March 11, 2013 - Monday

The Future of Smart Home Technology

In the past, the idea of owning a "smart home" was mostly based on some future vision with prototype fridges with Internet-connected displays and elaborate home security systems leading the charge. But at CES this year, the Jetson's home started becoming a very near-term reality, with major vendors peddling real, usable products, almost all controllable from a smartphone.

Tim Enwall, head of all things corporate at Mobiplug will discuss how smart homes are finally entering the world of affordability. Smart homes have been talked about for a long time, and some wealthy people have owned their own version of a smart homes for decades. But few outside of the wealthy, early adopter crowd have taken the plunge. That's about to change. Several forces have combined to bring an entirely new range of smart home technologies within reach for a few hundred dollars.

Dave Michels, President of Verge1 Consulting, is a home automation enthusiast and monitors the space closely. He will describe some of the products and capabilities that home automation offers the homeowner as well as some industry updates and expectations.

Join us for a revealing look at some of the latest technology and a demonstration of how it all works.

COST: Free (Suggested donation, $10)

EVENT: Night with a Futurist
DATE: March 11, 2013 - Monday
TIME: 6:30pm-8:30pm

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: The Future of Smart Home Technology
SPEAKERS: Dave Michels, Tim Enwall

SPEAKER: Dave Michels

President of Verge1 Consulting

David Michels holds 20 years of telecom hands-on experience, starting with IVR systems to Fortune 100 operations. Currently President of Verge1 Consulting, specializing in PBX strategies for the end user and manufacturer as well as cloud services, SMB voice, channel development, unified communications, and social media. Dave has appeared at hundreds of industry trade shows, including VoiceCon, Interop, and TCA.He maintains a personal blog at, and contributes regularly to and

Dave's background includes both entreprenurial startups as well as large enterprises with international networks. Dave has served time in technical and management positions at corporations including IBM, GE, and Coors as well as multiple start-ups. Dave is a home automation enthusiast and monitors the space closely.


SPEAKER: Tim Enwall

Head of all things Corporate at Mobiplug

Head of all things Corporate at Mobiplug, a Boulder company that affordably unifies smart homes on your smart phone.  Esprit Award Winning Entrepreneur of the Year (2012) and founder/CEO of Solista (profitably sold to Gartner),  founder/CEO/COO/CIO of Tendril (successfully operating after 8 years), founding shareholder and director of Intellocity (profitably sold to OpenTV) and angel investor in 10 startup companies and three venture funds.  Mentor to award-winning startups including Snap-a-Bug (TechStars '10), SimpleEnergy (TechStars '11) and LinkCycle (MIT Cleantech '11, TechStars '13).

Board Member positions include several non-profits such as Silicon Flatirons Entrepreneur Initiative, Demand Response/Smart Grid Coalition, and Young Entrepreneurs Organization and for-profits such as Tendril, Adeptive, SkyeTek, Oxlo, Intellocity and LeadWorks.

Holder of a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California and early career stints at Apple (8+ years), Access Graphics (3 years) and two software startups (Requisite and InfoNow).