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2017 Agenda


CONNECTIONS™ sessions offer a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight. This approach is unique among conferences and necessary to capture the complexity and see the opportunities in these interconnected markets. Contact Parks Associates with questions.

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Tuesday, May 23 - Workshops

 

Pre-show Workshops

8:00 AM

Workshop Registration Open

9:00 AM

Three Concurrent Pre-Show Research Workshops

Smart Home and IoT: Growth, Consumer Trends

Connected Health and IoT: Technology Innovators and Disruptions

Connected Entertainment: Evolving Platforms and Services

 

Tuesday, May 23 - Welcome to CONNECTIONS™

 

Welcome to CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference & Showcase

3:15 PM

Welcome: Accelerating the Connected Lifestyle

3:30 PM

Opening Session: The Future for the Connected Consumer

Where do we go from here? The “Internet of Things” has entered the public consciousness, even if consumers can’t easily define it. With that comes awareness of potential vulnerabilities and expectations of interoperability and personalized benefits. In this session, industry visionaries discuss the changes impacting broadband households today and how IoT innovations will shape the identity of the connected consumer.

SPEAKERS

Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Advisor, HomeAdvisor

William Greene, Product Manager, Energy Services, Nest Labs

More speakers to be announced

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

4:30 PM

Keynote

Sridhar Solur - Comcast Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2017

Sridhar Solur

Senior Vice President, Product & Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things, and Data Services

Comcast

Comcast - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

5:00 PM

OTT Video Services: Entertainment for a New Generation

Going over the top has reshaped traditional distribution channels. This special session examines the global impact of OTT services, including market shifts, changes in consumer habits, and strategies to create direct relationships with today’s connected consumer. Speakers also discuss the impact of OTT on millennials and Gen Z and how these habits will change as this generation ages.

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Sr. Research Director, Research, Parks Associates

5:45 PM

Welcome Reception and Networking

 

Wednesday, May 24 - Expanding Business Strategies for the IoT

   

7:30 AM

Registration Open

7:30 AM

leakSMART - CONNECTIONS 2017 SponsorNetworking Breakfast
Sponsored by leakSMART™

8:30 AM

Welcome: Refining Smart Home Experiences in the IoT

8:45 AM

IoT Monetization Models: Building a Mass-market Smart Home

The key questions facing companies in the IoT focus on what consumers want, what they will pay for, and how to achieve widespread adoption. This session tackles each challenge with analysis of real-world solutions that provide real consumer value and generate revenue.

SPEAKERS

Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

Duane Paulson, SVP-Strategic Development, Nortek Security & Control

More speakers to be announced

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

9:30 AM

Keynote

Matt Eyring - Vivint Smart Home - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

Matt Eyring

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Vivint Smart Home

Vivint Smart Home - CONNECTIONS Keynote

10:00 AM

Nortek - CONNECTIONS Break SponsorsNetworking Break
Sponsored by Nortek Security & Control

Split Sessions: Converging Product and Service Ecosystems

10:30 AM

Connected CE Strategies: Building Product Ecosystems

Cloud functionality enables a device to act more like a service than a single product. This session examines the evolution of business strategies for the connected home and the necessary shift from a focus on a single product to a focus on a cloud-based product ecosystem that delivers multiple benefits to product makers and consumers.

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Sr. Research Director, Research, Parks Associates

Energy Management Solutions: Moving the Market Forward

Energy is an important aspect of the smart home but one that garners less enthusiasm among consumers than safety and security use cases. Crossover between energy and IoT could create substantial savings for consumers and utilities and new revenue streams for other providers. In this session, industry experts discuss strategies to get consumers excited about energy management as well as ways to leverage from the billions of smart home devices to be found broadband households.

SPEAKERS

Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-founder and President, EnergyHub, Inc.

Stuart Lombard, Founder & CEO, ecobee

More speakers to be announced

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

Split Sessions: Transforming the Experience for Consumers

11:15 AM

Asurion - CONNECTIONS session support sponsorSupporting End-to-End Consumer Experience, sponsored by Asurion

To thrive in the IoT, brands must evolve their support strategies to ensure that customers have superior experiences throughout their entire journey, across devices and platforms. New “smart support” starts integrating data on “Day Zero,” when the customer buys an IoT product or service, to develop a personalized experience that tracks sales channels and warranty information, accounts for other connected devices on the network, and creates trigger points for proactive support and recovery, all while ensuring user security and privacy. This session tackles the challenges in building these strategies, including partnerships, current data on consumer privacy demands, and new sources of revenue beyond monthly subscription plans.

SPEAKERS

Scott P. Ford, CEO, Pepper IoT

Greg Kruczek, Director of New Ventures, Asurion

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Auto Industry Transformation - Lessons and Opportunities for IoT Players

More than 380 million connected cars will be on the road by 2021. This session examines the lessons learned from the first phase of the connected car rollout, including data and privacy challenges, consumer perceptions, and their expectations for a connected car experience, including the impact of electric vehicles. Speakers also discuss strategies to tie the connected lifestyle together across connected car, home, energy, and entertainment ecosystems.

SPEAKERS

Kal Gyimesi, Automotive Marketing Leader, IBM Watson IoT

Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation - Connected Car, GM

Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director – Product Strategy & Innovation, Panasonic

Tom Rivers, VP, Connected Car Marketing, Harman

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM

Integrating Connected Health and Wearables into the Smart Home

Connected health and wellness features have established a prominent role on multiple IoT platforms, including the smartphone, the smart watch, and wearables. In this session, connected health executives and industry leaders examine the opportunity for connected key role of health as part of the smart home and how to bridge different industries seeking efficiencies while retaining their unique value propositions.

Moderator: Harry Wang, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates

2:15 PM

Keynote

 Kristine Faulkner - Cox Communications Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

Kristine Faulkner

Senior Vice President / General Manager, COX Homelife

Cox Communications

Cox - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

2:45 PM

HomeAdvisor - CONNECTIONS 2017 Break SponsorNetworking Break
Sponsored by HomeAdvisor

Split Sessions: New Strategies and Business Models Emerge

3:15 PM

Insurance Strategies for Consumer IoT Markets

Insurance has emerged as a new player in the IoT. Insurers can use smart home data to better understand the risk profile and provide new benefits to their customers. By leveraging smart home products, home and auto insurers can manage risk, reduce claims, increase customer engagement and save money, while health insurers can gather data to improve care quality and health outcomes. The session examines the new business models as insurance companies enter the IoT space as partners and purveyors of smart home solutions. Executives discuss the inevitable disruption of the smart home on the consumer experience and on business models in the industry.

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

The Impact of New Entertainment Experiences

Emerging trends such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, micro-content, and voice technologies are changing the business and user experience for entertainment. This session examines the hot trends in connected entertainment and analyzes how the landscape and business of entertainment will change for service providers, technology vendors, product makers, content creators, and app developers.

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

4:15 PM

Special Session

4:45 PM

Keynote

Miles Kingston - Intel Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2017

Miles Kingston

General Manager, Smart Home Group

Intel Corporation

Intel - CONNECTIONS Connected Home keynote 2017

5:30 PM

Intel - CONNECTIONS 2017 Reception SponsorNetworking Reception
Sponsored by Intel

 

Thursday, May 25 - Creating the IoT Experience: Consumer Value and Ease of Use

   

7:30 AM

MivaTek - CONNECTIONS 2017 Break SponsorNetworking Breakfast
Sponsored by MivaTek

8:30 AM

Opening Comments: Creating Value for IoT Consumers

8:45 AM

Wi-Fi, Connectivity, and High-Speed Data in the Connected Home

Every device in the connected home now contributes valuable data to the IoT experience. This session looks at opportunities to expand entertainment, broadband, and smart home offerings by leveraging each node in the home’s network. Speakers from a variety of IoT industries discuss strategies to build value for the growing number of connections in the home, including service profiles of U.S. broadband households and the role for each device type.

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Senior Research Analyst, Parks Associates

9:45 AM

Keynote

10:15 AM

Tyco - CONNECTIONS Break SponsorNetworking Break
Sponsored by Tyco

Split Sessions: Delivering a New Consumer Experience

 

10:45 AM

Cloud Platforms, Data and IoT: New Capabilities to Deliver Services

The flow of data through the cloud is the basis for new capabilities and user experiences for all IoT platforms. This session examines the flow of data, from pushing product updates to uploading user information in order to improve and expand the individual experience. Speakers discuss the impact of the cloud on product design and how companies can leverage data to build stronger connections with their end users.

SPEAKERS

Ryan Lester, Director, IoT Strategy, LogMeIn

Jennifer Sewell, Head of Product Marketing, mnubo - IoT Analytics

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Voice Control: Improving the User Experience

U.S. consumers bought an estimated 6 million voice-controlled smart speakers with personal assistants in 2016. Products from Amazon, Google, and Apple have moved voice control into the consumer consciousness as the way to interact with new connected devices. The session explores the potential for voice as the primary user interface for the smart home and innovations that will improve the experience.

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Consumer Expectations

11:45 AM

Protecting Consumers: Privacy and Device Security

Privacy and security are top concerns for consumers in 2017. Hacking and high-profile data breaches threaten to undermine consumer confidence and slow market growth. This session examines the impact of privacy/data concerns on consumer purchase and usage habits, strategies to secure the smart home, and how to communicate confidence in the IoT to the consumer.

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Greenwave Systems - CONNECTIONS SponsorSmart Home Platforms: Revolutionizing the Consumer Experience, sponsored by Greenwave Systems

Parks Associates forecasts that U.S. broadband households will buy almost 55 million smart home devices in 2020. In each case, the consumer adopts with a particular benefit in mind. This session examines strategies to align user experiences with expectations while unlocking additional value through connected IoT platforms.

SPEAKERS

Luke Freiler, CEO, Centercode

Jerome Rota, Chief Scientist, Usability, Greenwave Systems

More speakers to be announced

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

12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM

IoT and the Smart Home - Investments, Start-ups, and Growth

Over 100 million U.S. households did not have a smart home device at the end of 2016. Reaching these households requires continued investments to create unique and personalized consumer experiences. In this session, investors and VCs active in the IoT discuss the start-ups, new technologies, and cutting-edge innovations that will tip the scales toward mass-market adoption.

SPEAKERS

Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

More speakers to be announced

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

2:45 PM

Q&A - Parks Associates Team

Parks Associates analyst teams highlights the top takeaways from CONNECTIONS™ and predicts key growth factors of the connected home over the coming twelve months, predicting what is most likely to lead the next wave of innovation.

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks