IT Connect

Internet of Things (IoT)

June 7th, 2018

2:00pm – 9:00pm

IT Connect is a conference that brings together IT professionals who are passionate about the future of networking. This year, IT Connect will be dedicated to the theme Internet of Things (IoT), featuring keynote speakers, workshops, online presentations, opportunities for networking and more!

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Experts predict that by 2020 there will be over 30 billion devices forming the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to the connection of physical devices, home appliances, vehicles and many other systems in a manner that enables them to share information amongst each other. IoT will impact the way we do things not only in IT but across different fields: medicine, industrial, mechanics, arts, etc. Join us at IT Connect 2018 to strengthen your knowledge of this increasingly popular area of IT.

As a public college, Champlain Saint-Lambert has been offering numerous Information Technology (IT) AEC programs over the years, most notably our IT Client Support, Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNP programs as well as our DEC in IT Network Management. Champlain is also both a Cisco Networking Academy and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy. This conference is therefore an ideal way to keep up to date on the ever-growing field of networking.

Early Bird (online tickets before May 7th) :  $50

Online ticket sales between May 8th – June 6th: $75

Day of the event (at the door) : $90

Champ-IoT Hackathon only : $25

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Speakers

Presenters

Stevens Célamy

Stevens Célamy

Team Lead Pre-Sales Engineer, Fibrenoire

Biography: A telecommunication Pre-Sales Engineer that loves to relate to complicated technical concepts and make them sound simple. A professional path that started in technical support working for one of Canada’s commercial Internet pioneer company that later lead him to consult businesses on their Internet and overall wide area network design and strategy. A little over 15 years of experience as a Pre-Sales Engineer, Stevens now works to make things simple for Fibrenoire’s customers. Fibrenoire is an independent company within the Videotron group that specializes in dedicated fiber services for businesses operating their head offices in Quebec and Ontario.



Alex Coqueiro

Alex Coqueiro

Public Sector Solutions Architect, AWS

Biography: Alex Coqueiro is a Public Sector Manager Solutions Architect focused on managing a group of technical teams who design cloud solutions for government & education customers in Canada, Latin America & Caribbean. He is currently responsible for leading a team for helping customers to develop a cloud architecture focusing on mapping Amazon Web Services solution capabilities to business needs.



Christine Couture

Christine Couture

Business Development Manager - Eastern Region, Cree Canada

Biography: Christine Couture has been involved in the lighting industry for the last 23 years. She has extensive knowledge of different lighting technologies used to create ambience needed by the customers, reduce energy consumption and implement lighting control strategies. Her vast experience with a diverse clientele such as consultants, electrical distributors, contractors in commercial, institutional and in industrial environment makes her be an actor in the biggest challenge of this traditional industry that is about to get into the POE and IoT world. Working for the last two years as the Regional Sales Manager – Eastern Region for technology company like Cree helps her ease the implementation of a new way of integrating efficient lighting and building control solutions, ultimately giving a better experience to the customer.



Wemba Opota

Wemba Opota

National Technology Strategist, Microsoft Canada

Biography: Wemba is a Technology Strategist at Microsoft Canada. He is passionate about innovation and likes to explore new possibilities at the blurring frontier of technology and business.

For more than 15 years, he has been working with organizations from various industries around the world, helping them to reimagine and transform their business models, reach their digital aspirations and capitalizing on relevant business disruptions and leading technologies.

Wemba has degrees in Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Business Administration from the University of Bourgogne, McGill University and HEC.



Sylvain Denoncourt GSEC CISSP

Sylvain Denoncourt GSEC CISSP

Conseiller en architecture IoT / IoT Architecture Consultant, Cisco

Biography: Sylvain Denoncourt is an IoT Solution architect for Cisco specialized in Internet of Things solutions, industrial networks and cyber-security. Prior to joining Cisco Systems in 2005, Sylvain worked for 3Com , Newbridge and UB Networks as a Systems Engineer. McGill University MIS (Mngt Inform. Systems) Bachelor Graduate in 1990, with cyber security certifications GSEC and CISSP, Sylvain is currently responsible for IoT enterprise network design architecture more specifically focused in solutions for utilities power grid, mass transit/connected fleet and smart cities.



Abhay Ghatpande

Abhay Ghatpande

Founder and CEO, Product Success Inc.

Biography: Abhay Ghatpande has led world-class product teams in diverse global markets including India, Japan, and Canada. He has over 15 years of experience building connected products and systems. He has distilled the lessons from his numerous success as well as failures to create the Product Success™ Framework. These days he works with entrepreneurs and business leaders dissatisfied with their current product performance and innovation efforts; who want to create predictably successful new products and services. He is especially interested in helping startups and is known for his pro bono efforts in helping them navigate the treacherous waters of product-market fit.

Abhay holds a PhD from Waseda University, Tokyo in Distributed Computing Systems and an MBA from McGill University, Montreal.



Paul Gallant, Eng.

Paul Gallant, Eng.

System Engineer, Aruba, a HPE Company

Biography: Mr. Gallant has worked in the telecommunications field, primarily in telecommunications security, for more than 20 years.

Having worked in system integration in banking, development of embedded software on security devices (firewall, VPN) and deployed many wired and wireless networks of national and international scale, this experienced engineer particularly enjoys sharing his knowledge gained during his many years of experience.

Passionate trainer, he has also offered training related to security and networking in Dakar (Senegal), Amman (Jordan), Trinidad and Antigua.

Mr. Gallant has been with the Aruba team for 5 years and specializes in secure access on wired, wireless and remote networks.

Mr. Gallant has the highest expert level certifications related to the design and administration of wireless networks.



Tal Schierau

Tal Schierau

Director, National Sales - IoT, Bell

Biography: Tal has over 18 years of experience leading sales and customer facing teams in fast paced technology and services businesses, including several years in the contact center and telecommunications industries. In his role as Director of National Sales for the Internet of Things (IoT) at Bell, Tal leads a team of solution consultants that help Canadian Business leaders with real time data, tracking and utilization of their assets and operations through Mobile IoT solutions.   Prior to joining Bell, Tal worked for several years in the cloud and IoT premium technical support space providing solutions to help customers find the right solutions for their business needs and providing them premium support services to assist with set up and on-going support needs. Tal holds a an Engineering degree from McMaster University.



Étienne Simard

Étienne Simard

Network Engineering Consultant, Cisco Systems Canada Co.

Biography: Étienne Simard has over 25 years of experience in large-scale telecommunication networks, including IoT, LAN, Collaboration, DataCenter and WLAN technologies. He attended the Royal Military College in St-Jean d’Iberville where he earned a degree in Computer Sciences.  Throughout his career, he has been involved in many aspects of the business from project engineering, network planning, deployment and testing of complex telecommunication networks. He has been with Cisco for the last 7 years where he occupies the role of Network Engineering Consultant. He is a solution based thinker and uses strategies and innovation to make customers successful.


Workshop Facilitators


Guillaume Aubé

Guillaume Aubé

Designer Industriel, SACO

Biography: Guillaume has a bachelor’s degree and a technical degree in Industrial design. He is versatile and creative. He started his career by working for an entertainment design firm in Montréal. He is responsible for many urban installations like the banana bench at the Mont-Royal metro station. He continued his career in several technology and Iot companies like Smartika who had the goal to democratize connected home. He now works for an architectural lighting agency and makes projects all around the world.



Shohei Azuma

Shohei Azuma

VP Customer Success, Soracom Global

Biography: Shohei is in charge of all the customer facing technical business unit operations including technical support, solution architecture and partner management. He was a former AWS cloud support manager overseeing security related AWS services and Japan specific operation in Seattle head quarters.



Diana Horqque

Diana Horqque

Service Designer, District 3

Biography: As a multidisciplinary designer, Diana Horqque is passionate about growing ideas into innovations. At District 3, she supports teams in all aspects of their project, from design to ideation and production. She has been working as a designer since 2010 in both corporations and the startup ecosystem. She is a firm believer in collaboration and fostering creativity.
Prior to District 3, Diana was lead designer for a smart textile startup which developed motion tracking garments. There she honed her technical expertise, critical thinking and design skills.
Diana holds a DEC in Industrial design, BFA in Design from Concordia University, as well as certifications in technical garment design and ecological building design.


Sessions

Presentations/Demos


The Future Internet

In the last three decades, the Internet has gone through many changes. Change in the way we connect to it but more importantly the world we now connect to, has also changed. The Future Internet, now called Web 3.0, is at our doorstep and already has an impact on how Internet service providers are evolving to offer their services, how companies interact with its customers, and how everything around us is moving towards an Internet connected world. This session is tailored to give you a portrait on the changes Internet has gone through, where we are today and the vision the Internet has for us in the very near future.




Stevens Célamy

Team Lead Pre-Sales Engineer, Fibrenoire



Delivering Internet of Things at Scale

In this session, we will discuss how constrained devices can leverage IoT to send data to the cloud and receive commands back to the device using the protocol of their choice at scale. We will use cloud services to demonstrate building a real connected product, securely connect using open protocols like MQTT, and show how developers and businesses can leverages technological innovation impacting people experience linking IoT with disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence using Amazon Alexa.




Alex Coqueiro

Public Sector Solutions Architect, AWS



Smart Buildings – Integrating POE with IoT

This presentation will provide a better understanding of how the Internet of Things (IoT) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) have and will continue to change our world in increasing ways. We will look at practical applications, as well as current trends that lead to smarter buildings that enhance the user experience, provide access to “Big Data” and analytics. Designing a smart building by integrating POE lighting and IoT devices goes well beyond energy saving. We will see that the integration of different building systems into one platform will enhance the experience in the space. We will introduce the next step of system integration that will involve tailored application’s development to analyze and use the data collected.

(This presentation will be in French with an English PowerPoint.)


Christine Couture

Business Development Manager – Eastern Region, Cree Canada



Making IoT Real

Learn how Canadian companies across the country are implementing IoT solutions to deliver real business impact. See how you can scope, develop and build your IoT initiative to drive operational improvements and organizational change from real world examples.

(This presentation will be bilingual.)




Wemba Opota

National Technology Strategist, Microsoft Canada



OT/ICS Cyber-Hacking into Industrial organizations

Manufacturing, energy, transportation and cities, more often than ever before the IoT / OT sector is being targeted by cyber-criminals. One such famous cyber-incident will be covered and explained: The 2015 and 2016 Ukraine power grid hack.

We will thoroughly investigate the steps and consequences on this attack and then expose the various actions necessary to protect the organization’s assets, mitigate the effects of an attack and more importantly prevent such events. We will demonstrate that “Security by Design” is the only way to “Do It Right”.




Sylvain Denoncourt GSEC CISSP

Conseiller en architecture IoT / IoT Architecture Consultant, Cisco



Demo: Industrial Control System and Cisco Kinetic

The first demonstration will cover Industrial Control System (ICS) purpose built industrial firewalling solutions targeted at OT environments. We will show how industrial networking protocols can become targets of an attack and how a security solution such as the ISA 3000 next gen. firewall can prevent these actions through the use of FW/IPS functionalities loaded with SCADA profiles. We will show how security breaches are reported as an event and what security policies are being triggered in such situation to mitigate and stop the attack.

The second demonstration will cover Cisco Kinetic, an IoT distributed system of software designed specifically to extract, compute, and move data from the things that make up the IoT to the various applications where it can provide value.  The Cisco Kinetic platform includes three software modules that provide the functionality customers need to extract, compute, and move data to achieve desired business outcomes.  The demonstration will focus on the second module, the Edge & Fog Processing Module.  This module captures and transforms data, normalizing it to make it usable.


Sylvain Denoncourt GSEC CISSP

Conseiller en architecture IoT / IoT Architecture Consultant, Cisco



Étienne Simard

Network Engineering Consultant, Cisco Systems Canada Co.



Principles of Building Successful IoT Products

The success rates for new products and services is very low. Estimates vary, but it is said that between 70% to 90% of new product launches fail to meet their success criteria. Even with the rise in popularity of the Lean Startup and other Agile methodologies, entrepreneurs and companies take an ad-hoc approach to building products. The fact of the matter is, it is possible to significantly improve chances of success by investing some time in upfront research before plunging head long into product development.

In this session, we will cover the principles of product success and innovation. We will discuss the three important facets of success: the product, the business model, and the marketing. What is amazing is that all three are driven from the same set of insights derived from understanding your customers. We will cover what is it that companies and entrepreneurs should watch out for when they are talking to their customers to get the right set of inputs for success.




Abhay Ghatpande

Founder and CEO, Product Success Inc.



Aruba 360 Secure Fabric

Today, there’s no shortage of technology disruptions – mobile, BYOD, virtualization, cloud, big data, and IoT have now taken hold of the enterprise and rendered a perimeter-based security approach insufficient. Learn how customers can leverage their existing security investments by seamlessly integrating Exchange sourced products with Aruba 360 Secure Fabric security solution. Aruba 360 Secure Fabric provides the best elements of a unified solution with the flexibility of an open multi-vendor architecture with more than 100 partners.




Paul Gallant, Eng.

System Engineer, Aruba, a HPE Company



How the Internet of Things (IoT) is Transforming Business

IoT has been around for many years, but it’s only in the past 6 years that the internet of things began to see a significant growth in connected devices.  This growth has been enabled due to changes introduced in the IP addressing scheme, but also in advances in transport technology which has enabled data transmission and machine to machine communications in businesses and Cities Globally.  In this session, Tal will discuss where the market is going and how  Bell is helping businesses transform how they operate to allow them to remain competitive as technology becomes more prevalent in different industry verticals.




Tal Schierau

Director, National Sales – IoT, Bell



IoT Data Fabric and Use Cases in Manufacturing

The Internet of Things (IoT) space is a dynamic, fast-paced market where trends are constantly shifting. From Manufacturing and Utilities to Transportation and Smart Cities, digitization is transforming industries and driving new growth and new priorities for firms worldwide.

Join Étienne Simard, IoT Network Engineering Consultant at Cisco for a presentation on how IoT accelerates Digital Transformation. Etienne will demonstrate how Cisco’s IoT strategy helps businesses use the technology to radically improve, transform, disrupt operations and generate greater business outcomes.

This session will cover Cisco’s IoT Network and Data Fabric; an innovative architecture that helps you put compute power where you need it and get the right data to the right applications at the right time to drive better business outcomes.

The session will also cover Cisco’s robust IoT Connectivity portfolio which includes secure products for Network connectivity such as Industrial Switches, Industrial Routers, Firewalls and Access Points. It will also cover technologies such as Fog Computing, Wireless Mesh and LoRaWAN.

This session is a great fit for attendees interested in how Cisco helps business become digital by providing the products and technology necessary to deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things.




Étienne Simard

Network Engineering Consultant, Cisco Systems Canada Co.


Workshops


Hands-on IoT Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the fundamentals of cloud connectivity and sensor control, and the different building blocks of an IoT solution. Though primarily targeted towards developers, the workshop will be of interest to non-developers too to understand the benefits of Soracom’s services and products for building IoT solutions.

This workshop will let users experience first hand what it takes to implement a simple IoT application. Participants will be able to connect sensors to the cloud using 3G cellular connection and transmit data from the sensor to the cloud. The data can be visualized in online dashboards. In the second experiment, participants will be able to control the connected sensors from the cloud using their browsers. They will be able to turn on and off LEDs and make changes to the sensor settings.

Whoever finishes our Cellular + Harvest scenario first will get the same workshop kit including a Raspberry Pi zero, an ultrasonic sensor, a USB Modem and LED lights.





Shohei Azuma

VP Customer Success, Soracom Global



Learn by doing: How to develop products that people will actually want

The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to learn about the principles of design thinking by doing. Design thinking is an approach that is being used in different fields to find user-centered holistic solutions for complex problems while innovating collaboratively.

A user-centric approach to development can help validate in different ways the needs of the market and ultimately avoid wasting time and energy on the wrong path for a product. This workshop will be beneficial to anyone interested in the development of products or services.

Let us see how we can make all of this happen in a secure and manageable way.


Diana Horqque

Service Designer, District 3



Guillaume Aubé

Industrial Designer, SACO

MCs

MCs


Eramelinda Boquer

Eramelinda Boquer

Broadcaster - CJAD 800/Bell Media

Biography: Eramelinda is a communications consultant and coach for BDH Collective Inc and is a member of NAPTE (National Association of Television Program Executives) and ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) She is also an experienced television and radio host/reporter/producer and currently can be heard on CJAD 800/Bell Media Montreal.



Sudha Krishnan

Sudha Krishnan

Journalist – CBC/Radio Canada

Biography: Sudha Krishnan has been with CBC Montreal since September 2012. She is a tv, radio and web journalist who also fills in on the anchor desk and reads the radio news.

She has covered some of the big stories in Montreal – including the 2017 Spring floods, the controversial religious neutrality law and the Quebec Mosque Shooting trial.

She has been a journalist for more than 20 years. Her career has taken her across Canada — from Quebec City, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Toronto and Montreal.

Sudha has a passion for politics and reporting on stories on visible minority women and has won awards for her diversity reporting.

Sudha is a graduate of Champlain Regional College — with a DEC in Pure and Applied and Health Sciences.
In 1986 she won Champlain College’s Peter Swarbrick award for public speaking.

Sudha is also an Indian Classical Dancer and teacher in Montreal.

Agenda

Agenda for IT Connect 2018: IoT

Pre-conference competition

June 2-3, 2018 Champ-IoT Hackathon

Conference

June 7th, 2018

13:00-14:00 Registration and Networking

14:00-14:15 Official Opening Ceremony

14:15-15:15 Keynote

15:30-16:20 Presentation/Demo/Workshop Series

16:30-17:20 Presentation/Demo/Workshop Series

17:25-18:25 Dinner and Networking

18:30-19:20 Presentation Series

Closing Ceremony

19:30-19:55 Sponsoring companies 5 min presentations

20:00-20:20 Keynote

20:20-21:00 Prize-giving and Closing Remarks



Hackathon

In this Hackathon, a simple scenario for intelligent communication and social networking in IoT scenarios is considered. Students, in groups, will design architectures and provide solutions to interconnect devices and users. The objective is to share environmental information through a social network. The challenge is to find the best architecture for communicating the information of detected environment objects to social networks.

To reach this objective, students can provide different solutions using the following components*:

  • Arduino
  • Interface circuits
  • SCI cameras
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Motion sensors
  • SCI cameras
  • Google Cloud Compute Engine
  • Google Cloud Vision API
  • SCI cameras

*However, students can also bring their own components if it is required.

As such, many heterogeneous components are available to collect the data from the environment and transfer it via embedded devices. Motion sensors and SCI cameras are available to capture data. Raspberry Pi and Arduino devices with WLAN modules and interface circuits are also available to process the collected data locally and send the data to the cloud. Compute resources are also available in Google Cloud Platform. Moreover, Google Cloud Vision API is got available to better analyze the captured photos. Students can then develop mobile applications to facilitate the process of making connections between the clients and social network, ultimately integrating everything together. Attendees are free to tweet the processed results via Twitter accounts. The most efficient architecture will be rewarded, particularly in the area of performance (with KPIs such as accuracy and latency).

The first step for each team is to set up the embedded system. Connecting the sensors and cameras to the Raspberry Pi is the first step that is mandatory for any solution (40% assessment). The next step is to create the data flow from the sensors to the processing units (30%). As it mentioned above, cloud resources and APIs or local embedded resources can be used for processing. The last stage of the work is to develop a platform to share the data on a social network. Twitter or any mobile application can be developed for this purpose. During the evaluation phase, different objects will be presented and the platform which provides the most information with high accuracy with the least latency will win the competition.

Schedule

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Warm-up, a quick quiz and team up the participants.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Contest announcement (explanation)

10:15 AM – 10:40 AM Questions and answers

10:40 AM – 1:00 PM Expected time to set the embedded system up with the sensors.

1:00 PM –  2:00 PM Expected time to set up the embedded system local connectivity

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Setting up the connection between Cloud Vision API and the embedded system

The Day After

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Challenge to publish the responses

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Integration with mobile devices and online users over social networks (Twitter)

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Finalizing the API development

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Contest Evaluation


Facilitators


Marc-André Léger

Marc-André Léger

ITAC Talent Program Manager for Quebec and the Atlantic

Biography: Marc-André Léger has been working in Business Technology Management since 1983. Since 1987, he has specialized in information security, risk management and IT governance. These days, he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Concordia University and Université de Sherbrooke. It has a long track record that includes programming, network management, project management and information security. He worked in the National Defense, Federal Public Service, Financial and Insurance, Health and Education sectors in France, the United States and several Canadian provinces. From 2009 to 2015 he was curator of Québec’s computer history museum and was a founding member of a Fab Lab and a MakerSpace. Geek and Maker, he actively contributes to the makers movement as a trainer and advisor. Marc-André has an MBA, an Executive MBA, a Masters in MIS, three graduate certificates and is currently persuing a PhD.



Shahin Vakilinia

Shahin Vakilinia

Big Data Cloud Specialist, Google Cloud Platform

Biography: Shahin received his PhD degree from Concordia University in 2015. He has published more than 30 IEEE Conference and Journal papers related to IoT, Cloud Computing and Wireless Networks. For more details please check his Google Scholar page.

He worked two years for Ericsson Co. and consulted more than 5 companies dealing with IoT. For more details please refer to his LinkedIn.


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