We had high hopes for Works With 2020, Silicon Labs’ first event designed to bring the smart home ecosystem together live and in-person last September in Austin, TX. Then COVID-19 happened. Like everyone else, we had to make some important decisions about if and how we would move forward with Works With 2020. As an in-person event, we expected to welcome upwards of 600 attendees. But going virtual changed the game. As the well over 6,000 people who joined us for what became a 100% virtual event would attest, Works With 2020 was a fantastic and inspiring gathering of developers, ecosystem partners and device makers from across the global smart home market during a time where staying connected meant everything.
As much as we want to host Works With 2021 in-person, the situation still isn’t conducive to large-scale gatherings. That said, our experience hosting last year’s Works With virtually was so positive, I have every confidence that this year’s Works With will be even bigger and better. So just like last year, this year’s event – taking place September 14-15 – will be 100% virtual, live and 100% free to attend.
What’s different for 2021? Lots, but in the best way. This year we have not one but four session tracks: Smart Home, Smart Cities, Industrial IoT and General IoT.
Once again, we’ll be leveraging our unique position as the leading connector in the IoT space to bring together software developers, hardware engineers, product managers, and business leaders from around the world to accelerate the creation of IoT innovations for homes, retailers, workplaces, cities, healthcare, and more.
Our unique position as a comprehensive connector in wireless IoT gives us an incredible opportunity to bring all the ingredient parts of the IoT together. But Works With 2021 isn’t about Silicon Labs – it’s about all of us in IoT. I would like to invite other leaders in the space to join us as speakers. If you have a great story to tell our industry, we can offer a platform to tell it at Works With 2021.
Joining us once again be leaders from the world’s largest IoT ecosystems including Amazon, Comcast, Google, Ikea, Ring and more. We’ll have more keynotes than last year, more workshops than last year, and more opportunities to network. We’ll talk about all the most important topics and trends taking place across the IoT. Amazon Sidewalk, the new Matter protocol, the push for security solutions specifically designed to protect the IoT, and so much more.
This year’s workshops will cover machine learning and AI for IoT end nodes, and what to know about IoT operating systems. We’ll cover how to build for the Amazon, Apple HomeKit, Google and Z-Wave ecosystems, among others. We’ll delve into smart cities with Wi-SUN, and more. We’ll get into industrial IoT with asset tracking and other applications. We’ll dive deep into IoT security including forthcoming regulations everyone needs to consider in their development plans. We’ll also spend time on some of the most highly anticipated and talked about industry efforts including Matter, extending IoT connectivity with Sub-GHz through initiatives like Amazon Sidewalk and Z-Wave Long Range, and so much more.
Please take a moment to register for free and be sure to join us September 14-15 for Works With 2021. We’ll be providing more updates as we add more detail to the agenda, including some super-exciting keynotes in the works.