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Haystack Connect 2022 offers an unprecedented opportunity to speak directly to people who share your vision and passion.

The Haystack Connect 2022 Virtual Event Series will feature dynamic presentations from the best and brightest individuals in the building automation, energy efficiency, and IoT markets; providing insights on current and future trends.

Eric Anderson

Software Engineer, Tridium
Eric Anderson, Software Engineer at Tridium, has worked on the Niagara core including tagging and hierarchies since 2015. He has also contributed to the nHaystack module.

Shilpa Basappa

Director of Product Development, 75F
Shilpa Basappa is 75F’s Director of Product Development. Prior to this role, she served at the company’s Associate Director of Engineering. An accomplished engineering leader, product manager, and full-stack software developer, Shilpa has 17 years experience in leadership and product development.

Aaron Brondum

Vice President of Customer Service, Prescriptive Data
Aaron Brondum currently serves as Prescriptive Data’s—a smart building and real estate sustainability artificial intelligence company—Vice President of Customer Service, laser-focused on optimizing tenant comfort, in tandem with decreasing carbon emissions. In this role, he oversees installation, customer service, professional services, and project development of the PropTech brand’s flagship product: Nantum OS. Brondum joined the team in 2017, after leading Yardi’s Eastern Region Operations, serving as MSS Solutions’ Branch Manager, and Scheider Electric/Yamas Controls’ Senior Application Engineer. Brondum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Maritime Academy. Brondum is also a Certified Energy Manager.

Anto Budiardjo

CEO, Padi, Inc.

Anto Budiardjo is a fractional entrepreneur, spending his time with technology companies in and around the Internet of Things. As a creative entrepreneur, Anto has extensive experience working with product creation, customer development, product positioning, strategic marketing as well as technical functions including product and software development. Anto excels in working with complex multi-stakeholder systems, explicitly identifying customer challenges, reducing complexities to expose fundamental and core problems, and envisioning features and value propositions of technology offerings.

John Burton

CEO, UrsaLeo

John Burton is a serial entrepreneur with extensive expertise in technology and manufacturing. He is the co-founder and CEO of UrsaLeo, an immersive 3D platform that combines digital twin technology with real-time and historical data from IoT streams, ERP, maintenance, and other enterprise systems. In less than three years, John and his co-founder have raised funding and built a platform that is disrupting the way IoT data is visualized, collected, and analyzed while also transforming industries that include energy, construction, and manufacturing. Prior to UrsaLeo, John served as the president of Macnica Americas, formerly Octera Solutions, which he helped grow to more than $50MM in revenue. As the founder and president of Octera, John secured an acquisition from Macnica and remained as the president after the sale of the company.

Emma Eynon

CEO & Founder, Fantom Factory

Emma Eynon is the CEO of Fantom Factory Ltd, a new exciting company providing training and consultancy services for Project Haystack and SkySpark. Emma co-founded Fantom Factory with her husband and business partner, Steve Eynon, to offer technical assistance for people in all size organizations around the world with web based environmental technologies and software. 

As an experienced technical support engineer, writer, and group trainer, Emma leads the business efforts on accredited eLearning training and development. As a British Army veteran and Armed Forces community champion, she contributes a strong focus on helping people from all backgrounds to the core value of Fantom Factory. 

Steve Eynon

CTO & Founder, Fantom Factory

Steve Eynon is the technical lead behind Fantom Factory Ltd, lending assistance to organizations around the world with SkySpark, Fantom, and Project Haystack. As a result of Steve’s innovations, Fantom Factory offers bespoke software solutions, personal project collaboration, and award winning eLearning education. As a full stack developer specialising in web technologies, Steve believes passionately in making difficult technology accessible to everyone, which is integral to the Fantom Factory vision and business model. 

Gabe Fierro

Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines / National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Gabe Fierro is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines and has a joint appointment as a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Commercial Buildings Research group. His research addresses issues of digitization in the built environment with a focus on semantic interoperability, data management and integration, and the design and implementation of graph databases. He is one of the founding members of the Brick ontology project and serves as one of the lead developers and maintainers. He is also actively involved in the International Energy Agency’s investigation into data-driven smart buildings and the development of ASHRAE’s proposed 223 standard for metadata in buildings. 

Brian Frank

Technical Lead, Project Haystack
CEO and Founder, SkyFoundry

Brian Frank is the President and a Co-Founder of SkyFoundry, a software company specializing in the storage, analysis, and visualization of data from the Internet of Things. SkyFoundry’s software is used across the world in thousands of sites to analyze and optimize IoT systems including energy, HVAC, and lighting. Previously, Brian was a founder of Tridium and architect of Tridium’s software framework products. He designed and implemented the core subsystems for two generations of the Niagara Framework, widely acclaimed as a leading technology in the IoT space. During his tenure at Tridium, he also led the design of the open source Sedona Framework—a programmable control engine for smart sensors and embedded controllers. Brian currently serves as the technical lead for Project Haystack. He works with the Project Haystack community to curate domain models and technical specifications.

Nick Gayeski

Co-Executive Director, Project Haystack
Chief Executive Officer, Clockworks Analytics

Nick Gayeski is Chief Executive Officer at Clockworks Analytics working to have a massive positive impact in the built environment. Clockworks Analytics provides market leading building analytics software to empower facilities teams to run better, smarter buildings. We empower facilities teams to reduce energy and operating costs, improve equipment reliability and asset health, and enhance indoor air and environmental quality. Our clients manage and serve portfolios of buildings all over the world. Our job is to help them have a massive positive impact in their buildings, for their people, and on their business.

Gerry Hamilton

Gerry Hamilton

Director of Facilities Energy Management, Department of Land, Buildings, and Real Estate (LBRE), Stanford University

As a member of Stanford University’s Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) team, Gerry oversees the department’s long-term energy use planning; designs and implements energy management programs; oversees business systems and analytics initiatives; and leads smart building technology deployment. Gerry graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A.

Gareth Johnson

Chief Software Architect, J2 Innovations
Gareth Johnson is the Chief Software Architect for J2 Innovations. Gareth has been in the building automation industry for over 20 years and was formerly the Core Architect of Tridium’s Niagara Framework. Gareth is the Haystack Working Group Champion behind Haystack’s JSON encoding and is the author of the Haystack Core TypeScript libraries.
Sabine Lam

Sabine Lam

Workplace Technology and Data Lead, Google

Sabine Lam leads the Digital Building Platform and Governance global program and is responsible for assuring compliance to security requirements, transformation through IT/OT convergence, and enabling workplace adaptability and sustainability goals through the digitalization of the Google real estate portfolio. Her responsibilities include collaborating with internal stakeholders and industry leaders to inspire and enable industry transformation.

 Before joining Google in 2013, Sabine was a Senior Project Manager at Xilinx, leading the development of Digital Signal Processing IP and FPGA development platforms. Sabine holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from EFREI, Paris, France and is LEED accredited.

Jamie Lee

Product Manager, Siemens
Jamie Lee is a Global Product Manager for Siemens Smart Infrastructure developing building automation software solutions. With over 13 years of experience in building automation, Jamie has played a major role in the integration of multiple open and proprietary systems for the commercial, higher education, and federal markets. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Western Governors’ University along with numerous certifications in building automation, energy auditing, and information technology. He has collaborated and authored white papers and articles on data modeling and benefits of semantic tagging for the future of smart buildings including the white paper “Simplifying Data Collection and Analysis through Haystack” and in the 2020 Fall Edition Haystack Connections article titled, “Bring Standardized Data Modeling Upfront in Project Commissioning.” Jamie has been an active member of ASHRAE since 2012 on both the national and local levels. When not engaged in product development, Jamie enjoys painting and photography.
 

Richard McElhinney

Co-Executive Director, Project Haystack
Chief Software Architect, Conserve It

As Chief Architect, Richard McElhinney manages and drives the development of Conserve It’s industry leading chiller plant optimisation technology and associate products. He also serves as Co-Executive Director of the Project Haystack Board of Directors.

Cory Perdue

CEO, Datakwip

With more than 15 years of experience automating the built environment, Cory began his career as a master systems integrator serving commercial real estate at the asset and portfolio levels. Cory has first-hand experience in the various components it takes to deliver integrated, enterprise-grade solutions, having taken on various roles from being a help desk engineer to a C-level executive. Cory formed Datakwip in 2015 with the goal of using readily available, underutilized data to drive superior operations and tenant experiences in commercial real estate. Datakwip uses real-time data, often from existing sources, to help both managers and operators address their assets’ ever-evolving demands. Cory has earned degrees in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering and Management, and Mathematics from Virginia Tech and Penn State Universities, but he prides himself on delivering simple, business-focused outcomes most relevant for his clients. Cory has served as a subject matter expert on multiple high-profile projects, including for Children’s National Medical Center and NAVFAC’s Smart Grid.

Marc Petock

Executive Secretary, Project Haystack
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Lynxspring, Inc.

Marc Petock is a highly accomplished Global Technology Marketing and Business Executive known for positively impacting the growth and performance of the organizations he has managed throughout his career. Recognized as a strategic thinker and proven leader developing and implementing integrated marketing strategies and plans from vision through implementation, his expertise spans the commercial and enterprise markets as a pioneer in leading the Intelligent Building, M2M, Digital Transformation and IoT movements.

Mr. Petock is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Lynxspring, Inc. where he is responsible for leading corporate and product marketing strategy, brand management, public relations and all communications that support the companies’ market share and revenue growth initiatives.

 

John Petze

Founding Board Member, Project Haystack
Partner & Co-Founder, SkyFoundry

John Petze is a Partner and Co-Founder at SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark™, an analytics platform for smart device and equipment data. John has over 30 years of experience in automation, energy management and M2M/IoT, having served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware and software products including: President & CEO of Tridium, VP Product Development for Andover Controls, and Global Director of Sales for Cisco Systems Smart and Connected Buildings group.  He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and a Founding Board Member of Project Haystack.

 

Alex Rohweder

Co-Executive Director, Project Haystack
Chief Executive Officer, J2 Innovations

As the Chief Operating Officer of J2 Innovations, Alex Rohweder is responsible for the business globally with a focus on organization, processes, go-to-market strategy, and marketing. In his prior role, Alex was Vice President of Software and IoT for Siemens Building Technologies. Alex played a crucial role in the Siemens acquisition of J2 Innovations. Now, as the COO he has embraced J2’s entrepreneurial spirit and believes in customer centricity, modern work concepts, and agile software development. He brings expertise in general management and building technology from over 12 years with Siemens in locations across the world and is passionate about evolving the industry.

Matt Schwartz

Associate Principal, Altura Associates
Mr. Schwartz is a registered professional mechanical engineer with diverse energy management experience encompassing new construction commissioning, building automation and controls, energy modeling, retro-commissioning, and energy auditing. Mr. Schwartz is a recognized leader in delivering enterprise scale building management system design and implementation projects. His skills include completing detailed feasibility studies, automation system design plans and specifications, RFP development and contractor selection/management, equipment procurement and installation, testing, and commissioning of complex automation systems. Leveraging a background as a design-build contractor, he is skilled at achieving high levels of building performance using innovative technologies in ways that recognize the importance of human capital. Mr. Schwartz is a thought leader in the building management system sector, regularly speaking and writing about cutting edge automation and IoT applications that deliver real value.

Trevor Sodorff

Director of Analytics Engineering, DB Engineering
Trevor is the Director of Engineering Analytics for DB Engineering. He has spent the past decade working with Smart Building technologies, helping many of the world’s largest companies and government entities achieve their energy, comfort, and sustainability goals through better use of data.

Deepinder Singh

CEO, 75F
Deepinder Singh started 75F in 2012 after having designed some of the world’s fastest core networks for Tier 1 service providers like AT&T, NTT and Verizon. With almost 25 years of experience in electronics and computing, he has brought a wealth of embedded products to the market. In all endeavors his goal is to simplify operational complexity and make products intuitive.

Alper Üzmezler

Managing Partner, BAS Services & Graphics, LLC.
Alper Üzmezler has spent over 16 years in the controls industry. He founded BASSG in 2004, leading the company into the unique role of DevOps partner to energy management, commissioning and master systems integration firms. Currently busy creating and promoting Project Sandstar, the world’s first hardware agnostic DDC that is open sourced in order to change the BMS World. Loves the slogan B-IOT>5.

Jean-Simon Venne

Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder, BrainBox AI
Jean-Simon Venne is a tech expert who thrives on developing and implementing new technology to solve long-standing commercial issues. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, biotechnology and energy-efficiency specializing in the fast and efficient migration of technological innovations to commercial applications. Jean-Simon is consistently recognized for his ability to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency through leadership that is aligned with business processes and resources to realize cost savings, accelerate performance and sustain strategic flexibility while creating a competitive advantage for the organization.
 
 

Nicolas Waern

CEO & Digital Twin Specialist, WINNIIO

Nicolas Waern is the CEO, Strategy & Innovation Leader, and a Digital Twin Evangelist at the consulting firm WINNIIO. He is a firm believer that the Real Estate Industry needs more of a lifecycle focus where we need to go Beyond Buildings and come back with an understanding of what tools and technology we could use. And to solve the jobs to be done, together, with an open mindset.

Nicolas is working with leaders in several industries to understand how they can succeed in the age of AI. Predicting what the world will do in a week, a month, a year from now, and to best utilize strategies and solutions that pass the test of time. He does this through a Digitalization- on Demand approach for anyone that needs to change before they have to.

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