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Nov 06
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07:30 - 08:30 60 mins
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Analyst Breakfast Briefings
Analyst Breakfast Briefings

Please join us for our early morning sessions and kick off your day with round table discussions led by industry leaders across the Smart Home spectrum.

08:40 - 08:50 10 mins
Keynote
Chairman’s Opening Remarks
08:50 - 09:10 20 mins
Keynote
Presentation: The future of interaction between humans and technology and how it is changing
  • Hector Ouilhet - Director of UX, Google
09:10 - 09:30 20 mins
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Keynote
Presentation: The Intelligent Edge for the Home
  • Mediating between edge systems & devices and the IoT cloud (smart home platform)
  • Provide security and management capabilities beyond what individual edge
  • devices can deliver on their own
  • Management of ‘subsystems’ groups (thermostat, HVAC, ceiling fans, blinds, lighting, etc)
09:30 - 10:10 40 mins
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Keynote
PANEL: Evolving Smart Home Market - New Capabilities, New Services, New Opportunities
  • Itamar Novick - Chief Business Officer, Life360
  • Michele Turner - Director, Smart Home Ecosystem, Google
  • Home safety & security, appliances, entertainment, lighting, HVAC, healthcare, kitchen appliances
  • Major growth drivers are increasing awareness related to safety & security, increasing consumer need for simplicity and a personalized experience, and growing adoption of cloud-based technologies 
  • Emerging trends focus around voice-assistant technologies 
10:10 - 11:10 60 mins
Networking Break
Networking Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:20 10 mins
Track 1: Market Landscape
Chairman's Opening Remarks
11:20 - 11:40 20 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
Presentation: The strategy of interoperability and building self-sustaining ecosystems in IoT and Smart Homes
  • George Yianni - Head of Technology, Philips Hue
  • Platforms must be open and easy for developers to utilize.
  • It is important to regularly inject new features and platform capabilities based on consumer and developer feedback
12:00 - 12:40 40 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
PANEL: Smart Entertainment Devices Augmenting Lifestyles
  • Mark Honeycutt - Chief Executive Officer, Maximus
  • Bring increased level of home automation beyond practical devices                                                                                 
  • Ability for all entertainment devices to be connected & managed by smart hubs in any room of the house and through single interface
  •  Smart, connected speakers and TVs augment existing on-demand viewing and listening, presenting live TV in higher definition than ever before 
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  • Ability to watch real-time feed from security cameras, baby monitors, etc through smart TV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
12:40 - 13:40 60 mins
Networking Break
Networking Lunch
13:40 - 14:00 20 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
Presentation: Converging Automotive and Home Entertainment
  • Zafer Sahinoglu - Vice President, Business Innovation, Mitsubishi Electric US Inc.
  • Home platform able to communicate with smart car system, 'follow' you from home to car to work, etc        
  • Ability to monitor home from dashboard
14:00 - 14:20 20 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
Presentation: Will anyone be able to truly dominate the platform market?
  • How do language barriers and market limitations impact the ability of one platform to rise significantly above the others?
  • What are the factors that need to be inherent in a platform to enable it to lead the pack?
14:20 - 14:40 20 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
Presentation: Marketing in the New Audio Age
  • Meg Goldthwaite - Chief Marketing Officer, NPR

This presentation will share research and other data examining how voice-driven technologies such as Alexa and Google Home are changing consumer behavior and what that means for content providers, marketers, and society as a whole.

14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
Presentation: The Art of Translation
  • How do vendors and designers communicate with the market?
  • Helping manufacturers remove the confusion layer
  • The differences in communicating with early adopters vs new consumers
15:00 - 16:00 60 mins
Networking Break
Networking Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
Fireside Chat: The Smart Home Promise: Using the IoT Revolution to Build Trust
  • Speaker Ashwin Krishnan - The Accelerator, Ashwin Krishnan LLC
  • The Smart Home ecosystem needs to think holistically and long term in order to build consumer trust
  • GDPR has heightened consumer awareness as to personal information rights and privileges around the globe
  • It is necessary to build a greater sense of trust by explaining why consumer data is harvested, how it is used to make their experience better, and providing incentives that are useful and tangible for the consumer
16:20 - 17:00 40 mins
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Track 1: Market Landscape
PANEL: Servicing the Smart Home: A Growth Market Opportunity
  • Moderator Patrice Samuels - Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
  • Shuvankar Roy - VP Xfinity Home Security & Automation, Comcast
  • A need exists for IoT-related customer service to help with challenges homeowners are not prepared for
  • Consumers need service models to manage upgrades and minimize costs of maintenance, replacements, etc
  • Service opportunities through the need for cyber security support
17:00 - 18:00 60 mins
Networking Break
Networking Drinks Reception
11:10 - 11:20 10 mins
Track 2: Technical Challenges
Chairman's Opening Remarks
11:20 - 11:40 20 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
Presentation: More fun leads to more integration: Platforms and smart entertainment devices
  • Leveraging Machine and AI to get a better sense of the data generated by homeowners and understand what they want
  • Streamlining physical use of smart entertainment devices allows for better platform integration – get rid of the remotes, ask Alexa
11:40 - 12:00 20 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
Presentation: The Ubiquitous Voice Interface - enabling new form factors and new service models
  • Voice is the ultimate breakthrough advancement that allows technologies to become more universal
  • Hands-free and easy to use
12:00 - 12:40 40 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
PANEL: Driving Universality & Ubiquity Through Improved AI
  • Panelist Mike Soucie - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Nest at Google
  • Panelist Bryan Kissinger - Director, Digital Home Product Management, Comcast
  • Panelist Rahul Baxi - Founder & Chief Innovator, SmartyPans, Inc
  • Panelist Sujeeth Kanuganti - CTO, Aira Tech Corporation
  • User’s technical abilities become less important – anyone can interact with the technology
  • AI becomes able to make decisions through experience – less direct interaction with homeowners over everyday details
  • Requires partnerships in order to create a leap forward in NLP and ML
12:40 - 13:40 60 mins
Networking Break
Networking Lunch
13:40 - 14:00 20 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
Presentation: Understanding the impacts - Positive & Negative - of AI on the Smart Home
  • Jessica Groopman - Industry Analyst & Founding Partner, Kaleido Insights

The real benefit of AI in the smart home is not that we can commercially deploy AI-powered devices, it is that these techniques introduce new ways to dramatically improve customer experience, security, and interactions. But introducing machine learning to smart home devices and CX is easier said than done. Join industry analyst and founding partner of Kaleido Insights, Jessica Groopman for real-world look at the opportunities AI presents and the unique set of challenges that emerge. Attendees will learn:

  • How to contextualize AI in smart home's evolution
  • Real-world examples of AI in the smart home
  • How to analyze the opportunities for risk assessment
  • Implications for the ecosystem
14:00 - 14:20 20 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
Presentation: Driving the Learning Assistant: NLP and ML
  • Natural language processing allows AIs to comprehend what humans are requesting                                                                 
  • Machine learning allows platforms to learn homeowners' habits over time and anticipate needs without direct interaction
  • Devices connected to platforms with good NLP and ML improve UX and adoption
14:20 - 15:00 40 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
PANEL: Protecting the home and cars from themselves through smart sensors
  • There are many ways home and auto structures and safety can be compromised
  • Sensors that can detect water leaks, smarter fire and carbon monoxide detectors can all aid in defending our homes and ourselves beyond the security system
  • Autonomous driving sensors will bring cars into the future
15:00 - 16:00 60 mins
Networking Break
Networking Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
Presentation: Voice isn't everything - A look at alternatives to voice assistants
  • Moderator Mark Beccue - Principal Analyst, Tractica
  • When does it make the most sense to have a voice assistant?
  • Gesture interface as an alternative to voice
  • How practical are biometric interfaces?
16:20 - 17:00 40 mins
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Track 2: Technical Challenges
PANEL: How 'educating' home AIs is the key to true platform integration
  • Improving consumer interaction will help AIs ‘learn ‘ what its humans prefer/want from the platform
  • Increasing the ability for an AI to anticipate needs, make suggestions, make threat assessments, etc.
  • AI chips can process larger quantities of data and software to find the patterns and make inferences about how we live
17:00 - 18:00 60 mins
Networking Break
Networking Drinks Reception