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SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

Robots, facial recognition, and other emerging technologies are already changing the restaurant business. Are you ready for the future?

Monday, May 21 • 11:00 a.m. • Grand Ballroom (S100)

  • About SuperSession
  • Daniel Burrus
  • John Miller
  • John Ha & Penny
  • Sarah Lockyer

About the SuperSession

Renowned futurist Daniel Burrus leads a conversation about technologies set to disrupt the restaurant business as we know it. Celebrated for 30 years of accurate predictions on the business impact of technologies, Burrus will guide the audience toward an understanding of how restaurant operators can plan to capitalize on the coming changes.

Burrus will be joined by John Miller, CEO, Cali Group, which has successfully implemented facial recognition and robotic assistants in the kitchen, John Ha, CEO, Bear Robotics, creator of Penny, a robotic server, and Sarah Lockyer, senior vice president, Winsight Media and Restaurant Businessa journalist with deep knowledge and insight about the restaurant industry.

Learn how to lead the future at this 75-minute conversation with people on the cutting edge of developing and implementing technology we used to only dream about.

Daniel Burrus

Renowned Futurist

An international expert on global trends and innovation, Burrus was the first futurist in the early 1980s to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change into the 21st century. He established a worldwide reputation by continuing to correctly predict the future of technology-driven change and its direct impact on the business world.
Burrus advises Fortune 500 executives in developing game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. His client list includes, among others, Microsoft, GE, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, Honda, and IBM.

His company, Burrus Research, monitors global advancements in technology-driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social, and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities

John Miller

CEO, CaliBurger

John Miller is CEO of Cali Group, a holding company focused on using new technologies to transform the restaurant and retail industries. Cali Group owns a global QSR chain, CaliBurger, and has major equity positions in five affiliated technology companies (Super League Gaming, FunWall, Miso Robotics, PoP, and Kitchen United. Prior to founding Cali Group in 2011, Miller was an early employee at Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals.

John Ha

CEO, Bear Robotics

During Ha's tenure at Bear Robotics, Ha has overseen the development of an AI-driven robot able to perform running and bussing tasks in a restaurant. Before this role, Ha was a senior software engineer and technical lead at Google and adjunct professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).


Penny is an AI-driven running and bussing robot from Silicon Valley. Her mission is to improve a restaurant's environment for customers, employees, and owners. Her human co-corkers can shift their responsilibities to provide those special touches that yield an outstanding customer experience.

Sarah Lockyer

Senior Vice President,  Winsight Media and Resaurant Business

Lockyer oversees content strategy and execution for Winsight media brands, including the foodservice group of Restaurant Business and Foodservice Director.

Prior to joining Winsight in 2017, she served as executive director of content for Penton’s Food & Restaurant Group, which included Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Food Management, and Supermarket News.