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Wednesday, June 28


Keynote: Superpowers to Change the World: How Augmented Reality Helps Advance Humanity

In this keynote, Ori Inbar reviews the impact AR technologies will have on the way we live, work, shop, learn and play. He will explore how AR is poised to enable Engineers designing with Sensors to advance human-centric applications going forward and will provide ample examples.


1) Democratizing Knowledge: Thanks to ubiquitous sensors and AR visualization, anyone, especially engineers, will have access to the world’s best information resources and experts - all within their field of view - to improve any task they perform in their life and work.

2) Economic growth: AR will drive economic growth by improving productivity and efficiency, as well as helping upskill workers and engineers who's jobs have been commoditized by automation.

3) Healthcare to everyone: Expert healthcare providers combined with advanced Intelligent Computer Vision systems will treat patients in underserved areas, and lift health levels across the world.

4) Empathy and Collaboration: Based on emotion sensors and communication technologies - engineers will reach a new level of collaboration and empathy to achieve better outcomes. Like minded folks around the world will be able to collaborate and solve issues as if they are in the same room. 

5) Sustainability to the people: Thanks to AR’s ability to simulate things that aren’t apparent in reality, the spread of sensors and AR technologies will reduce the need to manufacture hardware, reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainability

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Ori Inbar

Co-Founder & CEO, AugmentedReality.org
Ori Inbar is founder of the first early-stage incubator and fund dedicated to Augmented Reality (AR). Ori is also the co-founder and CEO of AugmentedReality.ORG, a global non-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality (AR). AugmentedReality.ORG's mission is to... Read More →

Wednesday June 28, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
McEnery Convention Center


Keynote: The Organizational Psychology of the Internet of Things: How to Use Technology to Drive Behavioral Change

Smart connected products will redefine entire markets and the very nature of competition over the coming decade. Organizations attempting to build smart connected products across divisions, product portfolios, and markets are being faced with a stark reality: creating IoT projects are hard and building a long-term organizational competency around doing IoT projects with excellence is even harder. Based on real-world experience, this presentation covers five key behaviors that successful organizations exhibit along their digital transformation journey as they employ IoT technology solutions to drive behavioral change.

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Mark Benson

Chief Technology Officer, Exosite
As Chief Technology Officer, Mark Benson navigates emerging Internet of Things developments and leads the company’s technology strategy to fuel its industry leadership and growth. Prior to joining Exosite in 2012, Benson was the director of software strategy at Logic PD, where he... Read More →

Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
McEnery Convention Center
Thursday, June 29


Keynote: Designing for Future Human Spaceflight

NASA’s Journey to Mars will require a paradigm shift in our operational and engineering designs to support humans as they conduct science and exploration in the realm of deep space and beyond.  NASA analog research activities, offer scientific and operational approximations of Mars-like environments where innovations can be safely and efficiently developed, tested and applied in preparation for future missions.


Within the realm of these analog missions, NASA research programs are able to address instrument and sensor design as this pertains to the development of these systems for future space flight. Furthermore, these programs can leverage both available Commercial of the Shelf (COTS) technologies and the instrument heritage of past and current NASA robotic exploration mission that are characterizing the surfaces and environments of other terrestrial bodies in our solar system in pursuit of designing flight instruments that provide rapid, in situ evaluation of planetary landscapes. These types of analytical tool suites will be critical to sample hi-grading and triage during future extra-vehicular activities (EVAs) where efficient and precise data will enable scientific return during high-risk human excursions onto the martian surface.


In order to understand the technologic limitations and to evaluate the ergonomic design of these instruments, our team has tested several spectrometers in the field during simulated human Mars exploration missions as part of NASA’s BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) project in Idaho and Hawai’i in 2016. For the various exploration mission objectives, we find discrete rankings of these instruments based on data quality, as well as how these data are transmitted and communicated among science teams based on Earth, which provide sampling recommendations back to the exploration team on Mars.


We are presenting the interplay between operational aspects and the instrumentation requirements of future human exploration missions in our solar system, giving insights into the design of the next generation of handheld instruments for our journey to Mars and beyond.

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Dr. Alexander Selhke

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center
Volcanoes have fascinated Alexander Sehlke since his childhood. He started studying Geosciences at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany in 2005. In 2011, Alexander began his doctoral studies at the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri – Columbia... Read More →

Thursday June 29, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
McEnery Convention Center


Keynote: Transitioning from a Component to a Solutions Company: NimbeLink’s Journey in Creating a Partner Ecosystem

The Internet of Things is complex and changing rapidly. To address the many technologies that make up an IoT solution, developers in the IoT space need to develop an ecosystem of reliable partners. NimbeLink first entered the IoT market as a component company with the innovative Skywire™ family of cellular IoT modems. Developing partnerships covering the full range of IoT capabilities, NimbeLink has evolved into an IoT solutions company. The company’s most recent cellular solution is the QTELLUS Asset Tracker.


NimbeLink CEO, Scott Schwalbe, will chair this panel and discuss NimbeLink’s approach to partnership in the IoT market and the process by which the company transitioned from a component to a solutions company. The panel will include long-time partners from leading companies in IoT including Verizon, Sequans, Digi-Key and Taoglas. The panel will address the criteria that companies would look for in building their own partner ecosystem and will conclude with a Q&A from attendees. 

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Scott Schwalbe

CEO, NimbeLink
History of building profitable businesses and successful teams, with 15 years executive leadership experience. Leadership and team building skills developed while serving 20 years in US Navy, executive operations and business development roles at Celestica, HDM, and Logic PD. Scott... Read More →

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Kevin Blakeley

Director of Sales, Western Region, Taoglas
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Manuel Botija

IoT Product Marketing, Sequans
Manuel Botija manages IoT product marketing at Sequans, a market and technology leader in the LTE chipset industry. Manuel is an evangelizer of LTE technologies and thrives discussing with IoT Makers about their best connectivity solution. Manuel combines marketing and business instincts... Read More →
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Randall Restle

Vice President, Applications Engineering, Digi-Key
As vice president of applications engineering, Randall Restle is responsible for managing Digi-Key’s Applications Engineering Department. Randall’s role is to assess, design and direct a structure of skilled application engineers, technicians and management... Read More →
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Erik Varney

Regional Data Sales Manager, Verizon Wireless

Thursday June 29, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
McEnery Convention Center