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ISE confirms programme for March 9 RISE Spotlight smart buildings event

Fifth edition boasts a panel of international industry experts to discuss ‘Smart Buildings: The Way Forward’

Integrated Systems Events is ready and waiting to go live with its fifth RISE Spotlight next week. Taking place for free on Tuesday 9 March at 1500 CET / 1400 GMT, and working with The Next Web and programme consultant Bob Snyder (content chair of ISE’s Smart Building Conference), Smart Buildings: The Way Forward is set to be a packed two-hour programme.

As we all look towards some normality returning later this year, discussions will focus on the role of smart solutions in helping buildings to reopen in a safe, Covid-compliant manner, delving into the new expectations of buildings that the pandemic has brought – relating to hygiene, social distancing and a sharp increase in remote working – and the solutions that are being deployed to meet them. The event will also present some exciting startups in the smart building space.

A highlight of every RISE Spotlight is the ‘ISE Reporter Roundtable’ – a lively, in-depth discussion among industry experts. For this edition, the panel will include:

  • Angelica Krystle Donati, head of business development, Donati S.p.A. and CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group
  • Matthew Marson, UK sector director – manufacturing and technology at Arcadis

The roundtable will look at the need to provide healthier, more productive and more engaging environments has changed the importance of certain types of functionality; as well as the challenges involved in selecting, implementing and running integrated building smart solutions.

For the ‘On the Sofa with ISE’ interview, Chris Nouveau, Digital Advisor at Microsoft, will discuss digital transformation in the context of smart buildings.

In ‘AVIXA Insights,’ Sean Wargo, AVIXA’s senior director, market intelligence, will present an overview of smart building technology revenues as highlighted in the association’s IOTA reports.

Another unique RISE Spotlight feature is ‘Startup Nation’. This month, Nikolas Samios, co-founder and managing partner of PROPTECH1, will select half-a-dozen recently established companies in the smart building space that have attracted investment from District. Representatives of two of these startups – Lee Butz, CEO and founder of District Technologies and Marc Gille-Seperhi, founder and CEO at Thing Technologies – will present short elevator pitches for their companies’ innovations for shaping the future of buildings and cities.

The event will conclude with ‘Watercooler Virtual Meets’. Attendees can select from two simultaneous networking sessions, with the opportunity to participate in live on-screen conversations with industry experts:

  • Pip Evans, director at NV integration, and Ed Wenck, content director at CEDIA, will discuss ‘KNX in the Home’;
  • In ‘Smart Buildings and Pro AV’, Bob Snyder and AVIXA’s Sean Wargo will take a deeper dive into the association’s IOTA statistics to uncover some important trends within the smart building industry.

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