Summit 2019


5.8.2019 - 5.10.2019


The Westin Chicago River North 320 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60654

Premier Sponsors

A New Era of Disruptive Change


Nearly 10 years ago today, we were months away from the worst recession in decades. Here we are at the end of 2018, and change is — once again — upon us. But this time, not in the form of financial crisis, but in technological revolution and strategic globalization.

So the question begs: How will your company thrive in the face of disruptive change? At the BuiltWorlds Summit 2019 this May, we’re hosting 300 of the most respected CEOs, executives, and strategists from across the built industries to help answer that question.





Summit Attendee Perks include:


  • One ticket to all Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Sessions
    Conference sessions hosted at the Westin River North, Chicago

  • Access to networking breakfasts, lunches, and cocktail receptions
    Extra time to get to know our network, make connections, and build lasting relationships

  • Invitation to our Maverick Awards Reception
    Be a part of the awards ceremony honoring industry thought leaders who are moving the industry forward

  • Invitation to our Chicago Off-Sites
    Private behind-the-scenes tours of Chicago’s AEC emerging tech players.

  • Summit Break-Outs
    To help you distill the information at the conference, we’ve designed lightweight, small group sessions led by the BuiltWorlds team

  • Access to The Summit Attendee Vault
    A private cloud page, which includes speaker presentations, exclusive white papers, private notes, and attendee lists.


More to be Announced!

Cleve Adams

CEO, Site 1001

Hassan Albalawi

Founder and CEO, WakeCap

Steve Boyack

CEO, CA Management Services

Doug Chambers

Vice President, WeWork

Jit Kee Chin

Executive Vice President & Chief Data Officer, Suffolk

Bob Clark

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Clayco

Katherine Darnstadt

Founder + Principal Architect, Latent Design

Dominique Davison

CEO, PlanIT Impact

Lisa Diaz

Founder & Managing Partner, Turf Advisory

Chris Di Iorio

CEO, ENGworks

Danielle Dy Buncio

Co-Founder & President, VIATechnik

Brian Gaudio

CEO, Module

Ralph Gootee

CTO & Co-Founder, Plangrid

Emma Hendry

CEO, Hendry

Joe Iacobucci

Principal, New Mobility Practice Leader, Sam Schwartz

Raghi Iyengar

Founder & CEO, ManufactOn

Peter Lasensky

Founder & CEO, Notevault

Bradley Lukanic

Chief Executive Officer, CannonDesign

Josh Mallamud

CEO, Cartegraph

Brad McAninch

CEO, Modern Niagara

Penny Pritzker

Chairman, PSP Capital

Scott Peters

President & Co-Founder, Construction Robotics

Steve Pierz

Chief Innovation Officer, FBR

Jim Quanci

Senior Director, Forge Partner Development, Autodesk

Steven P. Richman

Group President, Milwaukee Tool

Jamie Roche

CEO, Helix

Aaron Salow

CEO & Founder, XOi Technologies

Zach Scheel

CEO, Rhumbix

Pete Schermerhorn

President and CEO, Triax Technologies

Jeremy Searock

Co-founder & President, TyBot

James Segil

President & Co-Founder, Openpath

Robert Sinn

Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Dwight Stewart

Founder & CTO, Igor

Tim Swanson

Chief Design Officer, Skender

Mitch Tobias

WW Market Manager, Caterpillar

Jai Venkatesan

Global R&D Leader, Dow Dupont

Dominic Wilson

CEO, Pi Labs

Doug Woods

Co-founder (D in DPR), DPR Construction

Do you want to:

Meet and build real personal relationships with other well-known executives and founders from across your industry?

Learn about crucial emerging technologies, including: Smart Cities, Augmented and Virtual Reality, IoT and the Connected Jobsite, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Next Generation Of Equipment, BIM and Construction Innovation, and More?

Work through your business pain points with a group of trustworthy executives who are facing the same issues?

Get real feedback on your brand/product from proven thought leaders, rather than expensive consultants, in a trusted, intimate setting?

If so, you’ll want to join us at Summit 2019!

Summit Agenda

Agenda updates to be released leading up to the Summit.

Day 1 Schedule

Wednesday May 8, 2019


Off-Sites Workshops/Forums

1. Enterprise & Strategic Members Analyst Meet Up
2. CAT Workshop on the Autonomous Jobsite
3. SaltFlats Tour & Workshop

5:30pm – 8pm

Summit Opening Reception

Join us for an evening of drinks and hors d’oeurves to network with Summit speakers, guests, BuiltWorlds’ members, and of course the BuiltWorlds team.

Day 2 Schedule

Thursday May 9, 2019

8:30 – 8:45am

Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, Founder, BuiltWorlds

9:20am – 9:50am

Future-Proofing Urban Infrastructure

Lisa Diaz, Managing Partner, Turf Advisory | Dominique Davison, CEO & Founder, PlanIT Impact | Josh Mallamud, CEO, Cartegraph | Joe Iacobucci, Principal, New Mobility Practice Leader, Sam Schwartz

In the face of rapid urbanization, how is technology future-proofing urban waste, water, transportation, communication, and energy infrastructure networks? Learn how our cities are evolving from leading members of the smart infrastructure discussion.

9:55am – 10:25am

Fireside Chat with Jamie Roche of HELIX RE

Jamie Roche, CEO, HELIX RE

Join Jamie Roche, CEO of HELIX RE, as he talks through the decision to rebrand his company from the previous name Flux Data. Flux Data was the first spin-out of Google X, built to provide custom software to architects, engineers, and general contractors. Learn more about how the company evolved and focus shifted from optimizing a select group of technically sophisticated buildings toward developing a solution that targets all buildings across the globe.

10:25am – 10:40am

Networking Break

10:45am – 11:15am

Keynote: Buildings 2.0

Jai Venkatesan, Global R&D Leader, Dow DuPont

Description Coming Soon.

11:20am – 11:50am

Increasing Efficiency with Smart Building Tech

Doug Chambers, VP, Global Head of Client Solutions, WeWork | Cleve Adams, CEO, Site 1001 | Dwight Stewart, Founder, Igor | James Segil, President & Co-Founder, OpenPath

Smart, efficient and innovative building products impact consumer experiences everyday. How are we collecting data, how do we work together to make tomorrow brighter? Hear from three technologists and leading provider of shared spaces, WeWork as they discuss how they’re changing the building tech industry one day at a time.

11:50am – 1:10pm

Lunch & Networking

1:15pm – 1:45pm

Optimizing Digital Design in Today’s World

Tim Swanson, Chief Design Officer, Skender | Chris Diiorio, CEO, ENGWorks | Katherine Darnstadt, Founder, Latent Design | Bradley Lukanic, CEO, CannonDesign

New technology is creating many opportunities in the design world, with advancements changing the trajectory and strategy of the built environment. What does this mean for architects and engineers, company executives, and future investment possibilities? Join us as we hear from leaders about the future of construction and design.


The Modularization and Prefabrication Revolution

Brian Gaudio, CEO, Module Housing | Raghi Iyengar, Founder, ManufactON

The presence of modularization and prefabrication is on the rise, creating more efficient construction process. Pre-assembling large parts of a project (and also entire rooms) means the less time spent on the jobsite. This also requires more efficient communication and collaboration among stakeholders. In this panel, we touch on what this means for company leaders at the forefront of the modularization revolution and the impact it has on how we build.


Networking Break

2:50pm – 3:30pm

Keynote: The Future of Tools

Steven Richman, President, Milwaukee Tool

Description Coming Soon.


Robotics and Advanced Machinery in Construction

Scott Peters, President & Co-Founder, Construction Robotics (Maverick 2018) | Jeremy Searock, Co-Founder, Advanced Construction Robotics | Steve Pierz, Chief Innovation Officer, FBR

Highly repeatable, strenuous tasks at your worksite are a thing of the past. Robotics are taking a leap from being used in the shop and into the jobsite. With the current enormous workforce gap that construction is facing, it’s a natural step to provide a solution through advanced machinery. It’s not about replacing job functions, it’s more about allowing us to be more efficient with our human capital.

4:10pm – 4:40pm

Keynote: The Future of Cities

Penny Pritzker, Founder & Chairman, Pritzker Realty Group

Description Coming Soon.


Networking Break

5:15pm – 6:15pm

Private Mavericks Reception

A meet and greet for the individuals leading our industry in technology creation and adoption who made the BuiltWorlds Mavericks List. Featured individuals of our 2019 list include, Penny Pritzker of Pritzker Realty Group, Jit Kee Chin of Suffolk, and Doug Woods of DPR.

5:15pm – 7pm

Networking Reception


Dine Arounds

Dine Arounds are intimate, 10-person networking dinners with a hand-selected mix of other Summit attendees, hosted at some of Chicago's top-rated restaurants. It’s a chance to get to know the other leaders attending the conference, while indulging in the wonder that is Chicago’s food scene. Stay tuned for more details!

Day 3 Schedule

Friday May 10, 2019

8:45am – 8:50am

Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, Founder, BuiltWorlds

8:50am – 9:20am

Future of Construction and Development

Doug Woods, Co-Founder, DPR (Maverick 2019) | Bob Clark, Chairman & CEO, Clayco | Jit Kee Chin, Chief Data Officer, Suffolk Construction (Maverick 2019) | Brad McAnich, CEO, Modern Niagara

How are construction and development firms’ business models changing in a new technology-forward built environment? Are decisions on new integrations and adoptions being made? Where is the influx of construction data going and how is it being utilized? Let’s talk business.


Connecting Projects with Data

Ralph Gootee, CTO & Co-Founder, PlanGrid | Pete Schermerhorn, President and CEO, Triax | Jim Quanci, Senior Director, Forge Partner Development, Autodesk

Connecting construction sites spans from project management software to data collection hardware and everything in between. But we must not forget about the overall challenge of this initiative: interoperability and integrations. We’ve seen enormous acquisitions throughout the past year, and technologists are developing with collaboration top of mind. Let’s explore how PlanGrid, Triax, and Autodesk are better connecting their projects.

10:00am – 10:30am

A Global Perspective

Hassan Albalawi, CEO, WakeCap | Emma Hendry, CEO, Hendry Group | Dominic Wilson, CEO, PiLabs

The BuiltWorlds discussion is becoming increasingly global in recent years with people around the world providing their unique perspectives. Europe seems progressive with net-zero energy and smart buildings. Australia and Canada are making advances in public-private partnerships. China and the Middle East are demonstrating advances in smart cities. It’s time we lay it all out on the table to help each other evolve together.

10:30am – 10:40am

Networking Break

10:45am – 11:00am

2019 Mavericks List Announcement

11:00am – 11:15am

Mini Keynote: SaltFlats

Description Coming Soon.

11:20am – 11:50am

2016 Class Reunion

Zach Scheel, CEO, Rhumbix | Peter Lasensky, Founder, NoteVault | Danielle Dy Buncio, President & CEO, ViaTechnik | Aaron Salow, Founder & CEO, XOi

Time flies when you’re having fun. Speakers from our first 2016 Summit Chicago will touch on how much has changed in the built environment in the last three years. Learn firsthand about the evolution that’s taken place and where your company stacks up.

11:50am – 12:00pm

Closing Remarks

Matt Gray, Founder, BuiltWorlds

Book Your Hotel Room!

Westin River North Hotel Room Block

We have a limited number of rooms available at the Westin River North for a discounted 2019 Summit rate.

The room block closes on April 8, 2019.

Book your room!

The Westin Chicago River North 320 North Dearborn Street Chicago IL 60654

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How do I get tickets?

BuiltWorlds Summit tickets are available for purchase, with a discount exclusively for BuiltWorlds Members.
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What's included in the ticket?

Access to all sessions at the conference.
Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments.
Participation in BuiltWorlds Research-led breakout sessions.
Access to available white papers, speaker presentations (per speaker consent) and event attendee portal (members only).

What do I do if I can't attend?

Full refunds are offered up to 60 days prior to the event. Alternately, you may transfer the ticket to another member of your company. To do so, please email For more information on our event and ticket policies, visit Terms and Conditions

Where should I stay?

All parts of the BuiltWorlds Summit will take place at the Westin Chicago River North. If you want to be near all the action, you can find a room there in our discounted room block!

How do I book a discounted room?

The Westin River North is offering a discounted room rate for the duration of the event. To book a room at this rate, please reserve via this online form. Cutoff date for special rates is Monday, April 8, 2019.

Which airport should I fly into?

O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) are both nearby. Rideshares, taxis, car rentals, and public transit (CTA) are easily accessible from both locations.

How do I access the event?

Proceed through the hotel lobby to the River level and check in with BuiltWorlds staff.

Is parking available?

Westin River North offers valet parking for $69 daily; on-site parking $49 daily; off-site parking $13 daily.

Where can I get more questions answered?

We’re happy to help you! Please contact our Events Coordinator, Alex Maksymec, at for any and all questions!

Summit Testimonials

“Innovation is powerful when it meets smart people. This event has the power to transform the entire built industry for the better”

– Reed H., Technical Design Services Inc.

“I love this because you’re pushing people to think not just smarter, but bigger. Not a lot of industry organizations challenge leaders like this.”

– Jonathan Z., Real Estate Executive, Chicago

“Let me keep it simple. Builtworlds hosts great events.”

– Andrew Dennison, Uplift Data Partners