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08:00 09:00 (60 mins)

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Analyst Breakfast Briefings

Consisting of a series of roundtables each led by an expert analyst focusing on a specific Smart Home Topic Area


09:00 09:10 (10 mins)

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Chairman's Opening Remarks

  • Speaker Bob O'Donnell - President & Chief Analyst, TECHnalysis Research

09:10 09:30 (20 mins)

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Smart Home Today

  • The current status of the Smart Home industry
  • Where are the growth points?
  • Why are certain areas growing while others are lagging behind?
  • Bill Ablondi - Director Smart Home Strategies, Strategy Analytics

09:30 09:50 (20 mins)

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Technical challenges in creating connected homes

  • Understanding available platform options
  • How to deliver device and app reliability
  • Improving UX through interoperability
  • Creating a cyber security 'net'

09:50 10:10 (20 mins)

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CNET's Living Lab - Lessons learned

How experimentation brought insight into interoperability issues, maintenance, and upgrades, connectivity, and long-term consumer adoption.

10:10 10:50 (40 mins)

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Panel || There's no place like a Smart Home

  • Ensuring smart devices function as a cohesive unit to enhance lifestyles
  • Employing flexible and robust platforms and connectivity to power it all
  • Keeping it all safe and secure: protected devices defending the home
  • Moderator Saliq Khan - Vice President, Imperial Captial, LLC
  • Panelist Jeff Lyman - Senior Vice President, Consumer Experience, Vivent

10:40 11:30 (50 mins)

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Networking Coffee Break

11:30 11:40 (10 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Chairman's Opening Remarks

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Platforms at the edge: the true purpose of a home management system

  • Improving UX to accelerate adoption
  • Integrating all the connected devices to create a 'smart' home
  • Keeping data at the edge for immediate use

12:00 12:40 (40 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Panel || Choosing the right platform for maximized Smart Home management

  • Navigating the Hives, Alexas, and Google Homes to find the best fit for lifestyle
  • Looking for longevity and flexibility in smart home platforms
  • Moderator Saliq Khan - Vice President, Imperial Captial, LLC
  • Panelist Tom Stimac - Chief Innovation Manager, GE Lighting

12:40 13:40 (60 mins)

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Networking Lunch

13:40 14:00 (20 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Getting it right: Smart Homes enhancing lifestyles

  • Using interoperability to enhance, rather than frustrate, our lives
  • Accelerating consumer adoption
  • adding value beyond dollars and cents

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Reliably connected homes

  • Maintaining constant connectivity
  • Powering devices in all situations
  • Consistent access to smart homes - never be locked out

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

AI creating truly smart homes

  • How increased computing power and advanced big data analytics are moving AI forward
  • AI providing the ability to create intelligent and coordinated home ecosystems of software and devices
  • AI as a central platform or ‘brain’ at the core of a Smart Home
  • Speaker Gene Wang - CEO, Co-Founder, People Power Company
  • Speaker Florian Kolb - Managing Director, innogy New Ventures LLC

14:40 15:20 (40 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Panel || Improving consumer UX

  • Achieving consistent interoperability
  • Long-lived, adaptable technology for sustained smart living
  • Avoiding home bot armies: securing smart home tech for the average consumer
  • Moderator Bill Ablondi - Director Smart Home Strategies, Strategy Analytics
  • Panelist Jessica Groopman - Principal Research Analyst, JessGroopman.com
  • Panelist Matthew Bright - Chairman, Retail & Payment, NFC Forum

15:20 16:10 (50 mins)

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Networking Coffee Break

16:10 16:30 (20 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Adaptability for changing homeowner needs

  • Resilient devices that last
  • Building in flexibility to adjust as homeowners' needs and lifestyles change
  • Anticipating the needs of homeowners of the future

16:30 16:50 (20 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Broadening our understanding of 'home' in a virtual sense

  • Cars as gateway introductions to smart, interactive devices
  • Smart vehicles interacting with homes
  • Taking 'home' with you every day through technology
  • Presenter Patrice Samuels - Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

16:50 17:30 (40 mins)

Track 1 - Technical

Panel || Creating smart homes for the whole family: age, ability, and adaptability

  • Installing freedom - choice for everyone in the home
  • Aging in place - creating a safe and independent space
  • Smart medical support - using devices and platforms to enhance quality of life and foster security
  • Panelist Blake Kozak - Principal Analyst, Smart Home and Security Technology, IHS Markit

11:30 11:40 (10 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Chairman's Opening Remarks

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Without standardization, can we achieve a truly interoperable Smart Home?

  • What is 'standardization' in a Smart Home context?
  • Who defines what 'interoperability' means
  • Can smart devices successfully collaborate when designed for different platforms?

12:00 12:40 (40 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Panel || Creating connected homes from top to bottom: fully integrated and interoperable

  • Building the ideal situation where all devices connect and interact successfully at all times
  • Improving quality of life with smart devices
  • Avoiding overly complicated homes by improving UX
  • Moderator Anna Chalmers - Senior Advisor, The Palmer Group
  • Panelist Warren Katz - Chief Marketing Officer, iDevices
  • Panelist Mason Hall - Connected Home Product Manager, GE Lighting
  • Panelist Gene Wang - CEO, Co-Founder, People Power Company

12:40 13:40 (60 mins)

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Networking Lunch

13:40 14:00 (20 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

The magic mix: Partnerships improving UX and consumer adoption

  • Devices designed to work together to make consumer adoption seamless
  • Collaboration between device developers and manufacturers and retailers
  • Insurance companies accelerating adoption through incentive programs

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Moving from DIY to professional installation

  • Smart Home is no longer the 'wild west' of adoption
  • Creating new markets: professional installation for successful adoption and integration
  • How savvy homeowners are assembling their own smart homes

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Maintaining the Smart Home: upgrades, support, security

  • Who provides tech support after the initial purchase?
  • Maintaining interoperability between devices over time
  • Staying secure in spite of sophisticated cyber attacks

14:40 15:20 (40 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Panel || Curating devices to create truly 'Smart' home packages

  • Smart Home packages designed for specific structures and lifestyles
  • Full-service packages: device choice, installation, long-term maintenance
  • Moving into a mix-and-match world - improved choices in interoperable devices
  • Moderator Blake Kozak - Principal Analyst, Smart Home and Security Technology, IHS Markit
  • Panelist Jeff Patton - General Manager, Connected Home Products, GE Lighting
  • Panelist Andrew Thomas - Co-Founder, CRO, SkyBell Technologies, Inc.

15:20 16:10 (50 mins)

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Networking Coffee Break

16:10 16:30 (20 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

What is 'value'? Moving beyond dollar amounts to quality of living

  • Understanding what homeowners find 'valuable'
  • Augmenting quality of life and creating new opportunities for how we live

16:30 16:50 (20 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Maximizing savings as quickly as possible

  • Efficient Smart Home technologies that earn their keep
  • Using data to learn how our lives function 
  • Recouping returns on Smart Home investments

16:50 17:30 (40 mins)

Track 2 - Strategic

Panel || Collaborative value: How owners of Smart Homes and Vehicles are insurance companies' dream customers

  • Monetizing data generated by users
  • Using Data Analytics to help users make better decisions
  • How insurance companies are helping accelerate adoption of Smart technologies
  • Moderator Mike Krell - Head of IoT Strategy, James Brehm & Associates
  • Panelist Brett Jurgens - Cofounder and CEO, Notion

17:30 18:30 (60 mins)

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Networking Happy Hour