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Building for Billions at IoT DevCon

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SmartThings Developers

After our SmartThings team’s successful presence at the IoT World event, it was time to evangelize to developers at the IoT Developer Conference. The Santa Clara Convention Center was the chosen venue for the IoT Developer’s Conference that our team sponsored in June.

Developers, CTO’s, managers and other IoT enthusiasts attended the event. The discussions included the real challenges and solutions in IoT from a technical viewpoint. What makes this conference unique and exciting is that the focus is on IoT Developers! We had the opportunity to hack away to our heart’s content.

We were deep in technology topics that ranged from device design, optimization strategies, gateway deployment, security, software and of course, deep-learning methods to manage and monitor all those data innovations.

Jeanine Jue, SmartThings’s Head of Developer Relations, gave a fascinating talk entitled “Building for Billions… Next Gen IoT.” Our industry continues to evolve rapidly, and developers are the trend-setters that are making it happen. As predicted, the clouds are getting bigger. Cities and homes are getting smarter and billions of devices will be connected by 2020.

Jeanine talked about what is happening in IoT. The industry has transformed from the Internet of Things to the Intelligence of Things where artificial intelligence plays a key role in providing more enhanced and automated experiences. Many opportunities are available for building IoT solutions which expand beyond the smart home space which may transition to solutions for Elder Care Services, Digital Health and other verticals.

When building out your IoT solution, it is critical to think about expansion to other verticals. For example, the Samsung Gear watch is also capable of being used not just for the Smart Home, but our innovative wearable devices are now being used in industrial and manufacturing settings, for example, to notify employees of inventory shortage on the assembly line.

Jeanine also discussed the urgent demand for IoT developers. IoT Developers continue to play a critical role in IoT and will drive the ecosystem in determining the future of IoT. If the shortage of developers continues, revenue opportunities could be impacted.

Here at Samsung SmartThings, we focus on simplifying the developer experience in order for developers to be successful in building and launching their IoT solutions.

Jeanine’s presentation also discussed the power of the SmartThings ecosystem and how various elements of our ecosystem will enable developers to build and integrate devices, services, and existing solutions into the SmartThings Cloud. With SmartThings innovative tools, such as our Developer Workspace and SDKs, developers are able to start building quickly.

Of course, the SmartThings experience would not be complete without our open platform which encourages innovation.

During the presentation Jeanine gave away a dozen SmartThings hubs to winners of her impromptu “History of SmartThings” quiz show from the podium. Make no mistake, the IoT developer community is a lot “Smarter than a Fifth Grader.”

We look forward to seeing you at the next IoT Developer’s Conference (IoT DevCon) next year. In the meantime, Samsung SmartThings is planning a series of workshops later this year. We have had many RSVPs from IoT DevCon for our free developer workshops to be announced in the fall.

If you would like more information on this opportunity, sign up for a free account! And don’t forget to mark your calendar for November 7-8, 2018 for Samsung’s annual Samsung Developer’s Conference to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco where you will have the opportunity to network with thousands of Samsung developers including IoT and AI experts.

In the meantime, the summer is heating up and the Samsung SmartThings team will be working hard on some exciting new projects. So, enjoy swimming on the beach and those backyard barbecues.

We will continue to keep you posted.

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