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May 2018
May 2018


Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport 1333 Bayshore Highway San Francisco , California 94010
Tel: (650) 347-1234
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CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference
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$1,250 - $1,850


In the 20+ years that Parks Associates has hosted CONNECTIONS™, the connected home has evolved from a high-end concept toward a mass-market opportunity with incredible revenue potential. Today several high-profile market disruptions are emerging as a result of broadband adoption, smartphone usage, and consumer expectations for connectivity solutions that provide a personalized experience.

  • Nearly three-fourths of U.S. broadband households now have an Internet-connected entertainment device.
  • Nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households own a smart home device.
  • Nearly 90% of U.S. broadband households own a smartphone and 65% own both a smartphone and a tablet.

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Past CONNECTIONS™ Speaker List

The executive research conference includes presentations from Parks Associates' leading analysts and visionary sessions featuring executives in the connected entertainment and digital home technology industries. CONNECTIONS™ is the only connected home event to focus on the use cases and emerging business models that will successfully engage consumers and grow revenues in the converging IoT industries - including smart home, connected entertainment, and mobile ecosystems. The audience is top executives, media, and thought leaders in the digital living markets. Presentations include information and analysis on the following subjects:

  • Business Models and New Use Cases
  • Consumer Engagement
  • Innovations Creating New Opportunities
  • Reinvention of the CE Industry
  • Technology Platforms and Services

For information about CONNECTIONS™, contact or call 972-490-1113.

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Keynote Speakers

Mark Spates

Product Lead for Smart Home


Mark is the product lead for Smart Home and IoT capabilities across Google Assistant and Google Home. Mark is also the founder, a platform for discovering IoT products. Prior to joining Google, Mark was Head of Connected Home Platform at Logitech.

Dr. Melissa Gregg

Director of Research for Intel Smart Home, Intel Corp.

Intel Corp.

Melissa is an international expert in the field of gender studies, cultural studies and affect theory and a commentator on the future of work. She is the author of several books, including Work’s Intimacy (2011), The Affect Theory Reader (2010), and Counterproductive: Time Management after the Organization (coming in 2018).

After a career in academia, Melissa joined Intel in 2013 to co-direct an academic center for social computing. She is currently a Principal Engineer and Research Director in the Intel’s Connected Home and Commercial Client Division. Her research informs investments and user experience requirements across Smart Home and Business Client platforms. She is part of the core team preparing the company for the shift to ambient computing. Her research on coworking in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia has been critical for Intel’s future office vision, making workplace transformation efforts relevant for the growing gig economy.

Yoon Lee

SVP, Head of Product Innovation Team and Head of Content Services, Samsung


Yoon C. Lee is Senior Vice President and Head of the Product Innovation Team (PIT) and Content & Services team at Samsung Electronics America. He oversees the creation of consumer insight-based concepts for strategic mid-term products across all categories as well as software solutions for devices like VR, the Family Hub refrigerator and other emerging platforms. Yoon has 20+ years of product design & development experience. His industry experience includes automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, retail, industrial equipment and telecom services. Previously, Yoon was VP of Insight Concept & Portfolio at Samsung Electronics in South Korea, leading Samsung’s home appliance midterm products and portfolio development. Yoon earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

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