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2015 Speakers


François Girodolle François Girodolle, Head of Product Partnerships, Nest Europe, Nest Labs, Inc.

Francois is the head of European product partnerships at Nest, working closely with iconic brands including Whirlpool, Mercedes-Benz, and Philips Hue to create meaningful and thoughtful product integrations. Through the Works with Nest developer program, Nest and partners can build connections that anticipate people’s needs to make their lives easier.

Prior to Nest, Francois held senior product, marketing and business development roles at several major European tech players, as well as being an advisor to technology start-ups, and a judge and mentor in various globally-recognised innovation accelerators and competitions.

François holds a Master's degree in Engineering from Supelec, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (Sloan Fellows).

David Isbitski David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo, Amazon
Twitter ID: @TheDaveDev

Dave has been a professional speaker, trainer and evangelist for over a decade. He has taught full-day courses on many topics including Mobile Apps, Cloud and the Web. Dave has helped launch numerous technology platforms, frameworks and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Dave is also an author for Lynda.com and can be found on twitter as @TheDaveDev and the Amazon Apps & Services Blog http://bit.ly/amazon-blog.


Lewis Brown Lewis Brown, President, MiOS

Lew joined MiOS in 2009 as co-founder and serves as CEO. Lew has 30+ years in the Consumer Electronics industry with the last 11 in the Smart Home sector. Prior to MiOS, he was EVP Marketing and Business Development for Zen-sys, developers of the Z-Wave technology platform.

Seb Chakraborty Seb Chakraborty, CTO, British Gas Connected Homes
Twitter ID: @sebchakraborty

Seb is Director of Technology British Gas Connected Homes, where he leads a team responsible for building an open IOT platform for the connected home. Built upon the hugely successful Hive thermostat offering, the team are now expanding their offering into a wide range of connected devices to drive mass adoption.

Marco Dorjee Marco Dorjee, International Business Development, Centralite Systems

Marco Dorjee is the General Manager International Sales & Business Development at Centralite Systems, a leading manufacturer of wireless connected devices and IoT solutions products including the award winning IoT Framework Jilia.
Marco has the responsibility for developing and deploying the Centralite International growth strategy. Through the course of the last years he has successfully executed on this master plan by establishing Centralite product embedding in a large number of leading platforms. Furthermore Centralite has been selected a primary partner in several field trials which shortly will be converted into public offerings.
Marco brings over 25 years’ experience in senior positions from high-tech and imaging industries. Before joining Centralite, Marco was the Managing Director (Media) Business Operations EMEA for Intermec (a Honeywell Company), supplying Data collection and Printing solutions to 75% of the Fortune 500 companies. Furthermore he was member of the EMEA Leadership and Global (Media) Operations Management Team. Prior Intermec Marco held various senior positions including Strategic Vendor Management, Director of Operations and other functions at Konica Minolta and QMS. Marco has a solid technical background and holds an Executive MBA.

Ashley Hathaway Ashley Hathaway, Senior Developer Evangelist, IBM Watson

Ashley is a Senior Dev Evangelist for IBM Watson based in Austin, Texas. She is a former Product Manager for the IBM Watson Developer Cloud and focused on their API offerings. She is interested in machine learning, AI, natural language processing and other awesome technologies. Ashley’s previous experience as a front-end dev and UX designer continue to influence her decision-making today.

Simon Hunt Simon Hunt, CTO Secure Home Gateways, Intel, Corp.
Twitter ID: @ctogonewild

Simon Hunt drives Intel’s smart home security strategy, worrying about the influx of IoT in our homes, and how we can protect ourselves. With a background as an entrepreneur/inventor, business leader and a CTO of McAfee and Intel, Simon combines a mix of technical leadership and business acumen to drive innovative solutions to real-world problems. When not defeating hackers, Simon spends his time in Naples FL with his wife Elle.

Mario Moura Mario Moura, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell

Mario Moura is the General Manager for the Honeywell Home Comfort & Energy Systems business in EMEA. This business designs, manufactures and sells connected heating, cooling and ventilation controls, as well as, energy management solutions for residential applications. He has been in this role since January 2015 and prior to that he was the Director of Marketing for Honeywell Life Safety business.

Mario has 15 years of experience in B2B and B2C environments gathered in key international leadership positions in Marketing, Sales and Engineerinig mainly in the Automotive and Aerospace sectors. Prior to Honeywell, Mario has worked for multinational companies like Volkswagen, Embraer, Rio Tinto Alcan and has been working and living in Brazil, Germany, Thailand, China and Switzerland where he has been living for the last eight years. Mario holds an MBA degree from IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar) in Brazil.

Patrick Strauss Patrick Strauss, Supply Chain Visibility & Internet of Things Subject Matter Expert, IBM UK

Patrick Strauss is working as a Supply Chain Visibility & Internet of Things (IoT) Subject Matter Expert within IBM’s Business Strategy & Analytics Consulting Operations. He has for the past 15 years used his experience in industry sectors such as Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Automotive, Manufacturing, Healthcare, MOG (Mining, Oil and Gas), Logistics, Supply Chain and Utilities. Patrick has been working with many global clients on collaborative supply chain and IoT-related solutions in areas such as Industry 4.0, Home Automation, Asset Integrity & Optimizations, Smarter Buildings as well as Cognitive Analytics. In addition, Patrick is a regular industry speaker for supply chain and IoT and works closely with academic institutions such as Cranfield University and the IOT University providing real-world insights to MSc students as well as writing blogs and whitepapers.

Andrew Thomas Andrew Thomas, Co-Founder, CRO, SkyBell
Twitter ID: @apthomas

Andrew Thomas (@apthomas) is co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of SkyBell, where he directs business development and platform strategy efforts. SkyBell is a video doorbell that allows you to see who’s at your door from a smartphone - and is partnered with Honeywell, Alarm.com, Nest, Amazon, Icontrol and more. Andrew is an entrepreneur, inventor, writer and speaker. He writes for Inc.com, Forbes, Huffington Post and Entrepreneur.com - and has been interviewed on TV, podcasts and in print. Find out more at www.andrewpaulthomas.com


Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.

Brett Sappington Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a senior director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services

Stuart Sikes Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @stuartsikes
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Stuart Sikes is the president of Parks Associates, a market research firm specializing in consumer adoption of technology products and services. Stuart and team assist clients around the world by predicting trends in consumer technologies and identifying evolving business models. The Parks Associates team serves the world’s leading semiconductor, software, consumer electronics, telecom equipment, and entertainment companies, providing them with industry analysis, consumer research, and go-to-market recommendations. Stuart’s recent industry presentations include the outlook for residential energy management, new business models for the connected home, and the evolution of new video services.

Stuart has served technology companies for over twenty years, designing technical service, software, and hardware solutions for companies ranging from global semiconductor manufacturers to one of the nation’s largest airlines. In his positions with companies including AT&T, NCR, OpenConnect Systems, and Intelligraphics, Stuart’s roles have included sales, product marketing, marketing communications, and executive management.

Stuart holds an MBA from SMU and a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University.



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