MADISON – MaryAnn Wright, vice president of
engineering and product development for
Johnson Controls Inc., and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor
Mike Lovell
are scheduled to speak
at the Wisconsin
Tech Summit
, to be held April 7 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, Wis.

The Tech Summit, produced by the
Wisconsin Technology Council, will include a series of brief meetings between
major companies and selected emerging companies. Those meeting, similar to a
“speed dating” exercise, are designed to foster possible partnerships.


Participating major companies thus far
are American Family Insurance, AT&T, Aurora Healthcare, Faith Technologies,
GE Healthcare, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, Johnson Controls Inc., Kraft Foods,
Plexus, Rockwell Automation, Runzheimer International and TASC (Total
Administrative Services Corp).


More information on the day-long event,
including the application process for emerging companies, can be found at Attendance
will be limited to representatives of participating major companies, selected emerging companies and event

Lovell has fostered relationships with corporations in search of research
and development needs during his tenure as chancellor, and previously as dean
of engineering and applied sciences. One such relationship involves Johnson
Controls Inc., where Wright leads the Power
Solutions’ global engineering and product development organization. The two
will discuss how the partnership is helping JCI, the university and the broader
economy through development of next-generation batteries.


Emerging companies can apply to
participate in the Tech Summit at The deadline
is Monday, Feb. 24. A selection
process involving major companies and the Tech Council will follow. Selected
companies may meet with more than one company, depending on mutual interest.


There is no cost to apply. If
selected, a company registration fee will be charged. Major registration
discounts will be available at that time for all Wisconsin Innovation Network members.


The “speed dating” meetings on April 7
will run about 15 minutes each. Other features of the event will include:

  • “Office
    Hours” meetings and presentations, which will be available to all
    participants during those times in which they are not scheduled for
    individual meetings.
  • An
    opening panel discussion that will help set the stage by affording major
    companies an opportunity to talk generally about their goals, needs and
    emerging markets.
  • Luncheon
    presentation by David Krakauer, director of the Wisconsin Institute of

Sponsors thus far include American Family
Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, BloodCenter of Wisconsin,
BMO Harris Bank, GE Healthcare, HP Enterprise Services, Madison Gas &
Electric, The Milwaukee Institute, Mortenson Construction, Rockwell Automation,
UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Economic
Development Corp. and Wisconsin Health and Education Facilities Authority.

Visit to learn more about the event, the application process
and sponsorship opportunities.