IoT Tech Expo North America 2018

Santa Clara Convention Center
Silicon Valley
November 28-29, 2018

Attendees: 13,000
Exhibitors/Sponsors: 350+

Calysto Overview

IoT Tech Expo North America 2018 brought together 13,000 attendees to participate in 24 conference tracks, with 500+ speakers sharing their use-cases and experiences. The show was co-located with the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo, Blockchain Expo, and AI & Big Data Expo, enabling attendees to explore four areas under one roof, and discover how these key technologies are converging.

The event also featured an exhibition of 350+ companies showcasing the latest technology and innovations. Attendees included developers, operators, technology providers, industry leaders, innovators, evangelists, vendors and OEM’s.

“The combination of three of the most hyped topics in technology today (IoT, AI, and Blockchain) provided a rare opportunity to compare the progress vendors have been making cutting through the noise to bring real solutions to the market,” wrote Jason Bloomberg, president of industry analyst firm Intellyx.


With 350+ exhibitors, including a dedicated innovation zone, attendees witnessed a plethora of technologies in action, from bots to drones, connected home devices to machine learning, AI to wearables.

IoT Tech Expo Exhibitors included:

  • Krambu
  • BlockSafe
  • IBM
  • ProCurrency
  • Intel/SaS
  • telna
  • Avaya
  • Cisco
  • Finance Malta
  • MicroLand
  • Ubuntu
  • remme
  • Ondas
  • HealthSplash Inc.
  • DeepCloud AI
  • Losant
  • Maxon Row
  • gemalto
  • XcelTrip
  • MooseFs

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), the focus was on image recognition, a primary use case for deep learning.

Hardware devices including sensors and actuators for a variety of industries were highlighted by vendors representing the Internet of Things (IoT). She expo also featured Japanese and South Korean pavilions, showcasing the latest IoT developments from Asian manufacturers.

According to Bloomberg, “The center of gravity for blockchain, however, didn’t fare as well. Various cryptocurrency-centered startups gamely made their pitches, largely to each other. The dramatic deflation of the bitcoin speculative bubble combined with increasing regulatory and legal action against the scammers who have taken over the crypto world made attendees generally skeptical about the entire affair.”

Highlights of the show included everything from Smart water pumps to wind turbines and food containers that remind you when your leftovers are going to spoil and suggest recipes on how to put them to good use.

Conference Program 

IoT Tech Expo conference tracks included:

  • Developing for the IoT
  • Smart Buildings & Infrastructure
  • IoT Innovations & Technologies
  • Innovations & Investors Zone
  • Data Analytics for AI & IoT
  • Blockchain Technologies
  • Developing Blockchain Applications
  • Developing AI Technologies
  • Blockchain for Business
  • Developing Cloud Security Solutions


Within the ‘IoT Innovations & Technologies’ conference, senior-level speakers from Procter & Gamble, Ford, 151 Advisors and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security discussed the role of investment in driving innovation and competition within the IoT ecosystem. The session analyzed the IoT start-up global landscape, how new businesses are entering the market, compared funding strategies and discussed new ways to fund IoT projects through decentralized funding.

Speakers at IoT Tech Expo included:

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev: Tom Schmitt, Global Director for Threat Intelligence
  • Arm: Aniruddha Deodhar, Director, Connected Spaces
  • Boeing: Samith Gunasekara, Head of AI and Machine Learning Boeing AnalytX
  • BP: Noorddin Taj, Lead Architect, Strategy and Architecture
  • Cisco Systems: Joseph M. Bradley, Global VP, Digital & IoT Advanced Services
  • City of Las Vegas: Michael Sherwood, Chief of Technology and Innovation
  • DHL: Nabil Malouli, VP Customer Solutions & Innovation
  • Disney Consumer Products & Interactive: Mike Goslin, VP, Advanced Development
  • Facebook: Nav Kesher, Head of Data Sciences, Facebook Marketplace Experience
  • FedEx: Dale Chrystie, Blockchain Strategist
  • Global Financial Access: Nick Szabo, Founder of Smart Contracts | Computer Scientist | CEO
  • Halliburton: Lapi Dixit, Chief Digital Officer
  • IBM: Anita Karlsson-Dion, VP Client Process Services
  • John Deere: Doug Sauder, Director of Applied Intelligence
  • LinkedIn: Tim Jurka, Head of Feed AI – Director, Machine Learning
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans: Nick Tempelhoff, Director & Head of Future Transportation North America
  • Pacific Gas & Electric: Laiq Ahmad, CTO & Chief Enterprise Architect
  • SAS: Brad Klenz, Principal IoT Analytics Architect
  • Starbucks: Dan Mo, Global Technology Program Leader
  • Target: Ashish Gupta, Director of Technology, Identity Access Management
  • Tesla: Parag Vaish, Head of Digital Product Management, Content and Design
  • S. Dept of Homeland Security: Hala Furst, Director, Cybersecurity and Innovation
  • Uber: Rahul Vijay, Head of Tech Sourcing
  • Volkswagen: Daniel Weimer, Head of Artificial Intelligence
  • Volvo Group: Jenny Elfsberg, Director Innovation Lab Hub US
  • Walmart: Prakhar Mehrotra, Senior Director of Machine Learning – Retail


Some of the most talked about presentations included Skyjack’s Product Manager of Technology and Innovation speaking about Predictive Maintenance and Unlocking Actionable Insight; Diana Shaw at SAS discussing the new era of IoT analytics with AI; Gemalto Security participating on the panel, “An E2E approach to tackling data security challenges of the IoT”; Microland’s keynote on the topic of smart factories; and Mike Goslin from Disney speaking about storytelling through technology.

Media & Analysts 

The show’s magazine partners included IoT News, Gigabit, CIOReview, Embedded Computing Design, ELETimes, KNXtoday, GeoConnexion, innovation & tech today, Medical News Today, The Journal of mHealth, and Code Magazine.


While the organizers reported that 7% of the show’s attendees were members of the media, we didn’t see a ton of news coming out of the show as a result. The show had a good amount of magazine and media partners; however, the bigger names in IoT coverage were not on the list.

With that stated, IoT Tech Expo served as a great opportunity to share, learn and network with some of the sharpest minds in IoT, AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and Big Data.

“Great last two days at the #IoTTechExpo with some healthy conversations, informative keynotes and panel discussions on how Industrial IoT solutions are redefining the connected ecosystem,” tweeted Microland’s Pushkar Singh.

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