DETROIT – On April 29, MITechNews.Com will co-host IoT TechConnect 2 at the Michigan Science Center. It includes eight information tracks, a keynote from the former head of R&D at General Motors, an IoT Pitch Competition hosted by the Chinese government, 600 plus attendees projected and 80 vendors, plus a VIP reception. If your company wants to connect with the Southeast Michigan tech community, you need to be there.

The day-long conference focuses on highlighting what Michigan businesses are buying, making and selling on what’s called the Internet Of Things (IoT) – the network of devices that includes vehicles, and home appliances (smart homes, offices and cities that contain electronicssoftwareactuators, to connect to these “things” to interact and exchange data. is the other co-host.

Autonomous Vehicle expert Lawrence D. Burns, formerly General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research and Development, will be the morning keynote speaker.

China’s InnoSTARS competition caps the event.

6 Tracks (three in  morning and three in afternoon). Each track three-45-minute sessions.

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles: A deep dive into what Michigan auto companies are doing to develop Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Panels also will discuss how CAVs will transform the transportation landscape. Plus a panel will examine the testing labs in Michigan. Another session will look at Smart Cities.

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/AI: Michigan companies will present a workshop that will demonstrate the capabilities of Augmented Reality, Mixed Realty and Virtual Reality, as well as how Artificial Intelligence enhances capabilities of all three. Software and hardware will be demonstrated in this workshop.

IoT Cyber Security:  IOT Management – a practitioner’s perspective. This presentation will cover a full life cycle approach by any organization to manage the IOT devices consisting of Organizational awareness (including board), Policy formation, Implementation including Asset management, Network Access Control and Risk management. A third session will focus on how to keep hackers out of connected vehicles.

Mobility – How will tomorrow’s mobility impact transportation as we know it? Experts say the future is electric vehicles, electric scooters, and other electric forms of transportation that will be controlled through smart phones and smart devices.

Technology-as-a-Service – The As-A-Service category includes software, cybersecurity, analytics, and more. Services from the cloud simply businesses’ IT departments by outsourcing most of those functions once done in-house and makes them affordable on a monthly or quarterly payment schedule, rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars or more upfront. Some local Michigan companies that are providing AaS models will be featured.

IIoT 101 – So you want to get into the Internet of Things but don’t know the basics. In this track, IoT experts will explain the ins and outs of the Internet of Things.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Title Sponsorship – Includes naming the show IoT TechConnect as brought to you by title sponsor on the IoTTechconnect.Com website, all marketing materials distributed before, during and after the conference, as well as signage at the Michigan Science Center where the show will be held on April 29. Also includes 10 by 15 foot booth, plus speaking opportunity at show open, lunch and show close. Title Sponsor will be de facto show co-host. Cost $25,000. Michigan Science Center receives $3,750 donation.

Full track sponsorship – Includes management of three 45-minute sessions that can be moderated panel discussions or workshops. Four sessions will run concurrently in the morning (10 am to 1 pm) and four in the afternoon (2 pm to 5 pm). Also included in this package is a 10 by 8 foot booth. Cost is $9,950. Michigan Science Center receives a $1,500 donation per track.

Session sponsors within TracksIf a full track is not sponsored, individual 45-minute sessions within these unsponsored tracks can be purchased for $3,000. Session sponsors manage the tracks. Cost is $3000. Michigan Science Center receives $450 donation.

VIP Reception: Open to panelists, speakers, keynotes and invited guests of sponsoring company. Held in ITC Gallery from 5 to 7 pm. Cost $10,000. Mi-Sci gets $1,500 donation.

Other sponsorships (Michigan Science Center gets 15 percent) also are available at

Publicity – All sponsors will be listed on the website and promoted by event co-sponsor at its website, in its weekly eNewsletter, on its Internet Radio Show (M2 TechCast), and in on-demand videos as soon as they sign contracts and make full payment. Up to 90 days before the event, plus up to 30 days after the event.

All sponsorships sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Email [email protected] for booth bookings and sponsorship sales. 

Booths – Booth Includes • Draped back wall and draped side rails • Company name sheet • Expo visitor passes for booth personnel as follows: 8 x 10 = 2 tickets 10 x 15 = 4 tickets • Logo and Corporate Profile on event website and Show App • Wi-fi • AC power.

10 by 8 foot cost – $900; 10 by 15 foot cost – $1450

Up to 80 booths are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commercial Video OpportunityA video team will shoot booth holders and produce a 2 to 3 minute advertorial that will be posted to IoTTechConnect.Com and MITechNews.Com post event. Price, $500.

Partners Detroit Chinese Business Association. CloudTech1. MITechNews.Com. Internet Advisor on WJR. US China Innovation Alliance. Global Auto Mobility. XaaS1.Com

Tickets – Full-day pass, $90. Half-day pass, $50 (8 am to 11:30 am, or 11:30 am to 4:30 pm). The conference is free after 4:30 pm so all interested parties can watch the InnoSTARS IoT Pitch Competition sponsored by the US China Innovation Alliance. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks.

Attendance – Based upon the first show in April 2018, we expect an audience of 600 plus, primarily IT and Business decision makers who want to learn more about IoT.

For further information, email [email protected]