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Key Sessions

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Welcoming Address

City of Palo Alto, California

Matt Eyring

Predictions on the Home of the Future

Vivint Smart Home

Sean Blankenship

The Business of Creating Smart Homes

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

Bob O'Donnell

Panel || Partnerships: From Cool to Crucial

TECHnalysis Research

07:30 08:30 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Analyst Breakfast Briefings

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


Jessica Groopman, Principal Analyst, jessgroopman.com - The Role of User Interface in the Internet of Things

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates - Managing Home Resources: Current trends in smart energy and water products

Francesco Radicati, Senior Analyst, Ovum - Smart Home Convergence with AI, VR, and More

  • Analyst Jessica Groopman - Principal Research Analyst, JessGroopman.com
  • Analyst Francesco Radicati - Senior Analyst, Ovum
  • Analyst Brad Russell - Research Analyst, Parks Associates

08:30 08:50 (20 mins)

Keynote

Chairman's Opening Remarks

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

08:50 09:10 (20 mins)

Keynote

Welcoming Address

  • Speaker Dr. Jonathan Reichental - Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto, California

09:10 09:30 (20 mins)

Keynote

Predictions on the Home of the Future

Grab the keys and get ready. It’s time to move into the future. Today we have connected homes, but how smart are they? Forget the current crop of smart thermostats and smart security systems - the real smart home of the future is a learning ecosystem, that's aware of your habits and movements, using information from scores of connected sensors to transform your life forever. Breakthrough user interfaces and intelligence are combining to create the smart home of the future.

  • Matt Eyring - Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home

09:30 09:50 (20 mins)

Keynote

The Business of Creating Smart Homes

  • Smart home technology is no longer a buzzword. It’s about telling the story.
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate is at the forefront helping ensure that home buyers, sellers and the real estate community recognize how our homes are changing.
  • Most recently launching the industry’s first-ever Smart Home Staging Kit, Coldwell Banker CMO Sean Blankenship will discuss how the technology is impacting the real estate landscape.


Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchiser in the United States, and today has a global network of 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 47 countries and territories with almost 84,000 affiliated sales professionals. 

The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by taking a leadership role in the smart home space, being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create an iPhone application with international listings, the first to develop an iPad application (CBx) to easily bring big data into home listing presentations, and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. 

Coldwell Banker is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program delivering exceptional experiences for all consumers served.

            

  • Sean Blankenship - Chief Marketing Officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

09:50 10:20 (30 mins)

Keynote

Panel || Partnerships: From Cool to Crucial

  • Discussing how successful partnerships extend the range of possibilities for customers without forcing companies to cede their unique positions as product providers
  • Creating effective models for interaction and interoperability
  • Identifying most important partnerships to maintain speed of innovation
  • Combining the need for simple, seamless interaction and value added services to bring IoT to the customer
  • Moderator Bob O'Donnell - President & Chief Analyst, TECHnalysis Research
  • Panelist Greg Kahn - President & CEO, Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC)
  • Panelist Anoop Mohan - VP of Product, Xfinity Home - IoT Platform, Services and Ecosystem, Comcast
  • Panelist Scott Harkins - Vice President, IoT Partner Programs, Honeywell Connected Home
  • Panelist Brett Worthington - General Manager for Americas & VP of Global Business Development, SmartThings
  • Panelist Nate Williams - Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc

10:20 11:20 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Coffee Break

11:20 11:40 (20 mins)

Strategic

Cracking the Application & Network Layer Code: Selecting Partners and Competitors for the Smart Home

  • Grant Erickson - President | Principal Software Engineer, Thread Group | Nest

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

Strategic

Athletes, Superheroes, and Smart Buildings

In today’s technological era there are many options available for improving training procedures – the issue is choosing the best one. Mounir Zok outlines how Team USA is utilizing cutting-edge technology to rejuvenate their training programs.

  • Mounir Zok - Director of Technology & Innovation, United States Olympic Committee

12:00 12:40 (40 mins)

Strategic

Panel || BYOD vs. Service Providers

  • What technology and systems will transform the smart home UX?
  • Ease of installation and ease of use as critical success factors in Smart Home market
  • Mass market solution requirements: simplicity, automation, and easily operated UX
  • Business models utilized by BYOD and service providers which extend the role of manufacturers and service providers
  • Moderator Bob O'Donnell - President & Chief Analyst, TECHnalysis Research
  • Panelist Anoop Mohan - VP of Product, Xfinity Home - IoT Platform, Services and Ecosystem, Comcast
  • Panelist Jeremy Warren - Chief Technology Officer, Vivint Smart Home
  • Panelist Matt Bornski - Director & Chief Architect of Enterprise Services, Wink

12:40 13:40 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Lunch

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

Strategic

Smartphone Apps & APIs

  • Examining consumer relationship with smartphones
  • How apps, APIs and smart home and connected entertainment solutions adjust to its ubiquity
  • Impact of APIs and their role in design and sales of connected devices
  • Sandhya Rao - Sr. Director, IoT Software & Mobile Apps Product Management, Honeywell Connected Home

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

Strategic

5 ways to combine hardware, software & big data to create meaningful products

How can you define a successful smart home product?

We believe it’s not only one that sells well, but one that keeps users engaged, satisfied and loyal in the long run. In this session, you’ll discover what we learnt working with Smart Home devices, among them Dyson Pure Cool™ Link: a futuristic air purifier leveraging synergies between hardware technology, consumer application and third-party data (BreezoMeter’s air quality feed).

  • Ziv Lautman - Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, BreezoMeter

14:40 15:20 (40 mins)

Strategic

Panel || Show Me The Money! – Creating Value from Connected Things

  • Examining effective business & marketing models to engage with the consumer and collaborate with key verticals
  • Business models and value propositions to gain first mover advantage
  • Creating a winning strategy for launching new products
  • Customer conditions for mass market purchasing
  • Resulting value chain and links for optimal progression
  • Panelist Bob Wudeck - Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, ilumi Solutions, Inc.
  • Panelist Upal Basu - General Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
  • Moderator Bruce Sinclair - President, iot-inc
  • Panelist Gene Han - Vice President-Consumer IoT / Head of San Francisco Innovation Office, Target
  • Panelist Jean-Pierre Abello - Director, Global Engineering R&D, Nielsen

15:10 16:10 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Coffee Break

16:10 16:30 (20 mins)

Strategic

The Necessary Transformation of Smart Home Companies

  • Understanding the transformational journey
  • The risks of not embracing this internal transformation
  • Examples of connected-products companies that have successfully made this journey
  • Best practices
  • Speaker Cory Sorice - Vice President of Marketing - Connected Products and eCommerce, Chamberlain Group, Inc.

16:30 16:50 (20 mins)

Strategic

Cybersecurity & the Connected Home

  • Ron Zimmer - President & CEO, CABA

16:50 17:30 (40 mins)

Strategic

Panel || How to Avoid Creep: The Imperative for Transparency & Trust

  • Why must companies think about transparency, security, and communication differently in offline vs. online settings?
  • Protecting the entire value chain process
  • Balancing personalized experiences with privacy concerns
  • Actionable steps to apply new standards to transparency in communicating with consumers


  • Panelist Art Swift - President, prpl Foundation
  • Panelist Paul Plofchan - (Former) CPO, ADT
  • Panelist Ron Zimmer - President & CEO, CABA
  • Panelist Yelena Sophia - Brandcenter Alum / Jr. Art Director , TBWA/MAL
  • Moderator Bob O'Donnell - President & Chief Analyst, TECHnalysis Research

11:20 11:50 (30 mins)

Technical

Lighting: The Smart Home Conduit

By 2020, half of all homes will have migrated to LEDs, and revenues for connected home products are expected to grow by 50% by that same year. Lighting is a prime location as a smart connection point because it’s all around us, and it puts connected technology into an affordable, compact package that can be used anywhere in the home. Jeff Patton, GE Lighting’s General Manager of Connected Home Products, will share more about how lighting is opening a channel to simple, smart home adoption and interoperability with a new generation of efficient lighting that listens, learns and sees.

  • Jeff Patton - General Manager of Connected Home Products, GE Lighting

11:50 12:40 (50 mins)

Technical

Panel || Sneak Peek: An Overview of Platforms in the Home

  • Examining the underlying platforms and technologies essential for boosting adoption
  • How are these platforms crucial in creating the smart home experience
  • How can these platforms be differentiated? Is there a need/room for consolidation?
  • Assessing the different offerings
  • Interoperability issues
  • Panelist Justin Dilley - Senior Manager - Dash Replenishment, Amazon
  • Panelist Mitchel Klein - Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance
  • Panelist Tobin Richardson - President & CEO, ZigBee Alliance
  • Panelist Cam Witt - Senior Marketing Manager, Wi-Fi Alliance
  • Moderator Larry Magid - On-Air Technology Analyst, CBS News
  • Panelist Sandhya Rao - Sr. Director, IoT Software & Mobile Apps Product Management, Honeywell Connected Home
  • Panelist Noelani McGadden - VP, IoT Business Development, Plumchoice

12:40 13:40 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Lunch

13:40 14:00 (20 mins)

Technical

The Consumer Journey Towards Smarter Living

  • What are the drivers that encourage consumers to purchase smart home products?
  • What conscious and unconscious purchase decisions do customers make?
  • What strategies should you employ to create seamless and engaging experiences across devices and platforms?
  • How should the experience differ between devices and what functionality should be available?

Nate Williams will discuss the current value proposition of the smart home.  How consumers enter the smart home funnel, what's important for driving purchase decision, etc.  Once consumers adopt the technology, how do we get them to buy more?  How can we deliver value with products and partnerships so the initial purchase intent delivers even more value?

  • Speaker Nate Williams - Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

Technical

Survey Says: Using consumer measurement to promote mainstream smart home adoption

  • Jean-Pierre Abello - Director, Global Engineering R&D, Nielsen

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

Technical

Creating Voice-First Experiences for the Smart Home

Natural user interfaces, such as those based on speech, enable customers to interact with their home in a more intuitive way. With the VUI smart home, now customers don't need to use their hands or eyes to do things around the home — they only have to ask and it's at their command. This keynote will address the vision for the VUI smart home as customers demand solutions across various industries.

  • J. Michael Palermo - Senior Alexa Evangelist, Amazon

14:40 15:20 (40 mins)

Technical

Panel || Because I Said So

  • Using voice as a device & application interface
  • Accelerating Smart Home adoption through voice control
  • What are the limits, if any, to a product with this interface?
  • Moderator Jessica Groopman - Principal Research Analyst, JessGroopman.com
  • Panelist J. Michael Palermo - Senior Alexa Evangelist, Amazon
  • Panelist Joe Maillie - Director of Business Development, SYLVANIA Smart Home
  • Panelist Paul Beckman - Founder and CEO, DSP Concepts, Inc
  • Panelist Jeff Patton - General Manager of Connected Home Products, GE Lighting
  • Panelist Gordon van Zuiden - Founder and President, cyberManor

15:20 16:10 (50 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Coffee Break

16:10 16:30 (20 mins)

Technical

Data Miners: Converting the consumer stats into satisfaction

  • Speaker Dr. Wael Hassan - CEO, KI Design LLC

16:30 16:50 (20 mins)

Technical

From Data Connections to Human Connections

Leveraging data captured by machine learning in the home

  • Kumar Srivastava - VP, Products & Strategy | Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Bank of New York

16:50 17:30 (40 mins)

Technical

Panel || Deep Dive: Machines, Metrics, & Big Data

  • Transforming data into improved customer satisfaction
  • Privacy concerns: who owns the data & who is responsible
  • Leveraging data captured by machine learning in the home 
  • Panelist Kumar Srivastava - VP, Products & Strategy | Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Bank of New York
  • Panelist Steve Matthews - IoT Practice Director, Teredata
  • Panelist Itamar Novick - Chief Business Officer, Life360
  • Moderator Michael Wolf - Founder , NextMarket Insights
  • Panelist Dr. Wael Hassan - CEO, KI Design LLC

17:20 18:20 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Happy Hour