Opening General Session
Presented by Technomic, this in-depth look at the state of foodservice will address current headwinds facing the industry. Our discussion on industry sales and traffic data and over-arching trends will highlight technology’s growing impact on foodservice using Technomic’s treasure-trove of information and insights.
An acclaimed actress and neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik is best known for her role on one of TV’s most popular comedies, “The Big Bang Theory.” If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know that her character blurs the boundaries between art and life. Mayim joins us to share her keen scientific mind and her wonderful sense of humor as she explores the work of the brain, of behavioral development, of her life as an actress and scientist, and how a person can explore their many talents.
Technology Showcase and Welcome Reception
As you settle in and gear up for a great conference, plan to join FSTEC's Technology Showcase and be one of the first to check out every booth in action. Discover some of the industry's latest innovations, mingle with peers and help us kick off FSTEC 2020 in style with an exciting Welcome Reception complete with food, drinks and great conversation!
Meet & Greet
Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest developments in foodservice technology. Learn from industry experts and visionaries who are leading the way in implementing unique solutions and offering high-level insights to your operation's biggest challenges.
After months of hearing about the importance of social distancing, consumers are still squeamish about close interactions with staff and fellow guests. How is technology helping restaurants function while addressing those concerns? Learn how it can be a facilitator in this look at products and deployment strategies that promote consumer confidence and feelings of safety while also easing operations.
How people have used creativity to design new solutions to new and old problems. Adele’s battles with ticket scalpers, the invention of the three-point shot, the history of modern medicine, and some inspiring creations through Kickstarter, among others, show humanity at its most creative. This talk shows how creative thinking, attention to detail, and bold actions can lead to new ways of approaching old problems.
In 2011, all-time Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings took on his greatest challenge ever: Representing the human race against IBM’s “Watson,” the super-intelligent supercomputer specifically designed to beat the world’s best players at Jeopardy! When Watson won, Ken became the most celebrated person to lose his job to AI. He won’t be the last. In this fascinating talk, best-selling author and former computer programmer Jennings shares a behind-the scenes account of his epic battle with Watson. He also poses important questions for anyone interested in — or, thanks to Hollywood, terrified by — the idea of increasingly sentient machines that can reason and learn.