Future Factory: How Technology is Transforming Manufacturing

Silicon Valley Innovation Center

Silicon Valley Innovation Center


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About the course

What Is An Executive Immersion Program?

Big changes are underway in the manufacturing sector with robotics, internet of things and artificial intelligence among the verticals driving the industry’s digital transformation. At the heart of this revolution are data and increased computing power, both of which are giving rise to big data analytics, new forms for human-machine interaction and advances in 3D printing. The startup ecosystem plays a crucial role too, pioneering the innovations that are disrupting traditional business models and processes to create a new future for manufacturing.

Our immersion program will educate you in all of these trends, connect you with the companies pioneering groundbreaking solutions and inspire you to turn your own company into a leading innovator capable of long-term growth.

What Will I Learn?

Our immersion program will show you how, why and by whom the manufacturing sector is being disrupted. It will also teach you how to capitalize on the trends and technologies driving this digital transformation so that you can achieve innovation within your own organization. We cover topics such as:

Industrial Internet of Things

Asset-heavy sectors are adopting the internet of things in a big way, aided by startups that are increasingly taking market share from the larger enterprises that once dominated the rollout of the technology. In fact, the digitization of industry is a multi-billion dollar market. We examine this rapidly changing landscape and see how more connected machines and greater use of data-collecting sensors is at the heart of the disruption of manufacturing.


What does robotics have to offer the manufacturing sector? We dive deep to get answers to that question as we see how innovative young companies are bringing human-robot interaction to incredible new heights through “co-bots”. We meet the startups building a new generation of smart machines capable of complex tasks while being controlled remotely through a tablet, phone, watch or laptop.

Artificial Intelligence

We survey the latest developments in the space and meet the companies behind the most groundbreaking innovations. We see how analytics platforms are transforming manufacturing with predictive maintenance, problem diagnosis and quality control and learn how artificial intelligence is reducing waste while increasing output and productivity.

3D Printing

3D printing remains an important technology for manufacturing. We visit the established companies using it to drive innovation and deliver new customer experiences and meet the ambitious startups experimenting with printing living biotissue and getting 3D printers into consumers’ homes.

Program Agenda

This Schedule Is Tentative And Features Past Speakers And Participating Companies.

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How is the manufacturing sector changing under the influence of digital technologies and where is this journey taking us? Why is the digital revolution happening now and what are the forces driving its expansion? These are the questions we answer on day 1 of The Future of Manufacturing We explain how entrepreneurs have capitalized on industry trends, new technologies and the ready availability of venture funding to create startups pioneering disruptive innovations in manufacturing. We visit companies such as: Sight Machine, a manufacturing analytics platform for addressing enterprise challenges in quality and productivity; RetailNext, an applied big data company that enables retailers and manufacturers to analyze data on in-store customer engagement; and Bright Machines, a manufacturing startup combining robots with intelligent software, production data and machine learning. Other possible participating companies: DigiLens, Sonim Technologies, Phantom Auto, Ayala Networks, Pebble


The journey continues on day two with an exploration of the limits of the disruption to the manufacturing sector as they exist today. How many areas are seeing radical change? What is the nature of this change and how fast is it moving? We answer these questions through visits to startups operating in a wide range of niches. Potential meetings include: Fictiv, a manufacturing platform that enables users to design, develop, and deliver fabricated parts; Royole Corporation, a manufacturer of advanced flexible displays, flexible sensors, and smart devices; and Litmus Automation, an edge and cloud computing provider for Industrial IoT. Other possible participating companies: SiFive, Eversight, Nanosys, Finisar, Aerojet Rocketdyne


Day three of the immersion program is dedicated to the technologies fueling the disruption of manufacturing industry. We hear from experts in a range of technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence, industrial internet of things, and 3D printingto learn what these technologies can currently do and what they will offer in the future. We visit companies such as Divergent 3D, Kura Technologies and Grabit to see how they use emerging technologies to create competitive advantages and provide innovative, market-disrupting products and services. Other possible participating companies: Alta Motors, Cluster, Adesto Technologies, Tempo Automation, Focalcrest


Having seen and heard how digital is disrupting the education sector on days 1 to 3, on day 4 of our immersion program we challenge attendees to turn words into action. Participatory workshops with leading Silicon Valley experts on design thinking, design sprints, venture capital and open innovation provide executives with the blueprints and frameworks they need to deliver innovation within their own organization. We analyze how traditional manufacturers are adapting to digital and survey the industry’s success in collaborating with the startup ecosystem. We visit companies such as Nest Labs, now acquired by Google, and meet big manufacturing players on the digital transformation journey such as Jabil and UL and Qualcomm. Other potential meetings include the big tech companies such as Amazon, Apple and Oracle to see what role they are playing in the digital disruption of manufacturing and learn how they maintain cultures of continuous innovation. Other possible participating companies: Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Velo 3D, Plethora


What’s next for the digital disruption of manufacturing? Day 5 brings the program to a close with its sights firmly set on the future. We learn about trends still in their infancy and meet the companies seeking to capitalize on those trends. Possible visits include: Drishti, a software company aiming to digitize human activities on the assembly line; Origin, a 3D printing platform designed for mass production; and Schwarm Technologies, makers of an open-source IoT platform. Are there limits to automation in manufacturing? What breakthroughs will all the data collected now lead to in future? What security infrastructure will be needed as manufacturing technology races ahead? We discuss these and other pressing questions and find out which areas of the manufacturing sector industry will be disrupted next by emerging technologies. Other possible participating companies: Divergent 3D, Arevo, AstroPrint, Dishcraft Robotics, Duro Labs

Why Should I Join?


Meet the Silicon Valley innovators passionate about using the latest technologies to create new value. Learn the frameworks and methodologies of the experts and embrace innovation with confidence.

Long-term value

Apply newly learned innovation skills to your own company to ensure its survival and prosperity in times of technological disruption.


Turn motivation and knowledge into concrete actions with the business development opportunities that make an established business a world-class innovator.

Technology insights

See the disruptive power of the latest technologies and learn how they are being applied to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.


Gain insight into the digital disruption of the manufacturing sector and see how startups are applying emerging technologies to redesign assembly lines and factories.

New perspectives

Challenge your thinking on what it means to run an enterprise in the 21st century. Make innovation part of your personal mission and commit to the future of your business.

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