CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's IoT Emerge, a new event that targets the opportunities and challenges posed by IoT devices, platforms and services, presented by the IoT Institute, concluded its inaugural event by offering real-world insights, education and IoT technology through a robust conference program, live demos and case studies. IoT Emerge took place this week at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event began on November 2 and concluded today with four local site visits to IoT-powered organizations.
"The interest in the event demonstrates the critical importance of the IoT industry," said Braughnwynn "Bibi" Jackson, Event & Marketing Director, IoT Emerge. "Our goal was to provide those on the front lines of IoT with the insights, advice and actionable tactics they need to achieve measureable results within their organizations. From the Conference Program and the Exhibitors showcase solutions to the Site Tours and everything in between - it was exciting to do our inaugural event in Chicago." The IoT Emerge conference tracks focused on Industrial IoT, IoT Engineering, Smart Buildings & Energy, IoT Security and Women in IoT and brought together private and public sector leaders; operations, IT, engineering, and facilities management; along with system integrators and IoT product developers. Examples of prominent speakers in the tracks included Professor William (Bill) Butler, Chair, Cyber & Information Security and Director, Critical Infrastructures & Cyber Protection Center, Capitol Technology University; Don DeLoach, CEO and President, Infobright; and Michelle Curtis, Sr Manager, IoT Strategy, AIS Division at TechData. Penton's series of events this week in Chicago also included SmartGig Chicago, IWCE's Critical LTE Communications Forum, and The Energy Times' Empowering Customers & Cities conference. Keynote presenter, Dr. Timothy C.K. Chou, Chairman, Alchemist Accelerator opened the conference program yesterday with the presentation "Towards a Precision Planet" where he discussed a strategic IoT planning framework and how software and data intelligence truly has the potential to change the world. Tamara McCleary, Founder, CEO & Brand Ambassador, Thulium.co followed his presentation with a Keynote entitled "Living IoT: The Intersection of Today and Tomorrow" and inspired the audience on the power and possibility of industry in assembling the various pieces together of IoT in relation to the interrelated nature of Big Data, Security, Energy and Utilities, Smart Buildings, and Industrial Manufacturing. In addition, the Women in IoT keynote and luncheon provided a forum for discussions on the most relevant industry topics and a setting for women to meet, exchange ideas and network. Keynote speaker Sandy Carter, Founder, CEO and Brand Ambassador for Silicon Blitz, discussed "Blitzing the Future." Carter discussed that female founders are driving the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurship and IoT is one of the hottest areas of investment. Today event attendees had the opportunity to visit one of four locations - UI LABS, Winzeler Gear, Plant Chicago and The Morey Corporation - putting IoT into practice. The site visits included a tour of each facility as well as a "Lunch & Learn." The IoT Emerge Diamond sponsor was Avnet, Gold sponsors were SAP, Autodesk Fusion Connect and LNS Research, and Silver sponsors were RF Digital and Eaton. The events Strategic Partners included AFCOM, BOMA, BPI Network, CABA, CMO Council, CompTIA, Industrial Internet Consortium, and the Illinois Technology Association, along with IoT Emerge Knowledge Partner - McKinsey & Co.