Inventor of the “Internet of Things”. Creator of the WeMo home automation platform. Co-Founder & CEO, leading clean-tech startup Zensi.
Inventor of the “Internet of Things”.
Creator of the WeMo home automation platform.
Co-Founder & CEO of leading clean-tech startup Zensi.
Kevin Ashton is a visionary technologist and an expert in digital transformation. He coined the term “the Internet of Things.” The European Commission, the Chinese government, and the US National Intelligence Council all describe the Internet of Things as one of the major technologies of the 21st Century. In in 2013, the term was added to the Oxford Dictionaries.
Kevin Ashton is the author of How To Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, which was described by the Toronto Post as “the last book about creativity you’ll ever need to read,” and named 2015 Business Book of the Year by 800-CEO-READ. His writing about innovation and technology has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, and Quartz.
He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and took it from a converted broom closet to a global organization with six labs around the world, 103 corporate sponsors, and over a hundred researchers.
And he has led three highly successful tech start-ups, most recently Zensi, which he co-founded and sold to Belkin in 2010.
As a result, Kevin has a unique, real-world perspective on what it takes to build organizations that are innovative and how to be an innovator in organizations that aren’t.
He has been called “the father of the Internet of Things” by Newsweek; “a modern-day Johnny Appleseed” by Wired and “a man who will change the world” by RFID Journal. He makes the complicated clear and simple using compelling, engaging true stories and case studies; always makes his audience laugh; and is always willing to tailor his lively, practical lectures to the specific needs of his audience.
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Editor-In-Chief, Wired Magazine
Nicholas Thompson is an American journalist and editor, currently the editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine. Before that, Thompson was a journalist at The New Yorker magazine, where he was the editor of newyorker.com.
Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Aneesh Paul Chopra is an American executive who served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States. He was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama and was at the White House through 2012.
Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is an American lawyer and politician. She is the founder of the tech organization Girls Who Code. She was previously the Deputy Public Advocate at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate.
President & CEO, PTC
Jim Heppelmann is the president and chief executive officer of PTC, responsible for driving the company’s global business strategy and operations. He also serves on PTC’s Board of Directors.
Bestselling Author and Director at MIT
Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School, and Research Associate at NBER. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets.