Build Your Own Smart Home

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Session Abstract

Do you wish your home was smarter? It’s okay to admit that your home is dumb, no one will judge you.

Are you interested in possibly making your home smarter, but you’ve only gotten as far as a free Nest Thermostat from the electric company and a couple of Phillips Hue lightbulbs that you insist on using your phone to turn off and on? Are you in the market for a connected home hub but you aren’t quite sure which one to bet on and which device communication protocols it does (and doesn’t) support.

In this session, Brandon will survey the latest and greatest in so called “Smart Home” technology before outright dismissing all off the shelf systems as total crap. With that out of the way, he’ll walk through some of the ins and outs of building your own damn connected home, just as he’s doing himself in a old and very dumb home that he just talked himself into buying. If you’d love to see Brandon try, fail and sometimes succeed in building his own home of the future, this is the session for you. Because, really, if Brandon can build his own Smart Home, you can too.


Brandon Satrom
VP, Strategy & Innovation at Progress Software

Brandon Satrom is General Manager for Developer Platforms & Tools at Progress Software. An unabashed lover of the web, mobile and an avid tinkerer, Brandon loves to talk about JavaScript, open source, sensor and circuits, microcontrollers, robots and whatever new shiny tool or technology has distracted him from that other thing he was working on. Brandon has spoken at national, international and online events, and he loves hanging out with and learning from passionate designers and developers. He is the author of two books, the latest being “Building Polyfills” from O’Reilly. Brandon lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Sarah, and three sons, Benjamin, Jack and Matthew.

Session Tags:


Smart Home, Security, DRM, Connected Devices, Cloud