Winning the War on Corrosion

Tuesday March 26 – Wednesday March 27, 2024

Gecko Robotics Headquarters,
Nova Place, 100 South Commons, Suite 145, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Gecko Robotics

Gecko’s Inaugural Innovation Summit

Join fellow industry peers for two days of educational workshops, knowledge sharing, and networking.

The efficient and safe operation of assets, from industrial to defense, faces a few common challenges:

Aging infrastructure

Incomplete or disparate data

Skilled labor shortage

A relentless enemy: Corrosion

Innovative technologies, including robotics and software, can help overcome these problems and optimize operations. Hear from Keynote Speaker, Rear Admiral (ret.) Chip Rock, on how the U.S. Military is utilizing these technologies to digitize critical defense assets. Also, learn from your peers about the practical ways this technology is transforming plant and refinery maintenance and operations.

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Schedule at a glance

Day 1 – Tuesday March 26

7:30 - 8:30 AM


8:30 - 9:00 AM

Welcome Kickoff

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Keynote: U.S. Military - Mission Readiness

9:45 - 10:00 AM


10:00 - 10:45 AM

Insights from the Paper Industry

10:45 - 11:30 AM

Workshop: Continuous Corrosion Monitoring

11:30 - 12:00 PM

Speed Networking

12:00 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 3:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:30 PM

Process Optimization

6:00 PM

Dinner & Evening Activity

7:00 PM

Attend NHL Game: Penguins v. Hurricanes

Day 2 – Wednesday March 27

7:30 - 8:30 AM


8:30 - 9:00 AM

Day 1 Recap / Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Insights from Power Generation Industry

9:45 - 10:00 AM


10:00 - 11:30 AM

Workshop: Optimizing Your Top Target

11:30 - 12:00 PM

Closing Remarks

12:00 - 1:00 PM


Chip Rock

Meet the Keynote

Rear Admiral (ret.) Chip Rock served for 35 years in the Navy on ships and facilities management. With assignments including Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, the Navy’s largest region, he knows a thing or two about completing missions in spite of time crunches, labor shortages, and aging infrastructure.

Chip’s experience, along with the honesty and humor he brings to his salty stories, make him a must see for any American Industrial Leader seeking insight on how to win.

Event FAQ

Is there a charge for the conference?

Gecko Robotics is providing the conference complementary. You will be responsible for your airfare, hotel, and nonfunction meals and incidentals. In addition to covering the expense of the conference, Gecko Robotics is providing meals during the Summit.

When should I arrive?

The conference kicks off with breakfast at Gecko Robotics at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, March 26. Unless commuting, it is recommended to get to Pittsburgh on Monday, March 25 to get checked into your hotel the day prior.

Is there a hotel block with a discount?

Yes. Discounted rate of $199/night at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, 620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. If you need to call the hotel use (833) 469-8452 and reference the: “Gecko Robotics Room Block” or block code Z44. *You can modify the stay dates by selecting the “change search” dropdown on the main page, located in the top right corner at this link: Gecko Robotics Room Block. Note that there are a limited number of rooms available so, book soon.

What about ground transportation?

If you let Phoebe Gerst know in advance, she can hook you up with Uber vouchers to and from the hotel and the airport. You may then schedule your Uber transportation at your convenience.

Will anything be scheduled on Tuesday evening?

Gecko Robotics will provide a fun Pittsburgh night out that includes dinner followed by an NHL Game: Penguins v. Hurricanes. We will be watching the game from the Media Level Party Deck. Tickets are limited. Register soon.

When should I plan on departing the Summit?

The Summit will conclude with lunch on Wednesday, March 27. To allow for travel and airport check-in, it is recommended to schedule flights to depart PIT after 3:30 on Wednesday, March 27 -OR- on Thursday, March 28.

Who do I contact with questions or for more information?

Please contact your representative or email Phoebe Gerst at

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