Internet of Things (IoT) has been hailed as the next big thing in the mobile industry. As connections from objects and things interconnect with existing and new end points, the networked effect can provide tremendous opportunities, reshape existing processes, user experiences, and expectations. But, really, how real is IoT and what will it take to reach the billions of dollars promised. Will it fundamentally alter how we do things?
We are starting to see signs of tremendous progress. GE is investing $4B+ into its version of IoT – the industrial Internet and it is making the difference in operations and machine learning. Connected consumer gadgets are enabling us to lead healthier lives, work more efficiently, and manage our time more effectively.
As we start 2016, Mobile Breakfast Series is taking a deeper look into IoT and the opportunities it represents, the challenges it faces, and the timeline for success. This panel will take a look at the fundamental elements of IoT that will be a key layer for the Connected Intelligence Era.
Thursday, April 28th
7:30-8:30am Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:30-10:00am Panel Discussion
Hyatt Regency (English Bay Room)
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Shahid Ahmed, Managing Partner – Emerging Technology and IoT at PwC
Hank Skony, SVP – IoT atNeustar
Gonzalo Tudela, CEO and Co-founder of Vandrico Solutions
Rob Tiffany, Global Technology Lead for IoT at Microsoft
Rob Chandhok, President and COO of Helium
Chetan Sharma, CEO, Chetan Sharma Consulting (moderator)
Shahid Ahmed is a Partner at PwC where he leads the Emerging Technology and IoT Practice. Previously, Shahid was the Managing Director with Accenture, where he had P&L responsibility for North America’s Communications business. In this role, Shahid helped telecommunications clients build new capabilities, operate more efficiently and drive new growth. During his twenty-year tenure at Accenture, Shahid was involved in creating many practices including the formation of the Wireless Practice and helping to start the Accenture Cisco Business Group.
Prior to joining Accenture, Shahid held several management positions at Sprint where he rolled out and expanded Sprint’s cellular services in North America. Shahid was also responsible for rolling out the first cellular digital packet data (CDPD) capability in the US. Shahid is an active member of several wireless industry groups.
He currently serves on multiple Advisory Boards such as the Smart Network Council, Cellular Telecommunication and Internet Association (CTIA), Northwestern University Masters in Engineering Management (MEM) Program and The Coral Group. In February 2011, Shahid was appointed as an Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technical Advisory Council advising on technology issues facing the United States. Shahid was chair of the M2M/IoT working group and currently chairs the cyber-security working group.
Hank Skorny is Senior Vice President of the Internet of Things at Neustar. Skorny is responsible for Neustar’s IoT strategy, including the development of adjacent and new services for the IoT, which will complement Neustar’s existing services and markets. Previously, Skorny was Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Services Division at Intel, where he was responsible for the strategy and delivery of unified software services across device and operating systems including enterprise, cloud, IoT and developers.
Skorny has extensive experience spanning 25 years in the mobile software and cloud services industry. His previous experience includes serving as SVP and CSO of RealNetworks and CEO of mobile messaging startup Thumbspeed until its successful acquisition. Previously, Skorny served as VP and General Manager for AOL Mobile.
Skorny currently serves as Chairman of Zipwhip, a leader in cloud messaging for landlines, toll free and mobile. Skorny studied chemistry and mathematics at Drexel University.
Gonzalo Tudela is CEO and Co-founder of Vandrico Solutions, an enterprise wearables software company based in Vancouver Canada. With a background in Finance and Mining Operations, Gonzalo is an early champion of the positive impact wearable technology will have on large commercial operations. His insights have been featured in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur Magazine and TechCrunch.
Gonzalo is a TEDx speaker who regularly presents to business leaders across the world. His expertise has been televised internationally to millions of viewers on the Globo TV network and on CBC. Gonzalo currently leads Vandrico in helping large global organizations use wearable technology as a way to overcome safety and operational challenges.
Rob Tiffany is the Global Technology Lead for the Internet of Things at Microsoft where he’s shipped smartphones and architected and developed many of the world’s largest enterprise mobile, IoT and wireless solutions. Prior to Microsoft, he spent his career as an entrepreneur, executive, strategist and writer of bestselling books on mobile and wireless technologies. A pioneer of the mobile revolution, he drove the development of the mobile app ecosystem and co-founded the world’s first cloud-based, mobile device management company. He started his career in the M2M business in the early days of wireless, bringing unintelligent vending machines to life.
Rob Chandhok currently serves as President and COO of Helium, which provides a complete Internet of Things platform that makes sense of your ‘things’. Prior to Helium, Chandhok served as president of Qualcomm Interactive Platforms and senior vice president of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he was responsible for Qualcomm products and strategies that enabled people to benefit from the Internet of Everything, including wearable computing, vision-based computing via the Vuforia augmented reality platform, and the AllJoyn software development framework, an open source project of the AllSeen Alliance. Chandhok has years of practical and product-oriented experience in wireless communications and the Internet. He takes a systems-level approach to innovative communication oriented products, from chips up to applications and user interface. Chandhok holds 36 patents and has 23 published articles.
Chetan Sharma is Founder and President of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is likely the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 6 global mobile data operators. He is considered a leading authority on the mobile data technologies and consumer trends.
Chetan sits on the advisory boards of Ericssson, Telefonica, Kymeta and many other startups. His clients include NTT DoCoMo, Disney, KTF, China Mobile, Toyota, Comcast, Motorola, FedEx, Sony, Samsung, Alcatel Lucent, KDDI, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Skype, AT&T Wireless, Reuters, Juniper, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Reliance Infocomm, SAP, Merrill Lynch, American Express and Hewlett-Packard.
About Mobile Breakfast Series
Mobile Breakfast Series is an 8-year old mobile series being hosted by Chetan Sharma Consulting – one of the most trusted firms in the mobile industry. The series brings together thought leaders and visionaries from the global mobile industry to interact and share ideas, insights, and best practices with the regional entrepreneurs and mobile enthusiasts. The breakfast events have been held in Seattle, London, Vancouver, and Atlanta.