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Connected devices are changing the way we work, play and move around our respective cities, and that’s why we are thrilled to present a new track at this year’s GeekWire Summit that will take a deep look inside the ever-changing world of IoT — Internet of Things.

From the way farmers grow crops to how retailers track products, IoT is having a tremendous impact on nearly every industry on the planet, and that’s why we are thrilled to announce some of the top minds in the field who will share insights about what’s working and what’s not. Among those joining us on stage on Oct. 2 at the GeekWire Summit:

  • Charlie Kindel, the former chief of Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home division and newly-appointed executive at Control4 will discuss where things stand today with smart home technologies, everything from automated sprinkler systems to efficient lighting controls.
  • Nadia Shouraboura, the CEO of retail pioneer Hointer and former Amazon exec will talk about robotics and artificial intelligence technologies that are altering how we shop.
  • Mark Young, the CTO of The Climate Corp., who grew up on a farm in New Jersey, will offer insights on how data and devices are transforming food production.
  • Chris Diorio, the CEO of Impinj, one of the pioneers in IoT before it was even called IoT, will talk about the retail store of the future.

Of course, with a projection of 55 billion IoT devices on the market by 2025, issues around security and privacy will be paramount, and we will dig into those meaty topics, too. We’ll be announcing a full slate of speakers and topics in the coming weeks.

This marks the first time in the 7-year history of the GeekWire Summit that we’ve added a separate track, and we’re excited to kick things off with IoT.

Early-bird rates for the GeekWire Summit end this week, so make sure to purchase your tickets here before prices go up.

In addition to the IoT stage, we’ll feature some of the top names in technology at this year’s event. Confirmed speakers for this year’s Summit include Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann; Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime; Uber chief legal officer Tony West; DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson; eBay CEO Devin Wenig; and many others.

A big thanks to Amazon, Microsoft, Davis Wright Tremaine, Madrona Venture Group and the IoT Council of Washington for sponsoring this year’s track. Interested in sponsoring this year’s GeekWire Summit? Reach us at advertising@geekwire.com.

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