You make some good points in your article, but isn't it possible to be both novel and create value for the customer? If you think about some of the really great game-changing products of the past (think Apple), many of them were successful because they were both useful, and novel in the sense that a whole new category of products was created.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.