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2017 Agenda

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CONNECTIONS Summit takes place at the Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4405.

JAN 5, 2017

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Creating New Value in the Connected Home: Integration, Partnerships, and Privacy

Connectivity enables new opportunities to create value. Platform vendors are aggressively connecting with each other to drive value for consumers as standards groups seek to simplify the complexity of integration. This session examines the value of integration, the challenges in managing partnerships and consumer privacy, and the opportunities to simplify and streamline integration.


François Girodolle, Head of European Developer Relations, Nest Labs

Asit Goel, SVP and GM, Secure Monitoring & Control / Internet of Things, NXP Semiconductors

Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast 

Chris Mitchell, Founder & CEO, Audio Analytic

Matthew Pine, Vice President, Marketing, Carrier

Curt Schacker, SVP, Smart Home, EVRYTHNG, Inc.

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

10:30-11:45 a.m.

IoT Crossover: Smart Home, Entertainment, Appliances, Cars, and Energy

A comprehensive smart home strategy offers a variety of services that require expertise from multiple ecosystems and new partnerships from different industry sectors. This session examines the partnerships, business models, and technology integration necessary to achieve the vision of an IoT-enabled smart home.


Pierre Fitzgerald, Global Energy & Utilities Industry Lead, Ericsson

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems

Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

Chris McGugan, General Manager, Innovation and Kenmore, Sears Holdings Corporation

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks

Nick Pudar, Director GM Strategic Initiatives, General Motors, General Motors

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

11:45 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.

The Role of Connected Health Services in the Smart Home

Health and wellness applications and services will play a large role in the smart home, driving innovations in security, wearables, and interoperability and influencing all parts of the connected home experience. This session focuses on current developments in connected health and charts the next steps for a more holistic connected home experience.

Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice-President and Digital Technology Leader, Philips

Terry Duesterhoeft, President and CEO, A&D Medical

Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com

Kian Saneii, Founder and CEO, Independa

Wolf Shlagman, CEO, Founder & Chief Angel, Care Angel

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Harry Wang, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates

1:15-2:30 p.m.

IoT and Smart Home: Seamless Interoperability

Alliances at both the network and application level are forming to address the needs for interoperability, providing a path for multivendor ecosystems. These alliances will continue to bring vendors together and reinforce the value propositions of the smart home rather than emphasizing technology. This session discusses the effectiveness and potential outcome of these alliances in the face of the growing smart home potential of Google, Apple, Amazon, and Samsung.


Joseph Bousaba, Vice President, Smart Home & Consumer Businesses, Qualcomm

Chester Chen, Director of International Market, Galaxywind Network Systems Co., Ltd.

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Grant Erickson, President, Thread Group

Bernd Grohmann, Executive Vice President and CTO, eQ-3 AG

William Oget, VP Engineering, Arrayent Inc.

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

2:30-3:45 p.m.

IoT: Support Services and Managing the Experience

Security and privacy top the list of consumer concerns with connected products and systems. More than 40% of U.S. broadband households are interested in services that protect privacy and manage online consumer information. This session assesses support service models that address current challenges and align customer experiences with expectations. Panelists also discuss new opportunities for service providers to holistically manage the consumer experience.


Dave Ward, Head of New Technology, Innovation & Connected Home, Dixons Carphone

Kristian Järnefelt, EVP Consumer Security, F-Secure Corporation

Erik Kling, Vice President, IoT New Business Development, Vodafone

Karen Kosh, Vice President, Broadband and Mobility Business, OnProcess Technology

Chris Koverman, VP of Product & Engineering, Support.com

Ratul Sengupta, Vice President, Sutherland Global Services, Inc.

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

3:45-5:00 p.m.

IoT and Smart Home: Changing Business Models

Connectivity to the cloud has created a new breed of IoT products and services that consumers can remotely monitor and control. These capabilities are strong drivers both to stimulate consumer demand and create new revenue opportunities. This panel examines the ongoing evolution of business models in security, controls, automation, and energy.


Alex Dunn, President, Vivint Smart Home

Gene Han, Vice President- Consumer IoT, Head of SF Innovation Office, Target

Bill Lee, Vice President of Smart Home Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America

Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect 

Dan Reed, Managing Director, American Family Ventures

Isaias Sudit, Founder, TROVE

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

5:30 p.m.

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