WEST Summit 2014 to Showcase Solutions for Planetary Sustainability

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Pioneering the Green Economy: The Need, the Challenge and the Opportunity

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The WEST Summit 2014 is full-day event featuring more than 40 solutions to planetary sustainability, world-renowned speakers, break-out sessions, a VC pitch fest, and an expo featuring the latest in green technology.

WHAT: Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, will host the fifth annual Water, Energy and Smart Technology (WEST) Summit to showcase game-changing solutions for planetary sustainability. This year’s speakers will focus on Pioneering the Green Economy, leveraging the ingenuity and scientific know-how of Silicon Valley to create a sustainable future. Participants will include innovators, entrepreneurs, VCs, corporate, government, academic, and NGO leaders.

WHERE: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm PT (Agenda)

DETAILS:
The WEST Summit 2014 is full-day event featuring more than 40 solutions to planetary sustainability, world-renowned speakers, break-out sessions, a VC pitch fest, and an expo featuring the latest in green technology. The summit will create an opportunity for lively exchange among scientists, engineers, inventors, bankers, investors, corporate and government leaders to define the scope and scale of the challenges we face and bring Silicon Valley ingenuity and NASA systems design capabilities together to create revolutionary change for a sustainable future.

The Semi-Finalists Announcement and Pitch Training Workshop on April 9, 2014 will serve as a precursor to WEST Summit 2014, with a panel of judges comprised of experts from distinguished organizations including IBM, IDEO, NASA Ames Research Center, UCB, and Stanford evaluating solutions across several categories. Semi-finalists will then present at WEST Summit where they will have the opportunity to present to potential funders and customers, elevating awareness of their solutions.

In addition, 10 finalists will be featured in the Call for Solutions for Planetary Sustainability competition. Those spotlighted, whose ideas range from energy-reduction technology to supply chain sustainability, will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to a panel of venture capitalists, academics, executives and government officials. They'll receive immediate feedback from the panel on feasibility and potential partnering.

The WEST Summit 2014 will feature prominent speakers from the public and private sector, including:

  •     Janet Napolitano, President, University of California System
  •     Rebecca Costa, author of the book The Watchman’s Rattle
  •     Dr. Anita Goel, CEO, Nanobiosym
  •     Avi Reichental, CEO, 3D Systems
  •     Robbi Shingler, CTO, Planet Labs
  •     Chris Librie, Sr. Director, HP Earth Insights    
  •     Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Regeneration Project Founder

NASA Ames Research Center will also be well represented by such sustainability experts as Steve Zornetzer, Associate Director at NASA and Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist at NASA.

WEST 2014 Resources:
For more information about Sustainable Silicon Valley, the WEST Summit or to arrange an interview with Executive Director Marianna Grossman, please visit the WEST Summit site or contact SSV at info(at)sustainablesv(dot)org.

About Sustainable Silicon Valley
Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) envisions a healthy environment, a vibrant economy and a socially equitable community in Silicon Valley and throughout the world. As a growing consortium of companies, governmental entities, academic and research institutions and non-profit organizations, we work together to achieve this vision through collaboration and innovation, bringing solutions from Silicon Valley’s inventors, entrepreneurs and enterprises to solve problems and create resilience in our region and in regions around the world. For more information, visit http://www.sustainablesv.org.

Media Contacts:
Marianna Grossman
Executive Director, SSV
mgrossman(at)sustainablesv(dot)org
(650) 318-3638, ext. 101

Donna Walker
Marketing Director, SSV
dwalker(at)sustainablesv(dot)org
(650) 318-3638, ext. 400

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