Presentations, Panel, Interactive Discussions, and Networking

About this Event  

Join us for our next event as we explore the evolving NYC manufacturing and supply chain logistics ecosystem and how emerging technologies are helping to make manufacturing more accessible to small businesses and startups. Lite food, beverages and wine to be served.

The Topic:

Crain’s recently reported two statistics that seem unrelated but taken together say something significant about New York City’s future as an engine of opportunity, innovation, and equity. The first was that manufacturing lost more jobs than initially estimated and now accounts for only 69,000 jobs in the city, or 1.5% of the total. The second was that information jobs grew by 6% to about 200,000. The combination of a shrinking manufacturing sector and a growing information economy has had a profound impact on New York and cities across the U.S.—driving diverging narratives of opportunity and stagnation. Is this bifurcation permanent? Only if we continue to think of tech and manufacturing as separate and unequal sectors rather than as synergistic drivers of a new economy for people of all skillsets.” — Matthew Putman (Manufacturing is Not Dead; Here’s the Blueprint, CRAINS June, 2019)

How is manufacturing and the supply chain changing in NYC and where are the opportunities? How can we ensure that, as we automate manufacturing, we don’t leave people (and small business owners) behind? What is “design for manufacturing” (DFM) and how can product developers and businesses use new technologies to speed up and significantly improve the design-to-manufacturing process?

The city is changing tremendously and quickly right before our eyes. We’ll explore the intersection of technology and manufacturing and hopefully outline the framework for answering these difficult questions as well as how entrepreneurs and can not only use emerging technology to become a part of New York’s manufacturing ecosystem, but how they, in partnership with city and private organizations, can redefine the manufacturing landscape to be more diverse and inclusive than ever before.

Expert Guest Speakers and Presentations include:

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  • Rich Mokuolu (Co-founder & CEO at Partsimony) and Roland Mokuolu (Co-founder/ COO at Partsimony), twin brothers who, after successfully completing Techstars with funding, launched Partsimony which helps growing hardware companies discover vetted manufacturers, better collaborate with their existing network, build long-term manufacturer relationships, and bring down costs. They will present their machine learning platform and provide an overview and case studies on the unique model of Partsimony and the early success they’ve seen with their startup customers. Recent article about Partsimony: Partsimony Helps Hardware Companies Find the Perfect Manufacturer Through Machine Learning
  • Samara Karasyk (Interim President & Chief Policy Officer, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, where she oversees their policy agenda, legislative and intergovernmental affairs, marketing, and public relations). Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is the largest and fastest-growing Chamber of Commerce in New York and promotes economic development across the borough. Samara will be speaking about how the old ways of doing business still matter — human interaction matters —  and how, as emerging technologies accelerate and automate our businesses, we have to help people to slowly evolve so that they don’t become obsolete. Listen to our recent podcast interview with Samara: EPISODE 20: The Future of Small Business Development in Brooklyn with Samara Karasyk  .
  • Christopher Wilczewski (Northeastern US Product Design Account Manager, FARO). FARO (founded in 1981) is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology specializing in 3D manufacturing, construction BIM, public safety forensics, 3D design, and photonics. Chris will be presenting on how product managers and businesses can speed up and improve the design process by bringing the real world “into their computer” (3D manufacturing). If you want to do anything from making an iPhone case, replace a broken car part or even recreate a sculpture to mass produce, how do you do that? He will explain how we can cut down on the design time by as much as 50%, especially through the Build process.
  • Neil Redding (Executive Technologist, Digital Futures Strategist), has held technical leadership roles at Mediacom, Proximity/BBDO, Gensler and ThoughtWorks, and delivered project work for clients including Visa, Nike, Cadillac, Macy’s, NBA, Verizon, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Oracle. Neil’s presentation will focus on the impact of 3D photorealistic objects: “We’re moving quickly towards everyday 3D photorealistic digital objects. As with everything else, digital objects will disrupt physical objects – because they’re much more easily created, shared, manipulated. This shift will have profound implications from shopping all the way through the supply chain; we’ll explore the most significant and actionable ones.” Read his recent post: What’s in store (for the store)

We will also review the latest research on how manufacturing is changing in New York City (the good, the bad, and the problematic!).

Evening Agenda

  • 6pm – 6:30pm: checkin, mingle, lite food, beverages and wine included
  • 6:30pm – 6:35pm: greetings, intro and topic overview by Charlie
  • 6:35pm – 6:45pm: brief sponsor intros and offerings (Faro Technologies, Betaworks Studios, and BraveIT 2019 conference)
  • 6:45pm – 7:15pm:  speaker presentations (see speaker bios and presentation topics on event page)
  • 7:15pm – 7:45pm: live panel
  • 7:45pm – 8:00pm: audience Q&A

Lite food and beverages will be served.  







is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology. 
The company develops and manufactures leading edge solutions that enable high-precision 3D capture, measurement and analysis across a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, engineering and public safety. They create unique value and support for operational excellence by • Enabling faster, more accurate, compelling and useable 3D documentation • Accelerating execution timelines • Minimizing in field 3D documentation and measurement times • Shrinking margin impacting scrap and rework costs • Reducing development risk




Betaworks Studios
(our venue sponsor) is a new membership club for individuals looking to make a dent in the universe. Supported by innovative technology, this space is designed for connectivity within a curated community. Since 2008 they have have built products from the ground up like Giphy, Dots, bitly, Chartbeat and Tweetdeck. Their core belief is to experiment early and often; the idea that ‘betas work.’ For the last ten years they have invested in early stage start-ups related to areas we are building in. Previous investments include: Tumblr, Kickstarter, Medium and Gimlet. They continue to do so through our $50m fund.


BraveIT 2019
, presented by Tierpoint, BraveIT is a unique interactive, thought leadership and networking experience designed for the modern IT professional seeking to boldly innovate their organization into the technological future. Special programming includes Women Defying Gravity: Breakfast, AR Experience & Keynote Rhonda Vetere and a CXO Networking & Below Deck Experience.  BraveIT we push the boundaries of ideas, creativity and “business as usual.” Use this special TECH 2025 discount code to receive 50% off full ticket price until August 16th: 50OFFTECH2025 



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