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March 22, 2017

Industry-leading companies speaking at Parks Associates’ 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 23-25 in San Francisco

ADT, Comcast, GM, HomeAdvisor, IBM Watson, Panasonic, and other leading IoT companies to discuss consumer engagement strategies 

ConsumerIoT research firm Parks Associates today announced the keynotes and initial speaker lineup for the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, which will be held May 23-25, in San Francisco, California. The executive conference focuses on ways to engage consumers and grow revenues in the converging IoT industries, including smart home, connected entertainment, and mobile ecosystems. The conference features keynotes by executives from Comcast, Cox Communications, Intel, and Vivint Smart Home and new research from Parks Associates.

Parks Associates research shows that innovators and early adopters are driving the smart home market, and this group is adopting solutions for safety, security, and access control. While the security industry remains the leading channel for smart home services, consumers are adopting point solutions in increasing numbers.

“As smart home solutions expand into new product categories, smart home service providers need to expand their ecosystem to keep up with the consumer,” said Elizabeth Parks, Senior Vice President, Parks Associates. “CONNECTIONS™ addresses the overall market for the connected consumer, including new use cases, product features, and evolving business models that will successfully engage consumers and increase adoption of products in multiple IoT industries.”

The 21st-annual event, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, will include the following keynote speakers:

  • Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home
  • Kristine Faulkner, Senior Vice President / General Manager, COX Homelife, Cox Communications
  • Miles Kingston, GM of Smart Home, Intel
  • Sridhar Solur, Senior Vice President, Product & Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things and Data Services, Comcast

“The smart home is forcing convergence of traditionally separate industry silos, and partnerships are driving new value as integrated and flexible solutions offer a variety of unique user experiences,” said Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. “With more than 650 executives in attendance at CONNECTIONS™, we will shine the spotlight on new partnerships and share new business models, technology innovations, and monetization opportunities.”

“Generating enthusiasm around home energy management comes down to providing consumers with meaningful data, which is increasingly challenging as the volume of information produced by connected home IoT devices and sensors continues to grow,” said Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs. “At CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, we look forward to discussing strategies to get consumers excited about energy management, deepening their engagement and incentivizing them to take action.”

“Delivering customer value via IoT analytics and data science is the next big opportunity for smart home providers. Manufacturers who will be able to improve product design, accelerate adoption, and enhance user experience - using insights from connected product data - will eventually lead the smart home space," said Jennifer Sewell, Head of Product Marketing at mnubo, a leading IoT analytics solution provider. "I am excited to partake in the Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ event to meet leading consumer IoT and smart home brands and discuss how data-driven insights can help them differentiate and take their value-proposition to the next-level.”

Additional confirmed speakers include:

2017 Speakers


Vivint Smart Home Keynote - 2017 CONNECTIONS

Matt Eyring
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Vivint Smart Home

Cox - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

Kristine Faulkner
Senior Vice President / General Manager, COX Homelife
Cox Communications

Miles Kingston - Intel - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Miles Kingston
GM of Smart Home

Rahul Patel - Qualcomm - CONNECTIONS Keynotes

Rahul Patel
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Connectivity
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Sridhar Solur, Senior Vice President, Product & Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things, and Data Services, Comcast - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Sridhar Solur
Senior Vice President, Product & Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things, and Data Services


Jean-Pierre (JP) Abello, Sr Director, Global Engineering R&D, Nielsen

Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Fredrik Andersson, Co-founder & SVP Strategy and Business Development, Accedo

Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT Security, BullGuard

Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance

Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way ( ATW )

Greg Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures

Dan Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender

Jean Anne Booth, CEO, UnaliWear

Jeroen Brouwer, Marketing, Sales and Business Development Director, Philips

Benjamin Brown, Senior Product Manager, Google Home Lead for Apps & Connectivity, Google

Mike Buckingham, Director Business Development, August Home

Greg Calvert, Director, Business Development, Roku

Jon Carter, UK Head of Business Development - Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom

Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, Ayla Networks

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

Casper de Clercq, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

Jim Denney, VP Product Management and Strategy, TiVo

Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Advisor, HomeAdvisor

Derrick Dicoi, Executive Director, Xfinity Home Product Management, Comcast

Ed Doran Ph.D., Principle Program Management, Microsoft

Justin Doucette, Sr. Dir, Product Management, Linksys & Wemo, Belkin International

Grant Erickson, President, Thread Group

Dave Evans, CTO and Co-Founder, Stringify

Scott P. Ford, CEO, Pepper IoT

Brent Franks, Co-founder, Abode Systems, Inc

Scott Frost, Technical Evangelist, Adobe

Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-founder and President, EnergyHub, Inc.

Luke Freiler, CEO, Centercode

John Gardner, Partner, Nokia Growth Partners

William Greene, Product Manager, Energy Services, Nest Labs

Kal Gyimesi, Automotive Marketing Leader, IBM Watson IoT

Scott Harkins, VP IoT Partner Programs Honeywell Connected Home & Buildings, Honeywell

Avner Halperin, CEO, EarlySense

Martin Heckmann, Director, Emerging Business, Chamberlain Group, Inc.

David Henry, CMO & Sales, Roost

Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation - Connected Car, GM

Scott Hublou, VP of Global Connected Solutions, Salus Inc

Brian M. Huey, IoT Client Director – Smart Grid, Smart City and Energy, Sprint

Greg Kahn, President & CEO, Internet of Things Consortium

Rich Kennewick, President, Voicebox Technologies

Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director - Product Strategy & Innovation, Panasonic

Greg Kruczek, Director of New Ventures, Asurion

Leon Kuperman, CTO, CUJO IoT Security

Aleem Lakhani, EVP, AmTrust

Darren Lepke, Marketing Director, Verizon Digital Media Services

Ryan Lester, Director, IoT Strategy, LogMeIn

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

Greg Lillegard, General Manager - Product Development, A&D Medical

Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek

Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, sonnen, Inc.

Stuart Lombard, Founder & CEO, ecobee

Sandra Maples, Director of IoT Product Management, Verisk Insurance Solutions

Alton Martin, Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

Nicholas Mashburn, Chief Product Officer, Tank Utility

Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot

Noelani McGadden, Vice President of IoT, PlumChoice

Rod McLane, Sr. Director Marketing, Ayla Networks

Greg Mischou, Sr. Partner, Woodside Capital Partners

Bill McIvor, Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer, SeniorLink

Ryan McManus, SVP, Head of Corporate Development and Partnerships, EVRYTHNG

Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

Sean Miller, President, PointCentral

Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic

Daniel Moneta, Marketing Work Group Chair, Zigbee Alliance

Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com 

Ashish Nair, Analyst, Citi High Yield

Sami Nassar, VP of Cybersecurity, NXP

Anoo Nathan, Founder & CEO, Smart Monitor Corp.

Sanjay Noronha, Product Manager for Wireless and Networking, Google 

Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

John Joonho Park, Executive Director, Open Connectivity Foundation

Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Products, GE Lighting

Duane Paulson, SVP-Strategic Development, Nortek Security & Control

Jorge Perdomo, SVP Corporate Strategy & Development, MivaTek

Phil Pyo, Sr. Director Product Marketing, NETGEAR

Dan Quigley, Sr. Manager, Single Threaded Owner Alexa Whole Home, Amazon

Peter Radsliff, VP, Marketing, Arrayent

Vaughn Rhodes, VP of Product Management, Greenwave Systems

Elisabetta Romano, VP & Head of Media Solutions, Ericsson

Avi Rosenthal, President, IoT Consulting, LLC

D'Arcy Rossiter, Head of Insight, Centrica Connected Home, Hive

Kian Saneii, Founder & CEO, Independa

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

Jennifer Sewell, Head of Product Marketing, mnubo - IoT Analytics

Darrin Richard Shewchuk, Vice President, Connected Car Communication, HARMAN

Dr. Joseph Smith, President and CEO, Reflexion Health 

Matt Smith, Vice President, Principal Media Evangelist, Brightcove

Jonathan Stern, SVP Strategic Development, Fusion Media

Ace St. Germain, Senior Director of Programming, Content & Brand, VRV, Ellation

Adam Thibault, Sr. Director, Business Strategy and Development, Nuance Communications, Inc.

Andrew Thomas, Co-founder and CRO, SkyBell Video Doorbell

Nathan Treloar, President & COO, Orbita, Inc.

Rod Turner, CEO and Founder, Manhattan Street Capital

Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

Marc Westermann, Managing Director - Connected Solutions, Somfy

Jason White, Head of Marketing, Growth and Product Innovation, Hippo Insurance

Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech

Bruce Wright, Business Development Director, Americas Business Unit, AirTies Wireless Networks

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Jingwei Zhou, Director Business Development, Media Solutions, Ericsson


Moderators / Analysts

Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

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

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates

Harry Wang, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates


Parks Associates will also host three pre-show workshops on May 23, led by the firm’s senior IoT analysts, on the following topics:

The workshops will include the latest research and industry analysis from Parks Associates. Recent data from the leading consumer IoT research firm includes the following:

  • One-third of newly acquired home security systems are self-installed.
  • 26% of U.S. broadband households own a smart home device; 11% of U.S. broadband households own a smart thermostat.
  • 5% of U.S. broadband households own a smart plug/adapter module.
  • U.S. broadband households with smart light bulbs own 2.4 of these products on average.
  • 19% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart major appliance in the next 12 months.
  • 70% of U.S. broadband households with smart energy devices report saving money due to reduced energy consumption.
  • 42% of U.S. broadband households would select electric utilities as their first choice for energy management services.
  •  51% of U.S. broadband households find an IoT device that alerts them to smoke and fire highly appealing and 41% find a device that alerts them to a water leak to be highly appealing.
  •  More than 30 million U.S. broadband households will have a home security system by 2019.
  • 11% of U.S. broadband households now have a smart watch, and approximately one million use their watch to control devices.
  • 18% of U.S. broadband households own a wearable fitness device such as a smart watch or fitness tracker.
  • Two-thirds of wearable fitness device owners use the device daily or almost daily.

To register for the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™ conference and a pre-show workshop, visit http://bit.ly/CONNUSregistration. To schedule an interview with an analyst or request specific research, 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.