Illinois Technology Association Symposium Brings Together Industry Luminaries to Explore "The Internet of Things"

Illinois Technology Association Symposium Brings Together Industry Luminaries 
to Explore "The Internet of Things" 
Series of Five Panel Discussions to Help Chicagoland Businesses
Capitalize on the Trend of "The Internet of Things" 
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/05/13 --  The Illinois Technology
Association (ITA) today announced that it is hosting a one-day
symposium to explore the topic of "The Internet of Things" -- a
phenomenon created by more "things" being connected to the Internet
than people. The event, "Exploring the Internet of Things," will
examine how the billions of connected devices embedded with sensors
and microchips are building an interconnected planet that is forever
changing the business landscape. A series of five panel discussions
will feature CEOs, executives and authors who will offer insight on
the emerging hyper-connected market and how companies can position
themselves to seize its incumbent opportunities.  
"The concept of the Internet of Things is rapidly maturing and
revolutionizing how we conduct business," said Don DeLoach, ITA board
member and CEO of Infobright, a provider of software products that
store and analyze machine-generated data. "The Internet of Things
promises to make our lives easier and better, from more efficient
energy delivery and consumption to mobile health innovations. It's
exciting to see how companies are evolving business models and
developing new approaches to capitalize on the massive amounts of
data and intelligence that have become available from the
proliferation of non-human devices." 
"Exploring the Internet of Things" will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12,
2013, at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, 225 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 3000,
Chicago. It is free for ITA members and $50 for non-members.
Non-members can attend individual sessions for fees ranging from $15
to $25 each. Visit http://www.illinoistech.org/event.aspx/11447 to
register. 
"This series of panel discussions, each led by a stellar group of
industry experts and visionaries, is sure to generate
thought-provoking, insightful and transformative ideas among
attendees," said ITA Vice President Sarah Habansky. "Understanding
this interconnectedness and how to translate data into tangible
business value is of the utmost importance to growing businesses, and
the ITA is pleased to be addressing this most timely topic." 
The event agenda is as follows:  
7:30am - 9:00 am (breakfast included)
 What is the Internet of
Things? 
 This panel introduces the concept of the Internet of Things
and lays the groundwork for the rest of the day's discussions.  
Panelists: 
 Bo Borland, Director of Sales Engineering, Pentaho
 Mike
Dannenfeldt, Senior Vice President, Etherios
 Phil Gerskovich, Senior
Vice President, New Growth Platforms, Zebra Technologies
 Daniel
Obodovski, Author, "The Silent Intelligence - The Internet of
Things" 
Moderator:
 Howard Smith, Managing Director, First Analysis 
9:30 am - 11:00 am
 Use Cases for Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Smart
Infrastructure 
 This panel will explain smart cities, grids and
infrastructure, looking at potential use cases and relevant
considerations such as how they will look and what will drive them. 
Panelists: 
 George Burciaga, CEO, elevate DIGITAL
 Tom Chiarella,
President, Smart Structures
 Mark Damm, CEO, FuseForward 
Moderator: 
Don DeLoach, CEO, Infobright 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
 Impediments in Getting to the
Internet of Things 
 The conversation will focus on the issues facing
adoption of the Internet of Things, ranging from security and
governance to privacy, investment capital and standards definitions. 
Panelists: 
 Steve Hudson, Chief Development Officer, Omnilink
Systems
 Liam Quinn, Director/CTO - Communications, Security & I/O,
Dell
 Peter Tapling, President & CEO, Authentify
 Graham Toppin, CTO,
VP Product & Technology, Infobright  
Moderator:
 Howard Smith,
Managing Director, First Analysis 
2:00pm - 3:30pm
 Use Case for Mobile Health, Smart Cars and Smart
Logistics 
 A deeper conversation about use cases, specifically
looking at smart cars, smart logistics and mobile health, which is
one of the fastest growing markets in the Internet of Things. 
Panelists: 
 Ryan Barnett, Director Market Development, XRS
Corporation
 Brandon Jung, Cloud Platform Partners, Google
 Jason
Lobel, CEO & Co-Founder, SwiftIQ
 Tom Malone, President & CEO,
RouteWare  
Moderator:
 David Gearhart, Research Analyst, First
Analysis 
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (followed by reception)
 The Opportunity of the
Internet of Things 
 This final panel will focus on the emerging
opportunities of the Internet of Things and considerations for
leveraging them, including strategies for capitalizing on the new
market structure. 
Panelists: 
 Wayne Boulais, General Partner, Apex Venture Partners 
Don DeLoach, CEO, Infobright
 Brandon Jung, Cloud Platform Partners,
Google
 Liam Quinn, Director/CTO - Communications, Security & I/O,
Dell 
Moderator: 
 Dan Obodovski, Author, "The Silent Intelligence - The
Internet of Things" 
For additional information, and to register for the event, please
visit http://www.illinoistech.org/event.aspx/11447. 
About ITA  
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) powers tech growth in
Illinois. ITA's programs, services and strategic consulting drive our
dynamic industry through work that grows, elevates and builds the
talent of our members. By leveraging the connections and expertise of
our more than 600 member companies representing a workforce that is
50,000 strong and growing, ITA provides the ecosystem growing
technology companies need to succeed. For more information, visit
www.illinoistech.org, follow the ITA on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/itabuzz, and view the ITA's Facebook profile at
www.facebook.com/illinoistechnology. 
Contact:
Michelle Meek
(p) 773-220-3120
mmeek@clearedgemarketing.com