IoTC NOW – Connected Homes in the era of COVID-19 Virtual Panel
Zoom Virtual Panel
In this unprecedented time, our homes have suddenly become our entire worlds. No longer just places to sleep or start and end our days, they’re now our constant sources for fitness, entertainment and education along with food and shelter. How do connected technologies fit in? What are ways that they’re helping us endure and live more productively and joyfully?
Hear from industry leaders about opportunities for smart home innovations in our new reality and what they’re seeing and experiencing in their businesses and own lives. This virtual event is presented by the Internet of Things Consortium and includes a high-level discussion moderated by Jeremy Kaplan, the editor in chief of Digital Trends.
EDITOR IN CHIEF, DIGITAL TRENDS
Jeremy Kaplan, Digital Trends Editor in Chief, has transformed DT from a niche publisher into one of the fastest growing properties in digital media, ranking on the annual Inc 5,000 for three years running. He was named to the Folio Magazine Top 100 People in Media list for 2019. Before joining DT, he served as the science and technology editor for FoxNews.com, where he made international news through a series of articles exposing Hector Xavier Monseguras the head of LulzSec, revealing a months-long collaboration with the FBI, and detailing the ultimate takedown by law enforcement officials of the hacker collective.
Kaplan worked for over a decade as an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, publisher of PCMag.com and Extreme Tech. While there, he helped found the Good Clean Tech blog, which wasa 2008 finalistin the MIN Best of the Web Awards and the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards Competition.
CEO/PRESIDENT, LEVEL UP YOUR HOME AND LEVEL UP AUTOMATION
Jennifer is the CEO and President of Level Up Your Home, a national Smart Home Automation company specializing in bringing connected products into 25 US major markets for both residential and commercial clients. Prior to founding Level Up Your Home in 2016, for over a decade she led the Home Automation business unit at Bose which included the oversight of 100+ high end custom integration companies installing and selling products in the US and Canada.
In 2017 Jennifer founded Level Up Automation which expanded connected automation capabilities to service commercial clients. Her Blog, 60 Seconds of Smart has been awarded one of the Top Smart Home Automation Blogs on the Planet by Feedspot. Jennifer is an active member of CEDIA, AVIXA, NAHB, NARI, ESA and Women in CE.
HEAD OF RESEARCH & DESIGN, AMAZON ALEXA
Joanna Peña-Bickley, Head of Research & Design, Alexa Devices at Amazon, is a 21st century renaissance woman, a design technologist, known as the mother of Cognitive Experience Design. She is propelled by a multidisciplinary acumen in design, data, media and technology, her insatiable curiosity moves the C-Suite beyond obvious ideas and products, towards enduring market making experiences for the connected era. Joanna’s award-winning artist hand has helped the world’s most recognized companies and brands, such as Land Rover, Nokia, Sephora, American Express, John Deere, Boeing, MTV, Pepsi, and Jay Z imagine and make innovative breakthroughs, with a philosophy of radical collaboration, empathetic conviction and remarkable digital craft. Whether creating one of the first streaming video players, that changed the delivery of live news events for ABC, designing the first banking app for the Apple Watch, that made banking personal again for Citibank, reinventing the connected car as a cognitive mobility platform for General Motor’s OnStar, or inventing new Alexa Devices for Amazon, Joanna’s tenacious creativity disrupts industry and makes new markets. Named one of 2020’s Most Powerful Women Internationally by Fortune Magazine, a Power Woman of New York, 2019 President of the D&AD Digital Jury and one of Silicon Alley’s “Top 100 Rising Stars” her creativity and design leadership are fueled by the belief that human truth, data and creativity are inextricably linked to designing inventions that matter for business and Spaceship Earth. Joanna stands as a powerful voice, community organizer and advocate for women in the fields ofdesign and tech. Her inspirational leadership and activism has advanced the inclusion of women on US currency, the S.T.E.A.M.D. education movement, design and digital literacy for women and girls globally, as well as increased funding for public school music and arts programs, making her a sought after speaker at conferences such as Cannes Lions, IxDA, CES, The One Show, W North, SxSW, D&AD, TriBeCa Film Festival, 3% Conference, C2 Montreal and Fortune’s Brainstorm Design.
GLOBAL HEAD OF VIRTUAL REALITY, HP
Joanna Popper is a Hollywood and Silicon Valley media executive. She is HP’s Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment. Prior she was EVP of Media & Marketing at Singularity University and VP Marketing at NBCUniversal. Joanna developed a TV show partnership with NBC and Singularity University for a new TV series on technology and innovation.
Joanna was selected as “50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment,” “Top Women in Media: Game Changers,” “Top Women in Media: Industry Leaders,” “Digital It List,” “101 Women Leading the VR Industry” and is on the Coalition for the Women in XR Fund.
SR. DIRECTOR – PROJECT MANAGEMENT, SMART HOME ECOSYSTEM AT GOOGLE NEST
Michele Turner has over 20 years of experience in high-tech product development, product marketing and business management, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. As Sr. Director of the Smart Home Ecosystem for Google Nest, she’s responsible for expanding the range of products that work with the Google Assistant, and for developing rich experiences for consumers who use smart devices in their homes. Prior to this, she was the General Manager of Security Products for Google Nest. Before going to Nest, Michele was CEO of Dictionary.com, a top 100 web property, where she grew users and revenue 20% in less than 2 years.
She joined Adobe in 2006 as Vice President of the Platform Business Unit, where she was responsible for product management, product marketing and developer relations for the Adobe Flash Platform. Additionally, she served as Vice President of Product Management and Design at Netflix, and Senior Vice President of Product Management at AOL.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CONTENT INNOVATION, LG ELECTRONICS
Matthew Durgin is Senior Director of Content Innovation for LG Electronics. Based in the LG offices within the New York City Metro Area, he is responsible for LG’s Business Development team covering the North American market and manages the primary responsibilities of contract negotiations, building new business models, go-to-market integration and managing content partnerships for LG.
During the past 10 years, he has created more than 50 partnerships including Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, Hulu, VUDU, Sling TV for LG Electronics and brought these services into more than 10 million active connected electronics products including Smart TVs in the US and Canada markets.
Matthew has a total of 20 years of electronics and media management working for companies including Sony and Samsung prior to joining LG
TRAVIS CROTHERS — IOTC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, CREATOR GLOBAL
Travis the CEO and Co-founder of Creator Global – A start-up IoT product innovation company, connecting with sports fans in new ways.
With less than 1% of fans in the stadium, Creator targets the 99% and helps teams and brands Win The Home Game.
With today’s global pandemic, fan engagement at home has never been more relevant. The world of sport changed overnight. Our strategy did not.