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May 18, 2016


Vivint Smart Home to Keynote Parks Associates’ 20th Annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference

Up to 50% of smart home device owners interact daily with their devices; executive keynote to address evolution of the connected home

Parks Associates announced today that Vivint Smart Home Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Matt Eyring will deliver a keynote on the evolution of the smart home, including strategies to create the best user experiences, at CONNECTIONS™, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. The 20th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference takes place May 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco.

“The smart home is in the early adopter phase, and already usage is high, with 40-50% of owners of many different smart home devices interacting with these products on a daily or almost daily basis,” said Tom Kerber, Director of Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. “With multiple use cases driving the market forward, smart home products and services appeal to multiple consumer segments, and the emerging challenge is to create a unified, interoperable system while offering a customized solution that learns and even anticipates individual preferences. Vivint’s insight into the evolution of the smart home will be valuable as we enter the next phase of the smart home.”

Smart Home Device Daily Usage

“As we transition from the connected home to the smart home of the future, the user experience for the consumer is poised for radical change,” Eyring said. “A smart home powered by a comprehensive system of intelligent, connected devices will move consumers well beyond remote control to a truly intelligent and intuitive home experience.”

CONNECTIONS™ brings together over 650 industry leaders to address use cases and emerging business models that will successfully engage customers and grow revenues in the converging IoT industries – including smart home, connected entertainment, and mobile ecosystems.

Eyring will present the keynote “The Transition from Connected Home to Smart Home” on the final day of CONNECTIONS™. He will discuss how breakthrough user interfaces and intelligence combine to create the best user experience for consumers to create the smart home of the future.

Parks Associates research highlights recent growth in the smart home and examines different methods to ensure continued success:

  • 22% of smart watch owners or purchase intenders plan to use the watch for smart home control and applications.
  • Smart home device ownership nearly doubled in the past year, with 19% of U.S. broadband households owning a smart home device by the end of 2015.
  • Almost one-third of those 65 or older own and use a connected health device.

CONNECTIONS™ features multiple sessions highlighting the trends related to smart homes and the connected consumer.

Smart Home: Making Products Interoperable and Easy to Use,” Tuesday, May 24, 4:15 p.m., featuring:

  • Erik Davidson, Director of Product Management, CEL
  • Aditya Pendyala, Head of Growth, mnubo
  • Joe Wytanis, Sr. Director & Strategist, Connected Living, Consumer Technology Group, Flex

Smart Home Devices: Changing Business Models,” Wednesday, May 25, 1:15 p.m., featuring:

  • David Carter, Co-Founder and CEO, WiZR
  • Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President Product & Market Development, Nortek Security & Control
  • Brandon Ridenour, Chief Technology Officer, HomeAdvisor, Inc.
  • Nate Williams, Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc.
  • Brett Worthington, VP of Global Business Development and General Manager for Americas, SmartThings

Energy, IoT, and Smart Home Partnerships,” Thursday, May 26, 8:30 a.m., featuring:

  • Paul Campbell, VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric
  • Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home, NRG/Reliant
  • Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-Founder and President, EnergyHub
  • Carl Lenox, Solution Architect, SunPower Corporation
  • Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Growth and Investing in the IoT and Smart Home,” Thursday, May 26, 1:45 p.m., featuring:

  • Chris Avery, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Maxim Group LLC
  • Manny Fernandez, CEO & Co-founder, DreamFunded.com
  • Amit Garg, Principal, Samsung
  • Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners
  • Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Event sponsors include Reception Sponsors CEL and Zonoff; Session Sponsors Icontrol Networks and PlumChoice; Lunch Sponsors Coldwell Banker and NXP; Silver Sponsors Alarm.com, Assurant, Asurion, Centercode, ROC-Connect, Support.com, ULE Alliance, WiZR, and ZigBee Alliance; Bronze Sponsors Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Cirrent, EVRYTHNG, Flextronics, Honeywell, HP, iQor, mnubo, People Power, PlanetEcosystems, WeatherBug Home, and Z-Wave; Program Guide Sponsor Vivint; Breakfast Sponsors Greenwave Systems and leakSMART; and Break Sponsors Home8, HomeAdvisor, Nortek Security & Control, State Farm, and Tyco.

For more information on CONNECTIONS™, visit www.connectionsus.com. Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US, #CONNUS16, and on the CONNECTIONS™ Industry Insights Blog. To schedule an interview with an analyst or request specific research, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 22-24, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting 600 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. The event provides a day of pre-show research workshops highlighting Parks Associates’ consumer data and analysis and two days of conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, forecasts for new products and services, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services.

The event provides executive networking opportunities and insights from industry leaders on entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services.

For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.