– John Petze
John Petze, C.E.M., is a partner in
SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark™, an analytics platform for
building, energy and equipment data. John has over 30 years of
experience in building automation, energy management and M2M, having
served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware and
software products including Tridium, Andover Controls, and Cisco
Systems. At SkyFoundry he rejoins Brian Frank, co-founder and chief
architect of Tridium’s Niagara Framework, as they look to bring the
next generation of information analytics to the “Internet of Things”.
Connect 2013 – A New Industry Event
Bringing together the companies, communities and people
who are redefining smart and connected systems
April 29-May 2, 2013,
Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, TN.
Sinclair: John, I recently learned about a new
industry event that you
have been helping to launch called Haystack Connect. Can you tell us
Petze: Hi Ken I would be
happy to. The event is called Haystack Connect
and it's planned for April 29-May 2, 2013. Here’s a bit of background
that explains what it is and how it came about.
During conversations with a number of companies offering leading edge
technology for BAS, energy management, and smart buildings, we were
discussing the fact that there isn’t a conference that really caters to
the technology oriented systems integrators anymore. There are a
variety of events out there. Some are under the control of a single
manufacturer. Some are huge events where the needs of systems
integrators, technology providers and their customers are lost in a sea
of unrelated products and other are too narrowly focused.
What the people we talked to saw was a need for a conference that
directly serves the needs of the customers, systems integrators and
technology vendors who are on the leading edge of applying smart
devices and smart buildings technology. So a group of us have gotten
together to produce this new event – Haystack Connect.
The event is really about the vision that a connected community and
connected ecosystem can move the industry forward in ways that no
single supplier can. In fact, the concept of the importance of
connected communities is something you have been talking about a lot
recently. It’s a key driver in the industry.
Sinclair: Where does the name Haystack Connect
Petze: We have chosen to take
our inspiration and event name and from
the success of the open source community that is addressing the
challenges of making smart device data work seamlessly across
applications of all types - project-haystack.org. Automated Buildings
has published articles about project-haystack over the past two years
and the standards work has garnered a strong following, to the point
that it is now being specified in major projects. Recent work by the
community has resulted in the release of a new web-services protocol
based on haystack concepts. We think that the idea of an open source
community translates well to the need for an event that is produced by
the community, for the community, and many of the sponsors of the event
are active with project-haystack. See previous interview here:
Sinclair: So tell us the full details on the
event – where, when, and how much?
Petze: The best way to get
all of the details is to go to the Haystack
Connect website. You can find it at: http://haystackconnect.org/
The event will be held April 29 – May 2 at the Chattanoogan Hotel,
Chattanooga, TN. It’s a great venue for this type of meeting. The
Haystack Connect event will take the entire hotel and conference
Sinclair: Anything else we should know?
Petze: YES! There is one
other very important element of the Haystack
Connect event. Haystack Connect is designed to enable sponsors to
conduct their own meetings in conjunction with the event. This is a big
change from most events, which discourage sponsors from hosting their
own private meetings. Haystack Connect ENCOURAGES it and helps
companies make it happen with minimal planning and cost. From technical
training sessions to partner meetings, the Haystack Connect format has
been specifically designed to allow sponsors and industry associations
to conduct their own meetings adjacent to the main meeting agenda.
Space, refreshments and A/V is provided with Gold & Platinum
you tell me some of the companies who are on-board as sponsors?
Petze: We have had tremendous
response and confirmation of the vision
for the event and are well on our way to selling out all sponsor and
exhibitor slots. As of today we have the following Platinum and
Platinum Sponsors: Daintree Networks, EasyIO, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, SkyFoundry, and Smartcom/Infergence
Gold Sponsors: ActiveLogix, AIC Wireless, BAS Services and Graphics, Can2Go, and NOVO Integration
Exhibitors: Eagle Technology
There is still room for more sponsors and exhibitors and attendee
registration is open as well. And on the topic of cost, we have kept
the cost very low for attendees at $495 for early bird registrations
and $595 after Jan 31. And one last thing, space is limited to the
first 250 attendees for this inaugural event.
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