Top IoT Influencers To Follow in 2019

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.

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.

Tamara McCleary: CEO 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.

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

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.

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.Shop Related Products

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.

Stacey Higginbotham —Journalist; 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 ReviewGigaom and Worthmagazine. She is also a co-host on This Week in Google.

Nige Willson

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.

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.

Spiros Margaris: Venture capitalist, futurist, keynote speaker and senior advisor (some of the advisory mandates: wefox Group, SparkLabs Global, MediaStalker, GOKONG, Yield Growth and F10 Accelerator)

Spiros Margaris is the founder of Margaris Ventures, and is the first international influencer to achieve ‘The Triple Crown’ ranking. He was ranked the international № 1 FinTech, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) influencer by Onalytica. He regularly appears in the top three positions of established global industry influencer rankings. He is a keynote speaker at international FinTech, and InsurTech conferences. He also gave a TEDxAcademy Talk. He published an AI white paper, “Machine learning in financial services: Changing the rules of the game,” for the enterprise software vendor SAP.

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.

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.

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.

Daniel Herscovici: Partner at Edison Partners

Daniel Herscovici is focused on growth stage investment and helping entrepreneurs build world class technology companies. Daniel and Edison partner with experienced entrepreneurs that bring thought leadership to emerging market opportunities.

Daniel is a former Fortune 50 executive and entrepreneur who has repeatedly foreseen unmet consumer needs, conceived technology solutions, built organizations, and drove growth. He brings that experience to the companies and entrepreneurs Edison partners with. 

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.

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.

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.

Daniel Elizalde: VP, Head of IoT @Ericsson | IoT Instructor at Stanford

Product leader with over 20 years of experience managing complex B2B technology products. He is passionate about CleanTech and about leveraging the Internet of Things to solve some of the world’s biggest problems such as climate change. He has trained over 1,200 product leaders from some of the top IoT companies in the world on how to use my framework to create alignment across their organizations and drive their IoT products forward.

Rob Tiffany: Vice President & Global Head of #IoTStrategy at Ericsson • Author • Founder • Keynote Speaker • Board Member • exMSFT • Inventor • US Navy Submarine Veteran

Rob Tiffany is a technology executive, digital strategist and U.S. Navy Submarine veteran. A bestselling author, podcaster, and keynote speaker, his thought leadership ranges from the Internet of Things to Mobile. He’s designed and developed software used by the world’s largest organizations.

Peggy Smedley: Tech-People-Connector: Podcast doer.

Peggy Smedley is an expert in digital disruption and IoT technologies impacting construction, mobile, and business strategies. A pioneer of the M2M/IoT revolution for the past 21 years, she is responsible for helping thousands of companies in their development of M2M/IoT solutions, products, and devices.

As editorial director of Connected World and Constructech magazines, she has been able to take risks and invest in many areas making her an innovative tech leader. In 2016 she founded the Peggy Smedley Institute, a top-ranked professional educational organization focused on providing comprehensive assessments of its clients’ roles within IoT. And most recently, in 2017, she introduced Constructech TV, a Web-based dynamic video program, educating contractors and builders on the most essential solutions for the office and the jobsite.

Note: The above list of influencers are selected on the basis of their research work, social media influence, funding goals and achievements, and their association with startups and innovation in the IoT and Technology domain. 

Please note: This is not a ranking article.

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