For more than 15 years, Kurt Hoppe has focused on emerging product and service innovation at the intersection of Connected Consumer IoT devices, digital services and Tier-1 service providers, developing and launching award-winning value-added services for more than 75 million users worldwide. He currently leads global business innovation efforts at General Motors, driving rapid prototyping and inmarket testing of new Connected Car services that are adjacent to traditional GM and OnStar businesses. Prior to General Motors, he was Vice President of Applications & Services at Prodea, the international IOT Platform company, creating a compelling portfolio of multi-screen media & entertainment, home automation, eHealth and eGovernment services for the world's leading service providers and their subscribers. Before that, he was Head of Smart Home Product Innovation and Director of Smart TV Solutions for LG Electronics North America, where he led IOT strategy formation and B2B solution development for DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon, Time-Warner Cable, Rogers, ADT, Best Buy and CenturyLink. His team also prototyped and integrated various next-generation UX/HMI technologies such as NLU, AI digital assistants, far-field voice, discovery & recommendation, computer vision, multi-screen solutions and wearables.
Kurt has held business development, product marketing, and product management leadership roles at Paul Allen’s Digeo/MOXI, 2Wire, Amdocs and Netscape, working with global customers such as AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, British Telecom, Time Warner Cable, Chrysler, Telstra, and DISH, to name a few. He graduated at the top of his Computer Science class at the Royal Military College of Canada and studied Human Computer Interaction and AI at the University of British Columbia.