See You This Afternoon at the Xconomy Forum: The Rise of Smart Energy

We’ll be turning on the lights soon for our big afternoon event, the Xconomy Forum on smart energy. On the other hand, we might not need the lights inside Atkinson Hall, where we’re gathering at Calit2, because we’ve recruited some of the brightest minds from San Diego and beyond to discuss energy and innovation.

After months of planning, I’m especially looking forward to the late afternoon demonstration of wireless energy transmission by Eric Giler, the CEO of Watertown, MA-based WiTricity. It sounds like something Nikola Tesla might have dreamed up in 1891. But it’s technology that might be ideally suited today for safely recharging electric cars, and we’ll be seeing a lot more of those around town over the next year.

Our agenda is focused on innovations in smart energy, and I’ve asked our speakers to talk about both the innovations that are underway and the innovations that are needed to make us smarter about the ways we use energy.

Kicking off that discussion will be Internet pioneer and green energy strategist Larry Smarr, who advocates the “greening of the Internet” and who is observing his 10th anniversary this year as founding director of Calit2—one of our event co-sponsors that is more formally known as the California Institute for Information Technology and Telecommunications. Our plenary panel, which is focused on smart grid innovations in sensing, IT, and analytics, will be moderated by Roth Capital Cleantech analyst Brian Kremer and includes UCSD assistant professor Jan Kleissl, Balance Energy Solution’s Terry Mohn, and software analytics expert Alex Guazelli of Zementis. He’s subbing for Zementis CEO Michael Zeller, who expects to be a father today, if he isn’t already. Congratulations Michael!

We also have arranged for case studies by Ron Pitt of EcoDog, Jonas Olsen of On-Ramp Wireless, David Johnson of Achates Power, and Manuel Jaime of Qualcomm. And we have invited Richard Brody of PowerGenix and startup CEOs Stephanie Rosenthal of Pyron Solar and Cheryl Bostater of 5th Generation Energy to make short “burst” presentations.

After the event, Calit2 is hosting a networking reception that’s also intended to showcase several UC San Diego research projects that are focused on sustainability and smart grids, including work related to the National Science Foundation’s GreenLight project.

Thanks to the many people who have helped make this happen. The list includes the event host, Calit2; and event sponsors Roth Capital Partners, Latham & Watkins, and Calit2. Of course, we’re grateful for help from our event partner, CleanTECH San Diego. And we can’t forget the support from our underwriters: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Latham & Watkins, and the Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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