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Rob is the chief experience officer and cofounder of BrightLine. He leads the industry in interactive TV advertising experience design and execution, with more than 500 iTV programs deployed across every major TV platform/operator. Under Rob’s creative leadership, the company has successfully executed these experiences by focusing squarely on what digital TV viewers want to—and will—do with a remote control when presented with the right opportunity to interact with advertorial messaging and content. Successful campaigns include: Unilever, American Express, Kellogg’s, L’Oréal and the first Hispanic iTV advertising program for a consumer brand.
Patrick is the Chairman, President, CEO and founder of GTX Corp. and co-inventor of its patented GPS Footwear technology and dozens of other patents in the GTX Corp IP portfolio. His career spans more than 30 years in building companies in technology and consumer branded industries. Since 2002, he has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of GTX Corp. from its vision, to commercialization, to go-to market strategies, funding, and corporate governance of a public entity since 2008.

Cary leads the research and development of next generation software and device concepts and products, including efforts to deliver integrations between wearable devices and web browsers via WebRTC. Cary is also responsible for leading PLT Labs, a multi-disciplinary team within Plantronics that is working to identify and develop advanced wearable technologies that can be leveraged by developers to create new wearable tech-based applications.

Prior to joining Streetline, Kurt has been an agent of change via technology for 30 years, including nine startup companies and leadership roles at blue-chip companies Microsoft, IBM, and Xerox. He was a member of the launch team for the IBM PC, and also helped usher in technology revolutions in ecommerce, digital media, computer virtualization, and green lighting. Kurt’s passion and specialty is bringing together large and diverse ecosystems of companies for mutual benefit.

Stacey is a leader in the field of wearable sensing technology. Following a career at DuPont, she founded and served as CEO of Textronics Inc, a pioneer in electro-textiles. Textronics lead the commercialization of e-textiles with the first wearable sensor garments for fitness and health. In late 2008 she successfully sold the Company to adidas and currently serves as Vice President, adidas Wearable Sports Electronics.

Ed is a 20-year veteran in the energy efficiency industry with expertise in building science, energy efficiency program design, planning, and administration. He has provided oversight and direction to a wide variety of clients and program types, including Xcel Energy’s Small Business Lighting Program in Colorado and New Mexico, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Program portfolios in Illinois, as well as a variety of residential, commercial and agriculture program offerings in Minnesota and Iowa.
Michael is director of rail and bus safety for Metro Transit in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. As the senior safety professional for Metro Transit, he is responsible for all safety aspects of the agency’s bus and rail operations. His experience spans over thirty years in the transit and railroad industries, primarily in operations and safety.

The Duke Smart Home Program is a research-based approach to smart living sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering. Primarily focused on undergraduates, the program encourages students from different academic disciplines to form teams and explore smart ways to use technology in the home.
A widely published marketing expert focused on new media and the strategic use of information technology, Jonathon has presented to audiences that include the 2012 Morgenthaler Ventures DC to VC competition, Health 2.0, the mHealth Summit, the Skolkovo Foundation (Moscow), and Young Inventors Intl. In 2009 Jonathon was honored to serve as an MBA Intern in the White House Office of Management & Budget (Performance and Personnel Management division), where he helped spearhead the redesign and relaunch of USAJOBS.gov—the “Face of Federal Hiring.”
Drue has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, including more than ten years in the automotive business at Philips and NXP. In July 2009, he was appointed Head of Global Automotive Sales and Marketing at NXP, a position he held previously from 2003 to 2005. During this period, NXP grew total automotive sales by 12 percent per year, outgrowing the market.
Theresa is an NFC/mobile/social business consultant. Near Field Connects is committed to defining use cases and developing business intelligence and collaborative partnerships to explore, support and move forward NFC initiatives across industry verticals.
Egil has more than 30 years of experience in computer, Internet and automotive electronics. For 12 years he focused on connected cars, infotainment, driver assist, and mobile devices in the car. He has extensive experience in competitive analysis, technology and market forecasting. Egil was co-founder of Telematics Research Group, which was acquired by iSuppli in 2008 and by IHS in 2010.
As Managing Director of Creative Convergence, Bradley manages business development, content development, marketing, projects, partnerships and B2B sales strategy on behalf of a portfolio of clients that include start-up technology companies, advertising agencies, businesses and screenwriting talent. Clients include NFC technology start-up Zyntropics, personalized video technology firm StarGreetz, Emmy nominated social media storytelling platform Social Samba, award winning interactive retail and experiential design firm Fresh Juice Global and award winning companion app development company Mobovivo.
Tim excels in crafting and executing innovative revenue development strategies that apply wireless and SaaS (software-as-a-service) technologies to optimize business processes. He is a regular contributor to Connected World magazine.
Kurtis is CEO at Miovision and has been since its inception in 2005. He founded the company with two classmates from the University of Waterloo. Under his leadership, Miovision has grown to more than 500 customers globally. He has won leadership awards and Miovision has been recognized as a top employer.
Robert co-founded Utility in 2000 after a career as CIO of Equitable Agri-Business, Partner in Cumberland Consulting Group, and Research Fellow in the Information Systems Research Center at the University of North Texas.
As vice president of Smart Grid and Technology, McMahan is responsible for developing and implementing operation plans for the installation of ComEd’s Smart Grid projects and other related technologies. Prior to his current role, McMahan served as vice president of Engineering and Project Management where he developed and implemented planning and maintenance programs for the electric distribution infrastructure serving ComEd’s 3.8 million customers.
Daniel is the author of the book “The Silent Intelligence” – The Internet of Things., co-written with Daniel Kellmereit, Detecon USA. Previously, he was with Qualcomm, where he led the commercial launch of multiple M2M products and businesses.
Paresh Patel is an award-winning innovator who has designed and developed products that have won an unprecedented five vending industry gold innovation awards, a Connected World award, an American Beverage Assn. award for Best Technology Innovation, and the Oregon Development Stage Startup of the Year, to name a few. His latest startup, VendNext, incorporates next-generation technology into vending, and illustrates how Paresh has never lost either his entrepreneurial spirit, or his drive to innovate.
Gil is SAP Senior Vice President of Sustainable Industries & General Manger of Connected Vehicles based in Palo Alto, Calif. He is responsible for commercializing & growing SAP’s Sustainable Industries B2B2C cloud and SAP’s Connected Vehicles solutions.
Monisha Perkash is CEO & co-founder at LUMO BodyTech which uses smart sensors and software to help people improve their health. Its first product, the LumoBack posture and activity sensor, has recently received notable coverage in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and Fox News. Monisha previously served as CEO and co-Founder of TuitionCoach, where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. She has also held leadership positions at Siebel Systems, Pensare, and AmeriCorps. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale.
Dave Pratt is Progressive’s general manager for usage based insurance, an innovative product that offers auto insurance consumers customized prices based on actual driving data from their vehicle delivered via telematics. Progressive is the industry leader in usage based insurance and holds six patents in this area.
Ari has more than 15 years of product development experience in the consumer electronics industry. Over the course of his career, he has led the successful development and launch of more than 100 products. He has worked with numerous tier One equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the United States and abroad, and has led device development and certification programs with major U.S. service providers.
Dr. Joachim Taiber’s current research interests are centered on clean transportation and advanced vehicle communication. His research focus includes the following: Data connectivity between fast moving vehicles and the IT backend infrastructure using secure wireless networks; power and data connectivity concepts and standards between electrical vehicles and the power and communication grid; simulation and verification in real testbeds of use cases and applications for connected vehicles using V2I (vehicle to infrastructure), I2V (infrastructure to vehicle) concepts; and more.
Nick Testanero is the co-CEO, shareholder, director of sales and marketing of CELLOTAPE-LANDMARK and Tap4mor. He was previously the vice president of business development at NORGREN AMERICA, and president of KIP Incorporated, now known as Norgren KIP Fluid Controls. Nick has spent his entire career spent in the manufacturing environment from hardware to presently in the exciting world of product branding and interaction with mobile technology.
Gregory comes to the University of Kansas from thirty years in Los Angeles where he ran his own design firm and was formally the acting chair of graphics at Art Center College of Design/Pasadena. He is the director of the KU Center for Design Research (CDR), a multidisciplinary research center devoted to the design and development of new products and services. He develops industry-sponsored projects for company clients such as Ford, Bayer Healthcare, Sprint, HP and more.
Sonny is the founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products. He is also the founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world's 1st iPhone-connected hardware medical device (Red Dot, GOOD Design Awards), shipped 15+ FDA-cleared devices, 1B+ biosensors, 3M+ glucose meters. Previously, Sonny worked at Microsoft Research on machine learning / linguistic tech and studied math (BS, UIUC) and linguistics (PhD, MIT) under Noam Chomsky.
Eric is a motion picture and television producer who became hooked working with emerging media technologies that extend stories and characters to engage with consumers across all of the screens in their lives. baubleApp.com launched in 2013 as a platform to bring "things" to life on mobile through near-field communication (NFC) technology; where the Cheesehead product line, NFCheese, represent the first convergence of fan merchandise with mobile engagement through NFC.