Living SMARTER: How Tech is Disrupting the Home

Silicon Valley Innovation Center

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  • 5 days
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Silicon Valley Innovation Center


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About the course

What Is An Executive Immersion Program?

Our homes are getting smarter, with everything from security to cooking, sleeping and entertainment getting a digital upgrade. Voice activated-devices, internet of things sensors and robot cleaners are just a few of the many examples of new technologies transforming our most personal spaces. These changes extend to more than just the automation of household tasks; as we come more and more to trust the software and platforms running our homes, a new wave of products and services will emerge that build an emotional connection with us, leveraging not just artificial intelligence but artificial emotion too.

Our immersion program will educate you in all of these trends, connect you with the companies pioneering groundbreaking solutions and inspire you to turn your own company into a leading innovator for the long-term

What Will I Learn?

Smart Security

One of the biggest sub-categories within the connected home, security is an area proving itself to be a hotbed of startup activity. Where August Home builds locks where smartphones are the key, Lighthouse makes security cameras with built-in voice search and computer vision. Ring, meanwhile, with more than $200 million in venture funding, is among the leaders. Its range of doorbells and security cameras has created what the company calls “neighborhood watch” for the digital age.

Home Robots

More and more everyday tasks in the home are being taken over by robots, with startups a big proponent of this trend. Among them is Trifo, the company behind the robot that can handle both home surveillance and cleaning, and Bumblee Spaces, who build modular robotics systems to store and retrieve objects stored in ceilings. OhmniLabs is another pioneer, using robots for elder care.

Kitchen and Home Appliance

The way we eat and prepare our food is changing fast thanks to emerging technologies. Companies operating in this space include Innit, developers of a connected food platform, Garbi, makers of a smart trash can, and Anova, a leading provider of smart kitchen appliances.


Companies in this area specialize in a range of niches; Where Molekule and Awair concentrate on purifying the air in our homes, Dreem and Beddr use with wearables, sensors and mobile apps to track, digitize and optimize our sleep.

Program Agenda

This Schedule Is Tentative And Features Past Speakers And Participating Companies.

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Who are the startups building the smart home of the future and what are their goals? Why are they growing so fast and what are the forces driving their expansion? These are the questions we answer on day 1 of our immersion program on The Future of Smart Home. We explain how startups have leveraged new technologies like artificial intelligence and internet of things to build the devices that are redefining how we live. We visit companies such as August Home, Inspire and Lighthouse to see the latest innovations. These startups are developing everything from smartphone-controlled locks to security cameras powered by voice search and computer vision. Other possible participating companies: Roost, Cujo AI, Ring, Noonlight, Cherry Home, Home8


The journey continues on day two with an exploration of the limits of the smart home space as they exist today. How many areas of the home are being disrupted? What is the nature of this change and how fast is it moving? We answer these questions through visits to startups operating in a wide range of niches. Possible meetings include: Abode, the makers of smart home security hardware and software; Trifo, developers of a home surveillance and cleaning robot with a mobile app interface; and Nixplay, a leading provider of cloud-connected smart photo frames that work with Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker. These and other company visits illustrate the breadth and depth of the connected home revolution. Other possible participating companies: Sutro, Zuli, Birdi, Piccolo, Angelcam, Lexi


Day three of the immersion program is dedicated to the technologies fueling the smart home industry. We hear from experts in artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, mobile platforms and internet of things to learn what these technologies can currently do and what they will offer in the future. We visit companies such as Places, and Blueberry where they show us how they use emerging technologies to create competitive advantages and provide innovative, market-disrupting products and services. Other possible participating companies: Sentri, Brilliant, ALYT, Gartenzwerg, Bumblebee Spaces, FlipFlic


Having seen and heard on days 1 to 3 how digital technologies are creating the smart home of the future, on day 4 of our immersion program we challenge attendees to turn words into action. Participatory workshops with leading Silicon Valley experts on design thinking, design sprints, venture capital and open innovation provide executives with the blueprints and frameworks they need to deliver innovation within their own organization. We analyze how legacy home appliance manufacturers such as GE, Bosch and SIemens are reacting to the changing landscape with new products and services.We survey Silicon Valley’s major tech firms to understand how they will make a play for the future of the smart home thanks to the huge amount of data they hold on consumers. We visit companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft to illustrate these trends. Other possible participating companies: Douzen, Greenbox Technologies, Anova, Faceter, Spark Labs, First Round Capital, Cherubic Ventures, Dropcam, SmartThings


What’s next for the connected home? Day 5 brings the program to a close with its sights firmly set on the future. We learn about trends still in their infancy and meet the companies seeking to capitalize on those trends. Possible visits include Gjemeni, to see the future of on-demand smart furniture, and KeyWe, where engineers are developing the next generation of smart locks. Will consumers eventually see smart home devices not just as mindless robots but rather as personalities with whom they can build an emotional connection? We discuss this and other emerging trends, with visits to companies such as Speak To IoT, a voice-to-IoT platform, and Garbi, makers of smart trash cans that can automatically reorder products. We find out from these frontline digital startups how they see the future of smart home. Other possible participating companies: Angee, SmartAll, Orro, Caspar, Essential, AlfredCamera, LiteHouse

Why Should I Join?


Meet the Silicon Valley innovators passionate about using the latest technologies to create new value. Learn the frameworks and methodologies of the experts and embrace innovation with confidence.

Long-term value

Turn motivation and knowledge into concrete actions with the business development opportunities that make an established business a world-class innovator.


Turn motivation and knowledge into concrete actions with the business development opportunities that make an established business a world-class innovator.

Technology insights

See the disruptive power of the latest technologies and learn how they are being applied to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.​


Gain insight into the digital disruption of consumer packaged goods and see how startups are applying emerging technologies to redesign how, where and what we buy.

New perspectives

Challenge your thinking on what it means to run an enterprise in the 21st century. Make innovation part of your personal mission and commit to the future of your business.

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