Speaking at Haystack Connect 2022

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Where the Project Haystack community comes together to network, share, create synergy, and generate new business opportunities.

Haystack Connect 2022 is organized and produced by the Project Haystack Organization—an open source community of people and companies who share the vision that a connected, collaborative community can move the industry forward in ways that no single supplier can! The event builds on the inspiration and mission of the community to address the challenges of making smart device data work seamlessly across applications of all types through the adoption of a standard approach to semantic modeling of equipment systems and their data.

The building automation, energy efficiency, and IoT markets have a variety of events. Some are under the control of a single manufacturer. Some are large conferences where the needs of systems integrators, technology vendors and their customers are lost in a sea of unrelated products and content that are not relevant. Haystack Connect directly serves the needs of the community that is on the leading edge of applying smart data, smart devices, smart equipment and smart building technologies to create a more efficient and sustainable world.

The Vision

Technology continues to drive rapid change in smart devices, smart buildings, energy management and operational efficiency. The most significant advances are driven not by a single company, but rather by collaboration and a community of companies creating open, best of breed technologies that work together through a range of open protocols and software interfaces. The work of the Project Haystack community addresses a critical gap that has limited the flow of data from smart devices to value-added applications, by making that data self-describing and easy to use.

Technical Program

All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT/UTC-4)


  • 11:00am-11:30am

    Welcome & Opening Remarks: Nick Gayeski, Richard McElhinney, and Alex Rohweder, Co-Executive Directors, Project


    Haystack Essentials Training: Emma Eynon and Steve Eynon, Co-Founders, Fantom Factory

  • 11:30am-12:00pm

    Haystack & The MSI Role – Leveraging Haystack Systems to Ensure Strong and Efficient Integrations: Matt Schwartz, Associate Principal, Altura Associates, LLC

  • 12:00pm-12:30pm

    Haystack in Practice – The End User Perspective: Gerry Hamilton, Director Facilities Energy Management, Stanford University

  • 12:00pm-12:30pm

    Haystack in Practice – The End User Perspective: Gerry Hamilton, Director Facilities Energy Management, Stanford University


Getting Technical with Haystack
Moderator: Nick Gayeski, Co-Executive Director, Project Haystack

  • 11:00am-11:40am

    Benefit Project and Redesigned Protos: Brian Frank, Technical Lead, Project Haystack

  • 11:40am-12:05pm

    A Solid Foundation: Harmonizing Brick and Haystack to Simplify the Building Metadata Landscape: Gabe Fierro, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines / National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • 12:05pm-12:30pm

    A Technology Deep Dive for Making Technology More Accessible with Haystack Tagging: Gareth Johnson, Chief Software Architect, J2 Innovations

Haystack in Practice: The Manufacturer Perspective
Moderator: Alex Rohweder, Co-Executive Director, Project Haystack

  • 11:00am-11:25am

    Haystack Domain Modeler: Deepinder Singh, CEO, 75F; Alex Rohweder, CEO, J2 Innovations; Shilpasri Basappa, Director of Product Development, 75F; Matt Blount, Director of Strategic Projects, 75F; and Jamie Lee, Product Marketing Manager, Siemens

  • 11:25am-11:50am

    AI, Algorithms, and Haystack: Deriving Additional Data Value: Jean-Simon Venne, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, BrainBox AI

  • 11:50am-12:15pm

    Closing the Gap Between BMS and Data Analytics with Haystack: Jamie Lee, Product Marketing Manager, Siemens

  • 12:15pm-12:35pm

    Niagara Haystack 4 Tag Dictionary: Eric Anderson, Software Engineer, Tridium


The Role of Semantic Tagging and Haystack in Implementing Digital Twins & Controls
Moderator: John Petze, Executive Board Member, Project Haystack

  • 11:00am-11:20am

    Extending Haystack to Digital Twins and the Industrial Metaverse: John Burton, CEO, UrsaLeo

  • 11:20am-11:40am

    Making Integration a Plug-and-Play Proposition: Anto Budiardjo, CEO, Padi, Inc.

  • 11:40am-12:00pm

    Digital Twinning, AI Enablement, and Interoperable Smart Heating Systems: Nicolas Waern, CEO & Digital Twin Specialist

  • 12:00pm-12:30pm

    Small to Medium Controls with Pure Haystack: Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, Anka Labs

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