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Digital Disruptors: A Speaker Series for Operational Technology Leaders

Learn from Pittsburgh’s digital disruptors.


Join us April 25 at the Carnegie Science Center for a morning that will feature dynamic Pittsburgh-area leaders sharing insights about how connected technologies and a company culture that embraces change can drive innovative solutions.

Speakers scheduled to appear at this year’s event include: Mark DeSantis, CEO of CMU startup company Roadbotics; Toni Murphy, Vice President of Business Services at Comcast Business; and GrayMatter VP of manufacturing industries, Carson Drake, who will highlight how GrayMatter customers like P&G use the Industrial Internet to cut maintenance costs and reduce downtime.


Pittsburgh Keynote Speakers

Our line-up of digital disrupting industry leaders

Mark DeSantis High Res Headshot

Mark DeSantis

CEO of Roadbotics

There is a desperate need for continuous assessment of the world’s civil infrastructure. RoadBotics does this by using a smartphone and deep learning. The result is precise, objective, automated and inexpensive assessment of road surfaces which, in turn, means improved streets, sidewalks and bridges + far lower maintenance costs.


Toni Murphy

VP of Business Services at Comcast Business

Toni Murphy is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of strategic plans that will drive important, large-scale business projects for the region.


Carson Drake

VP/Co-Founder of GrayMatter

GrayMatter co-founder and VP manufacturing industries, Carson Drake is an Industry 4.0 veteran. His passion is connecting manufacturing experts to their critical assets and to provide data-driven solutions for their complex challenges.


Who Should Attend:

  • Manufacturing leaders
  • Operational excellence directors
  • Innovation and Performance directors
  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • HMI/SCADA administrators and managers
  • Plant floor managers
  • Director of engineering
  • Public Works superintendent/director
  • Water/wastewater superintendents


7:45 a.m. – Registration & Networking Breakfast

8 a.m. – Kickoff and Welcome

8:10 a.m. – Roadbotics: Disruption Through Fast, Objective & Affordable Road Assessments

Roadbotics: How a Pittsburgh startup combines AI, smartphone and GIS technologies to change the way governments and engineering firms evaluate road resurfaces with fast, objective and affordable road assessments.

Speaker: Mark DeSantis, CEO of Roadbotics

8:35 a.m. – Digital Disruptor: Comcast Business

Leading culture change within a technology company and encouraging talented employees to advocate for their own success.

Speaker: Toni Murphy, Vice President, Comcast Business

9 a.m. – Unraveling the Complexities of Industry 4.0

With over 500 manufacturing plants under our belt, Carson Drake, VP and co-founder of GrayMatter gives a practical approach to Industry 4.0.

Speaker: Carson Drake, VP of Manufacturing Industries, GrayMatter 

9:45 a.m. – Break

10:00 a.m. – Transforming Data into Actionable Information

How do you know if your company is paying attention to the right data? An interactive discussion will reveal ways to select the most valuable metrics and how to evaluable them.

Speaker: John Benitz, VP of Professional Services, GrayMatter

10:45 a.m. – Practical Solutions to Improve Maintenance Performance

It’s essential to develop strategies to identify and deal with key problems, understand root causes and develop a condition-based, rather than time-based, maintenance plan.

Speaker: Paul Casto, Intelligent Assets Practice Leader, GrayMatter

11:15 a.m. – Major Operational Technology Cyber Attacks & How to Prevent Them

A briefing on recent hacks and how they started so you won’t expose your company to the same vulnerabilities.

Speaker: Scott Christensen, Cybersecurity Lead, GrayMatter

11:45 a.m. – Digital Transformation Q&A Lunch


Carnegie Science Center

Joan Rossin Stephans Discovery Suite
1 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

*Free parking

Join us on April 25 at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. Breakfast and lunch will be included in your ticket.

"We’ve found that companies can find disruptive solutions when they commit to a digital transformation roadmap that empowers everyone to improve productivity, lower costs and accelerate innovation."


Who should attend?

We encourage: COOs, CISOs, Security specialists, Directors of Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations, Plant Managers, Superintendents, Digital Transformation Leaders + those who are end-users or are considering a digital transformation plan.

What about parking?

Parking is free at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Just tell the staff on-site that you are there for the GrayMatter Digital Disruptors event.

Will you feed us?

Yes! The event kicks off around 8 AM with a networking breakfast and lunch will be served around noon.

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