GigaOM Green:Net 2011: Industry Leaders to Debate Pressing Energy and Climate Issues

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Executives and government officials from Autodesk, Google, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, U.S. Department of Energy, AES, NRG Energy, A123 Systems, Silver Spring Networks, and more set to speak at Green:Net 2011 – the only conference to focus on the intersection of the ‘green’ and IT industries

It will take hard work and real innovations in software, hardware, the Internet, and computing to fight global climate change

GigaOM, a leading business media company, today announced that new industry luminaries have joined the speaker lineup at Green:Net 2011, GigaOM’s third-annual conference focusing on the intersection between the ‘green’ and IT industries. Leaders from Google, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, U.S. Department of Energy, OPOWER, NRG Energy, AES, A123 Systems, Silver Spring Networks, Grid Net and more will engage in debates about how advances in Internet, software, and hardware technologies can fight climate change.

Produced by GigaOM Earth2Tech, the third-annual Green:Net conference will take place April 21st at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Through thought-provoking keynotes, interactive panel sessions, and fireside chats, business and government leaders will discuss how technology can be used to create a greener future – from connected ‘smart’ cities, to more efficient energy storage to new smart grid apps, to electric vehicles.

Leading Speakers

Speakers at Green:Net 2011 are a veritable who’s-who of technology, business, and government leaders in the green IT sector, including Bill Weihl, Green Energy Czar at Google; Carl Bass President and CEO of Autodesk; David Crane CEO and President of NRG Energy; Jonathan Silver, Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office; Marthin De Beer, SVP of the Emerging Technologies Business Group at Cisco; Eric Dresselhuys EVP and CMO of Silver Spring Networks; Daniel Yates, CEO of OPOWER; Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft; Christina Page, Director of Climate and Energy Strategy at Yahoo; Chris Campbell, VP of Business Development, Energy Solutions Group at A123 Systems; Chris Shelton, President of AES Energy Storage; and Andres Carvallo, EVP and CSO of Grid Net. More speakers are being announced weekly.

“It will take hard work and real innovations in software, hardware, the Internet, and computing to fight global climate change,” said Katie Fehrenbacher, editor of Earth2Tech and producer of Green:Net. “At Green:Net 2011, influential technology industry leaders will meet with government officials to debate and discuss the steps the IT and cleantech industries must take to create new solutions for ‘digital energy’, smarter and greener cities, and cleaner transportation.”

Green:Net, now in its third year, is the only conference to explore the intersection of the ‘green’ and IT industries, focusing on how global technology innovation can help save our planet. Green:Net will include in-depth panel discussions, fireside chats, and keynote presentations focused on how the technology and green energy sectors can work more effectively together to fight climate change. Some of the critical topics to be addressed at Green:Net 2011 include energy-saving apps, green IT software, the next-gen smart grid, advanced, energy storage, connected smart cities, electric cars, and other technologies focused on reducing emissions, boosting energy efficiency, and delivering greener power. Via a unique open discussion format, attendees are invited to debate creative solutions to today’s energy challenges.

Big Ideas
Green:Net 2011 will also host a Big Ideas competition, showcasing the best new products – in their earliest concept stages through to commercialized offerings – that leverage IT technology to positively impact climate change. Companies, organizations, and individuals may nominate innovative ideas or new products online at Green:Net Big Ideas. The closing date for entries is March 14, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Ten winners will be selected by a team of GigaOM editors and industry judges, and will each have a chance to present their products on stage at Green:Net 2011 in front of an audience of VCs, angel investors, tech enthusiasts, journalists, business leaders, and other conference attendees.

Register Now
Anyone interested in how to create and sustain profitable “green IT” companies should not miss Green:Net 2011. After three sold-out conferences in the past, spaces are selling quickly, so attendees should register as soon as possible.

Green:Net headline sponsor Silver Spring Networks is joined by a growing list of top-tier sponsors, including Claremont Creek Ventures, NASDAQ, and WordPress. Green:Net is also supported by media partners, including Churchill Club, StartupDigest, Aberdeen Group, TechCentralSF, and VC Task Force. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities that connect your brand to the top decision makers in enterprise data technology, please visit the Green:Net sponsors page, or contact Mike Sly at (415) 235-0358.

About GigaOM
Founded in 2006, GigaOM has grown into the leading provider of online media, events and research for global technology innovators. The company is one of the most credible and insightful voices at the intersection of business and technology, with an online audience of more than 4 million monthly unique visitors; industry-leading events, including Structure, Mobilize, NewTeeVee Live, Net:Work, Green:Net and Structure Big Data; and a pioneering market research service and digital community, GigaOM Pro, which provides insider access to expert analysis on emerging technology markets.


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