SOURCE: Parks Associates

Parks Associates

March 16, 2016 09:00 ET

Amazon to Keynote 20th-Annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference

Intelligent Home Assistant Devices Have Reached 5% Adoption Among U.S. Broadband Households

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Mar 16, 2016) - Parks Associates announced today that David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo, Amazon, will be a featured keynote speaker at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 24-26 in San Francisco. The research firm is hosting the twentieth anniversary of this IoT conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, with other keynotes delivered by executives from Comcast Cable and Vivint Smart Home.

"We are pleased to welcome Amazon as a keynote speaker at CONNECTIONS™," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "The company made significant inroads in the smart home category with the Echo and Alexa products, including dramatic announcements at CES® 2016 and memorable Super Bowl ads. Our latest consumer research at the end of 2015 shows this new category of intelligent home assistant devices has already reached 5% adoption among U.S. broadband households. We look forward to Mr. Isbitski's insight."

CONNECTIONS™ hosts over 650 senior executives in the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries to focus on the successful use cases and emerging business models to engage consumers and grow revenues. Throughout CONNECTIONS™, the Parks Associates research team presents consumer adoption and forecasts of new products and services, evaluates new business strategies, and shares concrete recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services.

"With smartphone adoption at nearly 90% of U.S. broadband households, the smartphone has been the default controller for many smart home and IoT connections," said Harry Wang, Director, Health and Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. "These users have also expanded their use of alternate interfaces, including voice control -- almost 40% of smartphone users use the voice recognition function. These market conditions helped drive the successful launch and early sales of the Amazon Echo, which could soon challenge the smartphone as the primary controller for the connected home."

David Isbitski has helped launch numerous technology platforms, frameworks, and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Other CONNECTIONS™ keynote speakers include Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home, and Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable.

CONNECTIONS™ has announced the following speakers for its twentieth anniversary:

  • Amena Ali, SVP and General Manager, WeatherBug Home
  • Eric Anderson, SVP and General Manager of Video Personalization, Gracenote
  • Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance
  • Jonathan Beavon, Director Strategy, Video Software & Solutions, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Peter Blanks, Vice President Technology, Asurion
  • Matt Bornski, Director and Chief Architect of Enterprise Services, Wink
  • Adrian Caceres, Co-Founder and CTO, Ayla Networks
  • Jim Denney, Vice President, Product Marketing, TiVo
  • Kent Dickson, Co-founder and CEO, Yonomi
  • Dave Evans, CTO, Stringify
  • Kristine Faulkner, Vice President / General Manager, Home Security & Smart Home, Cox
  • Manny Fernandez, CEO & Co-founder,
  • R.K Gopinath, Executive Director, Products - Smart & Connected Home, Cox Communications
  • Lee Gruenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives,
  • Scott Harkins, Vice President IoT Partner Programs, Honeywell Connected Home
  • Kenn Harper, VP, Devices & Ecosystem, Nuance Communications
  • Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff
  • Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
  • Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners
  • George Land, General Manager, Nexia, Ingersoll Rand
  • Adam Mayer, VP, Strategy and New Business Development, Time Warner Cable
  • Letha McLaren, CMO, Icontrol Networks
  • Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect
  • Petr Peterka, Chief Technology Officer, Verimatrix
  • Casey Pittock, President and CEO, Tunstall Americas
  • Mark Prince, Vice President Consumer Business, Withings
  • Sagar Savla, Data Science, Facebook
  • Peter Taylor, VP of Products, WeMo / Belkin
  • Sanjeev Thakkar, VP of OEM Sales & Business Development, WiZR
  • Ali M. Vassigh, Director of User Experience, EVA Automation
  • Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development, ZigBee Alliance
  • Gene Wang, CEO, People Power Company
  • Tom Waters, Sr. Manager, Market Intelligence, Jabil
  • Nate Williams, Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc
  • Brett Worthington, VP of Global Business Development and Partnerships, SmartThings
  • Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

The CONNECTIONS™ sponsorship area will feature software, hardware, middleware, services, and corollary products and solutions in digital entertainment, home networking, home systems, broadband access, residential gateways, energy management, and mobile entertainment.

Early event sponsors include Reception Sponsors CEL and Zonoff; Session Sponsor Icontrol Networks; Silver Sponsors, Assurant, Asurion, ROC-Connect,, ULE Alliance, WiZR, ZigBee; Bronze Sponsors Ayla Networks, Flex, WeatherBug Home, and Z-Wave; Program Guide Sponsor Vivint; Breakfast Sponsors Greenwave Systems and Waxman CPG (leakSMART); and Break Sponsors Home8, Nortek and Tyco.

To schedule an interview with an analyst or request specific research, contact Holly Sprague at, 720.987.6614.

Parks Associates' 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ hosts over 650 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries and is focused specifically on business strategies to fully engage consumers in the connected home experience.

The event provides networking opportunities and insights from industry players in entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. Parks Associates' analyst team highlights consumer and industry research throughout the event, including technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations about technology innovations, strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added services. Throughout the three-day event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services.

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