Speaker Schedule

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

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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.

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Colin Barceloux

CEO, Axius

Axius

Colin Barceloux is the CEO & Founder of Axius, a venture-backed startup creating a platform for device management and cybersecurity in smart homes. Axius helps address growing market and consumer concern around the security of IoT devices by offering a proactive device management solution that can identify and troubleshoot any device on the network, remotely. The Axius platform provides network level management of DIY devices, ensuring that security is maintained through proactive monitoring, alerts and automatic updates as more homes are connected via smart home systems. A Stanford MBA recipient, Colin also founded Techmate (YC S16), an on-demand service for in-home tech support, BookRenter, the first textbook rental company and was on the exec team for one of the first big management platforms for SEM (Search Engine Marketing), Decide Interactive.

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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).

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Maciej Kranz

VP, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco

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.

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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.

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George Mulhern

CEO, Cradlepoint

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.

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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.

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Delia Smith

VP, Dispersive Technologies

Dispersive Technologies

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.

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Scott Larson

CEO & Co-founder, Helios Wire

Helios Wire

Scott has 23 years of experience in space, technology and finance. Mainly, in startups.He is currently a co-founder and the CEO of Helios Wire, which is building out a satellite-enabled Internet of Things network to provide global connectivity to the most remote areas on earth. Helios is launching a constellation of small satellites which will collect data from connected devices in agriculture, shipping, supply chain, transportation, infrastructure, and asset monitoring industries. He also co-founded and was the CEO of UrtheCast for five years. UrtheCast signed an agreement with the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) to install two cameras on the outside of the International Space Station. They took the pictures — and the first colour HD video from space — from those cameras and sold them into the Earth Observation industry, and put them out online as well. They built the company up to about 250 people over five years with seven offices around the world. Its annual revenue was about $60 million, and Scott took the company public, raising almost $200 million and acquired a competitor for $100 million. UrtheCast truly was part of the New Space movement when it was just beginning. He also spent 11 years in corporate finance advisory roles, helping small-to-medium companies in industrial, low tech, service, or manufacturing industries. Working mainly with private companies, he helped clients work through shareholder buyouts, management buyouts, restructuring, turnarounds, and M&A activity.

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Coen Janssen

Co-founder, Hiber

Hiber

Coen Janssen is the co-founder of Hiber which is a space start-up building a nano-satellite constellation to provide cost effective Internet of Things data connectivity globally. Mr. Janssen is also a founding partner at Magnitude, an investment and advisory firm focused on aerospace technology and high growth innovative businesses. He holds degrees in international monetary economics and international corporate finance from Harvard University and M&A and Investment Banking from Nyenrode Business University, and holds a MSc in aerospace engineering from Delft University of Technology.

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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.

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Jason Kelley

General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services, IBM

IBM

Jason Kelley leads IBM’s Global Blockchain Services, partnering with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultive capabilities needed to design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, trust and transparency with IBM Blockchain offerings and solutions.

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Dr. Claudio Lima

Co Chair Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Energy/Utility/Oil & Gas, IIC Industrial Internet Consortium

IIC Industrial Internet Consortium

Dr. Claudio Lima is a seasoned executive, global thought leader and innovator on advanced energy and telecom/ICT working with emerging technologies, new businesses and financial innovation. He received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering in 1995 at UKC (England) and has large industry, high tech start-up and R&D experience on advanced energy systems, Internet of Things (IoT), 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 standards. Previously, Dr. Lima worked as Global Smart Grid Chief Technology Officer of Huawei Technologies in Europe-Asia-Pacific and Senior Research Scientist and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) 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, IT/IoT and the public sector. He is the co-inventor of an innovative IoT Microgrid Energy-Internet Access technology, using blockchain Ethereum to enable transactive energy business models. He has more than 100+ conference key note 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 Working Group, promoting IoT industry innovation and collaboration in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 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.

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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.

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Jeff Wilbur

Director, Online Trust Alliance initiative, Internet Society

Internet Society

Jeff is the Director of the Online Trust Alliance initiative at the Internet Society, which has developed an IoT Trust Framework through a multi-stakeholder process involving more than 100 participants. He is a regular speaker on IoT and online trust issues at conferences such as RSA Conference. Prior to joining the Internet Society, Jeff was chairman of the board of the Online Trust Alliance, a non-profit focused on enhancing online trust, user empowerment, and innovation through technical best practices, ethical privacy practices, and data stewardship. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in high technology, all focused on bringing new, industry-transforming communications technologies to market. He has been involved at the founding stages of Ethernet, routing, switching, VOIP, unified messaging and email authentication and services in both startups and Fortune 500 companies. He has a BSEE from Kansas State University and MSEE from Stanford University.

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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.

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Mina Mitry

CEO, Kepler

Kepler

Mina is one of Kepler’s co-founders and the company’s CEO. A fervent leader with experience conceiving and scaling disruptive companies, opening new markets with compelling products. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto. Prior to Kepler, he helped build two startups, teaBOT and Brizi. In pursuit of a greater challenge, he co-founded Kepler Communications in 2015 with the ultimate objective of bringing the Internet to space. Mina has led Kepler to design, build and launch its first satellite in a span of only 12 months, the first of its kind in the world.

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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.

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Stephane Wyper

Senior Vice President, New Commerce Partnerships and Commercialization, Mastercard

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.

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Ibis Fonte

Instructor, Miami Dade College Idea Center

Miami Dade College Idea Center

Ibis is an Internet of Things innovator and an instructor at Miami Dade College teaching Internet of Things at the Idea Center. Her career building software and embedded integrated technology spans for 25 years. Most recently she speaks locally in her role as a STEM evangelist for BrinkerEducationInitiative.org. She brought FashionTech to the stage at Art Basel. and is an advocate for women in tech, a neuroscience and brain-computer interface enthusiast, and public speaker.

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Brandon Dalida

Regional Sales Manager, MultiTech

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.

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David Wentzloff

Co-CTO & Co-Founder, PsiKick

PsiKick

Dr. David Wentzloff co-founded PsiKick in 2012 and now serves as the company’s Co-Chief Technology Officer. By removing the battery from sensors, PsiKick unlocks new data streams from the physical world. Utilizing fundamental circuit IP for ultra-low-power digital & radio technologies, PsiKick delivers data-driven insights through its full-stack sensing solutions that can go anywhere and do not require batteries or maintenance. PsiKick’s investors include New Enterprise Associates, Osage University Partners and the Michigan Investment in New Technology Start-Ups Fund (MINTS). Dave received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. degree from MIT. Since 2007, he has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Mike Wood

Vice President, VeloCloud

VeloCloud

Michael Wood is VP of Marketing for VeloCloud by VMWare, responsible for worldwide marketing, revenue generation, channel and sales enablement. Mike has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the networking industry. Previously, Wood was VP, product management for Akamai Technologies Cloud Networking Business Unit.

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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.

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Doug Mohney (Moderator)

Principal, Cidera Analytics

Cidera Analytics

A principal at Cidera Analytics, Doug has been working and writing about IT and satellite industries for over 20 years. His real world experience including stints at two start-ups, a commercial internet service provider that went public in 1997 for $150 million and a satellite internet broadband company.

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