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Z-Wave Climber Survives Nepal Earthquake, Everest Avalanche

Mountain climber Mariusz Malkowski from Sigma Designs controlled his smart home from Mt. Everest recently to promote the Z-Wave Alliance. He is now safe after the devastating avalanche triggered by Nepal's earthquake.

Mariusz Malkowski, representing Z-Wave home automation on a Mt. Everest climb, is now safe after the Everest avalanche triggered by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
Julie Jacobson · April 27, 2015

In publicity stunts to promote the Z-Wave Alliance of home automation manufacturers, Mariusz Malkowski has controlled his smart home a few times from the peaks of Mount Everest, most recently in a demonstration that coincided with the International Security Conference (ISC) West event less than two weeks ago.

CE Pro has learned that Malkowski was safely rescued via helicopter after a massive earthquake hit Nepal and spawned a devastating avalanche on Everest, killing at least 18 climbers.

We are told Malkowski was “just above” the avalanche when it occurred, and that he safely descended the mountain to be returned to Kathmandu via helicopter.

Malkowski is technical services manager at Sigma Designs, the owner of Z-Wave technology. Several Z-Wave Alliance members financed his Everest climb, known as the Fibaro Mount Everest Challenge after its lead sponsor, a maker of Z-Wave sensors and compatible home automation systems.

Fibaro has maintained updates of Malkowski’s journey on its “Fibaro Everest” Facebook page.

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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