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Welcome to CONNECTIONS™

Tuesday, May 19

 

Expanding Opportunities Through New Value

8:00 AM

Registration Open

8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:30 AM

Opening Comments: Emerging Trends and the Connected Consumer

9:45 AM

Defining the Connected Home: Entertainment, Security, Healthy, Smart Home

Successful partnerships extend the range of possibilities for customers without forcing companies to cede their unique positions as product providers. Panelists discuss the advantages and opportunities for adding value through integration with solutions from different industries.

SPEAKERS

Duane Paulson, SVP Product and Market Development, Nortek Security & Control
Todd Rytting, Chief Technology Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America
Mike Tinskey, Global Director of Electrification and Vehicle Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

10:45 AM

Opening Keynote

Verizon keynote - CONNECTIONS 2015

Farooq Muzaffar
Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development
Verizon

Verizon - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote Speaker

11:15 AM

Innovative Partnerships: The Connected Home

Partnerships are quickly becoming a source of competitive advantage in the smart home. They open up new business models and channels for products and services. This panel discusses uncommon and uncomfortable partnerships in the smart home and strategies to make them successful and profitable.

SPEAKERS

Greg Blackett, Senior Product Manager, Tyco
Chris Boross, President, Thread Group
Seth Frader-Thompson
, President, EnergyHub
Adam Mayer, Vice President & General Manager, IntelligentHome, Time Warner Cable

More speakers to be announced

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

12:15 PM CONNECTIONS™ Networking Lunch

1:15 PM

Internet of Things: Innovations and New Value Propositions

OEMs have multiple options through smart products to extend value as they strive to enhance the consumer experience and expand business models. This session examines how sensors and value-added services are changing the competitive landscape.

SPEAKERS

Larry Goldman, Director, North American Sales & Business Development, Kwikset
George Land, Business Director. Nexia Home Intelligence, the Ingersoll Rand company 
Ralph Morales III
, Innovation Architect, Hewlett Packard
Eran Sandhaus, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

More speakers to be announced

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

2:15 PM

Keynote: Smart Home Breakthrough

Samsung keynote - CONNECTIONS 2015

Eric Anderson
VP, Content and Product Solutions; GM, Smart Home
Samsung

Samsung - CONNECTIONS 2015 keynote

What will it take for the smart home to break through to the mass market? The smart home market is moving quickly and innovating at light speed, but building consumer credibility and consumer trust requires a steady stream of ease, dependability, and instant gratification. How do we strike the balance between offering consumers innovative products and services while making them feel confident with offerings rooted in reality?

2:45 PM

Refreshment Break in Showcase

3:45 PM

Explosion of OTT Services

Video streaming presents technical hurdles, including encoding and delivering video, alongside content challenges. This session discusses the challenges facing the OTT video industry in production, licensing, and delivery as well as the future opportunities that will shape the progression of OTT video services.

SPEAKERS

Mio Babic, President & CEO, iStreamPlanet
Chris Carey, Chief Product Officer, Verizon Digital Media Services
Ed Lee
, VP of Content Acquisition, Roku

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Split Sessions:  Personalization and New Form Factors

 

4:15 PM

4K / UHD TVs: The TV Landscape and Next Market Opportunity

TV manufacturers expect 4K UHD TVs to be their next big growth area, but today the amount of available 4K UHD content is limited. This session examines sales and expectations, consumer attitudes toward 4K, and the impact of 4K UHD TVs on the viewing experience.

SPEAKERS

Tim Alessi, Director of New Product Development, LG
Satish Annapureddy, Sr Director, Strategy & Business Development, DivX/NeuLion
Philip JonesProduct Information Manager - Video, Sony

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates

IoT and APIs: Extending Functionality for Connected Devices

In this session, industry experts discuss the impact of APIs and their role in the design and sales of connected devices. Speakers provide insights into the business models and case studies emerging from industry sectors using these tools to create new user experiences.

SPEAKERS

David Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ayla Networks
Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Curt Schacker, VP, Connected Devices, EVRYTHNG

Moderator: Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Split Sessions:  Fulfilling the Promise

 

4:45 PM

Retaining Customers and Minimizing Churn in Consumer Services

While capturing new subscribers is important for building services, keeping customers is the key to ongoing stability and growth. This executive panel looks at challenges, opportunities, and best practices for consumer retention.

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Director of Research, Parks Associates

Connected Cars: The Next Smart Platform

In-vehicle connectivity is now reaching the mass-market consumer. This panel focuses on cross-industry partnerships, new requirements for solutions, and insights into how connected CE and smart home industries can create innovative products for the connected car.

SPEAKERS

Ken Durand, Vice President, Innovation & Business Development, Internet of Things, Ericsson
Andrew Poliak, Global Director, Business Development , QNX Software Systems

More speakers to be announced

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

5:15 PM

Opening Networking Reception

 

Wednesday, May 20

 

Creating New Opportunities from Emerging Technologies

7:15 AM

Registration Open

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome: The Future of the Connected Home

9:00 AM

Winning Channel Strategies for Smart Home Services

Low awareness and limited familiarity with smart home products and services create significant challenges for channel partners, especially as the market transitions from early adopter to early majority. This panel discusses the challenges in guiding consumer decision processes and the ability of different channels to overcome barriers and drive the next wave of smart product and service adoption.

SPEAKERS

Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development, Iris Smart Home Business Unit, New Business, Lowe's
Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation, Reliant, an NRG Company
Ryan Petty
, Vice President, Product Development & Innovation, ADT Security Services
Brian Seemann, President, Resolution Products
Chris Williams, Senior Director Product Strategy, Time Warner Cable

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

10:00 AM

Opening Keynote

Comcast - Xfinity - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote

Daniel Herscovici
SVP & GM, Xfinity Home
Comcast Cable

Comcast - CONNECTIONS 2015 keynote

10:30 AM

Refreshment Break

Split Sessions: Personalization and New Form Factors

 

11:00 AM

Role of the Smart Watch in the Connected Home

Smart watches as an emerging mobile device category offer numerous opportunities for companies in the connected home space. This panel provides insights on the challenges and opportunities for innovation when interfacing these device with other solutions in the home.

Moderator: Tejas Mehta, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Unlocking the Value of Personalization: Balancing Big Data and Privacy

Consumers expect their devices and services to adjust to their preferences at the same time that they are increasingly concerned about the use and vulnerability of their personal data. This panel examines opportunities, obstacles, and privacy and security concerns impacting personalization solutions.

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Director of Research, Parks Associates

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Post-Lunch Networking

Split Sessions: New Experiences and Home Controls

 

1:15 PM

Streaming as Standard: The New User Experience

This session examines the evolution of the user experience with the rising popularity of content streaming. Panelists examine the implications for device sales and subscriptions, discuss best-in-class UX design features, and analyze changes in how consumers communicate with their TVs as innovation moves towards natural and intuitive interaction with devices.

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates

Integrating IoT into Smart Home Platforms

This session examines the efforts to expand the ecosystem of interoperable products and realize the vision of the smart home. The panel of experts discusses new business models and partnership opportunities among entertainment and security service providers, utilities, manufacturers, retailers, and other relevant players.

SPEAKERS

V. Rory Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PlanetEcosystems
Jay Kenny, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com
Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life
Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato
Brett Worthington, VP - General Manager, Wink Inc.

Moderator: Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Evolution of the Connected Home

 

2:15 PM

Evolution of Content Access: Cloud-based CE and Video Services

Cloud-based products and services benefit operators, manufacturers, and consumers while producing dramatic changes in product design and service delivery. This panel explores the new innovations and virtualization trends that will shape future CE and video solutions.

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Director of Research, Parks Associates

Managing IoT Services

As IoT devices and services converge in the connected home, consumers will be reluctant to manage clusters of devices and clouds. These conditions will open opportunities for a new class of vendors that will deliver IoT experiences as services, tailored to consumer preferences and to handle tasks such as configuration, installation, and management. This session examines the business models for these players, who will act as third parties in the connected home and work under familiar flagship brands.

SPEAKERS

Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy
Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder, ROC-Connect
Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

3:15 PM

Networking Break in Showcase

3:45 PM

Next-Gen Support Services: Connected Devices and IoT

This session examines the market potential of new and innovative support technologies that will help consumers navigate the increasing layers of complexity in broadband households.

SPEAKERS

Chris Koverman, VP Engineering, Support.com
Jeff Unterreiner, Senior Vice President, Connected Living, Assurant Solutions
Sridhar Santhanam, Founder & CEO, HFN Inc. / Nanoheal

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

4:30 PM

Multichannel Networks and Emerging Content Alternatives

This session discusses multichannel network partnerships and the advantages and disadvantages they hold for creators and distributors. Speakers analyze the factors for success in the online video space and the impact of the online video ecosystem on the traditional television and film industries.

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

5:00 PM

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

5:30 PM

Networking Reception

 

Thursday, May 21

 

The Next Big Thing

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Opening Comments: The Changing Connected Home Ecosystem

8:45 AM

Wearables and Connected Health Opportunities in the Home

This panel analyzes current innovations in wearable computing and their potential in expanding consumer-focused health-based applications. Speakers highlight the business opportunities for service and technology providers, component suppliers, and software designers.

SPEAKERS

David Glickman, Co-Founder and CEO, Lively
Nick Warnock, President, Wellograph, Inc

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates

9:45 AM

Keynote: Where the Jetsons Went Wrong: A Look Inside the more Thoughtful Home of the Future

Nest, Google Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2015

Mike Soucie
Head of Consumer Product Partnerships
Nest

Nest - Google - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote

What will our homes look like 20 years from now? Or 50? For decades, the media and popular culture have portrayed the home of the future as spacey, sterile, and fully automated. But what if they're wrong? In this session, Nest's Mike Soucie examines the state of connected homes today and explores how our future homes may look familiar but function - and think - differently.

10:15 AM

Refreshment Break in Showcase

10:45 AM

The Future of Robotics in the Connected Home

Home robots may one day be as ubiquitous as TVs, with use cases ranging from routine housekeeping to hazard detection to specialized medical and assisted living tasks. In this session, panelists discuss current and future capabilities of home robots and the consumer value propositions in entertainment, housekeeping, and healthcare.

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Simplifying for the Consumer

 

11:15 AM

Standards and Interoperability: Creating Competition through Cooperation

Consumers expect all of their smart devices to work together and will not tolerate multiple steps to achieve integration. This session examines ways to ensure interoperability and analyzes the solutions needed to satisfy all players, including the consumer.

SPEAKERS

Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance
Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon
Tim Harrington, GM Products Group, CEL
Mark Skarpness, Director of Systems Engineering, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation

More speakers to be announced

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

Entertainment and the New User Experience

The user interface is an increasingly prized asset that enables data collection, an advertising portal, an integration point for OTT and linear content, and a portal to smart products and services increasingly delivered wirelessly. This session discusses innovations that are shaping the future of the user experience, its role in the smart home, and UI monetization strategies.

SPEAKERS

John Driver, Chief Operating Officer, PacketVideo
Özgür Yildirim, North America Business Unit EVP & General Manager, AirTies

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM

Investing in the IoT Markets

This session, featuring investors active in the connected home space, analyzes growth opportunities in key sectors, current trends in funding, and desirable investments emerging in the IoT markets.

SPEAKERS

Greg Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures
Manny Fernandez, CEO & Co-founder, DreamFunded.com
Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief, Digital Trends

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

2:15 PM

Network and Q&A with Parks Associates Analyst Team