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The 2023 Innovation Summit Returns to Pittsburgh in September 


HIKE2 is proud to announce that its 2023 Innovation Summit will take place September 27-28 at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, PA, with a virtual presentation kicking off the event on September 26.

The conference, with a theme of “Trailblazing Tomorrow,” promises cutting-edge ideas, in-depth discussions of the latest trends, and practical insight into what’s working right now to help your organization navigate and future-proof in today’s ever-evolving digital landscape.

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With four main tracks — AI, Design-Thinking, Data, and Legal — attendees will be able to choose from 30+ sessions and workshops designed to deliver value to your business.

Dive deep into DevOps, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, Change Management, Salesforce CRM, and more.

The Kickoff: The Future of Innovation

The summit begins on Tuesday, September 26 at 12:00PM ET with an inspiring virtual kickoff by Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce. A trailblazer in the technology industry, Peter will share invaluable perspectives on AI, the metaverse, and why current economic stress is a reason to accelerate, not postpone innovation.



The Keynote: AI and the Near Future of Work

Wednesday’s keynote will be delivered by Peter Mulford, Global Partner and Chief Innovation Officer at BTS. Mulford heads up the firm’s Innovation & Digital Transformation practice and the Global Insights and Design Laboratory. He leads business transformation and capability-building efforts with global Fortune 500 firms such as Sony, Microsoft, Time Warner and Merck, with a focus on developing innovation leadership, design thinking, and disciplined experimentation capability.

Everyone’s talking about the potential impact of AI. It’s making headlines in the business press as well as in mainstream media. It’s top of mind for leaders across the spectrum, from CEO to CIO to marketing teams and everyone in between. We’re all debating what it means, what impact it could have in the future, and where companies should focus next.

In this fast-paced interactive session, Mulford will shed light on the implications for AI and what it means for the future of work. More importantly, he’ll engage participants in an important, thought-provoking conversation to challenge your mindset and explore how you can leverage AI to create an impact in your organization, no matter what your role.

The 60-minute session will examine 3 important questions:

  • What is AI? Take the mystery out of AI and understand what it can and can’t do.
  • How is AI evolving? Learn where the technology is headed, what it will disrupt, and the risks and opportunities that will emerge as it advances.
  • Now what? Find out how to think strategically about using AI to create value in your business.

Attendees will come away with new perspectives on AI, plus:

  • A critical base level understanding of AI technology so you can engage confidently in conversations in the session and back at the office.
  • The ability to think more expansively about AI and what it will mean for the future of your business and your role.
  • A tactical set of questions you can use to see the future for yourself and frame opportunities for using AI with teams in your own organization.

Tracks and Sessions — AI, Design, Data, and Legal

Breakout sessions and panel discussions will cover these topics (and more!):

  • Building an AI-Ready Culture
  • How Businesses are Planning for the Metaverse
  • Innovation Practices of Impactful Tech Leaders
  • Unleashing Your Creativity
  • Where Does Augmented Reality Fit In Your Business Strategy?
  • Effective Leadership During the 3C’s: Calm, Change & Crisis Situations
  • Developing an Innovation Mindset

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Why You Should Attend

You’ll find invaluable learning experiences and much more at Innovation Summit 2023:

Engage with thought leaders and experts: Explore the topics that matter most to you in breakout sessions, panel discussions, and workshops led by over 20 industry experts.

Empower your organization with practical innovation: Gain valuable and useful knowledge that will help you get and stay ahead of the curve and leverage technology, process, and people to drive meaningful growth.

Network, connect, and elevate: Expand your professional network in an engaging and fun environment. Connect with like-minded professionals, industry leaders, and fellow trailblazers in Marketing, IT, Sales Operations, Innovation, and Digital Transformation. Share insights, exchange ideas, and build lasting connections at our exclusive evening event hosted at the breathtaking Sienna Mercato rooftop bar in Pittsburgh.

Giving Back at Innovation Summit

As in years past, HIKE2’s philanthropy committee, Give2 Camp will coordinate with two organizations to give back to our local community.

Extra food from each day of the event will be donated to 412 Food Rescue, whose volunteers will make sure the food helps alleviate food insecurity. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a supply drive for the homeless by bringing supplies or donating money. More information can be found on the event website.

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Get Your Tickets

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to unlock your organization’s true potential. Register now to secure your ticket and join us virtually on September 26, 2023 and/or at the Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA on September 27-28, 2023.