From Concept to Market: Speeding Innovation Forward

Upgrade your career at Design & Manufacturing (D&M) Minneapolis by absorbing new knowledge at two robust, educational conferences — Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M). The ESC conference features four tracks of learning sessions: Embedded Hardware Design & Verification, Embedded Software Design & Verification, IoT & Connected Devices, and Advanced Technologies. With an All-Access pass, you can also attend the Medical Design & Manufacturing conference, which offers education on three tracks: R&D and Product Development, Technical Solutions, and Medtech Manufacturing.

Inspiring Keynote Address

A perfect mix of education and motivation, the keynote speakers are visionary leaders with practical experience. Wednesday's speaker — the University of Minnesota's Michael McAlpine, an authority on 3D printing — discusses mixing biological and functional materials via 3D and the mixtures' impact on human bodies. On Thursday, VSI Labs founder and autonomous vehicle expert Phil Magney reveals the tech, within the vehicles and the world around them, that can make autonomous driving safe. Prepare for these speakers to intrigue you and inspire you.

MD&M Track Themes

Track A's sessions cover issues important to R&D engineers, design engineers, and others in the early phases of medtech development: advances in product development techniques, human-centered design, artificial intelligence, sensor technology, usability testing, getting products to market fast, and more.

After you conceive a device and move it into development, you face a new set of challenges. This track offers sessions on choosing and using materials, prototyping, meeting material and product testing requirements, overseeing process and quality control, verification and validation, and ensuring compliance with regulatory and key industry standards.

This track looks at the final stages of making devices and getting them to market. Sessions will dig into topics such as adding smart manufacturing technologies (including artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, and the Internet of Things) to the manufacturing process. They'll also cover traditional manufacturing issues such as supply chain and scale-up.

ESC Track Themes

Dive deep into the latest information in low-power design, systems architecture, debug & test, security, sensors, and wireless networking techniques that can help engineer more efficient products.

Drill down into new thinking behind device drivers, open-source software, code reliability, languages, and much more.

Learn how networks are growing, integrating, and improving the way we build and experience the world. Topics include architecture, firmware, security, and application software.

Topics will focus on virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, and related topics. This track reveals how these innovations and others will change the manufacturing industry.

Formats and Features

The conference offers a variety of styles and approaches to give you education and inspiration in the ways that suit you best.

30-to 45-Minute Product Teardowns

A product teardown investigates what's "under the hood" of a product design, discussing in detail the components, chip/system functionality, and software choices. Speakers can present one of their own product designs or a commercial product on the market.

45-Minute Classic Postmortems

A classic postmortem details the design and development of a noteworthy embedded systems application, including a detailed discussion of the trade-offs and choices that the designers made — and would have been made differently in hindsight.

45-Minute Technical Sessions

These deep, "how-to" presentations reveal new ways of thinking about and applying embedded systems technologies, tips and tricks, with proven strategies and techniques for improving performance, reducing development time, or cutting costs in the development process.

45- to 60-Minute Panel Discussions

A panel discussion is similar to a technical session, except that it consists of three or four speakers (instead of just one or two) who share information and opinions on a topic, and a moderator will ask the panelists questions and guide their discussion.

Two-Hour Tutorials

These intensive sessions encourage attendees to explore topics in great depth and breadth. Tutorials may include development boards and hands-on training.

Five Benefits You'll Get

Track Hopping

Select sessions across all three tracks to build the agenda that's right for you. Choose from among 30-plus hours of learning!

Leading Education

Get up to speed on injection molding, automation, materials and additives, and other crucial topics.

Top Speakers

Learn from the brightest minds at top companies. Last year's speakers came from Battelle, MultiTech, Texas Instruments, Rohde & Schwarz, and dozens of other prestigious organizations.

Networking Lunches

Connect with serious professionals at exclusive networking lunches for conference pass holders only.

Cocktail Reception

Enjoy even more networking at this party on Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 for conference pass holders only.

Need to Justify Your Attendance?

You understand the conference's benefits. What's more, you know that expanding your knowledge and seeing the latest tech is essential. But if you need to convince management to let you attend, we can help. Use our Justification Kit to convince your boss that sending you to PLASTEC Minneapolis will pay off.

 

Conference Hours

Wednesday, October 31
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 1
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.