As we think about mass deployment of smart devices and systems in the Smart Grid and beyond, it is critical that we explore new opportunities for business innovation. Driven by key trends of energy, climate change and economic development, this space will be open for businesses to create new offerings like never before. The Wednesday plenary will focus on driving innovation and creating new business models and opportunities enabled by Smart Grid and related technologies.
Let’s think about new business models... Anto Budiardjo will kick off Wednesday at ConnectivityWeek with brief comments on the packed agenda of this critical plenary session.
Silicon Valley has long been recognized as the innovation capital for the information technology sector of the U.S. and arguably the world, accounting for around a third of the venture capital investment in the U.S. In recent years, “the Valley” has become a hotbed for cleantech, both in supplying and using cleantech and sustainable products and solutions.
The development of communities and facilities utilizing Smart Grid and related smart technologies is therefore not surprising to see in the area. One such development is the recently announced Moffett Park, a potential venue for Expo 2020, where Smart Grid, micro-grid and sustainable buildings are all on the drawing board for implementation by a broad-ranging public-private partnership.
This panel will discuss the motivation and plans for this ambitious project spearheaded by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.
Chris Hickman - Moderator
CEO & President
Kelly Krpata - Panelist
Director of Climate Prosperity
Doug Davenport - Panelist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Peter Perrault - Panelist
John Lucas - Panelist
Sr. Director Global Real Estate & Workplace Services
Juniper Networks Inc.
Mary Ann Piette - Panelist
DRRC Research Director
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
With every technology revolution comes renewed opportunity to create new and innovative businesses, some based on adapting existing models, others creating completely new disruptive business models previously impossible or previously unnecessary. The opportunities arising from the proliferation of energy-related smart devices will perhaps be the greatest opportunity our generation will see--opportunities to create new business models that solve critical problems from climate change to energy security for the future global sustainable economic development.
As is the case with the birth of the Internet two to three decades ago, the opportunity to leverage the Internet to manage our future energy system is huge and laden with inherent value, if we tap it the correct manner. What are the new ways we anticipate to transact energy? How should innovators organize themselves to deliver value to the players of the future energy system and society at large? And most importantly, how can we facilitate a change from yesterday’s barriers and models to a future of creative possibilities?
The roundtable of strategic players will discuss this opportunity and help map the way forward for entrepreneurs of the new energy revolution.
Canice Wu - Panelist
Ed Cazalet - Panelist
Mark Mitchell - Panelist
Senior VP and General Manager
Serious Materials Inc.
Paul Fulton - Panelist
The modernization of the energy infrastructure in the U.S. is now of critical national importance. From climate change concerns and sustainable energy supply to energy security and economic development, the need to provide energy in the form of abundant, clean and economical electricity is one of three priorities for the Obama Administration.
The role of information technology in energy, encapsulated in the term Smart Grid, is thus a key initiative garnering the highest level of focus in the Administration. Aneesh Chopra, the first CTO for the USA, will deliver a call to action for innovators and entrepreneurs in the information technology, cleantech and energy sectors to pick up the call to arms and innovate ourselves out of this most pressing challenge.
Aneesh Chopra - Speaker
Chief Technology Officer
United States of America