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ASQ Quality 4.0 Summit on Disruption, Innovation, and Change

November 12 – 13, 2018  |  Dallas, TX

Engage with a Range of Topics and Quality Experts

Session Format Descriptions

Concurrent Session - This standard conference format will be used to deliver sessions ranging from those providing awareness of the general changes technologies are bringing to more targeted discussions on the implications these technologies will have on the quality professional. Those looking to grow awareness, understanding and perspective on both the scope and implications of the changes that disruptive technologies are bringing.

Solution Sessions - The solution session format delivers educational sessions which also offer demonstration or descriptions of solutions that are available for those faced with the challenges that disruptive technologies can bring to organizations.

These sessions are ideally suited for participants looking for solutions and guidance to challenges their organizations are facing as a result of the digital transformation that disruptive technologies are driving.

Workshops - These extended sessions allow for more hands on and engaging activities to help explore the content being delivered in a deeper and more thorough way.

The workshop format is designed specifically for those participants looking to explore topics in a deeper and more engaging way.

Q-Talks - These TED-style talks explore the impact that artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technological advances will have on organizations as well as the future of quality and the quality professional.

The Q-Talks are intended for all conference attendees who are looking to grow awareness, understanding, and perspective on disruptive technologies.

Session Level Descriptions

Basic: Provides an introduction to a subject, including practical and “user friendly” definitions of terms. The primary focus is to bring an individual who may not be familiar with the area to a level of knowledge that facilitates further learning.

Intermediate: Assumes some degree of knowledge of the subject. The intent is to build on an individual’s knowledge of the subject to a point of greater understanding.

Advanced: Provides an in-depth and/or up-to-date treatment of a subject. A strong theoretical background and a working knowledge of a subject are expected of those that attend.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas


Industry 4.0

This high-level focus area aims to provide context on the level of disruption already occurring and the exponential rate at which that change will occur in the future. Sessions in this focus area will share a description of how organizations, markets, and the workforce are being changed currently and how that change will continue into the future.

Digital Transformation

Organizations across industry are being forced to re-examine and change their organizational activities, processes, and competencies. Sessions within this topic area examine and explore methods, models, and frameworks organizations can leverage while navigating the digital transformation required to adapt to today’s digital age.

Managing Change

The link between disruption, innovation, and the change that these elements lead to is inextricable. Organizations are facing a landscape in which change is ever present and occurring at a faster and faster rate. The sessions in this focus area are designed to explore the different ways in which organizations can position themselves for change, implement changes that are needed, and address the fast pace of change occurring in all industries as a result of disruptive technologies and ever-evolving markets./p>

The Future of Quality

The topic of disruptive technology is central to a growing conversation, but it is a conversation that seldom (if ever) looks at the topic through the lens of quality. The changes occurring in the digital age create great opportunity for quality professionals to lead. The sessions in this area examine these opportunities, the effects disruptive technologies are having on the quality function within organizations, and the influence that is having on the quality professional in general as a whole.