GigaOM Green:Net – Second-Annual Conference on Internet and Greentech to be Held April 29th in San Francisco

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Industry luminaries such as venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson and Google’s Green Energy Czar Bill Weihl to speak at the only industry conference focused on how IT tools can impact climate change

The brilliant minds that brought us the computing and Internet revolutions are now focused on saving the planet, and they're relying on those IT innovations to help.

The GigaOM Network, a leading business media company, today announced new speakers for Green:Net 2010, the only industry conference that examines how the tools created for the Internet, computing, and IT industries will be crucial for fighting climate change. Produced by the GigaOM greentech blog Earth2Tech, the second-annual GreenNet 2010 will take place on April 29th in San Francisco.

Information and communications technologies could enable a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 15% below "business as usual" levels by 2020, the Climate Group has predicted. Whether you work at an IT company and you're eager to learn about green options, or you're an entrepreneur looking to create an eco-focused technology venture, Green:Net is the place to network, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and learn from industry peers. After a sold-out 2009 event, Green:Net 2010 is predicted to be full, so those looking to attend should register soon to secure a space.

“Green:Net is the only conference out there that focuses solely on the intersection of information technology and greentech,” said Katie Fehrenbacher, editor of Earth2Tech and co-creator of Green:Net. “The brilliant minds that brought us the computing and Internet revolutions are now focused on saving the planet, and they're relying on those IT innovations to help."

At GreenNet 2010, thought-leaders from the fields of information technology, venture capital, greentech, media, and public policy will discuss how industries can work together to deliver innovative IT tools that can positively impact the environment. GreenNet is an interactive, open forum where attendees debate the issues that matter most to them, and come up with creative solutions to real-world challenges. Speakers and attendees will discuss which green IT technologies offer the most promise – in terms of reducing emissions, and making money.

During the Launchpad portion of the event, attendees will get a first look at 10 new companies or products that are using IT to fight climate change, selected from among hundreds of applicants for their innovative business models. Smart grid company Silver Spring Networks is the headline sponsor for Green:Net 2010.
Some of the thought-provoking topics under discussion at Green:Net 2010 include:

  •         So the Smart Grid Will Be Huge, Now What?
  •         The New Networked Car
  •         Carbon Policy Is Coming, and Software Is Gonna Save You
  •         Switching Atoms for Bits: The Web and Dematerialization
  •         Energy-Efficient Data Centers: Save Money and the Planet

Some of the speakers already confirmed for Green:Net 2010 include:

  •         Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  •         Bill Weihl, Google’s Green Energy Czar
  •         Jason Few, President of Reliant Energy
  •         Dian Grueneich, Commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission
  •         Laura Ipsen, SVP and GM, Smart Grid, Cisco
  •         Eric Dresselhuys, EVP, Silver Spring Networks

To view the full agenda, please visit the Green:Net 2010 schedule page.

Last year, over 450 attendees representing over 300 companies, as well as journalists from dozens of top media outlets, attended Green:Net, with the event selling out weeks ahead of time. Please visit the Green:Net 2010 website often to get updates on newly-announced speakers and panel topics.

About Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks is a leading Smart Grid solution provider that enables utilities to achieve operational efficiencies, reduce carbon emissions and empower their customers with new ways to monitor and manage their energy consumption. Silver Spring provides the hardware, software and services that allow utilities to deploy and run unlimited advanced applications, including Smart Metering, Demand Response, Distribution Automation and Distributed Generation, over a single, unified network. Silver Spring¹s Smart Energy Platform is based on open, Internet Protocol (IP) standards, allowing continuous, two-way communication between the utility and every device on the grid. Silver Spring has numerous deployments with leading utilities in the US and abroad, including Florida Power & Light, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc., Jemena Electricity Networks Limited and United Energy Distribution, among others. For additional information, please visit http://www.silverspringnetworks.com.

About GigaOM
GigaOM is the premier destination site for technology industry insiders, movers and shakers, and early adopter consumers. It is widely considered the authoritative site for discovering what’s new, relevant and interesting in the dynamic world of technology. From exclusive product launches to award-winning analysis and commentary, GigaOM’s coverage influences business and technology sectors with its reliable, well-researched and professional reporting — and its signature intelligence, candor and irreverence.

About The GigaOM Network

The GigaOM Network is a leading provider of publications and events for the technology and entrepreneurial markets worldwide. Founded by award-winning journalist Om Malik, The GigaOM Network is an online publishing company whose network of news sites reaches more than 2 million readers worldwide and provides news and insight on the developments disrupting the world of technology. The GigaOM Network includes seven award-winning sites: GigaOM covers the business of broadband, VoIP, infrastructure, mobile and wireless; WebWorkerDaily covers the future of work in a web world; NewTeeVee covers the business of online video; Earth2Tech covers the business of green technology; OStatic is a web application, news site and community looking at open-source solutions for business; jkOnTheRun offers news and insight on mobile devices; and TheAppleBlog is a leading source of information for Apple users. The GigaOM Network also produces industry-leading events, including annual conferences: Structure, Mobilize, NewTeeVee Live and Green:Net.

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