Georgia-Pacific Professional and Peer Insight hold “Unconference” with select IoT leaders

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ATLANTA, GA — August 3, 2018 — Georgia-Pacific Professional and Peer Insight recently convened a select group of leaders from firms considered pioneers of the next wave in the Internet of Things (IoT). The invitation-only event drew 15 participants from nine corporations, including NCR Corporation, Cox Communications, Goodyear, DTE Energy, Owens & Minor, and Georgia-Pacific Professional. The one-day “unconference” was held at Georgia-Pacific headquarters in Atlanta.

NCR participates in the Unconference held at Georgia-Pacific HQ. (NCR Corporation)

NCR participates in the Unconference held at Georgia-Pacific HQ. (NCR Corporation)

The dialogue focused on how to commercialize new IoT applications. “There are plenty of ways to connect things to the Internet,” said Tim Ogilvie, founder of the innovation accelerator Peer Insight Ventures. “But not every IoT application solves an urgent customer problem, or has a scalable business model. That’s what these IoT pioneers want to solve.”

The Peer Insight unconference format is unique: no competitors, no presentations, and no selling. That puts the emphasis on direct, candid dialogue among admired peer firms.

“We have strong IoT offerings, but IoT platforms are early in their development,” said Mike Slawson, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Professional. “We brought these firms together to explore what’s possible, and to push ourselves to the next level.”

The meeting participants chose a handful of commercialization challenges such as revenue model validation and partnering for proof of concept. Peer Insight moderated the sessions by asking participants what’s working, what’s missing, and what’s next. The interactive format inspired candid contributions from every participant.

According to Venkat Ramamurthy, general manager, NCR Managed Services Product Management, “The industry has a responsibility to enhance the value created by IoT.”

“I’m convinced that together, we can collaborate and make a difference when it comes to IoT expansion and advocacy,” concluded Mark Vigoroso, vice president, NCR Managed Services Product Management.

About Georgia-Pacific Professional (GP PRO)

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products, and related chemicals. The company operates approximately 200 facilities and employs approximately 35,000 people directly and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. Georgia-Pacific Professional (GP PRO) manufactures and sells well-known brands like enMotion®, Compact®, Angel Soft® Professional Series, Brawny Industrial®, Dixie®, Dixie Ultra®, SmartStock®, and PerfecTouch®. Georgia-Pacific Professional (GP PRO) products meet restroom, foodservice, and break room needs for office buildings, healthcare, foodservice, high traffic, lodging, retail, and education facilities, plus a wide range of industrial and manufacturing facilities in North America. For more information, visit: gppro.com.

About Peer Insight Ventures

Peer Insight Ventures brings entrepreneurial grit to established companies so they can explore novel concepts and redefine their industries. We work side-by-side with venture teams to validate disruptive concepts, identify early adopters, get the first revenues, and accelerate towards product-market fit. For more information, visit: peerinsightventures.com.

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