CES 2016 Innovation Awards

The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.

On-site, you can view the honorees in the Innovation Awards Showcase, presented by Gracenote at Tech West in the Sands, Level 1, Hall G, Booth #83319.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: High Performance Home Audio-Video


Bang & Olufsen

BeoLab 90 is the new flagship loudspeaker from B&O that gives the customer an unprecedented level of control of the acoustic behavior and performance. Based on technological requirements the designers have provided an intriguing shape that has minimal effect on acoustic performance.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Portable Media Players & Accessories

Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

Belkin International
TE, LVCC, South Hall 3, Booth #30445

An all in one dock solution, this product offers an integrated charging puck for the Apple Watch and an adjustable Lightning connector for iPhone for the most case compatibility. It allows the user to charge both devices simultaneously and holds them at ideal viewing angles.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wireless Handset Accessories

Deeper-Smart Fishfinder

TW, Sands, Level 2, Booth #73057

Deeper Fishfinder is a smart sonar that works in conjunction with your smartphone. It is specially created for professional and amateur anglers, designed to locate fish, get information about depth, water temperature, bottom contour and much more. Deeper operates in both fresh and salt water. 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Software & Mobile Apps

DietSensor, pioneer in automatic nutrient tracking

TW, Sands, Level 1, Booth #81137

Pioneer in automatic nutrient tracking, DietSensor brings a new level of simplicity and accuracy to diet trackers for people overweight or with food-related chronicle diseases. It analyzes the food with a click of a button using a micro scale and SCIO, the first molecular sensor that fits in a hand

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies

ECO USBCELL Rechargeable Battery

TE, LVCC, South Hall 4, Booth #35270

The Pilot ECO USBCell battery utilizes lithium polymer technology and is rechargeable via most USB ports. Outperforming other rechargeable batteries in its class, the Pilot ECO USBCell battery is the ideal choice for gaming as well as other applications.



TW, Sands, Level 1, Booth #80734

Ecoisme is a home energy monitoring solution that is capable of recognizing individual devices in the house based on by their signature within the grid. It allows home owners to track energy usage of any device, get tips to reduce consumption as well as alerts on device status.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Vehicle Intelligence

Ford F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist

Ford Motor Company
TE, LVCC, North Hall, Booth #2122

Ford, America’s truck leader, pioneers towing innovation again by introducing Pro Trailer Backup Assist™, a segment-first technology featured on the 2016 Ford F-150. Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob, for both experts and infrequent towers alike.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Computer Hardware & Components

HP ENVY Curved All-in-One

HP Inc.
TE, LVCC, South Hall 2, MtgRm S109

The HP ENVY Curved All-in-One delivers the most immersive experience with top of the line performance, in a QHD+ curved display larger than life, which is Technicolor Color Certified.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Gaming and Virtual Reality

iWear Wireless

Vuzix Corporation
TE, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #14048

Vuzix iWear Wireless is a high-end pair of video headphones that provide users with a streaming wireless personal home theater and mobile wearable gaming solution that extends the small mobile screen into a huge 125” screen that is connected to the web or smart phone for access to content on the go.


JBL Reflect Aware

Harman International Industries

The JBL® Reflect Aware™ headphones delivers both best in class noise cancelling performance and the ability to adjust noise level from your environment for greater awareness, it requires no battery because they draw power and audio directly from the lightning connector on Apple devices.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Tech For A Better World

K-1 Assistive Device

3D Systems
TW, Sands, Level 2, Booth #72721

The K-1 is a 3D printable assistive device designed in connection with the company’s partnership with e-NABLE, the global network of makers, inventors and designers using 3D printing to make functional, prosthetic hands that are donated to people in need.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Audio-Video Components and Accessories

Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos Speaker System

Klipsch Group, Inc.
TE, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #10428

Klipsch speakers are in commercial Dolby Atmos cinemas because of their proprietary sound principles of high-efficiency, low distortion and controlled directivity. Klipsch took its advanced cinema expertise to the home theater environment with Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos speakers.


LG 77-inch OLED 4K TV (77G6)

LG Electronics

The OLED 4K 77G6 is an outstanding feat of modern engineering and design featuring a flat 77-inch screen with HDR Premium performance, LG’s webOS 3.0 Smart TV Platform and stunningly thin design.


LG Flat 77-inch OLED 4K TV (77G6)

LG Electronics USA
TE, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #8204

The OLED 4K 77G6 is an outstanding feat of modern engineering and design featuring a flat 77-inch screen with HDR Premium performance, LG’s webOS 3.0 Smart TV Platform and stunningly thin design.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Unmanned Systems and Accessories

Lily Camera

TE, Westgate, Suite 1730

The Lily Camera, Lily’s flagship product, is the world’s first throw-and-shoot-camera. The product combines computer vision, GPS and stable, high-resolution image capture to grant users the freedom of documenting their lives while still living in the moment.


Mcor Arke

Mcor Technologies Ltd

Mcor Arke is the world’s first full color, professional and safe desktop 3D printer. There is currently no full color desktop 3D printer available on the market. Mcor Arke will also offer reliable and safe 3D printing with the opportunity to customize the design of each printer.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Tablets, E-Readers, & Mobile Computing

ODG R-7 Smart Glasses

ODG (Osterhout Design Group)

The world’s most advanced Smart Glasses featuring stunning ultra-transparent 3D stereoscopic displays and packed with innovative technologies in a small, light and sleek design. Fully integrated with unparalleled display clarity, on-board processing power and system accuracy.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Fitness, Sports and Biotech

ŌURA - a revolutionary ring-sized wellness computer & app


ŌURA is a revolutionary ring-sized wellness computer and app. It helps you to get more restful sleep and adjust your daily activities towards better balance and performance. With this elegant and ergonomic ring, you will learn when to challenge yourself and when to rest.


Ricoh Theta S

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation
TE, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #11040

The Ricoh Theta S is a first-of-its-kind spherical imaging camera that captures 360-degree scenes surrounding the user. It produces photos and videos that enable viewers to see the entirety of a scene by scrolling up, down, sideways and all around in the resulting image.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wireless Handsets

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Electronics
TE, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #11906

The Galaxy S6 edge+ is a premium, dual-edge smartphone optimized for an immersive multimedia experience, featuring a stunning 5.7-inch display, advanced camera with Live Broadcast and mobile payment capabilities.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wearable Technologies

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Electronics
TE, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #11906

The Samsung Gear S2 is a completely re-designed smartwatch that centers on a circular infrastructure with a rotating bezel. The bezel allows users to easily and precisely navigate the UI with the turn of a dial— from real-time sports updates to functioning as your payment system.


Samsung UN55KU7500 Smart UHD TV w/ Accessibility Features

Samsung Electronics

The Samsung UN55KS6500 Smart TV offers enhanced Voice Guidance, a greatly improved color palette to improve readability for the visually impaired, and upgraded audio features to provide clearer, sharper sound for the hearing impaired.


Samsung UN78KS8500 Smart UHD TV w/ Accessibility Features

Samsung Electronics
TE, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #11906

The Samsung UN78KS8500 Smart TV offers enhanced Voice Guidance, a greatly improved color palette to improve readability for the visually impaired, and upgraded audio features to provide clearer, sharper sound for the hearing impaired.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Computer Peripherals

Seaboard RISE


The Seaboard RISE is a new musical device. It remodels the keyboard as a soft, sensor-embedded surface that responds to the subtlest gestures of the finger, allowing musicians to shape sound through touch. Powered by groundbreaking technologies, it is also thin, lightweight and portable.


Sengled Voice

TW, Sands, Level 2, Booth #70531

Sengled Voice is the only integrated microphone/speaker LED bulb on the market. It offers voice control of devices, voice interaction with the cloud and enhance home security by detecting glass breaking and baby crying. It enables distributed intelligence while reducing gadget clutter at home


Somabar Robotic Bartender

TW, Sands, Level 1, Booth #80143

The world’s smartest bartender. Somabar integrates Wi-Fi connectivity, onboard sensors, electronic ingredient tagging and automated cleaning making bartending as easy as pressing a button. Using the Somabar app, you can now share and create cocktails with anyone on the globe in seconds.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Tablets, E-Readers, & Mobile Computing

YOGA Tab 3 Pro

Lenovo Corp.
TE, Renaissance, Suite 29

A multimedia tablet with a built-in projector! It transforms a wall or ceiling into a brilliant 70" screen. Enjoy a theater experience on the brilliant 10.1" QHD display, and the integrated JBL® 4-speaker sound bar. Up to 18 hours of general use on a single charge.

 For product examples and further category descriptions view the CES 2016 Innovation Awards Category Guide.

The 2016 award categories include:

  • 3D Printing

  • Accessible Tech

  • Computer Accessories

  • Computer Hardware and Components

  • Computer Peripherals

  • Digital Imaging

  • Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies

  • Embedded Technologies

  • Fitness, Sports and Biotech

  • Gaming and Virtual Reality

  • Headphones

  • High Performance Home Audio/Video

  • Home Appliances

  • Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories

  • In-Vehicle Audio/Video

  • Portable Media Players and Accessories

  • Portable Power

  • Smart Home

  • Software and Mobile Apps

  • Tablets, E-Readers and Mobile Computing

  • Tech For A Better World

  • Unmanned Systems and Accessories

  • Vehicle Intelligence

  • Video Displays

  • Wearable Technologies

  • Wireless Handset Accessories

  • Wireless Handsets

How to Enter

Submit Your Entry

  1. Visit the Innovation Awards Call for Entries page between August 10 and September 18.

  2. Complete, submit and pay for your entry online between Monday, August 10 and Friday, September 18, 2015. Emailed and/or hard copy submission forms are will not be accepted.

  3. You will be notified by email on October 15, 2015 with your award status.

Please Note: You must provide a minimum of two different high resolution photos of your product (we encourage more) along with your written entry submission.


Entry Qualifications
Entries must qualify for each of the following criteria:

  • Products entered must fit within one of the official award categories.

  • Products entered must be available for sale to the public, for the first time, in U.S. retail outlets or on the Internet between April 1, 2015, and April 1, 2016.

  • If you are a CES 2016 exhibitor, one sample of your Innovation Honoree product (prototype or the final product) must be available for display in the Innovation Showcase at CES 2016, January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Best of Innovation Honorees must allow CEA to hold one sample of the product for up to one year, for display at other CEA-related events.

  • Unless you indicate otherwise on your application, Honorees will be announced at CES Unveiled New York, November 10, 2015 and will be included in the launch of the Honoree listings on CESweb, also on November 10.

  • Companies not exhibiting at CES may also enter the 2016 Innovation Awards; however, restrictions apply if selected as an Honoree.

Fee Schedule: Regular Entry Fee

Exhibiting CEA Members: $475
Exhibiting Non-Members: $800

Non-Exhibiting CEA Members: $950
Non-Exhibiting Non-Members: $1,300


  • Online Entry Process Opens: August 10, 2015

  • Online Entry Process Ends: September 18, 2015

  • Innovation Awards Judging: September 23 - October 9, 2015

  • Entrants Notified of Award Status: October 15, 2015

  • Innovation Honorees Announced: November 10, 2015

Contest Rules

  • Companies that are not exhibiting at CES 2016 may enter the Innovation Awards competition. However, non-exhibitor Honoree products will not be included for display in the Innovation Showcase at CES and will not be listed in the on-site Honoree directory in It Is Innovation, unless the company pays for an exhibit space by October 23, 2015. If a company has fully paid for an exhibit space by October 23, 2015, they can be listed in the on-site directory and have their product displayed in the Showcase.

  • Entries must be submitted online through the Call for Entries portal by September 18, 2015.

  • Entries submitted in a previous year are not eligible for resubmission; however, if significant improvements have been made to the original product and/or significant enhancements that are truly unique and innovative, then the new model will be eligible for submission. If an entry of a similar model previously submitted is disqualified, the entry fees will not be refunded.

  • At least two DIFFERENT product photographs must accompany each entry. Computer renderings are not preferred and may result in reduced scores from the judges. Entries may include up to five photos. Photos must be submitted in a .jpg format. Each photo should be less than 10MB. All photos must be submitted via the online submission process. Emailed and hard-copy photos will not be accepted.

  • All entry forms are the property of CEA. We suggest you print or make a copy of your submission for your records.

  • An entry is qualified for judging when all required sections of the online entry tool are completed and entry fees have been paid in full. If the wrong entry fee is paid at the time of submission, the entry will be disqualified if the balance is not rectified by September 21, 2015.

  • Incomplete and unpaid entries will be disqualified. CEA is not responsible for follow-up of incomplete entries. If you are unsure if your entry is complete, please contact us at InnovationAwards@ce.org.

  • Entries must be paid online at the time of submission, using a credit card. Check and invoice payments are not accepted. 

  • To evaluate an entry, the judges may ask for additional information, including a request to provide a product sample.

  • If improperly categorized, an entry may be moved to a different category based on the recommendation of the judging panel, without consent from the entrant.

  • CEA reserves the exclusive right to set, modify and interpret all conditions regarding this competition without claim for damage or recourse of any kind.

  • Each company selected as an Honoree grants CEA permission, without compensation, to use its name and photograph/likeness and/or entry in promoting this or similar awards programs in the future.

  • Materials must meet CEA standards for appropriate product presentation and taste and may be asked to be resubmitted or disqualified at any time, if they are deemed inappropriate. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage the Innovation Awards website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Call for Entries may be in violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, all entries submitted by such person will be disqualified. CEA reserves the right to seek damages from any such person fully permitted by law.

  • In the event a virus compromises the competition, non-authorized human intervention, tampering, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of CEA, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness, or proper operation of the Call for Entries, CEA reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Call for Entries. Should the Call for Entries be terminated prior to the stated closing date, CEA reserves the right to announce honorees based on the nominations received before the termination date.

  • CEA reserves the right to rescind any awards granted to honorees that have misrepresented their product or entry in this competition.


How We Judge

Each product category has a three-member judging team comprised of an independent industrial designer, an independent engineer and a member of the trade press.

The three-member judging team gives a numerical value to each of the below criteria. The scores are combined, resulting in a cumulative score for each product. A baseline value is derived from the cumulative scores in a category. All scores above the baseline are designated as Honorees.

The Best of Innovation Award will be awarded to the highest-rated product in each category, as long as that product surpasses a previously-determined minimum score. If the highest-rated product in a category does not surpass the minimum score, there will be no Best of Innovation Award for that category. All award designations by our judges are final.

Entries are evaluated on the following criteria:

General Entries

1. Engineering qualities
2. Aesthetic and design qualities
3. The product's intended use/function and user value
4. Why the product deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
5. How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

Software and Mobile Apps Entries

1. Intended use, function, and user value
2. Aesthetic and visual qualities
3. Perceived ease of use/user-friendliness
4. Why the software deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
5. How the design and innovation of this software directly compare to other products in the market place

Tech For A Better World Entries

1. Engineering qualities
2. Aesthetic and design qualities
3. The product's intended use/function and user value, specifically in regard to how it can make a positive impact to the quality of life for its users, or those affected by its use
4. Why the product deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
5. How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

What You Get

Earning the coveted CES Innovation Awards Honoree title provides a fair share of eye-catching benefits, including:

  • CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree logo to include on your product packaging and advertising materials

  • Opportunity to display your product in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2016 (for official CES exhibitors only). 

  • Best of Innovation Honorees receive additional exposure in product displays at CES Unveiled New York and CES Unveiled Las Vegas.

  • Innovation Honorees are often featured on the live radio broadcast of "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline. This nationally syndicated consumer electronics radio program features interviews with CEOs, presidents and senior executives from the hottest companies exhibiting at CES live from the show floor.

  • An eye-catching CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree trophy to display in your booth and in your company's trophy case.

  • Listing in the January/February issue of It Is Innovation (i3), CEA’s flagship publication distributed to over 51,000 and bonus distribution at CES 2016 (for official CES Exhibitors only).

  • Innovation Awards icon published next to your company listing in the Official CES Show Directory (for official CES exhibitors only).

  • Industry-wide recognition and media attention through a CEA press release announcing Honorees.

  • Exposure on the official CES website within your respective product category; complete with company name, product images and description. The Innovation Awards pages are among the most heavily-trafficked pages, available year-round on CESweb.org/Innovation.

  • Best of Innovation Honorees have the opportunity to display their product at additional CEA events throughout the year.

  • Increased exposure and awareness with advertising opportunities in CEA's It Is Innovation (i3) magazine. Innovation Honorees receive substantial discounts. Contact InnovationAwards@CE.org for more information.

Entry FAQs

Becoming a part of the CES Innovation Awards is not hard, but you still may have questions. We've answered a few common questions below.

Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone who manufactures, designs, engineers or promotes consumer electronics (CE) products marketed in the United States, or is an authorized agent of the organization or individual, that is authorized to submit entries.

What is the difference between Best of Innovation and the Honoree awards?

In the Innovation Awards program, there are two levels of Honorees. The first level is Honoree, and only a fraction of the products entered achieve this title. The second level, Best of Innovation, is a more exclusive award that is given to the highest-rated product in each category, as long as that product scored above a pre-determined score threshold. If the highest-rated product in a certain category did not pass the Best of Innovation score threshold, that category has no Best of Innovation award.

My company is a brand new startup with only a few employees and nothing but a prototype that hasn't hit the market. Do I stand a chance of receiving an award?

Absolutely! The wonderful thing about the Innovation Awards is that a product's score is based on engineering and design qualities, innovation and value provided to the consumer. We admire brilliant products, so there’s no difference if your company has been around for a month or a century, operates globally or locally, or has 10 employees or 10,000.

What is the Innovation Showcase?

The Innovation Showcase is a designated area of the CES show floor where the Honoree products are put on display for the world to see. It is a very high-traffic area and one of the most popular destinations at CES. Innovation Honoree products are encouraged to send a product sample to the area for display, free of charge, as long as the company is a CES exhibitor.

My product fits into multiple categories; which should I enter?

If you are only able to submit one entry, select the category that most completely encompasses your product, or in which you feel your product is most accurately described. However, we welcome you to submit the product into multiple categories, if you prefer. Each category is judged independently, so well-designed products often receive awards in multiple categories. A separate entry fee is required for each category entered.

Can an entry submitted last year be submitted again this year?

Entries submitted last year are most likely ineligible for submission this year, since the competition is limited to new products that become available to consumers from April 1, 2015 and no later than April 1, 2016. However, if you have developed a new model of the product that you feel is innovative and enhances the original product, you may submit an entry for the new model.

Do I have a word limit for questions on the entry form?

On the product-specific questions, we impose a limit of 500 words. You may also upload the technical specification sheet for your product. If you do not have a specification sheet, you may provide the same data in your own words (1,000 character limit).

What happens if my entry is not complete?

An entry is qualified for judging when all required sections are completed, images are included, and all entry fees have been paid. While CEA is not responsible for the follow-up of incomplete entries, we will attempt to notify entrants of the status of their entry. Ultimately, it is the entrants’ responsibility to ensure the entry is complete. Unpaid entries will be disqualified. Entry fees are non-refundable.

If I secure space for CES after submitting my Innovation Awards entry, can I receive a partial refund on my Innovation Awards entry fee? 

If you are not a CES exhibitor at the time that you submit your Innovation Awards application, you can still become an official exhibitor and receive a partial refund up until October 14, 2015. After October 14, we are unable to issue partial refunds. Contact us at InnovationAwards@ce.org for more information on receiving a refund.

When will I find out if my product has been selected to receive an award?

All applicants will be notified by email on October 15, 2015 of their award status. If selected as an Honoree, you are requested to confirm information included in your entry. It is essential that we receive this information for the Honoree announcement at CES Unveiled New York on November 10, 2015.

Are there sponsorship opportunities for Innovations?

Yes. Please contact us at InnovationAwards@ce.org

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Adrian Chernoff helps organizations articulate new products and deliver what's next. Beginning from consumer insight and idea simplification to sell-in and execution across organizations, Chernoff brings together executives, designers, engineers and marketers to make it possible. Honored with over 20 awards and 89 patents, he has made an impact by inventing future transpiration at General Motors, creating medical robots at NASA, launching consumer digital products at Kodak and engineering new theme park rides at Disney. As a consultant he has innovated office products for Staples, developed luxury solutions for the The Gucci Group, engineered modular roofing systems for Alcoa and created digital solutions for Experian. His work has been awarded both nationally and internationally including one of Time magazine’s best inventions of the year and General Motors Chairman’s Honor Award for superior creativity and exemplary contribution.


A.K. Stratton is an accomplished designer and team leader utilizing conceptual problem solving, detailed design, and production implementation for manufacturers of new products. His design recommendations have contributed to many successful products now on the market for companies including Kodak, Segway, Vgo Communications, Harris and DeLORME. Stratton gained valuable experience as a designer for fast-paced industrial design consulting firms such as Loeffler-MacConkey, Michael Cattafe Associates, S+H Diagnostics, and Helix. 

Strattton is currently the director of product development at Helix, where he oversees the creative staff of product designers, mechanical engineers, and prototype specialists. He is responsible for all aspects of the design process, from conceptualization to production procurement. While at Helix, Stratton successfully transitioned into design management and has played a key role in developing client relationships, guiding teams, and developing successful products. 

He enjoys working with team members of all levels, mentoring younger staff, and fostering strong client relationships.

 Andrija Curkovic is editor-in-chief of Croatia's first and most influential audio/video publication, HIFIMEDIA.  In his 25-year career, Andrija encompassed many aspects of the consumer electronics industry.  He established one of the first audio/video enterprises in the country (1990), established the first specialized magazine for audio and video ever in Croatia (1996) and since 1996, has been organizing the biggest and most important regional AV Show.  In 2009, Andrija attended CES as a judge for the Innovations  Design and Engineering Awards. CES 2016 will be thesecond time he participates as a judge for the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards. Andrija is well known as an expert in the consumer electronics industry in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Anil George is a veteran technology, lifestyle reporter and the managing editor of T3 Middle East, the leading consumer technology website in the Middle East, widely followed by the region’s tech enthusiasts. As Managing Editor, George has overseen a quantum shift in content integration on the title, both online and in print. Widely called on for his views on the consumer technology industry in the region, he started his career as a documentary filmmaker. A recent venture as an author apart, he continues a lifelong obsession with sound systems, cameras, displays and rare books.

Assaf Gad is Vice President of Marketing at N-trig.  and has over 12 years of experience in marketing, product management and user experience, with an in-depth focus on the consumer technology market. Gad has also served as CMO at PointGrab Ltd., a provider of computer vision and gesture control solutions for consumer devices and smart homes, where he managed the marketing, product and business activities of the company.  Before joining PointGrab, Gad led product management and marketing teams at Powermat Technologies and Modu Mobile. Earlier in his career, Gad was head of product management at Telmap Ltd. (acquired by Intel), a leading provider of location-based services. His past roles include several development positions in mobile and Internet startups and a research assistant position at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

Barbaros Kirisken is working as senior researcher and is responsible for exploration, design and development of innovative ideas with probable commercial potential and managing projects, which requires cutting-edge engineering technology. He has more than 10 years R&D and industry experience in consumer technology; more specifically LCD televisions open cell LCD design, STB and computing products. 

Kirisken holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical and electronics engineering (EEE) and economics, a master’s degree in EEE and is a Ph.D. candidate in EEE. He also holds more than 10 granted and pending patent applications in consumer electronics and white goods.

Kirisken is the author or co-author of many academic papers published in reputable journals about consumer technology products. He is currently working for one of the largest manufacturer of consumer electronics and white good products.

Benjamin Vincent is a French journalist, producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of OUATCH TV, the first broadcast TV dedicated to high-tech and lifestyle news in France. OUATCH TV reaches approximately 22 million subscribers through set-top boxes. After starting as a reporter in 1993 at Macworld Franc, he moved to radio. 

Vincent was also a reporter at Europe 1 where he covered the war in Iraq, among others. From 2005 to 2008, after becoming editor-in-chief in charge of digital media, he anchored the first live weekly radio show dedicated to consumer technology in France. In 2008, Vincent created the TEKNOLOGIK website and started producing audio and video podcasts. In 2012, he produced the first live French-language Web TV show from Las Vegas. Since 2013, he has been producing daily live TV shows and will be back at CES 2016  with OUATCH TV.

Brian Baker is the managing partner in the Boulder, CO offices of First User Group, an international product design firm.

During Baker's distinguished career he has guided over 100 clients to market triumph with products as diverse as mobile apps, Web/enterprise software and consumer technology (wearable tech, IoT, consumerables). Many of Baker’s designs are currently available at major retail and his work touches most of the American public every day. 

Baker has won several design awards in both hardware and software, including the “best of” categories in Forbes magazine, at Yahoo.com, and at CES. He has also been named Inventor of the Year in Colorado and speaks around the world on experience design (XD), brand strategy, and electronic product development.

Baker can be reached through FirstUserGroup.com.

Bryce Rutter, Ph.D. is a renowned specialist in ergonomic product design and is the leading worldwide expert in the design of handheld products.  Dr. Rutter’s work ranges from robotic surgical systems, surgical instruments and devices to smartphones, computer input devices and wearables through to food and beverage packaging, and beauty and personal care products. 

His company, Metaphase, has and continues to define new product categories, rejuvenate sleepy brands and develop breathtaking design innovations that fit like a glove for several of the world’s most prestigious and influential brands and scorching startups.  

As a thought leader in ergonomic design, Rutter has been profiled and interviewed by major media including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CTV, CITUTV, The Chicago Tribune, The Ottawa Citizen, The Toronto Globe & Mail, Lexus Magazine, Appliance Design, O-Magazine, Metropolis, Business 2.0 and Business. Rutter has received over 75 international design excellence awards, and been awarded over 100 patents.

Chris Allen is the CEO and founder of iDevices, the preeminent brand and development partner in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. In 2009, Allen invented the iGrill, the first app-enabled product that had its debut in Apple stores in November, 2010. This product launch was at the start of the IoT era and Allen has continued to develop iDevices into the leader in this market. Today, he strategically plans the company’s product and partnership roadmap, manages its strategic relationships, and leads business development. 

Prior to iDevices, Allen worked for over 15 years for A.G. Edwards & Sons (now Wells Fargo Investments), Prudential Financial and Allstate. 

Allen’s philosophy is vastly different than many of his peers when it comes to technology. He believes that, “Technology should be invisible to the user and any devices should merely exist to enhance the overall user experience.” 

David Danto has had over three decades of delivering successful business outcomes in media and collaboration technology.  He developed and executed global technology strategies in leadership roles with JPMorgan Chase and Lehman Brothers, and led media technology facility design and execution for organizations including Bloomberg LP, The Charlie Rose Show, NYU, AT&T, and Financial News Network. His efforts have been recognized by many premiere industry organizations, serving as The Director of Emerging Technologies for the non-profit IMCCA; as adjunct faculty for InfoComm International; as an NAB “Pick-Hits” judge for Broadcast Engineering; and in this – his third stint as a CES Innovation Awards judge. David is an award-winning blogger and contributor to technology publications, a frequent presenter at conferences, and is a member of many industry advisory boards. He also works directly with organizations as a Business Transformation / Collaboration Consultant with Dimension Data.

Dave Taylor has been a part of the consumer technology business for over 30 years and is well-known as the publisher of AskDaveTaylor.com, a popular reviews and tech support website. He has launched four Internet startups, written over 20 books, writes for both newspapers and magazines and is a featured tech expert on local television and radio programs. When not working, he's a proud single father of three, two teens and a 10-year- old who's convinced she's also a teenager.

David Sahuc is the chief software architect for Cisco Systems, Video Technologies France in Paris, formerly NDS. His focus is on vision, strategy and new technologies for Cisco Videoscape, a solution encompassing set-top-box middleware, user experience and Cloud solutions bridging video and Internet of Everything. Before joining NDS, he was a developer and architect for France Telecom, Technicolor and Grass Valley where he spent five years in California, focusing on video switchers and 3D technologies for live broadcast and digital TV solutions. 

Sahuc has a computer sciences eEngineering degree from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes, France, with a specialization in multimedia systems.

Don Koehler is the Web manager and sharepoint developer for the Bureau of Naval Personnel at the U.S. Navy’s operation in Millington, TN.  He is also a technology consultant for small and medium sized companies, as well as a tech advisor for the U.S. government, on technology that best suits their business and operational needs.  His clients include the U.S. Navy and Department of Commerce.   

Koehler has been deeply involved in technology for over 28 years, advising public and private sector clients on current product selection. He currently researches, tests, and recommends everything from networking and computer systems and accessories to the latest GPS units, digital imaging technology, and smartphones.

He has been a CTA member for several years, and is a frequent beta-tester for newly released products and services.  Koehler lives in Memphis where he enjoys nature and wildlife photography, photo restoration, and serving as his family’s historian.  

Duncan Wood has been involved in the 3D printing world for 18 years since working on rapid prototyping magazine Rapid News back in the late 1990s. After a three year sabbatical as sales manager for then startup Pure Insight, a provider of professional development solutions to help drive and instigate innovation, Wood returned to the 3D printing world to oversee Rapid News evolution into TCT Magazine in 2005. Having built the magazine into the leading 3D printing publication on the planet he assumed the role of publisher in 2010. 
He also serves as event director for TCT Show + Personalize, the world's largest dedicated 3D printing exhibition and conference, taking place annually in the UK. Wood is returning as a judge in the 3D printing category for the second year.

Floyd Goldstein is the founder of Embedded Solutions Lab, a product design lab and creative think tank. Goldstein has created various consumer, professional, and industrial products for a multitude of clients over the past 30 years, and has attended and shown products at CES, NAB, IBC, NAMM and Music Messe.

Goldstein has a master’s degree in computer science, and has enjoyed creating various specialized wireless, USB, and embedded products for startups and Fortune 2,000 companies. 
Goldstein lives in Grass Valley, CA, is happily married, and the proud father of four exceptionally creative and talented children.

Francie Black is a technology consultant with a 20-year progression through corporate technology product evaluation, training, project management, software development, information technology management, product and business development.  Black was the manager of Internet development for a Fortune 100 company and has managed the design, specification, development and deployment of many worldwide software applications.  She was the director of product development for a venture capital funded Internet startup.  She also co-developed the first searchable real estate listing service on the Internet.  As a consultant, she has worked with companies such as Amgen, Honda, Volvo, Chrysler, as well as, early stage Internet companies. Black enjoys working with large and small organizations.

You can see Black each week as the tech expert on the ABC TV WLOS News segment “App Chat” where she reviews apps and innovative technology.

Frank J. Parrotto has an extensive international background coupled with 25 years of finance, M&A and operations experience within the Fortune 100 and Big Four Consulting.
In addition, Parrotto is heavily involved with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ with leadership roles in the Small Business Council, Mentor Program, Audio Board, Government Affairs and a number of working groups.

Formerly, as director of international development at KPMG, the global accounting and consulting firm, Parrotto had responsibility for client revenue development and service delivery for clients such as GE, Cisco, Home Depot and other prominent organizations.
Early in his career, Parrotto had senior operational and marketing roles at Black and Decker, Unilever and Anheuser-Busch.

Gary Starr has been a founder of several startups including two companies that became public.  Starr was a pioneer in solar, water conservation, and electric cars. Automotive News named Starr one of the top 10 authorities in the electric car industry. Advertising Age placed him in their Marketing 100. He has several publications to his credit, has multiple patents, and was one of the earliest successful equity crowdfunders, Starr’s team was a finalist in the international X-prize. 

Over 275,000 of his products have been manufactured and marketed worldwide. For over 30 years Starr has managed international sales groups and has taught classes in creativity, product development, distribution and marketing and sales, including “How to Close the Sale” to car dealers. Starr, a graduate of UC Davis has been a guest lecturer at several universities and international symposiums including the University of Hong Kong, and Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Starr has assisted companies in raising over $500 million.

Gorm Jørgensen has a master in management of technology with over 20 years of experience in the consumer and automotive audio businesses. He has strategic and operational experience in research, design, product creation, innovation and project and business management.  He worked for HARMAN from 1993 to 2001 as chief engineer and manager for electronic development in Europe dealing with development of car audio speakers and electronics as well as home audio electronics. 

Since 2001, Jorgensen has worked for Bang & Olufsen in loudspeaker system development and project management. In 2008, he became head of Amplifier/DSP platform development at Bang & Olufsen Automotive providing world-class audio systems to Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Aston Martin. Today, Jørgensen is head of design & technology for Bang & Olufsen Automotive, as well as head of acoustical research for Bang & Olufsen a/s group.

 Greg Weaver the industry as a hobbyist and retail salesperson. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, supervised a variety of audio shops and small chains, eventually moving on to manage a number of fine audio salons. Also in the 1980’s, after receiving his digital electronics certificate, Weaver was a partner at a consumer electronics repair shop doing everything from designing and installing winning custom competition IASCA 12-volt audio systems to repairing computers to designing circuits for coin-operated video arcade games. Weaver has been an industry journalist and product reviewer since the late 1980’s, both writing for and editing numerous print and internet journals. In the late 1990’s, Weaver was an industry consultant working with companies like Harmonic Technology (leading the team that developed the original Magic™ line of products), Quantum, and NSR Sonic Research.  As a journalist, he published the audio analyst©, wrote for Positive Feedback, the print magazine, and SoundStage!, where he created the highly successful Synergizing column, the most read page on the site at the time. He’s been the editor of The Stereo Times, started On Sound and Music and in 2005, became senior editor of Positive-Feedback, a position he currently holds along with senior writer for The Absolute Sound and Enjoy the Music.com

Herve Campion began his career as an engineer He became a blogger because of his passion for innovation,technology―and for daily problem solving.

He created Abavala.com for the French speaking public but always incorporates an international overview. Abavala delivers daily news, tests, tutorials and technology implementation tips on topics that are linked to the responsible home. Campion’s favorite subjects are technologies, systems, objects or services that can make a real difference to our homes and to our lives, focusing on energy savings, comfort, safety or security. Positioning himself as the consumer/customer that he is, Campion is enthusiastic about presenting innovations in the market that make life better. 

Inbal Lishansky is a leader in the field of product design and an innovation specialist. Lishansky has over 14 years of extensive experience in product design: as a team leader, vice president of design, judging, and industrial design lecturer. For the majority of her career, Lishansky has led design projects either as a sole designer or as a lead designer responsible for a team effort. As vice president of product design and innovation at DSP Electronics Inc. she has acted as the link between management and product design, and functions as the interface between the platforms of technology, design creation, management and marketing. And her work in design has been recognized worldwide. 

Lishansky has designed a large variety of innovative consumer technology products that have been licensed to Belkin, Targus, Verizon Wireless, and USA Wireless Solutions and continue to be successful in the market. Her products have received several design awards including CTA’s Mark of Excellence Awards and the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards.

Lishansky received her MID - Master in Industrial Design with an emphasis on medical and social design from the Technion Israel Institute of Technologyand her bachelor’s degree BFA in industrial design from the Academy Of Art University San Francisco. Lishansky is also a lecturer at the Academy of Art University San Francisco, School of Industrial Design.

James Hymel is president and CEO of Mera Software Services, a Silicon Valley boutique software development house―leveraging over a 1,000 brilliant engineers based in Eastern Europe.  Mera is a key contributor to over 50 high- tech firms based in the USA and Europe―with a focus on IoT.  Hymel is a veteran of the wireless telecom industry and holds over 35 issued patents.

 James Petisce, PhD, is a prolific inventor with over 70 granted United States patents and over 100 United States patent publications in areas related to continuous glucose sensors for home and hospital use, extended wear contact lenses and optical fiber technology. He has developed and commercially launched over 20 profitable products in these areas. One of his responsibilities in his current role as Principal Scientist in the Diabetes Care business unit of Becton Dickinson, is to maintain an active surveillance on emerging technologies related to the diagnosis or treatment of diabetes in order to identify possible external commercial partnerships for BD Diabetes Care.

Jaime Borras is CTO of GeoToll Inc. and president of Jaime Borras Consulting Services LLC. As CTO of GeoToll, he is bringing the toll industry into the 21st century; and as president of his consulting services, he directs various startup companies, driving innovative technologies to commercialization while improving their operational efficiencies.

A pioneer and master innovator in the mobile telecommunications industry with over 30 years of wireless handsets experience with Motorola. Borras has contributed and led several high profile projects with big impact to humanity, starting with the first generation of cellular phones, followed by multi-generations of the first to market Push-To-Talk, telephony, data and speakerphone technologies in iDEN handsets; and leading to the 4G smartphones. Borras has 48 U.S. utility patents granted and over 50 technical publications.

Jih-Sheng (Jason) Lai, Ph.D., received his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From 1989 to 1993, he was with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Power Electronics Applications Center.  From 1993, Dr. Lai worked with Oak Ridge National Laboratory as Power Electronics Lead Scientist.  He joined Virginia Tech in 1996.  Currently he is a James. S. Tucker Endowed Professor and is the director of the Future Energy Electronics Center. 

He has published more than 320 refereed technical papers and two books. He received 24 U.S. patents in the area of power electronics and their applications. Lai is an IEEE Fellow. He received several distinctive awards including Technical Achievement Award in Lockheed Martin Award Night and seven best paper awards from international conferences. His student teams won the First Prize Award in Texas Instruments’ Analog Design Competition in 2011 and the Grand Prize Award from International Future Energy Challenge in 2013.  

Jim Turley is an acknowledged authority on microprocessor chips, embedded systems, and intellectual-property licensing. He is the author of seven books on computer technology and an editor for Electronic Engineering Journal. 

He was previously the president and CEO of a publicly traded microprocessor company and senior vice president at another microprocessor company. Turley was editor-in-chief of the prestigious industry journal Microprocessor Report (a three-time winner of the Computer Press Award), editor-in-chief of Embedded Systems Design magazine, and chairman of the annual Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). 

Turley is a regular speaker at industry gatherings and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, and other media and appears on television, radio, and Internet broadcasts. He has a stunningly attractive and accomplished wife, two overachieving children, and an opossum living under the house. 

Joel Silver is the president and founder of the Imaging Science Foundation Inc., (ISF) which incorporated in 1994 to introduce image quality improving calibration services into HDTVs. There are now over 12 million HDTVs shipped each year under license to the ISF.

He chairs the CTA and CEDIA committees on Home Theater Video Standards. He also is the producer of the HDTV Calibration Wizard disc and the ISF UHDTV 4K test pattern suite. His work on advancing HDTV image quality was covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, Wired and numerous A/V publications here and abroad. 

Silver has run research projects for the California Energy Commission documenting how video settings impact energy savings.  He has been involved in high-end video, high-end audio, telemedicine, medical management, Microsoft Media Center Edition PCs and the Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship program at the W. Averill Harriman School of Management.

Jonathan Roubini is an internationally recognized technology expert and the winner of the coveted PRSA Award for Excellence in Technology Journalism. Roubini’s groundbreaking work in technology journalism has been acclaimed by the top world experts, including Bill Gates.

Roubini started as a teen as a contributing editor to the leading Italian technology magazine. He soon moved to the U.S. to attend the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University. He then began his impressive career at PC Magazine as the lead analyst of the software and mobile categories. Roubini pioneered new testing techniques and was in charge of directing all the lab work for PC Magazine’s blockbuster Windows cover story.

Roubini’s expertise covers all kinds of modern gadgets, computers, smartphones, software, appliances and vehicles. He is currently the editor in chief of Lab Reviews and has appeared as a leading technology expert on CNN Headline News, NBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, BBC, and several other television stations and publications. Roubini also serves regularly as a judge for the top international technology awards.

Jean-Pierre (JP) Abello has two decades of leadership experience in the consumer technology industry, holding product and engineering positions at both large and small companies including Nielsen, Yahoo, Philips Electronics, IBM, Liberate Technologies, Digeo and Vidiom Systems. Abello currently leads core R&D in Audience Measurement on the Internet of Things and Connected Devices for Nielsen’s Global Engineering organization. Prior to Nielsen, he was instrumental in the launch of Yahoo Connected TV, which received an Engineering Emmy Award in 2011 and has millions of active users on Smart TVs from Vizio, Samsung, LG, Sony and Toshiba. Abello also led the development of the CableLabs OCAP application platform for Time Warner Cable, and Digital TV middleware at Liberate Technologies. 

Abello holds master’s degrees in computer engineering from USC (Los Angeles) and aerospace engineering from Sup’Aero (France). He is a member of the TV Academy and served as a judge for the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards last year.

Jules Egyud has over 30 years of experience in the consumer technology industry as an engineer and as an executive. He is currently an independent consultant, helping companies plan and realize their next generations of products. Previously, Egyud was the vice president of engineering at Altec Lansing, the company that pioneered the first iPod™ and iPhone™ speaker docks. 

Prior to joining Altec, Egyud was the vice president of engineering at Digital 5, a high-tech startup specializing in digital multimedia products and technologies for the connected home. The company pioneered streaming technology that enabled several of the industry’s first DLNA-compliant consumer products to come to market.

Prior to Digital 5, he was the director of software engineering for Franklin Electronic Publishers, makers of the first portable handheld electronic reference products. These products included the famous Franklin Spelling Ace, as well as electronic bibles, speaking dictionaries, translators, etc.  Franklin became one of the early pioneers of the e-book category.

Klaas Gootjes is the CEO and president of GPO Beheer B.V.Shareholders from Q Company Group (www.qcompany.eu) and Car Safety Innovations Holding B.V.  
(www.car-safetyinnovations.com ). He has more than 40 years of extensive experience building and implementation strategy, e-commerce B2B/B2C/C2C/V2V, car/road safety as well as IT systems business for Fortune 500 companies and midsize market clients throughout Europe/U.S. and Pacific Rim. 

Gootjes has been responsible for implementing innovative and visionary results across business sectors, including the automotive car and truck industry, government agencies and consumer hardware and software manufactures among others. 

Gootjes is a graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in digital economy.

Karim Houni, Ph.D., is senior innovation project leader on smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) at SEB Group, world leader in small domestic appliances. From 2003 to 2006, he was working at Orange Labs, from 2006 to 2008 he worked at Telecom Lille Engineering School, and from 2008 to 2012 at Atos Worldline R&D Department.

He received his doctoral degree in 2008 in information and communication technologies, and a master’s degree in 2002 in electrical engineering and signal processing from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, France. 

Dr. Houni’s works and interests include user experience, mobility, Internet of Things, smart home, and more generally innovation management and digital empowerment.

Lawrence Kraman is the founder of Newport Classic. In its 28-year history it has been one of the most successful independent American classical CD companies and has been producer and/or engineer of more than 250 CDs. In 1995, Kraman became vice president for international product development for Sony Classical where he remained for two years. 

Recently migrating to the visual arts, he has executive produced PDQ Bach in Houston for Acorn Media; as well as producing and directing the critically acclaimed DVD of Carlisle Floyd's opera Willie Stark, which had its broadcast debut in June 2008 on Louisiana Public Television, and a 10 DVD set of concerts from The Newport Music Festival 2007. His film, “David Amram: The First 80 Years,” had its world premiere as a part of The Power Of Song award ceremony and concert at Symphony Space in New York City.

 He is currently filming his documentary ”Full Disclosure: The Search for Medical Error Transparency.”

Lee Clark-Sellers has been the innovation officer at Ply Gem Industries since 2011. In this role, Clark-Sellers is leading the effort to  help take innovation from merely a concept or catch phrase to a resourceful approach to how Ply Gem does business overall and  transitions to a culture that’s rooted in innovation.  This role is both internally and externally focused, with employees, partners and universities, as Ply Gem strengthens its strategic capabilities.  

To accomplish this, Clark-Sellers is currently leading the Ply Gem entity, Foundation Labs.  The Labs has three main focus areas: identification of new trends and technologies, quick prototyping new ideas, and incubation of those ideas.  

 Dr. Maria Gorlatova received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University (with the highest distinction) and her M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada. She has over 12 years of R&D experience in communications, networking, system security, and advanced product development, and has held positions at Columbia University, IBM, Telcordia Technologies and, most recently, D. E. Shaw Research. 
Dr. Gorlatova authored multiple top-tier papers on advanced ultra-low-power Internet of Things devices and on energy harvesting for the Internet of Things, and has also served on program committees of top communications and networking conferences. Dr. Gorlatova's achievements have been recognized with a Google Anita Borg Fellowship, an ACM Embedded Sensing Systems Best Technology Demonstration Award, and an IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications.

Maurizio Pesce is a technology reporter and online editor at Wired Italy. He also contributes to Wired.com where he reviews smartphones, tablets and everything in between.

He is a heavy traveler, gurmand, burger lover and uberfan of the Sampdoria soccer team. He can be found on twitter as @pestoverde.

Michael Kaufman has combined years of professional expertise as an architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), with a passion for cutting-edge technology by launching Architechnologist – an online magazine dedicated to exploring the emerging technology that affects how we interact with and experience the world around us. Most importantly, the focus will be on the end-user's view of new hardware, software and everything in-between―called “elseware.” 

A long-time resident of lower Manhattan, Kaufman was the technology editor at DOWNTOWN magazine (both in print and online), focusing on technology companies, personalities and events south of Houston Street and in the greater Manhattan area.

Kaufman has appeared as the featured interview on IdeaMensch.com and is one of the eMinutes "First 500 Entrepreneurs."

Nisha Sawhney is the founder of SnS Design Inc. where she specializes in the development of home appliances, housewares, consumer electronics, furniture and life style products. This includes conceptual design, prototyping, branding, packaging, graphics, point of purchase, 3D renderings, pre-sale presentation, mechanical design and engineering, manufacturing and retail placement.

Sawhney has worked with global consumer product companies and manufacturers in the U.S., Switzerland, Japan, Israel, India, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Hong Kong and China. Her clients include Haier, LG, Whirlpool, Westinghouse, Amana, Amcor, Edi-Baur, Rosco, LiFeng, Temptu, Zipz wine and many more. 

New York based Sawhney and her talented global thinking team have been helping companies, entrepreneurs and manufacturers globally for more than a decade bringing ideas and new products into existence utilizing holistic innovative product design solutions that sell. 
Sawhney was a valedictorian earning a master’s degree in industrial design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

Paul Lane serves as bureau chief at NBC News Radio affiliate KCAA AM-1050. He is the host of the weekday morning show on the station. Lane also is a former consumer electronics retail store owner. Since becoming a quadriplegic over 20 years ago, due to an automobile accident, it has been his mission to help bridge the gap between consumer electronics and the disabled community. This has led him to be chosen as an ambassador for the Los Angeles Abilities Expo. Over the past five years, with his morning show team they have broadcasted live from CES interviewing CTA industry professionals, executives and manufacturers in the consumer electronics industry.

Lane was featured in the nationally syndicated magazine Radio Ink in March 2013 and was their featured online story. He serves on the board of the American Advertising Federation Inland Empire Chapter in California.

Paul Wiles has nearly 20 years in automotive engineering experience, most of this in the area of infotainment. He is a technical specialist at Jaguar Land Rover with strategic responsibility for consumer electronic devices, media playback and telephony.

Wiles also works with external organizations such as Automotive Linux, DLNA, Bluetooth SIG and for the last three years he has been the lead of the CE Connectivity expert group inside the GENIVI alliance. He is also the strategic lead for a Media Manager open source project.

Phil Ventimiglia is Georgia State University’s first Chief Innovation Officer, and is helping shape the University’s exploration of new ideas for teaching and learning. He has nearly two decades of experience in new technology development and strategy, working internationally and across industries, to foster the growth of new technologies, encourage entrepreneurship and help grow educational opportunity.Ventimiglia currently serves as a mentor in Georgia Institute of Technology’s Flashpoint startup incubation program. Before joining Georgia State University, he was vice president for innovation and new product development at NCR Corp., where he lead a global team that
acted as an innovation catalyst and development accelerator. Ventimiglia was also vicepresident and general manager for the NCR Hyderabad Development Center in India. In Hyderabad, he was responsible for leading the creation of an independent, emerging market development center with end-to-end, in-market product development capabilities, including
engineering and product management. Also,while in Hyderabad, Ventimiglia helped facilitate the introduction of a new international school in order to improve educational options in the area.

Prior to NCR, he worked at Dell for over 10 years, helping to build and lead Dell’s entry into new lines of business, including Inspiron notebooks, Dell Printers, Dell Flat Panel Monitors, Dell TVs and Dell Projectors. In addition, he spent over three years in Singapore, helping to lead and build Dell’s Singapore Design Center.

Ventimiglia began his career as a product marketing manager with the IBM consumer division and held various engineering positions at Lockheed Sanders. He holds a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Phillip Olla is an mHealth specialist with over 18 years’ experience working at the leading edge of mobile innovation. He has worked with a wide spectrum of organizations such as Oracle, 02 Telefónica UK, British Telecom, CLSA and NASA. He performed a variety of roles including Director, Chief Technical Architect, Program Manager, and Solutions Designer. Dr. Olla is the CEO and founder of Mobile Diagnostic Services, and the VP of mHealth / executive advisor for iSTOC (Interactive Scan to Cloud)

Dr. Olla is a Professor or Healthcare Informatics, and Director of the Center for Research at Madonna University in Michigan USA, and visiting professor at Stanford University.
He is a worldwide speaker with speaking engagements, to fortune 100 companies in 12 countries and presented extensively to the academic and scientific community including the UN, and WHO.

Dr. Olla has a PhD in Mobile Information Systems from Brunel University in the UK, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals, and authored 3 industry reports along with 7 book chapters and 3 books.   

Pip Tompkin is the founder and creative director of Pip Tompkin Studio, a highly successful design studio based in Los Angeles, CA. The firm has helped companies develop unique, extraordinarily successful products, product strategies, UX solutions and brands. 
In 2001, Tompkin joined Design Edge, an Austin based industrial design consultancy. During his four years at Design Edge, he helped Dell develop industry leading products in the areas of gaming, education, consumer and enterprise markets. In 2005, he accepted a senior position at Nokia with a focus on developing smart devices for North American, European and Asian markets. 

Tompkin’s philosophy, “assume nothing” together with his Big Think, Big Idea methodology, has helped develop award winning innovative products and brands for numerous businesses, startups and large o organizations worldwide including: Microsoft, HTC, iRobot, Vizio, Toshiba,  Polycom, Herman  Miller, Steelcase,  and Knoll to name a few.

Qi (Peter) Li, Ph.D. received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, in 1995. From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Li worked at Bell Laboratories, AT&T and then Lucent Technologies as a member of technical staff in the Multimedia Communications Research Lab. In 2002, he established Li Creative Technologies Inc. (LcT), an innovator in audio, speech, and biometric solutions for the mobile, communications, e-commerce, healthcare, video conference, and entertainment industries. LcT is a winner of the 2011 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award. 

Li has over two dozen issued and filed patents in audio signal processing, speech and speaker recognition. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is the author of Speaker Authentication (Springer 2012) and is an elected member of the Speech and Language Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Robert Heiblim has more than 35 years of experience in the consumer technology field encompassing all phases of general management, including management of new technology startups, and high growth companies. 

Along with his teams Heiblim has developed, marketed and sold hundreds of millions of devices through most global outlets for consumer electronics. He has helped introduce many market innovations and continues to do so. He is the vice chairman of the Audio Division, and also vice chair of the Business Council of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ and a board member. He is a trustee of the CTA Foundation.

Heiblim is co-founder and principal of BlueSalve Professional Consulting and Interim Management providing strategy and execution counsel, service and expertise in consumer technology.

Heiblim has consulted to clients including AT&T, Sony, Panasonic/Matsushita, Best Buy, The Good Guys!, Harman International, iBiquity Digital, Chase Capital Partners, GPX, Eleven Engineering, Indigo Manufacturing, Blade, API, Sonance, Plantronics, Altec Lansing Technologies, Tymphany, VPVP, Klipsch, Tweeter Etc., ICX Global, Nokia, Philips, Sony, Skullcandy, Wal-Mart, CEBus Industry Council, Audiovox, Avega Systems, Aperion, Terk Technologies, Gemini Industries, D&M Holdings, Focus Enhancements, Cernium and many others.  Previously, Heiblim served as CEO of etown.com, an online consumer electronics data service, president of KH America, the American subsidiary of Gold Peak, one of Hong Kong’s largest electronics manufacturers and president of Denon Electronics, an internationally acclaimed supplier of audio, video, automotive, professional, industrial and musical electronics. Heiblim directed and conceived Denon’s overall marketing strategy and product development for Denon.

Heiblim is active in the industry serving as Audio Division chair for the then EIA/CEG (CEA), on their executive committee, as chair of the DAR Manufacturers Caucus, vice president of the Compact Disc Group that launched and began the digital transition, and has continued to work on each new stage in the digital transition and numerous other industry activities including standards setting, new technology launches and promotion. Heiblim serves as a mentor for CTA advising member companies.

Ron Picard graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Michigan State University in 1985 and began his career at General Motors Research Laboratories (GMR).  While at GMR, he worked on automating the mainframes used within the Research Labs, and volunteered for a special project whose goal was to save General Motors one hundred million dollars in its first year.  The team of three programmers produced an analysis tool used by assembly plants to increase vehicle throughput based on GMR’s internal research.  Others on the team worked with assembly plants to utilize the tool effectively.

Since 2001, he has been with Chicago-based ComGraphics Inc.  His main duties include architecting and implementing forward-facing IT systems and Web-based platforms, concentrating on ease of use while insuring data integrity and security.

Shane Fernandes is the CTO of California based IP4Group and is responsible for the corporation’s strategic leadership and technical direction.  Fernandes has over 20 years of experience as the architect of innovative IT solutions for companies in the Telecom sector.

As co-editor for NewGizmo Blog, Fernandes is responsible for overseeing the online publication’s content, growth and direction.  He is passionate about digital technology and enjoys predicting the next big, disruptive and mind-blowing trends.  As a regular columnist for New Gizmo Blog and Gadget Grid he has written and reported on a variety of digital related subjects.  He also speaks to groups on the next big emerging trends.

Shay Goldberg is the creative director and co-founder of iApps Technologies. He is an industrial design graduate of HIT - Holon Institute of Technology (honors).
Goldberg’s experience as the former owner and manager of Alpha Design industrial design studio has made him a user interface/user experience expert. His company, iApps Technologies, creates mobile solutions for companies and entrepreneurs – focusing on high-end mobile development, user experience and market penetration.

 Motorcyclist, engineer, and Calvin and Hobbes fanatic, Sid Nair is Sr. Director of Marketing & Product Management at Teletrac Navman. He currently leads product and UX teams to create the best SaaS fleet management platform for global transportation. Prior to Teletrac Navman, Sid held leadership roles at Magellan, Honeywell, Trimble and John Deere in both product development and strategy. His team at Magellan developed cloud-based connected car applications that provided social content based on driver behavior.  He has worked on everything from precision agriculture to aircraft landing systems, knowing that a great product needs a great team. Sid has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, specializing in avionics.

Srikanth Kavoori has over 10 years of experience designing and developing software for mobile phones, set-top boxes and ATM switches.  He has worked across the software stack starting from device drivers, middle-ware and user Interface. He also has hands on programming experience using C and C++ and has handled multiple roles in SDLC like tester, developer, lead and architect. Kavoori has rich experience coordinating multiple teams and working in multi-cultural and multi-location backdrops. He has handled several key responsibilities such as requirements analysis, design, development, integration, planning, tracking, coordination, complete ownership, single point of contact, sales support, POCs, people management, scrum master, mentoring, training, interviewing and 3rd line support. 

He is a member of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Broadcasting Technology Society. Kavoori has an engineering degree in electronics and communications and an MBA in information systems.

Stefan Mozar is the president of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, and an adjunct professor at Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), in South China. He obtained his engineering degrees from the University of New South Wales, Australia and his MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a fellow of the IEAust, and a Chartered Professional Engineer. He is also a senior member of the IEEE, and ASQ.

Most of his work experience is in consumer technology, where he has worked for organizations such as Philips in Singapore as well as Grundig and Nordmende in Germany. Currently, he is a board member of the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society and has served on the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB). He has worked on projects that have won about 30 international design awards. His work has also resulted in patents, research papers, and book chapters.

Stephen Baker is NPD’s vice president of industry analysis for the consumer technology, mobile and commercial technology industries.  Baker offers expert insight and commentary to clients and the media about consumer technology sales and trends across the U.S. and regionally, including retail and e-commerce, computer hardware and peripherals, holiday and yearly sales results, and analysis of new products and their impact on the consumer technology market. 

He also analyzes trends in the mobile market including the top smartphone manufacturers, the pre and post-paid mobile phone market, and the integration of smartphones with other hardware and software. Baker offers expert insight about NPD’s commercial technology business, analyzing trends in the distributor, reseller and VAR channels.  He looks at the distribution of key CE, IT, and software products and how manufacturers are ranking in the commercial space.
Baker has been tracking and analyzing the technology industry for nearly 20 years.

Stephen L. Brown is a seasoned and dynamic technology professional with over 15 years of industry experience in application development, technology product analysis and startup business mentoring. As a highly skilled programmer, Brown has been team lead on development projects with several biometric security firms, the state of Georgia Tax Division and SunTrust Banks. He has also created educational software and e-learning modules on programming techniques for the largest IT Training Institution in Georgia.
As a developer with the Georgia Department of Revenue, Brown and his team were responsible for securing over 10 million tax division records with highly encrypted biometric security protocols that only revenue employees could access.

Currently, Brown is a full-time IT consultant. He conducts Web seminars, business workshops, and technology product analysis for startup entrepreneurs. He is also involved with several startup ventures launching this winter, and is lead tech writer for DigitalAfro.com.

Suneil Mishra is a tech industry veteran with experience in designing, marketing and deploying interactive technologies and branded experiences.  As a consultant and advisor for multiple high-tech clients, Mishra is bringing new ventures to markets as diverse as gaming, TV, gesture, communications and wearable devices, with over 45Mn products shipped across industries worldwide.  An expert in building application ecosystems around novel core-tech, Mishra has almost 20 years in Silicon Valley as an executive, consultant, advisor and investor. 

Associated venture-backed companies assisted have raised over $100 million with exits/acquisitions totaling over $500 billion worldwide.  In his most recent employment role –as U.S.-based vice president of sales and marketing for PrimeSense (now acquired by Apple) – Mishra led deals in supplying the core tech for Microsoft’s Kinect camera – the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history.  He holds a master’s degree in computer science from the George Washington University and resides in Palo Alto, CA.

Tim Moore is the CEO of Urbansoft Technologies, which creates mobile and wearable software applications. Forbes magazine calls Moore "an emerging thought leader in the world of wearable technology.” He has traveled the world working on new product launches and innovations with global partners like EPSON, Vuzix, Google, and numerous others. He has a wide range of experience across numerous top brands and industries including Coca-Cola, NASCAR, NBA, and Paramount Pictures, just to name a few. Huffington Post identified Moore as "a true visionary; and it takes just seconds to know he is from the future." 

 Victor Berrios, the 1997 recipient of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award for community service, has worked for over twenty years in the wireless communication industry.

He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all technology programs for the Alliance and for supporting Work Group efforts in the development and maintenance of wireless communication standards.

Victor is a recognized expert in the short range wireless industry as evidenced by his contributions to the RF4CE Network; ZigBee Remote Control, ZigBee Input Device, ZigBee Healthcare, and ZigBee Low Power End Device Specifications. He was recognized by the Continua Health Alliance as its Spring 2011 Key Contributor in recognition for his contributions to the success of the Test and Certification Work Group. 

He received his bachelor's of science in computer engineering from Iowa State University, his master's in electrical engineering from Arizona State University (ASU), and his master's in business administration from ASU.