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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 CEO Jim Gillespie, who will highlight how GrayMatter customers such as PPG, CNX, Komatsu and GE Transportation 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.


Jim Gillespie

CEO/Co-Founder of GrayMatter

GrayMatter co-founder and CEO Jim Gillespie has been leading industrial digital transformations for more than 30 years. Jim focuses on curating technology and guiding the digital process, enabling assets and people to become smarter and more visible.


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


Q&A sessions will follow each presentation

7:45 a.m.-8 a.m. – Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – Kickoff and Welcome

8:20 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

9 a.m. – Break

9:15 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

9:45 a.m. – Break

10 a.m. – Becoming Brilliant: P&G

How P&G’s commitment to the future of manufacturing transformed operations at more than 100 facilities.

Speaker: Jim Gillespie, GrayMatter CEO

10:20 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

10:50 a.m. – Break

11 a.m. – Getting Real Results from Digital Industrial Transformation

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

11:30 a.m. – Cybersecurity: Risk and Resiliency for Technology Leaders

Developing best practices in cyber security for technology companies.

Speaker: Scott Christensen, Cybersecurity Lead, GrayMatter

Noon – Lunch & Further Discussion


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.

Contact GrayMatter

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