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A Summary of the Best from LLamaCon

By LLamasoft Editorial Team  June 28, 2019

In June 2019, we hosted our biggest LLamaCon yet at the Downtown Chicago Marriott on the Magnificent Mile with 700+ attendees, 200+ industries and endless takeaways for the supply chain industry. Find out what you missed or relive the event with this collection of our favorite articles, photos and videos gathered during the event.

Perspectives from Industry Leaders

LLamasoft’s Dr. Madhav Durbha is a prolific supply chain and technology expert. After attending LLamaCon, Durbha summarized the major topics and ideas from the event in this insightful LinkedIn blog. Read more about his thoughts on interconnected decisioning, antifragile supply chains, and building design competencies. Read the full article here.

Steve Banker of Forbes shared his thoughts on emerging technologies discussed at LLamaCon. “…one thing this solution does a really nice job on is uncovering policies that contribute to a supply-demand mismatch.” Read the full article here.

Bob Ferrari paints a picture of LLamaCon which included a full house of supply chain experts and hours of thought-provoking content. “My first observation came in walking off the elevator during the day one lunch hour and observing a very crowded floor of attendees. This was the largest crowd I have ever observed in a tech conference primarily focused on supply chain network design.” Read the full article here.

Daily Takeaways

Day 1 of LLamaCon was an intimate gathering of LLamasoft partners along with trainings for our software users. This blog highlights some of the key themes shared within Partner Day and sets the stage for the full conference to follow. Read the full blog here.

LLamaCon Day 2 kicked off with an inspirational keynote speech from our CEO, Razat Gaurav. Sharing our newly formed mission statement and 5-year strategic plan, Gaurav encouraged the LLamaCon audience to contemplate ways we can not only positively impact bottom lines, but also improve the lives of others. Philosopher and NYT Best Seller, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, stepped onto the mainstage to share his thoughts on growth, fragility and risk. This Day 2 roundup blog includes more takeaways from Gaurav, Taleb, as well as customers like ABIn Bev, IKEA, US Army and LLamasoft’s Co-Founder, Toby Brzoznowski. Read the full blog here.

LLamaCon ended strongly with more takeaways from customers like the United States Airforce and FIND. Sam Israelit, Partner from Bain & Company brought the conference to an end on the mainstage with thoughts on key ideas shared throughout the conference. Read the full blog here.

Photos, Videos, and More!

We had a great time interacting with our attendees on LinkedIn and Twitter using #LLamaCon! Here are some of our favorite photos, videos and ideas gathered at the event!

Partner Day concluded with a Q&A with our CEO.

The Discovery Zone was located in the center of the conference and included sponsor booths, live software demos, amazing discussions…and snacks.

Roughly 40 LLamaCon attendees ran as a herd throughout Downtown Chicago to start the day!

After that, the event really kicked off with Razat Gaurav’s keynote speech…

…where we learned that modelers are the unsung heros of supply chains.


Then a thought-provoking keynote speech with Nassim Nicholas Taleb…

…followed by an insightful panel discussion with some of the most notable supply chains in the world.

We were impressed with the audience size at the Policy Optimization session…

…and we were able to welcome our special guests from Japan.

All of this concluded with an epic party at SPiN.

We announced the location of LLamaCon 2020 – South Florida at the Diplomat Hotel.

…and enjoyed more takeaways from customers.

We proudly raised money for nearly 9,000 meals for the Greater Chicago community…

…and we can’t wait for June 17 – 19 2020!
What were your favorite moments from the event? We would love to hear from you by leaving a comment on this LinkedIn post! See you next year!