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Scott Harkins - Connecting the Whole Home, Inside and Out

Scott Harkins (@scharks5, TW) is one of those people you just expect to have all the really cool gadgets you could imagine and the capability to make them all work together. This comes in handy in his role as VP & GM of Resideo Connected Home where he oversees the future of Resideo products and their interoperability within the home. Resideo spun out of Honeywell and recently went public (NYSE: REZI). One thing that sets Resideo apart from its competitors, like Nest or Ring, is its ability...


Rhonda Dirvin - Leveraging IoT to Conserve, Protect and Maintain

Rhonda Dirvin (@RADirvin, TW) is passionate about the Internet of Things and it's potential for improving all aspects of our lives. More than little boxes that talk to us and spout the time and temperature, Dirvin sees a future where IoT aids with conservation, building maintenance, and actually making our lives more secure, rather than being a security risk. Dirvin is a veteran in the electronics industry with more than two decades of experience. She started her career at Motorola...


Aman Manik - Adapting to a Cashless, Kitchenless World

Before Postmates, before GrubHub, before Door Dash, before food delivery from any restaurant around you was ubiquitous there was Fastbite. Aman Manik (@amanik, TW) was at the center of Fastbite as Co-Founder and Head of Product and Operations all the way up until Square acquired the company in February of 2015. Aman is a product management professional focusing on mobile productivity solutions for enterprise and business users. Prior to his experience with Fastbite and time at Square, Manik...


Katy Lynch - Transforming Ordinary Spaces Into Forever Learning Environments

Katy Lynch (@thekatylynch) dreams of teaching 1 billion kids to code. Yeah, 1 BILLION! Big dreams call for big plans and as the Co-Founder and CMO of Codeverse, she might just get it done. Codeverse is the world's first fully interactive coding school and educational technology platform for kids. They created a programming language specifically for kids! Additionally, Codeverse is transforming ordinary spaces into irresistible centers of learning for kids. Before co-founding Codeverse,...


David Brain - Developing Environments for Meaningful Social Connection

We are social creatures that crave community. David Brain knows this and it is at the core of his developments. Over a decade ago he was presented with an opportunity that others questioned, but he knew that the human desire for community would make this opportunity a sensation: the megaplex movie theater. Obviously, he was right. Brain has set his sights on other community hubs like state of the art co-working office buildings and the infrastructure for new community hubs: massive data...


Neto Marin - Building Proactive AI Assistants for the Home

The debate over the next big platform is one we love to have on this podcast. Neto Marin (@netomarin, TW) believes Voice just might have the upper hand. Neto works at Google on Google Assistant, Google Home and other devices that rely on our voice. As Actions on Google Developer Advocate, he spends his time educating people on what is possible and thinking beyond what is current. One fun fact, when Neto was growing up in Brazil, an iPhone cost as much as a used car. This only added to his...


Vignesh Ganapathy - Delivering Community

In high school, two of Vignesh "Viggy" Ganapathy's (@vigneshr4m, TW) friends were incarcerated and thus begun Viggy's quest for social justice. It's a quest that's taken him through law school at UC Santa Cruz, into politics, into community organization and now technology as the Sr. Government Relations Lead at Postmates. It's a role that fits his personal mission to positively impact neighborhoods through community engagement and innovative technology solutions to combat complex, pervasive...


Jason Kander - Reimagining Government As Customer Service

Most people lament that government doesn't truly work for the people. Jason Kander (@jasonkander, TW) thinks about this a lot and he believes he's got a good solution. The government needs to reimagine itself as Customer Service. This might include simple solutions like a voting holiday, streamlining practices so that people don't wait on hold for hours or wait months for services, or simply installing sidewalks where they don't exist. Jason Kander gained national attention in 2016 while...


Diane Mulcahy - Accessing the American Dream Through The Gig Economy

Diane Mulcahy (@dianemulcahy, TW) wrote the book on The Gig Economy. Literally. As the author of The Gig Economy Diane is keenly tuned into the future of work, how it will affect the way we live and the economic revolution it is ushering in. All of which Diane dives into in this conversation. Six years ago, before it was even a thing, Diane created an MBA course on the Gig Economy at Babson College. The course gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most...


Chris Detert - Pairing IBM Watson and Influencers to Amplify Brands

Before Influencer Marketing was a thing Chris Detert (@ChrisDetert) was leveraging the power of celebrity to build brands like Petit Trésor, Von Dutch, Kasil Jeans and dozens more. These days Detert is the Chief Communications Officer at Influential and is mixing in the power of IBM Watson to build brands and influence consumer trends. Influential, the only IBM Watson Developer Partner in the influencer technology and marketing space, is an A.I. influencer platform with enterprise...


Austen Allred - Pioneering New Paths for Higher Education

Austen Allred (@austenallred, TW) believes higher education has it all backward. Students shouldn’t be investing in the school, the school should be investing in the students. With that core belief, he co-founded Lambda School to pioneer a new model for higher education and find untapped or underutilized talent and train them for the most in-demand jobs in the world: computer science. Lambda School strives to make entry into the computer science fields more accessible than ever. Allred is a...


Daniel Herscovici - Integrating the Smart Home Experience

When it comes to the Internet of Things, Daniel Herscovici (@DanHerscovici) believes consumers want integrated experiences rather than individual devices. It’s nice to have a Nest Thermostat or a Phillips Hue lightbulb or a smart security system, but if consumers have to manage each individually then they are no better than their analog forefathers. This isn’t a surprise from someone whose personal mission statement starts with Balancing vision and force of will with the ability to partner...


Luke Norris - Designing User Centered City Services

Luke Norris (@norrisluke) believes that if leveraged properly, smart technology and data can be used by governments for more than reporting potholes. As Managing Director of Strategy and Government Relations for Open Cities (, Norris works to facilitate better, more efficient communication between citizens and local government. Over the past eight years, Norris has become a recognized thought leader in digital government through his work at PayIt ( and Code for...


Rob Martens - Unlocking What's Next with Allegion Venture's Futurist & President

Rob Martens (@schlagefuturist) is a legit Futurist. He uses his in-depth knowledge of technology and how it works to look at the big picture and determine how that tech will most benefit people going about their day in the real world. He spends his days looking for patterns and associations in tech advancements, identifying trends and determining how they can be applied to everyday people to make their lives easier. As the former Corporate Chief Information Officer for Carpenter Technology...


Joe Colistra on Community, Senior Living, and Sustainability

Joe Colistra believes in the power of community and that if we could share more meaningful data, instead of trying to steal it, we might see advancements beyond our wildest imaginations. Colistra is Associate Professor of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Kansas. In addition to his work with KU he is the founder of In Situ Design, an international architecture and urban design firm. In Situ has won multiple awards and been published even more. The firm is obsessed with...


Andrew Thomas on Smart Home, Blockchain, and Connected Life

Andrew Thomas (@andrewthomas) sees a massive paradigm shift in the making. Things like the blockchain will not only make our connected lives more secure but also more accountable. He hopes that this shift will give way to greater diversity in technology leadership, rather than the patriarchy that runs things currently. Thomas is co-Founder and CRO of SkyBell, a leading smart video doorbell that is partnered with Comcast, Honeywell, and listed him #3 on their list of...


Nick Bowden on Making Smart Cities Smarter

Nick Bowden (@njbowden) believes that Smart Cities should and can be more than just a network of sensors transmitting data that may or may not be useful. If anyone knows what is possible on the Smart City front, it's Bowden. Nick has spent his entire career at the intersection of cities and technology. From public servant to tech company founder, he has seen the impact of technology on and in cities from all perspectives. Along the way, his work and products have touched more than 10,000...


Kevin Honomichl on Mobility and Connectivity

Despite reports of urban growth, Americans are still spreading out into suburban, ex-urban, and rural communities. Kevin Honomichl sees both big challenges and opportunities for the future of mobility and connectivity in these communities. Honomichl is President of BHC RHODES, a civil engineering and surveying firm headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas that he co-founded in 1992. He is active in community planning roles, university development activities, professional organizations and...


Ashley Z. Hand on Cities and Mobility

The average commuter in Los Angeles spends over 100 hours a year in traffic. Ashley Z. Hand (@azhandkc) creates solutions for big problems just like this. Hand is a co-founder of the urban change management network CityFi, where she advises cities and the private sector on a more human-centered approach to smart cities. Previously, Ashley served as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation where she authored Urban Mobility in a Digital...