Tell us about your background and how you got into this field.
I was an early pioneer of the Internet of Things before it became a buzzword, leading teams to connect technologies to the Internet in multiple industries to capture data. This groundbreaking work evolved into my passion to innovate new digital solutions by combining IoT-driven technologies to address real business problems in all types of industries and society. This has led to my twin passion to incubate, develop and bring game-changing innovations to market, including to help improve social and environmental conditions.
In the next five years, what are the most important things to keep and eye on in your field? Why?
I see three intersecting trends: First, we're seeing the emergence of the co-economy where customers and solution providers work more closely together and partner ecosystem to develop customized solutions. Second, the driver behind this trend is the Internet of Things, which because of its speed and complexity requires a more collaborative approach to innovation. Third, the combination of IoT with blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Fog Computing will bring transformational change to business and society. Lastly, we are seeing a growing movement toward "tech for good," whereby technology will be increasingly utilized to improve epic challenges facing society and the planet.
Who (person or company) do you feel is doing exciting stuff in your field? Why?
Of course, there is a plethora of solution and service providers--too many to mention--although I would single out Rockwell Automation and Cisco. On the buyer or consumption side, companies such as Shell, Goldcorps, Rio Tinto, and Harley Davidson are among many on the cutting edge of leveraging advanced technologies.
How do you hope Tulip Conference will be better than your typical event/conference? Why?
By connecting the dots between digital technologies and how they can collectively transform business and society.