Welcome to the IoT Slam® Live 2018, Internet of Things Conference, June 21 - 22 2018, R.T.P - North Carolina, USA

IoT Slam 2015 Keynote Speakers

IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Patrick McGarry

Pat McGarry

Vice President of Engineering at Ryft
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Sam George

Sam George

Partner, Director - Azure IoT & Service Fabric, Microsoft
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Mac Devine_

Mac Devine

IBM Fellow & Member of IoT Community Advisory Board

Kerrie Holley

Technical Fellow | Optum Technology

IoT Slam 2015 Speakers

IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Joe wodark

Joe Wodark

Head of Connected Home Research Verisk Analytics
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Sudha Jamthe

CEO, IoT Disruptions and Instructor Stanford Continuing Ed School
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Stephen Douglas

Stephen Douglas

IoT Solutions and Technical Strategy Lead – Spirent Communications
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Abhay Jain

Abhay Jain

CEO & Co-Founder ActiveScaler Inc
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Phil_Berman

Phil Berman

Field Engineer at Pivotal
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - G Robertson

Graeme Robertson

VP Sales & Marketing, NetThings
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Patrick McGarry

Pat McGarry

Vice President of Engineering at Ryft
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Stephen Ludin

Stephen Ludin

Chief Architect, Akamai
IoT Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference - David Bartlett

David Bartlett

CTO at GE Current
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Chris Kalaboukis

Chris Kalaboukis

CEO hellofuture llc

Shyam Varan Nath

Industrial Internet Architect GE Digital
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference -Enrico Scarrone

Enrico Scarrone

Telecom Italia, Vice Chair Chairman of the Steering Committee of oneM2M
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Philip Regenie

Philip Regenie

Founder and CEO Chimera IoT
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Walton Smith

Walton Smith

Principal and Head of IoT – Booz Allen Hamilton.
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Huawei-Logo2

Dr. Victor Kueh

Standards Strategist, Huawei
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference -Anubhav Dwivedi

Anubhav Dwivedi

Chief Executive Officer & Founder Saviant Consulting
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Sumer Johal

Sumer Johal

Founder and CEO of Agralogics Inc
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Mark Orsborn

Mark Orsborn

Director Internet of Things (IoT) at Salesforce
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference -Anatoli Levine

Anatoli Levine

Director of Product Management, Spirent Developer Tools Business Unit
IoT Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference Kuruvilla Mathew

Kuruvilla Mathew

Chief Innovation Officer Ness Software Engineering Services
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Clarke Stevens

Clarke Stevens

Clarke Stevens Principal Architect of Emerging Technologies at Shaw Communications
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Ultan Mulligan

Ultan Mulligan

ETSI Communications Director, vice-chairman of oneM2M Marketing committee.

Ajay Malik

Oro Networks, Inc.
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Steve Blackwell

Steven Blackwell

Vice President of Engineering at Vertiv
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Krishna Kumar1

Krishna Kumar

CEO App Orchid Inc
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - sravani

Sravani Bhattacharjee

Founding Principal IrecaMedia
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Sean Lorenz

Sean Lorenz

CEO Senter

Kerrie Holley

Technical Fellow | Optum Technology
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Matthew Baier

Matthew Baier

Chief Operating Officer, at Built.io
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Paul Bloom

Paul Bloom

CEO PDB FutureCom International
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Bas Geerdink

Bas Geerdink

IT Manager ING
IoT Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference Ed Hightower

Ed Hightower

Technical Solutions Manager at IoT and Beyond.
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Dr. Josef J. Blanz, Qualcomm

Dr. Josef J. Blanz

Principal Engineer, Qualcomm
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Dennis Juul Poulsen Tweakker

Dennis Juul Poulsen

General Manager of Spirent Tweakker,
IoT Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Aneet Chopra

Aneet Chopra

IOT Evangelist, Trusted Advisor
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference -Rich Miller

Rich Miller

CEO of Telematica Inc
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - brian witten

Brian Witten

Senior Director of Internet of Things (IoT) at Symantec.
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Sam George

Sam George

Partner, Director - Azure IoT & Service Fabric, Microsoft
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Sharath Sahadevan

Sharath Sahadevan

Senior Field Engineer, Pivotal
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Zachary Jeans

Zachary Jeans

Principal Strategist Tourizing
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Mark Thirman

Mark Thirman

IoT Strategist for Telus Corporation
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference -Jason-Wilson

Jason Wilson

Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Ingenu
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Janet Jaiswal_

Janet Jaiswal

VP of Enterprise Marketing Aeris
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference -Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Product Management, Analytics/CEM Business Unit
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Massimo Cesaro

Massimo Cesaro

CTO at MeterLinq
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference ken-figueredo

Ken Figueredo

Founder more-with-mobile
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Mac Devine_

Mac Devine

IBM Fellow & Member of IoT Community Advisory Board
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference emil-berthelsen

Emil Berthelsen

Principal Analyst Machina Research
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Steve Hassell

Steve Hassell

Former President, Data Center Solutions at Emerson Network Power
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Nishant Patel

Nishant Patel

CTO Built.io
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Miki_Nguyen

Miki Nguyen

Senior Product Manager at Bluetooth SIG

Scott Amyx

CEO, Amyx+
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Rob Milks

Rob Milks

CEO B-LineLogic, Inc.
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference -Jonathan Feit

Jonathon Feit

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Lucid Technologies
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Julian Durand

Julian Durand

CEO Smart Things Group, Inc.
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Andy Thurai

Andy Thurai

Program Director - Digital Innovation, IBM
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Maarten Ectors

Maarten Ectors

VP of IoT Ubuntu
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference othmar

Othmar Kyas

Editor in Chief Key Concept Press
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Dave McCrory

Dave McCrory

CTO Basho
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Greg Fasullo

Greg Fasullo

Chief Executive Officer EnTouch
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference_ Adam Michelson

Adam Michelson

VP Professional Services Xively
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Brian Geisel

Brian Geisel

CEO, Geisel Software
IoT Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference - Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter

Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist of Greenwave Systems
Dr. Sarah Cooper GM IoT at AWS & Internet of Things Community Vice-Chair

Sarah Cooper

General Manager of IoT Solutions at Amazon AWS and Vice Chair of the IoT Community
IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference - David Simmons

David G. Simmons

IoT Evangelist

Expanded Speakers with Bios

Kerrie Holley, VP and CTO | Analytics and Automation Platforms | Cisco
Kerrie Holley joined Cisco as CTO for Software Platform Group (SPG). As CTO, Kerrie drives the application of Cisco’s analytics and automation software portfolio into vertical markets and cross-industries.  Kerrie engages with customers to position our analytics and automation portfolio and architectures to the market.   He leads engagements at key conferences and industry/partner forums to create mind-share, awareness,  adoption and excitement with external communities. Kerrie was previously an IBM Fellow at IBM Research appointed by the CEO in 2006.  His research focused on scalable business services, business purpose platforms, micro services, and related system development and architecture models.  He engaged extensively with clients on these topics and the disruptive effects of digitization, API economy, and the “next era” of computing. Prior to joining IBM Research, Kerrie was CTO for IBM’s Global Business Services’ Application Innovation Services (AIS). There, Kerrie was known for his innovative work in service-oriented architecture (SOA) and collaboration with clients as architect and consultant.  Kerrie launched IBM’s SOA Center of Excellence where he operated as CTO for several years.  Over the course of his IBM career, he was awarded outstanding achievement and corporate awards. Kerrie holds several patents, authored two books, and published articles in peer-reviewed research publications and other venues.  He appeared on ABC News and a TED talk when IBM Watson was introduced describing Watson’s next job.  Kerrie holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from DePaul University.  He is currently a member of DePaul’s Board of Trustees.

Mac Devine, Vice President SDN Cloud Services and CTO, IBM Cloud Services Division,
Mac has 26 years of experience with networking and virtualization. He became an IBM Master Inventor in 2006, an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2008 and is a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology since 2009. He served 2 years as the Chief Architect for IM System z Enterprise Software and 2 years as the CTO for IBM Cloud partnerships and client innovations within the IBM Corporate Strategy team. Mac served 2 years as Director and CTO Cloud Portfolio within IBM Global Technology Services. He lead the technical due diligence for the SoftLayer acquisition which lead to the creation of IBM Cloud Services Division. He co-authored Springer’s Handbook of Cloud Computing used by colleges and universities. Mac currently serves as Vice President and CTO of Networking and Innovation Services, IBM Cloud Division and also serves on the Internet of Things Community Advisory Board as well as the advisory boards for more than a dozen cloud companies.

David Bartlett, CTO Aviation, GE
Dave Bartlett is the Chief Technology Officer for GE Aviation. Dave provides strategic technology leadership and oversight for digital and analytics growth projects across all of Aviation, evaluating new technologies setting the technology vision and direction for the business. Prior to joining GE, Dave served as IBM’s Vice President of Smarter Physical Infrastructure and a key spokesperson for IBM’s “Smarter Planet.” Other roles have included IBM Vice President of Autonomic Computing and Director of IBM’s European Software Development.
Dave earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He attended the Graduate School for Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, the Undergraduate School for Life Sciences at the State University of New York, and completed the Masters program for Project Management at George Washington University.

Scott Amyx, CEO, Amyx McKinsey
Scott Amyx was voted one of the Top 25 Global Speakers by Speaking.com. Scott is a thought-leader, speaker, and author on wearables and the Internet of Things and the CEO of Amyx+McKinsey and Managing Partner of Venture1st. He has been nominated by the Republic of Korea to represent cutting-edge research and case studies on wearables and the Internet of Things at the ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest. He will debut the concept of “The Digital Currency of Happiness” at TechCrunch Beijing 2015. Intel & TBS’s America’s Greatest Makers look to Scott to recommend the most promising startups. As a thought leader in wearables & IoT, Scott explores the intersection of enterprise implications and consumer decisions of adopting wearables & IoT technologies. He writes for Wired, InformationWeek, IEEE, Wearable Technologies (WT), ReadWrite, TechBeacon, and other leading publications and speaks at global conferences. Scott is the co-author of The Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems Handbook, an academic publication by John Wiley and Sons, scheduled for late 2015 and The Advances in Information Security, Privacy, & Ethics (AISPE) Book Series, an academic publication by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), scheduled for 2016. Scott has over 18 years of large-scale strategy and implementation experience, managing double digit million dollar projects across multiple verticals. In his last corporate position as VP of Product Management, Scott helped the company be acquired by a Fortune 500 publicly traded company. Scott has also started numerous startups and successfully sold a company. Scott has a master’s degree in applied microeconomics/ public policy from the University of Chicago. Scott was a national Sloan Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.

Bas Geerdink, IT Manager ING
Bas is a programmer, scientist, and IT manager. At ING, he is responsible for setting up a data lake where data from all core systems of the bank is gathered and distributed. His academic background is in Artificial Intelligence and Informatics. His research on reference architectures for big data solutions was published at the IEEE conference ICITST 2013. Bas has a background in software development, design and architecture with a broad technical view from C++ to Prolog to Scala. He occasionally teaches programming courses and is a regular speaker on conferences and informal meetings.

Steve Hassell President of Emerson Network Power
Steve Hassell is president of Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Solutions business in North America, where he is responsible for combining the Liebert North America and Avocent organizations into a single organization focused on delivering integrated solutions across facilities and IT in the data center. Previously Steve was the president of the Avocent® business of Emerson Network Power after Emerson acquired Avocent Corporation in January 2010. He successfully integrated Avocent into Emerson Network Power, commercialized the TrellisTM platform for real-time, dynamic optimization of the data center infrastructure and positioned Emerson Network Power as the No.1 Data Center Infrastructure Management global solution provider. Steve joined Emerson in February 2004 as vice president and chief information officer. He was responsible for all information technology hardware, software, services and telecommunications across Emerson. Steve came to Emerson from Invensys, where he served as chief information officer. Prior to Invensys, Steve was at Northrop Grumman-Newport News where he rose through several positions in strategic planning and operations, ultimately becoming both vice president and chief information officer, and president and CEO of Naptheon, a wholly owned information technology subsidiary of Newport News. Additionally, Steve spent seven years as a surface line officer in the United States Navy. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Dennis Juul Poulsen GM of Spirent Tweakker
Dennis Juul Poulsen is the general manager of Spirent Tweakker, now a business unit of Spirent Communications plc. Having connected over 100 million devices since inception in 2009, the company is now positioned to become a central connectivity player in the coming Internet of Things revolution. Mr. Poulsen began his career as product manager for mobile device intelligence company Mobilethink. In 2009, he co-founded Tweakker together with Mobilethink and took up the role of Tweakker’s CEO in 2011. In September 2014, Tweakker was acquired by Spirent Communications plc, a California-based company listed on the UK stock exchange with a market capitalisation value of over £450 million and a major supplier of solutions to Tier 1 mobile network operators, OEMs and the automotive industry. Mr. Poulsen continues to drive Tweakker into the IoT space with additional post-acquisition resources at his call. As a business development, sales and management oriented executive, Mr Poulsen has broad experience within the mobile industry including international B2B sales at executive level. His focus revolves around developing disruptive cloud technologies and products for the mobile provider & consumer space. He enjoys working with start-ups and established companies that aim to capture market share or seek to broaden their market scope by re-positioning their brands and products. Mr. Poulsen holds a B.Sc in Information Studies & Organizational Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark, as well as an MsC, Science & Information Technology, from the same university.

Walton Smith, Principal and Head of IoT – Booz Allan Hamilton.
Walton Smith is a principal in Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group leading the firm’s Internet of Things initiative. In this role, he manages a team of strategists, engineers, and innovators who are working together to develop integrated solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges. Walton also leads the firm’s partnerships with several industry leaders and is driving development of the Booz Allen Innovation Center, scheduled to open early next year. The Innovation Center will accelerate innovation by enabling employees to ideate, incubate, develop, and promote solutions such as: a standards-based IoT mobile framework and integration platform; location-based security systems; facility monitoring systems; predictive intelligence platforms; and a wearable technology exosystem that provides real-time information into incident and crisis response. Prior to leading the IoT initiative, Walton managed the firm’s Strategic Alliances. In that role, he brought together multinational hardware, software, networking, and remote computing corporations with Booz Allen’s world class consulting operations to solve client problems. He also led Booz Allen’s Collaboration, Mobility, and Social Media practice; as well as internal corporate strategies to bolster enterprise collaboration and knowledge management. Walton’s teams have delivered award-winning solutions for large financial institutions, oil and gas companies, and government and not-for-profit organizations. Walton earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Brown University and an M.B.A. degree in E-Commerce, Telecommunications and Marketing from Vanderbilt University.

Stephen Ludin Chief Architect Akamai 
Stephen Ludin is a Chief Architect for Akamai’s Web Experience group. He currently heads the company’s Foundry team – a small group dedicated to innovating on the edge of technology. He joined Akamai in 2002 and works out of Akamai’s San Francisco office. His primary focus has been on projects related to the core proxy technology that is responsible for routing, accelerating, and securing Akamai’s traffic. He joined Akamai in 2002 and works out of Akamai’s west-coast headquarter in San Mateo, California. His primary focus has been on projects related to the core proxy technology that is responsible for routing, accelerating, and securing Akamai’s traffic. Most recently, as a technology leader in the Web Acceleration team, he has been leading the efforts behind Akamai’s next generation acceleration platform and its security and fraud prevention technology stack. Ludin received his degree from the University of California at San Diego in Computer Music where his coding abilities were used in writing C programs to create experimental music. We are all grateful for his decision to use his technical and management skill in a more aesthetically pleasing realm of making the web a faster and safer realm for commerce and communications.

Janet Jaoswal, VP of Enterprise Marketing Aeris
Janet possesses more than 20 years of experience building and marketing products in the IoT, e-commerce, mobile, payments and space for businesses. She has successfully introduced half a dozen products and services to the enterprise market. Her industry knowledge is formed from previous positions held at eBay, Scient, IBM and PayPal. Ms. Jaiswal holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Management at Carnegie Mellon University and a BS at the University of California, Berkeley.  Follow Ms. Jaiswal @JanetJaiswal or read about IoT at https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetjaiswal 

Maarten Ectors, VP of IoT Ubuntu
Maarten Ectors is a disruptive innovator that has been defining the cloud, big data and IoT strategy for Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Ubuntu is given away for free but Canonical is one of the few companies that sells software to Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Maarten is now responsible for building out the Internet of Things business and he is not following traditional rules.

Clarke Stevens is Principal Architect of Advanced Platforms and Services at CableLabs
Clarke Stevens is Principal Architect of Advanced Platforms and Services at CableLabs. Clarke is responsible for the architecture of the Internet of Things, IP video, and video through web browsers as well as other advanced cable services as they cross traditional product boundaries. He also represents CableLabs in various standards development organizations. Clarke is on the board of directors of UPnP Forum and chairs the Technical Committee as well as the Internet of Things Task Force. He has also chaired various task forces related to video and television in the World Wide Web Consortium. Prior to CableLabs, Clarke worked in engineering, research, product management and strategy involving digital media and communications at MediaOne, SonicBlue and Qwest.  He built the world’s largest subwoofer and has eighteen issued patents (and dozens not yet issued).  In his spare time, he designs and builds home recording studios, theaters and other custom home improvements. He holds MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Sarah Cooper COO at M2Mi
Dr. Sarah Cooper is M2Mi’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for engineering, business development and platform strategy. She’s a 2015 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence, a recognized Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert by Wireless World, one of Connected World’s Women of M2M, inventor, multidisciplinary entrepreneur, inventor of an IoT medical battery that runs on body temperature and a PhD in Physics from University of Sydney.

Jason Wilson
Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Ingenu
Mr. Wilson comes to Ingenu with years of experience in product and program management in the telecommunications, defense, electronics and wireless industries. Prior to joining On-Ramp Wireless, he was vice president of product management at Ostendo Technologies, where he executed the development of an innovative immersive, curved screen display and secured a major DOD contract win for advanced imaging technologies. Prior to Ostendo, Mr. Wilson served in various product and program management roles at large companies and start-ups including L-3 Communications, TollBridge Technologies, and Nortel Networks. Early in his career, he served as an officer in the United States Air Force as a program manager for the Delta IV and Atlas V launch vehicle systems. Mr. Wilson has an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.

Kuruvilla Mathew, Chief Innovation Officer at Ness Software
Kuruvilla Mathew is Chief Innovation Officer at Ness Software Engineering Services. He is responsible for expanding the growing portfolio of digital transformation services at Ness by cultivating innovative technologies, solutions and methods. He works closely with Ness clients to provide direction and guidance on keeping pace with innovations that can help them leap frog into the future. ​​Mathew is an Enterprise Architect with a deep working knowledge of architectures and technologies across various stacks and platforms. He also works with Ness’s clients on Microservices ecosystems, Mobility architectures and several bleeding-edge technology stacks. He leads a group of technology experts at Ness, who engage with clients and execution teams to build digital solutions. Mathew has over 20 years of experience in product and services development in various industries working with Fortune 500 clients worldwide.  He has led several enterprise initiatives as Chief Architect for clients in leading-edge technologies through thought leadership and innovation. He was the CTO of a startup developing solutions for social media marketing and monitoring in Retail and Hospitality and led an innovation technology center where he designed and built a showcase lab. Mathew works on a number IoT projects and has showcased several of them at different forums.

Emil Berthelsen, Principal Analyst at Machina Research
Emil Berthelsen is a Principal Analyst at Machina Research, leading the Enterprise IoT stream, and focuses on Big Data, data analytics, M2M and IoT Platforms and SLAs. Prior to joining Machina Research, Emil worked at Analysys Mason, KPMG Consulting, BT Consulting, and Alexander Proudfoot plc, building more than two decades of experience in management, strategic and research consulting. From a consulting background, Emil has concentrated on and delivered projects in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry, and in the past six years, focused on emerging technology and business areas such as mobile enterprise applications, mobile payments, APIs, developer communities, and M2M and IoT. This has led to a significant number of research and consulting projects, advising global clients on new M2M and IoT product, service and market opportunities, identifying channels and strategic partnerships, and providing market sizing, competitor intelligence and insights around these emerging market and technology trends. Emil has chaired, presented and led panel discussions at M2M, IoT and Big Data conferences in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and contributes regularly to articles on these topics in industry journals, online news portals and blog services. More recently, Emil has started to research and speak on the changes from M2M to IoT, and the impact this has on data analytics, platforms and SLAs for enterprises. Emil holds an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University.

Andy Thurai, Program Director – Digital Innovation, IBM
Andy Thurai is Program Director for API, IoT and Connected Cloud with IBM, where he is responsible for solutionizing, strategizing, evangelizing, and providing thought leadership for those technologies. Prior to this role, he has held technology, architecture leadership and executive positions with Intel, Nortel, BMC, CSC, and L-1 Identity Solutions.

Rich Miller, CEO of Telematica Inc.
Rich Miller is CEO of Telematica Inc. and Managing Director of Telematica’s consulting practice in product strategy and business development for cloud computing, web-scale platforms and networked services.  For the bulk of his career, he has focused on messaging technologies, middleware and distributed application platforms, first as a system architect and then as a business strategist and operating executive.  He is a frequent speaker on cloud computing, and participates in a number of industry initiatives dedicated to cloud system interoperability. Since early 2011, Rich has served as the CEO of StreetLight Data, Inc. (formerly Virtual Vehicle Co.), an emerging data-as-a-service company focusing on the ground transportation ecosystem. From 2007 through 2009, he served as CEO of Replicate Technologies, a provider of network configuration management software that supports virtual machine environments (VMEs).  Prior to Replicate, he co-founded and served as COO of Univa Corporation, which provides high performance (‘grid’) computing and datacenter management systems.  As a venture consultant and product strategist at Telematica, Rapport Communication and Breo Consulting, he has overseen the formation and funding of technology companies that provide security applications, wireless network infrastructure technologies, and service infrastructures for networked services. Miller served as the executive vice president of General Magic’s communication technology business unit and its vice president of business development.  A Silicon Valley veteran, Miller designed and implemented some of the first computer messaging and computer conferencing systems for the ARPAnet and was an active member of the international standards community which established the basis of the modern electronic mail industry. He has founded or been in the initial team of executives of several technology startups, including InfoMedia Corporation, Rapport Communication, General Magic, Telematica Inc., Breo Consulting and Univa Corporation. Miller has been a lead consultant for both technology and commercial projects that develop new lines of business for AT&T, IBM, Palm Computing, and NeuStar.  He graduated with a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in information science and communication research from Stanford University, where he also undertook doctoral studies in information science.

Miki Nguyen, Senior product manager at Bluetooth SIG.
Miki Nguyen is a senior product manager at the Bluetooth SIG. In his role, he focuses on qualification and testing tools. He manages the suite of testing products and solutions including the Profile Tuning Suite (PTS), Test Plan Generator (TPG) and Bluetooth protocol tester (BITE). With years of experience in the cellular wireless industry, Miki has seen companies of all sizes and across all verticals look to bring value via their products and services to the consumer. A veteran technology professional, Miki works closely with SIG member companies and its customers to better understand and bring to market products that deliver the convenience and trust consumers want in their lives. Miki’s previous experience includes his work at AT&T Wireless, Huawei Handset USA, along with numerous marketing, engineering, and product management positions at different software and hardware organizations. His experience in the wireless industry aligns with his personal passion to share inspirational stories. Miki was recently part of a 2015 Oscar nominated film “The Last Days in Vietnam” where he shares stories of courage, hope, and resiliency. In the end, it is simply about helping people connect to their hopes, dreams, and passion.

Massimo Cesaro, CTO at MeterLinq
Massimo Cesaro is chief technology officer at MeterLinq, a provider of secure telemetry and remote-management infrastructure for smart metering and smart grid services in Italy. Cesaro joined MeterLinq in July 2013, with responsibility for the company’s systems design and architectures, project management and project development.

Sumer Johal, Founder & CEO of Agralogics Inc
Sumer Johal is Founder and CEO of Agralogics Inc. A seasoned technologist with nearly two decades of entrepreneurial experience, Sumer has held leadership positions across several high-growth companies around the US and the world – from Startup to Publicly held – across several industries. Prior to Agralogics, Sumer was the founder and CEO of bio-energy innovator, Agni Energy, leading the company from concept to commercialization in the US and India. The interest he developed in food and energy sustainability through technology began with his agricultural roots and is what continues to drive his work at Agralogics. Sumer holds a BS and MSE in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist of Greenwave Systems.
Jim Hunter is the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist of Greenwave Systems.  He is responsible for oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the AXON Platform. As Technology Evangelist, Jim promotes the Greenwave platform and technology message through industry engagement. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Jim led Motorola Mobility’s (a division of Google) architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart, simple connected home.  During this time, Jim invented several key patents and served on several patent boards mentoring other inventors. In December 2010, Jim joined Motorola Mobility through the acquisition of 4Home, a company he founded and served as CTO and Chief Architect. Earlier in his career, Jim founded Premise Systems, the first IP-based connected home platform company, which was acquired by Motorola in 2003.  Jim’s specialties include Software Architecture, User Interface Design and Development and Intellectual Property Development. Jim is a passionate inventor and futurist, inventing a number of patents across a broad spectrum including data algorithms, user interaction, contextual data and device management.  Prior to the advent of the connected home, Jim served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer and Nuclear Certified Instructor

Joe Wodark, Head of connected home research, Verisk Insurance Solutions
Joe Wodark, head of connected home research for Verisk Insurance Solutions, is responsible for product development and management strategies. He is currently leading Verisk’s Home Telematics program. Before joining Verisk, he worked with a global management consulting firm and collaborated with client leadership of top ten insurance carriers to craft company-specific underwriting and product solutions. He also held various product management positions with Allstate Insurance Company. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Lake Forest.

Shyam Varan Nath, Industrial Internet Architect, GE Digital
Shyam is Industrial Internet Architect at GE Digital. He has 24 years of industry experience with focus on IoT, Big Data and Advanced Analytics. Prior to GE, he worked in IBM, Deloitte, Oracle and Halliburton. He is a regular speaker in large conferences on IoT and related topics. He has undergrad in EE from IIT Kanpur, India and MBA and MS from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. He manages several user groups and Meetups in technology related areas.

Steven R. Blackwell Vice President of Engineering, Emerson Network Power
Steven R. Blackwell is the Vice President of Engineering for the Data Center Solutions business of Emerson Network Power. He manages a technology and research team focused on data center infrastructure devices and management technologies. His particular areas of interest include device intelligence, system management and control, and remote presence technologies. Steve brings over 30 years of engineering and management experience to the Emerson team, having held design and management positions with Motorola, Adtran, and Centillium prior to joining Avocent in 2003. His development experience includes hardware, firmware, software, and DSP design, and he holds 24 US patents in the fields of data communications and video processing. In previous roles, he participated in data communications standards development, serving in leadership positions in the ITU-T and in FSAN during the development of the foundational DSL standards. Steve is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama (BSEE, 1986), and he holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University (1996).

Mark Orsborn, Director Internet of Things (IoT) at Salesforce 
Mark currently leads the Salesforce IoT strategy across EMEA. His prior role at Salesforce was within their global business transformation group working with CxO’s at large strategic customers to re-imagine their future. Over the last 18 years Mark has also held a number of operational and professional services technology roles at companies including CSC and 3M. He has consulted with clients in many industries including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities about how technology can enable business change. Mark holds a bachelor degree with honors in Aeronautical Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK.

Sam George Director of Azure IoT,
Sam is the Director of Azure IoT, responsible for the Azure IoT Suite, Azure IoT Services and our IoT Device SDK. He has been at Microsoft since 1997 years and has spent time in all three engineering disciplines (development, test and program management). Sam spent most of his career as a dev manager, dev lead, or developer and in 2011 I switched to a program management leadership position. Sam is responsible for Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. As a GPM he is responsible for Microsoft’s developed facing platform offerings, including features and API shape – as well as business and market strategy. His team works directly with customers and top tier partners to evolve the product.

Dave McCrory – CTO at Basho
Dave McCrory is CTO at Basho. Dave came to Basho from Warner Music Group where, as SVP of Engineering, he led the team that built their digital service platform. He was previously senior architect in Cloud Foundry at VMware and Cloud Architect at Dell, and also experienced successful exits from two companies he founded – Hyper9 (acquired by SolarWinds) and Surgient (acquired by Quest Software). McCrory holds nine technology patents in virtualization, cloud and systems management as co-inventor and created the “Data Gravity” concept which states that as data accumulates, it’s more likely other services and applications will be attracted to it.

Mark Thirman – VP M2M Americas Vodafone
Mark has over 30 years of experience in executive, business development, and sales roles gathered in a broad range of telephony, infrastructure, networking, and computer companies. Currently at Vodafone, the world’s leading mobile operator, Mark works on key M2M partnerships and channels. At mobile platform provider, Illume Software as VP BusDev, he evangelized mobile safety issues with telcos, software providers, government and trade groups, and corporations and helped raise nearly $8M in VC funding. Previously, Mark was the founder/CEO of AirPrint Networks, an early stage mobile software company where approximately $4M in VC funding was raised. Mark’s prior positions include executive roles in business and market development at Pingtel Corp (acquired by Nortel)., GTE Internetworking (now Verizon), VideoServer, VTEL, PictureTel (now Polycom). Mark is the board chairman (emeritus) for AccesSportAmerica, a national non-profit that adapts and teaches high-challenge sports to children and adults with disabilities (www.accessportamerica.org). He is a frequent speaker on the topic of M2M/Connected Things and often lectures at MIT and Tufts.

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