WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2017 USA

July 25-26, 2017
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

The WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2017 USA is THE must attend event for all decision makers in the industry. On July 25-26 in San Francisco WT | Wearable Technologies will guide you through the current status of the wearable market presenting a thrilling conference program, an extensive conference exhibition and networking opportunities with the who’s who from the entire WT ecosystem. For the 6th consecutive year, the event will help you set your focus and give guidance for your business and strategy. No more exaggerated hype! Now it’s time to talk real business.

Register here!

Are you a startup? Here you can apply for our reduced fees.

Here you can find hotels for your stay in San Francisco.

Some impressions of last year’s conference:

Speakers 2017

  • Jerry Bautista, Intel

    Jerry Bautista, Intel


    Jerry Bautista is the vice president and general manager of the New Business Group, chartered with driving new revenue growth opportunities for Intel.

    The New Business Group is composed of two separate groups: the New Devices Group (NDG) and the New Business Initiatives (NBI) group. NDG creates primarily consumer-facing wearable and IoT devices. NDG is capable of full industrial design, hardware and software architecture and end-to-end manufacturing to produce fully finished consumer devices. NBI seeks new business opportunities in services, software and hardware. Once identified, these ventures are incubated to early stage products and market revenue before transfer to an existing or newly created business unit.

    Prior to this assignment, Bautista led an Intel Labs microprocessor research team chartered with driving the transfer of research into product development and helping to set Intel’s strategic research agenda for future microprocessor technology ingredients.
    Before joining Intel, Bautista served as the CTO of an optical device startup and spent 13 years at Lucent Bell Labs in the field of optical components and communication systems/networks, with assignments ranging from basic Bell Labs research to development, operations, and strategic marketing.

    He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University both in chemical engineering.

  • Alain Porret, CSEM

    Alain Porret, CSEM


    Alain Porret is currently VP, Integrated and Wireless Systems, at CSEM, where he leads a group focusing on ultra-low-power solutions for wearables, IoT applications, and industrial sensors. Previously, he spent 13 years in the US where he co-founded several start-ups related to digital broadcast technologies and participated to the ascent of the “silicon tuner”. He earned his Ph.D. from EPFL (Switzerland) by contributing to the then-young topic of ultra-low-power CMOS transceivers.

  • Mary Liz McCurdy, Google Play Apps

    Mary Liz McCurdy, Google Play Apps


    Mary Liz McCurdy, Global Head of Health & Fitness, Google Play Apps BD Mary Liz is passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives through accessible technology. As the lead for Health & Fitness for Android and Google Play, she challenges developers to build high impact apps to improve everyone’s health, everywhere. Mary Liz has been at Google for 6 years and also serves on the board of The Stanford Daily, where she previously ran business business operations. Mary Liz is dedicated to wellness as former Stanford Track & Field student-athlete, current high school cross country & track coach, certified yoga and meditation teacher. Get in touch at: marylizmccurdy.com or on twitter: @marylizmcc

  • Mike McBride, Huawei

    Mike McBride, Huawei


    As Senior Director of Innovation, within Huawei's IP innovation group, Mike leads SDN, NFV, Cloud, 5G, AR/VR architecture, standardization, strategy and collaboration with customers, partners and product lines. Mike leads an opensource team which contributes to various opensource communities, primarily within the Linux Foundation, in the development of use cases, PoCs and technology strategy. Mike has served as an IETF Working Group chair and ONF leader for many years.

  • Nitin Pai, TATA ELXSI

    Nitin Pai, TATA ELXSI


    Nitin Pai is the Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Tata Elxsi.
    Tata Elxsi is a global design and technology services company that works with customers across the world, helping them design and deliver great experiences through their products and services.
    Nitin started his career as a designer for one of the world’s leading motorcycle companies before joining Tata Elxsi.
    In 1999, he initiated Tata Elxsi’s design business and was responsible for growing it into Asia’s leading industrial design and product design studio.
    Nitin has over twenty-five years of industry experience in R&D, new product development, consulting and marketing for the automotive, consumer electronics and telecom industries.

    He holds a B.E (Honors) degree in mechanical engineering from BITS, Pilani and a degree in Executive General Management from IIM, Bangalore.

  • Aki Pulkkinen, Firstbeat

    Aki Pulkkinen, Firstbeat


    Aki Pulkkinen, M.Sc., leads Firstbeat’s consumer technologies business. He has extensive experience in consumer products, physiological design and sports and fitness contents. He studied Exercise Physiology at the University of Jyväskylä and he is one of the founding members of Firstbeat.

  • Marcel Spieler, Arvato SCM Solutions

    Marcel Spieler, Arvato SCM Solutions


    Marcel is heading up the Global Business Development Hightech & Entertainment at Arvato SCM Solutions.
    Arvato offers globally integrated supply chain and omni-channel solutions. The broad range of services covers the entire forward and reverse logistic supply chain for B2B and B2C.
    Marcel is very passionate about setting up customized solutions for Arvato’s business partners. Always having in mind the key challenge for 3PLs in today's world – global consistency in all service levels.
    Arvato SCM Solutions is with over 60 locations in 21 countries in the US, Europe and Asia one of the top ranked international supply chain & e-commerce outsourcing partners.

  • Dr. Martin Kluke, DELO

    Dr. Martin Kluke, DELO


    Martin Kluke works as a product manager at DELO Industrial Adhesives since 2008. He has over ten years experience in the chemical industry with different positions in research and development, engineering and product management. At DELO he is responsible for the broad portfolio of light curing acrylate based adhesives. Beside this responsibility he is exploring the field of wearable electronics for DELO since 2 years.

  • Gerald J. Wilmink, WiseWear

    Gerald J. Wilmink, WiseWear


    Dr. Gerald “Jerry” J. Wilmink is the Founder and CEO of WiseWear. Jerry started WiseWear in his San Antonio garage in 2013 after his grandfather passed away due to a fatal fall. On a mission to “right this wrong”, WiseWear was founded to develop a family of consumer health care & medical device products that empower individuals with the tools that they need to lead happy, healthy, safe & productive lives.

    WiseWear operates as a boutique engineering design firm that creates branded & cobranded IoT products from “napkin-to-retail shelf.” WiseWear’s products have been awarded top design and technology honors, and are currently available at Saks Fifth Avenue and other fine retailers.

    Dr. Wilmink formerly served as a consultant for Venture Capital firms, and a program manager for the Department of Defense’s $3 Billion Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)program. Jerry earned a BS, MS, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin. As a National Academy of Science's research associate he founded the 1st Terahertz biosensing laboratory in the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has penned a several patents, published 55 manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles, and has delivered over 100 keynote or plenary presentations at conferences including CES, RISE, TEDMED, SXSW, and SPIE.

  • Philipp Miehlich, VARTA Microbattery

    Philipp Miehlich, VARTA Microbattery


    Philipp Miehlich started his career as an accomplished Radio- and TV-Technician for seven years before studying Economics & Electronics. In 1986 he joined former Philips Signetics Corporation. In 1991 he joined VARTA Batterie AG (now VARTA Microbattery GmbH) and has held various Key Product and Sales Management positions. Since 2009 he is General Manager Marketing and Sales OEM.

  • Christian Stammel, Wearable Technologies

    Christian Stammel, Wearable Technologies


    As founder and CEO Christian Stammel has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales as well as an excellent international network. Using this expertise he supported numerous international companies of all sizes regarding business development, technology marketing, and increase of sales activities with his innovation and marketing company Navispace AG. The natural next step to Navispace’s huge success “Wearable Technology” was the incorporation of the Wearable Technologies AG in 2011. Since then, WT served as a business accelerator for more than 3000 renowned companies and will remain the key hub for marketing new technologies in this field in the years to come.

  • Raphael Lang, BABYBE

    Raphael Lang, BABYBE


    Raphael Lang is CTO and Co-founder of BABYBE creating the worlds first haptical emotional prothesis for premature infants.
    Raphael Lang is born 1983 in Germany and is Mechatronics Ingenieer aswell a Master Degree in Integral Innovation. Awarded with several innovation awards likeChile's innovation Healthcare Award and Intel MIW Finalist and Winner 2015/16 IoT Awards Biggest Social Impact.

  • Brenna Raschel French, Quantified AG

    Brenna Raschel French, Quantified AG


    Brenna French has experience as a UX/UI Designer in-house, within a marketing agency, and for her own freelance company. Her focus has always been on giving users the best experiences possible through in-person feedback and design research. She has worked with several brands including Hallmark Business Connections, Nordic Ware, and The Iowa Clinic. Today, she's driven to push better user experiences to the entire livestock industry alongside her team at Quantified Ag.

  • Jeff Katz, Geeny

    Jeff Katz, Geeny


    Jeff is an excellent communicator with extensive experience in professional software and hardware development across a wide range of environments and languages in an even more diverse set of problem spaces including physical access control, financial services, e-commerce, home entertainment and automotive. He is currently focusing on the Internet of Things.

    As a technologist, architect, full-stack software, hardware, and RF engineer, Jeff enjoys getting his hands dirty throughout the entire process and derives satisfaction from building and leading amazing teams and from working with great people to solve real and interesting.

    Jeff is currently responsible for technology and the development team, as well as strategy and platform evangelism at Geeny.

  • Elizabeth Quist , Takeda Pharmaceutical

    Elizabeth Quist , Takeda Pharmaceutical


    Elizabeth Quist is the Director of Specialty Market Access for Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A, Inc. She is currently based in the Chicago area and her approach to developing the value proposition of products is to connect the communication dots between the various stakeholders that influence the decision making process. Two years ago, she introduced the idea of leveraging wearable technology to help improve the ongoing dialogue between patients and their physicians where diseases are mostly symptomatic and lack quantitative measurements. This led to the build of iBData which is currently in pilot phase with two Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centers and preparing for National launch. Her experience and background is primarily in Healthcare Marketing across many therapeutic areas including Cardiovascular, Diabetes, General GI and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

  • Jonathan Israel, Takeda Pharmaceutical

    Jonathan Israel, Takeda Pharmaceutical


    Since joining Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc. (TPUSA) in 2009, Jonathan Israel has championed customer centricity across multiple brands within the company’s portfolio. Jonathan began his career at Takeda in the Business Insights and Strategy (BIS) group in TPUSA, where he led US market research and launch planning for key product launches and joint ventures. In his current role in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Marketing, Jonathan manages commercial pull-through strategies for access and reimbursement for a key product in Takeda’s Specialty Business Unit. Jonathan graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literatures. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.

  • Thorsten Brandt, Safilo

    Thorsten Brandt, Safilo


    Thorsten Brandt was born in Germany. He spent most of his adult life in different countries around the world, working for P&G
    During his 15 years at Procter & Gamble in marketing, consumer insights, global brand strategy development and local adaptations of global campaigns he was able to work across different brands within P&G and various countries and regions.

    Currently at Safilo, he is the General Manager for Smith as well as Head of Front End Consumer Innovation, which is the group out of which the Safilo X, brain-sensing eyewear project was born.

  • Thomas Felis, thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas

    Thomas Felis, thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas


    Thomas Felis is the VP for Innovation and the Head of thyssenkrupp Elevator’s Research Innovation Centers at Ga Tech in Atlanta as well as Porto Alegre, Brazil. Thomas leadership vision is to create the best possible infrastructure to enable his team to conduct ground breaking research creating new solutions for the Business Area Elevator of thyssenkrupp serving its customers. Main focus areas being IIoT, including but not limited to machine learning and cyber physical systems.

  • Ben Ryan , Ambionics

    Ben Ryan , Ambionics


    Ben Ryan is CEO and founder of Ambionics. He invented body powered and power assisted hydraulic prosthetics for infants after his own son lost his left arm following an injury at birth.
    Ben abandoned his 12 year career as a psychology lecturer in order to pursue this new technology to help his son Sol and children like him around the world.”

  • Zarni Tun, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

    Zarni Tun, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors


    Zarni Tun is an applications engineer for Infrared-LED emitters, lasers and optical sensors at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc, supporting customers throughout North America (Canada, United States of America and Mexico). He has 15 years of combined engineering experience for companies such as Texas instruments, Motorola Solutions, Unisys, and Teradyne. In his spare time, Zarni volunteers his time for social and education causes in organizations such as United Way Silicon Valley.

  • Peter Mankowski, Celesstia Health

    Peter Mankowski, Celesstia Health


    Peter is the technical visionary who is inspired by real world problems to create create vastly connected technologies across many industries. Peter is an accomplished research team leader and gifted innovator with an established record of over 100 successful patent submissions (USPTO). Peter has contributed to many technical achievements while working at technology companies at the forefront of their respective fields- BlackBerry, P2M Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, SiGe Semiconductor, IceFyre and Semiconductor to name a few. Peter has taken his experience and skill set and pioneered several successful start-ups, including his most recent venture; a wearable undergarment for women at risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Linh Le, BonBouton

    Linh Le, BonBouton


    Linh Le is a chemical engineer by training, he has published multiple papers, international conference proceedings and currently holds six US patent. He later found Bonbouton to bring cutting-edge sensing technology into one of the most human essentials, a.k.a clothes. Prior to that, he got his MS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and BS in Chemistry from Vietnam National University. As a vivid distance runner, he recently acquired ultra-marathoner title, and planned to run all the World Marathon Majors

  • Elvis Goren, Komodo Technologies

    Elvis Goren, Komodo Technologies


    Elvis Goren a co-founder at KOMODO Technologies, and inventor of the AIO Smart Sleeve. Being a lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, Elvis has great passion for wearable technology and smart garments that look to improve an athlete’s performance and recovery. He wanted to create the best wearable, one that will improve the user experience by providing more information than what today’s fitness trackers show, and to show the most accurate information so they can become the best version of themselves.

  • Danz Chase, VylyV Lab

    Danz Chase, VylyV Lab


    Danz Chase major in social psychology. Before joining VylyV Lab, Danz has been doing product design for both software and hardware startups.

  • Joseph Wei, Lab360

    Joseph Wei, Lab360


    Joseph Wei is a co-founder and Managing Director of Lab360 (www.Lab360.com), an incubator that provides investment, mentorship, and business acceleration for early stage startups focusing on wearable, IoT and other smart devices. Lab360 is supported by Qihoo 360 (NYSE:QIHU), one of the leading Internet companies in China. Joseph is an experienced entrepreneur, technologist and startup mentor. Prior to Lab360, he founded SJW Consulting Inc., (www.sjwconsulting.com) a technology and business strategy consulting firm advising C-level executives at global 1000 technology on technology trends and business strategy. Previously, he held executive positions at Inventec, Silicon Graphics (SGI), NEC and DEC (acquired by Compaq/HP) where he launched innovative products grossing a total of over $1 billion in revenue. He is recognized for his expertise in wearables, IoT, Cloud computing, and is a frequent speaker and author on these topics. He is the Chair of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section, and, the Consumer Electronics Society, where IEEE is the world's largest technical professional association with over 440,000 members. He is an advisor to several startups, as well as a mentor to Alchemist Accelerator, AngelHack HACKcelerator and RoyseLaw AgTech Incubator.

  • Tom Emrich, Super Ventures

    Tom Emrich, Super Ventures


    As a writer, consultant and community builder, Tom Emrich uses
    his passion for emerging technologies to act as a catalyst to
    bring on the future. He founded We Are Wearables, an organization
    that rallies the tech community together to discover, discuss and
    demo wearable tech in order to foster adoption and facilitate
    innovation in this space. Tom writes regularly about wearables and
    other emerging technologies and works with startups, and large
    organizations as an advisor and consultant offering assistance on
    product development, marketing and organizational strategy.

  • Robert Falco, TÜV SÜD

    Robert Falco, TÜV SÜD


    Robert has worked for more than a decade in regulatory compliance and served globally diverse corporations including Whirlpool and Honeywell. He earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley.
    Currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert spent several years abroad in Europe (Germany) and Asia (Japan). At TÜV SÜD, Robert Falco is part of the global regulatory services team, working primarily with companies headquartered in North America.

    TÜV SÜD is a business-to-business engineering services firm providing international safety testing and certification services. Founded nearly 150 years ago in 1866, TÜV SÜD employs over 20,000 professionals active in over 600 locations worldwide. With revenue exceeding EUR 2.0B. in 2014, TÜV SÜD is one of the largest companies in the testing and certification industry.

  • Maureen Conners, Fashion Incubator SF

    Maureen Conners, Fashion Incubator SF


    Maureen is a Board Director at Fashion Incubator SF and former Board Director at Deckers (NYSE: DECK), makers of Ugg, Hoka and other Lifestyle Brands. She is a visionary leader and former Senior Exec at Gillette (P& G), Levi’s and Mattel - who helped build iconic, world class brands and increased shareholder value at these companies. She advises CEO’s and Boards on Strategy and New Technologies for increasing global revenue growth. Her consulting focus is on integrating Tech for Lifestyle Brands (Wearables, Retail Tech, AI, VR/AR, and Robotics). As an expert at the innovation of new product categories, she has been in every role from Brand Manager (launching a $100 million brand in its first year at Gillette) to Board Member (overseeing the growth of Deckers from $300 million to $1.8 Billion). She helps companies develop partnerships and products with global Consumer, Retail and Technology companies. Clients have included: Ralph Lauren, Adidas (Rockport), Essilor, Johnson and Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Southcorp Wines, Western Union Money Zap and many Startups. In 2017, she has spoken about Wearables and Fashion Tech, VR/AR and Major New Technologies at The Deloitte Board Director Symposium, The National Association of Corporate Directors, NewCo SF, The Stanford Center on Longevity and other Industry Conferences.

  • Bryson Voirin, Max Planck Institute

    Bryson Voirin, Max Planck Institute


    Bryson Voirin is a scientific problem solver. He is a research fellow at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian in Panama, and a wildlife neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Bryson also works as a freelance television presenter and project management consultant for various projects. Bryson works on a broad range of topics, ranging from the mysteries of the brain, how to effectively communicate complex research to the public via popular media, and why we sleep, to the logistical coordination of conducting business in developing nations. Bryson Voirin is based in Munich and San Francisco.

Agenda WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2017 USA

Tuesday, 25th July 2017
10:00 Introduction by Christian Stammel, WT | Wearable Technologies
  Keynote Jerry Bautista, VP and GM, New Devices Group, Intel
10:35 Fashion & Consumer Brands & Wearables moderated by Maureen Conners, Board Director at Fashion Incubator San Francisco
  Smart Jewelry that Keeps you Safe Gerald J. Wilmink, Founder & CEO, WiseWear
  Smith Lowdown Focus Smart Glasses Thorsten Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer&Global Brand Leader Smith, Safilo
11:55 Keynote
  50 Years of Electronics – From the First Wearable to a Hyperconnected World Alain Serge Porret, Vice President Integrated and Wireless Systems, CSEM
01:00 Lunch Break & Elevator Pitches at the Demo Stage
02:15 Business Beyond Products and Technologies
  Getting your Fitness App Fit with Google Play Mary Liz McCurdy, Global Head of Health & Fitness, Google Play Apps
  Building Partnerships Between Brand Owners and Suppliers for the Future of Point of Sale Marcel Spieler, Vice President, Global Business Development Hightech & Entertainment, Arvato SCM Solutions
  Beyond the Drawer: Increasing Retention and Lifetime Value With an Open Approach Jeff Katz, CTO, Geeny
03:20 The Latest Enabling Technologies for Tomorrow's Wearables
  Graphene-Enabled Smart Fabric - from Medical to Consumer Applications Linh Le, Founder & CEO, BonBouton
  Highest Energy Density in Rechargeable Micro Power Philipp Miehlich, General Manager Business Unit OEM, VARTA Microbattery
  Smart Adhesives: Unknown Properties to Enable your Device Technology Dr. Martin Kluke, Product Manager, DELO
04:25 Coffee Break Sponsored by Alium Batteries
04:55 Wearables for Industrial & Professionals
  TBA, Proglove
  HoloLens for Chairlifts Thomas Felis, VP Innovation, thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas
  Future of Optical Technology in Wearables and AR/VR/MR Zarni Tun, Application Manager, NAFTA, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors
  Design Thinking for Industrial & Professional Wearables Nitin Pai, SVP and Head of Marketing & Strategy, Tata Elxsi
06:20 Closing Remarks by Christian Stammel, WT | Wearable Technologies
06:25 Get-Together and Networking Party at WT exhibition sponsored by PCH Lime Lab
Wednesday, 26th July 2017
10:00 Introduction by Christian Stammel, WT | Wearable Technologies
  Introduction: Making Wearables Safe and Customers Happy Chris Godfrey , TÜV SÜD
  Keynote: Huawei Wearables: WT-certified and Connected Mike McBride, Sr. Director of Innovation & Technology Strategy, Huawei
10:45 Keynote
  TBA TBA, flex
11:20 Wearables for a Healthier Future
  The Story of Ambionics James Benjamin Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Ambionics
  The Human Body Constantly Speaks to Us, iOT Let's Us Listen Peter Mankowski, CEO, Celesstia Health
  Wearables for Disease Management: Improving Communication between Doctors and Patients Jonathan Israel Senior Product Manager IBD Marketing and Elizabeth Quist, Director Specialty Market Access, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  TBA TBA, PCHA (Personal Connected Health Alliance)
12:45 Lunch Break & Elevator Pitches at the Demo Stage
02:15 The Latest in Sports & Fitness Wearables
  Personalization and Actionability: Making Wearables into Must Have Products Aki Pulkkinen, Director, Consumer Technologies, Firstbeat Technologies
  Step in to the New Age of Wearables with the Smart Compression Sleeve Elvis Goren, Co-Founder, Komodo Technologies
  Starting with a Concept of Proof – Under Water Communication Today and in Future Michael Feicht, CEO, Free-Linked
03:40 Coffee break Sponsored by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors
04:10 Everything Wearable : New Market Areas
  VylyV Shorts: Play Game to Boost Manhood Danz Chase, Product Director, VylyV Lab
  BABYBE, Wearing a Mom Emotional Prosthetics for Healthcare Raphael Lang, CTO & Co-Founder, BABYBE
  Design for Cattle Wearables - How UX Design Affects your Dinner Plate Brenna Raschel French, UX/UI Designer, Quantified AG
  ICARUS (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space) Dr. Bryson Voirin, ICARUS Scientist, Max Planck Institute and California Academy of Science
05:35 Closing Remarks by Christian Stammel, WT | Wearable Technologies