There are usually about three types of attendees at an event like the Internet of Things World Forum (coming up on October 14th in Chicago): you have the executives, the engineers, and the engineers turned executives. This post is for those last two groups - the hardcore engineers and the people who still need to keep their heads in the game.

With the IoT World Forum coming up on October 14 in Chicago, we decided to put together our favorite breakout sessions for the engineers like us. Here are the breakout sessions that we’re excited about:

1) IoT Customer Panel: Best Practices for Successful IoT Deployments
Date & Time: Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:15PM
Speakers: Chris White, VP, Cisco

We all know about the growth potential of the IoT over the next few years, but that growth starts with each successful deployment. What are the barriers and who do you need to get on board to succeed? What business outcomes can you expect? Chris White drives Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for the Internet of Things and will have Cisco customers on to talk about their IoT deployments.

2) IoT Security: Convergence in Three Dimensions
Date & Time: Tuesday, 4:15 - 5:00PM

We’re facing many new challenges to security, defensive strategies, and more. And a rising trend is the convergence of IT and OT to defend networks. Join us to learn about security strategies as the Internet of Things continues its rapid growth.

3) Standards: Breaking Down the Cross-Vertical Barriers
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11:15AM - 12:00PM

In this 11:15 slot, we have two recommendations depending on where you focus. We recommend attending the Standards panel above if you have an engineering focus.

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Breakthrough Best Practices: Smart City Policies
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11:15AM - 12:00PM

For those with more of an application focus, the panel above will be a good fit. You’ll hear about real examples of local governments deploying smart cities projects.

4) The Power of Partnering in the IoT Market
Date & Time: Wednesday, 4:00 - 4:30PM

This breakout session will talk about how IoT partnerships can expand your opportunity and contribute to more innovative ideas. The panel will cover how to bridge the gap between IT and OT and hit on some real examples of functioning partnerships.

5) How Disruptive Players are Revolutionizing Go to Marketing for the IoT and the Steps to Be Ready
Date & Time: Thursday 9:45AM

Let’s talk about the next wave of innovation. Speakers on this panel are leading their companies (and the IoT as a whole) into the future with new technologies, innovation, and business outcomes. This session will focus on “platforms” and their role in disruptive innovation. Streetline and Tesla will also join the panel.

We hope that helps! Be sure to stop by and see us at the Link Labs exhibitor booth. If you’d like to chat about your ideas and partnership opportunities, get in touch.


Jennifer Halstead

Written by Jennifer Halstead

Jennifer Halstead, MBA, CPA brings more than 20 years financial industry experience to Link Labs. She began her career in finance within the pharmaceutical industry and has continued in both public accounting and private companies. She passed the CPA exam with the 3rd highest score in the state and completed her MBA with an accounting concentration (summa cum laude). Jennifer has worked with several software companies and has led multiple venture financing, merger and acquisitions deals. She has helped companies expand internationally and has managed the finance department of a startup to 33 consecutive quarters of growth prior to acquisition. After the acquisition, she served as the Controller of Dell Software Group’s Data Protection Division where she managed a portfolio of multiple hardware and software products to scale and achieve over triple-digit growth worldwide in 18 months. Jennifer brings a depth of finance experience to the Link Labs team.

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