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OPEI Annual Meeting

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
June 18, 2018 - June 20, 2018
5001 Coconut Rd.
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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HYATT REGENCY COCONUT POINT – BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA

JUNE 18-20, 2018 

 

OPEI’s premier annual event will be held at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, in Bonita Springs, Fla., June 18-20. The meeting will feature two keynotes: Vivek Wadhwa, who was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and by Time magazine as one of the 40 most influential minds in tech, and Adam Steltzner, a NASA rocket scientist who led the team that invented the “sky crane” landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, Curiosity. Other sessions will focus on upcoming challenges posed by a new regulatory scheme in California.

Registration details are forthcoming. For immediate questions, please contact Director of Meetings Marla Popkin at mpopkin@opei.org.

Take a tour of the Hyatt Regency Coconut point below:

Aerial tour of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

 

 

Adam Steltzner, NASA team leader and chief engineer EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity

The Right Kind of Crazy

Described as Einstein brilliance meets Johnny Cash cool, award-winning NASA rocket scientist Adam Steltzner will help you harness the power of curiosity to spark digital innovation and collaborative technology leadership across your entire organization. Prepare yourself for a true story of teamwork, leadership and high stakes innovation. With a rich and varied background, Adam Steltzner had many of the needed skills to lead the landing team for the Curiosity rover. Still, his team struggled for almost a decade with design challenges and setbacks. How did he keep the team focused and on task? What makes a team gel and enables truly innovative thinking? How do team dynamics drive that process forward or inhibit it? And how can organizational culture create an environment for sustained performance?

The challenges he and the team faced and the lessons learned from those struggles can help you understand how to better lead high-performing teams, manage innovation and drive toward excellence. Adam brings to life unique strategies and perspectives on breaking through the seemingly impossible.

Adam led and inspired the breakthrough team that invented the ingenious sky crane landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, curiosity, on the Martian surface 300 million miles from Earth in 2012. Next, Adam will lead NASA’s Mars 2020 Project that will gather core samples of Mars for scientific discovery. His book, “The Right Kind of Crazy,” is acclaimed by the Washington Post as the best leadership book of the year, and an Editor’s Choice by CEO READ.

 

Vivek Wadhwa, Stanford University Research Fellow and Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering

Global Innovation

Called “Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice” for his ideas on technology trends, globalization, U.S. competitiveness, and the future, Vivek Wadhwa is at the forefront of innovation. From tech entrepreneur and business owner to accomplished academic and widely published author, he offers a look into how exponentially advancing technologies including robotics, AI, computing, 3D printing, and nanomaterials will change our world, disrupt entire industries, and create new ones. Wadhwa also reveals the keys to the U.S. remaining competitive and solving grand challenges, in the face of the rapid transformation shaping business in India, China, and Latin America.

An advisor to governments and successful entrepreneurs alike, Wadhwa previously founded two influential software companies, prompting Forbes to name him a “Leader of Tomorrow” and Fortune to declare his start-up, Relativity one of the “25 coolest companies in the world.” He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as a “Top 100 Global Thinker” and in 2013, TIME magazine listed him as one of the “40 Most Influential Minds in Tech.”

He is the author of two books: The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as Book of the Year of 2012 and Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology. He is a regular columnist for publications including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

A Stanford University Research Fellow and Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering; formerly, he led research at Singularity University, which educates leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are going to change our world.

The Revs Institute showcases some of the world’s most historic automobiles, including this 1966 Ford GT40, which was the first American car to win the fabled 24 hours of Le Mans.

The Revs Institute

2018 Annual Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to attend a private event at the Revs Institute, which houses a collection of some of the rarest automobiles and sports cars in the world. The Revs Institute values the importance of preserving automobiles in their original, untouched and patinaed state. With few deliberately considered exceptions, the more than 100 automobiles in the Collier Collection, which is divided into four thematic galleries – Automobility, Vitesse, Revs and Porsche – are fully operational and displayed free of protective barriers allowing visitors the most intimate access.

This distinct collection of more than 100 automobiles manufactured between 1896 and 1995 were each thoughtfully curated for their rarity and historical significance. The allure of the 1939 Mercedes W154 Grand Prix (Silver Arrows) continues to attract historians and automotive connoisseurs from around the world to behold the flagship of the Collier Collection.

Visitors are also granted up close and unfettered access to other legendary marvels of automotive history including a Panhard et Lavassor Wagnonette, the collection’s oldest vehicle. There are no barriers or exhibit partitions that prevent visitors from standing toe to tire with the very first Porsche 550-01, Gary Cooper’s short-chassis 1935 Duesenberg SSJ or the very first Ferrari race car to be imported to the United States.