Realizing Inclusion and Industry 4.0
Realizing Inclusion & Industry 4.0 will feature presentations from leaders and practitioners who are working to create, prototype, and scale programs linking education to the manufacturing sector by learning how the Basque country has completely embraced a comprehensive approach to industrial development by fully realizing industrial policy that embraces AI, innovative tech, automation, and economic development. It is a road map for how to change society for the good of the people.
A key theme will be on the development through technical innovation and the inclusion of populations that have traditionally been excluded from wealth creation and economic opportunity in industry.
Featured speakers include education leaders from the Basque Region of Spain with Keynote from Jorge Arevalo, Deputy Minister of Vocational Education, whose programs in career and technical education are considered “best practice” in Europe in how they have reformed their education system to prepare their youth for the jobs of the future.
Other panelists will share insights from their local and national work that represent the early stages of creating a more comprehensive industrial policy agenda on Realizing Inclusion & Industry 4.0.
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am – Check-In and Continental Breakfast
- 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Opening Remarks and Panel Discussion
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch with a presentation from TKnika—the Basque Center for Vocational Education
- 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks
- 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Networking Reception with Open Bar
Background: We believe that retaining and re-building our manufacturing sector is critical if we are to have a truly sustainable society. This is required, but not sufficient. Advanced manufacturing also has the potential to increase income inequality. But with a commitment backed by resources to be truly inclusive of people who work in manufacturing, inclusive of those who live in communities that were devastated by de-industrialization as well as other communities throughout the US, and inclusive of members of communities of color that historically have faced discrimination and exclusion in the manufacturing sector, manufacturing can truly be a “tide that lifts all boats.”
Purpose: The Realizing Inclusion & Industry 4.0 conference seeks to expand the understanding and amplify the interest on the implications—positive and negative—of Industry 4.0 in our economy and the policies and programs that are needed to ensure the underserved and underrepresented employees and communities of color are full beneficiaries, if not leaders, in these opportunities for development.
Vision: Diverse stakeholders from education, industry, policy, workforce and community development sectors will experience an increased interest and enthusiasm for continuing the learning and conversation on Inclusion & Industry 4.0 as it relates to the sectors where we work as well as regional, state, and national policies and legislation.