Speaker Schedule

Roger Dewey

CEO and Co-Founder, Able Device

Able Device

An internationally recognized leader in the emerging growth areas of the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, Roger Dewey is the Founder and CEO of Able Device. From 2006 to 2008, Dewey held the position of President and CEO of Telit Americas. He launched and led Telit Wireless Solutions’ entry into the Americas M2M marketplace. For his efforts, Dewey was recognized for the second time as an Industry Pioneer by Connected World Magazine in the spring of 2008. From 2001 until 2006, Dewey held various executive positions at Sony Ericsson’s M2M Com Business Unit, including Vice President of the Americas, and Vice President of Global Business and Product Strategy. During his tenure at Sony Ericsson, Roger Dewey was honored with the prestigious Telematics Leadership Award presented by Telematics Update Magazine in 2005, as well as being recognized for his achievements as an Industry Pioneer by Connected World Magazine for the inaugural award in the spring of 2004.


Greg Najjar

Director of Business Development at Advanced RF Technologies, ADRF


Greg Najjar is the director of business development at ADRF, responsible for establishing new strategic relationships and providing enhanced coverage solutions for partners and customers. He has 20 years of experience developing and leading technology-driven teams, focused on business operations, project management and engineering.Prior to joining ADRF, Greg worked at Sprint for 19 years as the director of custom network engineering, where he managed a team of engineers and project managers that focused on deploying 3G and 4G solutions. While at Sprint, his teams were responsible for the companys top enterprise and government customers, as well as large venues, airports, stadiums and special events such as the NBA All Star Game, Super Bowl and Presidential Inauguration. He also maintained national responsibility for Sprints strategy and budget, RF design and deployment of technology solutions (DAS, Wi-Fi, and small cell) for all public venue, enterprise in-building customers, Sprint retail stores, special events and NASCAR races.Greg holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.


Homaira Akbari

President & CEO, AKnowledge Partners

AKnowledge Partners

An award-winning thought leader in the security, Internet of Things, mobile and software sectors, Homaira founded AKnowledge Partners in 2012 with the goal of providing C-level executives, companies and private equity firms with unique and proprietary investment theses, and building and implementing adaptive growth or investment strategies.Drawing on an international track-record that includes nine years working in Paris, London, Beijing and Cape-Town for global organizations, Homaira brings extensive leadership experience, entrepreneurial drive, operational skills and deep domain knowledge to create customized solutions for the unique needs of each client.Homaira serves on the Boards of Directors of three publicly-traded companies: Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (GTO: EN Paris), Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS) and is Chairman of the Board of Dauria Aerospace (privately held).Additionally, Homaira serves as the Chair of Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council and on the Advisory Board of Mobiquity Inc., one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile sector and a leader in mobile interactive design and implementation.Homaira has held senior executive roles in Fortune 500 companies including: Microsoft, Thales, SA, and TruePosition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, SkyBitz had record performance and was successfully sold to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS) in 2012.Homaira holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of numerous scientific and industry articles, two patent-pending inventions, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences


Davitt Potter

Field CTO, Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics

Davitt Potter is the Field CTO of the Technology Alliances Group for the Enterprise Computing Solutions segment of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW). A nearly life-long computer geek, Davitt’s first PC was a Commodore 64 at age 8. After being indoctrinated in Computer Science at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (and then a real-world education as a field engineer, systems architect, and security and infrastructure consultant for over 15 years), Davitt joined Arrow in 2010. He has been Director of Technical Services since 2013 and currently leads the Arrow Security Engineering team, driving strategy discussions, CTO/CISO consulting, and end-to-end engagements, to provide partners and their customers with the information to help them securely enable and do business. In the very little free time that leaves, Davitt likes to work on old cars and (attempts to) plays his collection of guitars. He lives in Dallas, TX.


Marcos Radonic

President/CEO, Automated Parking Corp.

Automated Parking Corp.

Marcos A. Radonic is President and CEO of Automated Parking Corp., a fully integrated Vehicle Storage solutions provider headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Marcos Radonic is one of the founding members of the Automated and Mechanical Parking Association (AMPA) and the International Vehicle Storage Association (IVSA) where he also holds a seat in the Board. In addition, Marcos is a member of the International Parking Institute (IPI), the National Parking Association (NPA), the United States GreenBuilding Council (USGBC) and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.Born at the core of an entrepreneurial industrial family that designed and manufactured automated knitting machines, Marcos grew accustomed to technological advances and heavy machinery. In his early years, he became involved in a company that designed and integrated naval, residential and commercial elevators. He then intuitively evolved into related trades, founding Radonic Corp and becoming a Prime Commercial General Contractor for large-scale projects in Puerto Rico and Arizona. His background and multidisciplinary knowledge finally placed him where all his experience converged: the vehicle storage industry. In addition to leading APC and Radonic Corp, Mr. Radonic is the head of a Commercial Real Estate Development in Argentina, the first of its kind in the country.Marcos Radonic pursued a career in Law at the University of Belgrano in Argentina, holds a degree in International Law and Legal Studies from the Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico, and an MBA in International Business from FIU (Florida InternationalUniversity). He has also served as a continued education provider for the Architect Association of Puerto Rico (Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico - CAAPPR)In October 2012 Radonic Corp received the World Quality Commitment Award (WQC 100), an award that “recognizes and promotes companies, organizations, and institutions that understand the dedication, continuous improvement, innovation and the relentless pursuit of productivity that leads to excellence… and that allows organizations to achieve a leadership role, and become examples of efficiency, productivity and - above all – Quality”.


Brad Canham

Vice President, Cassia Networks

Cassia Networks

Brad Canham is a marketing and business development VP who works with innovative technology companies to align cool technology with marketplace revenues. Brad believes no matter how great the product or service idea is, aligning with the marketplace is key to success.Brad has secured marketplace wins at companies at the forefront of innovation in industry, including: Rockwell Automation, ADC Telecommunications, Allot Communications, and now Cassia Networks. Brad graduated from University of Minnesota with a bachelors degree in English, and received a Masters in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis, where his is now pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership focusing on new ventures in the Internet of Things (IoT).


Maciej Kranz

VP, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco


Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of networking industry experience to his position as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. In this role, Mr. Kranz leads a team focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Kranz was General Manager of Cisco’s Connected Industries Group, a business unit focused on technology solutions for the Internet of Things. He built a $250M business from the ground up in 18 months and relentlessly evangelized the IoT opportunity across Cisco and the market, making IoT one of Cisco’s major priorities. Previously, Mr. Kranz led efforts across Cisco to define, prioritize, and deliver Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps. He also drove business and product strategy for the wireless and mobility business and led product management for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit through its expansion from $400M to $6B in revenues. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Mr. Kranz held senior management positions at 3Com Corporation, where he drove a $1B Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) product line. He began his professional career at IBM Corporation.Maciej Kranz holds a master’s in business administration degree from Texas Christian University.


Ray Lehr

Former Baltimore Fire Chief, City of Baltimore, MD

City of Baltimore, MD

Ray served as the Maryland Statewide Interoperability Director from 2009 to 2014, where he directed aProgram Management Office, which was responsible for projects to improve public safetycommunications including a Statewide 700 MHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) project. He also served asMaryland’s State Point of Contact (SPOC) for FirstNet and initiated the first State Initial Consultationprocess with FirstNet which provided a framework for future engagements with the nation’s publicsafety leaders and State officials. In addition to his experience as a fire service leader, he was projectmanager for the City of Baltimore’s consolidated 800 MHz Digital LMR system which supported Fire,Police, EMS and other public service agencies. He spent 10 years working for systems integrators onpublic safety projects in NYC, DC and LA. He is a Six Sigma Brown Belt and ITIL v3 certified in program management.


Will Aycock

Greenlight General Manager, City of Wilson, NC

City of Wilson, NC

The Greenlight General Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of all Greenlight andInformation Technology operations. This position also supervises the management of the UnifiedCommunications Center.Will has worked with the City of Wilson since 2001 and has been part of the Greenlight team sincelaunch in 2008. Prior to becoming General Manager, Will served in the positions of Operations Manager,Assistant Director of ITS, GIS manager and GIS coordinator for the City of Wilson. Will is a graduate ofboth Appalachian State and East Carolina Universities and holds Municipal Administration andGovernment Chief Information Officer Certificates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Marc Josephson

Co-Founder, Coris


Over 35 years management experience in leading edge technology companies: Founded and sold several technology companies; Raised over $150MM in venture capital, built companies valued at over $4B; Advisor to various federal, state and local governmental agencies (NYC, FCC, U.S. Congress, FBI, others); Ernst & Young U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year finalist 2000; Implemented trading network for NY Stock Exchange; Consultant to IBM, Nortel, AT&T, Verizon, Siemens, Citibank, Chase Bank, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Gartner Group; Implemented remote video surveillance for Homeland Security (CORIS was spin off of that project); Granted two patents on IOT network security, used by CORIS.


Kenneth Schlather

Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Ken is Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and helped form a group comprised of business owners, technology workers, government officials, researchers and activists to develop and implement useful applications of LoRaWAN technology . The group is actively exploring applications for agriculture, water quality and flood and stormwater management, air pollution monitoring and real time energy management. Ken brings over 30 years of experience working with under-resourced local governments in agricultural and economic development and disaster planning and response in rural communities in Asia, Latin America and now the US.


Ken Hosac

VP of IoT Strategy, Cradlepoint


At Cradlepoint, Ken is responsible for driving strategic industry partnerships to accelerate the company’s market growth and leadership. As part of the leadership team since 2009, Ken has helped drive Cradlepoint’s growth and development through roles in strategic planning, product management, solution strategy and thought leadership. Ken frequently represents the company at industry conferences and events, and served on the original Advisory Board for the IoT/M2M Evolution Magazine.Ken has 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, R&D and manufacturing. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, Ken served as VP of Marketing for Casabyte (later acquired by JDS Uniphase), the leading provider of service validation solutions to wireless service providers. Ken also served as VP of Business Development for GoAhead Software (later acquired by Oracle), the leading provider of high availability software to communication infrastructure providers. Ken earlier spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard with cable modems & head-ends, set-top boxes and personal computers in a variety of engineering and engineering management roles.


George Mulhern

CEO, Cradlepoint


George joined Cradlepoint as CEO in 2011 and built the team that for the past seven years has delivered over 30% compound annual growth and propelled Cradlepoint to be the global leader in cloud-delivered WWAN solutions for LTE/4G enabled branch, mobile, and IoT networks. More than 20,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world — including 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100 and 25 of the largest U.S. cities — rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical branches, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected and protected. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, George was a Senior Vice President and Global Business Unit Manager for the Hewlett Packard Company. In between his employment with HP and Cradlepoint, George was a general partner with Highway 12 Ventures, a Boise-based venture capital fund that served as a catalyst for entrepreneurs and startups to help drive economic growth in the Northwest region. George holds both a BS, and MBA, Business Administration from San Jose University.


Todd Krautkremer

CMO, Cradlepoint


Todd brings thirty years of technology executive experience to Cradlepoint where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s strategy, M&A activities and strategic partnerships. Prior to Cradlepoint, he was CMO at Pertino (acquired by Cradlepoint in 2015), a pioneer in software-defined cloud networking. Previous roles include COO at Red Lambda, CEO at Gearworks (acquired), VP of Worldwide Marketing at Packeteer (IPO, acquired), and VP of Marketing at Sync Research (IPO, acquired). Earlier in his career, Todd held engineering, product management and regional sales roles at AT&T and Siemens Communications Systems. He is currently a co-founder and board member of the Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory, a non-profit C-level mentoring organization for early stage software companies in Minnesota, and holds two patents for application-based managed network services.


Carl Ford

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.


Dmitry Raidman

CEO, Cybeats


Dmitry Raidman is Co-Founder and CEO of Cybeats, a cybersecurity and lifecycle management company for IoT devices. Cybeats solves a critical security problem for companies that manufacture, integrate or deploy IoT devices in the smart building, medical and critical infrastructure environments. Until now, IoT devices have been vulnerable to cyber threats, making them easy targets for attackers. Through an “inside-out” approach, Cybeats deploys a microagent in the firmware that complements the existing software and hardware of the IoT device and ensures it will not be compromised. Today, Cybeats is a rapidly growing company with offices in Toronto and presence in Israel, that has recently secured $3M in seed funding. CEO Dmitry Raidman is a former Israeli InfoSec professional with a career that has spanned various roles including lead architect of complex and unique systems at companies like Sealights, FLIR, CA Technology and Allot Communications. Dmitry is a proud father to two girls and enjoys flying fighter jets on a simulator, and mountain biking IRL. Cybeats is the recipient of the 2018 IoT Global Awards in both the Security IoT and Big Data, Cloud and Analytics categories.


Neville Waters

Public Information Officer, DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles

DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Neville Waters serves as the Public Information Officer with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles. He has been deeply involved with developing strategies to seek innovative solutions within the for-hire industry as the evolution of the ride experience continues to evolve. His background has spanned sports, hospitality and media industries with experience including on-air announcing, research and programming, media planning, promotions, public affairs and production. He earned his undergraduate degree with Magna Cum Laude honors from Springfield College as well as a Master’s Degree in Psychological Services. Mr. Waters later earned his MBA from Georgetown University. Professional achievements include the NBC Fellowship Award; the Walter Kaitz Foundation Award; the Achievement in Radio Award; an Addy Award; an Effie Award; the Adrian Award for hospitality marketing; and Radio Program Director of the Year. He also won $5,000 on the TV game show Scrabble.


Ernest Chrappah

Chairman, Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Ernest Chrappah is an experienced government executive as well as a successful entrepreneur with a reputation for finding innovative solutions to complex challenges. He has been the Director for the Washington D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles since November 2016. Previously, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Child and Family Services Agency where he implemented innovative technology solutions leveraging analytics, mobility, cloud, APIs, and user oriented design for an 800+ workforce to improve child welfare outcomes. In addition, he created an ITgovernance framework and project portfolio management system to enhance fiscal management, transparency and accountability. Mr. Chrappah earned his MBA in Strategy & Marketing from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University.


Marco Della Torre

CTO, Derive Systems

Derive Systems

Marco Della Torre is CTO of Derive Systems. Marco is responsible for leading the roadmap and execution of Derive’s engineering and product development teams. Marco’s multi-disciplinary team designs and develops Derive’s current and future products from board to cloud, through UI/UX design, hardware, firmware, software, mobile and web platform engineering. Marco has over 15 years of experience managing product portfolios and leading elite engineering teams. His passion, insights and enthusiastic leadership bring inventive technologies and solutions to life. Prior to Derive, Marco was the co-founder and VP of Product Science and Business Development at the wearable technology company Basis Science, later acquired by Intel, and one of the first team members of the biotech startup BAM Labs, acquired by SelectComfort. Marco’s focus on high-growth, industry-defining companies has given him the opportunity to create, build and lead product-driven partnerships with Red Bull, New Balance, the ESPN X Games, the NBA and beyond.


Daniel Noiseux

Vice President Executive, DimOnOff


Daniel Noiseux is an accomplished serial-entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience managing companies in different industries, including automotive, lumber transformation, venture capital and electronics, and of different sizes, ranging from startups to fortune 500 companies. With a background in production and project management, Daniel now heads one of the leading companies in the smart city industry. As VP of Business Development at DimOnOff, Daniel shares his passion for developing large-scale projects. With proven skills in complex technological solutions, Daniel builds and markets successful expansion strategies for the benefit of smart cities around the world. Daniel holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, as well as an MBA in Business Management from Université Laval, Quebec City.


Delia J. Smith

Vice President, Dispersive Technologies, Inc.

Dispersive Technologies, Inc.

Delia J. Smith is a design-centric innovator and marketer working at the intersection of technology and natural systems. A 2012 US Forest Service Sustainability Science Fellow, co-author of 9 US patents and author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, Ms. Smith’s career has taken her to four continents, where she worked to improve local infrastructure and create economic opportunity. Ms. Smith holds an M.L.Arch with a concentration in ecological restoration, an MBA in Finance and International Business, a BA in Politics with minors in Mathematics and Psychology and several professional certificates. Ms. Smith currently serves as Vice President of Marketing for Dispersive Technologies, a company working to improve the security, resiliency and performance of the Internet.


Colin Barceloux

CMO, Domotz


Colin is the CMO of Domotz, an enterprise SaaS startup providing everything you need to manage multiple networks and monitor IoT devices regardless of brand. Previously Colin founded Axius (StartX S18), a venture-backed startup creating a platform for device management and cybersecurity in Smart Homes and Techmate (YC S16), an on-demand service for in-home tech support. Additionally, he started BookRenter, the very first textbook rental company. Colin founded the company to address the high cost of educational materials and their impact on higher education accessibility. Before BookRenter, Colin helped grow Decide Interactive, one of the first bid management platforms for SEM. Colin holds a BS in Management Information Systems and a Minor in Information Technology from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Stanfords Graduate School of Business.


Peter Shashkin

Director of Solutions, EastBanc Technologies

EastBanc Technologies

A veteran of EastBanc Technologies, Peter is an accomplished enterprise architect, project management professional, Scrum Master, and real-life rocket scientist. Having helped the company achieve Microsoft Partner Gold Application Development and Gold Collaboration and Content partner status, Peter is their go-to technology lead for all things Microsoft.Peter is skilled at knowing how to transform technology into a differentiator and is passionate about harnessing the power and convergence of cloud, mobile technology, and IoT to support our customer’s strategic goals.He graduated from Novosibirsk State University with a Master in Applied Mathematics. Peter lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife and daughter.


Bill Schrier

Senior Advisor, FirstNet


Bill Schrier is senior advisor to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) where he advises on the development of apps, products and services needed by public safety responders. Schrier’s previous experience includes serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Seattle Police Department, senior policy advisor in the State of Washington’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle. He chaired the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee from 2013 to 2016, which oversees public safety radio networks in the State of Washington. He also served as Washington’s State Point of Contact for FirstNet, a nationwide $7 billion effort to build a wireless 4G mobile network for first responders and other public safety agencies. As CIO for the Seattle Police Department, Schrier oversaw a staff and program to build, operate and maintain technology systems which support this municipal public safety agency of 1350 sworn officers and 2000 total employees. As CTO for the City of Seattle from 2003 to 2012, Schrier managed a department of 220 professionals and a $59 million budget supporting the technology needs of the municipal government of the City of Seattle. Schrier holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics and Math. Schrier is a retired officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Jason Hallstrom

Director, I-SENSE, Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Hallstrom serves as Director of Florida Atlantic University’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE), which coordinates FAU’s activities in Sensing and Smart Systems. He holds a B.S. in Systems Analysis, an M.A in Economics, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science. His expertise is in the design, deployment, and management of wireless sensing infrastructure, with an emphasis on sensor platform design. His work is currently supported through the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and NOAA (via subcontract from Coastal Carolina University) and was previously supported through the NSF, EPA, USDA, NASA, and other entities.


Jonathan Nguyen-Duy

Vice President, Strategic Programs, Fortinet, Inc.

Fortinet, Inc.

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy leads Strategic Programs at Fortinet where he focuses on emerging technologies and key partnerships that enhance security and facilitate digital transformation. Previously, Jonathan was the Security CTO at Verizon Enterprise Solutions where he was responsible for strategic technology partnerships, the Verizon Cyber Intelligence Center, and the data science team that produces the annual Data Breach Investigations Report. Prior to the Verizon/MCI merger, he was responsible for development of Verizon’s first hosting, managed security services and business continuity practice. He has more than 15 years of security and BCDR/COOP experience, managing security and IT operations around the world – working through business interruptions including armed conflict, civil strife, labor strikes, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, network outages and a wide range of cyber attacks. Jonathan’s most recent speaking engagement was IoT North America in Chicago.


Ricardo Prada

UX Director, Google


Dr. Luis Ricardo Prada directs broad, multidisciplinary teams of scientists and designers, adapting future technologies to human needs and capabilities. Ricardo holds degrees in engineering psychology and human factors and has worked in consumer electronics, VR/AR, web services, online ads, medical devices, operations, aerospace, machine learning, and ground transportation, including self-driving cars.


Staci Pies

Senior Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel, Google


Staci Pies is Senior Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel at Google, where she represents Google before policymakers on global connectivity issues such as high speed broadband deployment and adoption, telecommunications regulation and innovative spectrum management. Previously, Staci was Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft, which she joined after three years at Skype when Microsoft purchased the company in 2011. Staci is the President of the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition, the premier US Coalition advocating for policies that support the deployment and adoption of Internet communications applications, products and services. She has served as President and former Chair of the VON Coalition since 2004. In these roles, Ms. Pies has testified before the United States House of Representatives and various state legislatures. Before joining Skype in January 2008, Ms. Pies was VP of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for PointOne, a small wholesale VoIP provider, and Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs for Level 3 Communications. Staci also held a number of positions at the FCC including Deputy Division Chief, Network Services and senior attorney in the FCC’s former Common Carrier Bureau. Staci lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and dogs. On occasion her son returns to visit from his studies at the University of Michigan.


Frank Bradshaw

CEO, Ho'ike Technologies

Ho'ike Technologies

Frank Bradshaw began a career in IT by volunteering to lead a group to wire his dorm to being a technical trainer specializing in Lotus Notes and Cybersecurity. 10 years of being a CISSP Master trainer has given him an opportunity to have a hand in the growth of cybersecurity professionals. After many years of working in everything from startups to Fortune 500 companies, Frank Bradshaw now owns and runs Hoike Technologies, a cybersecurity managed services company that specializes in providing SMBs the same level of protection that Fortune 500 companies enjoy, at a price they can afford.


Tao Zhang

Senior Director for Technology and Industry Development, Huawei Technologies (USA)

Huawei Technologies (USA)

Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow, has over 30 years of leadership experience in creating and commercializing new technologies in areas including connected vehicles, mobile networks, fog/edge computing, and IoT. He is Senior Director for Technology and Industry Development at Futurewei Technologies (Huawei R&D USA). He was the CTO / Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles business at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, he was the Chief Scientist for vehicular networks and the Director of multiple research groups on mobile networks and applications at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research). Tao cofounded and served as a founding Board Director for the OpenFog Consortium and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). He was the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society. Tao holds over 50 US patents and has coauthored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004).


Joseph Berti

VP of Offerings, Watson IoT, IBM



Ben Herzberg

Director, Threat Research, Imperva


Ben has years of experience in hacking stuff, writing code, and in his past was a red team leader, and technical leader as a CTO and research manager.Ben is Impervas Threat Research Director, and leader of the research group, consisting of elite security researchers and developers - researching Network, Application & DB Security, Data Analytics & Machine Learning.


Steve Brumer

Partner, Industry Analyst

Industry Analyst


Steve Hanna

Senior Principal, Infineon and Trusted Computing Group

Infineon and Trusted Computing Group

Steve Hanna is a Senior Principal at Infineon Technologies. He currently co-chairs the Trusted Computing Group Embedded Systems Work Group and is involved in the TCG’s automotive, IoT and industrial IoT efforts.He previously was on the Technical Committee in the Trusted Computing Group and a member of the Security Area Directorate in the Internet Engineering Task Force and currently is involved in the Industrial Internet Consortium. Hanna has previously participated in other networking and security standards groups such as the Open Group and OASIS. He is the author of several IETF and TCG standards and published papers, an inventor or co-inventor on 41 issued U.S. patents, and a regular speaker at industry events such as Interop and the RSA Conference. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.


Claudio Lima

Ph.D, IoT Council

IoT Council

Dr. Claudio Lima is a seasoned executive, Global CTO, VP of Innovation and thought leader in advanced energy (utilities, oil and gas) and telecom/IT working with emerging technologies, new businesses and digital transformation. He received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering in 1995 at UKC (England) and has Fortune 500 industry and high tech start-up experience as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and VP of Innovation, including R&D Labs, leading teams in advanced energy systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain for Digital Oilfield, Smart Grid, Microgrid and Distributed and Intelligent Energy Resources (DER). He served as Vice Chair of the IEEE 2030 Smart Grid Standards, where he made significant contributions to the development of global smart grid. Previously, Dr. Lima worked as Global Smart Grid CTO of Huawei Technologies in Europe-Asia-Pacific and as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS)/ Sr Research Scientist at Sprint Advanced Technology Labs (Sprint ATL), in Silicon Valley-CA. He has set up and led global advanced research and engineering projects with collaboration in a wide variety of industries, including energy, telecom and IT/IoT. He is the co-inventor of a disruptive patent on Microgrid Energy Transactive Energy to enable new energy business models. He has more than 100+ conference keynote speaker presentations and scientific research that has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including 12 USPTO patent awards. He is Co-Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)/Energy, Utility and Oil & Gas, promoting Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Machine Learning/AI and Industrial Blockchain Energy collaboration with industry partners, driving Digital Oilfield transformation, including IoT Cybersecurity emerging technologies. He is also Co-Chair of the EPRI Energy Storage System (ESS) Procurement Working Group, working with electric utilities on the development of utility scale energy storage engineering frameworks.


James Brehm

Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services. From 2011 to 2014, Brehm served as practice leader, strategist and senior consultant for Compass Intelligence. Prior to joining Compass Intelligence, Mr. Brehm served in multiple roles for nine (9) years at Growth Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Brehm worked in marketing, sales management, and business development roles for Rackspace Managed Hosting and Interland (now Web.com), two of the largest pure play web hosting companies in the U.S. His responsibilities included research on the competitive landscape of the market, developing new product offerings, assessing emerging markets, improving the over all value chain for Global 1000 clients, due diligence, and acquisition analysis. Mr. Brehm entered the high tech arena in the mid 1990’s working in sales management within the telecom arena for MCI and later working for Gateway, Inc in multiple roles including product marketing, product management, training, and sales management.


Lisa Brown

Senior National Director, Municipal Infrastructure & Smart Cities, Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls

Lisa Brown joined Johnson Controls in 2003. As national director for Municipal Infrastructure & Smart Cities, Lisa is responsible for growth of the local government market in North America, including the development of strategies, offerings and innovations for local government service and systems markets. In 2015, Lisa created Johnson Controls’ local government urban growth initiative, which combines smart city solutions with community outreach and workforce enhancement for midsize to large municipal customers. Lisa is consistently sought out to deliver key note presentations and participate on Smart City and IOT panels to discuss how data can assist cities to become “smarter” and its relation to climate resiliency, smart infrastructure and economic growth. Lisa was recently nominated to join the Women of Municipal Government committee for the National League of Cities (NLC), and the Smart Communities Advisory board for the International City Manager’s Association (ICMA). For the past three years, she has been the leader of the East Region Women’s Resource Network of Johnson Controls and served as global ambassador for International Women’s Day. Lisa served 15 years with the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, four of those years as director of community development and outreach in Newark, New Jersey. Lisa currently is a board member of the Rumson-Fair Haven Education Foundation. In 2016, she was honored as a NY Women of Valor and received the Humanitarian Award from St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, which support 1.5 million food disadvantaged New Yorkers annually. Lisa resides on the Jersey Shore with her family and two always hungry dogs.


Gerrit Rexhausen

Program Manager, Corporate Strategy & Innovation Management, Lufthansa Technik

Lufthansa Technik

Gerrit Rexhausen is the Program Manager of Corporate Innovation at Lufthansa Technik. He started at the company in 2003 in the engine overhaul shop. His work covers IoT/ Industry 4.0, automation projects, and he is responsible for the project portfolio MRO 4.0 (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul). He is based and born in Hamburg, Germany and graduated from the University of Hamburg with a diploma in process engineering.


Stephane Wyper

Senior Vice President, New Commerce Partnerships and Commercialization, Mastercard


Stephane is the SVP for New Commerce Partnerships at Mastercard, based in New York. In his role, Stephane and his team are responsible for leading Mastercard’s efforts to commercialize new commerce opportunities covering the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality. This includes identifying key needs in this space that Mastercard can solve for, as well as developing relationships with leading players across specific IoT verticals including connected car, smart home, connected office, and the future of retail. Previously, Stephane founded and led Mastercard’s global startup engagement group, known as Mastercard Start Path, working with over 120 early stage companies across the commerce space through a combination of operational partnership, strategic investment, and commercial access.


Murray Gordon

Regional Cloud Sales Director, Microsoft



Matt Vasey

Chairman & President, OpenFog Consortium; Director, AI & IoT Business Development, Microsoft


Mr. Vasey has represented Microsoft as a spokesperson to the press and analyst community on a variety of topics including Enterprise IT, Cloud Services, Service Providers and most recently the Internet of Things. In addition to his work at the OpenFog Consortium, he serves as a Board member for the OPC Foundation. Outside of Microsoft, Mr. Vasey has led regional and national sales teams for leading technology firms, driving revenue and business expansions ranging from startups to $1B+ revenue public companies. While at ODIN (an Ingram Micro company) he drove business and corporate development with Tier 1 investment banks, venture capital firms and technology partners. Mr. Vasey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University in Canada.


Gerry Purdy

Principal Analyst, Mobilocity LLC

Mobilocity LLC


Iisko Lappalainen

Head - Technical Marketing and Technical Field Operations, MontaVista Software LLC

MontaVista Software LLC

Iisko Lappalainen is heading Montavista’s Technical Marketing and Technical Field Operations. Iisko has over 15 years of experience working in the embedded software sector, besides MontaVista also in leading companies like Nokia, Ericsson and Tieto as well as some innovative Embedded Linux startups. He is tasked to making sure that MontaVista’s customers have the best fit solution available to them using MontaVista’s products and services, and that MontaVista’s product offering also reflects the needs of the market. During his career he has worked in several application and industry areas including mobile terminals, telecommunications software and machine-to-machine communications/Internet of Things. Iisko and his team focus on evangelizing, planning and promoting innovative technologies around embedded Linux in the areas of Networking, Telecommunications, IoT, Military/Defense among others. Iisko holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Turku, Finland and is pursuing a Ph.D in the field of embedded systems.


Brandon Dalida

Regional Sales Manager, MultiTech


Brandon has presented to OEMs and resellers on device and embedded device networking solutions all around the world - from New Delhi to Budapest. As a Regional Sales Manager, Brandon Dalida is responsible for direct and managed sales in the South US for the Multi-Tech device and embedded product lines. Before joining Multi-Tech in 2008, Brandon was a field technician and sales engineer in the telecommunications industry for more than 12 years.


Michael Lenoce

Managing Director, MVP Capital

MVP Capital

Michael leads IoT sector investment banking coverage at MVP Capital, a middle market investment bank focused on the technology, media & telecommunications sectors. Michael has more than 20 years of Investment Banking experience and has been involved in a wide variety of financing and M&A transactions for software, telecom and new emerging technology companies. Michael has advised numerous companies throughout the IoT ecosystem. Most recent transactions include the sale of M2M Data to Caterpillar, Reltima and GPS North America to Telular, the sale of SkyBitz to Telular Corporation, the sale of Telular to Avista Capital and MiX Telematics on their initial public offering. Michael has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Kristina Podnar

Digital Governance Consultant, NativeTrust Consulting, LLC

NativeTrust Consulting, LLC

Kristina is a digital governance advisor with nearly 20 years of management consulting experience. She brings clarity across the global organization and its regulatory environments to rapidly customize a policy framework that frees the organization from legal, regulatory and operational risk to fully leverage digital solutions in service of the business mission. Kristina has a BA in international studies and an MBA in international business from the Dominican University of California and is certified as both a Change Management Practitioner (APMG International) and a Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).


Ted Hayduk

Principle Technologist, NetApp


Ted Hayduk is a principle technologist specializing in video capture for surveillance and IOT including intelligent video analytics architectures. Ted provides solution architecture and systems design for the worldwide Netapp team, our partners and clients.Prior to joining Netapp in Oct 2012, Ted worked at Cisco for 2 years as a Solution Architect for Physical Safety and Security for the Emerging Solutions Ecosystems team who’s charter is to engage with strategic Cisco partners to define joint technical and business architectures.Ted has 18 years experience in IP Video Surveillance integration and system design working with two of IBM’s largest storage business partners. Ted’s data storage experience spans more than 25 years on open systems SAN platforms.With over 38 years of technology integration experience, Ted has a proven track record in all aspects of solution architecture design, business development and project implementation that helps clients solve problems and capture opportunities.Ted resides in Plantation Florida.


Randy Van Buren

Solutions Engineer, Nokia


Currently focused on IoT service providers for cross-domain platforms spanning fixed, mobile, home, enterprise, and government, Randy serves as a Senior Solutions Engineer for Nokia. As a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, he has been involved with the largest operators in North America for identity, device, and subscriber profiles and their relationships across network access methods. Likewise, as a Senior Member of IEEE he is committed to standardization groups, academic rigor, and educational sharing of lessons learned. Randy holds a Certified Software Engineering Professional designation in addition to an MSEE from Duke and Physics BS from Lipscomb.


Charles Byers

Chief Technology Officer and Architecture Chair, OpenFog Consortium

OpenFog Consortium

Charles C. Byers is Chief Technology Officer and architecture chair of the OpenFog Consortium. He works on applications, architecture, and implementation of edge / fog computing, IoT, and related standards. Before joining OpenFog, he was Principal Engineer and IoT / fog architect at Cisco, and a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent. He received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds 83 US patents.


Glenn Richards

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Glenn Richards is a partner and chair of the communications practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, DC. He represents communications service providers and investors in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters before the Federal Communications Commission and state public utility commissions. Glenn also represents corporate users of communications services in contract negotiations with their suppliers. He is also Executive Director of the Voice on the Net Coalition (www.von.org), a trade association of providers of Internet communications. Glenn received a journalism degree from West Virginia University in 1982 and a law degree from New York Law School in 1985. He can be reached at 202-663-8215 or glenn.richards@pillsburylaw.com.


Hannah Merrigan

Co-Founder, red_


Hannah Merrigan is a social entrepreneur, artist, and innovator dedicated to tackling tough global development challenges. She is the co-founder of red_, a startup introducing radically cheap, ubiquitous internet connectivity into dense urban environments in Latin America and simultaneously providing formerly unbanked individuals with a way to transact digitally.


Urs Gleim

Governing Board Chair for the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Project and Head of Smart Embedded Systems, Siemens AG

Siemens AG

Urs Gleim has been in the embedded software business since 1999. In his professional career her worked as a software developer, software and system architect, project manager and technical consultant. Today he is with Siemens Corporate, where he drives strategic research and per-development projects for the infrastructure and industry businesses of Siemens. The Corporate Competence Center Embedded Linux is part of his embedded systems group at Siemens Corporate Technology. This team centrally provides Linux and related technologies for various Siemens products. Urs Gleim was one of the founding members and is the governing board chair of of the Civil Infrastructure Platform project (www.cip-project.org) providing a Linux base layer for Linux based IoT enabled industrial products.


Leonardo Simoes

IT Smart Cities Specialist, Technical Counselor, Smart City Business Institute Americas

Smart City Business Institute Americas

Leonardo Simoes is a specialist in information technology withmore than 20 years of experience in the public and privatesectors. He has also worked in companies such as Microsoft andOracle.Responsible for several projects focused on the citizen, he hasstood out globally for his studies on Smart Cities.Most recently, he was CIO of the Ministry of Cities, in theFederal Government in Brazil, responsible for projects such asthe countrys first digital driver’s license, as well as ITStrategic Planning for the biennium 2017-2018 of that Ministry.In 2017 he was awarded by the Government of Taiwan (R.O.C.)together with the Lincoln Institute of landing Police (USA) asbest speaker of the Smart Cities Seminar on that country.Mr. Simoes is also a permanent member of the technical councilat the Smart Cities America Institute.


Eugene Grant

Mayor, The City of Seat Pleasant

The City of Seat Pleasant

Mayor Eugene W. Grant has been leading the City of Seat Pleasant, MD through successful innovative methods and providing executive municipal leadership since 2004.In 2017, Mayor Grant signed an agreement with IBM to build a $30 million cloud-based, Intelligent Operations Center in the City of Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence. This multi-year endeavor will elevate Seat Pleasant to become the FIRST authentic small Smart City in the world.In addition to this significant accomplishment, Mayor Grant successfully petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to designate Seat Pleasant as a “Rural Community,” potentially giving the city access to millions of dollars of federal grants and funding. Because of the Mayor’s continual efforts, he is currently using $4.1 million in Rural Development financing to remodel City Hall and the Maintenance Building into Smart Buildings.Mayor Grant has automated the city’s Finance Department, increasing accountability and transparency to the citizens. Seat Pleasant is also the first small city in the state of Maryland to utilize Budgeting for Outcomes, which has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the Finance Department. His leadership created the opportunity for Seat Pleasant to become the first city in the country to obtain security clearance to fly police drones in the No Fly Zone over the nation’s capital, optimizing the city’s ability to provide better safety to the region during times of uncertainty.As the principle promoter for Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence, Mayor Grant has presented his vision for a center of innovation, information, and investment in front of some of the world’s leading tech companies, emerging tech companies specializing in the Internet of Things and potential impact and social impact investors and angel investors.In 2017, Mayor Grant has promoted the city as a model for other small cities, towns, and villages at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; spoken at panels at Smart Cities Week in California and Washington, D.C. and with the American Association of Blacks in Energy; presented the FIRST ever TEDx Talk presentation in the history of the Maryland Municipal Summer Conference; and, presented potential strategic partnerships with Harrisburg University and Oklahoma University to continue to build upon the foundation establishing Seat Pleasant as a Smart City of Excellence.


Yoshitake Kobayashi

Technical Steering Committee Chair for the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) Project and Senior Manager of Open Source Technology, Toshiba Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Yoshitake Kobayashi is leading the Open Source Technology Department at Toshiba Corporation. His team provides Linux base system and related technologies such as Database and Web application frameworks for various products in Toshiba. His research interests include operating systems, distributed systems and dynamically reconfigurable systems.


Mari Silbey

Director of Communications, US Ignite

US Ignite

Mari Silbey is Director of Communications for US Ignite and Director of US Ignite Forum, a program that convenes workshops around the country, bringing local government officials and their partners together to share smart city challenges, strategies, and best practices. Prior to joining US Ignite, Mari spent several years as a journalist covering broadband infrastructure, video delivery, and smart cities. Her telecom and cable roots go back further through work as an independent writer and analyst with both analyst firms and several private-sector companies including Limelight Networks and Motorola before its acquisition (and later sell-off) by Google. She is a graduate of Duke University, based in Washington, DC.


Scott Turnbull

Director of Technology, US Ignite

US Ignite

Mr. Turnbull is an information technology leader with 25 years in academic, government, and non-profit IT leadership. He has helped lead the Smart Gigabit Communities effort under US Ignite, initiating and growing the program in each of the 27+ partner communities across the US and in Australia. He co-authored several of the US Ignite Smart City Guides and Playbooks and runs numerous national technology challenges and reverse pitch events. Prior to coming to US Ignite, he served as the Technical Section Chief for regional joint response teams in Public Safety. He has led efforts to build several national digital repositories for University consortiums and been the head of academic software engineering at Emory University under their libraries system. He is also a veteran of the US Army Intelligence Corps.


Doug Wilson

Channel Manager - IoT, Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless

Doug Wilson is an Internet of Things Evangelist and Speaker and Moderator on the Internet of Things solutions and markets. He has successfully brought several new IoT solutions to market through the partnerships with Verizon. Doug works with many new and emerging IoT companies that are developing Internet of Things (IoT) products or cellular connected solutions in an advisory capacity to provide a completely connected IoT solution. Doug has had a successful career with Verizon as an IoT/M2M Technical Specialist, Verizon Partner Program Manager, Data Sales Account Manager and Data Sales Engineer and has won several awards for his efforts. Prior to that Doug worked for Verizon Business on the Sales Engineering Team as a Network Equipment Sales Specialist. Doug has had an extensive career in voice and data communications sales and engineering with numerous enterprise class organizations such as Belkin, Microsemi, Avaya, and NEC. Doug started off his technical career by serving our country in the US Air Force as a Communications Specialist where he achieved Management and Outstanding Team Chief awards.


Laila Partridge

CEO, WegoWise


Laila Partridge is CEO of WegoWise, an utility analytics and benchmarking company with a mission to drive environmental, social and economic sustainability in the built environment. She is a serial entrepreneur and Fortune 100 trained executive who enjoys working with fast growing technology companies. An executive during Intel Capitals formative years, Partridge managed the companys acquisitions, investment and spin-outs in startups, new products and service ideas. She was also part of the team that launched the Itanium® microprocessor family, and was the creative force behind the formation of the Intel® 64 Fund. More recently, Laila founded and led a range of technology start-ups, including companies commercializing technology developed at MIT and Caltech, improving business processes in retail, and increasing efficacy in healthcare. The enabling technologies from Partridges investing and entrepreneurial work form the underpinnings of smart cars, smart building and smart cities. Partridge holds a BA from Wellesley College.In 2017, she was named one of Ten Women to Watch in Science and Technology by the Boston Business Journal.


Marcellus Buchheit

President and CEO, Wibu-Systems USA

Wibu-Systems USA

Marcellus Buchheit is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG in Karlsruhe, Germany. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Wibu-Systems USA Inc., located in Edmonds, WA where he resides.Marcellus earned his Master of Science degree in computing science at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1989. In the same year, he co-founded Wibu-Systems together with Oliver Winzenried. As the original architect and first software developer of the company’s successful WibuKey, CodeMeter, and SmartShelter product lines, he is well known in his field for his expertise in designing innovative techniques to protect software against reverse-engineering, tampering, and debugging. The products he designed have never been cracked by hackers in multiple public global contests.Marcellus is an active member of the international Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), where he is co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Trustworthiness Task Group and involved with security, trustworthiness and monetization initiatives. He is one of the editors and authors of the Industrial Internet Security Framework document.He is a frequently invited speaker at industry events, and has accepted many industry awards on behalf of Wibu-Systems, including the CODiE awards in 2017, 2014, and 2009 in recognition by the SIIA of CodeMeter as the Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution.


Moderator List

Ken Briodagh (Moderator)

Editorial Director, IoT Evolution World and IoT Evolution Health

IoT Evolution World and IoT Evolution Health

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars. In previous lives, he’s been a short order cook, telemarketer, medical supply technician and mover of the bodies at a funeral home. Most of his exploits are either exaggerated or blatantly false and no one can prove otherwise. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, children and dogs. The dogs usually miss him when he’s away.


Allen Proithis (Moderator)

CEO, Capstone Partners

Capstone Partners

Allen Proithis is the CEO of Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory firm for clients inthe mobile, IoT, software and technology industries. Capstone provides strategicadvisory, ecosystem development and market insights to help clients accelerate time tomarket and revenue growth. Prior to Capstone, Allen was the President of Sigfox, NorthAmerica, where he created a high-performance team of 100 people that built an Internetof Things business with top enterprise companies and verticals while providing wirelesscoverage for over 70M people in the US. As part of these activities, Allen representedSigfox with media outlets (CNBC, Fortune, Forbes, WSJ) and industry analysts(Machina Research, LHS, Gartner, Ovum, ABI Research) on IoT topics.Prior to Sigfox, he created a $155M IoT joint venture (Convida Wireless) with Sony,InterDigital and Stephens Capital and served as Chairman. In 2014, Allen raised $15Mto launch an Internet of Things spinout focused on accelerating value produced by thedata generated by IoT. At InterDigital, Allen oversaw all market development activities,including the commercialization of IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum and video contentmanagement solutions.Previously, Allen was the Head of Mobile Strategy & Business Development for HP’sglobal Smartphone & Tablet division. In this role, he drove all strategic initiatives fordevices, software and services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store.


Tracey Welson-Rossman (Moderator)

Co-founder and CMO, Chariot Solutions

Chariot Solutions

Tracey is a sought after expert, advisor and advocate for women in technology. She is co-founder and CMO of Philadelphia-based open source software firm Chariot Solutions and founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in technology. Tracey is a frequent commenter on women in technology-related careers and advises a number of leading companies on their STEM programs. She has shared insights and solutions from the stage at SXSW and the Philadelphia Women’s March and serves as a skilled moderator that is always a champion for the audience. She has been a regular contributor to both Huffington Post and Forbes.Tracey began her career in retail management and advertising sales, before acquiring child transportation company KangaKab and expanding it to Pennsylvania. As CMO at Chariot Solutions, Tracey is responsible for all of the company’s branding, marketing and sales strategies. Twice recognized as a top place to work in Philadelphia, Tracey has helped grow the company 5x since its launch. Seeing a dearth of women in technology led Tracey to build TechGirlz. The non-profit inspires, teaches, nurtures, and networks girls and women at every stage of their lives to ensure they remain passionate, skilled and supported technologists. To date, the program has reached more than 10,000 girls and has plans to reach 20,000 more by 2020. Its success has challenged leaders of industry to consider how workforce diversity is better for their bottom line and how investing in girls is an investment in their future. In addition to her work at Chariot Solutions and TechGirlz, Tracey is a founder and current chair of the annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference (ETE), which attracts world-renowned thought leaders in cutting-edge technologies and serves as a community forum for regional technology companies. She is also a founding board member of Philadelphia Startup Leaders, board member for the Creating IT Futures and WXPN Radio. She serves on the PA Governors Commission for Women and was honored as one of “40 Women to Watch over 40” worldwide.


Renato DeSilveira (Moderator)

, Cisco

Will Aycock (Moderator)

Greenlight General Manager, City of Wilson, NC

City of Wilson, NC

The Greenlight General Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of all Greenlight andInformation Technology operations. This position also supervises the management of the UnifiedCommunications Center.Will has worked with the City of Wilson since 2001 and has been part of the Greenlight team sincelaunch in 2008. Prior to becoming General Manager, Will served in the positions of Operations Manager,Assistant Director of ITS, GIS manager and GIS coordinator for the City of Wilson. Will is a graduate ofboth Appalachian State and East Carolina Universities and holds Municipal Administration andGovernment Chief Information Officer Certificates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Carl Ford (Moderator)

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.


Ed Elze (Moderator)

Co-Founder, Klarrio US

Klarrio US

Ed Elze is a co-founder of Klarrio U.S. (www.Klarrio.com), a professional services company specializing in jumpstarting customers in their transformational initiatives with streaming data, IoT, and event-driven applications using cloud- native open source technologies such as MQTT, Apache Kafka, Apache Spark, and Apache Flink. Applying a methodology refined over many years of engagements with companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to start ups, and across domains ranging from transportation to public sector to healthcare to sports, Ed has helped companies to make their data useable and meaningful. Prior to co-founding Klarrio U.S., Ed led an emerging tech team in IBM that conducted first-of-a- kind engagements.


Tom Snyder (Moderator)

Executive Director, NC RIoT


Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State. Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC. He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, boardgames, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.


Sarah Glova (Moderator)

Director of Growth & Communications, RIoT


Dr. Sarah Glova is Director of Growth & Communications for RIoT, the nonprofit group dedicated to growing the IoT sector. Sarah directly supports RIoT sponsors, architects RIoTs and partner events, leads marketing and communication efforts, and supports RIoT’s mission of capturing and growing the IoT market sector.Sarah is also the Founder of the award-winning digital media firm Reify Media, a self-funded company she started at 26 that serves clients across the country. Before starting Reify, Sarah taught technical writing to engineering and business undergraduates at NC State University. Sarah has a PhD in Instructional Technology, and she’s a published author who’s spoken internationally about technology trends, technology in education, women in tech, and women in entrepreneurship.


Chris Celiberti (Moderator)

Head of Technology, StreetWire


Chris Celiberti is a recognized communications industry leader, consultant and serial entrepreneur. Managing aspects of product strategy and technical business development of various software platforms and applications focused on IoT, Data Analysis, Blockchain, Mobile, Cloud and VoIP.Chris is currently the Head of Technology at StreetWire a Blockchain based real estate services company. Before StreetWire Chris spent the last 10 years launching a Mobile Services Application Platform company, which was acquired by Truphone in 2012 and forming his own Management Consultancy practice where he worked on leading edge technology projects for Verizon, Synchronoss, Francisco Partners, Smart Ear, HealRWorld, Fan Control Football League and Altcoin.Chris is currently an adviser for several startups and is an industry standards participant, speaker and professional football scout.