Keynote Speaker


John Cohn,  IBM Fellow, IBM Watson Internet of Things Division, IBM

John’s current focus is on physical infrastructure for IoT, open data, internet of things communications and real time data analytics. Before joining the IoT Division , John has been an innovator in the area of design automation for both analog and digital custom integrated circuits. John received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at MIT, and earned a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to the design automation for high performance custom circuits. John has authored more than 30 technical papers and has contributed to four books on design automation. He has approximately 70 patents in the field of design automation, methodology, circuits and smarter systems

John is active in education issues at a local, state and national level. . He is so passionate about promoting STEM careers that he spent 59 days living and inventing in an abandoned steel mill as part of Discovery Channel’s technical survival show “The Colony”. John lives with his family in a restored 19th century schoolhouse in Jonesville Vermont and is eager to share his love of science and technology with anyone who will listen.

In October 2013 Cohn was a presenter at a TEDx conference. TEDxDelft 2013 was themed “Do try this at home” and Cohn’s talk was titled “The importance of play”.