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May 14, 2015

Comcast, Nest, Samsung, and Verizon Keynote Parks Associates’ 19th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Parks Associates event focuses on Internet of Things and the Connected Consumer

Parks Associates today confirmed the keynote lineup for the 19th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference. Executives from Comcast’s Xfinity Home, Nest, Samsung, and Verizon will address the impact of the Internet of Things on the industries developing products and services for the connected consumer.

“These influential companies are driving the industry’s agenda,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “The connected entertainment and smart home industries need to ensure that the consumer side of the IoT works seamlessly, securely, and with a flexible design capable of integrating future innovations. CONNECTIONS™ has extraordinary speakers fromall players of the ecosystem this year, from smart home and connected entertainment to digital health and tech support.”

Over 500 executives from the telecom, security, cable, utility, and retail markets will attend the event at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel, May 19-21. Parks Associates analysts will moderate all sessions and present new consumer research. The keynote schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 19

  • 10:45 a.m. - Farooq Muzaffar, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, Verizon, will present the opening keynote “Taking a Mobile-First Approach to the Smart Home.” He will address what a mobile-first approach means to the smart home and how to apply lessons learned to traditional business models. 
  • 2:15 p.m. - Eric Anderson, VP, Content and Product Solutions; GM, Smart Home, Samsung, will present the afternoon keynote “Smart Home Breakthrough.” He will discuss recent technology changes and innovations as well as the opportunities to build consumer trust and credibility with products and services that are dependable and easy to use. 

Wednesday, May 20

  • 10:00 a.m. - Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable, will present the opening day keynote “Driving Adoption of the Smart Home.” He will focus on the types of experiences needed to drive adoption of the smart home beyond the early adopters and tech enthusiasts to the mass market.

Thursday, May 21

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsors include Icontrol Networks, CEL, Assurant Solutions, Asurion, HP, Lowe’s, Qualcomm, Resolution Products, ROC-Connect, Support.com, Affinegy, Alarm.com, Ayla Networks, EVRYTHNG, INSTEON, PlanetEcosystems, PlumChoice, Prodea, Tyco, ULE Alliance, WeatherBug Home, Z-Wave, Greenwave Systems, Radialpoint, Zipato, AirTies, Amdocs, MivaTek, and Nortek Security & Control.

Media and organizations supporting the event include CEDIA, TWICE, AE Ventures, Appliance DESIGN Magazine, Best Web Design Agencies, BestSEOs.com, Bluetooth SIG, BoogarLists, Cablefax, Conference Guru, Connected Home World, CTIA, Digital Trends, Entertainment Merchants Association, FierceCable, FierceMobileIT, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceTelecom, FierceWireless, HDTV Magazine, Home Energy Magazine, Home Gateway Initiative, HomePlug Alliance, HomeToys.com, Innovation & Tech Today, IOT Insights, IoT Perspectives, Light Reading, Mobile Monday, MoCA, NexTV Latam, NFC Forum, Online Payments Market Guide, OSP Magazine, TelcoProfessionals, The Paypers, Thread Group, topSEOs.com, U-SNAP Alliance, UMTS Forum, Visibility Magazine, and Women Who Code.

For information about CONNECTIONS™, visit www.connectionsus.com. Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US, #CONNUS15, and on the CONNECTIONS™ Industry Insights Blog. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or speaker, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.


Parks Associates' 27th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023 and multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2023. The event focuses on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2023 features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023, with virtual sessions on March 2, July 20, and October 5. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.