IoT Emerge 2016: Call for Speakers Now Open

Are you an IoT innovator? Share your real-world IoT use case experiences or expertise in organizational readiness, data analytics, security best practices, and more at IoT Emerge 2016 in November. Submission deadline: July 1, 2016.

Karen Field

May 25, 2016

3 Min Read
We are looking for speakers for IoT Emerge.
Speaker at Business Conference and Presentation. Audience at the conference hall.iStock / kasto80

The Program Committee of the IoT Institute, producer of IoT Emerge, is looking for industry and city/government professionals to share their knowledge and expertise around the IoT with colleagues by speaking at the inaugural IoT Emerge event, held November 2–3, 2016 at McCormick Place, Chicago.

Our goal is to deliver a unique and highly immersive educational experience for people involved in city and government initiatives, manufacturing operations, smart buildings, and energy management. Course sessions will be targeted at those are currently developing Internet of Things (IoT) projects and who are interested in learning more about IoT implementation best practices and how to leverage the benefits within their organizations.

We encourage proposals from speakers with practical experience in developing, implementing, and overseeing IoT projects in their organizations, as well as people with expertise in strategies for managing security, collecting and analyzing data, and achieving organizational readiness for IoT projects. Talks that engage the audience in unique and compelling ways will be given priority in the selection process.

We are now accepting proposals for 45-minute speaking slots at IoT Emerge on the following topics:


This track will cover topics of interest to systems integrators, OEM machine builders, engineering and manufacturing management, and other executive-level professionals interested in leveraging the IIoT to make operations safer and more efficient, manage resources and assets better, and ensure data privacy and security. Use cases from the factory floor should include deep insights and actionable takeaways.


The IoT design space has a broad set of requirements regarding functionality, cost, power, and physical dimensions. In this track, engineers will get insights and advice on how to manage the giant hairball of decisions and trade-offs in IoT systems design, best practices for using design engineering software and integrated platforms and solutions, and strategies for taking their designs from concept to commercialization faster and more efficiently.


This track is targeted at facility and building owners and managers; operations and maintenance professionals; systems integrators; and other professionals interested in improving the operational and energy efficiency of a building. In addition, use cases and best practices give insight into achieving secure and scalable energy management and integrating an existing infrastructure with new IoT systems and strategies.


IoT security and data privacy remain two of the biggest challenges for IoT developers. In this track, security experts with experience in the private and public sector will give advice on how to avoid cybersecurity problems. Speakers will discuss how to diagnose new threats and classes of attacks, identify vulnerabilities, and share the latest best practices around security in a combination of workshops and talks.

To find out more about the specific topics we’re interested in and to submit your speaking proposal, go to Remember, the deadline to submit is July 1, 2016! 

If you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss your preliminary ideas, please contact me at, Karen Field, Executive Director, Content – IoT Institute and IoT Emerge Program Chair, at [email protected].

About the Author(s)

Karen Field

Karen Field is Executive Director, Content for Penton’s new Internet of Things Initiative and IoT Emerge event. She has 25+ years experience developing content for an audience of technical and business professionals and a reputation for challenging conventional thinking and taking a novel approach in the creation of world class editorial and conference programming.

Most recently she launched the Internet of Things Summit at the Embedded Systems Conference and has covered the emerging issues associated with the Internet of Things extensively for EE Times, EDN, and

Karen has a mechanical engineering degree and a master’s of business degree from the University of Minnesota and Boston University.

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