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2021 Agenda


CONNECTIONS™ sessions offer a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight. This approach is unique among conferences and necessary to capture the complexity and see the opportunities in these interconnected markets. Contact Parks Associates with questions.

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Mar 24  Smart Products - Serving the SMB Market

May 12  Supporting Remote Workers with a Smarter Home

May 25  State of the Smart Home

May 25  Pro-Installers and Home Technologies

May 26  Home Services Opportunities

May 26  Sensor Innovation and AI - Driving New Use Cases

Jul 14  MDUs: Scaling Up

Aug 18  State of Home Security Market

Sep 22  Home Networking and Wi-Fi

Nov 9  Smart Home: Battle of the Platforms

Nov 9  Privacy and Security

Nov 10  Europe and the Smart Home

Nov 10  Insurance and Smart Home

Wednesday, March 24

Smart Products - Serving the SMB Market

SMBs have had to adapt to unprecedented circumstances, and in doing so, they have reevaluated all parts of their businesses in order to serve customers in new ways and keep employees engaged and productive.

While many SMBs have faced decreased earnings and reduced hiring, one-third report increased spending – particularly on technology products and services. In fact, at-risk businesses are the ones showing the highest interest in connected services and products and the highest intention to spend. SMBs report a need for new Wi-Fi configurations, smart energy products, premise security solutions, and support services for remote employees, among others. This session addresses the new demand for connected products and services in the SMB space.

12:30 PM

Welcome and Analyst Insight

Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates

12:45 PM

Visionary Insight

1:15 PM

Executive Q&A

1:45 PM

Interactive Panel

2:30 PM

Q&A with Speakers

2:45 PM

Networking Discussions

 

Wednesday, May 12

Supporting Remote Workers with a Smarter Home

Employers and employees are realizing the need for smarter services in the home in order to meet the unique demands of remote work. Remote workers require high network uptime and high uplink speeds, while businesses are increasingly facing the logistical challenge of protecting corporate IT systems from malware and threats on employees' home networks. This session addresses how service providers and others in the market can best meet the evolving needs of businesses and employees in this new world of remote work.

12:30 PM

Welcome and Analyst Insight

12:45 PM

Visionary Insight

1:15 PM

Executive Q&A

1:45 PM

Interactive Panel

2:30 PM

Q&A with Speakers

2:45 PM

Networking Discussions

 

Tuesday, May 25

State of the Smart Home

More than one-third of US broadband households own at least one smart home device. Yet, the “smart home” continues to be a promise-not-yet-fulfilled, as device makers and platform providers strive to offer consumers an intelligent, automated, and unified experience that is also useful.

Major stakeholders from industry verticals as diverse as healthcare and energy seek to understand the opportunities – and risks – in the current connected home landscape. Broadband providers, tech giants, equipment manufacturers, and others battle over the home router, a critical yet (until recently) overlooked point of insight, control, and opportunity in the home. On top of this, consumer needs, lifestyles, and household patterns have shifted dramatically in the past year – companies that serve consumers at home seek indications of what will stick and what is temporary following the COVID-19 pandemic? What seeds are being planted today that will shape the next generation’s priorities?

This session assesses the state of the smart home market, including the key trends and competitive dynamics impacting the industry and new opportunities for industry stakeholders.

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates

11:15 AM CT

Visionary Insight

11:45 AM CT

Executive Q&A

12:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

1:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

1:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions

Pro-Installers and Home Technologies

2:00 PM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

2:15 PM CT

Visionary Insight

2:45 PM CT

Executive Q&A

3:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

4:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

4:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions

 

Wednesday, May 26

Home Services Opportunities

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

11:15 AM CT

Visionary Insight

11:45 AM CT

Executive Q&A

12:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

1:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

1:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions

Sensor Innovation and AI - Driving New Use Cases

New developments in local and edge computing are bringing the advantages of AI and machine learning into the smart home. Examples range from chips able to locally interpret voice commands to new video verification technologies in security cameras to health devices capable of applying predictive analytics to evaluate risk based on information from sensors in the room. This session addresses new smart home use cases driven by improvements in sensor technology and artificial intelligence, as well as by new computing paradigms.

2:00 PM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

2:15 PM CT

Visionary Insight

2:45 PM CT

Executive Q&A

3:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

4:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

4:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions

 

Wednesday, July 14

MDUs: Scaling Up

12:30 PM

Welcome and Analyst Insight

12:45 PM

Visionary Insight

1:15 PM

Executive Q&A

1:45 PM

Interactive Panel

2:30 PM

Q&A with Speakers

2:45 PM

Networking Discussions

 

Wednesday, August 18

State of Home Security Market

12:30 PM

Welcome and Analyst Insight

12:45 PM

Visionary Insight

1:15 PM

Executive Q&A

1:45 PM

Interactive Panel

2:30 PM

Q&A with Speakers

2:45 PM

Networking Discussions

 

Wednesday, Sept 22

Home Networking and Wi-Fi

12:30 PM

Welcome and Analyst Insight

12:45 PM

Visionary Insight

1:15 PM

Executive Q&A

1:45 PM

Interactive Panel

2:30 PM

Q&A with Speakers

2:45 PM

Networking Discussions

 

Tuesday, Nov 9

Smart Home: Battle of the Platforms

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

11:15 AM CT

Visionary Insight

11:45 AM CT

Executive Q&A

12:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

1:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

1:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions

Privacy and Security

2:00 PM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

2:15 PM CT

Visionary Insight

2:45 PM CT

Executive Q&A

3:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

4:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

4:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions

 

Wednesday, Nov 10

Europe and the Smart Home

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

11:15 AM CT

Visionary Insight

11:45 AM CT

Executive Q&A

12:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

1:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

1:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions

Insurance and Smart Home

2:00 PM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight from Parks Associates

2:15 PM CT

Visionary Insight

2:45 PM CT

Executive Q&A

3:15 PM CT

Interactive Panel

4:00 PM CT

Q&A with Speakers

4:15 PM CT

Networking Discussions