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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Ron Zimmer and Ken Sinclair
Ron Zimmer is President & CEO
Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
What's the latest event CABA is holding?
Zimmer: The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that its next Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will be held April 26-28, 2017 in Silicon Valley. This year's CABA Forum will be co-located with Intel Corporation, a CABA Board Member, at their campus in Santa Clara, CA.
This year's edition of our organization's flagship event series promises to be its best. We are very excited to be in Silicon Valley, at the very heart of American innovation, to unite the best and brightest people and organizations in order to broaden knowledge and profitable relationships.
Sinclair: Where can we obtain more information about the event?
Zimmer: Program information and registration for attendees is now available online at http://www.caba.org/forum The conference hotel will be the Biltmore Hotel & Suites, where a number of event sessions will also be held.
Sinclair: Who will be attending the event?
Zimmer: This year's CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will bring together leading organizations involved in the integration of intelligent building systems and connected home technologies. CABA estimates that over 250 industry stakeholders will gather to discuss current trends in the intelligent and integrated buildings and connected home sectors.
Sinclair: What is the objective of the event?
Zimmer: The 2017 CABA Forum is dedicated to the advancement of connected home and intelligent buildings technologies, through co-locating with Intel Corporation and hosting informative and interactive sessions, keynote presentations, networking events/receptions, an exhibit hall, and planned tours.
CABA's Forum will be an opportunity to attend the organization's Council meetings and network with the majority of the CABA Board of Directors during the entire event. The Forum will also feature keynote speeches by Neil R. Tunmore, Corporate Vice President and Director of Corporate Services at Intel Corporation; and Aglaia Kong, CTO of Corporate Networking at Google.
The event will feature exclusive track sessions that examine: energy efficiency, industry education and training, wellness factors in the built environment, data analytics, the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber security on intelligent buildings, lighting in intelligent buildings, healthcare, telemedicine, and aging-in-place. CABA's Forum will also feature in-depth workshops that will highlight results from recent major CABA research projects, typically worth $100k each.
Sinclair: Will CABA's Forum bring back facility tours?
Zimmer: The event will also feature exciting facility tours, which will include some of Silicon Valley's most notable high-tech companies and buildings, like Google and Intel Corporation, along with evening networking receptions with live entertainment and the potential for recreational activities in nearby wine country.
Sinclair: What about the very popular "Pitch Fest"?
Zimmer: Yes! The event will also feature the return of CABA's extremely popular "Start-up Pitch Fest" sessions, which will be moderated by Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation at Schneider Electric, and Joe Jankosky, Global Sales Leader at Intel Corporation, and that will highlight the business propositions of some of the industry's most cutting-edge, emerging companies.
Sinclair: Who are the event's sponsors and exhibitors?
Zimmer: Sponsors and exhibitors of the CABA Forum include Intel Corporation, KNX Association International, Brookfield Global Integrated Systems, Retrolux, The Siemon Company, EZ Meter, Lucid, relayr, and Stantec.
Sinclair: We have heard that many organizations are endorsing the CABA Forum. Can you list them?
Zimmer: Yes! Endorsing organizations for the CABA Forum include: ALAS (Latin American Security Association), AMERIC, A.C., Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings (AIIB), Assodomotica, AutomatedBuildings.com, Automation Federation, BICSI International, BOMA Canada, BOMA International (Building Owners and Managers Association), Broadband Communities, LLC, Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA), Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), CIB (International Council for Research & Innovation in Building & Construction), Copper Development Association Inc., CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association), Domotique News (Agence Connecticut.com), ELECTRO-FEDERATION Canada, Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA), EMerge Alliance, Energy Management Association (EMA), ETA International, Fairhair Alliance, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas, The Fiber Optic Association, ISA Security Compliance Institute, Green Building Initiative, Green Button Alliance, HomeGrid Forum, HomeToys.com, Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Human Centric Lighting Society & Committee, KNX Today, LonMark International, MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), New Zealand Academy of Applied Research Limited (NZAAR), OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standard), Open Connectivity Foundation, Inc., OpenADR Alliance, Project Haystack, SmartGrid Canada, Smart Cities Council, Thread Group, Inc., TM Forum, USNAP Alliance, ZigBee Alliance and Z-Wave Alliance.
Sinclair: Once again, where can the industry learn more about attending or sponsoring this event?
Zimmer: To learn more about the event go to www.caba.org/forum.
For more information about attending, sponsoring or endorsing the event, please contact Sashien Godakandae, CABA's Business Development Coordinator, at 613.686.1814 x229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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