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2017 Agenda

CONNECTIONS™ sessions offer a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight. This approach is unique among conferences and necessary to capture the complexity and see the opportunities in these interconnected markets. Contact Parks Associates with questions.

Tuesday, May 23 - Workshops


Pre-show Workshops

8:00 AM

Workshop Registration Open

8:45 AM

Concurrent Pre-Show Research Workshops

Smart Home and IoT: Growth, Consumer Trends - Grand Peninsula EF

Connected Health and IoT: Technology Innovators and Disruptions - Harbour Room AB


Tuesday, May 23 - Welcome to CONNECTIONS™


Welcome to CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference & Showcase

3:15 PM

Welcome: Accelerating the Connected Lifestyle - Regency Ballroom


Tricia Parks, Founder, President, and CEO, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

3:30 PM

Opening Session: The Future for the Connected Consumer - Regency Ballroom

Where do we go from here? The “Internet of Things” has entered the public consciousness, even if consumers can’t easily define it. With that comes awareness of potential vulnerabilities and expectations of interoperability and personalized benefits. In this session, industry visionaries discuss the changes impacting broadband households today and how IoT innovations will shape the identity of the connected consumer.


Mike Buckingham, Director Business Development, August Home

Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Advisor, HomeAdvisor

William Greene, Product Manager, Energy Services, Nest Labs

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

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

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

4:30 PM

Keynote - Humanizing Connected Home Experiences: Using Machine Learning and Voice Control - Regency Ballroom

Sridhar Solur - Comcast Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2017

Sridhar Solur

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


Comcast - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

Connected home innovation doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Sri Solur shares how innovations in machine intelligence (including AI and machine learning), voice controls, and IoT have formed the springboard to propel the next great leap in connected home innovation.

5:00 PM

OTT Video Services: Entertainment for a New Generation - Regency Ballroom

Going over the top has reshaped traditional distribution channels. This special session examines the global impact of OTT services, including market shifts, changes in consumer habits, and strategies to create direct relationships with today’s connected consumer. Speakers also discuss the impact of OTT on millennials and Gen Z and how these habits will change as this generation ages.


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

Darren Lepke, Marketing Director, Verizon Digital Media Services

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

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

5:45 PM

Connected Health SummitWelcome Reception and Networking - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Connected Health Summit


Wednesday, May 24 - Expanding Business Strategies for the IoT


7:30 AM

Registration Open

7:30 AM

leakSMART - CONNECTIONS 2017 SponsorNetworking Breakfast - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by leakSMART™

8:15 AM

Welcome: Refining Smart Home Experiences in the IoT - Regency Ballroom


Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

8:30 AM

IoT Monetization Models: Building a Mass-market Smart Home - Regency Ballroom

The key questions facing companies in the IoT focus on what consumers want, what they will pay for, and how to achieve widespread adoption. This session tackles each challenge with analysis of real-world solutions that provide real consumer value and generate revenue.


Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

Aleem Lakhani, EVP, AmTrust

Sean Miller, President, PointCentral

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

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

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

9:30 AM

Keynote - Finally Delivering on the Promise of the Smart Home - Regency Ballroom

Matt Eyring - Vivint Smart Home - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

Matt Eyring

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Vivint Smart Home

Vivint Smart Home - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Matt Eyring discusses how recent advances in technology, user interfaces, and channel distribution will dramatically accelerate mass-market smart home adoption in the coming year.

10:00 AM

Nortek - CONNECTIONS Break SponsorsNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Nortek Security & Control

Split Sessions: Converging Product and Service Ecosystems

10:30 AM

Connected CE Strategies: Building Product Ecosystems - Grand Peninsula EF

Cloud functionality enables a device to act more like a service than a single product. This session examines the evolution of business strategies for the connected home and the necessary shift from a focus on a single product to a focus on a cloud-based product ecosystem that delivers multiple benefits to product makers and consumers.


Greg Calvert, Director, Business Development, Roku

Jim Denney, VP Product Management and Strategy, TiVo

Grant Erickson, President, Thread Group

Jingwei Zhou, Director Business Development, Media Solutions, Ericsson

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Energy Management Solutions: Moving the Market Forward - Grand Peninsula ABC

Energy is an important aspect of the smart home but one that garners less enthusiasm among consumers than safety and security use cases. Crossover between energy and IoT could create substantial savings for consumers and utilities and new revenue streams for other providers. In this session, industry experts discuss strategies to get consumers excited about energy management as well as ways to leverage from the billions of smart home devices to be found broadband households.


Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

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

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

Stuart Lombard, Founder & CEO, ecobee

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Transforming the Experience for Consumers

11:15 AM

Asurion - CONNECTIONS session support sponsorSupporting End-to-End Consumer Experience, sponsored by Asurion - Grand Peninsula ABC

To thrive in the IoT, brands must evolve their support strategies to ensure that customers have superior experiences throughout their entire journey, across devices and platforms. New “smart support” starts integrating data on “Day Zero,” when the customer buys an IoT product or service, to develop a personalized experience that tracks sales channels and warranty information, accounts for other connected devices on the network, and creates trigger points for proactive support and recovery, all while ensuring user security and privacy. This session tackles the challenges in building these strategies, including partnerships, current data on consumer privacy demands, and new sources of revenue beyond monthly subscription plans.


Scott P. Ford, CEO, Pepper IoT

Greg Kruczek, Director of New Ventures, Asurion

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

Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot

Moderator: Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Auto Industry Transformation - Lessons and Opportunities for IoT Players - Grand Peninsula EF

More than 380 million connected cars will be on the road by 2021. This session examines the lessons learned from the first phase of the connected car rollout, including data and privacy challenges, consumer perceptions, and their expectations for a connected car experience, including the impact of electric vehicles. Speakers also discuss strategies to tie the connected lifestyle together across connected car, home, energy, and entertainment ecosystems.


Kal Gyimesi, Automotive Marketing Leader, IBM Watson IoT

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

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

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

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

12:15 PM

HelloTech - CONNECTIONS 2017 SponsorNetworking Lunch - Atrium
Sponsored by HelloTech

1:15 PM

Integrating Connected Health and Wearables into the Smart Home - Regency Ballroom

Connected health and wellness features have established a prominent role on multiple IoT platforms, including the smartphone, the smart watch, and wearables. In this session, connected health executives and industry leaders examine the opportunity for connected health as part of the smart home and how to bridge different industries seeking efficiencies while retaining their unique value propositions.


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

Jean Anne Booth, CEO, UnaliWear

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

Avner Halperin, CEO, EarlySense

Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com 

Moderator: Harry Wang, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates

2:15 PM

Keynote - What About the Customer? Bridging the Divide in Smart Home Services - Regency Ballroom

 Kristine Faulkner - Cox Communications Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

Kristine Faulkner

Senior Vice President / General Manager, COX Homelife

Cox Communications

Cox - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

No doubt we are in exciting times as the BIG wave of smart home technologies advances and brings great change to how we live. But how do we filter through the hype and understand where customers truly are in the smart home and IoT journey? Consumers entering the market today are mostly first-time buyers, and we need to meet people where they are today. Kristine shares how we as an industry need to think about bridging the divide between hype and future mass consumerization of smart home services.

2:45 PM

HomeAdvisor - CONNECTIONS 2017 Break SponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by HomeAdvisor

Split Sessions: New Strategies and Business Models Emerge

3:15 PM

Insurance Strategies for Consumer IoT Markets - Grand Peninsula ABC

Insurance has emerged as a new player in the IoT. Insurers can use smart home data to better understand the risk profile and provide new benefits to their customers. By leveraging smart home products, home and auto insurers can manage risk, reduce claims, increase customer engagement and save money, while health insurers can gather data to improve care quality and health outcomes. The session examines the new business models as insurance companies enter the IoT space as partners and purveyors of smart home solutions. Executives discuss the inevitable disruption of the smart home on the consumer experience and on business models in the industry.


David Henry, CMO & Sales, Roost

Scott Hublou, VP of Global Connected Solutions, Salus Inc

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

Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

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

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

The Impact of New Entertainment Experiences - Grand Peninsula EF

Emerging trends such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, micro-content, and voice technologies are changing the business and user experience for entertainment. This session examines the hot trends in connected entertainment and analyzes how the landscape and business of entertainment will change for service providers, technology vendors, product makers, content creators, and app developers.


Scott Frost, Technical Evangelist, Adobe

Elisabetta Romano, VP & Head of Media Solutions, Ericsson

Matt Smith, Vice President, Principal Media Evangelist, Brightcove

Jonathan Stern, SVP Strategic Development, Fusion Media

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

4:15 PM

Special Session - Perspectives from Europe: The Connected Consumer & IoT - Regency Ballroom

IoT is a global phenomenon, and each region brings unique challenges. This session features executives discussing successful strategies to engage European consumers in new connected solutions.


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

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

Marc Westermann, Managing Director - Connected Solutions, Somfy

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

5:00 PM

Keynote - The Smart Home: A Domestic Revolution - Regency Ballroom

Miles Kingston - Intel Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2017

Miles Kingston

General Manager, Smart Home Group

Intel Corporation

Intel - CONNECTIONS Connected Home keynote 2017

We are on the cusp of another domestic revolution. Similar to the coming of electricity, the advancements in smart home technology present enormous opportunity to ease running the home, enrich quality of life, and provide peace of mind. As we develop and market smart home technology, we need to keep the user experience front of mind. Based on intensive research, Intel has developed solutions for people’s changing relationships with their surroundings, devices, and homes. Miles Kingston, GM of the Intel Smart Home Group, shares a vision for the smart home and how, as an industry, we can get there.

5:30 PM

Intel - CONNECTIONS 2017 Reception SponsorNetworking Reception - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Intel


Thursday, May 25 - Creating the IoT Experience: Consumer Value and Ease of Use


7:30 AM

MivaTek - CONNECTIONS 2017 Break SponsorNetworking Breakfast - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by MivaTek

8:30 AM

Opening Comments: Creating Value for IoT Consumers - Regency Ballroom


Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Harry Wang, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates

8:45 AM

Wi-Fi, Connectivity, and High-Speed Data in the Connected Home - Regency Ballroom

Every device in the connected home now contributes valuable data to the IoT experience. This session looks at opportunities to expand entertainment, broadband, and smart home offerings by leveraging each node in the home’s network. Speakers from a variety of IoT industries discuss strategies to build value for the growing number of connections in the home, including service profiles of U.S. broadband households and the role for each device type.


Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

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

Sanjay Noronha, Product Manager for Wireless and Networking, Google 

Phil Pyo, Sr. Director Product Marketing, NETGEAR

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

Moderator: Harry Wang, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates

9:45 AM

Keynote - Creating a New Foundation to Enhance IoT Experiences in the Home - Regency Ballroom

Qualcomm Keynote speaker - CONNECTIONS 2017

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

Qualcomm - CONNECTIONS 2017 Keynote

The connected home is at the intersection of the mobile revolution and the Internet of Things. A dizzying array of newly connected things are joining the scores of entertainment and computing products that have become the fixtures of modern life. To support this complex amalgamation of devices, technologies, and services in the home, its foundation – the network – is in the midst of major disruption.

Rahul Patel explains how the transition to distributed or mesh Wi-Fi is fulfilling the promises of a network that just works – bringing drop-dead simplicity and strong connectivity to every corner of the home. But that foundation of connectivity is just the beginning. This keynote also highlights the additional capabilities that are converging in the home network to make the IoT vision a reality for consumers. From centralized management and security, to voice services and machine learning, the home network will play a pivotal role in solving the most significant IoT challenges. And most importantly, a more advanced network will help meet consumer’s unrelenting expectations for simple and high-quality connected experiences at home.

10:15 AM

Tyco - CONNECTIONS Break SponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Tyco

Split Sessions: Delivering a New Consumer Experience


10:45 AM

Cloud Platforms, Data and IoT: New Capabilities to Deliver Services - Grand Peninsula EF

The flow of data through the cloud is the basis for new capabilities and user experiences for all IoT platforms. This session examines the flow of data, from pushing product updates to uploading user information in order to improve and expand the individual experience. Speakers discuss the impact of the cloud on product design and how companies can leverage data to build stronger connections with their end users.


Ryan Lester, Director, IoT Strategy, LogMeIn

Nicholas Mashburn, Chief Product Officer, Tank Utility

Rod McLane, Sr. Director Marketing, Ayla Networks

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

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

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Voice Control: Improving the User Experience - Grand Peninsula ABC

U.S. consumers bought an estimated 6 million voice-controlled smart speakers with personal assistants in 2016. Products from Amazon, Google, and Apple have moved voice control into the consumer consciousness as the way to interact with new connected devices. The session explores the potential for voice as the primary user interface for the smart home and innovations that will improve the experience.


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

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

Rich Kennewick, President, Voicebox Technologies

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

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

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Consumer Expectations

11:45 AM

Protecting Consumers: Privacy and Device Security - Grand Peninsula EF

Privacy and security are top concerns for consumers in 2017. Hacking and high-profile data breaches threaten to undermine consumer confidence and slow market growth. This session examines the impact of privacy/data concerns on consumer purchase and usage habits, strategies to secure the smart home, and how to communicate confidence in the IoT to the consumer.


Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT Security, BullGuard

Dan Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender

Leon Kuperman, CTO, CUJO IoT Security

Sami Nassar, VP of Cybersecurity, NXP Semiconductors

John Joonho Park, Executive Director, Open Connectivity Foundation

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Greenwave Systems - CONNECTIONS SponsorSmart Home Platforms: Revolutionizing the Consumer Experience, sponsored by Greenwave Systems - Grand Peninsula ABC

Parks Associates forecasts that U.S. broadband households will buy almost 55 million smart home devices in 2020. In each case, the consumer adopts with a particular benefit in mind. This session examines strategies to align user experiences with expectations while unlocking additional value through connected IoT platforms.


Dave Evans, CTO and Co-Founder, Stringify

Luke Freiler, CEO, Centercode

Greg Kahn, President & CEO, Internet of Things Consortium

Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic

Vaughn Rhodes, VP of Product Management, Greenwave Systems

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

12:45 PM

Xively - CONNECTIONS SponsorNetworking Lunch - Atrium
Sponsored by Xively

1:45 PM

IoT and the Smart Home - Investments, Start-ups, and Growth - Grand Peninsula ABC

Over 100 million U.S. households did not have a smart home device at the end of 2016. Reaching these households requires continued investments to create unique and personalized consumer experiences. In this session, investors and VCs active in the IoT discuss the start-ups, new technologies, and cutting-edge innovations that will tip the scales toward mass-market adoption.


Greg Mischou, Sr. Partner, Woodside Capital Partners

Ashish Nair, Analyst, Citi High Yield

Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Rod Turner, CEO and Founder, Manhattan Street Capital

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Moderator: Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

2:45 PM

Q&A - Parks Associates Team - Grand Peninsula ABC

Parks Associates analyst teams highlights the top takeaways from CONNECTIONS™ and predicts key growth factors of the connected home over the coming twelve months, predicting what is most likely to lead the next wave of innovation.

3:15 PM

Closing Remarks - Grand Peninsula ABC