Following the exciting news that Belkin International (the creative people behind WeMo) are sponsoring the Maker category , we caught up with Ohad Zeira, the Director of Global Product Management for Belkin International. As a Maker category judge, he will help decide who will win that amazing trip to LA and ‘engineer for the day’ experience with Belkin! Today we get to know our expert judge and gain some insights into what Ohad will be looking for when judging the Maker category! We asked Ohad:
Can you tell us about your role at Belkin International?
“As Director of Global Product Management for Belkin International I oversee the development, ongoing direction and overall growth for Belkin’s connected home solutions which include Belkin, WeMo, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi, and Belkin Echo.”
Could you explain a bit about your background and experience in the tech world and how this has been applied to to Belkin International?
“I use customer research and product usage data to find the best opportunities with the company’s’ hardware and software roadmaps in the Internet of Things space. I launched Belkin’s first WeMo Home control solutions, Belkin’s most ambitious development program combining solutions with the cloud and mobile apps. WeMo combines hardware, mobile apps and cloud intelligence that allow consumers to control their home from anywhere at any time. I am also working to further innovate and integrate the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi cloud platform into the Belkin Connected Home platform that will provide simple anytime, anywhere management of multiple home networks and devices. Another area of on-going innovation that I lead is the work Belkin is doing with water and power energy use through the Belkin Echo Power and Echo Water solutions. These solutions are analyzing energy and water usage to help homeowners and building managers understand waste and part replacements and even sense security issues.
Mostly though I am humbled by the teams that I work with, internally and externally. They know end-users, how to design for them, and how to engage in meaningful conversations. I align teams and opportunities to create long term sustainable value.”
With all his innovative experience in the tech space we’re thrilled that Ohad is helping judge the Maker Category! If you’re inspired to enter the Maker category, check out the website and attach a PDF presentation of your invention idea or super-use for an existing invention to the online application form.