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2019 Agenda


JAN 8, 2019

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES will take place in Marcello 4405 on the 4th level of the Venetian Hotel. View session details and registration at CES.tech.

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CONNECTIONS™ Summit features panels examining successful consumer-focused strategies that meet the challenges of today’s IoT and smart home ecosystems. Leading analysts from host Parks Associates present consumer research and moderate expert discussions on key trends in user experiences, voice, insurance, privacy, and independent living. CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is THE place to be to learn about the smart home, get the latest consumer research, and network with strategic decision makers in this growing market.


9:00-10:00 a.m.

Smart Home Platforms: Providing Value through Experiences - View Session Details at CES.tech

Smart home devices and services are maturing across a number of traditional and emerging verticals. Explore the potential of smart home platforms to deliver a unified and reliable consumer experience while delivering the data and engagement that creates lasting business value.

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Dave Mayne, Vice President of Product Management, Alula

Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder, ROC-Connect, Inc.

Linden Tibbets, CEO, IFTTT

Kellen Xu, Director of Global Business Development and Partnerships, SmartThings

George Yianni, Head of Technology, Philips Hue - Signify

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates


10:15-10:45 a.m.

Special Session: Home Security and the Smart Home - View session details at CES.tech

This special session presentation highlights opportunities and challenges in the smart home and residential security industry.

Bernd Grohmann, Executive Vice President, eQ-3

Mike Harris, President, Ring Solutions, Ring, an Amazon Company

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


11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Voice-First Experience: Innovation and Disruption - View session details at CES.tech

The UI experience is compelling but the true value of voice assistants is their ability to unify control of fragmented and disparate ecosystems. This session addresses the voice-first experience including adoption and crossover strategies in smart home and connected entertainment.

Jacob Atalla, VP, Sustainability Initiatives, KB Homes

Ed Doran, Ph.D., Co-Founder Cortana, Principle Program Management, Artificial Intelligence & Research, Incubations, Microsoft

Katie McMahon, VP and GM, SoundHound, Inc.

Ramon Kolb, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Smart Home and Dragon TV, Nuance Communications

Michele Turner, Sr. Director, Smart Home Ecosystem, Google

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


12:15-1:00 p.m.

In-Home Tech Support: Creating Consumer Confidence - View session details at CES.tech

Connectivity has changed how consumers interact with brands. Learn how brands are leveraging proactive support interactions to engage their customers, drive higher ROI and build consumer confidence in the safety, security and reliability of their IoT experiences.

Steve Dimmitt, VP, Sales and Marketing, Sears Home Services

Jeremy Hitchcock, Founder & CEO, Minim

Jennifer Mallett, CEO/President, Level Up Your Home

Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


1:15-1:45 p.m.

Special Session: Building a Smarter Home: Trends in Homebuilding and Energy Services - View Session Details at CES.tech

Innovative builders are leveraging smart home technology to differentiate their products with enhanced security, comfort, convenience, and energy efficiency. The smarter home is also creating opportunities for new services such as alternative energy. Take a look at some of trends in homebuilding and energy services that are transforming the home of the future.

David Kaiserman, President, Lennar Ventures, Lennar

Patrick Maloney, CEO & Founder, Inspire

Moderator: Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home Research, Parks Associates


2:00-3:00 p.m.

Insurance, Consumers and IoT: New Business Models - View Session Details at CES.tech

Explore the convergence of insurance and smart home, including the emerging ecosystem of players, go-to-market options for device distribution and management, data analytics needs and workflows. Get insight into the unique economics of the leading types of losses and how business model innovation can leverage incentives and adjacent services to drive consumer adoption.

Daniel Behrendt, Head of Business Development, Resideo Connected Home

Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz, Electronics + Environment, Energy & Utilities Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value

Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo

Jon-Michael Kowall, AVP of Property Product Development & Innovation, USAA

David Wechsler, Senior Director of Channels and Partnerships, Comcast Xfinity

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates


3:15-4:15 p.m.

Focus on the Experience: Interoperability & Integration - View Sessions Details at CES.tech

This session addresses innovations driving a personalized and frictionless consumer experience Voice assistants, shared networking protocols, API integrations and control hubs enable an integrated cross-platform experience, while broader IoT solutions and initiatives deliver widespread interoperability in the smart home.

Charlie Kindel, Senior Vice President of Products & Services, Control4

Sujata Neidig, VP, Marketing, Thread Group; Director, Product Marketing, Microcontrollers & Connectivity, NXP

Paul Palmer, Global Director of Business Development, Consumer Business, F-Secure

Cory Sorice, VP GM Emerging Business, Chamberlain Group, Inc.

Raoul Wijgergangs, Vice President and General Manager, Z-Wave, Silicon Labs

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


4:15-5:00 p.m.

Independent Living: Serving Consumers at Home - View Session Details at CES.tech

Increasing demand for solutions that improve quality-of-life for seniors is expanding opportunities for independent living solutions. This session examines smart home solutions that deliver life- and cost-saving health benefits at home, including medical monitoring, telehealth technologies, and personalized delivery/transportation services.

Steve Chazin, VP, Product  Management, Alarm.com

Rob Flippo, CEO, MobileHelp

Chris Gibbons, Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc.

Geoff Gross, Founder & CEO, Medical Guardian

Jay Holley, Head of Partnerships, Uber Health

Claire Miles, Managing Director, Centrica Hive Ltd

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


5:30 p.m.

Homematic IP - CONNECTIONS Summit SponsorNetworking Reception - Request Pass
Sponsored by Homematic IP


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