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Parks Associates and Industry Leaders Address the Evolution of the Digital Home and Mobile Consumer at CONNECTIONS(TM) at CTIA

Apr 3 2013 12:00AM



DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- 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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Holly Sprague
Parks Associates

Source: Marketwire

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