Adam Justice is speaking at WebVision!

Adam Justice will be participating in a Future Focus panel this year at the WebVision conference. He will be on the Theatre 2 stage in the Siskel Film Center on September 24th at 11:15 a.m.

This panel will cover challenges, solutions and the future of the IoT and connected devices. All of the issues including how to move away from silo-ing, adding context to environments, how algorithms can be used to add intelligence to devices within environments and interactions. Be sure not to miss out on this exclusive panel with our VP and visionary, Adam Justice.

Learn more about it here:http://www.webvisionsevent.com/chicago/schedule/

Place Your Vote for Adam's Smart Home Panel at SxSW 2016!

Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect and Founder of ConnectSense needs your help!

Adam, as well as a few other big players in the smart home industry, have submitted a panel proposal for for the 2016 South by Southwest® Music, Film, and Interactive Conferences (SxSW) called "A smart house divided against itself cannot stand" and needs your vote!

Please visit http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/47138 and give their panel proposal the "thumbs up!" Each vote gets Adam and his fellow IoT thought-leaders closer to being able to present their smart home discussion at this year's SxSW.

Voting ends Friday, September 4th! For more information and to vote now, click here!

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A smart house divided against itself cannot stand

There is a significant barrier to the Internet of Things. Current products are split by competing standards on the market, creating problems for the interoperability of devices in the home. The question is... who will come out on top? HomeKit, Brillo/Weave, AllJoyn, and OIC are all bursting out with big promises. This session will dive into the differences between these standards, picking apart their individual performances apart from the marketed platform. Manufacturers are dependent upon these standards as stages for the interoperability of their products. Our group is comprised of IoT executives who understand what it’s like to work with standards on getting a product out the door.

Questions Answered

  1. Amongst standards like HomeKit, Brillo/Weave, AllJoyn, OIC and more who will come out on top and emerge as the dominant standard in the smart home?
  2. How will the elimination and consolidation of standards affect the market for IoT devices and what is still needed to drive the industry forward?
  3. What is the role of manufacturers and consumers in developing our future as it relates to connected technology?

Speakers

Voting ends Friday, September 4th! For more information and to vote now, click here!

ChicagoInno's Chicago Fest Tomorrow!

Here at Grid Connect we are gearing up for Chicago Fest this year! On August 6th all the greatest innovators from around the city will be celebrating with live music, outdoor games, great food, and an open bar. Some of our staff from Grid Connect will be there as we are a finalist for the Chicago Inno’s Coolest Companies award. You can get your tickets here.

We’ve also been featured for our great dining program. Check out ChicagoInno’s website for a highlight on Grid Connect’s free lunch policy!

Making the Connected World "Stupid Easy" - SxSW Talk by Adam Justice

When we talk about connected devices it is easy to get overwhelmed by the vastness of the topic. Visions of flying cars and the Jetson’s futuristic home come to mind, and this can be dizzying. Fortunately, these pictures don’t really do justice to the simple elegance of this technology. In our pockets most of us already carry around smartphones: devices saturated in connectivity. Our phones can receive software updates and improvements all the time. These devices mature with age, making it possible to run the newest programs and features without buying a totally new phone.

This is how the connected world works. Devices connected to the consumer allow, over time, for better products and evolving devices. The problem with the Jetsons prophecy is that no one wants to go to the store and replace everything they already have in their home. Installing connectivity into the preexisting fabric of home ecosystems is what IoT companies are after. Devices should be interactive to run and stress-free to update in order for them to be adopted by the public. As Adam Justice, our VP at Grid Connect, likes to say: “It needs to be stupid easy.”

This idea has become even more plausible in recent years. When Grid Connect began about twelve years ago, it cost around $100 to integrate WiFi into a single product. Now, that number has dropped consistently below $10, allowing for the recent induction of many new companies looking to develop products for the Internet of Things. 

View Adam Justice's full Ignite talk at SxSW 2015 below.