Matt’s passion for connected devices is why we are thrilled to welcome Matt Hoag as our new Product Design Team Lead.
For the last 14 years, Matt has been managing product development projects for impressive companies such as Kensington (a consumer electronics company specializing in supporting Apple hardware), Honeywell, and CumminsWestport. In each of these roles, Matt focused on working as a problem solver.
When asked why he wanted to work for Atimi, Matt replied, “Atimi has a history of working with Fortune 500 companies who are leaders and recognize that now is the time to innovate. No business is safe right now; everyone’s business model is being challenged. Small companies understand the new opportunities that come from leveraging the 1 billion smartphones in the world and are attacking established profitable companies for market share. I want to support the disruptive changes initiated by Atimi clients.”
We asked Matt what he finds really exciting about app development: “We are at the start of a new tech era that has enormous opportunity: The Programmable World. A standardization of low energy wireless communication has enabled us to use our smartphones to interact with objects that were commonly passive. The low cost hardware that enables this can be added anywhere: to a car, a thermostat, or a washing machine. Mobile applications need to be built to unlock the potential of this data. Imagine if your phone and your car could ‘talk’ about your driving habits for the year? Would it save you time if the two could collaborate and automatically shop for the best insurance deal and present you with options? By the end of 2013, 1 billion Bluetooth-enabled, low energy accessories will ship to consumers and this number will triple in three years. Devices will finally be truly connected and exchange data, and the mobile app is what will enable businesses to innovate and leverage this data to create a competitive advantage.”
Although we couldn’t get this IRONMAN (who is obsessed with salads) to make the ultimate comment on which city is better – Toronto or Vancouver – he did say Vancouver’s edge over Toronto includes the mountains, the ocean, and good sushi.
Welcome to Atimi, Matt!