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2018 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 22 - Research Workshop

 

Pre-show Workshop

8:00 AM

Workshop Registration Open

8:45 AM

Pre-Show Research Workshop: Smart Home and IoT: The Next Big Sell - Grand Peninsula EF

TOPICS:

The Next Wave of Smart Home Devices

Industry Insights: Growth and Business Models

Industry Insights: Winning Support Strategies

Smart Home Products: Selling the Experience

Industry Insights: Channel Strategies

AI Impact on Residential Security Business

Consumer Insights: Network Security and User Privacy

Blockchain and the Connected Home: Understanding the Impact

Smart Home in Europe

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Tuesday, May 22 - Welcome to CONNECTIONS™

 

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

2:45 PM

Welcome to CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference - Regency Ballroom

Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates

3:00 PM

Opening Session: Evolution of the Connected Consumer - Regency Ballroom

Parks Associates launches the 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™ with a discussion on the current status of the smart home and connected entertainment markets. Industry executives discuss key trends in the smart home markets and the next steps necessary to move into the mass market.

SPEAKERS

Richard Culberson, Executive Director, Home Security & Smart Home Operations, Cox Communications

Dale Pistilli, VP of Sales & Marketing, August Home

Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint Smart Home

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

4:00 PM

Keynote - Regency Ballroom

Mark Spates - Google Keynote - CONNECTIONS

Mark Spates

Product Lead for Smart Home

Google

Google - CONNECTIONS Connected Home Keynote
 

4:30 PM

Intel - CONNECTIONS US sponsorSpecial Session: User Interface: Extending the Experience for Consumers at Home, sponsored by Intel - Regency Ballroom

The market for smart home devices is exploding. Voice-enabled speakers, wearables, and remote and connected controls such as door locks, security cameras, and thermostats are widespread. The next stage of technology is innovative screen-based multimodal devices.

These devices feature multiple types of input in addition to voice, such as displays, camera, and sensors, and enable more sophisticated, higher-end user experiences. The ease-of-use and intuitive interactions of these multimodal products will integrate them into the daily tasks of the connected lifestyle and create valuable touchpoints for consumer engagement. This session examines the value these solutions bring to smart home business models and explores the potential of smart displays to connect/integrate vertical applications with back-end services.

SPEAKERS

Monika Gupta, EVP Sales, Marketing and Product, Cognitive Systems

Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel Corp.

Moderated by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

5:30 PM

Opening Reception and Networking - Grand Peninsula D

 

Wednesday, May 23 - Expanding the Smart Home Market

   

7:30 AM

Registration Open - Grand Peninsula Foyer

7:30 AM

MivaTek - CONNECTIONS SponsorNetworking Breakfast - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Mivatek Smart Connect

8:15 AM

Opening Comments: Evolution of the Smart Home - Regency Ballroom

Parks Associates presents insights on the smart home, recent market changes, and future directions based on industry trends, consumer research, and IoT innovations.

Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

8:30 AM

Smart Home Business Models: Shift to Services - Regency Ballroom

Smart home products are pushing into mainstream channels, with consumer interest in many smart home products steadily increasing. Value-added services derived from data are driving differentiation of smart home solutions, yet development of business models that drive recurring revenue are still evolving. This session looks at the role of value-added services in the smart home, emerging business models, and the impact of business models on the competitive landscape.

SPEAKERS

Eric Adler, CEO, Flume, Inc.

Marcus Scheiber, CEO, ROC-Connect

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

9:15 AM

Keynote - Regency Ballroom

Yoon Lee

SVP, Head of Product Innovation Team and Head of Content Services

Samsung

Samsung - CONNECTIONS Keynote
 

9:45 AM

Fing - CONNECTIONS 2018 sponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Fing

Split Sessions: Adding Value to the Home

10:15 AM

Expanding Service and Sales Channels: Consumer Engagement Strategies - Grand Peninsula ABC

Smart home devices are being purchased and installed by different end-market segments, each with its own unique needs. Simultaneously, smart home products are being offered by a growing list of channels, each with their own strengths and reach. This session examines the expanding sales channels and end-user groups for smart home solutions.

SPEAKERS

Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance

Mike Wajsgras, Director of Channel Development, Constellation

More speakers to be announced.

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

Support Needs for the Connected Consumer - Grand Peninsula EF

The current technical complexity of the connected home exceeds the capabilities of many early adopters, much less the average mass-market consumer. Each new connected device adds new communication requirements, bandwidth usage, and more potential security risks. This session examines changes in the support needs of consumers, the shift from hardware to a software focus, and new approaches to solving problems for connected consumers.

SPEAKERS

Autumn Braswell, COO, iQor

Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

Alton Martin, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Trusource Labs

Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech

Moderated by Patrice Samuels, Sr. Research Analyst, Parks Associates

AI: Contextual Learning to Drive Smart Home and Entertainment Experiences - Harbour Room AB

Data science and AI-oriented tools are emerging as key components in the evolution of experiences, features, business models, and consumer engagement. They are also changing the way that products are designed and services are delivered. This session examines the competitive advantages driven by data, the progress of AI, the value created by these applications, and the associated challenges with implementing AI in the home.

SPEAKERS

Ran Baror, VP Consumer Business, eyeSight Technologies

Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO & Founder, Audio Analytic

Aditya Pendyala, Co-Founder | VP Growth, mnubo

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Expanding the Experience

11:15 AM

Smart Home Platforms: Consumer Value and Experience - Grand Peninsula ABC

The variety of use cases made possible by smart home devices creates unique sales challenges, as different buyers will have different needs, but also opens opportunities for new approaches to communicate the value of the platform during the purchase process. This panel looks at what consumer expect when they buy smart home devices and how companies can deliver that and more in their products.

SPEAKERS

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems

Kevin Meagher, Chief Commercial Officer, Intamac

Brett Worthington, VP Global Business Development & Partnerships, Samsung SmartThings

More speakers to be announced. 

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Smart Insurance: Mitigating Risk and Engaging Consumers - Grand Peninsula EF

All insurers, from home to car to health, can use smart home data to determine competitive premiums, reduce financial risks, and provide new benefits and services to their customers. This session examines insurance opportunities for the connected home, offers insights on the benefits for both insurers and policy holders, and discusses strategies, including the success of current trials, to engage insurance consumers with smart home solutions.

SPEAKERS

Roel Peeters, CEO, Roost Labs

Cecilia Sevillano, Head of Smart Home Solutions, Swiss Re

Joe Wodark, AVP, IoT Telematics, Verisk Analytics

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

Energizing the Smart Home: Changing Role of Utilities - Harbour Room AB

Energy is a staple of the smart home. Energy monitoring and management services are excellent complements to home security, controls, data analytics, and personalization, and smart thermostats are currently the “hero” device of the smart home. This session looks at the next generation of energy services, the intelligence derived from energy data, and the changing role of energy providers and utilities as partners and players in the smart home.

SPEAKERS

Jason Dudley, Senior Planning Analyst, Salt River Project

Rob Munin, President and CEO, Lux Products Corp

Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Denise Ernst, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch - Atrium
 

Split Sessions: Protecting Consumers and the IoT

1:15 PM

Extending Monitoring Services to Smart Products - Grand Peninsula ABC

Smart products are a challenge to, and an opportunity for, the security industry. Smart safety and security products compete directly with security systems, as both provide peace of mind for consumers. However, self-monitoring of safety and security products is insufficient to many, and a majority of smart product owners express interest in adding professional monitoring to their smart products. This session examines the addition of monitoring services to smart products and its impact on the competitive landscape.

SPEAKERS

Larry Folsom, President and CEO, I-View Now

Morgan Hertel, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Rapid Response Monitoring

Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Tech Support & Privacy: Creating Consumer Confidence - Grand Peninsula EF

Expanding home networks threatens network reliability and device security. This session examines the impact of smart home and IoT adoption on the support needs of consumers and households.

SPEAKERS

Yossi Atias, GM IoT Security, BullGuard Israel Ltd

Ted Haeger, VP of Training & Support, Control4

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Patrice Samuels, Sr. Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Split Sessions: Beyond Early Adopters

2:00 PM

Home Security: The Expanding Market - Grand Peninsula ABC

There has been a flood of DIY and self-installable solutions. This session examines the impact of these smart systems and the opportunities to expand the security market.

SPEAKERS

Mike Hackett, Co-founder and SVP, Qolsys

Chad Laurans, CEO, SimpliSafe

Russell Vail, Executive Vice President - Market Development, Alula

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Seamless Experiences: Interoperability and User Interfaces - Grand Peninsula EF

The company that controls the UX is the leader in the consumer IoT. This session looks at the efforts to build a seamless experience that crosses brands, platforms, and ecosystems, invisible to the end user.

SPEAKERS

Speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Patrice Samuels, Sr. Research Analyst, Parks Associates

3:00 PM

HomeAdvisor - CONNECTIONS 2018 sponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by HomeAdvisor

3:30 PM

Keynote - Wi-Fi: The Key to Our Future Smart Homes - Regency Ballroom

Comcast - CONNECTIONS Keynote 2018

Patti Loyack

Vice President, IP Services

Comcast Cable

Comcast - CONNECTIONS

Patti Loyack, VP of IP Services for Comcast, explores consumers’ relationships with technology and how poor adoption of “base level” technologies like home Wi-Fi can impact every innovation that comes after and prevent consumers from creating and living in a smart home.

4:00 PM

Connected Ecosystems: Entertainment and Smart Home - Regency Ballroom

Traditionally siloed ecosystems of entertainment and smart home are increasingly coming together, providing consumers with interactive control over various parts of the connected home. Innovations from voice control for streaming music to IP camera streams on smart TVs are shredding the traditional barriers between connected entertainment and the smart home. This panel examines this move toward convergence in the home, the recent trends that impact convergence, and the impact of convergence on the entertainment and smart home industries.

SPEAKERS

Speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates

5:00 PM

Keynote - Regency Ballroom

Balaji Sridharan - T-Mobile CONNECTIONS Keynote

Balaji Sridharan

Vice President, IoT & M2M

T-Mobile

T-Mobile - CONNECTIONS Keynote

5:30 PM

F-Secure - CONNECTIONS SponsorNetworking Reception - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by F-Secure

 

Thursday, May 24 - Transforming the Experience at Home

   

7:30 AM

Registration Open - Grand Peninsula Foyer

7:30 AM

LeakSentinel - CONNECTIONS US 2018 SponsorNetworking Breakfast - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by LeakSentinel

8:15 AM

Opening Comments: Key Innovations in the Connected Home - Grand Peninsula ABC

Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

8:30 AM

Future of the Connected Home: Delivering on Promises - Grand Peninsula ABC

As the connected home evolves from a collection of standalone devices to a unified system with personalized and coordinated scenes, its domain will expand from core smart home devices to a variety of adjacencies. This future-facing session looks at the next stages of the connected home.

SPEAKERS

Speakers to be announced.

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

9:30 AM

Keynote: Adding Value to Independent Living for a Growing Population - Grand Peninsula ABC

Melissa Gregg - Intel Keynote - CONNECTIONS

Dr. Melissa Gregg

Director of Research for Intel Smart Home

Intel Corp.


Intel - CONNECTIONS Keynotes
Miles Kingston - Intel Keynote - CONNECTIONS 2018

Miles Kingston

General Manager, Smart Home Group

Intel Corp.

This keynote explores the potential of the smart home to enrich the lives of those aging in their homes by providing caregiving, connection, and companionship. Emotional, intellectual, and social wellness can be enhanced with technologies including home automation, ambient computing, and local artificial intelligence (AI). Miles Kingston, GM of Intel Smart Home, discusses why Intel continues to invest heavily into research on this topic and how the company is building technology capabilities to support this ripe market. He is joined by Dr. Melissa Gregg, Director of Research for Intel Smart Home, who will cover research assumptions and inspire the audience to consider health, wellness, and quality of life as ongoing requirements for the connected homes of the future.

10:00 AM

Mersoft - CONNECTIONS sponsorNetworking Break - Grand Peninsula D
Sponsored by Mersoft

Split Sessions: Connecting Consumers to their Technology

 

10:30 AM

Independent Living: Serving Consumers at Home - Grand Peninsula ABC

The key health use case for the smart home is independent living. With an aging but independently minded population, the U.S. market is seeing a surge in demand for smart solutions the enable the ill and elderly to live safely at home. This session examines the opportunities for providers, vendors, and caretakers as the smart home and connected home crossover.

SPEAKERS

Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way

Joe Liu, CEO, Mivatek Smart Connect

Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com

Jeffrey Weiner, VP, Product, Marketing and Sales, Mersoft

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Kristen Hanich, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Security and Data Analytics: Protecting the Connected Consumer - Grand Peninsula EF

IoT devices are now prime targets for hackers, and each breach prompts alarmist headlines—and another hit to consumer confidence in these new solutions. This session looks at ways IoT capabilities can be used to protect the end user and the home network. Speakers examine the innovations that are improving the security experience for the smart home consumer.

SPEAKERS

Asaf Ashkenazi, Vice President for Internet of the Things Security Products, Rambus

Marcio Avillez, SVP Networks, CUJO AI

Duane Paulson, VP - Strategic Partnerships, Fing

Dmitri Vellikok, Senior Principal Consultant, F-Secure

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

11:30 AM

Voice-First Experience: From Smart Speakers to the Whole House - Grand Peninsula ABC

As the number of sensors and smart objects in the home expands, consumer will be able to interact with their home network anywhere, for any number of requests. This session looks at near-field and far-field options in new voice technologies and the challenges in presenting a seamless voice-first experience in a household where multiple different smart products are listening and responding.

SPEAKERS

Speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

12:30 PM

Networking Lunch - Atrium
 

1:30 PM

Insurance and Home Services: Being a Trusted Advisor - Grand Peninsula ABC

Parks Associates consumer research shows strong connections between consumer demand for smart home products and consumer interest in using these solutions for insurance purposes. This special research session looks at consumer interest in a home insurance-smart home connection and its potential impact for business models on both sides.

SPEAKERS

Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance

Bill Loesch, CEO, LeakSentinel

More speakers to be announced.

Moderated by Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

2:30 PM

Investment Strategies: Connected Home & IoT - Grand Peninsula ABC

Moving the smart home from early adopter to a mass market 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.

SPEAKERS

Dylan Gale, Principal, Comcast Ventures

Len Jordan, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Greg Mischou, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Woodside Capital Partners

More speakers to be announced.

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

3:30 PM

Closing Comments - Grand Peninsula ABC

3:45 PM

Reception - Grand Peninsula Foyer