Georgia Smart Grid Society & MIT Enterprise Forum Announce Co-Sponsored Event & Global Webcast: Bringing Intelligence to the Electric Grid

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The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Grid Society and the MIT Enterprise Forum will co-host “Bringing Intelligence to the Electric Grid,” an event for executives, engineers and entrepreneurs to better understand how organizations in the Smart Grid ecosystem are advancing innovation and accelerating economic development.

Bringing Intelligence to the Electric Grid

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Grid Society and the MIT Enterprise Forum will co-host “Bringing Intelligence to the Electric Grid,” an event for executives, engineers and entrepreneurs to better understand how organizations in the Smart Grid ecosystem are advancing innovation and accelerating economic development.

The program will begin with a networking reception and keynote address from Charles Vartanian of A123 Systems, followed by a global webcast panel moderated by CNN International’s Natalie Allen on October 13, 2010 at IBM’s Hillside Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The event panel will include TAG Smart Grid Society Chairman Anthony Maiello of GE, Allan Schurr of IBM, and Tom Noonan of Atlanta-based energy technology start up JouleX.

Registration for the event and global webcast is available at The TAG Smart Grid Society webpage at http://www.TAGonline.org/SmartGrid.php.
The term “Smart Grid” refers to a modernization of the electricity delivery system so it monitors, protects, and automatically optimizes the operation of its interconnected elements. The Smart Grid encompasses the optimization of central and distributed power generation, the high-voltage transmission network, distribution systems, building automation systems, energy storage installations, industrial users, end-use consumers and their thermostats, electric vehicles, appliances and other household devices.

The Smart Grid is characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information to create an automated, widely distributed energy delivery network. It incorporates the benefits of distributed computing and communications to deliver real-time information and enable the near-instantaneous balance of electric supply and demand at the device level.

Anthony Maiello, TAG Smart Grid Society chairman said, “We’ve achieved the goals established for our first year of programs. Since our launch event in September 2009 we’ve significantly exceeded our goals for education and networking with events averaging 100 people.” Maiello continued, “We’ve refined our mission to continue accelerating Georgia’s leadership role in the global Smart Grid marketplace with an expanded emphasis on Smart Grid job creation and economic development.”

About the TAG Smart Grid Society
The mission of the TAG Smart Grid Society is to accelerate economic growth and jobs creation within Georgia’s Smart Grid companies by exploring key technologies and collaborations necessary to drive Smart Grid systems into reality. For more information on TAG Smart Grid Society visit: http://www.tagonline.org/SmartGrid.php.

About the Technology Association Of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is a leading technology industry association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state's technology industry. TAG provides leadership in driving initiatives in the areas of policy, capital, education and giving, and also brings the technology community together through events, initiative programs and networking opportunities. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 27 special interest groups, or societies, including Women in Technology (WIT). Additionally, TAG’s charitable arm, the TAG Education Collaborative, is focused on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website (view Media Contact) or TAG’s community website (view Media Contact), the online community that is not only connecting IT companies, but also connecting technology professionals.

About MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF)
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta is a volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship at the intersection of business and technology in the Southeast. Since the formation of the first chapter in Cambridge in 1978, The MIT Enterprise Forum has grown to a network of 26 chapters worldwide. Affiliation with MIT is not required to participate.

Media Contact:
Technology Association of Georgia:
http://www.tagonline.org
TAG’s community website:
http://tagthink.com
Katie Sewell
Katie(at)TAGonline(dot)org
(404)817-3333

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