Bob Metcalfe, 3Com Founder, to Keynote Green:Net, Om Malik's New Green Tech Conference

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The first and only green technology conference focused on the intersection of green and network technologies will be held March 24, 2009 in San Francisco.

We will look at how technologies that our audience is familiar with, like broadband, personal computers and the Internet, can be harnessed to aid in the green agenda. Whenever there is a massive change, I see the creation of new opportunities. I hope we motivate our attendees to succeed in this quest to fight global warming.

Award-winning technology journalist Om Malik today announces Green:Net, a unique new conference that will look at how communication networks, software and computing can be harnessed to address some of our planet's most pressing ecological issues.

The one-day event, to be held at San Francisco's Golden Gate Club on March 24, 2009, is ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing industry interest in the use of digital technology, broadband and the web to fight climate change. The event will also include a startup launch session, which will introduce 10 up-and-coming startups that are leveraging digital technologies for green aims. Speakers from companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Dell, Cisco, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Foundation Capital, JP Morgan, GE and Pacific Gas & Electric have also been added to the event schedule.

"Our conference will examine how the technologies that built Silicon Valley can be harnessed for our planet's ecological health," said Om Malik. "We will look at how technologies that our audience is familiar with, like broadband, personal computers and the Internet, can be harnessed to aid in the green agenda. Whenever there is a massive change, I see the creation of new opportunities. I hope we motivate our attendees to succeed in this quest to fight global warming."

Katie Fehrenbacher, Editor of Earth2Tech, the GigaOM Network's widely cited cleantech publication, is spearheading the conference editorial team. Her work has been published online at The Economist, Forbes, The New York Times and BusinessWeek. "I have been closely tracking the intersection between networks and green technology, and I'm convinced that the technologies that came out of the computing and Internet revolutions will provide the tools needed to fight climate change, whether it's communication networks bringing intelligence to the power grid, social networks affecting changes in the energy consumption behavior of consumers, or simply lessons learned from investing in the Internet boom," says Fehrenbacher.

The conference will feature world-class speakers from both technology and cleantech backgrounds, including keynotes by:

  • Bob Metcalfe - creator of Ethernet, Founder of 3Com and Polaris Venture's cleantech-focused partner. A true pioneer of the global Internet, Metcalfe will keynote the opportunities he sees for the next-generation of energy networks and how the lessons learned in the creation of the Internet can shape the energy industry.
  • Rob Bernard - Microsoft's Chief Environmental Strategist. Bernard, a long-time Microsoft veteran and a compelling public speaker on green issues, will outline the opportunities for computing companies to use digital tools to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Saul Griffith - Co-founder of Makani Power, Squid Labs, Potenco and Wattzon, and MacArthur Prize Winner
  • Jonathan Koomey - Professor, UC Berkley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Steve Westly - Founder, Westly Foundation
  • Dr. Albert Esser - VP of Data Center Infrastructure Group, Dell
  • Rob Aldrich - Principal, Energy Efficient Solutions, Cisco
  • Bill Vogel - CEO, Trilliant
  • Andy Tang - Director of Smart Web, PG&E
  • Sunil Sharan - Smart Grid Director, GE
  • Erin Carlson - Director, Yahoo for Good, Yahoo!
  • Erik Straser - Managing Parter, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Mark Zanoli - Managing Director of Technology, JP Morgan

More details on the speaker lineup are available at

Green:Net Launch Session for Startups - Open for Submissions

The Green:Net launch session will feature a selection of 10 up-and-coming startups that are applying digital technology to the green agenda. The presenters will be able to present their business plans on the main stage before a knowledgeable audience and receive feedback from a panel of judges. The presenters will also have their announcements distributed to attending press and receive coverage of their news on and Application for a launch session slot is open to all comers, and interested parties can apply on the conference web site. Participants will be selected by a team of The GigaOM Network editors and contributors based on relative newsworthiness, quality, ability to effect positive environmental change, and participant diversity. To submit your company, please visit

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Mike Sly at or by phone at (415) 235-0358.

For media partnerships, please contact Joanne Wan at

For speaker proposals, please contact Surj Patel at

Discounted tickets are available for a limited time. To purchase conference tickets, please visit:

About Earth2Tech
The threat of global warming has inspired a new wave of entrepreneurs and innovators to develop technology that could ultimately save our planet. Earth2Tech, edited by Katie Fehrenbacher, leads the industry with breaking news on the hottest cleantech companies -- be they in solar, biofuels, wind, energy efficiency, green IT, water or other materials -- and provides smart, focused analysis of the cleantech industry, funding environment and regulatory climate. Earth2Tech keeps all members of the eco-ecosystem -- from entrepreneurs and investors to students, researchers and policymakers -- informed.

About The GigaOM Network
The GigaOM Network is a leading provider of publications and events for the technology and entrepreneurial markets worldwide. Founded by award-winning journalist Om Malik, The GigaOM Network is an online publishing company whose network of news sites reaches more than 2 million readers worldwide and provides news and insight on the developments disrupting the world of technology. The GigaOM Network includes seven award-winning sites: GigaOM covers the business of broadband, VoIP, infrastructure, mobile and wireless; WebWorkerDaily covers the future of work in a web world; NewTeeVee covers the business of online video; Earth2Tech covers the business of green technology; OStatic is a web application, news site and community looking at open-source solutions for business; jkOnTheRun offers news and insight on mobile devices; and TheAppleBlog is a leading source of information for Apple users. The GigaOM Network also produces industry-leading events, including annual conferences: Structure, Mobilize, NewTeeVee Live and Green:Net.

Joanne Wan
Earth2Tech, part of The GigaOM Network
Phone (415) 370-3356


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