Free event – October 27, 2020 9 am PT – 12 pm PT (12 pm ET – 3 pm ET) Register Now
The coming year will bring two really exciting innovations to the smart home, Amazon’s Sidewalk Network and the Project Connected Home over IP standard that should make interoperability between devices much easier. But there’s always something more to do if we want to make the smart home better. Once we’ve tackled connectivity and interoperability, it’s time to look ahead.
If we make the smart home more accessible for mainstream consumers, we’ll need to then think about how manufacturers can keep their devices up-to-date without monetary losses and what it means to have more electronics hitting waste streams every year. Plus, as device-makers have to worry less about getting their products online and working together, they can focus more on using the data generated by those products to offer services.
But some of those services will cross the line into creepy or intrusive territory. Also, as more homes have more devices, we need to develop social norms and perhaps rules around consent so our friends and family have a choice in whether or not they want to be seen by the likes of Google or Apple.
We’re going to talk about all of this and more on Oct. 27 from 9 PT to noon with speakers from IKEA, Wyze, Twilio and more. I’d love for y’all to come and start talking about the next conversations we need to have as we level up the smart home.
Money Matters (9 am PT / 12 pm ET)
Device makers need to align their infrastructure costs and business models if we want the smart home to go mainstream. We’ll talk about set-your-price subscription plans, how to figure out what kind of business model your product can support, and the dangers of not producing a connected product.
Dave Crosby, creative director and co-founder of Wyze
Jonathan Williams, product management, IoT & Wireless at Twilio Inc.
Scott Harkins, VP/GM Connected Home at Resideo
Getting to Green (10 am PT / 1 pm ET)
As my pile of defunct smart home devices grows, so do my concerns about the impact of this technology on the environment. We’ll talk about how to make our love of technology work for the environment, not against it.
Björn Block Business Area Manager IKEA Home Smart
Shawn Stover VP of Smart Home at GE Appliances
Context Clues (10:45 am PT/ 1:45 pm ET)
How to help the home understand who we are and what we want.
Taj Manku CEO of Cognitive Systems
Jake Sprouse Head of Technology at Synapse
The Dark Side of the IoT (11:30 am PT / 2:30 pm ET)
When we bring smart devices into our homes, we’re allowing companies and our housemates to surveil us. The benefits of that surveillance are convenience and personalized services. But we also need to address the potential cons.
Mark Rolston, founder and chief creative officer at Argo Design
Erica Olsen, Director of the Saftey Net Project at The National Network to End Domestic Violence
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