Industry leaders address the evolution of the digital home & mobile consumer at CONNECTIONS™ at CTIA

Parks Associates today announced the keynotes and speakers for CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, co-located with CTIA in Las Vegas, May 20-23.

Parks Associates today announced the keynotes and speakers for CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, co-located with CTIA in Las Vegas, May 20-23. The executive conference features the Connected Home Pavilion on the CTIA show floor, with demos from solution providers for the digital home; keynotes from AT&T, Starz, and Samsung; and sessions featuring executives focused on emerging technologies, products, and services for the connected home and mobile industry.

Parks Associates research finds consumers are using apps as key points of entry for the entertainment and management systems in the connected home. Smartphone ownership has reached 60% of U.S. broadband households, and 18% of smartphone owners and 39% of tablet owners use apps from their pay-TV providers. One-third of consumers express interest in new cloud service features that further complement pay-TV apps and services.
"CONNECTIONS™ addresses another significant development in the connected home - the entrance of telcos and cablecos as providers of home controls systems," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "The integration of apps into the connected home ecosystem and mobile environments is creating new appeal for home control systems. The leaders speaking at CONNECTIONS™ offer invaluable insight into the new business models and strategies emerging from changes in the connected home."
Keynote Speakers
Jonathan Kim, Content & Services, Samsung Media Solutions Center (MSCA), Samsung
John Penney, EVP, Strategy, Business Development, & Worldwide Distribution, Starz
Kevin Petersen, SVP, Digital Life, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets
AARP - Jody Holtzman, SVP, Thought Leadership
Accedo - David Adams, VP Corporate Development
adRise - Thomas Ahn Hicks, Head, Business Development & Strategy
ADT - Steve Shapiro, VP, Product Solutions
aioTV Inc. - Michael Earle, CEO
Alcatel-Lucent - Greg Owens, Marketing Director, Customer Experience Solutions
AlertMe - David Bercovich, VP, North America
Allegro Software - Loren Shade, VP Marketing
Arrayent, Inc. - Shane Dyer, President
AT&T - Geeta Nayyar, Chief Medical Information Officer, AT&T ForHealth
Azuki Systems - John Clancy, CEO
CiiNOW, Inc. - Shay Nahum, VP, Business Development
Citi - Tomasz J. Smilowicz, Global Head, Mobile Solutions
Comcast Cable - Amit Bagga, Chief Scientist, Comcast Metadata Products and Search Services
ConnecTV - Stacy Jolna, CMO
DirecTV - David Schlacht, Sr. Director, Multimedia
Earth Networks - WeatherBug - Dave Oberholzer, Director, Energy Products & Business Development
EcoFactor, Inc. - Roy Johnson, CEO
Elemental Technologies Inc. - Dustin Encelewski, Director Product Management
Ericsson - Vish Nandlall, Head, Strategy, Marketing and CTO
GetGlue - Sean Besser, EVP, Business Development, Partnerships & Strategy
Granite Ventures - Eric Zimits, Managing Director
Hitachi - David Foote, CTO
Honeywell Security Products Americas - Alan Stoddard, Sr. Marketing Director
IBM - Steve Troisi, Big Data Business Value Assessment Consultant, Energy & Utilities Industry
iControl Networks - Paul Dawes, EVP, Security & Telecommunications Division
Independa - Kian Saneii, CEO
Ingersoll Rand - Brett Worthington, Director - Business Development
LG Electronics - Kurt Hoppe, Director, Smart TV Innovation and Alliances
Microsoft - Ben Huang, Director, Marketing
MobiTV - Kerry Travilla, Senior Director, Technology
mPortal - DP Venkatesh, CEO
NAGRA - Paul Woidke, SVP Strategy, Advanced Advertising
Ooyala - Jonathan Wilner, Senior Director, Business Product Management
Qualcomm Inc. - Steve Wan, Senior Director Technical Marketing & Business Development
Raco Wireless - John Horn, President
Rogers Venture Partners - Michael Lee, General Partner
Rovi Corporation - Priya Rajagopalan, VP, Product Management
Rovi Corporation - Jeff Siegel, SVP Worldwide Advertising
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) - Ted M. Reguly, Director, Customer Programs and Projects
Sharp - Vishnu Rao, Associate Director, Smart TV Platform, North America
ShopSavvy - John Boyd, CEO and Co-Founder - James Morehead, VP Product Management and User Experience
SupportSpace Inc. - Craig Weinstock, Sr. Director Strategic Partnerships
Sutherland Global Services - Joe Buggy, Senior VP, Customer Lifecycle Management Services
Swisscom - Andreas Martschitsch, Head, Home Network, Convergent and Wireline Experience, myStrom
Tellus Venture Associates - Stephen Blum, President
TiVo Inc. - Jim Denney, VP Product Marketing
VeriFone - Erik Vlugt, VP, Product Marketing, North America
Verizon - Dan Flagler, Manager, Product Development
Verizon - Joseph Lawson, Director, Content Strategy and Acquisition
Verizon - Tushar Saxena, Director, Technology
VIZIO - Pete Schwartz, Senior Director, Product Management
Vodafone - Erik Kling, VP New Business Development
Z-Wave Alliance / Sigma Designs - Bill Scheffler, Senior Director, North American Business Development
Sponsors include Allegro, Lowe's, Qualcomm, Sutherland Global Services, Arrayent, Asurion,, and AlertMe. Contact, 972-490-1113, for sponsorship information. For information, visit and follow event updates on Twitter with the hashtag #connus13. Members of the press are invited to attend.
The 17th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will be co-located with CTIA 2013 on May 20-23, 2013, at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by international research firm Parks Associates, with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), CONNECTIONS™ focuses on innovative technology and business solutions for the connected consumer. The event features consumer research and market strategies to monetize digital content, mobile applications and services, value-added services, connected consumer electronics, and home systems.

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