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The Internet of Things Community announced that it is to host two new virtual conferences in 2016: Grand Slam and Health Slam; to be held December 1st and 2nd 2016 – online in the cloud.

Organized by experts in the IoT industry and backed by the world’s largest CxO IoT Community consisting of 15,000+ IoT practitioners and industry movers and shakers, on December 1st 2016, the inaugural Grand Slam will pick up where affiliated 2015 and 2016 IoT Slam events left off; further advancing globally the direction and uptake of IoT, highlighting key trends, real world industry use-cases and important advancements in the development and management of Internet of Things.

The inaugural Health Slam commences on December 2nd 2016 and is co-organized with Healthcare Executives Network (HExN), the world’s leading independent community of healthcare professionals, with a reach of over 250,000 members. Health Slam focuses specifically on the opportunities and challenges associated with the application of Internet of Things across Healthcare & Life Sciences, to improve the provision of patient care, to advance the finding of new cures for diseases, and ultimately helping to save lives.

“In keeping with our aim to accelerate the adoption of IoT by bringing together leading practitioners and authorities, we are excited to announce the Grand Slam and Health Slam. These virtual conferences will once again bring industry practitioners together to share their experiences and best practices in developing and operating Internet of Things devices, networks and applications,” said Bill Mortimer, vice president of Strategic Marketing at Spirent Communications, and IoT Community Advisory Board Chairman. “As the events are virtual, speakers and participants can easily join from anywhere in the world, and, if you have registered for the event, you can listen to the event recordings for three months after the event.”

Core themes being covered at Grand Slam include:

Standards: rationalization and ratification
Interoperability and integration
Security and privacy
Devices and applications
Leveraging analytics at the edge
Platforms and DevOps
Cloud services and infrastructure
Cognitive and smart implementation

Health Slam explores the application of IoT in Healthcare across:

Digital transformation
Security and privacy issues
Regulatory compliance (HIPAA)
Consumer-driven healthcare
Remote patient monitoring
Patient centered analytics
Cognitive applications
Government regulations
Device interoperability and data integration
Sharing of patient data

Also commenting on the announcement, David Hill, Executive Director of the Internet of Things Community, said “We are delighted to announce our next wave of cutting-edge IoT programs for 2016 and to see out the year of IoT in style. With several groundbreaking and significant plays being made by the IoT elite, 2016 has so far lived up to expectations, as being a defining year for the Internet of Things. However, the landscape is shifting and evolving faster than many anticipated and it is essential that organizations looking to embrace IoT start their journey on the right direction. Grand Slam and Health Slam are certain to provide enterprises and the Healthcare ecosystem with great insights on how to get things right first time.”

Important Dates:

July 19th 2016 – Call for Papers Open
September 18th 2016 – Call for Papers Closes
October 3rd 2016 – Speakers Notified of Acceptance
October 10th 2016 – Final Agenda Published
October 11th 2016 – Standard Registration Opens
December 1st 2016 – Grand Slam Commences
December 2nd 2016 – Health Slam Commences

Also commenting on the announcement, Tim Foley – Founder and CEO of Healthcare Executives Network said, “We are excited to partner with the IoT Community on the production of leading-edge Healthcare IoT focused initiatives for our 250,000+ strong members. The inaugural Health Slam will set new standards in highlighting the huge opportunity, while addressing the risks associated with the future direction of connected information, which if secured and thoroughly tested for vulnerabilities, can lead to revolutionary personalized care. We look forward to delivering clear guidance for Healthcare practitioners and HIT executives on December 2nd.”

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