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May 23, 2016


Parks Associates to Host 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference This Week in San Francisco

More than 650 Attendees Expected at IoT Event, with Keynotes from Amazon, SmartThings, Comcast, Cablevision, Rovi, and Vivint Smart Home

International research firm Parks Associates will host the 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference this week, May 24-26, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

The three-day executive conference features keynotes from Amazon, SmartThings, Comcast’s Xfinity Home, Cablevision, Rovi, and Vivint Smart Home, as well as analyst presentations on new consumer research and panel discussions with high-level executives from start-ups, Fortune 500, venture capitalist, public relations, and media companies. Press are invited to attend.

"CONNECTIONS™ has been a key consumer technology event since 1996," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "The connected home has evolved over the past 20 years, driven by the spread of broadband, home networking standards, adoption of connected CE devices, and mobility and app usage. This week, CONNECTIONS™ will bring together industries of each part of the connected ecosystem to discuss the disruptors, trends, and mix of streaming services, software solutions, connected devices, and cloud services that are defining today’s IoT."

“We have seen amazing innovations reach consumers over the past year, particularly related to entertainment,” said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. “Virtual reality, live streaming apps, and HDR are defining new experiences for consumers. Two-thirds of U.S. broadband households now subscribe to an OTT video service, and it has changed the way people consume media and even how they talk about their favorite shows. At CONNECTIONS™, we will examine the changes and their implications as consumers start to watch streams instead of channels.”

Over 650 executives will attend CONNECTIONS™ from the following industries: Internet of Things, new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, software and middleware, smart home, digital health, insurance, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, home control systems and security, technical support, and energy management.

“Only CONNECTIONS™ offers information and networking opportunities relevant to all the players working to drive the next wave of connected solutions,” Sikes said.

What: CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

When: Tuesday, May 24 - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Where:    Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

                           1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010

  •  Keynote Schedule:
  • Tuesday, May 24
  • 10:15 a.m. "Platform Disruption: Overcoming IoT Adoption Challenges," Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Comcast’s Xfinity Home
  • 2:15 pm. "Accelerating Smart Home Adoption through Voice Control and Alexa," David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo, Amazon
  •   Wednesday, May 25
  • 10:00 a.m. “Being the Service Provider of the Future,” Rob Comstock, Executive Vice President, Operations, Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • 5:00 p.m. "Driving Mass-Market Adoption of the Smart Home," Robert Parker, SVP of Engineering, SmartThings
  • Thursday, May 26
  • 9:30 a.m. "The Transition from Connected Home to Smart Home," Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home
  • 1:15 p.m. "Powering What's 'On' in a New World," Michael Hawkey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Business Group, Rovi

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.

Download the CONNECTIONS™ Media Sheet at www.parksassociates.com/conn-media.

Press registration is open and media are invited to register at http://www.parksassociates.com/connections-presspass. For information about CONNECTIONS™, visit www.connectionsus.com. Follow the conference on Twitter at @CONNECTIONS_US, #CONNUS16, 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.

If you cannot attend the conference, register to view the live streaming of the May 24 sessions at www.parksassociates.com/cus-streaming

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 more than 600 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with two days of visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features a research workshop highlighting Parks Associates’ smart home insight consumer data.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.