IoT TechConnect Schedule & Track Descriptions

Morning Schedule

Vendor Exhibits:

7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning Keynote Larry Burns:

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Morning breakouts:

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Session 1: 10 to 10:45 am

Topic: CAV Research in Michigan


Kirk Steudle (former MDOT Director) Senior VP Econolite


Greg McGuire, Lab Director, Mcity Michael Noblett, CEO, American Center for Mobility Jeremy McClain, Director, Systems & Technologies, Continental North America

Session 2: 11 to 11:45 am

Topic: Smart Cities and their Solutions, What are the real world problems they are solving?


Barry Einsig, Principal, CAVita


Rebecca Hunter, Crown Castle, External Affairs Corporate Development & Strategy Justin Snowden, Smart Mobility Strategist, City of Detroit, Mayor's Office

Valerie Brugeman, Center for Automotive Research

Session 3: 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Topic: Cooperative Automotive Systems. Over the past 20 years we have heard about the Automated Highway System, Intel Highway System, Intellidrive, Vehicle to Everything and now Cooperative Automated Systems. Aren’t they really all the same thing?


John McElroy, Founder Autoline


Barry Einsig, Principal CAVita; Rajiv Gupta, IoT Partner Support, Intel; Gerry McDonnell, Founder DAVRA.

Toyota Theater

Session 1: 10 am to 10:45 am. 

Topic: Practitioners View Of IoT Management. This panel will provide an operational and practitioner point of view for IoT management with CISOs from different industry verticals.  Discussion will center around following key topics:

  • Organizational IoT Management strategy
  • Challenges in IoT Management by industry
  • Do’s and Don'ts to CISOs who are embarking on this initiative / lessons learned.

Rajiv Das, Principal, Plante Moran, Management Consulting - Cyber Security


Arun DeSouza, CISO, Nexteer Earl Duby, CISO, Lear Corporation Juman Doleh-Alomary, Director of IT Audit, Wayne State University

Session 2: 11 am to 11:45 am

Topic: Is Regulation Needed For IoT? Back in 2017 at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Bruce Schneier said that new laws are needed on IoT – hopefully before when someone dies. “It’s one thing for Reddit to be DDoSed, it’s another thing for your home thermostat to be DDoSed in the winter,” Schneier said. So where is this trend heading? Is more regulation needed for IoT? Why or why not?  Or, are new laws likely coming whether we want them or not? What might new regulation look like? This all-star panel will discuss the good, bad and ugly on IoT regulation, and take sides in the debate. Hold on to you safety belts, because this discussion could get heated. Also, get your questions ready, because the panel will engage the audience.


Dan Lohrmann,  CSO Security Mentor, Inc., Award-winning blogger - Former NSA Employee & Michigan Government CSO


Caston Thomas,  President, Interworks LLC Chris Burrows, Senior Vice President of Security Solutions at CBI – Former CSO of Oakland County Chris DeRusha, CSO State of Michigan

Session 3: Noon to 12:45
Topic: Keeping hackers Out of Connected Vehicles, IoT


Richard Stiennon, Publisher IT-Harvest


David Uze, Trillium Secure Founder and CEO Ami Dotan, President and co-founder Karamba Jim Hebler, Pulse Secure, Americas Director of Cyber-Security, Solutions Strategy

IMAX Theater

Session 1: 10 to 10:40 pm

Digital Experience by Unity – How advanced real-time 3D technology is shaping our future


Greg Melling, Sr. Business Strategist at Unity

Session 2: 10:40 to 11:30 pm

Machine Learning – ‘How Autonomous Vehicles Learn To Drive’ 


Jose De Oliveira, Autonomous Vehicle Solutions Manager at Unity


Break: 11:30 to 11:40 pm


Session 3: 11:40 to 12:20 pm

Gaming to Reality – How game development is informing the way we design and build cars


Ed Martin, Sr. Product Manager at Unity

Session 4: 12:20 to 1:00 pm

How real-time platforms are enabling Industrial IoT


Steve Couchman, Live-Picture President

Additional Q/A will be held time permitting

Afternoon Schedule


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon breakouts:

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Toyota Theater

Session 1: 2 to 2:45 pm

Topic Mobility Workforce. Talent shortage, Mobility options for people with disabilities and diversity


Stacey Matlen, Senior Mobility Strategist at City of Detroit Office of Mobility Innovation


Jessica Robinson, Executive Director, Michigan Mobility Institute Ani Gregorian, Aging and Mobility Consultant in Mobility Industry


Session 2: 3 to 3:45 pm

Topic Regulating Micromobility. What is micromobility? How are personal mobility devices regulated by the state partks and trails? How are they regulated in dense urban centers?


Justin Snowden, Smart Mobility Strategist, City of Detroit, Mayor's Office


Daniel Arking, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Detroit Law Department Nico Probst, Lime (electric scooters) Midwest Government Relations and Strategic Development John Lindenmayer, League of Michigan Bicyclists, State Micromobility Regulations


Session 3: 4 to 4:45 pm

Topic Launching Electric Vehicle companies


RJ King, Editor DBusiness


Daron Gifford, Partner, Plante Moran Robert Bollinger, CEO, Bollinger Motors Shadi T. Mere, CEO, Bedestrian

IMAX Theater

Session 1: 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

Topic: The New Business Of Cannabis In Michigan


Dan Keelan, Michigan Marijuana Report


Anthony Sabatella, President, THC123 Michael Thue, Great Lakes Hemp Supplements Michelle Donovan, Butzel Long Hong Lu, Grow House Supply


Ryan Kingsley, Grow House Supply

Session 2: 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

Topic: How to Pitch An Angel Investor


Tember Shea, Venture Portfolio Manager at Invest Detroit


David Weaver, Chief Investment Officer at City Side Ventures, Great Lakes Angels Monica Wheat, Managing Director, Backstage Ventures Detroit Lauren Hoffman, Venture Community Liaison at Rock Ventures, Woodward Angels

Session 3: 4:00 to 4:45 pm

Topic: getting better connected - how local entrepreneurs are using social media to extend their reach, grow their brand and increase profits.


Terry Bean, Motor City Connect


Tom Lawrence, Lawrence Technology Services Robert Courtney Collins, Robert Courtney & Associates Leah McChesney, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Strategy, Online Brand Management


Session 1: 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.  

Business ROI for TaaS in a Tight IT Employee Resource Market: Technology systems are mission critical to the modern enterprise and must be constantly maintained.  STEM employees are getting harder to find, harder to keep, and much more expensive.

Listen to the panel discuss Technology-as-a-Service and how this evolving consumption model addresses these points and more.  This session is appropriate for business owners and C-Level decision makers that strive for highly efficient ways to maintain and service their technology systems while converting capital expense to operating expense.  Create scalable, reliable, secure, and highly redundant “pay-as-you-go” systems that transfer the STEM resource dilemma to the vendor.


Session 2: 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

XaaS, UCaaS, TaaS, SaaS, PaaS, HaaS, IaaS, IoTaaS, & DRaaS:  Making Sense and Money from the Alphabet Soup. Rarely does a business model formula serve all those in the equation equally.  The latest evolution of technology delivery and consumption does!  This panel will consist of members with various perspectives in the equation.

Service Provider/MSP/Internal IT/Finance/Business Manage – Each quickly presenting their role, and views, as well as pros and cons on the topic.  Then we will open up the topic for Q&A with the audience.  This session is appropriate for service providers and business decision makers alike.  It should be an enlightening conversation that just might result in an awakening “light bulb” moment and opportunity for all present.

Session 3: 4:00 to 4:45 pm

Understanding the As-a-Service Landscape:  How can my MSP Capitalize NOW on XaaS?:

Register for this session if you are any one of the following:  MSP/VAR/Telecom Agent/Computer Consultant   Change your life and your revenue model drastically while improving your customers technology experiences!

Rick Beckers, co-producer of IoT Tech Connect, will explain the evolution taking place in the industry and help you to understand how to get out in front of this great opportunity.  The technology services industry is going through a “Lead or Get Out of The Way” evolution.  Those that don’t get out in front will likely be decimated or consumed.  Fear not!  All of the knowledge that you need is here for you to absorb.  This will be an interactive session with demonstrations and open dialogue.


InnoStars Competition:

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception:

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.