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2018 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.

Tuesday, May 22 - Research Workshop


Pre-show Workshop

8:00 AM

Workshop Registration Open

8:45 AM

Pre-Show Research Workshop: Smart Home and IoT: The Next Big Sell - Grand Peninsula EF


The Next Wave of Smart Home Devices

Industry Insights: Growth and Business Models

Industry Insights: Winning Support Strategies

Smart Home Products: Selling the Experience

Industry Insights: Channel Strategies

AI Impact on Residential Security Business

Consumer Insights: The Buyer Journey from Sales to UX

Smart Home Devices: Addressing Privacy and Security

Smart Home in Europe

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Tuesday, May 22 - Welcome to CONNECTIONS™


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

2:45 PM

Welcome to CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference - Regency Ballroom

Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates

3:00 PM

Opening Session: Evolution of the Connected Consumer - Regency Ballroom

Parks Associates launches the 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™ with a discussion on the current status of the smart home and connected entertainment markets. Industry executives discuss key trends in the smart home markets and the next steps necessary to move into the mass market.


Richard Culberson, Executive Director, Home Security & Smart Home Operations, Cox Communications

John Kennelly, General Manager, Built, b8ta

Thomas Nakatani, VP of Monitoring Technology & Product, ADT

Dale Pistilli, VP of Sales & Marketing, August Home

Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint Smart Home

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

4:00 PM

Keynote - The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Consumer Electronics - Regency Ballroom

Mark Spates - Google Keynote - CONNECTIONS

Mark Spates

Product Lead for Smart Home


Google - CONNECTIONS Connected Home Keynote

Smart speakers were the first consumer electronics category to be built with AI at the foundation of the user experience and value proposition. This Google keynote examines the impact of this trend as artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent in consumer electronics.

4:30 PM

Intel - CONNECTIONS US sponsorSpecial Session: User Interface: Extending the Experience for Consumers at Home, sponsored by Intel - Regency Ballroom

The market for smart home devices is exploding. Voice-enabled speakers, wearables, and remote and connected controls such as door locks, security cameras, and thermostats are widespread. The next stage of technology is innovative screen-based multimodal devices.

These devices feature multiple types of input in addition to voice, such as displays, camera, and sensors, and enable more sophisticated, higher-end user experiences. The ease-of-use and intuitive interactions of these multimodal products will integrate them into the daily tasks of the connected lifestyle and create valuable touchpoints for consumer engagement. This session examines the value these solutions bring to smart home business models and explores the potential of smart displays to connect/integrate vertical applications with back-end services.


Daniel Behrendt, Business Development, Honeywell Connected Home

Jeff Blankenburg, Alexa Evangelist, Amazon

Monika Gupta, EVP Sales, Marketing and Product, Cognitive Systems

Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel Corp.

Moderated by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

5:30 PM

Opening Reception and Networking - Grand Peninsula D


Wednesday, May 23 - Expanding the Smart Home Market


7:30 AM

Registration Open - Grand Peninsula Foyer

7:30 AM

MivaTek - CONNECTIONS SponsorNetworking Breakfast - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Mivatek Smart Connect

8:15 AM

Opening Comments: Evolution of the Smart Home - Regency Ballroom

Parks Associates presents insights on the smart home, recent market changes, and future directions based on industry trends, consumer research, and IoT innovations.

Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

8:30 AM

Smart Home Business Models: Shift to Services - Regency Ballroom

Smart home products are pushing into mainstream channels, with consumer interest in many smart home products steadily increasing. Value-added services derived from data are driving differentiation of smart home solutions, yet development of business models that drive recurring revenue are still evolving. This session looks at the role of value-added services in the smart home, emerging business models, and the impact of business models on the competitive landscape.


Eric Adler, CEO, Flume, Inc.

Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Expert, HomeAdvisor

Lisa Fetterman, Founder and CEO, Nomiku

Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub

Marcus Scheiber, CEO, ROC-Connect

Moderated by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

9:15 AM

Keynote - DIY Security Products: Friend or Foe for the Industry? - Regency Ballroom


Tom Kerber

Director, IoT Strategy

Parks Associates


Protection of loved ones and property is consistently the leading value proposition for the smart home and a slew of new products and services are competing to fulfill the unmet home safety and security needs of consumers. As new innovative safety and security products enter the market, they compete with the traditional security and DIY security solution providers. This session discusses the evolving competitive landscape for home safety and security solutions and the opportunities for partnership.

9:45 AM

Fing - CONNECTIONS 2018 sponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Fing

Split Sessions: Adding Value to the Home

10:15 AM

Expanding Service and Sales Channels: Consumer Engagement Strategies - Grand Peninsula ABC

Smart home devices are being purchased and installed by different end-market segments, each with its own unique needs. Simultaneously, smart home products are being offered by a growing list of channels, each with their own strengths and reach. This session examines the expanding sales channels and end-user groups for smart home solutions.


Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer, Mandalay Homes

Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance

Shuvankar Roy, Vice President, Xfinity Home | Transformational Leader for Connected Home Strategy & Operations, Comcast

Mike Wajsgras, Director of Channel Development, Constellation

Moderated by Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

Support Needs for the Connected Consumer - Grand Peninsula EF

The current technical complexity of the connected home exceeds the capabilities of many early adopters, much less the average mass-market consumer. Each new connected device adds new communication requirements, bandwidth usage, and more potential security risks. This session examines changes in the support needs of consumers, the shift from hardware to a software focus, and new approaches to solving problems for connected consumers.


Deepak Batheja, Chief Digital Officer & Group CIO, iQor US Inc.

Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

Alton Martin, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Trusource Labs

Frank Ploumen, Head of Premises Product Management, Calix

Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech

Moderated by Patrice Samuels, Sr. Research Analyst, Parks Associates

AI: Contextual Learning to Drive Smart Home and Entertainment Experiences - Harbour Room AB

Data science and AI-oriented tools are emerging as key components in the evolution of experiences, features, business models, and consumer engagement. They are also changing the way that products are designed and services are delivered. This session examines the competitive advantages driven by data, the progress of AI, the value created by these applications, and the associated challenges with implementing AI in the home.


Ran Baror, VP Consumer Business, eyeSight Technologies

Alex Capecelatro, CEO, Josh.ai

Chris Jones, Vice President of Technology, iRobot Corporation 

Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO & Founder, Audio Analytic

Aditya Pendyala, Co-Founder | VP Growth, mnubo

Moderated by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Expanding the Experience

11:15 AM

Smart Home Platforms: Consumer Value and Experience - Grand Peninsula ABC

The variety of use cases made possible by smart home devices creates unique sales challenges, as different buyers will have different needs, but also opens opportunities for new approaches to communicate the value of the platform during the purchase process. This panel looks at what consumer expect when they buy smart home devices and how companies can deliver that and more in their products.


Naveen Chhangani, Head of Product Management, Arlo, NETGEAR

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems

Kevin Meagher, Chief Commercial Officer, Intamac

Josh Pederson, Director of Product, Ayla Networks

Brett Worthington, VP Global Business Development & Partnerships, Samsung SmartThings

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Smart Insurance: Mitigating Risk and Engaging Consumers - Grand Peninsula EF

All insurers, from home to car to health, can use smart home data to determine competitive premiums, reduce financial risks, and provide new benefits and services to their customers. This session examines insurance opportunities for the connected home, offers insights on the benefits for both insurers and policy holders, and discusses strategies, including the success of current trials, to engage insurance consumers with smart home solutions.


Drew Doleski, Senior Product Manager, IoT/Telematics - Connected Home, Verisk Analytics

Brett Jurgens, CEO, Notion

Roel Peeters, CEO, Roost Labs

Cecilia Sevillano, Head of Smart Home Solutions, Swiss Re

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

Energizing the Smart Home: Changing Role of Utilities - Harbour Room AB

Energy is a staple of the smart home. Energy monitoring and management services are excellent complements to home security, controls, data analytics, and personalization, and smart thermostats are currently the “hero” device of the smart home. This session looks at the next generation of energy services, the intelligence derived from energy data, and the changing role of energy providers and utilities as partners and players in the smart home.


Jason Dudley, Senior Planning Analyst, Salt River Project

Craig Johnson, President, Residential Solutions, Emerson

Rob Munin, President and CEO, Lux Products Corp

Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant

Moderated by Denise Ernst, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

12:15 PM

Consumer AnalyticsNetworking Lunch - Atrium
Sponsored by Consumer Analytics


Split Sessions: Protecting Consumers and the IoT

1:15 PM

Extending Monitoring Services to Smart Products - Grand Peninsula ABC

Smart products are a challenge to, and an opportunity for, the security industry. Smart safety and security products compete directly with security systems, as both provide peace of mind for consumers. However, self-monitoring of safety and security products is insufficient to many, and a majority of smart product owners express interest in adding professional monitoring to their smart products. This session examines the addition of monitoring services to smart products and its impact on the competitive landscape.


Terry Bader, Chief Revenue Officer, Guardzilla

Larry Folsom, President and CEO, I-View Now

Morgan Hertel, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Rapid Response Monitoring

Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

Moderated by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Tech Support & Privacy: Creating Consumer Confidence - Grand Peninsula EF

Expanding home networks threatens network reliability and device security. This session examines the impact of smart home and IoT adoption on the support needs of consumers and households.


Colin Barceloux, CEO, Axius

Jon Clay, Director, Global Threat Communications, Trend Micro

J.B. Fowler, Chief Product Officer, DOMOTZ

Ted Haeger, VP of Training & Support, Control4

Moderated by Patrice Samuels, Sr. Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Beyond Early Adopters

2:00 PM

Home Security: The Expanding Market - Grand Peninsula ABC

There has been a flood of DIY and self-installable solutions. This session examines the impact of these smart systems and the opportunities to expand the security market.


Lewis Brown, CEO, MiOS

Mike Hackett, Co-founder and SVP, Qolsys

Jim Poder, VP, Product Management Residential Systems, Nortek

Russell Vail, Executive Vice President - Market Development, Alula

Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Seamless Experiences: Interoperability and User Interfaces - Grand Peninsula EF

The company that controls the UX is the leader in the consumer IoT. This session looks at the efforts to build a seamless experience that crosses brands, platforms, and ecosystems, invisible to the end user.


Kent Dickson, Co-Founder and CEO, Yonomi

David McCall, Senior Strategic Planner - Smart Home Group, Intel Corporation; Chair - Strategy Work Group, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF)

Daniel Moneta, CMO & EVP Corporate Development, MMB Networks

Chris Ince, Z-Wave Business Development Director, Silicon Labs

Dhruveshkumar Patel, CTO, VOLANSYS Technologies

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

3:00 PM

HomeAdvisor - CONNECTIONS 2018 sponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by HomeAdvisor

3:30 PM

Keynote - Wi-Fi: The Key to Our Future Smart Homes - Regency Ballroom

Comcast - CONNECTIONS Keynote 2018

Patti Loyack

Vice President, IP Services

Comcast Cable


Patti Loyack, VP of IP Services for Comcast, explores consumers’ relationships with technology and how poor adoption of “base level” technologies like home Wi-Fi can impact every innovation that comes after and prevent consumers from creating and living in a smart home.

4:00 PM

Connected Ecosystems: Entertainment and Smart Home - Regency Ballroom

Traditionally siloed ecosystems of entertainment and smart home are increasingly coming together, providing consumers with interactive control over various parts of the connected home. Innovations from voice control for streaming music to IP camera streams on smart TVs are shredding the traditional barriers between connected entertainment and the smart home. This panel examines this move toward convergence in the home, the recent trends that impact convergence, and the impact of convergence on the entertainment and smart home industries.


Manar Alazma, Vice President of Product Management, Nuance Communications

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

Scott Hancock, VP of Marketing, Plex

Arsham Hatambeiki, VP Corporate Product & Strategy, Universal Electronics Inc.

Moderated by Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

5:00 PM

Fireside Chat - Evolution of the Connected Consumer: Foundations for the Smart Home Experience - Regency Ballroom

Consumers continue to push for a simple, personalized user experience across all their favorite devices in and outside of the home yet without complexity or demands on them. Two thought leaders sit down to discuss the innovations and platforms driving the convergence of uses cases in the connected home, extending from home security to personal health to the connected car. Executives examine the technologies powering monitoring, analytics, and detection solutions in the smart home and how industry trends are shifting the balance between hardware, networks, and cloud-based services. They also present strategies to leverage these technologies and coordinate components from many different verticals in order to deliver a unified experience to the end user.


Rusty Lhamon, Sr. Director, IoT Solutions, T-Mobile

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

5:30 PM

F-Secure - CONNECTIONS SponsorNetworking Reception - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by F-Secure


Thursday, May 24 - Transforming the Experience at Home


7:30 AM

Registration Open - Grand Peninsula Foyer

7:30 AM

LeakSentinel - CONNECTIONS US 2018 SponsorNetworking Breakfast - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by LeakSentinel

8:15 AM

Opening Comments: Key Innovations in the Connected Home - Grand Peninsula ABC

Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

8:30 AM

Future of the Connected Home: Delivering on Promises - Grand Peninsula ABC

As the connected home evolves from a collection of standalone devices to a unified system with personalized and coordinated scenes, its domain will expand from core smart home devices to a variety of adjacencies. This future-facing session looks at the next stages of the connected home.


Laura Crisp, Manager of Emerging Business, Chamberlain, Chamberlain

Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation – Mobility & Connected Services, GM

Nigel Pugh, CEO, IMONT Technologies Limited

Anthony Versarge, Head of Product, Health and Wellness, Comcast

Moderated by Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

9:30 AM

Keynote: Adding Value to Independent Living for a Growing Population - Grand Peninsula ABC

Melissa Gregg - Intel Keynote - CONNECTIONS

Dr. Melissa Gregg

Director of Research for Intel Smart Home

Intel Corp.

Intel - CONNECTIONS Keynotes
Miles Kingston - Intel Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2018

Miles Kingston

General Manager, Smart Home Group

Intel Corp.

This keynote explores the potential of the smart home to enrich the lives of those aging in their homes by providing caregiving, connection, and companionship. Emotional, intellectual, and social wellness can be enhanced with technologies including home automation, ambient computing, and local artificial intelligence (AI). Miles Kingston, GM of Intel Smart Home, discusses why Intel continues to invest heavily into research on this topic and how the company is building technology capabilities to support this ripe market. He is joined by Dr. Melissa Gregg, Director of Research for Intel Smart Home, who will cover research assumptions and inspire the audience to consider health, wellness, and quality of life as ongoing requirements for the connected homes of the future.

10:00 AM

Mersoft - CONNECTIONS sponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Mersoft

Split Sessions: Connecting Consumers to their Technology


10:30 AM

Independent Living: Serving Consumers at Home - Grand Peninsula ABC

The key health use case for the smart home is independent living. With an aging but independently minded population, the U.S. market is seeing a surge in demand for smart solutions that enable the ill and elderly to live safely at home. This session examines the opportunities for providers, vendors, and caretakers as the smart home and connected home crossover.


Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way

Bob Gulino, Founder and VP Marketing, Nuro Technologies

Joe Liu, CEO, Mivatek Smart Connect

Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com

Jeffrey Weiner, VP, Product, Marketing and Sales, Mersoft

Moderated by Kristen Hanich, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Security and Data Analytics: Protecting the Connected Consumer - Grand Peninsula EF

IoT devices are now prime targets for hackers, and each breach prompts alarmist headlines—and another hit to consumer confidence in these new solutions. This session looks at ways IoT capabilities can be used to protect the end user and the home network. Speakers examine the innovations that are improving the security experience for the smart home consumer.


Marcio Avillez, SVP Networks, CUJO AI

Rich Bira, Managing Director, USA, Fibaro

Timo Laaksonen, President, F-Secure Americas, F-Secure

Sanjay Manney, Sr. Director of Product Management and Marketing, Rambus

Duane Paulson, VP - Strategic Partnerships, Fing

Moderated by Patrice Samuels, Sr. Research Analyst, Parks Associates

11:30 AM

Voice-First Experience: From Smart Speakers to the Whole House - Grand Peninsula ABC

As the number of sensors and smart objects in the home expands, consumers will be able to interact with their home network anywhere, for any number of requests. This session looks at near-field and far-field options in new voice technologies and the challenges in presenting a seamless voice-first experience in a household where multiple different smart products are listening and responding.


Ed Doran, Principle Program Management, Microsoft

Adam Justice, CEO, ConnectSense

Max Li, President and CEO, Tri Cascade, Inc.

Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory

Tom Stimac, Chief Innovation Officer, GE Lighting

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

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

12:30 PM

CONNECTIONS EuropeNetworking Lunch - Atrium
Sponsored by CONNECTIONS™ Europe


1:30 PM

Insurance and Home Services: Being a Trusted Advisor - Grand Peninsula ABC

Parks Associates consumer research shows strong connections between consumer demand for smart home products and consumer interest in using these solutions for insurance purposes. This special research session looks at consumer interest in a home insurance-smart home connection and its potential impact for business models on both sides.


Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance

Aleem Lakhani, EVP, Specialty Risk, AmTrust North America

Bill Loesch, CEO, LeakSentinel

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

2:30 PM

Investment Strategies: Connected Home & IoT - Grand Peninsula ABC

Moving the smart home from early adopter to a mass market 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.


Dylan Gale, Principal, Comcast Ventures

Steve Horley, Advisor Global Innovation & Investments, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Len Jordan, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Greg Mischou, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Woodside Capital Partners

Moderated by Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

3:30 PM

Closing Comments - Grand Peninsula ABC

3:45 PM

Connected Health SummitReception - Grand Peninsula Foyer
Sponsored by Connected Health Summit