Green:Net 2011: Winners of the Green:Net Big Ideas Competition Announced

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Ten top Green IT startups chosen to present on stage at Green:Net 2011 next month.

GigaOM, a leading business media company, today announced the winners of the Green:Net Big Ideas competition – 10 top startups advancing digital energy and using information technology to fight climate change. The 10 Big Ideas winners will present their innovations at Green:Net 2011, GigaOM’s third-annual conference focusing on the intersection between ‘green’ and IT industries to be held on April 21, 2011 in San Francisco.

Hundreds of companies entered the Green:Net Big Ideas competition, and 10 winners were selected by a team of GigaOM editors and industry judges. These 10 companies were recognized for their innovations that leverage software, computing, networks, and the web to fight climate change. Winners will present their products on stage at Green:Net 2011 in front of an audience of VCs, angel investors, tech enthusiasts, journalists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other conference attendees.

The 10 winners of Green:Net Big Ideas are:

  •     Fenix International: Produces ultra-affordable power generation and smart energy storage solutions that empower more than 1.5B people living off-grid.
  •     Power Tagging: A smart grid company that digitally “tags” the power grid to produce energy enabling applications, helping utilities and consumers save money.    
  •     SeaMicro: Offers a redesigned server optimized for today’s data center workloads, resulting in a system that uses one-quarter the power and space of traditional servers.    
  •     Viridity Energy: Provides innovative distributed demand management software systems and services, which transforms large energy consumers into 24/7 virtual power plants.
  •     Virtual Vehicle Company: Enables greener transportation by combining cell phones, cloud computing, and smart algorithms to deliver rich data about when, where, how, and why people move.
  •     Transphorm: Provides cost-competitive and easy-to-embed power conversion modules that reduce energy loss by up to 90 % and redefine electric power conversion.
  •     BuildingIQ: Delivers predictive energy optimization software to reduce energy consumption, automate demand response events, and simplify operations for commercial buildings.
  •     Calxeda: Has developed an ARM-based Server-on-a-Chip technology that dramatically lowers the cost and power usage of internet-scale server solutions.
  •     Earth Networks : Beyond owning the WeatherBug brand, Earth Networks is building the world’s first privately funded global greenhouse gas observation and sensor network.    
  •     Phononic Devices: Produces high-efficiency thermoelectric devices that use electricity to remove heat for cooling and refrigeration, and conversely, harvest waste heat for power generation.

At Green:Net 2011, speakers from Google, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, U.S. Department of Energy, OPOWER, NRG Energy, AES, A123 Systems, Airbnb, Silver Spring Networks, GridNet and many more will engage in debates with entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders about how advances in Internet, software, and computing technologies can positively impact climate change. Green:Net is the only conference where thought leaders gather to 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 connected electric vehicles.

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

About GigaOM
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