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Over 100 Companies Speaking at Parks Associates' 20th-Annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 24-26 in San Francisco

Amazon, Cox, Comcast, Facebook, HP, Logitech, Roku, Vivint Smart Home, and Other Leading IoT Companies to Present Insights on Consumer Engagement Strategies

/ -- DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 04/19/16 -- Parks Associates today announced the full lineup of speakers for the 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, the only executive conference focused on consumer engagement strategies, innovative business models, and creative partnerships to drive widespread adoption and success for all industries impacting the connected consumer. Parks Associates research shows 2015 was the first year when linear programming comprised the minority of time spent watching video on television screens among U.S. broadband households, 48%, compared to 52% dedicated to time-shifted viewing.

"Connected CE and smart device makers can leverage the IoT to offer new opportunities in connected entertainment and smart home solutions. Mass customization is now a reality, and companies can increase engagement by offering personalized solutions," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "With over 650 executives in attendance, CONNECTIONS™ shines the spotlight on strategies for the connected consumer and important issues facing the industry, from platform integration to privacy and big data. We look forward to supporting the industry's growth by providing our research and insights to this leading audience of executives."

CONNECTIONS™, May 24-26 at the San Francisco Hyatt by the airport, hosts over 250 companies in the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries to focus on the successful use cases and emerging business models to engage consumers and grow revenues. Throughout CONNECTIONS™, the Parks Associates research team presents consumer adoption and forecasts of new products and services, evaluates new business strategies, and shares concrete recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services.

The CONNECTIONS™ sponsorship area will feature software, hardware, middleware, services, and corollary products and solutions in digital entertainment, home networking, home systems, broadband access, residential gateways, energy management, and mobile entertainment.

Event sponsors include Reception Sponsors CEL and Zonoff; Session Sponsors Icontrol Networks and PlumChoice; Lunch Sponsor NXP; Silver Sponsors, Assurant, Asurion, Centercode, ROC-Connect,, ULE Alliance, WiZR, ZigBee Alliance; Bronze Sponsors Ayla Networks, Cirrent, EVRYTHNG, Flextronics, HP, iQor, People Power, WeatherBug Home, and Z-Wave; Program Guide Sponsor Vivint; Breakfast Sponsors Greenwave Systems and leakSMART; and Break Sponsors Home8, Nortek Security & Control, and Tyco.

Keynote speakers:

  • Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home
  • Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable
  • David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist, Alexa and Echo, Amazon

Speakers include:

  • A&D Medical - Kyle Kline, Telemedicine Product Marketing Manager
  • ADT Security Services Inc. - Steve Shapiro, Group Director
  • Airbiquity, Inc. - David Jumpa, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Akamai Technologies - Shane Keats, Director of Industry Marketing, Media and Entertainment
  • - Jay Kenny, Senior Vice President of Marketing
  • Arrayent - William Oget, VP of Engineering
  • Arris - Paul Moroney, SVP Advanced Technology
  • Assurant Solutions - Andy Chambers, VP, Connected Home
  • Asurion - Peter Blanks, Vice President Technology
  • AT&T Digital Life - Kevin Petersen, President
  • August Home Inc - Nate Williams, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Ayla Networks - Adrian Caceres, Co-Founder and CTO
  • BrightLine - Mike Fisher, Vice President, Product Strategy & Business Development
  • Canary - John Carter, Head of Communications
  • CEDIA - Dave Pedigo, Sr. Director of Learning & Emerging Technologies
  • CEL - Erik Davidson, Director of Product Management
  • Centercode - Emily Hossellman, Director of Marketing
  • Cirrent - Rob Conant, CEO
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. - Jonathan Beavon, Director Strategy, Video Software & Solutions
  • Clearleap - Dave Mowrey, VP of Product Management
  • Comcast Ventures - Michael Yang, Managing Director
  • comScore, Inc. - Mike Rich, Vice President, Emergent
  • Cox - Kristine Faulkner, Vice President / General Manager, Home Security & Smart Home
  • Cox Communications - R.K Gopinath, Executive Director, Products - Smart & Connected Home
  • Cozify - Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki, CEO and co-founder
  • CSS Corp - Sid Victor, Vice President - Solutions
  • Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem - Mitch Singer, President
  • - Manny Fernandez, CEO & Co-founder
  • EnergyHub - Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-Founder and President
  • Ericsson - Diomedes Kastanis, Chief Technology Officer
  • Ericsson - Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of TV & Media
  • EVA Automation - Ali M. Vassigh, Director of User Experience
  • EVRYTHNG - Curt Schacker, VP, Managing Director, Connected Products
  • Facebook - Sagar Savla, Data Science
  • Flex - Joe Wytanis, Sr. Director & Strategist, Connected Living, Consumer Technology Group
  • Giraffic - Yoel Zanger, CEO
  • Gracenote - Eric Anderson, SVP and General Manager of Video Personalization
  • GreatCall - Krijn van der Raadt, Vice President of IT and Software Development
  • Greenwave Systems - Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist
  • Home, Building & Utility Systems - Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President
  • HomeAdvisor, Inc. - Brandon Ridenour, Chief Technology Officer
  • Honeywell Connected Home - Scott Harkins, Vice President IoT Partner Programs
  • HP - Vinicius David, Director of Consumer Services
  • Icontrol Networks - Letha McLaren, CMO
  • IFTTT Inc. - Justin Wong, VP Business Development
  • Independa, Inc. - Kian Saneii, Chief Executive Officer
  • Intel Security - Bruce Snell, Cybersecurity and Privacy Director
  • iQor - Autumn Braswell, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Solutions Organization, LinQ
  • iRobot - Chris Jones, VP of Technology
  • Jabil - Tom Waters, Sr. Manager, Market Intelligence
  • leakSMART - Larry Waxman, President & CEO
  • LG Electronics - Winifred Chang, Director IOT Business Development
  • Logitech - Vincent Borel, Director of New Ventures
  • Lutron - Matt Swatsky, Director of Product Management
  • Lynx Technologies - John Driver, CEO
  • Maxim Group LLC - Chris Avery, Managing Director, Investment Banking
  • Misfit Wearables a Fossil Company - Francis Hoe, Operations Manager
  • MivaTek / Home8 - Joe Liu, CEO
  • Mooreland Partners - Peg Jackson, Managing Director
  • NAGRA - Robin Wilson, VP Business Development
  • Nexia, Ingersoll Rand - George Land, General Manager
  • Nortek Security & Control - Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President Product & Market Development
  • Nortek Security & Control - Tim Smokoff, Group Vice President, Health & Wellness
  • NRG/Reliant - Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home
  • Nuance Communications - Kenn Harper, VP, Devices & Ecosystem
  • NXP Semiconductors - Denis Noel, Lead Product Manager, IoT Security
  • OnProcess Technology - Karen Kosh, VP - Broadband & Wireless
  • Open Connectivity Foundation - Mark Skarpness, Chair of the IoTivity Steering Group
  • Parks Associates - Tricia Parks, CEO
  • People Power Company - Gene Wang, CEO
  • Piksel - Jody Stark, EVP Global Commercial Strategy
  • PlumChoice - Steve Thompson, Director, Business Development
  • Qualcomm Atheros - Mike Stauffer, Senior Director of Business Development, Internet of Everything
  • ROC-Connect - Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development
  • ROKU - Tom Love, VP of Consumer Insights
  • Rovi - Michael Hawkey, SVP & General Manager - Discovery Business Group
  • Samsung - Paul T. Kim, Director, Content & Services
  • Schneider Electric - Paul Campbell, VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center
  • Sigma Designs/Z-Wave - Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development
  • SmartThings - Brett Worthington, VP of Global Business Development and Partnerships
  • Stringify - Dave Evans, CTO
  • SunPower Corporation - Carl Lenox, Solution Architect
  • - Lee Gruenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives
  • thePlatform - Chris Drake, Vice President, Business Development
  • Time Warner Cable - Adam Mayer, VP, Strategy and New Business Development
  • TiVo - Jim Denney, Vice President, Product Marketing
  • Tunstall Americas - Casey Pittock, President and CEO
  • ULE Alliance - Avi Barel, Business Development Director
  • Verimatrix - Petr Peterka, Chief Technology Officer
  • Verizon - Nancy Green, Global Practice Lead - Healthcare
  • Verizon - Ohad Zeira, Director, Consumer IoT
  • Vodafone - Erik Kling, Vice President M2M New Business Development
  • WeatherBug Home - Amena Ali, SVP and General Manager
  • WeMo / Belkin - Peter Taylor, VP of Products
  • Wi-Fi Alliance - Kevin Robinson, VP Marketing
  • Wink - Matt Bornski, Director and Chief Architect of Enterprise Services
  • Withings - Mark Prince, Vice President Consumer Business
  • WiZR - Sanjeev Thakkar, VP of OEM Sales & Business Development
  • Yonomi - Kent Dickson, Co-founder and CEO
  • ZigBee Alliance - Daniel Moneta, Chairman of the Marketing Working Group
  • Zonoff - Mike Harris, CEO
  • Zubie - Navin Ganeshan, Chief Product Officer

Moderators / Analysts

  • Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
  • Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates
  • Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates
  • Barbara Kraus, Director, Research, Parks Associates
  • Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
  • Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
  • Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates
  • Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
  • Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates

To schedule an interview with an analyst or request specific research, contact Holly Sprague at, 720.987.6614.

Parks Associates' 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ hosts over 650 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries and is focused specifically on business strategies to fully engage consumers in the connected home experience.

The event provides networking opportunities and insights from industry players in entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. Parks Associates' analyst team highlights consumer and industry research throughout the event, including technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services. Throughout the three-day event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services.

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Holly Sprague
Parks Associates