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2015 Agenda

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JAN 6, 2015

9:15-10:25 a.m.

Internet of Things: Expanding Smart Devices

Smart products are entering the home in increasing numbers, and OEMs have multiple options to extend value as they strive to enhance the consumer experience and expand business models. This session examines the many decisions facing manufacturers of smart products.

Amena Ali, CMO, WeatherBug Home by Earth Networks

Ken Durand, Vice President, Innovation and Business Development, Ericsson

Shane Dyer,  President,  Arrayent

Matt Plante, CEO, EcoFactor

Nate Williams, CMO and EVP of Business Development, Greenwave Systems

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Consumer Demand for Next-Gen TV Services

This session examines the trends, features, technologies, and partnerships that will enable next-generation TV services. Issues include content discovery, UPGs, engagement and personalization, cloud-based features, 4K/8K content, and apps as well as consumer demand for these all features.


Chris Carey, Chief Product Officer, Verizon Digital Media Services

Rich Cusick, General Manager, Video, Gracenote

Mike Fisher, Director, Strategy & Innovation, BrightLine

Eric Grab, Chief Technology Officer, DivX, LLC

Christy Martin, Chief Technical Advisor, ThinkAnalytics

JT Taylor, Senior Manager, Cisco

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

12:00-1:10 p.m.

Smart Home: Channel Strategies and Business Models

This session examines the impact of IoT on traditional product and service channels within the smart home ecosystem. Executives discuss business strategies to deploy unique, integrated consumer experiences and partnership opportunities among service providers, security companies, utilities, manufacturers, and retailers.


Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Curt Schacker, VP, Managing Director, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG

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

Brian Seemann, President, Resolution Products, Inc.

Steve Shapiro, Vice President, Industry Relations, ADT

Christopher Williams, Sr. Director Product Strategy and Development, Time Warner Cable

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates


1:15-2:30 p.m.

Streaming Media Devices in the Video Ecosystem

This panel examines the future role for streaming media devices as consumers increasingly use these products for TV-based video consumption. Speakers analyze the impact to the ecosystem as pay-TV operators add streaming capabilities to their set-top boxes.


Michael Clegg, SVP and GM of Service Provider Business, NETGEAR

Doug Craig, VP Programming, Roku

Jim Denney, Vice President, General Manager, Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.

Elad Nafshi, VP Video Product Management, Comcast

Michael Paull, VP of Digital Video, Amazon

GW Shaw, Vice President, U-verse and Video Products, AT&T

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates


2:30-3:40 p.m.

Consumer Support in the Internet of Things

Tech support plays an increasingly important role in brand and product strategy. This session examines how the technical needs of households are changing with the Internet of Things and how support services should evolve to address these new market needs.


Sampath Gomatam, SVP of Product, Support.com

Larry Gordon, President, iYogi

Steve Sacks, Vice President – Global New Business Development, CSS Corp

Ratul Sengupta, Vice President Client Engagement, Sutherland Global Services

Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


3:45-5:00 p.m.

Platforms, Devices, & Interoperability in the Smart Home

Consumer interest in the smart home crosses multiple categories, but the strength of that demand relies on all products working seamlessly together. This session examines efforts to achieve interoperability and its importance in realizing the vision of the connected home.


Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance 

Joseph BousabaHead of Internet of Everything BU, Qualcomm Atheros 

Kris Bowring, Director of Business Development, Iris Smart Home Business Unit, New Business, Lowe’s

Dave Friedman, CEO and Co-founder, Ayla Networks

Jay Kenny, VP, Marketing, Alarm.com

Peter LeBlanc, Vice President, Axiros

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates


5:30 p.m.

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