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March 16, 2016


Amazon to Keynote 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference

Intelligent home assistant devices have reach 5% adoption among U.S. broadband households

Parks Associates announced today that David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo, Amazon, will be a featured keynote speaker at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 24-26 in San Francisco. The research firm is hosting the twentieth anniversary of this IoT conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, with other keynotes delivered by executives from Comcast Cable and Vivint Smart Home.

“We are pleased to welcome Amazon as a keynote speaker at CONNECTIONS™,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “The company made significant inroads in the smart home category with the Echo and Alexa products, including dramatic announcements at CES® 2016 and memorable Super Bowl ads. Our latest consumer research at the end of 2015 shows this new category of intelligent home assistant devices has already reached 5% adoption among U.S. broadband households. We look forward to Mr. Isbitski’s insight.”

CONNECTIONS™ hosts over 650 senior executives in the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries to focus on the successful use cases and emerging business models to engage consumers and grow revenues. Throughout CONNECTIONS™, the Parks Associates research team presents consumer adoption and forecasts of new products and services, evaluates new business strategies, and shares concrete recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services.

“With smartphone adoption at nearly 90% of U.S. broadband households, the smartphone has been the default controller for many smart home and IoT connections,” said Harry Wang, Director, Health and Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. “These users have also expanded their use of alternate interfaces, including voice control—almost 40% of smartphone users use the voice recognition function. These market conditions helped drive the successful launch and early sales of the Amazon Echo, which could soon challenge the smartphone as the primary controller for the connected home.”

David Isbitski has helped launch numerous technology platforms, frameworks, and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Other CONNECTIONS™ keynote speakers include Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home, and Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable.

CONNECTIONS™ has announced the following speakers for its twentieth anniversary:

2016 Speakers

Keynotes

Rob Comstock - Cablevision - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Rob Comstock
Executive Vice President, Operations
Cablevision Systems Corporation

Vivint Smart Home Keynote - 2016 CONNECTIONS

Matt Eyring
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Vivint Smart Home

Rovi - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Michael Hawkey
SVP and GM, Discovery Business Group
Rovi

Daniel Herscovici - Comcast Cable - 2016 CONNECTIONS Keynote

Daniel Herscovici
SVP & GM, Xfinity Home
Comcast

Amazon CONNECTIONS Keynote Speaker

David Isbitski
Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo
Amazon

CONNECTIONS US Keynote Speaker - Robert Parker, SmartThings

Robert Parker
SVP of Engineering
SmartThings

Speakers

Amena Ali, SVP and General Manager, WeatherBug Home

Eric Anderson, SVP and General Manager of Video Personalization, Gracenote

Chris Avery, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Maxim Group LLC

Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance

Jonathan Beavon, Director Strategy, Video Software & Solutions, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Peter Blanks, Vice President Technology, Asurion

Vincent Borel, Director of New Ventures, Logitech

Matt Bornski, Director and Chief Architect of Enterprise Services, Wink

Autumn Braswell, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Solutions Organization, LinQ, iQor

Adrian Caceres, Co-Founder and CTO, Ayla Networks

Paul Campbell, VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric

David Carter, Co-Founder and CEO, WiZR

Andy Chambers, VP, Connected Home, Assurant Solutions

Winifred Chang, Director IoT Business Development, LG Electronics

Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home, NRG/Reliant

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Erik Davidson, Director of Product Management, CEL

Kent Dickson, Co-founder and CEO, Yonomi

Derrick Dicoi, Senior Director of Product Management for XFINITY Home, Comcast

Chris Drake, Vice President, Business Development, thePlatform

John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

Chris Ely, Senior Manager, Industry Analysis, Consumer Technology Association

Dave Evans, CTO, Stringify

Kristine Faulkner, Vice President / General Manager, Home Security & Smart Home, Cox

Mike Fisher, Vice President, Product Strategy & Business Development, BrightLine

Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-Founder and President, EnergyHub

Navin Ganeshan, Chief Product Officer, Zubie

Amit Garg, Principal, Samsung

Noam Geri, VP Sales & Business Development, U.S., Giraffic

R.K Gopinath, Executive Director, Products - Smart & Connected Home, Cox Communications

Lee Gruenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Support.com

Scott Harkins, Vice President IoT Partner Programs, Honeywell Connected Home

Kenn Harper, VP, Devices & Ecosystem, Nuance Communications

Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff

Michael Hawkey, SVP & General Manager - Discovery Business Group, Rovi

Rexford Hibbs, COO / Co-Founder, DreamFunded.com

Francis Hoe, Operations Manager, Misfit Wearables, a Fossil Company

Emily Hossellman, Director of Marketing, Centercode

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems

Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners

Chris Jones, VP of Technology, iRobot

V. Rory Jones, President and CEO, PlanetEcosystems

David Jumpa, Chief Revenue Officer, Airbiquity, Inc.

Diomedes Kastanis, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson

Shane Keats, Director of Industry Marketing, Media and Entertainment , Akamai Technologies

Jay Kenny, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

John Kieny, VP, Business Development, CSS Corp

Paul T. Kim, Director, Content & Services, Samsung

Kyle Kline, Telemedicine Product Marketing Manager, A&D Medical

Channing Lai, Director, Product Management, PlumChoice

George Land, General Manager, Nexia, Ingersoll Rand

Carl Lenox, Solution Architect, SunPower Corporation

Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek / Home8

Tom Love, VP of Consumer Insights, ROKU

Arlen Marmel, VP of Marketing and Distribution, Ellation

Letha McLaren, CMO, Icontrol Networks

Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

Vineet Mehta, Principal, Draper Fisher Jurvetson 

Daniel Moneta, Chairman of the Marketing Working Group, ZigBee Alliance

Paul Moroney, SVP Advanced Technology, Arris

David Mowrey, VP of Product Management, Clearleap

Denis Noel, Lead Product Manager, IoT Security, NXP Semiconductors

William Oget, VP of Engineering, Arrayent 

Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates

Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President Product & Market Development, Nortek Security & Control 

Dave Pedigo, Sr. Director of Learning & Emerging Technologies, CEDIA

Aditya Pendyala, Head of Growth, mnubo

Petr Peterka, Chief Technology Officer, Verimatrix

Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Casey Pittock, President and CEO, Tunstall Americas

Mark Prince, Vice President Consumer Business, Withings

Mike Rich, Vice President, Emergent, comScore, Inc.

Brandon Ridenour, Chief Technology Officer, HomeAdvisor, Inc.

Chris Rill, Co-founder and CTO, Canary

Kevin Robinson, VP Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance

Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of TV & Media, Ericsson

Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki, CEO and co-founder, Cozify

Kian Saneii, Chief Executive Officer, Independa, Inc.

Tim Schaaff, Chief Product Officer, Intertrust

Curt Schacker, VP, Managing Director, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG

Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Mitch Singer, President, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem

Mark Skarpness, Chair of the IoTivity Steering Group, Open Connectivity Foundation

Tim Smokoff, Group Vice President, Health & Wellness, Nortek Security & Control

Bruce Snell, Cybersecurity and Privacy Director, Intel Security

Mike Stauffer, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Atheros Inc.

Matt Swatsky, Director of Product Management, Lutron

Peter Taylor, VP of Products, WeMo / Belkin

Lisa Uhrmacher, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Vodafone 

Krijn van der Raadt, Vice President of IT and Software Development, GreatCall

Ali M. Vassigh, Director of User Experience, EVA Automation

Danny Vossen, Director Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Technicolor

Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

Gene Wang, CEO, People Power Company

Tom Waters, Sr. Manager, Market Intelligence, Jabil

Larry Waxman, President & CEO, leakSMART

Perry Weinstein, VP & General Manager North America, Accedo

Nate Williams, Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc

Scott Williams, EVP Americas, Piksel

Robin Wilson, VP Business Development, NAGRA

Justin Wong, VP Business Development, IFTTT Inc.

Brett Worthington, VP of Global Business Development and General Manager for Americas, SmartThings

Joe Wytanis, Sr. Director & Strategist, Connected Living, Consumer Technology Group, Flex

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Ohad Zeira, Director, Consumer IoT, Verizon

 

Moderators / Analysts

Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

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

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

Barbara Kraus, Director, Research, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

Harry Wang, Sr. Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates

 

The CONNECTIONS™ sponsorship area will feature software, hardware, middleware, services, and corollary products and solutions in digital entertainment, home networking, home systems, broadband access, residential gateways, energy management, and mobile entertainment.

Early event sponsors include Reception Sponsors CEL and Zonoff; Session Sponsor Icontrol Networks; Silver Sponsors Alarm.com, Assurant, Asurion, ROC-Connect, Support.com, ULE Alliance, WiZR, ZigBee; Bronze Sponsors Ayla Networks, Flex, WeatherBug Home, and Z-Wave; Program Guide Sponsor Vivint; Breakfast Sponsors Greenwave Systems and Waxman CPG (leakSMART); and Break Sponsors Home8, Nortek and Tyco.

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 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.