IoT Starter Kits: What You Need To Know

Date September 27, 2018
Time 11 AM EST

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Speed to market is everything, so getting your IoT application up-and-running is crucial to your success. For as little as $50, hardware manufacturers, connectivity providers, and others will offer development boards, modems, antennaes, and basic software to build your own IoT application. But not all kits are created equal, and developers need to think about locking in to platform and communications choices. This session will explore the pro’s and con’s of using standard IoT starter kits.


Jim Beneke, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Avnet

Jim Beneke has more than 30 years of experience in technology management, business and strategy development, technical marketing, research and development, and design engineering. For the past 11 years, he has held executive positions as vice president of engineering and technology, and vice president of global technical marketing at Avnet, where he successfully spearheaded numerous initiatives to grow Avnet’s demand creation revenue and profitability.

Under his direction, Avnet has launched a portfolio of industry leading design solutions and training programs supporting leading technology companies such as Xilinx, Broadcom, AT&T, Microsoft, Mathworks, ST Microelectronics, and Arm. Joining Avnet in 1994, Beneke served in a variety of field and staff positions supporting sales and marketing. Prior to this, Beneke held design engineering and engineering management positions for 10 years at Raytheon/E-Systems and General Electric.

Beneke received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University and a M.S. Electrical Engineering from Villanova University.

Andy Reiter, Product Manager, Digi International

Andy Reiter joined Digi International in April 2018 as a Product Manager, primarily responsible for innovating and improving Digi development kits. Andy used his analytical and strategic thinking skills to deliver unique approaches to update the dev kit customer experience.

Previous to Digi, Andy developed complex system-based products and software applications that focused on providing practical value to users. He has also worked as a market analyst for a human-centered design firm. Andy holds a degree in Physics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.