Time Description
9:30 - 10:05AM

Executive Keynote

Rodney Clark
Vice President IoT Sales, Microsoft
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Mayor, City of Houston

How do you accelerate IoT and optimize opportunities to grow revenue and profitability? Success in IoT requires a mindset in innovation, in business model and in partnership. This session will share how Microsoft is enabling partners across the IoT value chain to design, build and scale repeatable IoT solutions from edge to cloud.

10:05 - 10:50AM

Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud & Addressing the Challenges of IoT Security with Azure Sphere

Ayman Husain
Director, Customer Success – Intelligent Cloud, Microsoft
Daniel Rodriguez
Danielle Damasius
Principal PM, Azure Sphere, Microsoft

Learn how organizations around the world are building and securing the next generation of end-to-end IoT solutions. The rapid evolution of IoT capabilities affords unprecedented opportunities for business innovation and also new risks to manage. Learn how you can simplify your IoT journey, secure your solutions from device to the cloud and take advantage of more choice and openness to create enterprise-grade IoT and edge solutions.

10:50 - 11:20AM

Morning Break/Solution Showcase Networking

11:20 - 12:00PM

Building Intelligent Edge Solutions with Microsoft IoT and other Technology Programs

Sarah Maston
Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
Analisa Roberts
Director, WW IoT Partner Marketing, Microsoft
Ben Kotvis
Managing Architect, Insight Digital Innovation

Learn how innovations in IoT Edge technologies, Cognitive Services, and Artificial Intelligence can be easily leveraged to enhance IoT solutions – from simple to complex scenarios. Learn how Distributors, SIs, and OEMs can work together to design, build and deploy scalable, repeatable solutions.

12:00 - 12:55PM

The 4 Steps of Digital Transformation

Morgan Riley
Principal Solution Specialist, Microsoft
Indy Chakrabarti
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, E&P Software, Emerson Automation Solutions
Jim Maury
VP of Sales, Fathym
Geethike de Silva
North American Sales Channel Manager, Iconics

Learn about the four stages of digital transformation which companies go through as they leverage the capabilities of the Intelligent Cloud and the Intelligent Edge. Learn how to develop profitable, sustainable and scalable business models in a variety of partnership and commercial scenarios. Learn how to save money for you and your customers, and how to monetize new opportunities.

12:55 - 1:15PM

Smart City Initiative

Cameron Carr
Director of IoT Strategy and Scale, Microsoft

With breakthroughs in IoT, AI and Cloud platforms over the past 5 years, we are today living in an age where the very idea of what it means to be a city, and how a city operates are under major digital transformation. Cities are more than just city governments, they are a public/private partnership between citizens, businesses, academia and the government itself. In the coming years, the ability to work together toward common goals leveraging the power of new technology platforms will drive unprecedented efficiencies, safety, livability and overall quality of life benefits that far surpass advances made in the past century. As the collective of humanity, there is no question about the need to embrace these dynamics and capabilities, but as stewards for the next generation and generations of humans to come, we have to ask ourselves fundamental questions about how to build this new society in a scalable, manageable and secure way. This session will cover the promise of the smart city revolution and the underlying technologies, as well as the social responsibility we have to society as a whole as we shape the future of our collective experience.

1:15 - 2:15PM


2:15 - 2:40PM

Partner Case Study: Smart City Ecosystem

Michael Kuptz
GM America Device Experiences - IoT, Microsoft
Bob Carter
Commercial Head, Business Development for State, Local and Education Practice U.S., Genetec

Learn how IoT is transforming the city of Houston with cutting-edge Azure IoT solutions, helping build smarter and safer cities.

2:40 - 3:05PM

Partner Case Study: Industrial IoT

Michael Kuptz
GM America Device Experiences - IoT, Microsoft
Ed Moore
Enterprise Architecture and Strategy Manager, Chevron
Daniel Kranz
Process Engineering & Automation Unit, Chevron

3:05 - 3:35PM

Partner Case Study: Bringing Drone Technology to the Enterprise

Dinesh Narayanan
Head of Device Incubation, Microsoft
Brandon Torres Declet
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Measure

Drones are increasing efficiency and improving worker safety across a wide variety of industries, including energy, construction, and public safety. While the benefits of drones have been proven, wide-scale implementation has been bogged-down in complexity and uncertainty. Learn how Measure, the leader in aerial intelligence, is leveraging cloud-based technology to streamline drone operations and reduce risk, making it easier for enterprises to benefit from drone technology at scale.

Smart City Break Outs (Optional)

1:45 - 2:30PM

M12 (Microsoft’s Venture Fund): Driving “Digital Signal” and Innovation Partnerships

Christina Pluta
Venture Capital Business Development, M12 (Microsoft’s Venture Fund), Microsoft
Ben Marcus
Co-Founder and Chairman, Airmap
Ran Krauss
CEO, Airobotics
Eyal Feder-Levy
CEO and Co-Founder, ZenCity

At M12 (Microsoft’s Venture Fund) we are building tomorrow’s future by giving entrepreneurs unparalleled access to Microsoft’s ecosystem, including Partners and Customers. The entrepreneurs we invest in are building the next generation of technology, spanning big data and analytics, business SaaS, cloud infrastructure, AI/machine learning, productivity, security, and emerging technologies. We are thrilled to highlight four portfolio companies enabling unique Smart Cities scenarios: AirMap, Airobotics, and ZenCity. Join this session to hear from leaders of these compelling businesses and discover how you can partner with them to drive smart innovation.

2:30 - 3:40PM

Brookings Institute Workforce Roundtable: Building a 21st Century Workforce

Raamel Mitchell
Citizenship and Public Affairs Director, Microsoft
Dana Barnes
Vice President, State & Local Government Enterprise Operating Unit, Microsoft
Alan Berube
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director - Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

As we’ve witnessed over the past 20 years, new technology also inevitably raises complex​ questions and broad societal concerns. As we look to a future powered by a partnership​ between computers and humans, it’s important that we address these challenges head-on. This session will explore topics related to developing a workforce necessary to support economic growth and innovation in an era of digital transformation. The session will highlight research from Brooking’s Institution Fellow and Deputy Director, Alan Berube and will feature an interactive panel discussion with leaders from across multiple industry sectors.

3:40 - 4:25PM

Houston Exponential: Innovation for the Future

Jon Nordby
Director of Strategy, Houston Exponential
Ed Moore
Enterprise Architecture and Strategy Manager, Chevron
Brian Richards
Managing Director, Accenture


Partner-Customer Matchmaking

Use our online Matchmaking Tool to meet partners and customers who are looking for new partnership opportunities to design, build and deploy new IoT solutions.


Partner-Solution Showcase

Explore our Partner IoT Solution Showcase that will demonstrate the strength in innovation the Microsoft IoT Partner ecosystem is driving in key verticals in collaboration with Microsoft partner ecosystem.

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