About RIoT

Established in 2014 as a Meetup group, RIoT has grown significantly to become a prominent IoT community hub. Evolving into an industry consortium with 90+ corporate partners across diverse sectors, including IoT, data, and emerging technologies, RIoT serves as a nexus for collaboration.

The RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) is a key initiative, supporting over 80 startups since 2018, generating $100 million in revenue and creating 250+ job opportunities. Beyond startups, RIoT drives innovation for corporations, governments, and Smart City initiatives, actively contributing to technological advancement and economic growth.

RIoT encourages everyone to support the entrepreneurial community. If you would like to participate, you may contribute by donating here.

Meet the RIoT SQUAD

Keeping a RIoT under control ain’t easy.

Tom Snyder

Executive Director

Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth.  Under Tom’s leadership, RIoT has launched the RIoT Accelerator Program, RIoT Studios, which includes the RIoT Underground Podcast, and RIoT’s ED series.  He has grown RIoT from a Research Triangle focused organization to one with international reach.

In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multidisciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State.  Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring.  Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation for multinational technology companies.

He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures.  He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, board games, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.

Rachael Newberry

Program Director

Rachael supports IoT innovation through helping small businesses, startups, and corporates explore new business opportunities on the bleeding edge of technology. In 2018, she launched RIoT’s premiere innovation program, the RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP), for early stage startups.

Previously, Rachael built and ran a behavioral science-focused startup program with Dan Ariely’s research lab at Duke University, where her work was featured at Google and in Forbes and Inc. Magazine. As a Triangle-native who’s supported startups across local universities, private equity, and nonprofit programs, Rachael is excited to be part of the continued growth of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

When she’s not exploring the intersection of entrepreneurship and different disciplines, Rachael’s creative outlets of choice are dance, writing, and interior design. Rachael is a Durham native and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill.

Jen Morgan

Virginia Program Lead

Jennifer (Jen) Morgan is the RIoT Virginia Program Lead focused on helping RIoT expand into Virginia – leading efforts to help small businesses grow and engage in the broader Virginia market.

Previously, Jen coordinated GO Virginia Region 6 – supporting programs to create more high-paying jobs through incentivized collaboration between business, education, and government to diversify and strengthen the economy in every region of the Commonwealth. Jen has a Masters of Public Administration degree from James Madison University, with a focus on community and economic development.

When she’s not connecting and building partnerships, Jen can be found outside hiking with her German Shepard, spending time on the water, and exploring new taco and/or breweries across the state.

Greg Dunko

Director of Strategy

Greg is Director of Strategy at RIoT and also VP of Operations at the Wireless Research Center (WRC).  Greg is leading RIoT efforts with the City of Wilson – including planning and execution of the Wilson Smart Agriculture Testbed.  He also brings his substantial product development and operations experience to the RIoT Accelerator Program.

Prior to joining RIoT, Greg has served in numerous technical contributor and senior leadership roles at NASA, Sony Ericsson. HTC, BlackBerry, and NantHealth – most recently serving as COO at OpenNMS.  In these roles, Greg has led numerous technology and innovation teams and has generated over 40 patents.  In addition, Greg has taught at a number of colleges and universities – including leading the ECE senior design program at NC State.

In his spare time, Greg mentors FRC Robotics team 4828 Roboeagles and serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in the ECE department at NC State.  With his leftover time, Greg enjoys travel, hiking and spending time with his family and his dog Aki

Driving Innovation Since 2014