More Innovators Share Ideas on the Connected Home

Following the success of their first-ever Digital Home Innovation Meet-up in Cambridge, MA, Verizon and the MIT Enterprise Forum recently teamed up to do it again, this time bringing a host of wonderful new ideas being created by local entrepreneurs to the tech community in New York City.

More than 250 entrepreneurs, developers and other influential tech industry leaders got together at the very hip Hotel Yotel NYC on May 7th for a night of interactive presentations from top Verizon executives, dynamic demonstrations from key startup companies and diverse networking options centered around their innovations for the digital living room.

The NYC innovation community viewed presentations from iMediaShare, Simulmedia, KISI Systems and Get Glue. These presentations reinforced the infinite ways content can be consumed and integrated into daily life from the comfy confines of your home.

Lori Hoberman, a member of the board of directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York, welcomed the attendees. Bob Mudge, president of consumer and mass business for Verizon, spoke about Verizon’s work with tech start-ups and the importance of developing events like the meet-up that bring industry influencers together to continue to foster great ideas.

Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of product development for FiOS TV, touched on the many innovations that her team has developed and continues to create to expand the benefits of FiOS TV.

In order to gauge attendees’ reactions to the event and to provide insight into what consumers want from an IP-connected home, attendees were given the opportunity to participate in surveys that were distributed electronically via tablets at the meet-up. When asked what they thought the biggest innovation opportunity for smart homes in the next five years would be, 38 percent responded with connected TVs and TV apps and 35percent of those surveyed believed higher speed connected homes spark innovation “a great deal.”

Overall, the meet-up served as a forum for some very good discussion about the possibilities for the connected home and the Verizon team is grateful to our partners and sponsors, and the tech community in New York City for their time and participation.