Thanks to all Samsung Developer Conference attendees who joined us for our SmartThings sessions and stopped by our pavilion! It was thrilling to meet so many of you, share your passion for creating new products and services on our open platform and discuss your suggestions for making SmartThings even better. We were gratified to see so many developers create their first SmartThings-compatible apps in our workshop, visit our desk to ask us about opportunities to join the team and check out our SmartThings stream.Code101 course. We’re just as grateful to all the partners, SmartThings developers and feature wall participants (full list here) who helped make our event possible, while also showing developers all the inspiring devices and services already created with SmartThings.
Our CEO Alex Hawkinson was a featured speaker in the SDC opening keynote, sharing his vision for the smart home and the opportunities available for developers to help build a smarter and better world, together.
Our eight breakout sessions were also packed. Here are a few selected highlights:
- Our SmartThings Fireside Chat with CEO Alex Hawkinson, CPO Dora Hsu and Robert Parker, our new SVP of Engineering, focused on the future of connected devices and our plans for the SmartThings platform — including monetization options for developers.
- Our SmartThings Developer Panel moderated by Tim Slagle and Jody Albritton introduced several talented developers from our community and discussed their importance for the future of our platform.
- “How Might We…,” hosted by Mark Yoshitake and Ramon Alvarez challenged developers in the audience to divide up into teams and brainstorm ways to make smart homes less intimidating to non-tech consumers. Ideas included a virtual reality-based tutorial, gamified rewards and customized SmartApps for each family member.
Finally, our SmartThings Partner Panel — featuring Rob Beaver of ADT, Amir Pelleg of Amazon Dash, Leslie Drewery of Breezie, Michael Deschamps of Philips and Ken Kraus of Yale Locks — highlighted ways in which these companies are using SmartThings for their own devices and services:
“Amazon Dash Replenishment is a service that enables connected devices to automatically order physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low, helping customers never run out of their everyday essentials without having to think or actively shop for them,” said Amir Pelleg, Director, Amazon Dash. “We’re eliminating a burdensome experience for customers, thus making connected devices part of the Internet of USEFUL things.”
“Our vision for ADT Canopy is to provide the highest level of security for anyone, everywhere, anytime, across this connected world and for their physical and digital lives,” said Rob Beaver, VP of Technology and Innovation at ADT. “We are doing this by initially building an ecosystem of innovative Smart Security partner solutions that deliver peace of mind through integrating ADT Canopy’s monitoring services into their own user experiences. With the explosion of the connected home and IoT markets, consumers have more points of interaction and possibly more points of vulnerability. Our goal is to help provide end-to-end protection through popular but secure devices, platforms and user experiences — the baseline across the IoT landscape will be ADT Canopy.”
Thanks to our #SmartThingsSDC partners, developers, feature wall participants and others:
SmartThings Partner Pavilion
ADT, Bose, Fibaro, Home.ai, Honeywell, LifX, NetGear Arlo, Philips, Yale
SmartThings Partner Panel
ADT, Amazon Dash, Breezie, Philips, Yale
SmartThings Developer Panel
Patrick Stuart with Live Code Fridays, Alex Malikov & Terry Gauchat with SmartTiles.click, Nathan Cauffman with Spruce Water
SmartThings Feature Wall
ADT, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Bose, Fibaro, First Alert, Honeywell, Leviton, LifX, Netgear, Philips, Ring, Samsung Techwin, Scout, SkyBell, Yale