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Welcome to CONNECTIONS™

Tuesday, May 19

 

Expanding Opportunities Through New Value

8:00 AM

Registration Open – Grand Peninsula Foyer

8:30 AM

CONNECTIONS - Greenwave SystemsNetworking Breakfast – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D
Sponsored by Greenwave Systems

9:30 AM

Opening Comments: Emerging Trends and the Connected Consumer – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

9:45 AM

Defining the Connected Home: Entertainment, Security, Health, Smart Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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
Rob Puric, Director - Product Management Connected Home, Honeywell
Todd Rytting, Chief Technology Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America
Geoff Snyder, Vice President, Business Development, Pandora
Mike Tinskey, Global Director of Electrification and Vehicle Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

10:45 AM

Opening Keynote: Taking a Mobile-First Approach to the Smart Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

Verizon keynote - CONNECTIONS 2015

Farooq Muzaffar
Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development
Verizon

Verizon - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote Speaker

What lessons from the mobile-first economy can we apply to the smart home? Taking a mobile-first approach has created consumer delight and significant commercial value in other parts of the digital economy. This session explores what works and doesn’t work when it comes to mobile-first and how those lessons can be applied to the smart home.

11:15 AM

Innovative Partnerships: The Connected Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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
Amanda Parrilli, Director, Strategic Business Development, The Home Depot

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

12:15 PM CONNECTIONS™ Networking Lunch – Atrium

1:15 PM

Internet of Things: Innovations and New Value Propositions – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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

Winifred Chang, Head of Smart Home Innovation and Partnership, LG Electronics USA
Larry Goldman
, Director, North American Sales & Business Development, Kwikset
Kurt Hoppe, VP, Applications & Services, Prodea
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

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

2:15 PM

Keynote: Smart Home Breakthrough – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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

CONNECTIONS - Nortek sponsorRefreshment Break in Showcase – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D
Sponsored by Nortek Security & Control

3:15 PM

Explosion of OTT Services – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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
Leah Belsky, Senior Vice President of Operations, Kaltura
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 – Grand Peninsula Ballroom FG

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, NeuLion
Philip JonesProduct Information Manager - Video, Sony

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates

IoT and APIs: Extending Functionality for Connected Devices – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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

The Ideal Smart Home User Experience – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

Ease of installation and ease of use are critical success factors in the smart home market. Mass-market solutions require simplicity, automation, and user experiences that any consumer can access and operate. This panel discusses the technology and systems that will transform the smart home user experience.

SPEAKERS

Amena Ali, Senior VP and General Manager, WeatherBug Home
Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings
Mark Spates, Head of Connected Home Platform, Logitech

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

Connected Cars: The Next Smart Platform – Grand Peninsula Ballroom FG

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 – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D

 

Wednesday, May 20

 

Creating New Opportunities from Emerging Technologies

7:15 AM

Registration Open – Grand Peninsula Foyer

7:30 AM

CONNECTIONS - Zipato SponsorContinental Breakfast – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D
Sponsored by Zipato

8:30 AM

Welcome: The Future of the Connected Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

9:00 AM

Winning Channel Strategies for Smart Home Services – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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
Kristine Faulkner, VP/GM Home Security & Smart Home, Cox
Ryan Petty, Vice President, Product Development & Innovation, ADT Security Services
Adam Sager, CEO & Co-founder, Canary
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: Driving Adoption of the Smart Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

Comcast - Xfinity - CONNECTIONS 2015 Keynote

Daniel Herscovici
SVP & GM, Xfinity Home
Comcast Cable

Comcast - CONNECTIONS 2015 keynote

What will it take to drive adoption of the smart home? This session explores the types of experiences needed to drive adoption of the smart home beyond the early adopters and tech enthusiasts to the mass market. 

10:30 AM

Refreshment Break – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D

Split Sessions: Personalization and New Form Factors

 

11:00 AM

Role of Smart Watches and Wearables in the Connected Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

Multiple high-profile announcements have established the smart watch as an emerging mobile device category. The connected home space offers numerous opportunities for wearables, and a key challenge going forward is identifying the use cases that will drive mainstream adoption. This panel features perspectives from industry stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities for innovation in wearables and the best strategies for interfacing with the connected home.

SPEAKERS

Justin Butler, VP of Commercial Development, MisFit
Kenny Mathers
, Senior Director, MediaTek Inc.
John Valiton, Chief Business Development Officer, Playtabase
Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture, Plantronics

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Tejas Mehta, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Unlocking the Value of Personalization: Balancing Big Data and Privacy – Grand Peninsula Ballroom FG

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.

SPEAKERS

Sefy Ariely, EVP Americas, Viaccess-Orca
Ray Bariso
, VP, Head of Operations and Business Support Solutions, Ericsson
Daren Gill, Vice President of Products, Advanced Search and Recommendations, Rovi Corporation
Stuart Rosove, VP, Advanced Solutions, Irdeto
Robin Wilson
, VP Business Development, NAGRA

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Director of Research, Parks Associates

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch – Atrium

1:00 PM

Post-Lunch Networking – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D

Split Sessions: New Experiences and Home Controls

 

1:15 PM

Streaming as Standard: The New User Experience – Grand Peninsula Ballroom FG

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.

SPEAKERS

Rick Herman, Chief Strategy Officer, MobiTV
Vishnu Rao, Director-Connected Platform, Sharp
Ali Vassigh
, Director of User Experience, Roku
Yoel Zanger, CEO and Founder, Giraffic Technologies

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates

Integrating IoT into Smart Home Platforms – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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
Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato
Adam Tichelaar, Director, Connected Home Solutions, Amdocs
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 – Grand Peninsula Ballroom FG

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.

SPEAKERS

Jeff Allen, VP Business and Corporate Development, Clearleap
Steve Christian
, SVP, Marketing, Verimatrix
Chris Drake, Vice President, thePlatform, a Comcast company
David Grubb, Chief Technical Officer for Cloud Solutions, ARRIS
Stephen Ludin
, Chief Architect, Akamai Technologies

More speakers to be announced

Moderator: Brett Sappington, Director of Research, Parks Associates

Managing IoT Services – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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

Peter Blanks, Vice President Technology, Asurion
Art Lancaster
, CTO, Affinegy
Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder, ROC-Connect
Tal Schierau, VP Sales and Account Management, Radialpoint
Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

3:15 PM

CONNECTIONS - Amdocs sponsorNetworking Break in Showcase – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D
Sponsored by Amdocs

3:45 PM

Next-Gen Support Services: Connected Devices and IoT – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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 – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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.

SPEAKERS

Rich Cusick, GM of Video, Gracenote
Jim O'Neill, Principal Analyst, Ooyala
Jody Stark, EVP - Commercial Strategy, Piksel

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

5:00 PM

Fireside Chat - A Smart Home Solution for Every Segment – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

The marketplace is diversifying smart home solutions to appeal to a variety of customer segments. Multiple channels are competing with different product and service offerings to attract young, tech-savvy early adopters while developing innovative business models for the coming early majority. The panelists in this special session discuss how the industry is serving key segments and share their thoughts on how products and services will evolve to move beyond early adopters.

SPEAKERS

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

5:30 PM

CEL - CONNECTIONS SponsorNetworking Reception – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D
Sponsored by CEL

 

Thursday, May 21

 

The Next Big Thing

7:30 AM

Radialpoint - CONNECTIONS SponsorContinental Breakfast – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D
Sponsored by Radialpoint

8:30 AM

Opening Comments: The Changing Connected Home Ecosystem – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

8:45 AM

Wearables and Connected Health Opportunities in the Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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

Jason Donahue, Senior Product Manager, Jawbone 
David Glickman
, Co-Founder and COO, 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 – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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

AirTies - CONNECTIONS SponsorRefreshment Break in Showcase – Grand Peninsula Ballroom D
Sponsored by AirTies

10:45 AM

The Future of Robotics in the Connected Home – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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.

SPEAKERS

Dr. Todd Hylton, EVP, Brain Corporation
Joesph Y. Ko, Chairman & CEO, TechKo Maid Inc.
Nancy Nunziati
, Vice President of Marketing, Neato Corporation

Moderator: Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Simplifying for the Consumer

 

11:15 AM

Standards and Interoperability: Creating Competition through Cooperation – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

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
Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave
Mark Skarpness, Director of Systems Engineering, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation

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

Entertainment and the New User Experience – Grand Peninsula Ballroom FG

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
Mike Fisher, Head of Strategy and Innovation, BrightLine
Mike Talvensaari, VP of Product Management, Wowza Media Systems
Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks 
Özgür Yildirim, North America Business Unit EVP & General Manager, AirTies

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch – Atrium

1:15 PM

Investing in the IoT Markets – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC

This session, featuring investors and recently backed companies 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
Jason Johnson, Co-founder and CEO, August
Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief, Digital Trends
Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

2:15 PM

Network and Q&A with Parks Associates Analyst Team – Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABC