San Francisco, CA
March 27 & 28, 2018

2018 Confirmed Speakers

Todd Graves, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Allegion

Todd Graves is senior vice president, engineering and technology for Allegion. With more than 25 brands sold in almost 130 countries across the globe, Allegion specializes in security around the doorway and beyond: everything from residential and commercial locks, door closer and exit devices, steel doors and frames to access control and workforce productivity systems.  Todd is responsible for driving both product and process innovation across Allegion’s global business.

Prior to Allegion spinning off from Ingersoll Rand, Todd was vice president, engineering and technology of Ingersoll Rand’s Security Technologies business since February 2012.

Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Todd served as vice president of engineering for ClearEdge Power, a cutting-edge manufacturer of fuel cells for stationary applications. Prior to that, he was division vice president of Unmanned Aircraft Systems engineering at AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron.

Joe Biron, Chief Technology Officer, Internet of Things, PTC

Joseph (Joe) Biron is Chief Technology Officer, Internet of Things (IoT) technology at PTC. In this role he oversees product strategy and technical architecture of the core ThingWorx IoT platform, analytics, connectivity, and application development tools for the Industrial IoT.  Mr. Biron brings years of IoT experience and deep understanding of the broader technology market to focus PTC’s activities towards breakthrough technology development and collaboration with the ecosystem through partners and industry consortiums.

Experience Biron joined PTC in 2014 through its acquisition of Axeda, a pioneer in the development of solutions to securely connect machines and sensors to the cloud, where he served as Chief Architect and Vice President Technology and Innovation. A veteran technologist with over 20 years’ experience, Biron has worked as a software engineer, architect, consultant and technology leader in both startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Biron is a published author and podcast contributor for O’Reilly Media, as well as a featured speaker at technology conferences worldwide, including a TEDx Talk in November 2016. Mr. Biron holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts.

Kevin Miller, Principal Program Manager, Azure IoT, Microsoft 

Kevin Miller is a senior leader on Microsoft’s Azure IoT team where he is focused on the company’s core IoT platform services. Kevin is a frequent speaker and collaborator in Microsoft’s IoT leadership program, and works closely with companies across industries, around the world, on the challenges and opportunities that IoT presents to to the enterprise. Kevin joined Microsoft in 1995 and has held several roles building products for developers and enterprise partners, including work for Microsoft’s worldwide research and develop team, and their collaborations with Intel. Kevin holds an MS in Computer Science from Purdue University and a BS in Computer Science from Ohio University, and began his professional career as a software developer.

Mark Karasek, CTO & Exec VP of Engineering, Chamberlain Group

Mark Karasek is Executive Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer of The Chamberlain Group, a midsize corporation with 4000 employees worldwide and a global leader in the Access and Security markets.  The company delivers innovative connected products and services in the residential and commercial garage door opener and vehicle access categories, and is a recognized leader in the emerging IoT space.  Mark joined The Chamberlain Group in 1994 and has held various technical leadership roles in the company.  Prior to joining Chamberlain, he held engineering positions at Illinois Tool Works, The Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University, and Wilson Sporting Goods. 

Kam He, Director of Solution Consultant, Alibaba Cloud North America

Kam He is a Director of Solution Consultant for Alibaba Cloud America, Kam is responsible for architect & solution for large enterprises in different verticals such as Automotive, Smart City, HPC, Media & Entertainment by using Alibaba Cloud cutting edge technologies eco-systems (such as IoT, Cloud, Big Data, AI and etc.). Kam joined Alibaba Cloud in the beginning of the 2018, before that he was the Sr. IT Director for SF Motors Inc. an EV company based in the Bay Area, where he drives IT and business innovation and IT strategy, such as building industry 4.0 value-chain road map, from connected cars to autonomous driving, digital R&D to smart manufacturing. Implemented industry 4.0 solutions that sit on the modern IT infrastructure, is secured, cloud-based, IoT-ready, and fully integrated with data available from the manufacturing floor (Robotics, PLC, HMI, Scada ) feeding to MES with well-thought out business processes and workflows that meet today’s innovation and rapid product development needs.

Christopher Dow, CTO, August Home

Christopher joined August in February 2013. His original focus was on building the technology, starting with the back end service, but working on both mobile applications and firmware. Over time, this focus has changed to building the organization that builds the technology.

Prior to August, he was SVP of Architecture at Rovi, where he was responsible for architecture, technology strategy, and technological assessment of acquisitions. Christopher joined Rovi through Macrovision’s acquisition of Mediabolic, where he ran the software development organization. Prior to Mediabolic, Christopher held technical leadership and management positions at several startups. Most notably, he was responsible for the Glide API at 3dfx and ran the system and AV software organization for ReplayTV. Christopher is an author of more than 20 patents.

Aditya Bhuwania, Sr. Product Manager,  

Aditya is Sr. Product Manager at where he leads the development of Developer portal and Analytics platform. Previously, Aditya was lead Product Manager for Amazon Web Services’ International pricing and payment platform. Aditya also has strategy consulting experience working for Ernst and Young LLC, where he helped multiple Fortune 500 technology firms improving their products, creating solid monetization strategy and operations to execute on their strategy.

Manish Yashvant, Director, IoT Strategic Alliances, ThingWorx/ PTC

3+ years in IoT Solutions
20 years in Product Development / Enterprise Software

  • Strategic Alliances
  • Business Development
  • Business Process Transformation
  • Sales Engineering / Solutions Architect

Hamid Montazeri, Director of IoT Architecture & Software Engineering, Stanley Black & Decker

Hamid Montazeri is the Director of Software Engineering for the Stanley Black & Decker Digital Accelerator. He has 25 years of experience in delivering software systems in many fields including IoT, control systems, numerical analysis and simulation systems, semiconductor equipment, retail, banking and investment, electric energy, media, and digital asset management. At Stanley Black & Decker, he leads the Digital Accelerator scrum teams that are responsible for the design and development of digital and connected products leveraging cloud, IoT, and mobile development technologies.

Helenio Gilabert, Sr. Director SCADA & Telemetry Industry Solutions, Schneider Electric

Mr. Gilabert’s primary focus at Schneider-Electric is bringing to market Oil & Gas and Water/Waste Water solutions within the scope of SCADA & Telemetry, focusing on Oil & Gas production, transportation and distribution as well as Water and Waste Water networks.

Mr. Gilabert has more than 18 years’ experience in technology providers focusing in the Oil & Gas industry with positions in R&D, Portfolio Management and International Business Development in companies like Hyprotech, Aspen Technology, WorleyParsons, 3esi-Enersight, Zedi and now Schneider Electric.

Dan Harrison, Master Emerging Technologies North America, Salesforce

Dan is the Salesforce Master Emerging Technologies Architect for North America focused on several technologies including Salesforce IoT and Einstein Platform.  Before joining Salesforce 5 years ago, he was an IBM IT Architect with dual certification in solution and consulting.  With 25 years in IT, Dan enjoys working with customers to design real and achievable solutions to bring the power of the Salesforce Platform to IoT and AI requirements in today’s evolving IT landscape.

Jon Walton, CIO, County of San Mateo

As Chief Information Officer, Jon Walton is responsible for setting the technology vision and creating an innovative environment for the County of San Mateo. He brings 23 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors, including leadership positions at Unisys, the City of San Jose, and the City of San Francisco. Under his leadership, San Mateo County implemented a shared service P25 Motorola radio system, a hyper-converged SDN datacenter, a multi-jurisdictional high speed fiber network, SMC Public WiFi, and the County’s award winning Open Data Program. Additionally, San Mateo County was also the first California county to implement WorkDay HR & Payroll. Jon has won numerous awards for technology excellence and leadership, and he works with governments, NGOs, and communities to imagine new ways of delivering services and creating more collaborative government organizations.

David Bishop, SVP – Head of R&D, Hitachi Solutions

David Bishop is the Senior Vice President of Product Development and R&D at Hitachi Solutions.  As part of a global organization having delivered 1,500 analytics-based projects in the last 14 years,  David’s focus is helping customers achieve significantly improved, measurable results through Advanced Analytics.

Bill Yue Chen, Chief Security Architect, Visa

Dr. Bill Yue Chen serves the role of Chief Security Architect at VISA leading global initiatives in application security, data protection, cloud security, IAM, and risk management. He is a security veteran dedicated his career to cybersecurity since 1998. He defended his Ph.D. in Secure Software Engineering at University of Southern California in 2007. Before joining VISA, he worked at Cisco, Microsoft and Infosec holding different technical and leadership roles. He has 10+ publications and patents in security. He has served as a program committee member for multiple top tier security conferences. He is CISSP certified professional and he is also a GIAC Certified Web Application Defender. He is very passionate about IoT, AI, and robotics. In life, he is a proud daddy of twins Eva and Leo. He plays guitar and enjoys the outdoors.

Stephen Saunders, Senior Manager Terminal Operations, Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

Stephen started his career in aviation almost 10 years ago working for an airline which confirmed his childhood love for all things flight. He quickly moved into communications for airport operations and after graduate school took on a leadership role at CVG and hasn’t looked back.

Stephen has successfully partnered with senior leadership teams and project stakeholders to design and execute cutting edge technology solutions which have moved the needle of innovation in the airport industry. His passion resides in finding new ways to solve a challenge and improve processes to make traveling a memorable experience.

Sean Horan, Sales Director, Sigfox U.S.

Sean Horan, Sales Director, Sigfox U.S., brings over 12 years of M2M/IoT sales and product management experience to Sigfox, where he is responsible for IoT solution sales in North America across IoT verticals, including Smart Cities, facilities, utilities and others.

Before joining Sigfox, Sean was a Sales Manager with AT&T IoT Solutions where he led a team of M2M vertical solution Business Development Specialists located across the U.S., EMEA, and APAC regions. Prior to that, Sean was a Business Development Manager for Cinterion Wireless Modules, now Gemalto, responsible for M2M wireless module portfolio sales in the Central U.S. and Mexico regions.

Earlier in his career Sean served as a Product Manager for ATX Group, now SiriusXM Telematics, a leading automotive OEM telematics service provider.  In this role, Sean was responsible for a portfolio of telematics products and services including safety & security, dealer services, and other remote vehicle telematics services for leading global automotive OEM brands.

Sean holds a B.S. from Brigham Young University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas. He is married with four children and resides in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dr. Greg Bollella, Internet of Things CTO, VMware

Dr. Greg Bollella, Internet-of-Things CTO, VMware, Inc., has been interested in algorithms and software architectures that support the deterministic execution of logic within general-purpose operating systems and virtual machines since 1992. At VMware he is investigating infrastructure management for the Internet-of-Things. While a Senior Engineer at IBM, he was fundamental to the industry effort that spurred the creation of the Java Community Process and established JSR-01 the first activity under the JCP and led the JSR-01 Expert Group that defined the Real-Time Specification for Java. During his work on the Golden Gate project at Sun he concurrently held a position, for four years, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, as Distinguished Visiting Scientist. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation research is in real-time scheduling theory and real-time systems implementation. This work creates an architecture that defines fundamental issues that are necessary for supporting real-time applications within general-purpose operating systems and language run times.

Amir Haleem, CEO and Co-Founder, Helium Systems, Inc.

Amir Haleem is the CEO and Co-Founder of Helium, an IoT development platform designed to make it easier to connect and make sense of the physical world. He founded the company because he recognized a gap between the advancements in software development and the ability to apply these technologies to the physical world of hardware and machinery. By applying the same techniques that enabled the explosion of web and mobile applications to IoT, Amir is driving the Helium Team to help industries and manufacturers quickly and easily bring the physical world online.

Amir is a technology veteran having founded companies across both consumer and business applications. He’s a problem solver at heart and applies his entrepreneurial DNA to large scale industry problems.

Sai Yagnyamurthy, Director, Global Strategy, Ford Motor Company

Sai is Director of Global Strategy at Ford Motor Company where he leads strategy development, execution and investment thesis for future of automotive services ranging telematics, autonomous, urban mobility and digital services. He is passionate about intersection of key technologies like AI, Machine learning, Digital assistants, IoT and wireless that enable this transformation. 

Previously, Sai was a Director of Corporate Strategy at Verizon. He executed strategies and led acquisitions to the tune of $10B between 2012 and 2016. These include Hughes Telematics, AoL, Edgecast, Yahoo to name a few. His vision led to creation of Media and Telematics Business Units at Verizon. Across acquisitions, Sai specializes in business model innovation, business structure set-up and integration planning that is crucial for M&A success.

His 11+ years wireless product management & strategy experience spans Wireless & IoT technologies where he filed for a patent, digital services spanning M&E, Ad-tech, commerce, healthcare and fintech where he filed another patent. He helped create Centers of excellence & R&D units covering key technologies like AI, Blockchain, NLP, IoT platforms etc.

Chad Markle, Partner, Kalypso

For the past 25 years, Chad has helped companies and executives in technology-driven industries transform their competencies to deliver results. He is exceptional at combining strategic thinking with the transformative business impact of technology. Chad is the Digital Innovation Practice leader of Kalypso, a global professional services firm focused exclusively on helping organizations deliver on the promise of innovation. Prior to joining Kalypso, Chad was the President and COO of Synapse Wireless, a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Synapse specializes in providing software, hardware, and networking solutions to develop, deploy, and manage the “Things” in IoT. There he oversaw the Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Services, and Operations functions of the company. 

Jeffery Torrance, Vice President of Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies

Dr. Jeffery Torrance serves as the vice president of business development for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), where he is responsible for the Commercial and Industrial IOT business. He has more than 20 years of experience spanning across consulting, investor relations, and business management and development.

He began his career at IBM, and later worked at PA Consulting where he analyzed, developed and co-authored strategic recommendations for blue chip-clients. In 1999, he co-founded UbiNetics, a pioneering 3G technology company, where he become senior vice president and business unit manager of volume product technology. Before joining Qualcomm, Jeff served as vice president of investor relations and corporate development at CSR, where – based in the Bay Area – he led the company’s strategic transformation to grow outside the mobile handset. He moved to Qualcomm following the Company’s acquisition of CSR.

Torrance holds a Ph.D in digital modulation from the University of Southampton, UK.

Antonella Corno, IoT Talent Consortium (Senior Manager of Product Strategy, IoT Talent Consortium

Antonella Corno is the senior manager of product strategy at [email protected] She actively manages the development of the learning portfolio, overseeing a team that translates information from hardware and software developers to architects of technology training and certification.

After spending more than two decades across two continents working in technology research and development for leading Information Technology (IT) firms, Antonella understands the challenges that individuals face when entering, training and updating skills in the IT industry. Antonella works tirelessly to build frameworks for these individuals to enable the learning process.

Prior to joining Cisco, Antonella contributed to two technological revolutions – the digitization of the telecommunications industry in Europe and the evolution of the internet in the U.S. During both, she served as an engineer and analyst. Her roots in engineering run deep. Antonella grew up in a family of engineers and began studying engineering at an early age. She holds a Master of Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in Italy.

Antonella is a CCIE Emeritus, has spoken at several international conferences, and holds multiple international patents.

Matthieu Fuzellier, Senior Consultant for IoT, AWS

Matthieu is a Sr. Consultant a Amazon Web Services focused on IoT, where his role is to accelerate customer and partner business outcomes as a result of innovative usage of the AWS platform. Matthieu has been advising multiple Global 2000 companies over the last few years on topics such as digital transformation and innovation. He has been leading engagements for AWS Professional Services to help such companies implement and deliver solutions across many vertical markets such as Energy, Health Care, Consumer, Education or Automotive.

Laiq Ahmad, Chief Enterprise Architect, Head of Digital Innovation, Strategy, Planning & Enterprise Architecture, PG&E 

Laiq Ahmad currently works as Chief Enterprise Architect, Head of Digital Innovation, Strategy, Planning & Enterprise Architecture for PG&E and directly reports to the CIO. He’s responsible for bringing outside-in perspective to drive PG&E digital transformation through enhancing operational efficiencies, next generation integrated solutions, cost containment and digital innovation.  He is a graduate of Harvard University, MIT and Boston University.

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer (CIO), City of Palo Alto

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world and in 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including urban innovation and blockchain technology. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics. He co-hosts the popular podcast, Drinking Wine Talking Tech.

Jill North, Innovation Program Manager, Department of Transportation, San Jose 

Although Jill is new to the public sector in her role as the Innovation Program Manager for the Department of Transportation in San Jose, she is no stranger to how emerging technology can change the way people experience the world around them.  After 5 years as a Program Manager for Streetview at Google Maps, Jill is looking to bring her expertise leveraging technology to make San Jose the most innovative city in America.

A native of Illinois, Jill earned her Bachelor of Business Administration at Illinois State University in 2007.  In 2014, she was granted the National CEO Award of Excellence for her Streetview collaboration with Parks Canada.  Beyond her professional life, Jill enjoys footgolf and the Oakland A’s.

Balaji Sridharan, VP of IoT & M2M, T-Mobile

Balaji Sridharan is currently VP of IoT & M2M at T-Mobile US, Inc. In his current role, he heads up IoT related efforts, including sales, solutions and marketing, on both the business and consumer side. Prior to his current role, Balaji ran the Corporate Strategy & Analysis group at T-Mobile during which he championed an effort to develop a comprehensive strategy for T-Mobile to enter the IoT market. Before his career at T-Mobile, he spent 4 years as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company focused on technology & telecom clients. Earlier on in his career, Balaji worked at a couple of startup companies in the technology space pioneering some of the early innovations in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). Balaji has an MBA from Wharton, an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, India.

Paul Breslow, Open innovation, EDF Group

Paul joined the EDF Group (Électricité de France) Open Innovation team in June 2015. He supports technology scouting for business units within the entire EDF Group, manages relationships with the start-up and innovation ecosystems in North America, participates and leads R&D projects, and assists business units in accelerating new business development.

EDF is an $80B/yr global, integrated energy company and the world’s largest electricity producer. EDF’s 140 GW’s of generation capacity and 150k employees across 30+ countries generate over 650 TWH’s of electricity for 40M customers – and 85% of that electricity generated is carbon free.  In the US, EDF operates EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco), EDF Trading and Energy Services, Groom Energy, EDF R&D, and ~7 GW of generation capacity.  Globally, EDF is active in the entire value chain of the electric industry, including R&D, project development, generation, trading, transmission, distribution, sales, and services.

Luc Vidal-Madjar, Head of M2M/IoT Business, BICS

Luc Vidal-Madjar is Head of M2M/IoT Business at BICS.  His role encompasses managing BICS Global IoT solutions portfolio, taking to global markets the BICS SIM for Things solution built on BICS’ market leadership in Mobile Roaming and establishing partnerships and projects worldwide in this fast-growing area of telecoms. More generally, Luc has been managing New Mobility Businesses at BICS for the past seven years covering propositions as diverse as MVNE, M2M/IOT, 4G Roaming, Data Roaming VAS, RCS, etc…. Luc has over 20 years of experience in Product Management, Strategy and Innovation, Sales, Business Development, Management Consulting, always focusing on new businesses in the telecom space; working with a broad range of companies in the ecosystem (mobile operators, fixed line operators, international carrier, network equipment vendors, consulting companies).

Sam Lucero, Sr. Principal Analyst, M2M & IoT, IHS Markit

Sam Lucero is a seasoned industry analyst with over 15 years of experience analyzing telecommunications and networking technology markets. For over a decade, he has researched the markets for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Sam has established leading M2M market research programs and managed international teams of industry analysts. He has authored numerous reports, forecast databases, and topical articles covering various aspects of the M2M/IoT market opportunity and has been widely quoted in news and trade journals, from the New York Times and the Economist to CNET and Wireless Week. Furthermore, Sam has moderated, presented, and judged at a number of industry events, including CTIA and Connected World. In 2014 Sam was named one of six “Augural Analysts” for M2M by Connected World Magazine.

Bharat Saini, CTO/Founder, Hipaax

Bharat Saini is founder and Chief Technologist at Hipaax. In his current role, Bharat has led design, development and sales of TaskWatch, a zero-code wearable platform for enterprises. Bharat has led bootstrapped operations from concept to market by developing lean matrixed teams and industry partnerships with global corporations.

Prior to Hipaax, after working a number of years at General Electric, Bharat co-founded eMerge Health where he developed AI-based software solutions for intra-operative procedure automation. Bharat has also had “learning experiences” with attempted launch of a medical device for healthcare supply chain process optimization.

Bharat has received an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering from University of Pune, MBA from Xavier University, and executive training entrepreneurship from Harvard University.

Adrian Ludwig, Director of Engineering, Security & Privacy, Nest

Adrian Ludwig is Director of Engineering for Nest Security and Privacy at Google.  In this role, he is responsible for the security and privacy of all of the Nest devices and services. Previously, he led Google’s Android Security team, responsible for security of the Android platform and Google’s applications and services for Android. Prior to joining Google, Adrian held technical leadership positions at Joyent, Adobe, Macromedia, @stake, and the United States Department of Defense.

Adrian has a BA in Mathematics from Williams College and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Katalin Walcott, Manageability & Orchestration Work Group Chair, OpenFog Consortium

Katalin leads the Fog Computing software architecture team at Intel’s Internet of things (IoT) group. Her focus is on integrating service delivery, management and control between edge, fog and cloud computing in support of sensor data analytics and insights as well as device health management and transaction level orchestration. She also serves as the Patent Advocate for Intel, focusing on IoT and Fog computing related inventions. Prior to Intel, Katalin worked with IBM for 22 years, as a Principal for IBM Global Services, where she led the development of IBM’s Linux strategy. She has over 28 years of industry experience, with datacenter architecture, multi-platform systems, including Power/RISC and Linux on Power, as well as cloud computing and executive level consulting. She published over 30 technical papers and several IBM Redbooks. She has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences since 1995, holds 50 patents, and has received IBM’s Chairman’s Award for her work on building the Linux Services and Support strategy.

Mark Malchiondo, Co-Founder & VP of Software Development, ecobee Inc.

ecobee’s mission is to create products that are intuitive to use and beautiful to look at. They help customers maximize comfort and savings without compromising their lifestyle. ecobee released the world’s first Wi-Fi enabled thermostat in 2008 and continues to be an innovative leader in Smart Home products.

Mark is the co-founder and Vice President of Software Development for ecobee. Since the beginning he has been focused on creating a secure, reliable and reusable IoT platform for ecobee’s smart devices and has played a key role in creating the intelligent learning algorithms that deliver reduced energy consumption while improving user comfort. 

He has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and leading innovative software development teams in the areas of security and internet connected devices. He participated in a number of standards committees and alliances and for a time served as the ClimateTalk Architecture Steering Committee Chair. His previous experience includes leading the software development team at Intel Corporation that created the worlds fastest VPN gateway. Mark is really excited about the future innovations for the Smart Home and is thrilled to be a part of it.

Hardy Schmidbauer, Founder, LoRa Alliance

Hardy Schmidbauer is the former chairman of the LoRa Alliance marketing committee and marketing chairman for the Americas.  Hardy played a key role in defining LoRaWAN strategy, LoRa product definition, and the formation of the LoRa Alliance. Hardy was the first Marketing Chairman for the LoRa Alliance and constructed most of the early LoRaWAN ecosystem under his business development efforts. He holds a MBA degree from Santa Clara University, MSEE and BSEE degrees in electrical engineering from Oregon State University.

Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist, prpl Foundation

Cesare Garlati is an internationally renowned leader in information security. Former Vice President of mobile security at Trend Micro, Cesare currently serves as Chief Security Strategist at prpl Foundation – a technology nonprofit dedicated to enabling security and interoperability of embedded systems. Prior to Trend Micro, Mr. Garlati held leadership positions within leading mobility companies such as iPass, Smith Micro Software and WaveMarket.  Prior to this, he was an engineering manager at Oracle, where he led the development of Oracle’s first cloud application and many other modules of the Oracle E-Business Suite.

Cesare has been frequently quoted in the press, including such media outlets as The Economist, Financial Times, The Register, The Guardian, ZD Net, SC Magazine, Computing and CBS News. An accomplished public speaker, Cesare also has delivered presentations and highlighted speeches at many events, including Embedded World, Mobile World Congress, Gartner Security Summits, IDC CIO Forums, CTIA Applications, CSA Congress and many editions of the RSA Conferences.

Cesare holds a Master in Business Administration from U.C Berkeley, a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and Sun, and he is a Fellow of the Cloud Security Alliance.

Zeljka Lemaster, Director of Software Engineering, ShotSpotter

Zeljka has spent her 20+ years career building highly distributed enterprise systems designed for Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, Automation and Visualization of actionable data that drive Business Processes. She joined Shotspotter as Director of Software Development to lead Mobility, Data and IoT infrastructure for gunshots detection.

Prior to Shotspotter, Zeljka lead Software Development team at Intelleflex. She refocused company from being smart RFID sensor infrastructure provider into real time notification service for supply chain optimization.

At Premier Retail Networks (PRN), a division of Technicolor, Zeljka served as Senior Director of Software Engineering, responsible for driving development of a $100M yearly revenue digital signage platform.

Zeljka’s career originated in Croatia, and Germany and then continued in Silicon Valley where she held senior technology leadership roles across broad range of industries. She earned her Masters Degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Zagreb.

Abhi Dugar, Research Director, Cloud & Enterprise Infrastructure Enabling Twchnologies & IoT Security, IDC

Abhi Dugar leads IDC’s worldwide research, strategic analysis, advisory services, and client relationships with major Information Technology and financial services industry clients on IoT Security and enabling technologies for Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure. His current focus is on developments and adoption trends of open source platforms in public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS). Abhi’s work covers analysis of technology trends, workloads, products, vendors, supply chain, and end-user adoption strategies in enterprise IT and datacenters of Web, Cloud, and Telecommunications Service Providers. Mr. Dugar is based in IDC’s San Mateo, California office.

David Moore, CEO/Founder, Fuzz Station

David Moore is founder and CEO of Fuzz Stati0n. He has been involved in software development and security for the past 20 years, working with NeXT, Apple, Weblogic and Azul Systems. David’s trophy case includes public recognition from Google, Twitter, Netflix, Linux, Ruby, Python, and PHP. Fuzz Stati0n was founded to improve security for everyone.

Jennifer Vancini, Investment Partner, Mighty Capital 

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of technologies, with extensive experience in the mobile and security industries. She has held management and executive roles in start-ups and innovation units of large organizations including Price Waterhouse, Nokia, VASCO Data Security and Telefonica. She looks for teams that can execute their go-to-market strategies.

Mighty Capital is a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that invests in companies building “products that count:” products that transform lives and create value at scale. Its unique model relies on a handpicked group of extremely successful Silicon Valley investors (past performance: >6X net, realized cash on cash), and one of the largest pools of early adopters in the world (>200,000 product managers and entrepreneurs). Mighty Capital invests in founders who have demonstrated product/market fit, to allow them to retain more ownership and control while they decide between further rounds of funding and near-term exit.

Upal Basu, Partner, NGP Capital

Upal has worked in the mobile and software technology industry for over 20 years. At NGP Capital, Upal leads the global Connected Enterprise investing theme, where he focuses on mobile enterprise and Internet of Things investments. In addition he is responsible for managing NGP’s investments in India.

Prior to NGP, he was Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, the world’s largest mobile device management company, which was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent. Previously he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and London. Prior to joining McKinsey, Upal led Product Management activities for Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a leading provider of software technologies for the management of insurance risks. Upal has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Lauren Gore, Principal, LDR

Lauren Gore is a Principal with LDR, a growth and innovation advisory firm, and an affiliate of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Lauren specializes in deal advisory, strategy, disruptive technologies. Prior to joining LDR, Lauren spent 5 years as an Army Infantry Officer with a deployment to Iraq and later was an attorney with Baker Botts LLP focused on large-scale energy-related transactions and complex deal design. Lauren is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and Harvard Law School.

Ryan Dean, Principal, Altman Vilandrie & Company

His experience includes working with both B2B and B2C businesses in wireless communications, IoT, internet infrastructure, cloud computing and information services.  For these companies, Ryan has extensive experience developing growth strategies, analyzing pricing, improving marketing strategies, and recommending product roadmaps.  In addition to working with operating clients, Ryan also works closely with investors to support their commercial due diligence in his areas of expertise.

Noah Harlan, Director, EdgeX Foundry

Noah is a Founder and Partner in Two Bulls, a Director of the EdgeX Foundry, and was President of the former AllSeen Alliance. Two Bulls is a leading provider of digital product strategy, consulting, and custom development services to both leading international companies and emerging startups. Two Bulls has a practice focused on connected devices, spanning consumer & industrial IoT as well as smart cities. Two Bulls’ clients include Qualcomm, Verizon, Vodafone, LIFX, Microsoft, Disney, Groupon, and GE. Noah has a degree in Computer Science from Williams College and has served in a range of leadership and advisory roles throughout the tech industry including as a Director and President of the AllSeen Alliance, an advisor to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, a member of the Innovation Committee For the Made in NY Media Center, and an advisor to US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) through Business Executives for National Security.

Scott Day, CEO, Transformational Strategies LLC

Scott Day is an experienced executive who has accepted transformative roles throughout his career evidenced by strong P&L successes. Scott has managed both large and small P&Ls with leadership roles in sales, engineering, operations, IT, and strategy. As a transformative leader, Scott has succeeded in a wide variety of roles that make him a natural fit to grow a company profitably with a keen eye for technology.

In Scott’s most recent role as Executive Vice President of Strategy at thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation for 14 countries in the Americas’ business unit, he focused on digital transformation. With this initiative, initially centered in the U.S., Scott leveraged his past engineering experiences to overcome the challenges of setting up an Internet of Things (IoT) platform with more than 60,000 assets deployed.

Scott is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Division Leadership council and serves on the Worldwide Business Research’s (WBR) Service Advisory Board. Scott has continued to develop professionally by attending courses in leadership and shaping complex businesses at the International Management Development (IMD) School in Switzerland and through the European School of Management Training (ESMT) in Germany.

Braja Das, Technical Evangelist, Seattle, USA 

Braja Das is a technical evangelist working at a global retail company in Seattle. He earlier led an enterprise data warehouse team at Barnes and Noble in NY. Braja has progressive experiences in retail, media, telecom and the software industry. He also worked in Cablevision Systems, Orascom Telecom Bangladesh, Grameen Phone and Grameen Software Ltd.

His current project is IoT Device Intelligence and Edge Computing.

Braja graduated in BSc. Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) followed by post graduate diploma in Information and Communication Technology (IICT, BUET). He completed his MBA from Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology. Braja also earned MA in Computer Science, major in cryptography, AI, NLP, pattern recognition  from City University of New York (CUNY).

Ben Lucas, Senior Software Architect, Steelcase 

Ben Lucas currently works as a Senior Software Architect for Steelcase and is responsible for the IoT platform architecture that supports Steelcase Workplace Advisor and other IoT applications. He provides design and guidance for a microservices based architecture hosted in Azure.

Ben is an experienced architect and technical lead with extensive experience in the Microsoft stack of technologies. Using his understanding of the software development process as well as best practices, Ben delivers high-quality solutions to meet business needs and requirements. He is a technical lead and mentor, helping his teams to build and design the best software possible.

Eric Han, VP of Product Management, Portworx 

Eric Han is VP of Product Management at Portworx, a leading cloud native storage solution. Eric leads Portworx’s strategic product direction as well as ecosystem partnerships. Eric is an expert in Kubernetes storage. Prior to Portworx, Eric co-created Google Container Engine (GKE), was the first product manager at Kubernetes, and launched several pre-cursor container technologies while at Google. He has an MBA from Wharton, and a BS and MS from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Chris Blakeley, Deputy, Web & Managed Cloud Services Office, NASA 

Chris Blakeley is the deputy of the NASA Web and Managed Cloud Services Office that is run out of the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Alabama, but Chris is physically located at the Kennedy Space Center in the software engineering division.  Chris joined NASA in 2003 to help redesign the financial systems at Johnson Space Center in Houston before making the transition to KSC in their apps development division.   Throughout his time at NASA, Chris has helped to engineer software solutions for science, manned spaceflight and the Agency CIO. 

Most recently, Chris has been tasked to lead SaaS Cloud Enterprise Services for NASA, which focuses on replacing legacy systems with equivalent cloud solutions in an effort to modernize the workforce while providing cost savings to the Agency.

Mr. Blakeley holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Miami.

Wesley Mukai, CTO, GE Transportation Digital Solutions 

Wesley Mukai, is Chief Technology Officer, GE Transportation Digital Solutions, where he leads GET’s digital technology and software vision, strategy and architecture. Prior to GE, Wes was Vice President, HANA Cloud Computing, at SAP, where he was responsible for architecting and building the largest HANA system in the world and the foundation for the HANA Enterprise Cloud. Wesley brings a wealth of experience in the hightech industry across the networking, computing hardware, telecommunications, and software industries. He held various senior management positions at Cisco Systems, Infogear Technologies, and PwC. Wesley has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Neil Shepherd, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

Principal in BCG’s San Francisco office, and a member of the TMT practice. Primary areas of focus are Sales & Marketing, operations, and IoT.

Mike Mason, Global Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks

I’m passionate about bringing cutting edge technology to bear on business problems and helping our customers understand how tech can be a critical part of their business. As global Head of Technology, I’m responsible for the strategic technology direction of ThoughtWorks, building our tech organization and capability, and ensuring success of our client deliveries.

Within the Office of the CTO I advise our CTO and our global leadership team and I define and drive global technology initiatives. We analyze industry and technology trends and innovations and determine ThoughtWorks’ Global Technology Strategy. I contribute to our Technology Radar, a twice-yearly publication that analyzes software industry tools and techniques. Along with other global leaders, I oversee significant initiatives such as our work protecting a free and open Internet and advocating for strong privacy protections for individuals.

As a member of the Office of the Chief Commercial Officer, I am part of an executive team driving strategic change in the ThoughtWorks business portfolio. I am responsible for integrating technology deeply into our client demand strategy and working with our Commercial Directors to bring regional strategies to life. I ensure that ThoughtWorks finds, wins and delivers technically innovative work and that our capabilities match our aspirations and that the community of ThoughtWorks technologists continues to grow and thrive.

Previously at ThoughtWorks I was Head of Technology for our Americas region, and I continue to be an active member of our Technology Advisory Board.

Zaki Mohammad, Digital Transformation Specialist

Zaki’s unique 15 year career evolution starting as an Accountant, CCIE certified Systems Engineer, Solution Architect, Instructor, Course Developer, and finally Data Scientist leading successful consulting and project engagements. Zaki has experience with a number of industries such as Energy, Manufacturing, Service Provider Finance, Public Sector and Utilities which has made him the jack of all IoT trades with a deep business acumen and technical expertise. Zaki has also been an IoT Evangelist, speaker, and instructor at past international events.

Rick Sherlund, Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners

Rick is a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners in the Advisory business and is located in San Francisco.  He is a leading authority in the computer software industry.  He is driving the Firm’s coverage of software clients, as well as developing a broader technology franchise with his Advisory Partners to assist clients across all industries as digital transformation redefines their businesses. 

His background includes 25 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner Managing Director, Head of the Technology Research Group and a leading software industry analyst – ranked as the #1 software industry analyst by Institutional Investor for 17 consecutive years.  He was involved in the initial public offerings of many of the industry’s leading companies and has long been a strategic adviser to companies positioning themselves for upcoming new platforms of computing.  As Chairman of Software Investment Banking at Barclays, Rick focused on the digital transformation of enterprises, IoT and machine learning and the upcoming platform shift from systems of record and systems of engagement to a new generation he characterizes as systems of prediction.

Trent Salvaggio, Executive Director, IoT Talent Consortium

Dr. Trent Salvaggio is the Executive Director of the Internet of Things Talent Consortium (, an industry non-profit whose members include Cisco, General Electric, Microsoft, MIT Sloan School of Management, Rockwell Automation, Pearson Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and other forward thinking organizations. He is responsible for leading the Consortium in its cross-industry efforts to inspire, create, and grow the organizations and workforces needed to drive IoT enabled digital transformation for the betterment of business, society, and the world.

Prior to his current role, Trent was a professor at the College of Charleston School of Business, where he published original research and taught courses in Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Business Strategy. Trent has also served in a variety of senior level leadership positions with multi-national and Fortune 500 corporations driving enterprise wide change and development efforts.

Trent earned a PhD from Trident University International for research surrounding leadership in virtual environments as well as an MBA and BA from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC.

Rod Schultz, Member, EdgeX Foundry

Rod began his career building Internet technology as a software engineer for Cisco. At Cisco he designed protocols and security for wide-area networking, mobile IP, and data protection. Next, Rod joined Apple as a senior software engineer and an early member of the FairPlay team. There, he worked on DRM used to protect music and video for Quicktime and iTunes on iPod, Mac, iPhone, and AppleTV. That led to a technical lead engineering position at Adobe, where he helped architect and develop product for Primetime DRM, which provides protection for video content across a complex set of devices, platforms, and distributors. Rod holds a BS in Applied Computer Science from the University of North Carolina and a Certificate of Excellence in Business from UC Berkeley.

Neil Cohen, VP of Marketing, Edge Intelligence 

Neil Cohen is the Vice President of Marketing for Edge Intelligence, developer of the industry’s first distributed analytics platform built for hybrid cloud and edge computing environments. He is helping change how companies implement secure, scalable, high-performance big data architectures for IoT applications.

Prior to this, Neil served as the Vice President of Global Marketing for Akamai’s $1.3B Web Division and responsible for setting the overall marketing strategy, messaging and execution of worldwide digital and field campaigns for cybersecurity and web performance products.

During his prior 10 years at Akamai, he developed go-to-market strategy and brought to market new cloud-based services and technology partnerships. He led product marketing for strategic initiatives such as cyber security, cloud computing, IoT, mobile apps, eCommerce, online payments, IT networking and digital media. He launched and marketed new products and grew them into businesses exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars.

Jonathan Levi, Founder of HACERA Hyperledger Fabric Maintainer

Jonathan has an impressive delivery track record. Over the last 4 years Jonathan worked with several blockchain technology stacks. Started with Bitcoin, then worked on an innovative Bitcoin exchange (a start-up, with the mission to add smart contracts on top of Bitcoin’s blockchain before Ethereum was launched), then worked on Ethereum (helped to build the first Ethereum class with Prof. Dan Boneh, at Stanford University).

Jonathan is one of the early contributors to Hyperledger, he was nominated to become the first independent maintainer of Hyperledger Fabric back in July 2016 and was one of the two official release manager of Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 in July 2017. Hyperledger is now the world’s first enterprise grade, production ready blockchain stack.

Jonathan brings a unique combination of the technical breadth, depth, experience not just technically, but also an experience that is combined with a deep understanding of the market forces, the various regulatory and business environments, combining a very hands-on background in cryptography and almost a decade of working in the financial sector (Standard & Poor’s, Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs trading desks – working on global quantitative risk management systems).

George Lawton, Correspondent, SearchCloudApplications

George Lawton is a journalist based near San Francisco, Calif. Over the last 25 years he has written over 3,000 stories for publications about IoT, computers, communications, knowledge management, business, health and other areas which interest him. Before that, he helped build the nervous system for the Biosphere II, with over 2500 sensors and actuators, which was a precursor to what has come to be known as IoT. He is currently focusing on how individuals and enterprises are bringing mindfulness to technology.

Joe Madden, Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts LLC

Joe Madden is Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts LLC. Mr. Madden provides most of the business analysis behind our forecasts, as well as primary research in semiconductor areas.

Over 26 years in mobile communications, he accurately predicted the rise of Digital Predistortion, Remote Radio Heads, Small Cells, and the Mobile IT market. He validates ideas with mobile and cable operators, as well as hardware suppliers to find the match between business models and technology.

Mr. Madden holds a Physics degree from UCLA. Despite learning about economics at Stanford, he still obeys the laws of physics.

Biren Gandhi, Executive Leader

Biren Gandhi is an executive leader focused on identifying key technology trends and accelerating their adoption through acquisitions, development or partnering. He has built a proven track record of bringing innovation to life in a variety of disruptive technology areas like the Internet of Things (IoT), Fog Computing, Drones/UAVs, Blockchain, Deep Learning, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Biren has more than 20 years of leadership, strategic and tactical technology experience in diverse verticals like social networking, cloud, big data, mobile, telecom, social gaming and enterprise collaboration. He actively engages as a keynote speaker, panel judge, mentor, investor or advisor with venture capital firms, startups, accelerators, and incubators on rapidly accelerating new frontier technologies. Biren’s philanthropic activities regularly support many global and local non-profit organizations and causes.

Ashwin Jayam, Chief Strategy Officer, Insomniac Design 

Ashwin is a digital strategist with expertise and experience leading large-scale technology and business transformation projects across industries. Ashwin is a partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Insomniac Design responsible for driving digital strategy and execution for global brands and clients. In addition to overseeing the firm’s growth and expansion in domestic and international markets, Ashwin oversees digital projects including strategy consulting, global campaigns, web and mobile projects, data visualization, and open data initiatives. His previous work spans a number of Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Intel, Cendant, and Lucent Technologies. Ashwin received a Masters degree from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from The University of Toronto. Ashwin has extensive experience consulting with Fortune 100, Fortune 500, private, government, and NGOs to uncover innovative and practical solutions for driving sustainable competitive advantage and build progressive organizations. With broad experience in providing strategic counsel and advice, he leads client management, consulting, strategic communications, project management, and technology and organizational growth strategy initiatives.

2017 US Advisory Board

As a conference production team, we carry out a up to 100 research calls per event with senior IoT adopters, to ensure we are sourcing the questions that are slowing IoT adoption down for our audience, and presenting end user case studies with answers.

Our IoTBuild Advisory Board consists of the leading industry experts who have contributed significant time to the research and review process involved in creating the event’s content program.

We thank our current IoTBuild Advisory Board:

Anoop Mohan, VP of Product, Xfinity Home, Comcast & Board Member, Open Connectivity Foundation

John E. Osborne II, Vice President of IoT Sales and Marketing, LEEDARSON & Chairman of the Board, Zigbee Alliance

Musa Unmehopa, Senior Director, Intellectual Property and Standards, Philips Lighting

Ron Felice, Automotive & IoT Architect, North America, IBM

Skip Ashton, VP Technology, Thread Group

Tobin J.M. Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance

Jon Coons, Global Blackbelt – IoT/Technical Solution Professional, Microsoft