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Conference Speakers

Learn from some of the sharpest minds in IoT. Benefit from their experience.

Bob Kressin

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Bob Kressin is President of KS Technologies, a product and engineering services company specializing in mobile hardware, app, and Cloud-based engineering solutions. Before starting KST, Bob was an R&D Engineer, working as a Mixed-Signal IC Designer for Hewlett-Packard designing oscilloscopes. In the past few years, Bob has worked to bring beacon and mobile sensing devices to market, forging technical relationships with Texas Instruments, Dell, Intel, and Google. Bob earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Topic: On-Boarding Both Simple and Complex Sensors to the Cloud

Daliah Saper

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Daliah Saper, Principal Attorney at Saper Law, has handled many high-profile cases (including a case argued before the Illinois Supreme Court) and is regularly interviewed on national tv, radio, and in several publications including Fox News, CNN, CNBC, ABC News, 20/20, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. As a litigator she handles cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, online defamation, domain name squatting, and commercial disputes. As a transactional lawyer she helps clients choose the right business entity, drafts bylaws and operating agreements as well as sweepstakes and contest rules, negotiates contracts and licenses including website terms of use and privacy policies, and provides comprehensive trademark and copyright counseling. When she’s not tending to client needs, Daliah serves as an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Topic: From Kit to Siri: The Legal Consequences of the IoT

Rashad Glover

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Rashad Glover manages the manufacturing engineering lab at BLUE1647. In that role, he mentors adults and youth as they transform their ideas into real products. Rashad lives and breathes the Internet of Things, bouncing between embedded software, 3D printing, CNC machines, and circuit design all in the course of a typical day. He earned dual bachelors degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Central State University and a masters degree in Business Administration and Management from Antioch University Midwest.

Topic: IoT and Youth: Securing our Future

John Hennessy

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John Henessy is Chief Revenue Officer at Kantar Retail Virtual Reality. Through a unique VR system, Kantar gives brands and their retail partners the power to share, change, evaluate, and implement changes to product packaging, shelf sets, signage, store layouts, and product displays, as quickly and easily as they model, modify and implement data using spreadsheets.

Made possible through the Kantar Retail VR, Virtual Reality Performance Suite.

Topic: Secrets to Building a Successful IoT Business

Ken Watkins

Ken Watkins is Chief Strategy Officer of BLUE1647. He is a mobile and web developer, speaker and instructor from Chicago. Ken has worked with various sized organizations from startups to corporations. At BLUE1647, Ken teaches and mentors high school and university students who are building applications and developing hardware products.

Topic: IoT and Youth: Securing our Future

Paul Hatch

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Paul Hatch is CEO of TEAMS Design, a global UX and Industrial Design company that designs for Bosch, Siemens, Honeywell, Bissell, Mr Coffee and Stryker and has received more than 1,000 design awards.

Hatch is co-author of two books and has spoken at conferences and trade shows in four countries.

In 2014 Hatch co-founded the non-profit Design House to help revitalize local manufacturing. He’s also known for founding an extreme debate event called Fight Club, which the New York Times called “A Designer Slugfest.”

Topic: UX and the ID-IOT

Adam Justice

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Adam Justice is vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, a manufacturer and distributor of networking products and wireless sensors. He is responsible for developing the vision for the ConnectSense product line, a family of HomeKit-enabled wireless sensors.

Adam is an expert on the Internet of Things and has spoken on the topic at conferences including Dreamforce, TechWeek and Sensors Expo.

Adam started his career at Accenture where he was a consultant working on systems and IT projects for a number of Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. Adam left Accenture in 2009 to join Grid Connect.

Topic: A House Divided

Rajesh Sankaran

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Rajesh Sankaran is an Assistant Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science division of Argonne National Laboratory, and he co-leads R&D on the Waggle Platform. He plays lead technical roles in Array of Things, WxSeNet and Smart Windows research initiatives, and he is associated with COOLR and EcoSpec projects. Rajesh’s interests include research topics related to Attentive Sensing, Embedded Computing Systems, Sensor Driven Computation and Computationally Steered Sensing. His research at Argonne has involved close collaborations with Environmental, Urban, High-Performance Computing and Weather/Climate researchers.

Topic: The Array of Things

Zach Kaplan

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Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables, the leader in 3D carving. A maker his whole life, he is on a mission to ignite digital manufacturing world wide and provide everyone with ambition a way to get started. Inventables flagship products Easel, Carvey, and X-Carve are used by a new wave of makers carving everything from circuit boards to skate boards. Named a “modern Leonardo” by the Museum of Science and Industry and a 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business, his dream is create a world with 2 million digital manufacturers that have raving fans, not just customers.

Topic: This Isn't Your Fathers Manufacturing - Software Has Taken Over

Richard Cross

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Richard Cross is a DevOps Engineer for HERE’s Automotive Cloud group. He studied High Energy Physics at UW Madison where he was deeply involved in large scale computing projects and the web. After completing his Ph.D. in 2001, he worked at Bank of America on their corporate online banking website and several private cloud infrastructure projects. He joined HERE in 2014 shortly after completing his M.B.A. at the U. of C. Booth School of Business. His focus is in cloud infrastructure with the goal of designing and deploying systems which will securely provide safety data simultaneously to 10,000,000 cars.

Topic: Using the Automotive Cloud to Improve Safety

Lorena Mesa

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Political analyst turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a Sprout Social platform software engineer, PyLadies Chicago co-organizer, and Write/Speak/Code conference organizer. Lorena loves to make meaning out of data, asking big questions and using her code to build models to derive that meaning. Part Star Wars fanatic but mostly a Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to “live long and prosper”.

Topic: IoT Help? A Tool Belt for the Beginner

PJ Hagerty

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Pat McGuire

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Pat McGuire is a Connected Product Consultant at Solstice Mobile. Pat strives to help clients create and deliver the most intuitive experiences possible for their customers. With a background in software consulting, he joined Solstice for the opportunity to work with today’s most exciting emerging technology and has helped to deliver a broad range of projects with varying styles of connectivity. Although Pat is focused on delivery in his role at Solstice, at home he is a technology geek that enjoys learning to code and tinkering with DIY connected projects.

Topic: Unlocking the Power of the Most Important Piece of the Internet of Things

Nick Rohrbeck

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Nick is a Senior Connected Product Consultant at Solstice. In his time at Solstice, Nick has helped in the creation and execution of a number of projects with customer experience always remaining the number one priority. In the area of connected products, Nick has helped deliver award winning applications for a number clients. When he’s not at Solstice or traveling, Nick enjoys staying updated on how the latest connected product could affect his everyday life, specifically taking a few strokes off his golf game.

Topic: Unlocking the Power of the Most Important Piece of the Internet of Things

Christopher Coté

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Christopher Coté is the Lead Engineer at CRTLabs, a division of the National Association of Realtors. He has over 15 years of experience in professional software development and 5 years of hardware development experience. He is passionate about sustainability and efficiency in architecture and the built world in general.

Topic: Rosetta Home: The Key to Deciphering Your Environment

Nick Barendt

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Nick is a wayward electrical engineer, having spent his career in software. Combining expertise in both real-time, embedded systems and scalable cloud computing, he is a jack of all trades (perhaps a master of none). His interest in continuous learning and passion for startups led him to LeanDog Software, where he leads the Studio at LeanDog, a Product Design and Delivery practice. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Topic: Practical Security with MQTT and Mosquitto

Brendan Hennessy

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Brendan Hennessy is the Co-Founder and CTO of a Chicago web development firm called LaunchPad Lab. With a product-focused approach to development, the team uses inventive and creative ways to solve real problems. IoT is a focus area for the team in building a complete system to interface with connected devices and visualize data on the web.

Brendan’s degree in Electrical Engineering provides for a natural interest in IoT - the fusion of hardware and the web. As a member of the ITA IoT Council he’s excited for the potential to transform Chicago into a hub for IoT product development.

Topic: Intro to Circuits for the Web Developer

Glynn Bird

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Glynn Bird has worked in the steel industry creating sensors and control & instrumentation systems in research and development. Later, he was a web developer creating search and automation systems. He is currently a Developer Advocate for IBM.

Topic: Offline-First IoT

Kevin Hoyt

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Kevin Hoyt is a Developer Advocate at IBM on the Emerging Technology team. He focuses on cloud services, the Internet of Things, and cognitive applications. In nearly a decade of promoting IoT, Kevin has presented hands-on workshops and sessions to professionals and STEAM programs around the world. Based in Denver, CO, Kevin enjoys desktop fabrication (CNC, 3D printing, laser cutting), and general aviation in his free time.

Topic: IoT All The Things (An Audit)

Charles Korn

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Charles Korn is a developer at ThoughtWorks. He enjoys working with mobile devices and hardware to create cool experiences for users - he’s made iPad-controlled robot arms, Kinect-powered mouse pointers and a personalised weight-loss app that learns about you over time.

Topic: Test-Driven Development in an IoT World

Eric Hankinson

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Eric Hankinson is a software developer and embedded systems engineer at LeanDog in Cleveland, OH. As a child he built & dismantled random things, and tinkered with electronics in his spare time. Today he writes software for the web and embedded devices, builds gadgets, participates in the Maker movement, spends time with his family, and shares his talents through talks and workshops. Eric is passionate about craftsmanship, continuous learning, and bringing others along for the ride.

Topic: MQTT Security & ACL In-Depth for Mosquitto