The Dance 2019
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A ONE DAY EVENT BRINGING TOGETHER THOSE MAKING A DENT IN THE AUTOMATION UNIVERSE

 

WE ARE EXPERIENCING A REVOLUTION

 

How we work, create, and move through our world is being transformed by automation. These changes aren’t happening by accident. They’re the manifestations of those who have imagined a different world.

The Dance is a one day event where we bring together the founders, investors, and industry executives who are spearheading the automation revolution. The event consists of world class "TED-esque" talks and plenty of time for networking -- including two parties.

If you’re a startup enthusiast, investor, entrepreneur, or industry executive who should be in this room of innovators, then please join us at this year's Dance.


 
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THE DANCE’S TOP 30 AUTOMATION STARTUPS

 
 
 
 
 
 

These companies were voted "most compelling automation startups" by the investors we surveyed who are attending The Dance and will be honored at this year's event.

 
 

 


EVENT SPEAKERS

 
 

LIGHTNING KEYNOTES

 
 
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ALEX
TIMM

CEO/CO-FOUNDER
ROOT INSURANCE

Alex has upended the insurance industry by creating an insurance company that interfaces with customers entirely through mobile. ROOT, the unicorn startup with hundreds of thousands of policy holders, is yet to employ a single insurance agent.

 
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LINGJIA
TANG

COO/CO-FOUNDER
CLINC

Lingjia has created voice recognition technology that is changing the way customer service is delivered. Say what you want. Use slang. Crack a joke. Lingjia's tech will understand you, and might even laugh back.

 
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GREG
SCHWARTZ

COO/CO-FOUNDER
STOCKX

Greg co-founded StockX to create the exchange for buying and selling sneakers and other streetwear products. And he did it. StockX is now one of the most hyped startups in the country. The secret sauce? People. StockX authenticates everything sold on its platform. Greg is going to tell us what we can't yet automate.

 
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SEAN
LANE

CEO/CO-FOUNDER
OLIVE.AI

Sean is on a mission to liberate billions of dollars in the healthcare industry. He's doing it by using A.I. to automate healthcare's most robotic processes.

 
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SCOTT
GRAVELLE

CEO/CTO/CO-FOUNDER
ATTABOTICS

Scott has reimagined the warehouse. Gone from his system are rows of shelves and forklifts. They’ve been replaced by a flexible cube that’s operated by robots.

 
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DAMION
SHELTON

CEO/CO-FOUNDER
AGILITY

Have you seen the Ford Commercial that pairs their autonomous vehicle with a delivery robot? That robot is the work of Damion, and it's coming to The Dance.

 
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ANDY
LONSBERRY

CEO/CO-FOUNDER
PATH ROBOTICS

 

What's the go-to example when people discuss America's "skills gap"? Welders. What has Andy developed? A system for autonomous welding. This lightning keynote will be exceptionally electric.

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DR. MARCIA
BOCKBRADER

PHYSIATRIST
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER

 

Marcia has developed a technology that interfaces directly with the brain. BCI (brain computer interface) applications are world changing on both the clinical and commercial fronts. Just ask the subject of Marcia's research, Ian Burkhart, who will be joining Marcia on stage.

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KEL GUERIN

CTO/CO-FOUNDER
READY ROBOTICS

 

Kel started Ready Robotics and developed Forge/OS because programming robotics is hard. In fact, it's the biggest reason why more robots aren't in use today. Hear from Kel why the world needs the "Windows for robots".


HEADLINER

 
 
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TIM URBAN

WAIT BUT WHY
FOUNDER AND AUTHOR

Tim is the writer/illustrator and co-founder of Wait But Why, a long-form, stick-figure-illustrated website with over 600,000 subscribers and a monthly average of one million visitors. He has produced dozens of viral articles on a wide range of topics, from artificial intelligence to social anxiety to humans becoming a multi-planetary species. Counted among Wait But Why's readers is Elon Musk, who once asked Tim to write about his companies, resulting in a 4-part blog series totaling 95,000 words and read by over 4.5M people. Tim's 2016 TED main stage talk was the most watched of its year and the first TED video to ever reach 10 million views in its first year.

 
 

STATE OF THE MOVEMENT ADDRESS

 
 
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DR. DAVID AUTOR

AUTOMATION ECONOMIST
MIT

David is Ford Professor in the MIT Department of Economics. His scholarship explores the labor-market impacts of technological change and globalization on job polarization, skill demands, earnings levels and inequality, and electoral outcomes. This March, he was christened “Twerpy MIT Economist, David Autor” by John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, during a segment on automation and employment. Autor is currently determining how to merchandise this title.

 
 
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DR. AYANNA HOWARD

PROFESSOR & CHAIR
SCHOOL OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTING AT GEORGIA TECH

Ayanna is an educator, researcher, and innovator who has focused her career on technology development for intelligent agents that must interact with and in a human-centered world. She has made significant contributions in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics. Her published research, currently numbering over 250 peer-reviewed publications, has been widely disseminated in international journals and conference proceedings. She has over 20 years of R&D experience covering a number of projects that have been supported by various agencies including: National Science Foundation, Procter and Gamble, NASA, ExxonMobil, Intel, and the Grammy Foundation.

 
 

MODERATOR & MC

 
 
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POLINA MARINOVA

JOURNALIST
FORTUNE MAGAZINE'S
TERM SHEET

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NICK
SOLARO

ROBOTICS INVESTOR
DRIVE CAPITAL

 
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SCHEDULE:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

 
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VENUE

The Columbus Museum of Art is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Formed in 1878 as the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, it was the first art museum to register its charter with the state of Ohio.

LOCATION:
480 E Broad St,
Columbus, OH 43215

 
 

HOTEL

Please book your room at Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph by calling 614-227-0100 and asking for "The Dance” room block.

 
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SPONSORS

 
 
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The Dance is an annual event produced by Drive Capital. We believe that the Midwest is the opportunity of our lifetime. The Dance is one way we’re investing in that opportunity.

 

We want the most forward thinking founders, executives, and investors in the same room at the same time to share ideas and think critically about the world. Innovation doesn’t happen by accident. It’s created by big thinkers who envision a better, more productive world than the one we have now. If that’s you, we want you at The Dance.

 
 
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