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IoTC Opening Keynote at the CEDIA 2019 Tech Talk Stage

On Sep 12th 2019, President & CEO Greg Kahn opened up CEDIA 2019 on the Tech Talk Stage, moderating an expert conversation in the Smart Home industry with the topic: Welcome to the Google Home – How is Google Nest transforming connected live. The two speakers on the panel were Michelle Chambers Turner, Head of the Smart Home Ecosystem at Google and Gene LaNois, Head of the Professional Channel Business at Google Nest.

The discussion circled around latest trends, such as the shift from DIY-models to a Do-it-for-me-Solution, the Google portfolio and how to solve the complexity of a constantly evolving home environment, the integration of digital assistants, the cross-over between custom A/V integration, HVAC, electrical and security, Google partnerships as well as Google’s approach to security.

Watch the entire session below:

The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) is Launching a Connected Home Virtual Conference Series in August

IoTC Webinar Series

The conference series brings together industry experts and focuses on emerging trends in smart home technology

NEW YORK, August 20, 2019 – The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) is launching its second four-part, live Virtual Conference Series on the topic of the Connected Home. Industry experts will facilitate webinars with the goal of educating industry leaders, consumers and IoT enthusiasts on security and health elements of smart home technology.

This free conference series starts on Aug. 28 and continues for three consecutive Wednesdays until Sept. 18. The live webinars are held at 12 p.m. (EST). Participants will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenters in real time.

The Connected Home conference series includes the following sessions: “The Disruption of Emerging Trends of the Smart Home Security,” facilitated by Lee Odess from Allegion; “Focus on Seniors: Health/Wellness and Independent Living Trends for the Smart Home,” facilitated by Andrew Droney from ADT; “Smart Homes Call for Smart Kitchens,” facilitated by Ian Greenblatt from JD Power and Jason Mathew from Whirlpool; and “Emerging Security Trends in the Smart Home Industry,” facilitated by Ray North from ADT.

“As smart home technology becomes more commonplace, it is important to educate industry leaders and consumers on important topics related to privacy, security and aging in place,” says Greg Kahn, CEO and president of IoTC. “We are pleased to be able to offer this free conference series, bringing together industry experts who are able to share their knowledge of and answer questions on emerging connected home trends.”

Registration for the conference series is open to the public. There is more information on the webinar conference series, as well as an IoTC’s upcoming global leaders summit (IOTC NEXT) on the consortium’s website (calendar of events). For more information, visit iofthings.org.

About The Internet of Things Consortium

The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) is the premier business development association for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. It is comprised of executives, leading founders and global companies in IoT. The IoTC’s mission is to ignite the growth of the IoT marketplace by leading the industry’s effort through strategic partnerships. The organization focuses on five key verticals: connected homes, autos, cities, retail and wearables.

Media Contact:
Megan Ford
Email: marketing@iofthings.org

Smart Cities Keynote Panel at IoT World (May 2019)

IoTC’s president and CEO Greg Kahn led the smart cities keynote panel at IoT World on May 14th, 2019 with several leading public sector executives. Along with Kim LaGrue (New Orleans), Shireen Santosham (San Jose), Ajay Joshi (Phoenix), Michael Lee Sherwood (Las Vegas) and Heng Jie Tan (Singapore), Greg discussed the challenges and opportunities to develop, maintain and foster intelligent, resilient cities.

Check out the full panel below:

IoTC launches Smart Cities Webinar Series in April and May

This spring, the Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) is hosting a series of webinars to take a deep dive into five distinct topics under the umbrella of Smart Cities. These webinars will seek to highlight firms and individuals that have shown themselves to be pioneers either in terms of product innovation or thought leadership. The topics this series will cover are: Smart Buildings (04/03), Citizen Engagement in Smart Cities (04/10), Energy Usage and Utility Innovation (04/17), The Sharing Economy and Emerging Forms of Urban Mobility (04/24) and the Smart City Evolution (05/01).

We want to thank our presenters:

  • Lalit Kalani, Sales Director, MachineQ, A Comcast Company
  • Jim Hunter, CTO, Delos
  • Maddie Callis, City Possible, Mastercard
  • Chris Rezendes, Chief Business Officer, Spherical Analytics & Context Labs
  • John Walsh, CEO, Blackridge Technology
  • Jeff Kaelin, VP Product Development, AvisBudget Group
  • Andy Souders, CEO, AllTraffic Solutions
  • Lani Ingram, VP Smart Communities, Verizon

To sign up, please visit our Calendar and click on the Session you’d like to participate.

Each session will be recorded and sent to participants afterwards or available to download upon registration on our Stories page.

Register NOW.

Bureau Veritas joins the Internet of Things Consortium

The IoTC is very pleased to announce the IoT Consortium’s newest member, Bureau Veritas.

Bureau Veritas (group.bureauveritas.com) is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services. The firm helps businesses improve safety, sustainability and productivity; and their clients include the majority of leading brands in retail, manufacturing and other industries. With a presence in every major country around the world, BV’s quality assurance and compliance solutions are vital in helping customers enhance product quality and concept-to-consumer journeys. They also assist with increasing speed to market, profitability and brand equity throughout the supply chain.

Bureau Veritas is also a leading wireless/IoT testing, inspection, audit and certification provider with a global network of test laboratories to support the IoT industry in areas of connectivity, security, interoperability as well as quality, health & safety, and environmental/chemical requirements.

Welcome to our Circle of members Bureau Veritas!

IoTC Launches New Stories Section

Podcasts are arguably the hottest format for storytelling.

This April, IoTC began featuring TOP IoT Podcasts on IoTC’s website to showcase the great work of our members and the IoT community at large

Our curated selection of six IoT podcasts is a collection of the best conversations happening in the industry today. Listen in and learn from thought leaders, innovators and great minds as they share insights, behind-the-scenes information and firsthand experiences.


The Internet of Things Podcast

Future of Living

Peggy Smedley Show

Tech Cat Show


Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Today and everyday, the IoTC wants to honor women who have used their voice to spread awareness about equality, inspiration, motivation, strength, and diversity in technology.

1. Caterina Fake, Co-Founder of Flickr and Hunch:

“I think one of the big challenges is actually cultivating beginners’ minds and making sure you’re still open to the world and continue to see new things. You can actually get jaded. You can stop seeing things that are new. You can start fearing failure. Those are the things an entrepreneur needs—an open mind and the ability to see the world with new eyes.”

2. Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code:

“I also say to my team: Do 10% of your job shittily. It’s okay to do something shittily. Perfectionism prevents us from taking double steps in our career. We think we have to be perfect, but we don’t.”

3. Kathryn Minshew, Co-Founder and CEO of The Muse:

“An ugly baby is better than no baby at all. If you wait and wait and wait for your product to be perfect before you release it out into the world, you will often never get there. I am a big supporter of the minimum viable product and taking something that is the simplest explanation of your idea and putting it into the marketplace so you can start to get feedback.”

4. Shree Bose, Co-Founder of Piper:

“I think the best piece of advice I can give to anyone with a dream is to never be afraid to share your dreams and talk about what you wish to create and see in the world. It’s often hard to share those pipedreams at the risk that they might not work out, but you never know who has the collaborations, networks, and visions to make your dreams a reality. So be careful and vigilant and protect yourself intelligently of course, but never be afraid to ask for help.”

5. Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, Founder of LabCandy:

“Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. It is easy to allow insecurities about age/experience level to prevent you from making a big demand, or asking for a meeting with an influential person, or even admitting that you need help. However, if you don’t at least pose the question, it will probably never happen. So go for it! You might be surprised at what can happen if you just ask.”

6. Tiffany Pham, Founder of Mogul:

“When I look back to my younger self, I would tell myself to be confident first and foremost, to believe in myself, before anyone else because if I believe in myself, then others will too. And ultimately, this confidence and belief in myself would enable me to enable other women around the world. It’s about believing in your goals and what you are passionate about, and from that, others will become passionate about it too.”

7. Amy Wibowo, Founder of BubbleSort Zines:

“Lots of women are shy and hesitant to promote their own projects and worry that it’s braggy. So I’m here to say that I love hearing about women doing awesome things that they really care about. I want to support and back cool projects. So you are not being braggy, you are doing people a favor by letting them know what awesome things you’ve done! Don’t be shy about sharing your projects!”

8. Sarah Friar, Chief Financial Officer at Square, CEO NextDoor

“A diversity of thought, perspective and culture is important in any field, not just engineering. Surround yourself with people who support you and get involved in [coding] programs.”

9. Vanessa Hurst, Co-Founder of Girl Develop It:

“Feeling a little uncomfortable with your skills is a sign of learning, and continuous learning is what the tech industry thrives on! It’s important to seek out environments where you are supported, but where you have the chance to be uncomfortable and learn new things.”

10. Ara Katz, Chief Marketing Officer at Spring:

“There is no recipe, there is no one way to do things — there is only your way. And if you can recognize that in yourself and accept and appreciate that in others, you can make magic.”

11. Tracy Chou, Software Engineer at Pinterest:

“I have very personally felt the overwhelming loneliness, self-doubt, and frustration that often comes with the minority status of a woman in engineering. As much as I can help others get through or avoid those difficult stretches that I myself had to weather, I’d like to. As a bonus, the more women (and minorities) that enter and don’t leave the field, the better it all gets for everyone, including me!”

12. Rachel Tipograph, Founder and CEO of MikMak.TV:

“When you enter tech, you realize that there are more men than women. You can’t deny that. But, I don’t think you can make that an obstacle. You can’t get deterred as a female founder knowing that’s the landscape. You need to ignore the naysayers (of course there will be naysayers) and surround yourself with investors who believe in you, believe in your idea, believe in the market you’re going after, and believe in your ability to execute, most importantly.”

13. Shaherose Charania, Co-Founder and CEO of Women 2.0:

“Women no longer have an ‘if I can’ mindset. Now it’s more about ‘how I can’—be in tech, start something in tech, fund something in tech. That shift is exciting! And it happened because we created a network where we show, daily, that women are innovating.”

14. Rebecca Garcia, Technical Head of Product at Next Caller:

“It’s so easy for us to get caught up in negative patterns, versus seeing what positive change you can make. Especially for women and minorities, we need to learn to see challenges as stepping stones instead of hurdles. They really can bring you experience and closer to your goals.”

15. Alisha Ramos, Senior Front-End Designer at Vox Media:

“Having role models who are the same gender as you, who look like you, who came from a similar background as yours, can go a long way.”

16. Erin Teague, Director of Product at Yahoo:

“Recognize and embrace your uniqueness. I don’t think the ratios are going to change anytime soon. But, I don’t think it has to be a disadvantage. Being a Black woman, being a woman in general, on a team of all men, means that you are going to have a unique voice. It’s important to embrace that.”

17. Ellen Pao, Former CEO of Reddit:

“If we do not share our stories and shine a light on inequities, things will not change.”

18. Privahini Bradoo, Co-Founder and CEO of BlueOak:

“I never believed I could or couldn’t do something because I was a woman. Focus on being the best that you possibly can be. All the people I’ve worked with, they’re looking for people who are the best at what they do. If you as a woman or a man can prove to them that you are the best at what you do, they respect you for that, and they’ll empower you to succeed.”

19. Michelle Haupt, Operations Engineer at NASA:

“One thing I always tell young girls: Never let anybody tell you you can’t do it. Growing up, they’d look at me like, Really? Even when I did my college visit, I had someone tell me most people change their minds after the first year. I never gave up. Even when I was having teachers tell me, just take a break from math, you can take this class next year. I said, ‘No, I’m going to take it now.’ I kept pushing for it.”

20. Jean Bartik, Programmer at ENIAC:

“I was told I’d never make it to VP rank because I was too outspoken. Maybe so, but I think men will always find an excuse for keeping women in their ‘place.’ So, let’s make that place the executive suite and start more of our own companies.”

21. Karen Sparck Jones, Professor at Cambridge Computer Laboratory:

“I think it’s very important to get more women into computing. My slogan is: Computing is too important to be left to men.”

22. Kim Vu, VP of Local Market Delivery at Bank of America:

“By having the courage to take the first step into rooms, circles, and conversations where you may feel like you don’t belong, you also open the door for others to contribute their diverse perspectives, creating more meaningful, collaborative solutions for today and beyond.”

23. Megan Smith, CTO of the United States:

“If you can find something you’re really passionate about, jump on that. If you’re passionate about [something] and you bring your talent, you’ll be unstoppable.”

24. Megan Berry, Head of Social Product and Community at RebelMouse:

“[The tech] industry is risk-friendly, so it’s better to take the chance or take the lead if you think something might work. Just go for it and really put yourself out there, because it’s an industry that really responds to that. When you take risks and just go for it, you tend to be rewarded and see things happen.”

25. Tracy Sun, Co-Founder of Poshmark:

“Love what you do and do what you love. Doing something new and different requires a level of drive and passion that is really hard to fake. When your heart is behind what you are doing, so much is possible.”

26. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube:

“Life doesn’t always present you with the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. Opportunities come when you least expect them, or when you’re not ready for them. Rarely are opportunities presented to you in the perfect way, in a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. … Opportunities, the good ones, they’re messy and confusing and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you.”

27. Jess Lee, CEO of Polyvore:

“When I was interviewing at Google, one of my interviewers was Marissa Mayer, who told me to constantly challenge myself by going where I could learn and grow the most. Even if you don’t succeed, at least you’ll have learned a lot.”

28. Terri Burns, President of Tech@NYU:

“Give [computer science] a shot. It’s okay if you don’t like it, or end up doing something else. But you never know unless you dedicate serious time and effort to trying. And if you do like it, share that with others. You have no idea how many wonderful communities exist for supporting and encouraging women to keep it up, and that’s so empowering.”

29. Michelle Zatlyn, Co-Founder of CloudFlare:

“People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.”

30. Dana Donofree, Owner of AnaOno:

“Career choice and progression doesn’t have to fit into the standard societal mold. Do what you love and want to do. Find what you’re good at, what you can sell or provide that is unique to you and go for it.”

Henkel joins the Internet of Things Consortium

Henkel today announced it has become a member of The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC). Henkel is a global company, holding leading positions in both consumer businesses (Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care) and industrial business (Adhesive Technologies). IoT products and services play an increasingly important role in the company’s digital growth strategy.

“For us, innovation means that we are committed to provide much more than excellent physical products. With our brands and services, we want to improve the customer experience and establish relationships with people,” said Dr. Arndt Scheidgen, Head of Advanced Technologies, Henkel Laundry & Home Care.

There is huge potential for IoT applications in our everyday household products – from voice-controlled electronic devices to refrigerators with ordering function. That’s why Henkel is continually expanding its own smart home product portfolio: The company has just announced a partnership with Indiegogo for the development of a new dishwashing IoT device.

The IoT Consortium is a strong network of thought-leaders and IoT companies. “We are in the middle of a transformation and just at the beginning of what is possible in the future,” continued Scheidgen. “Partnering with technology experts and other companies, building a strong network, sharing knowledge and experiences will help us successfully shaping Henkel’s future. That’s why we are very pleased to join IoTC.”

“The IoT Consortium network thrives on diverse backgrounds and experiences,” said Greg Kahn, President and CEO of the IoT Consortium. “We are thrilled to welcome Henkel to our roster of elite companies that are creating meaningful business partnerships to drive IoT innovation. Henkel brings over 140 years of broad consumer goods and industrial manufacturing expertise to the Consortium.”

Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2018, Henkel reported sales of around 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of around 3.5 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 53,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com

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