Forbes Technology Council members are in a wide range of industries and come from a diverse set of experiences. However, they all have lots of great insights to share, from best practices for technology departments to smart predictions for the future of tech. To showcase their expertise, we’re profiling Forbes Technology Council members here on the blog. This week: Kurt Dykema.
Kurt Dykema is director of technology at Twisthink, a technology company combining product innovation with business strategy to deliver game-changing technology solutions to customers. Kurt advises Twisthink’s development and technology research, which aligns with market trends observed within the IoT marketplace.
What is your background, and how has it influenced what you do today?
Before starting Twisthink, I spent more than a decade in the automotive industry designing interior electronic components. I spent many years working on the Homelink trainable radio transmitter. In that industry, new vehicles are launched on a very regimented schedule, and the products that go in those vehicles have to be ready for volume production. They have to last for at least 10 years and 100,000 miles.
This process has influenced my approach to development for all the industries we serve. We focus our efforts first into validating the hardware design, then validating the manufacturing process used to build the design.
What do you think is the most interesting piece of new technology today? (And/or how do you see the technology landscape changing in the next 5-10 years?)
I’m interested in the trend we’re seeing with imagers and image processors. The capability and performance continues to increase, and the size and cost continue to decrease. The net effect is that the applications for this technology is growing, and their ability to deliver value to the marketplace continues to increase. It also makes it even more interesting to consider the synergy between this trend and the megatrend called IoT. I think it will be interesting to see all the new applications of smart sensors at the edge of IoT networks.
What’s your best piece of advice for technology executives to keep on top of the rapidly evolving tech space?
It’s so easy to get consumed by the urgent and neglect the important. My advice is to use your electronic calendar as a tool to proactively protect valuable time you invest in your own personal development. Start by setting aside one morning per quarter, and identify one technical conference per year to attend that interests you, but is not directly related to your business. Don’t be afraid to refill your tank with some fresh learning experiences.