mHUB Innovation 2019 Product Showcase & Demo Day

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2019 Product Showcase & Demo Day

On mHUB's second anniversary, join us for a day of discussion and celebration of innovation in physical product development across the Midwest. 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. Keynote, as well as showcasing and pitching startups to come.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
965 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642, USA Get Directions

2019 Product Showcase & Demo Day

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


Check in begins

2:00 - 5:15pm

Prototyping Lab

mHUB Product Showcase with more than 30 member companies 

2:00 - 2:20pm

Event Space 

Welcome remarks

2:20 - 3:10pm 

Event Space 

The Convergence: Why Now is the Time for Innovation in Product Development

Join us to learn how a convergence of optimal component pricing and steadily increasing technology in memory, cloud computing, and connectivity in devices make now the time for product development.

John Pletz, Senior Reporter, Technology and Airlines, Crain's Chicago Business 


  • Jacob Harris, Vice President, Americas Supplier Marketing, Arrow Electronics
  • Paul Maher, Partner and General Manager, Industry Experiences, Microsoft 
  • Scott Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Dragon Innovation
  • Lily Yeung, Vice President, Molex Ventures 

3:25 - 4:15pm

Event Space 

Encouraging Collision: Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in Large and Medium Corporations

Learn from leading companies about how to maintain the right balance of collision to drive an entrepreneurial spirit from the top down.


  • Ally Marotti, Business Reporter, Chicago Tribune 


  • Jian Cao, Director, Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation, Northwestern University 
  • Mark Karasek, Chief Technology Officer, Chamberlain Group
  • Moe Rinkunas, Innovation Systems Designer, DuPont 
  • Brian Tolliver, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Schneider Electric 

4:30 - 5:20pm 

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Betting on the Middle: Hardware Investment Opportunities Across the Midwest

Join us to hear why smart investors are betting on the middle and investing in Midwestern hardware.

Kristi Ross, CEO & President, tastytrade 

Saikat Dey, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Guardhat 
Karen Kerr, Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures 
John Tough, Partner, Energize Ventures 
Pete Wilkins, Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels 

5:20 - 5:40pm

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State of the Hardware Innovation Ecosystem with CEO Haven Allen

5:45 – 6:30pm

Event Space 

Keynote speaker, to be announced

Evening Reception (6:45pm) 

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

2019 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. Panel details and keynote speaker will be announced in February. PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL GUEST FOR NAME TAGS
    Register By 3/15/2019
  • Evening 2nd 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 3/15/2019
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