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 CEO and Founder


Chris Allen is the CEO and Founder of iDevices, the preeminent brand and development partner in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. In 2009, Chris invented the iGrill, the first app-­‐enabled product that had its debut in Apple stores in November, 2010. This product launch was at the start of the IoT era and Chris has continued to develop iDevices into the leader in this market. In 2016, Weber-­‐Stephens Products LLC acquired Grill, allowing iDevices to focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market. Today, Chris strategically plans the company’s product and partnership roadmap, manages it’s strategic relationships, and leads Business Development.

Prior to iDevices, Chris comes from an investment background having worked for over 15 years for A.G. Edwards & Sons (now Wells Fargo Investments), Prudential Financial and Allstate.

Chris’ philosophy is vastly different than many of his peers when it comes to technology. Chris believes that, “Technology should be invisible to the user and any devices should merely exist to enhance the overall user experience.” 

  Program Session
Thursday, April 27, 2017   •   9:00 am - 9:50 am   •   Salon I