Conference Speakers

Confirmed Speakers
Kass Dawson

Kass Dawson

VP, Brand Strategy & Communications, Softbank Robotics America

Kass Dawson is the Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communications at SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA). Kass leads SBRA and its partners at the intersection of business strategy, the future of work, and social equality, elevating humanity both through and beyond robotics. Prior to SBRA, Kass led automotive marketing at Facebook and Jumpstart Automotive. At Mercedes, he led the national CSR initiative and Tri-State Area diversity programs focused leveling the playing field for underserved communities and increasing representation of all diverse groups. Kass regularly comments for publications such as the New York Times, WSJ, and Yahoo! Finance, and has recently spoken at CES, MAICON, and OHUB’s New Jobs Forum. Kass is a graduate of Amherst College.

Christopher Cacioppo

Christopher Cacioppo

CTO & Co-Founder, 6 River Systems

Christopher Cacioppo is CTO at 6 River Systems where he is responsible for technical oversight and advanced programs. Christopher is a veteran of many startups and previously ran engineering at Mimio, an education technology company. Christopher has a Masters from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Stefan Nusser

Stefan Nusser

Chief Product Officer, Fetch Robotics

Stefan Nusser is Chief Product Officer at Fetch Robotics, overseeing product strategy for all Fetch robots and solutions. Before joining Fetch, Stefan was Senior Product Manager at Google, where he led product development efforts in the area of Cloud AI, Robotics and Search Infrastructure. Prior to that, Stefan served as CEO of collaborative robot startup Redwood Robotics (acquired by Google) and Executive Director of Solutions at robotics incubator Willow Garage. Before venturing into robotics, Stefan spent 15 years at IBM Research, leading world-class research teams in the areas of Security, HCI and Services Science. Stefan is named co-inventor on more than 20 US patents, has co-authored two books and over 15 peer-reviewed publications. He holds an MBA and a PhD in Business Informatics from Vienna University for Business Administration and Economics.

Dave Robers

Dave Robers

VP of Sales, Americas-Robotics Division, Denso

I am 1995 graduate of Northern Kentucky University holding degrees in both Mechanical and Industrial Manufacturing Engineering.  I worked as an engineer for various names like Case International Harvester and Cincinnati Milacron before starting my first company in 1998.   I would go on to start 3 companies providing engineering services, manufacturing, and turn-key automation before selling them off and joining DENSO Robotics where I am now the Robotics Sales Manager for the Americas.  For the last 12 years, I have also been an adjunct professor for my alma mater, giving back, and teaching aspiring engineers Advanced CAD and Finite Element Analysis, and preaching about the future of technology.

George Pell

George Pell

CEO and Founder, Thirty-Six

George Pell is the CEO and Founder of Thirty-Six, an innovation studio.Thirty-Six is bringing a series of ambitious ventures to life, inspired by the exponential synergy of science, technology, and human potential.  Bringing science to the real world that has long been considered out of reach, and advanced technologies inspired by human intelligence, social intuition, and a much brighter future.  Thirty-Six is a highly ambitious collaborative endeavor that goes beyond the leading edges of science and what’s even imagined possible.

Prior to Thirty-Six, George made a multi-billion dollar impact in a range of innovation and strategy roles for some of the largest companies in the world, blending complex technologies with the art and science of people. He brings 20 years from this space, where emerging technologies are first imagined and brought to life - especially human-inspired technologies such as discovery, intelligence, and advanced collaboration. 

Whether through emerging technologies or leading-edge science, George’s personal and professional life has been focused on radically reshaping lives at work, life, and play.  At the intersection of real lives, economic impact, and complex circumstances that are ultimately figureoutable, whether individually, at the scale of the enterprise, or for global social impact.

For over 10 years, George has been developing a next-generation biology-inspired intelligence for advanced applications in medicine and all aspects of human potential.  In all, based in 36 years of intensive research, to translate every human condition from mostly mysterious, to mostly understood.  An intelligence model based in a multidiscipline of several domains of advanced biology, including precision medicine, translational neuroscience, systems microbiology, and more.  To save lives, revolutionize medicine, and radically reshape the very trajectory of our future.

This lifetime pursuit is what gave rise to Thirty-Six, which even now is in its earliest stages of development.

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