Jackson, Investing Director, Boeing  
  • Sona Shah, CEO and Co-Founder, Neopenda  

4:45 - 5:20 pm - Startup Pitches and Lightening Talks

5:20 - 6:00 pm - Industry 4.0: Upside Opportunities and Downside Risks for our Regional Economy  

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and “Industry 4.0” are buzzwords heard in tech and business circles across the country. But, what does it really mean for the regional economy, centered right here in Chicago? Hear from private and public sector leaders about the implications for business, products and the overarching economy.    


  • Jim Dallke, Senior Editor, American Inno


  • Chandra Brown, Chief Executive Officer, MxD 
  • Erin Guthrie, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  
  • Terri Rinella, Managing Director, Accenture Digital  

6:00 - 7:00 pm - Keynote Speaker - Glen Tullman, Founder and Executive Chairman, Livongo Health 

Evening Reception (7:00pm) 

Join us for an evening reception to celebrate a year of progress in innovation in physical product develoment 

2020 Product Showcase & Demo Day

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  • Afternoon Speaking Program & Showcase
    Registration Required
    Our afternoon speaking program includes dynamic panels including industry leaders, startup pitches, and a showcase of more than 30 member companies. PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL GUEST FOR NAME TAGS
    Register By 3/19/2020
  • Evening 3rd Anniversary Reception
    Registration Required
    Following the afternoon speaking program, join us to celebrate a year of progress in physical product innovation. PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL GUEST FOR NAME TAGS
    Register By 3/19/2020 2:00:00 PM
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