York, PA March 26 - 28


BLUEPRINT isn’t just a lean-back-and-listen conference but an event that will engage all participants actively in a combination of tours, main stage sessions, and several small working groups. 


Throughout the event, we’ll be focused on preparing the heartland workforce for advances in AI and automation.

Tuesday, March 26

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm:

Event Registration at The Appell Center for Performing Arts

5:00 pm:

Cocktail Reception: sponsored by United Fiber & Data

Welcome: Matt Marshall, Founder & CEO, VentureBeat

Fireside Chat: Honorable Mayor Michael Helfrich with a special guest

7:00 pm:


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm:

Tours of York PA - Historic downtown York , York Exponential Robotics and United Fiber and Data Building

Join the thought leaders

Wednesday,  March 27

8:00 am:

Registration and breakfast, The Appell Center for Performing Arts 

8:45 am:

Opening: “VentureBeat’s Blueprint: Tech in the heartland”

Matt Marshall, Founder & CEO, VentureBeat 

9:00 am:

Welcome: Governor  of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf

9:20 am:

Keynote: TBA

9:40 am:

Lightning Rounds: “Regions embracing talent transitions with unique workforce models designed for 21st century technologies"

John McElligott, Founder and CEO, York Exponential, York, PA

Dino Vendetti, Founder, Seven Peaks Ventures, Bend, OR

St. Louis, MO

Minneapolis, MN 

10:30 am:

Breakout Sessions - Choose your region and learn more in a smaller, more intimate setting. Ask questions and share your ideas.

10:10 am:


11:50 pm:


1:00 pm:

Keynote:  TBA

1:20 pm:

Two-person Panel: "State of the Heartland"

Mark Muro, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute

Moderated by Anna Hensel, VB Heartland Tech editor

1:40 pm:

Panel: “Tech solutions emerging to address workforce needs of 21st century”

Moderated by:  Chris Shipley, Author and Tech Advisor

3:35 pm:

Keynote: "Preparing our workforce for Tomorrows Future."


2:20 pm:


3:50 pm:

Fireside Chat:  Tech Manufacturer's Vision and Outlook for our Workforce 

4:10 pm:

Enterprise Panel -  A discussion with enterprise companies that are preparing for the future with AI and automation.

4:30 pm:

Wrap-up - Adjourn for cocktail hour

5:00 pm:

Cocktail Party at the Appell Center for the Arts - sponsored by United Fiber & Data

Program:  6:20 - 6:40  Opening remarks by Chad Taylor, serial entrepreneur, community advocate and lead-guitarist for LIVE

Concert:  6:45 - 7:30  LIVE  


7:30 pm:

Dine-around Dinner - Explore and enjoy the amazing restaurants of York

2:00 pm:

Smart Cities Panel:  Advances in AI, automation are making smart cities a reality - What are the impacts and opportunities this will have on our workforce?   

11:30 am:

Fireside Chat: "AI & Automation workforce impacts and opportunities in Heartland " Jason Ilian, Managing Director, Koch Disruptive Industries w/Matt Marshall Founder & CEO VentureBeat

2:35 pm:

Breakout sessions: Meet the workforce model solution experts and large tech employers and share your point of view


In the Heartland

Thursday, March 28

8:00 am:

Breakfast at Central Market , 34 W Philadelphia St, York (vouchers will be distributed)

9:00 am:

Opening Discussion and recap of Day 2
Matt Marshall, Founder & CEO, VentureBeat

9:15 am:

Panel: Tech Millennial entrepreneurs speak to growing their companies and the impacts of AI and automation


9:35 am:

Lightning Rounds: “How Innovative companies are building talent to grow their companies - entrepreneurs share their stories” 

Ian Kanski, President of Integrated Agriculture Systems

Jessica Trybus, CEO, Simcoach


10:00 am:

Two-person panel: Emerging Collaborations to Build America's Workforce in AI and Automation with  Jay Douglass, COO, Advanced Robotics & Manufacturing Institute.  Moderated by Anna Hensel, VB Heartland Tech editor

10:40 am:

Venture Panel: Role of venture funds in supporting talent and growth in heartland

11:00 am:

Panel "The growing role of government in revitalizing the workforce"

Craig Buerstatte, Acting Director Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

10:20 am:


11:40 am:

Town-hall style wrap-up:  What are the key takeaways from this event that we can take action on?

Matt Marshall, Founder & CEO, VentureBEat

12:00 pm:


11:20 am:

Keynote - TBA

How to get here

For additional info visit:  Explore York

By air we recommend:

  • Flights to Baltimore, MD - 1hr. 20 minutes from York
  • Flights to Philadelphia, PA - 45 minutes from York