John Dyck​

CEO, CESMI

John Dyck is the CEO of the Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII), a public/private partnership committed to transforming the U.S. manufacturing market and increasing global competitiveness through the application of smart manufacturing technologies. John brings a highly pragmatic perspective to CESMII, and a crisp focus on outcomes that will benefit the Nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of innovative technologies.

John is practical visionary with a passion for innovation in the Manufacturing IT space. He’s known globally as a domain expert on both technology and business management in the nexus that often separates IT and Operations. For the past 5 years, he has been focused on how innovations like Cloud and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impact manufacturing and has pioneered the application of these technologies in a wide range of manufacturing operations across many industries. John was recently awarded a number of patents for the application of IIoT and analytics in manufacturing workflows and business processes.

Prior to joining CESMII, John held senior leadership positions in large corporations like GE and Rockwell Automation, and was effective in raising VC funding and building a successful software startup called Activplant.

John currently serves as the past Chairman of MESA International’s (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) Board of Directors. Mr. Dyck holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from Conestoga College.

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2020 had a dramatic start. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in an unprecedented way, leading to a drastic change in investor confidence, massive lay-offs and company bankruptcies. On the other hand, we are also seeing an acceleration in digitalization, remote working adoption etc. How are early and middle stage data startups adapting to the new normal? What are the alternative funding sources for digital startups? What are the lessons learnt and how can startups better serve their global customers as well as the US national strategy? In last year’s panel, we made a number of predictions such as the tightening of cash, an increasing importance of company revenue etc, many of which inevitably came true. What envisions will be made this year? Join us with a group of seasoned data entrepreneurs and investors for a discussion about their vision of the industry and the world.