10 Jun TIA Network of the Future Dallas 2015
The TIA Network of the Future kicked off on in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday June 2nd, concluding Thursday. The conference was full of leaders in the Telematics industry that are looking at technological advancements and trends in this rapidly changing world. The event was packed full of keynotes, panels, luncheons, and networking opportunities covering an expansive amount of topics.
I myself, focused on attending panels and luncheons related to smarter cities, connected cars, and internet of things. These included the following (details can be found here) : Simplifying the Cloud for Enterprise-Class Customers, Next-Gen Unified Communications and Collaboration, Connected Car, the Next Frontier for SDN: Transport SDN, Common Carrier Requirements for Open Source Software to Enable NFV, IOT, Low-Latency and Content Caching are Ushering in a New Era of Computing at the Edge, Smart Cities, and Internet of Things Luncheon.
The highlight of the event for myself and MetroTech was the Startups Competition Luncheon (http://www.tia2015.org/2015-startups-competition/). Judged by Open TechWorks President Adam Drobot and Oppenheimer & Co Managing Director Tim Horan and moderated by Jon Bayless of Sevin Rosen Funds, the competition brought six extremely innovated companies tackling real world problems on a national and global scale. VocalZoom, a voice recognition tool, took first place with their CEO traveling all the way from Israel to present. We were fortunate to take runner up along with TRX Systems out of Greenbelt, Maryland which tracks location within buildings where GPS does not work. TIA gave the three placing companies great exposure by recording a video interview and will have the copmanies listed on their website through the end of the year. A special thanks goes out to Kevin O’Conner and his team who were tasked with putting this competition together.
Wednesday saw a special appearance by Joseph Kopser of RideScout, which aggregates all public, private and social ground transportation options enabling consumers to evaluate transit options in real time. Joseph, an army veteran turned technology entrepreneur, saw a large investment from Daimler last year proving their value and helping the mobile app expand throughout the nation. His story is a compelling one, showing that hard work combined with a viable solution for a real world problem can result in success. (Full Keynote here)
Overall, the event ran smoothly and was very informative. The networking opportunities were tremendous while the panel and keynote information extremely pertinent. Although this was my first solely hosted TIA event, I can safely say it will not be my last.