IEEE Virtual World Forum on Internet of Things 2020
A Multi-Event Conference

Entrepreneurial Program

Attendee Information >>>


Lee Stogner, IEEE Internet of Things Initiative,  Chair of IEEE Digital Transformation Working Group, P2023,

Thomas Monaco, Project Manager, IEEE Entrepreneurship Initiative,


Entrepreneurship and Innovation have become two highly searched for words on Google. Every country, region, city, and university have established entities that promote the growth of Start-Ups that they hope will create new industries and jobs. Every company in the world has people focused on what they can do next to grow their business. The IEEE has established a Board Level committee that is promoting Entrepreneurship and the development of resources for its members that want to create opportunities within their own company or take the risk and create a Start-Up venture.

This Workshop will detail the process for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, resources, and how the Internet of Things is the foundation for the biggest growth of Start-Ups that has ever existed.

The event is intended to inspire, educate, enable and empower researchers, industry professionals, and students who have the ‘Start-Up bug’ in turning their ideas into new products and services but are not sure of how to go about it. You cannot learn everything in one day; however, the participants will become a part of an IEEE led ecosystem that will provide much-needed ongoing support to launch their initiatives while being realistic about their envisioned ideas and products.

If you are an IEEE Member, this Workshop is just the beginning of what we will do together.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Learn about the tools and resources that will help develop ideas, manage goals, find investment, and go to market as a new company.
  • Using a Cloud-Based Tool to manage your Start-Up. Learn from the world’s best Cloud Company on their tools, resources, and experience.
  • Case Studies of Successful Entrepreneurs. Learn from successful people.
  • IEEE Entrepreneurship Network. How to become a part of the growing Network of IEEE professionals that are developing new ideas and industries.


July 15th, 2-hour session from 11 AM – 1 PM ET.

11:00 – 11:10 – Welcome – Lee Stogner, IEEE Internet of Things Initiative, Chair, IEEE Digital Transformation Working Group, P2023
11:10 – 11:36 – Simplify the Migration of IoT Applications to AWS IoT – Arun Viswanathan, Specialist IoT Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.
11:36 – 12:05 – AWS Partner Solution Showcase – Scott Francis, IoT Partner Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.
12:05 – 12:35 – IEEE Entrepreneurship Explained – Subodha Charles & Ken Stauffer, 2020 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee
12:35 – 1:00 – Q&A – Lee Stogner, Moderator

Who Can Participate?

A general audience with an interest in the business aspects of IoT, consisting of individuals responsible for innovation within existing companies, or the art of starting new companies focused on IoT solutions and applications.

Note: Before the Workshop, the Audience is encouraged to review several free online resources that will provide reference information from world-wide business sources. These resources can be found at IEEE Entrepreneurship & Innovation / Venture Capital / Startups by Lee Stogner.

Sponsoring IEEE Societies: IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc); the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA); the IEEE Reliability Society (RS); and the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS); the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS); the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES); the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S); the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS).


Scott Francis

Scott Francis is an IoT Partner Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services. Scott works with Global System Integrators to design and build large-scale IoT solutions for their clients. Previously, he designed horticultural lighting and smart kitchen systems using computer vision for direct clients.



Arun Viswanathan

Arun Viswanathan is a Specialist IoT Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Arun started his career as a Software Developer and worked in a variety of industries like semiconductors, medical equipment, enterprise systems, and passive RFID.

At AWS, Arun works with customers in architecting their IoT solutions for consumer devices and industrial equipment. As a Solutions Architect, Arun has sample codes in GitHub for AWS-samples and AWS-labs to help customers accelerate their journey to AWS IoT.


Lorraine Bassett

Lorraine Bassett is WWPS Principal Technical BD Leader for Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT.

Lorraine has designed and optimized voice and data networks, spanning her career to network and performance management. She extended her career to developing strategy and GTM for emerging technologies. According to Cloud Girls, this led to Lorraine “eventually closing one of AWS’s largest partner deals in history, changing the way cloud vendors and system integrators do business together.”

She now leads WWPS IoT at AWS, which includes Smart City, Education, Healthcare, NPOs, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).


Subodha Charles

Subodha has been involved in IEEE for more than 8 years starting as a student member. He played a major role in uplifting IEEE activities in Sri Lanka and he was recognized as the best student volunteer in the Asia Pacific region in 2015.

Subodha graduated from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where he received his B.Sc specializing in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. During his time in college, Subodha launched a startup focusing on the energy sector of Sri Lanka and is now serving as a member of the board. After 7 years of operation, his company is contributing more than 5MW of power to the national grid through Solar PV systems. After his first venture got stable, he moved to Florida to read for his Ph.D. in 2016 specializing in Embedded Systems. His research work and publications in premier international conferences, as well as time spent as an Intern at Intel Corporation, has given him substantial experience in the area. He continues to be involved in the entrepreneurial space experimenting on several other ideas as well. His company has currently invested in other ventures such as a healthcare center in Sri Lanka and a construction firm.

Subodha Charles is Vice-Chair – Awards / Education on the 2020 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee and 2019 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.


Ken Stauffer 

Ken Stauffer is a serial entrepreneur in life!  His professional career spans 16 years at AT&T Bell Labs, and then another 20 years as an entrepreneur—first with a $480M startup in Florida and then with several other start-ups, which took in venture capital funding. Stauffer is the Co-Founder of Technology Assurance Labs and was the CEO for 15 years.

Ken was part of the volunteer team charted in 2014 by then IEEE President J. Boisson Roberto deMarca to develop a plan for IEEE to improve our engagement of entrepreneurial members. Ken then helped lead the initiative as 2015-2016 Chair of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee. In his past-chair role, he has continued to provide guidance and vision to both the 2017 Steering Committee and IEEE Entrepreneurship 2018 Steering Committee. In 2019, He was appointed by the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee as a Liaison to the 2019 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee following his efforts to promote IEEE and Entrepreneurship with the IEEE Africa Initiative. He is an IEEE Senior Member and Life member benefiting from his IEEE affiliations for over 35 years.

Ken is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Vaughn College, an institution steeped with a history of aeronautical and aviation engineering innovation as well as a focus on mechatronics and related fields.

Outside of his professional life, Stauffer was born and raised in Tanzania, is a native speaker of Swahili and English, taught celestial navigation, studied philosophy, was a serious rock climber, and an Actor’s Equity Stage Manager.

In addition to his efforts in launching and chairing the Entrepreneurship Community within IEEE, Ken is a judge and coordinator within the IEEE Entrepreneurship Stars Program (previously known as the IEEE N3XT Stars Program,) was a co-judge of IEEE N3XT® 2016 Austin and IEEE N3XT® 2015 Toronto. He has served on the 2017 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee and 2018 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.  Ken has presented on Entrepreneurship within IEEE numerous times including at an IEEE Signal Processing Event for Young Professionals interested in Entrepreneurship and in Rwanda for a 5-Day Workshop on Entrepreneurship. Ken is also the Chair on the 2020 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.

Lee Stogner

Lee Stogner serves in Executive Positions in several corporations that drive improved business performance using technologies that include Business Innovation, Digital Transformation, Project Management, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Lee has over 35 years of design, consulting, project management and business development experience across a range of industries. Lee has driven growth at companies that include Digital Equipment, Fluor Corporation, Rockwell International and Liquidax Capital. Customers around the world have benefited from Lee’s expertise and leadership.
Throughout his working career, Lee has been active in both local and international professional activities. Lee is the Chair of the Carolinas’ Engineering Cluster and a past Director of the IEEE Board of Directors. Today, Lee is active in promoting the development of the Internet of Things through his participation in the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative, the IEEE Transportation Electrification Committee and as a Member of the IEEE Internet of Things Initiative, IoT.
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