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With Suz Hinton (Tech Evangelist, Microsoft), John Edgar (Founder,, Mark Clifton (Founder/CEO, Princeton Identity), Bruce Weed (Program Dir., IBM), Kevin Pianko (Partner, BSO), David Franklin (CTO, B&L).
Monday, January 29, 2018 at 06:15 PM   $15
Venue, 11 Times Sq, 6th Fl

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From smart homes to smart cities to smart government, artificial intelligence is upending the definition of the Internet of Things. The grandiose long-term vision of smart places is of course full-on interconnectivity. Vehicles will not only talk to each other, but they will also be connected to traffic lights, parking meters, police & parking lots. The link between IoT & AI is about letting computers be smarter - which in turn will improve the quality of life, by making life frictionless & fun.
According to BI Intelligence (, The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting businesses, governments, & consumers & transforming how they interact with the world. Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years - & the proliferation of connected devices & the massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.
IoT is a colossal vision. A journey that will take years to complete. The destination seems clear but how to get there is complex. That's where AI makes all the difference.
Our events are fun & freewheeling -- a bit edgier & a bit more wild than other tech events -- our attendees can ask questions throughout the panel discussion, there is wine, beer, gourmet sandwiches, pizza, Hint water, gourmet cookies & a smaller fireside chat for people who really want to get into a deep discussion without being videotaped!
There will be 5 panelists- you can read about 4 of them below. Be sure to RSVP with your full name for security reasons (and if you are bringing guests please email me with their full names too!). We can't wait to see you!

1st Panelist: Suz Hinton, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Prior to her evangelist role, Suz was a frontend developer for 10+ years for Microsoft. She's an avid open source contributor, writing & collaborating with libraries relating to topics such as NodeJS robotics, accessibility, & creative coding. Suz is passionate about developer education & specializes in accessibility, internet of things, & cloud computing. She's currently exploring the fascinating world of machine learning, which she believes will become more & more relevant as a tool for both businesses & individuals. When she's not coding, she's probably making more coffee, hanging out at her local East River pier, or taking the NYC subway somewhere for the fun of it.

2nd Panelist: John Edgar, Co-Founder & Managing Director,
Just a dude who loves the full stack & startups & business & people & cloud & stuff. Created a company that has revolutionary ideas to improve city governments.
- Value: people, collaboration, leadership, vision, context, strategy & execution.- There is a place for "smart" "ambitious" "hustler" & a place for "wise" "empathetic" "measured".- oh yeah: go cloud.

3rd Panelist: Mark Clifton, co-founder & CEO, Princeton Identity
Mark has experience in biometrics, security & surveillance, resulting in deep understanding of authentication technologies for businesses, borders & global organizations for improved safety.
Princeton Identity's proprietary technology enables smart camera technology t, etc. capture the image of the iris of the eye to identify the person & can be used in a myriad of applications, including security for financial transactions of all kinds, physical security, & digital security. Just think about the applications in, among other places, urban environments - no more wallets, passcodes, subway tokens. Just the iris of the eye to empower & connect, access spaces, computer systems, cars, homes.

4th Panelist: Bruce Weed, IBM
Expert in AI, IoT & Disruptive Technologies | Developer & Developer Advocate for the East Coast
Bruce Weed is the City Leader/Developer Advocate (New York) for IBM's Digital Business Group. Bruce covers the Eastern part of the U.S. with a main focus in NYC. Bruce engages directly around latest technologies with partners & customers alike, his expertise is around Watson/AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud & Bots, Digital Assistants & Big Data. He runs LinkedIn groups with over 50K+ members on IBM Watson & IoT, IBM Big Data & Analytics, & Blockchain for Business; these groups look at both use cases & technology trends. Bruce also runs the IBM Watson - Cognitive Business & IoT Meetup in NYC with over 1600 members. He is a Watson/IoT, Blockchain & Big Data evangelist.
Moderator: Kevin Pianko

Partner of BDO USA, LLP performs audits of public & private companies & assists them with the financial & operational aspects of their business. Kevin has industry expertise in life sciences, private equity activities, SEC/public companies, tech, manufacturing, professional services, & financial services. He is also a regular on Bloomberg Radio & NBC.
Host: David Franklin, CTO of B&L Management

David is our Funny Technologist, Tech Geek, & Entrepreneur!
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