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Americas Summit 2022

Where the industry's leading tech entrepreneurs, investors, and C-suite gather to discuss the strategic implications of built world technology. (Check out recording from last year's US Summit 2021 below!)


9.6.2022 - 9.8.2022


Convene – Willis Tower 233 S Wacker Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60606

Check out the following recorded sessions from the 2021 Summit:

Moving Beyond Sustainability: A Playbook for Contractors Susan Heinking, Vice President, Higher Performance and Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction Real-Time Data Collection and Implementation Randy Deutsch, Clinical Associate Professor University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Mani Golparvar, Co-Founder and CTO, Reconstruct Damon Ranieri, Director of Virtual Design and Construction Leopardo Companies


The Americas Summit isn’t your normal Tech Conference. This three-day event is aimed at top-level, C-Suite executives in the construction tech space to share thought leadership and learn from peers in the industry about emerging trends and directionally where the industry is headed. 

Since 2016, the BuiltWorlds Summit has been the premier gathering of senior level thought leaders from across the many industries that develop, design, build, and maintain our built environment. Collectively, attendees represent the pinnacle of the sector’s innovation ecosystem, and the Summit is the place to meet them and to hear about the most potent trends fueling the future of the industry. At the Summit, you will have the opportunity to meet the Mavericks; engage with leaders from across the Industry who took a different path and made a difference. Additionally, attendees will learn the latest from BuiltWorlds Research and Forums, and – most importantly – meet the other members. Below is an overview of the schedule of events and sessions for the BuiltWorlds 2022 Americas Summit. 

Tuesday, September 6th

Ahead of the Summit’s general sessions, we welcome current and potential BuiltWorlds members to join us for sessions focused on technology adoption, venture capital, emerging solutions and empowering women and diversity within the construction ecosystem. 

Chicago Forum | 9am-11am

Women In ConTech Luncheon | 12pm-2pm

Venture Forum | 2:30pm-4pm
(Venture Forum Members Only)

E&C Tech Adoption Leaders Forum | 3pm-5pm
(E&C Forum Members Only)

Venture Forum Reception | 5pm-7pm
(Venture Forum Members Only)

ALICE & Cupix – Tech Adoption Leaders Happy Hour | 6pm-9pm

Wednesday, September 7th

Morning: On the morning of the Summit’s general sessions, attendees will hear from experts on the prioritization of ESG in their businesses, the drivers for sustainability and carbon footprint reduction as well as the the evolving landscape for industry players, technologists, and investors.

Afternoon: The afternoon sessions will examine the finding of our Construction Technologies Benchmarking Program and highlight leading trends in Preconstruction, Project Management, and Field Operations Emerging Technology.

Evening: There will be a networking reception at the conclusion of this day at the Willis Tower. 

Thursday, September 8th

Morning: The Morning Sessions will focus on Corporate Venture,  Accelerators, Intrapreneurship and other ties industry players are forging with the investment and startup ecosystem as part of their efforts to fuel their industry leadership positions.

Afternoon: The afternoon will host unique roundtables for the following focuses – 

C-Suite Roundtable | 1pm-2:30pm

Heavy Civil/Infrastructure Roundtable| 1pm-2pm

Specialty Contracting Roundtable | 2:30pm-3:30pm

Building Technologies Roundtable | 3pm-4pm

Willis Tower Tour (Sold Out) | 1pm-2pm

Evening: At the conclusion of the 2022 Americas Summit, a special reception and dinner will be made available to celebrate the 2022 Mavericks Nominees.  The Mavericks Awards honor 50 individuals who have acted as trendsetters, innovative thinkers, and catalysts for change in their respective Built World fields. From architects and entrepreneurs to industry leaders, technologists to investors, and those developing both off-site fabrication and on-site robotics, we have identified boundary-pushers from leading companies around the world, and across the built environment’s vast ecosystem. *Please Note: RSVP is required. There is an additional charge of $200 to attend the Mavericks Dinner.

The Mavericks Reception | 5pm-7pm 
(Open to all Summit Attendees)

The Mavericks Dinner | 7pm -9pm 
(RSVP Required)

2022 Speakers

Philip Lund-Nielsen

Co-founder & Head of Americas, COBOD

Di-Ann Eisnor

CEO, Crews By Core

Momei Qu

Managing Director, PSP Growth

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Alice Leung

Vice President, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Rick Khan

Chief Innovation Officer, STO Building Group

Ray Levitt

Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Stephen Muck

CEO & President, Grouse Ridge Capital

Tyler Sewall

Senior Director, BuiltWorlds

Eveart Foster

Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Javier Castaneda

Director, Engineering and Horizontal Construction Technology, BuiltWorlds

Daniel Laboe

Director of Venture Investments, BuiltWorlds

Erick Melgar

General Manager, Progreso X

Jake Olsen

VP of Construction Tech, Stanley X

Hao Li

CEO, Multipliciti

Alex Bell

CEO, Automatic Construction

Claudio Wilson

Chief Technology Officer, Nickel

Mauricio Valdes

CEO, Buildpeer

Jim Andrews

CEO & Founder, SubHQ

Kim Baker

Senior Director of Innovation, Elemental

Eduardo Gomez

Head of CRH Ventures, CRH Ventures

Geoff Smith

President & CEO, EllisDon Corporation

Melissa Cheong

Managing Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Javed Singha

Founder & COO, Fieldwire

Cynthia Kueppers

Managing Director, Riverstone Holdings

Omer Cagirgan

EVP, BU Head Installation Systems, Hilti

Mikki Ward

Vice President of Real Estate Technology, EQ Office

Mike Ernst

VP - Insights & Innovation, Ryan Companies

Victoria Smith

Innovation Program Manager, STO Building Group

Priyanka Parkar

Senior Marketing Manager, ALICE Technologies

Jennifer Suerth

Vice President - Technical Services, Pepper Construction

Louisa Dickins

Founder, LMRE

Brianne Stewart

Group Product Manager, Milwaukee Tool

William Cotten

Innovation Leader, RNGD

Bryan Kucinski, PE

Senior Consultant, Buildots

Adam Segal

Founder and CEO, cove

Peter Bysshe

Brand Development, RECON Dynamics

Lindsey Rem

Vice President of Business Transformation, Barton Malow

Luke Powers

Founder, Gearflow

Timothy Gollogly

VP of Business Development, Sitelink

Jacob Boyle

Senior Project Manager, Skender

Yuji Doi

Director of Innovation and Incubation, Kajima

Brandon Milner

CIO, Digital & Data Engineering, EllisDon Corporation

Carter Kennedy

CEO, SoloInsight

Andy Davis

Group Manager - Platform IoT, Milwaukee Tool

Olivier Lepinoy

Platform Subject Matter Expert, BuiltWorlds Contributor

Stuart Johnson

CTO, Simple Construction

2022 Gold Sponsors

Summit Schedule

Day 1 Schedule

Tuesday, 9:00am – 11:00am
East Bank Club – 500 N Kingsbury St Chicago, IL 60654

Chicago Forum Meeting

This event is open to all construction, contech and venture capital professionals living in or visiting the Chicagoland area.

Tuesday, 5PM-7PM
East Bank Club – 500 N Kingsbury St Chicago, IL 60654

Venture Forum Reception

This event is open only to Venture Forum Members.

Tuesday, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Milwaukee Tool – 433 W Van Buren St., Chicago, IL 60607

Women in Construction Tech

This event is open to all to attend.

Tuesday, 2:30pm – 4pm

Venture Forum Meeting

This event is open only to Venture Forum Members.

Tuesday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Milwaukee Tool – 433 W Van Buren St., Chicago, IL 60607

E&C Tech Adoption Leaders Forum

The Engineers and Contractors (E&C) Tech Adoption Leaders Forum will hear from Skender and Milwaukee Tools' project management leaders on how the $14M buildout was designed and delivered for the 70,000-square-feet of R&D space within the historic Old Post Office. This event is open to members of the E&C Tech Adoption Leaders Forum. Contact research@builtworlds.com if you are interested in attending.

Tuesday, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Il Porcellino – 59 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

E&C Tech Adoption Leaders Reception

ALICE Technologies and Cupix would like to invite the BuiltWorlds’ Tech Adoption Leaders Forum members to join them for a happy hour at Il Porcellino. Contact Priyanka at priyanka@alicetechnologies.com for more details.

Day 2 Schedule

Wednesday, 8:00am – 9:00am
Convene, Willis Tower – 233 S. Wacker Dr., 60606

Check-In & Breakfast

Enter through the West, South or East side of Willis Tower and take stairs or elevator to the third floor. (233 S. Wacker). Continental Breakfast will be served.

Wednesday, 9:00am – 9:15am
The Hall @ Convene, Willis Tower

Opening Remarks

Wednesday, 9:15am -9:30am

The Business of Sustainability, ESG in Buildings and Infrastructure

Sustainability and ESG topics are long thought of as “nice to haves” but not necessary or even helpful to achieve success and profits in business. New opportunities are now changing this. In a world with small margins for construction of Buildings and Infrastructure, sustainability perhaps deserves continued consideration. This presentation will explore how many are looking at this issue and taking advantage of it.

Javier Castaneda, Director, Engineering and Horizontal Construction Technology, BuiltWorlds

Wednesday, 9:35am – 10:20am

A Case Study in Real Estate Technology Adoption Across the Enterprise

Our Summit would be the place where we step back and talk about what priorities businesses are setting at a more strategic level and how those business priorities are influencing efforts to identify and adopt emerging technology throughout their organizations, more broadly.

Mikki Ward, Vice President of Real Estate Technology, EQ Office
Adam Segal, Founder and CEO, Cove

Wednesday, 10:20am – 10:55am

Morning Networking Break

Wednesday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Finding Profits Investing in Sustainability Technology

There are many approaches to reporting on sustainability metrics. This panel will touch on how some Venture Capital firms handle the topic and how they require portfolio companies to report on these metrics. Startups will also learn and understand what kind of criteria they will be measured against when looking to secure investments from ESG-focused funds and what requirements they must have after accepting these funds.

Moderated By:
Ray Levitt, Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Melissa Cheong, Managing Partner, Blackhorn Ventures
Cynthia Kueppers, Managing Director, Riverstone Holdings
Kim Baker, Senior Director of Innovation, Elemental Excelerator

Wednesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Wednesday 1:10pm – 1:30pm

BuiltWorlds Benchmarking Survey Program Findings

Each year, BuiltWorlds conducts a Benchmarking Survey, which surveys engineering firms, specialty contractors and general contractor members to understand the level of adoption associated with technology across all of their projects, the utilization of those solutions and the effectiveness of the solution’s functionality. Eveart Foster, Director of Technology Adoption, will present the methodology, evolution, opportunities and future of the BuiltWorlds Benchmarking Program. Additionally, Olivier Lepinoy of Autodesk will share insights on how contractors globally are taking on the task of developing their own solutions.

Eveart Foster, Director of Technology, BuiltWorlds
Olivier Lepinoy, Platform Subject Matter Expert, Autodesk

Wednesday, 1:30pm – 2:10pm

Mastering Tech Adoption with the BuiltWorlds Digital Leader Construction Companies

Through the Benchmarking Program, BuiltWorlds is able to identify contractors that are leading in adoption, utilization and implementation of project delivery solutions. On this panel, we will hear directly from technology adoption leaders at companies identified as Digital Leaders from this year’s survey and discuss how process improvement and technology adoption are managed at their companies.

Moderated By:
Eveart Foster, Director of Technology, BuiltWorlds

Mike Ernst, VP of Insights and Innovation, Ryan Companies
William Cotten, Innovation Leader, Impetus
Lindsey Rem, Vice President, Business Transformation, Barton Mallow

Wednesday, 2:10pm – 2:50pm

Benchmarking Survey Findings Focus: Field Operations and Advanced Equipment & Machinery

As the industry continues to find ways to advance, focus has turned to the jobsite to find ways to improve. Adoption of technology that allows contractors to build more safely, accurately, and efficiently has continued to grow across the globe. In this session, we will hear from the heads of jobsite technology companies to understand how the industry has evolved, what they see in the current market, and where we go from here.

Moderated By:
Tyler Sewall, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Philip Lund-Nielsen, Co-founder and head of Americas, COBOD
Di-Ann Eisnor, Co-Founder and CEO, Core
Bryan Kucinski, Senior Consultant, Buildots
Peter Bysshe, Brand Develpment, RECON Dynamics

Wednesday, 2:50pm – 3:05pm

Afternoon Networking Break

Wednesday, 3:05pm – 3:50pm

Case Study in Digital Transformation

In this day and age, every company is looking for the next competitive advantage, typically in the form of innovation and technology. Hilti Corporation, an 80 year old organization with annual revenues exceeding $6B, sets a perfect example of this philosophy through its recent acquisition of Fieldwire, a construction technology company. In this session, we will hear from both Hilti and Fieldwire on innovation in legacy corporations, the value of new technologies, and how the industry can continue to advance.

Ömer Cagirgan, EVP, BU Head of Business Unit Installation Systems, Hilti
Javed Singha, Founder & COO, Fieldwire

Wednesday, 3:50pm – 5:00pm

Formwork Labs Demos with Special Introduction from Darren Bechtel and Matt Gray

Hao Li, CEO, Multipliciti
Alex Bell, CEO, Automatic Construction
Stuart Johnson, CTO, Simple Construction
Claudio Wilson, Chief Technology Officer, Nickel
Mauricio Valdes, CEO, Buildpeer

Wednesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Day 3 Schedule

Thursday, 7:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast & Networking

Continental Breakfast

Thursday, 9:00am – 9:20am

Opening Remarks

Daniel Laboe, Director of Venture Investments, BuiltWorlds
Tyler Sewall, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Thursday, 9:20am – 9:55am

Corporate Innovation Part I: Corporate Venture Investing and Partnerships

Increasingly, companies from all parts of the Built World ecosystem are investing in startups and venture funds, as part of their overall digital transformation strategies. In this session, we will hear from business leaders at companies making external investments about their approach, the reasons for pursuing corporate venture strategies, and what their efforts look like day-to-day.

Moderated By:
Daniel Laboe, Director of Venture Investments, BuiltWorlds

Rick Khan, Chief Innovation Officers, STO Building Group
Eduardo Gomez, Venture Head, CRH
Erick Melgar, General Manager, Progreso X
Sven Harmsen, Director External Ventures, NOVA by Saint-Gobain

Thursday, 10:00am – 10:40am

Innovation Leadership: CEO Case Study With Geoffrey Smith, CEO at EllisDon

With more than $5 billion in annual contracts, Ellis Don is one of Canada’s largest construction companies and, with operations around the world, a global innovator. In this session, we will hear from Ellis Don CEO, Geoff Smith, how this 70 year-old firm is positioning itself for the 21st century.

Geoff Smith, President & CEO, EllisDon Corporation

Thursday, 10:40am – 11:00am

Networking Break

Thursday, 11:05am – 11:50am

Corporate Innovation Part II: Intrapreneurship and the Unique Challenge and Promise of Industry Tech Spin-Outs.

While many industry players are investing in startups founded outside the walls of their organizations, others are investing in greenfield concepts, often leveraging the talent of their own employees, their own seed capital and other assets, including the “unfair advantage” of a friendly beta customer. Startups incubated from within industry corporations have unique advantages, but they also face different challenges. In this session, we’ll hear from entrepreneurs who have built startups that began their journeys inside industry players, and we will learn more about the unique road these companies travel as they grow.

Moderated By:
Daniel Laboe, Director of Venture Investments, BuiltWorlds

Jake Olson, VP Construction Tech., DADO/ Stanley X
Jonathan Erlich, COO, T2D2
Stephen Muck, Chairman & CEO, Brayman Construction
Jim Andrews, Founder & CEO, SubHQ

Thursday, 11:50am – 12:00pm

General Sessions Closing Remarks

Thursday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Thursday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Afternoon Roundtable Sessions

The Roundtable Sessions will be special opportunities for members to hold discussions with one another around specific topics of interest to the members. With the exception of the C-Suite Roundtable, they are open to all members with Summit tickets, space permitting.

Thursday, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Willis Tower Tour

A special tour of the Willis Tower for Summit attendees presented by EQ Office.

Thursday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Wacker Room

The C-Suite Roundtable (Open To CEOS, Presidents, and Chairs)

Moderator: Matt Gray, Executive Chair, BuiltWorlds

A unique gathering exclusively for executive level leaders of industry corporations to discuss successes and challenges affecting the industry's transformation at a strategic level. This session is open to Chairpeople, ceos, and presidents of industry companies.

Thursday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Adams Room

The Heavy Civil/Infrastructure Roundtable

BuiltWorlds Moderator: Javier Castaneda, Dir. Engineering, Horizontal Construction

Engineering and Construction Companies in Non Building Markets have different needs and opportunities from those serving the Building Markets. This roundtable is an opportunity to discuss those aspects of digital transformation that are of particular relevance to companies working in markets such as transportation, power, energy, water, and waste.

Thursday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Adams Room

Specialty Contracting Roundtable

BuiltWorlds Moderator: Tyler Sewall, Director of Construction Technology

Another growing area of focus at BuiltWorlds is the specific needs, opportunities and interests of specialty contractors. This session will focus on the needs and opportunities for specialty construction in relation to the broader built world ecosystem.

Thursday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Wacker Room

Building Technologies - Design Tech, Materials/Systems, Operating and Maintenance Tech

BuiltWorlds Moderator: Javier Castaneda, Director of Engineering, Horizontal Construction, and Sustainability

Keying on the content of our Buildings Conference, this roundtable will explore in technology in the design and operations of buildings as well as in building materials and systems.

Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Mavericks Dinner Network Reception

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Mavericks Dinner

Held in conjunction with the Summit, this special dinner is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the 2022 Maverick Nominees in an intimate setting. For those interested in attending, an added fee applies.

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