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Unlocking the Massive Opportunity in the Internet of Things

IoT Slam 2015 Virtual Internet of Things Conference Clarke Stevens
20 Jun 2019
12:15 - 12:45
Virtual Broadcast
Unlocking the Massive Opportunity in the Internet of Things

Unlocking the Massive Opportunity in the Internet of Things

Session Abstract: (Virtual)

The development of any new technology movement is an exciting and frustrating process. It is launched as an idea full of promise and possibility. The Internet of Things is an excellent example of this process. While customers see the possibility of a simpler, more efficient and more rewarding life aided by a well-heeled team of electronic assistants, businesses see a hungry world of consumers willing to buy the products and services to implement the vision. The wild west period of any emerging technology is inspiring, but never lives up to its promise. For truly scalable business success and realization of something close to the consumer dream, the best ideas must be selected, and competitors must agree to a level of cooperation. Two years ago, I spoke about Open Connectivity Foundation as an organization dedicated to driving that cooperation in the Internet of Things. It’s time for an update. There is more enthusiasm and adoption of IoT devices than ever, but the fundamental interoperability problems persist. This presentation will highlight the behind-the-scenes milestones that OCF has achieved and how those accomplishments, in cooperation with other IoT organizations and companies, are addressing the interoperability, security and scalability problems that are holding back the promise of the Internet of Things. We are nearing a tipping point that will make the Internet of Things easier, safer and more reliable. A certain level of cooperation will reduce costs for IoT providers and improve the experience for customers. This presentation will show where we are, where we’re headed and when we’ll get there.


Clarke is Principal Architect of emerging technologies at Shaw Communications. In this role, he analyzes emerging technologies and works with senior executives to develop product strategy. Prior to Shaw, Clarke spent over a decade at CableLabs analyzing and developing new technologies for the cable television industry. He is a public speaker on the Internet of Things (IoT) and an active technical contributor to the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an international IoT standards organization. He has occasionally been a judge for the CES Innovation Awards. Clarke served on the board of directors of Universal Plug-n-Play Forum (UPnP), chaired the Technical Committee, and led the Internet of Things task force until UPnP was acquired by OCF. He has also chaired various task forces related to video and television in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has developed key technologies for the delivery of IP video and other cable services through the web. In general, Clarke relishes developing connected services as they cross traditional product boundaries.
Over his career Clarke has worked in engineering, research, product management and strategy around digital media and communications at Shaw, CableLabs, MediaOne, SonicBlue and Qwest. He built the world’s largest subwoofer and holds over twenty 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.

End-User, Government, Enterprise, Small / Medium Enterprise, OEM

Standards, IoT, Interoperability, scalable, cooperation, security

CxO, VP / Director, Middle Management, Technical, Business Line Management, Operations

Expert, Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner


Retail, Manufacturing, Industrials, Consumer, Government / Public Sector, Automotive

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