GigaOM Green:Net 2011: Third-Annual Conference Announces Speakers

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Industry and government luminaries from Google, Cisco, U.S. Department of Energy, OPOWER, NRG Energy, and more set to speak at Green:Net on April 21st in San Francisco

GigaOM, a leading business media company, today announced that new industry luminaries have joined the speaker lineup at Green:Net 2011, the only conference that examines how the Internet, computing, and IT industries can positively impact 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.

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; David Crane
CEO and President of NRG Energy; Jonathan Silver, Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office; Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk; Daniel Yates CEO of OPOWER; Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft; and Christina Page, Director of Climate and Energy Strategy at Yahoo. More speakers are being announced weekly.

“Innovations in technology, the Internet, and computing will be critical in the global effort to prevent and reduce the impact of climate change. Green:Net is the only conference to bring together thought leaders from the entrepreneur community, the IT industry, venture capitalists, and government to debate how to best work together to save our planet and this year we have a terrific turnout of influential speakers,” said Katie Fehrenbacher, editor of Earth2Tech and producer of Green:Net. “When technology innovators focus on creating applications and hardware to positively improve climate change, the result is not only energy efficiency and more clean power, but profitable companies poised for global success.”

Green:Net, now in its third year, is the only conference to explore the intersection of ‘green’ and IT industries, focusing on how global technology innovation can help save our planet. Green:Net will include in-depth discussions, thought-provoking talks, and lively debates about how the technology and green energy sectors can work more effectively together to fight climate change. Speakers and attendees will discuss advances in the smart grid, connected cars, energy-saving apps, green data centers, and other technologies focused on reducing emissions, boosting energy efficiency, and delivering greener power. Unlike other industry conferences, Green:Net is an interactive, open forum where attendees debate critical issues – coming up with creative solutions to real-world challenges.

Top IT business leaders, government policy officials, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and technologists will gather at Green:Net to debate key topics such as:

  •     The Next-Gen Smart Grid: Find out how advances in software and apps are driving the future of the smart grid.
  •     The IT-Connected Car: Debate how new chips, software, and wireless networks will impact the electric vehicle market now and in the near future.
  •     Green Data Centers: Find out how companies like Google and Yahoo are implementing greener, more efficient data centers to save money on energy bills.
  •     Energy Storage: Discuss what’s next for battery storage, and how advances in energy storage will advance the smart grid, electric vehicles, and consumer electronics.
  •     The Social Web and the Green Economy: Explore how the social web enables a new culture of energy-efficient sharing that reduces waste – from cars, to living spaces, tools, and other products.
  •     The Smart Energy Home: Find out how consumer electronics companies, utilities, and Internet infrastructure companies are working together to deliver on the dream of a digitally-connected, energy-efficient home.

Anyone interested in how to create and sustain profitable “green IT” companies should not miss Green:Net. After 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 Bunker Sessions; 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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