AI and Robotics — 

Preparing the heartland for the next generation 

York, PA March 26 - 28, 2019


Featured Speakers

Deputy Director of Education and Workforce Development

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

Steve Catt

Managing Director

Koch Disruptive Technologies

Chief Operating Officer

The Flatiron School

John McElligott

Futurist, CEO

York Exponential

Deputy Asst. to the President for Technology Policy

The White House

Executive Chairman & CEO

Opportunity Hub

More BLUEPRINT York Speakers

Head of Technology  & Corporate Responsibility Group


Michael Helfrich


City of York

Ian Kanski



Acting Director

Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Matt Marshall

Founder & CEO


Senior Fellow,

Policy Director

Brookings Insittute

Mark Muro

Jessica Trybus

Chief Games Officer

Simcoach Games


Makeit.MSP - MN/St.Paul

Sr. Policy Officer, 

Office of the Secretary

US Dept. of Commerce

CEO & Founder


Essam Abadir

Founder & CEO

Aspire Ventures


Kenzie Academy


One America Works

Chief Operating Officer

The Flatiron School



Founder and Executive Director 

Center on Rural Innovation

Amy Bridger

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & External Engagement

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Skyler Yost

Ecosystem Builder

City of York


Rise of Rest Seed

Fund, Revolution


Next Frontier 


Co-Founder & Executive Director

Bronze Valley

Director of Account Operations

Uber Freight


High Ridge Venture Partners

VP Product Strategy

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Co-founder & CEO 


Co-founder & CEO 


Associate Director

Brown University Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative

Executive Director

Arch Grants 

Outreach & Partnership Strategist

Office of Innovation & Technology , US SBA

Robert Herrera


Code Differently

Charles Szrom

Investment Manager

Verizon Ventures

President & CEO

Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas

Technology to Market Program Manager
U.S. Department of Energy

Co-founder & CEO


Deputy Secretary of Workforce Dev.

Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor & Industry

President & CEO



One America Works

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:

Tours of York Plan 2.0 Innovation District and more followed by BLUEPRINT kick-off event

Day 2:

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

Day 3:

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

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


Select from one of three tour options: 

Tour date:  10/9  12 pm - 4 pm 

Historic York Tour: Join local history buffs Jim McClure, Mid-Atlantic Regional Editor for the USA Today network  and Mayor Michael Helfrich for a stroll through a town that changed the course of American history more than once.

Robotics and Downtown Innovation Tour: Tour York's first robotics company, visit the new Fortress school that is teaching youth skills needed for AI and automation and use augmented reality to experience the vision for the new Innovation District.   

United Fiber & Data Building and Expansion Plans:  Visit United Fiber's cool office space that includes one of the world's top 5 acoustic studios and stroll to their newest building to see what's in store for York community.

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