Does Your House Know Too Much About You? is a panel discussion and social event that tackles the issues around the future of intelligent homes and their monitoring systems. Despite the convenience of such systems, the question remains are we giving up too much of our privacy when embracing them? Given Google’s recent purchase of Nest, we believe this is a particularly important and timely issue that we could all be on the forefront of addressing in a big-picture, complex, and educational manner for both everyday consumers and industry experts. This panel coincides with the cover story of the March issue of BTW: Behind the Walls; the panel will feature a number of experts quoted in the article. The discussion will be moderated by Alexandra Hall, Executive Producer of 360Chestnut, Inc. and Editor-in-Chief of BTW magazine.
Alexandra Hall (moderator) has more than ten years' experience as a critic, lifestyle writer and editor of lifestyle topics in Boston and beyond. Alex has covered fashion, travel, entertainment, food, beauty, books, and the arts. She is currently editor-in-chief if COUP Boston, the city’s only luxury digital lifestyle magazine, and a freelance writer for publications including: Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Town & Country, and Elle Decor.
Jim Bride has over a decade of experience in the energy and environmental industries. He launched Energy Tariff Experts, LLC to address an unmet need in the marketplace for accurate utility rate and energy cost information to enable more informed energy investment decisions. Prior to Energy Tariff Experts, Jim spent over four years at EnerNOC, a pioneering Smart Grid firm.
Joseph (Joey) Kolchinsky is the founder and Managing Director of OneVision Resources, a company that merges his curiosity with technology and passion for simplicity. The firm is redefining excellent service for the modern family, providing comprehensive and stress-free support to members across a growing range of needs including personal technology, smart home design, and health management. Joey lives in Boston with his wife Jennifer and daughter Penelope.
Jason Hanna is the CEO & Founder of Embue, a Boston-based company developing connected heating & cooling controls for residential and small commercial application. Jason is also the Founder & Board Chairman of Greentown Labs, a Boston-area incubator for clean energy and hardware companies, now home to over 40 emerging start-ups. Jason previously worked in high technology and was responsible for building an organization that automated over $1B of transactions for EMC Corporation.
Harold Simansky is one of the cofounders of 360Chestnut. Before that he was involved in the creation of Green Guild of MA, LLC, a full-service energy audit and home weatherization company that has helped over 1,000 Massachusetts home owners make their homes more energy efficient. Earlier, Harold was the developer of one of the first green, LEED-certified residential buildings in the Boston-area. Harold also has experience in the world of finance and as a consultant with Bain & Company. He is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and Brandeis University.
Deborah Hurley is the Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises governments, companies, international organizations, nonprofits, and foundations on advanced science and technology policy. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University and directed the Harvard University Information Infrastructure Project. Hurley is Chair, Board of Directors, Electronic Privacy Information Center.At the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in Paris, France, she was responsible for drafting, negotiation and adoption of the OECD Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems. Prior to joining the OECD, she practiced computer and intellectual property law in the United States.
Daniel Hullah was born and educated in the UK where he received a BA and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He came to the United States in 1999 as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago. Following his stint in Chicago, Daniel left academia but stayed in the States as he branched out into a career in management consulting at ZS Associates – a firm that focuses exclusively on sales and marketing. Daniel moved to Boston in 2001 to start a new ZS office, and went on to pursue an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Shortly after returning to the States from INSEAD, Daniel joined RockPort in Boston. Since then he has been an active member of the screening and diligence team and has worked on multiple transactions in several key cleantech sectors most notably solar energy and green buildings.