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IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, has announced that Vint Cerf, Paul Mockapetris, Geoff Mulligan, and Pindar Wong will keynote the 3rd annual IEEE World Forum on IoT. Early registration ends on November 22 for the WF-IoT held December 12-14, 2016, in Reston, Virginia, USA. This event’s theme is Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems.

The IEEE WF-IoT attracts hundreds of technologists from around the world to learn and collaborate on nurturing and cultivating IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of society. Sponsored by ARM, Comcast, DarkMatter, LoRa Alliance, the Nigerian Communications Commission, and others, this year’s event will feature more than 100 technical sessions, workshops, panels, and presentations, including keynotes from:

  • Vinton G. Cerf, Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist and IEEE Fellow. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the codesigner of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. His WF-IoT 2015 keynote, “IoT – The Internet Evolution,” explored topics such as how IoT requires fundamentally new approaches to interoperability and human-device interaction.
  • Geoff Mulligan, LoRA Alliance Chairman, IEEE WF-IoT 2016 Conference Chair, and IEEE Member. Previously Founder and Chairman of the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance, Mulligan was instrumental in the design of the IPv6 protocol and created 6LoWPAN.
  • Pindar Wong, VefiFi Chairman. A blockchain and Bitcoin pioneer, Wong co-founded Hong Kong’s first licensed ISP in 1993 and was ICANN’s first vice-chairman. His keynote will focus on “Calculating Consensus Reality for an Internet of Trust.”
  • Paul Mockapetris, Threatstop Chief Scientist and member, IEEE. Best known as the creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), Mockapetris also wrote the first implementation of SMTP, the Internet’s mail protocol. Mockapetris has served as chairs of an ICANN Strategic Panel and IETF, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame. In 2003, he received the IEEE Internet Award.

The IEEE WF-IoT program will cover a wide variety of topics, including protocols, security and privacy, design best practices, societal impacts, analytics and applications such as health care, automotive, and smart buildings.

“The 3rd annual IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things is an opportunity to learn from, and network with, the people are who are pioneering many of the ways that IoT will benefit societies,” Mulligan said. “The 100-plus presentations, panels, and workshops run the gamut from high-level tutorials to deep-dive technical discussions, providing actionable insights for every level of expertise and interest. This is a must-attend event for anyone who’s serious about using IoT to enable a better world for everyone, everywhere.”

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