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Autom-eat 2023

Conference takes place May 22-25, registration still open


Automate 2023 will take place May 22-25 in Detroit, and you can still register fot the event. With 125+ "eye-opening" sessions from the industry’s top experts on AI, AMRs, motion, vision and more, showrunners A3 (Association for Advancing Automation) say you’ll get "actionable insights on implementing game-changing technologies, no matter where you are in your automation journey." Here’s a sampling of the speaker companies: Siemens, 3M, Yaskawa, Ericsson, and Fanuc.


But you know what we're excited about? Automate's recently released list of things to do while you're in Detroit during the show. The following excerpts are from the Automate Team via the A3 blog—many thanks to these folks for providing this info and doing such a great job of compiling and writing this up (having done this for a myriad of trade shows, we can vouch it's fun to explore the map and reach out to local sources, but certainly not easy).


First up, fill your belly: local favorites for snacks and drinks:

  • Bad Luck Bar – An intimate setting serving up memorable cocktails made with unusual ingredients.

  • Buddy's Pizza – Birthplace of Detroit’s famous square-cut pizza.

  • Cliff Bell’s – A unique experience that will transport you to a 1930s dining club, complete with live jazz music.

  • Dakota Inn – Classic German food with a Detroit twist.

  • Detroit Beer Company – Brewpub featuring a selection of beers, as well as hearty pub grub.

  • The Monarch Club – A rooftop hideaway located in the penthouse of the Metropolitan Building in downtown Detroit.

  • Sindbad’s – Fresh seafood on the water at a restaurant in operation since 1949.

  • The Sugar House – Craft cocktail bar with a seasonal rotating menu.

  • Slow's BBQ – World-renowned barbecue joint and home of the Yardbird, one of Adam Richman’s contenders for best sandwich in America.

  • Two James Distillery – A craft distillery located in the hip Corktown district.

Number 2: Explore & Discover


Detroit is home to several sprawling museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts. Boasting one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States (including original prints from Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso and murals by Diego Rivera), it’s no surprise it was named this year’s best art museum nationwide. For a look at the city’s past and present through permanent and temporary exhibits, check out the Detroit Historical Museum.


If you didn’t get enough machinery during the Automate Show, be sure to stop by Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum to see a plethora of pieces of mechanical history. And the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History holds the world’s largest permanent collection of African American culture, with more than 35,000 artifacts on site. Jazzheads should drop by Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Detroit’s oldest still-operating jazz club. Finally, if you’re a fan of Motown, you can’t miss the Motown Museum for a look at Motown’s legacy in Detroit and around the world.


#3: The Great Outdoors!


Spring is in the air! It’s going to be a beautiful May 2023 in Detroit with plenty of warm days and cool breezes. If you’re craving fresh air after the show, there are several options available.


Zip through the city on a rental scooter. Walk, run or bike along the Detroit Riverfront, a 5.5-mile stretch of beautiful river views and lush greenery. Or spend an afternoon in Belle Isle Park, an island surrounded by the Detroit River that is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Belle Isle Nature Center.


Planning to stay for the weekend? Check out the Eastern market, one of the nation’s oldest urban farmer’s markets featuring 200+ vendors. You can also catch a Detroit Tigers game—they’ll be in town playing the Chicago White Sox from May 25–28.


Four the Win: Brush Up on Your Automotive History


Love automobiles? There is a lot for you to see in the Motor City. The Automotive Hall of Fame is near Dearborn, Michigan. This celebrated destination highlights the accomplishments of individuals in the international motor vehicle industry and shares stories of how it has impacted society, pop culture and the world in general.


While in Dearborn, you can experience the life of a manufacturing legend at the Henry Ford Museum. Learn more about this automotive trailblazer and his significant contributions to the area. Start with the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village (where you can hitch a ride on a real Model T!). Then see Ford F-150s being built with automation at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and check out documentaries on the Giant Screen.


Take a short trip to Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan and you can enjoy dining, shopping and exploring at the historic Ford House, the former home of one-time Ford Motor Company President—and son of Henry Ford—Edsel Ford.


No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find interesting and exciting opportunities in Detroit after Automate. Not registered for the show yet? Register FREE today—and get ready to accelerate your success in Detroit.

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