York County tech summit postponed

Organizers are postponing a technology -related summit designed to showcase innovation in York County.

The conference was first announced during a news conference at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts. 

Framed around the rise of technology like artificial intelligence, the summit was slated to take place at several locations in downtown York in October. 

Instead, the Blueprint York event has been moved to March 26 to 28.

Many politicians and staff who were expected to attend will be involved in campaign activities leading up to the midterm elections in November, said Douglas Knight, senior vice president of culture, marketing and public relations at York Exponential, a robotics firm that is helping to organize the event.

In addition, other communities across the country are holding tech events during the same time this fall.

Event organizers from VentureBeat, an online technology news platform, have confirmed that the event is still coming, Knight added.

A number of figures are expected to attend, including: Sree Ramaswamy, a partner at the New York-based management consulting firm McKinsey Global Institute; Jay Douglass, COO of Pittsburgh-based robotics research consortium Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing; Gov. Tom Wolf; and York City Mayor Michael Helfrich.

Over the course of the three-day event, attendees can expect tours of the city, panel discussions and inspirational keynotes.

The Strand Theatre at The Appell Center will serve as a hub for the summit.

As the event continues to develop, York Exponential is still looking for volunteers. Those interested should contact Knight at d.knight@yorkexponential.com.

Emily Thurlow
​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com.

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