Silicon Valley has a reputation for being a boy’s club, but women are steadily making inroads in the technology industry with many in leadership roles related to IoT. In the list below, we celebrate the women in a variety of roles in the IoT niche, ranging from analysts to CEOs to product designers.
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Alicia Asín has served as the CEO of Libelium since she cofounded the firm in 2006. A computer engineer by training, frequently speaks at international events on smart cities, wireless sensor networks, and IoT. Asín has won several awards for engineering and entrepreneurship in the past decade.
The CEO of open-source electronics startup littleBits, Bdeir is a vocal proponent of democratizing the Internet of Things. She was ranked as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2013, Entrepreneur magazine’s 10 Up and Coming Leaders to Watch in 2014, and as one of Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream in that same year.
A vice president responsible for Tech Data’s IoT business in the Americas, Beltz is also the cofounder of the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp, an educational program for college students that features an IoT business program as well as other tech-oriented content. Tampa Bay Business Journal has listed her as both the Business Woman of the Year and Technology Leader of the Year in 2014.
Chicago’s chief information officer has played a major role in establishing the Windy City’s “Array of Things” project and has helped transform Chicago’s open data program into one of the largest in the country. She also helped implement the “WindyGrid” spatial analytics platform to help drive data-driven decision making. Before working at Chicago, Berman worked for more than 10 years at IBM, where she partnered with government agencies internationally.
Curtis leads an IoT group at Tech Data, where she is an evangelist for real-world business-driven IoT applications. She also serves as the chair of the RecruIT subcommittee of the Ladies of Tech Data employee resource group. Curtis joined the company in January 2007 as a senior marketing account executive.