On Wednesday, CEDIA announced that Stringify Cofounder and CTO Dave Evans will deliver the opening keynote at the organization's annual tradeshow in September.
Evans, the former Chief Futurist at CISCO, is credited with coining the term "The Internet of Everything" while with the networking giant. And at CEDIA 2017 his keynote will borrow from that phrase. His address, "The Internet of Intelligent Things (IoIT)" will focus on CEDIA calls the "next phase" of IoT, which will involve adding intelligence to connected things. How the interconnectivity of connected devices advances will open up "vast new opportunities" for integrators, the group said in a statement.
"Raw connectivity will be antiquated, all things will be connected to rich sources of intelligence and to one another, creating a powerful global intelligence," Evans said in the statement. "IoIT will redefine not only the home, but the way we address some of mankind's most pressing issues."
In the statement, CEDIA CEO Vin Bruno acknowledged Evans' distinguished track record in the IoT space.
"During his tenure at CISCO, Evans developed a proven track record of being able to show exactly where the industry is going. His CEDIA Talk at last year's show was highly attended and gave attendees a small glimpse into the exponential advances that are driving us forward," said Bruno. "This year's keynote will take it even further with specific real-time insights for the CEDIA audience."
Aside from his expertise in the emerging tech space, Evans holds a number of patents in the fields of connected cars, networking technology, virtual people, mobile phone technology, IoT, and more. He's a published tech analyst, and has been featured in various major outlets including BBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, NPR, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, and The New York Times.
And beyond his passion for all things technology, Evans holds cancer research very near and dear. He has requested that CEDIA donate his speaking fee to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Evans' CEDIA 2017 opening keynote will take place at the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday, September 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration for CEDIA 2017 opens on May 31. The show runs from September 5-9, and the tradeshow floor will be open from September 7-9.