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2021 Agenda

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is an annual research and industry event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates at CES. In 2021, the executive event features one day of virtual panel discussions on the smart home, Internet of Things (IoT), connected health, and home services, with trends and implications for connected consumers and opportunities for companies to build new revenues and develop innovative business models.


10:00 AM   Smart Home Platforms: Simplifying the Consumer Experience

11:00 AM   Fireside Chat: Silicon Labs

12:00 PM   Home Services: Maximizing Value of Connectivity

1:00 PM   Home Security Growth: DIY and Pro Channels

2:00 PM   Fireside Chat: Delos

2:45 PM   Healthcare: Independent Living and Smart Home

3:45 PM   Privacy and Security: Protecting Consumer Interests

4:45 PM   Building the New Home Services Bundle

All times are in Central Time US.



10:00 AM CT

Smart Home Platforms: Simplifying the Experience

As adoption in smart home technology moves beyond single endpoint solutions and the average number of devices in the home climbs, platforms seek to deliver that unified experience that is the "holy grail" for those seeking ease of use and convenience. This session will discuss how a variety of smart home platform types from open developer platforms to tech giant personal assistant platforms and curated partner platforms offer diverse approaches to simplifying user experiences from onboarding to daily use.

Anne Ferguson, VP, Marketing, Alarm.com

Sce Pike, CEO and Founder, IOTAS

Raya Sevilla, SVP Information Technology, ADT

Sumati Stewart, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Yonomi

Moderator: Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates

11:00 AM CT

Fireside Chat

Silicon Labs - visionary speaker at CONNECTIONS Summit

Jake Alamat

Vice President and General Manager, IoT Home and Consumer Products

Silicon Labs

12:00 PM CT

Home Services: Maximizing Value of Connectivity

As consumers continue to adopt smart home devices, manufacturers seek ways to extend the value of devices in ways that add convenience to consumers’ lifestyles; this includes layering services on top of device hardware. This session addresses new partnerships and opportunities about how services can add consumer value, offset the rising costs associated with producing connected devices, drive more revenue for dealers, and be bundled with other products, such as warranties and insurance.

Tajinder Manku, Co-Founder and CEO, Cognitive Systems Corp.

Jorey Ramer, Founder and CEO, Super

Tejas Shah, SVP Product and Chief Information Officer, Arlo Technologies, Inc.

Oz Yildirim, EVP and GM Americas Business Unit, Airties

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

1:00 PM CT

Home Security Growth: DIY and Pro Channels

Today, advances in home security and safety devices offer consumers an increasing array of solutions to help them trade in worry for peace of mind. As smart home security devices grow in familiarity, value and affordability, these alternatives will close the divide from traditional security systems. This session addresses the changing business models and installation of home security systems.

Mark Owen Burson, VP Marketing & Product Management, Nice North America

Brian Ewing, VP, Sales, Notion, a Comcast Company

Min Kang, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security

Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe

Moderator: Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research Parks Associates

2:00 PM CT

Fireside Chat

Delos - CONNECTIONS Summit visionary speaker

Jim Hunter

Chief Technology Officer


2:45 PM CT

Healthcare: Independent Living & Smart Home

Crossover between healthcare and smart home tech is rapidly expanding, with many large players entering this space. A majority of consumers now find virtual care solutions that incorporate data from their connected health devices appealing. Entrance of tech giants will expand the market for wellness solutions at home and expand the data sources health providers can use for telehealth and independent living services. This session explores the vast market opportunity for industry players with a footprint in the home to expand into the connected health space.

Andy Droney, Sr. Director ADT Health & Innovation Programs, ADT

Ritch Haselden, GM and Senior VP, Essence USA

Sarah Jones, VP, Commercial Product, Best Buy Health

Rob Schneider, Sr. Vice President, Commercial Operations, OMRON Healthcare

Sunil Vulli, CTO, Medical Guardian

Moderator: Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

3:45 PM CT

Privacy & Security: Protecting Consumers

Data privacy and security concerns are consistently among the top purchase barriers for those not owning smart home devices. This session addresses how manufacturers, broadband service providers, and data security service providers are doubling their efforts to mitigate potential risks to consumers’ personal data and developing new solutions to give consumers peace of mind about the security of their connected lifestyle.

Paula Al-Soufi, Director, Solution Offering, F-Secure

Aleem Lakhani, EVP, Specialty Risk USA, Amtrust North America

Sharon Mirsky, Co-Founder and COO, Firedome

Brad Ree, CTO, ioXt Alliance

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

4:45 PM CT

Building the New Home Services Bundle

The increasing number of connected devices, massive shift to remote work and education, and high demand for perfectly reliable streaming video services place unprecedented strain on home networks. At the same time, home service providers’ traditional bundles are in decline as more subscribers move to a stand-alone broadband bundle plus OTT video services. This session addresses opportunities to better serve consumers at home, including proactive Wi-Fi monitoring, advanced data security services, parental controls, streaming service bundles, and connected device management, among others.

Nicole Hayward Zheng, CMO, Minim

Adam Hotchkiss, Co-founder & VP Product, Plume

Brett Lasher, Executive Director, New Growth & Development, Cox

Sean Miller, President, PointCentral

Moderator: Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

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