Why Attend?

Elevate 2020 is a premier opportunity for ConnectSmart Kitchen and DineTime customers and users to learn from industry leaders and share successes with peers in the restaurant technology industry!

What can you do at Elevate 2020?

    • Choose from 18 learning sessions led by industry experts.
    • Network with peers and other experts in the field.
    • Receive updates and information on QSR product enhancements.
    • Attend specialized hands-on workshops and training.
    • Provide feedback and get answers straight from the sources.
    • Enjoy food, drinks, and nightly social events.

Get Inspired

Immerse yourself in all the innovation with our influential speakers.
Hear restaurant industry leaders as they discuss technology, the latest in food trends and the solutions that are shaping the industry!

Edward Lee
610 Magnolia / Milkwood
Edward Lee
Edward Lee is the author of Smoke & Pickles and Buttermilk Graffiti; chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky; and culinary director of Succotash in National Harbor, Maryland, and Penn Quarter, Washington, DC. He frequently appears in print and television and earned an Emmy nomination for his role in the Award-winning series The Mind of a Chef. Most recently, Lee wrote and hosted the feature documentary Fermented. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @chefedwardlee.
Kelli Valade
Black Box Intelligence
Kelli Valade
Kelli Valade is the chief executive officer and president of Black Box Intelligence. Valade has held various executive positions, including brand president of Chili's Grill & Bar —the first female president in the brand's history — and executive vice president at Brinker International. A compelling and passionate keynote speaker, she frequently shares best practices and lessons from her journey with professionals across the industry.

Agenda Information

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and Elevate 2020 is no exception. With so many fun and informative options packed into the week, we’ve provided a schedule so you can make the most of your trip and keep from getting overwhelmed.

9:00 – 12:00 PM  |  Registration & Setup

12:00 – 3:00 PM  |  Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour

4:30 – 6:00 PM  |  Break

6:00 – 9:00 PM  Elevate Launch Cocktail Party

6:00 – 6:30 AM  |  Running Club

7:00 – 8:00 AM  |  Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 AM  |  Keynote Session

9:45 – 10:30 AM  |  Breakout Session(s) 1+ 2

10:45 – 11:30 AM  |  Breakout Session(s) 3 + 4

11:30 – 12:00 PM  |  Partner Pavilion

12:00 – 1:00 PM  |  Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM Partner Pavilion

2:00 – 2:45 PM  |  Main Stage Presentation

2:45 – 3:00 PM  |  Break

3:00 – 3:45 PM  |  Breakout Session(s) 5 + 6

3:45 – 4:00 PM  |  Break

4:00 – 4:45 PM  |  Breakout Session(s) 7 + 8

4:45 – 5:00 PM  |  Closing Session

5:00 – 6:00 PM  |  Free Time

6:00 – 9:00 PM  Hoedown at Austin Ranch

6:00 – 6:30 AM  |  Running Club

7:00 – 8:00 AM  |  Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 AM  |  Keynote Session

9:45 – 10:30 AM  |  Breakout Session(s) 9+ 10

10:45 – 11:30 AM  |  Main Stage Presentation

11:30 – 12:00 PM  |  Partner Pavilion

12:00 – 1:00 PM  |  Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 PM  |  Partner Pavilion

1:30 – 2:15 PM  Breakout Session(s) 11+ 12

2:15 – 2:30 PM  |  Break

2:30 – 3:00 PM  |  Closing Session

3:00 – 4:00 PM  Partner Pavilion

Outing Information

It's not all show floors and speeches! Unwind from the conference hustle with these some fun, Dallas-centric activities.


AT&T Stadium Tour

Wednesday, September 23, 12:00 - 3:00PM

Join us for an all-access guided tour of a veritable Texas landmark: the Dallas Cowboys stadium! Explore the world's most massive domed structure, throw the ball on the field, or admire the works of art displayed throughout the stadium.

What’s included:

  • A guided VIP tour of the field, offices, locker rooms, luxury suites, and more
  • Cocktails included
  • A commemorative 5”x7” photo
  • Suite-stye appetizers

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Hoedown at Austin Ranch

Thursday, September 24, 6:00 - 9:00PM

Take a break from the conference rush for some western fun at Austin Ranch. Enjoy the picturesque outdoor patios, majestic ballrooms and a saloon nestled amidst a 10-acre lake and 90 acres of premiere Texas country.

 What’s included:

  • A Texas-sized BBQ buffet
  • Cocktails included
  • A mechanical bull
  • Commemorative photos with longhorn steer
  • Instructional line dancing

Learn More >


Venue Information

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center stands proudly on the shores of Lake Grapevine. With 4.5 acres of indoor gardens, ten restaurants, a seasonal water park, and two pools, it’s a resort that makes the Lone Start State a coveted destination for travelers the world over.


Want to Present at Elevate 2020?

Do you have a presentation you'd like to submit?

Elevate 2020 presents a unique opportunity to learn, network, and share your success stories with peers from the global restaurant technology community — and we want to hear yours!

Our 2020 Sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors who have helped to make Elevate possible. Be sure to check back often as new sponsors arrive!


Want to become a sponsor? Please email Amber Mullaney at amullaney@qsrautomations.com

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