AI and Automation — 

Preparing America's Next Frontier

York, PA Oct. 9 - 11, 2018


Previous BLUEPRINT Speakers


State of Nevada

Brian Sandoval

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder

Way to Wellville

Tim O'Reilly

Founder, Chairman & CEO

O'Reilly Media

Founding Partner SoftBank Vision Fund

Michael Ronen

Kate Behncken

Microsoft TechSpark Initiative


Jesse Haines

Grow with Google


Vice President Tech Modernization


Chris Enslin

Jason Illian

Managing Director

Koch Disruptive Technologies

Ira Ehren­preis

Co-founder and Managing Partner

DBL Ventures

BLUEPRINT Reno laid the groundwork for accelerating tech prosperity across America with higher paying jobs. BLUEPRINT York will continue this critical conversation with a focus on AI and automation and how the heartland can prepare for these innovations .

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Tours of York, PA Vision 2.0 site and more followed by BLUEPRINT kick-off event

Inspirational keynotes, regional innovation stories and panel discussions accompanied by several small-group working sessions with all participants

Bringing together all of Day 2’s work in a Town Hall format, announcements of critical new initiatives, and visionary keynote

Previous BLUEPRINT Speakers

Mike Kazmierski

President & CEO

Econ. Devo. Authority of Western Nevada

Kristy Campbell


Rev1 Ventures

Dino Vendetti

Managing Director

Seven Peaks Ventures

Tim Schigel

Founding Partner

Refinery Ventures

Nick Smoot


Innovation Collective

Will Price

Founder, General Partner
Next Frontier Capital

John Fillmore

Chief of Business Operations

Chegg Inc.

Tiffany Apczynski

VP of Public Policy & Social Impact


Matt Dunne

Founder &

Executive Director

Center on Rural Innovation

Mark Orttung



Patrick Mckenna


High Ridge Global

Chris Shipley

Author, Advisor

Work to Learn

Mark Muro

Senior Fellow,

Policy Director

Brookings Institution

Thomas Wadsworth

Director of Corporate Growth & Business Development

Governor's Office of Economic Development

David Walker

Executive Director

Nevada Museum of Art

Bill Pescatello


Lightbank Ventures

Matt Marshall

Founder & CEO


Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur in Residence


Lorenzo Gomez III


80/20 Foundation

Missy Young



Advances in AI and automation are significantly changing our economic landscape. New innovations will replace up to 40 percent of current jobs by 2020 (according to PwC). 

Regions such as York, PA are embracing these technologies and growing their economies by supplying the solutions for our modern world.  Yet York and others are also grappling with the future of their workforce and the training and skills that will be required to take on these new opportunities. 

BLUEPRINT York will discuss the transformative technologies in AI and automation while exploring what it means for the future of the workforce, particularly in heartland communities.  The group will continue the conversation around what it will take to take advantage of these opportunities and map out a BLUEPRINT for middle America.   

This invite-only event brings together large tech companies with economic development agencies, venture capital players, universities, incubators, accelerators, growth start-ups to build connections needed to accelerate prosperity in the heartland.


  • Regional cities & tech companies showcase their success with AI and automation and their plan for the future
  • The role of large tech companies and the need for advanced technology jobs
  • What's needed to grow and prepare talent in the heartland


BLUEPRINT is one of VentureBeat’s intimate events (audience of 250), including:

  • Tech company executives exploring expansion opportunities outside of the coasts
  • All executives interested in impacting job prosperity across America
  • Investors looking to grow their investments beyond the traditional coastal hubs
  • Socially-minded entrepreneurs looking to help with positive-impact social engineering
  • National, state, and local government leaders looking to develop policies that will accelerate growth in the heartland
  • Economic development professionals looking to showcase their region to technology companies, investors and talent


 Join us in York, PA and get a first-hand look at how York is embracing innovation and transforming its local economy.  Learn more about York's  2.0 plan that recently secured $6M in support from the office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (a York native) to invest in economic development in the areas of Humans and Robots working together and to prepare York for the 4th Industrial Revolution.  

50 N George Street, York, PA 17401

York, Pennsylvania | The Strand Theatre


Tour Date - 10/9 3pm - 5pm

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