Top IoT Influencers To Follow in 2018

List of experts, analysts and journalists that we suggest to follow for IoT Updates.


 1. Jürgen Schmidhuber: CoFounder at NNAISENSE

Since age 15, the main goal of professor Jürgen Schmidhuber has been to build a self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) smarter than himself, then retire. His lab’s Deep Learning Neural Networks (since 1991) such as Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) have revolutionised machine learning, and are now available to billions of users through the world’s most valuable public companies, e.g., for greatly improved speech recognition on over 2 billion Android phones, greatly improved machine translation through Google (since 2016) and Facebook (over 4 billion LSTM-based translations per day as of 2017), Apple’s Siri and Quicktype on almost 1 billion iPhones (since 2016), the answers of Amazon’s Alexa, and numerous other applications.


2. Andy Stanford-Clark: Chief Technology Officer, IBM

Andy Stanford-Clark is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM’s Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.


3. Mikko Hypponen: CRO at F-Secure

He has been working with computer security since 1991. During these years, He has analysed thousands of viruses and caught several online criminals. He work at F-Secure in Finland. He is currently the Chief Research Officer.


4. Tamara McClearyCEO of Thulium

Tamara is an internationally recognized expert on branding, influence & social business. The Founder and CEO of Thulium, a brand amplification company, specializing in B2B social media account-based marketing, Tamara’s expertise is in B2B and B2C marketing, social influence and technology. She is ranked by Klear in the Top 1% of global Social Media Influencers.  She is listed as one of the Top 50 Social Influencers of 2015, one of the Top 50 Big Data Influencers of 2016 and one of the Top 100 IoT Influencers of 2016by Onalytica.  Tamara is also ranked in the Top 25 AI/Machine Language influencers, a Top 50 Blockchain Influencer, and Top 50 Digital Transformation Influencer.


5. Simon Porter:Leading influencer in cloud, bigdata & IOT

Sales executive with broad experience in all aspects of channels, marketing, sales and deal making. Direct experience in establishing international start up businesses as well as leading large $bn sales units in the software and services fields, enabling sales & marketing to capture the new delivery and consumption models of SaaS & Cloud as well as reaching new buyers with digital and social marketing techniques


6. Charlie Kindel: GM, Alexa Smart Home, Amazon

Charlie Kindel is the founder of Kindel Systems, an American company that provides management and technology consulting services to home automation, mobile, and developer ecosystem companies as well as the financial services industry. Amazon’s Alexa is the hottest innovation in IoT and Charlie Kindel has led the charge.


7. Deon Newman: CMO – IBM Watson Internet of Things

Chief Marketing Officer responsible for the IBM Internet of Things marketing, positioning, business performance, client experience, evangelism and communications. With a proven track record of delivering breakthough results, 20+ years of marketing, sales and leadership experience in the IT industry and build successful teams that innovate, problem solve and drive outstanding results.

8. Greg Kahn: President & CEO, Internet of Things Consortium

Accomplished executive with 20 years experience launching new ventures and implementing growth strategies for global media, technology and advertising companies. Reliable partner who develops and maintains long-term relationships with key industry leaders — from Silicon Valley to Main Street to Hollywood to Madison Avenue. Honest, hard-working go-getter who promotes social responsibility in every aspect of corporate life. Advisor and mentor to media/technology entrepreneurs. Keynote speaker at global and national events.


9. Stacey HigginbothamJournalist; Founder The Internet of Things Podcast

Stacey Higginbotham has been covering technology for major publications for 18 years. She is an expert and influencer when it comes to the internet of things and technology in general.  Her work has appeared in Fortune (where she was Senior Editor), PCMag,  MIT Tech Review, Gigaom and Worthmagazine. She is also a co-host on This Week in Google.


Nige Willson10. Nigel Willson: For nearly twenty years Nigel has been at Microsoft helping clients to write the future, most recently as Global Strategist with a focus on innovation and near future trends. He is a frequent speaker at events on artificial intelligence & respected social media contributor on AI / ML & tech topics.


11. Evan Kirstel: B2B tech influencer and Key Opinion Leader

Evan is an internationally recognized thought leader and social media influencer in IoT (#1 in 2017), Cloud, Data Security (2016), Health Tech (#9 in 2017), Digital Health (#6 in 2016), B2B Marketing (#5 in 2015), AI, Smart Home, Digital (2017), IIoT (#1 in 2017) and Telecom/Wireless/5G.

He is a Member of influencer marketing programs at Huawei, IBM, DellEMC, Intel and a HIMSS social media ambassador, with clients including CenturyLink, GENBAND, Ericsson, West Corp, Broadsoft, Qualcomm, Frontier, Panasonic and more.


12. Spiros Margaris: VC and Founder of Margaris Advisory

Spiros Margaris has more than 20 years of national and international experience in investment management/research for family offices, UHNWIs, HNWIs, institutional clients and innovation and technology management.

He was ranked the No. 1 global FinTech influencer and the No. 2 InsurTech influencer by Onalytica. He is a senior advisor at Arbidex, Glance Technologies, Datametrex AI,,, and at F10 Fintech Incubator and Accelerator.


13. Tom Raftery: Global VP, Futurist, and Internet of Things Evangelist for SAP, keynote speaker, influencer (with a big side of CleanTech, and Energy)

Tom Raftery is an Innovation Evangelist, Futurist, and avid social media practitioner. Tom has worked for a number of companies at Group IT Manager/CTO level, Industry Analyst, and more recently joined SAP as Global Vice President, Futurist and Innovation Evangelist, after working as an industry analyst for RedMonk for 7+ years.


14. Michael Wolf: Founder and Chief Analyst, NextMarket Insights

Michael Wolf is the creator of the Smart Kitchen Summit, host of the Smart Kitchen Show podcast and founder of NextMarket Insights a research and advisory firm focused on the connected home. He decided to put this conference together because he is fascinated by how technology will change the way we cook, eat and live. Mike has been advising companies large and small in the connected home, consumer technology and Internet of Things market verticals for over 15 years.


15. Rob Martens: Allegion Futurist and President of Allegion Ventures at Allegion, PLC

As Allegion’s Futurist and President of Allegion Ventures, Martens helps guide, inspire and challenge old ways of thinking. Rob was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 20 influencers that will lead the Internet of Things, and recognized by Accenture and Forbes as one of 40 IoT leaders to follow on social media. He has an in-depth knowledge of technology and how it works, but prefers looking at the big picture of how technology overall can benefit real people going about their day in the real world.


16. Daniel Herscovici: GM & SVP, Xfinity Home, Comcast

Fortune 50 executive and entrepreneur who has repeatedly foreseen unmet consumer needs, conceived technology solutions, built organizations, and managed growth to transform companies like Comcast and Motorola.

• Proven leader in the smart home, Internet of Things (IoT), and digital transformation, creating and launching new-to-market consumer products and services.


17. Johan den Haan: CTO at Mendix

Johan has a broad experience in Model-Driven Engineering, more specific in designing and developing Model-Driven Engineering tools and environments. As Developer, Architect and Head Research & Development he gathered a lot of experience on all levels of innovative software development.


18. Mark Lynd: Mark Lynd (CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP) Managing Partner for Relevant Track

Mark is a C-level Top 20 Rated Global Thought-Leader, Influencer, Military Veteran and Practitioner w/ Real-World Experience in Blockchain, Cybersecurity, AI, Crypto, IoT, and Digital Transformation.

He was named an Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of Year – Southwest Region” Finalist. He presented the Doak Walker Award on ESPN’s CFB Awards Show to a national television audience and has been quoted by numerous publications including Wall Street Journal, Information Week, eWeek, CSO and others.

Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tulsa. Mark Honorably served in the United States Army in the 3rd Ranger Battalion and the 82d Airborne.


19. Chuck Martin: IoT Podcast Host, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker internationally, Columnist, Editor, AI & IoT Daily, MediaPost

Chuck Martin is a New York Times Business Bestselling author, futurist and has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost Internet of Things (IoT) experts in the world and his new book is titled “Digital Transformation 3.0” (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things). He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the Internet of Things. He is author of Net Future, Mobile Influence (The New Power of the Consumer), The Third Screen and eight other business books.

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