The Year of Digital Energy

Can we harness the innovations of the global digital technology industry to save our planet? At GigaOM, we believe the technologies of the computing and Internet revolutions will be critical in the efforts to prevent climate change.Whether you’re in a corporation wanting to learn about green IT best practices or an entrepreneur looking for your next venture in green, GigaOM’s Green:Net 2011 conference in San Francisco is the must-attend event for the intersection of green and IT. You’ll take away the best ideas as well as meet the thought leaders in this space.

The third annual Green:Net conference is timed to take place the day before the global Earth Day celebrations.

Some of the topics planned for discussion this year include:

The Next-Gen Smart Grid: It’s All About Apps

The future of the smart grid will be software and applications. While infrastructure giants will be responsible for building out the hardware and networking pieces of the next-gen smart grid, software developers will be making the game-changing applications. Those killer apps will be the next pot of gold! At Green:Net, you’ll meet the the software innovators focused on the power grid.

Opportunities in Connected Cars

The first generation of electric vehicles is here: Nissan’s LEAF and GM’s Volt. These early EVs will be laced with chips, software and wireless networks to help monitor their batteries and soothe driver anxiety. The connected car is the next technology platform ripe for development and will lead to a more sustainable future for transportation. For example, network-connected and software-enabled electric cars will be able to charge from the smart grid during off-peak hours, leading to lower-cost vehicle charging for consumers. Come see how.

Now a Competitive Advantage: Green Data Centers

For the first time in history, companies like Google and Yahoo are innovating around greener, more efficient data centers in an effort to save money on energy bills and remain competitive in their industries. If the free markets won’t convince the Internet giants to operate more sustainable data centers, nothing will. Learn how cutting-edge companies are leading data center innovation.

Energy Storage: The Lynchpin of Energy Breakthroughs

No, we haven’t found a Moore’s Law for batteries yet, and we haven’t made all that much progress in being able to store energy in general. But to utilize clean power for the grid, to make longer-range electric vehicles and to develop cell phones that run a lot longer, we need energy storage breakthroughs. What’s on the horizon?

How the Social Web Can Drive A Green Economy

The Internet has made way for a new revolution in sharing “stuff,” as companies have sprouted up to help us share our vehicles (Zipcar), living spaces (Airbnb), and tools (Zilok). This trend is just beginning, but savvy Internet companies are using social networks to allocate resources more efficiently and build trust among members. The kicker? It can be an eco-friendlier way of life.

The Future of the Smart Energy Home

Home-sweet-digital home has been the dream deferred of the consumer electronics industry for decades. But now, utilities, startups and investors are morphing the digital home dream into smart energy reality, where consumers are actively involved in their home energy management. What are the barriers to, and possibilities for, this ecosystem?

Digital Energy: Are We Making Money Yet?

Venture capitalists, conglomerates like GE and banks, all have an end goal of investing in digital energy to make money. What sectors and companies are showing the most promising returns for the intersection of IT and green, and what’s up with this post-recession dip?

Green:Net Big Ideas

Our editorial team will select 10 companies and individuals who are changing the way we think about the intersection of the digital and energy worlds. Chosen from submissions and direct invitations, Green:Net Big Ideas will present five-minute lightning talks throughout the day. Come and be inspired by some of the greatest ideas for the next year.

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Speaker Lineup

Bill Weihl
Green Energy Czar, Google
Chris Albrecht
Creative Director, GigaOM
Jonathan Silver
Executive Director, Department of Energy Loan Programs Office
Chris Campbell
VP of Business Development, Energy Solutions Group, A123 Systems
Edward Pleet
Product and Business Development Manager for Connected Services, Ford Motor Company
Joel Makower
Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group
Cathy Zoi
Managing Director, Silver Lake Kraftwerk
Annika Todd
Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
David Crane
President and CEO, NRG Energy
Matt Petersen
President and CEO, Global Green USA
Clint Wheelock
President, Pike Research and Member Analyst, GigaOM Pro
Ucilia Wang
Staff Writer, Earth2Tech, GigaOM
Saul Griffith
Jeff St. John
Staff Writer GigaOM and Curator GigaOM Pro
Dallas Kachan
Managing Partner, Kachan & Co and Member Analyst, GigaOM Pro
Josie Garthwaite
Contributing Writer, GigaOM
Ashu Garg
Venture Partner, Foundation Capital
Rob Bernard
Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft
Nick Pudar
VP, Planning and Business Development, OnStar
Larsh Johnson
CTO, eMeter
Shelby Clark
Founder and CEO, RelayRides
Paul Kedrosky
Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Eric Dresselhuys
EVP and CMO, Silver Spring Networks
Katie Fehrenbacher
Editor Earth2Tech, GigaOM
Lauren Anderson
Innovation Strategist and Project Manager, CC Labs
Joe Gebbia
Chief Product Officer, Airbnb
John Zahurancik
VP, Deployment and Operations, AES Energy Storage
Andrew J Tang
Managing Director, ABB Technology Ventures
Marthin De Beer
SVP, TelePresence, Emerging Technologies and Consumer Business, Cisco
Scott Henneberry
VP, Smart Grid Strategy
Kevin Skillern
Managing Director, Venture Capital, GE Energy Financial Services
Christina Page
Director, Climate and Energy Strategy, Yahoo!
John Gartner
Senior Analyst, Pike Research
Nat Goldhaber
Managing Director, Claremont Creek Ventures
Matthew Smith
Senior Director, Product Management, Silver Spring Networks
Om Malik
Founder, GigaOM
Adam Grosser
Managing Director, Silver Lake Kraftwerk
Sunil Paul
Founder, Spring Ventures
Will West
CEO, Control4
Carl Bass
President and CEO, Autodesk
Chris Paulson
VP, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, CODA Automotive
Alexander Laskey
President and Founder, OPOWER
Kevin Dasso
Sr. Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration, PG&E
Jerome Guillen
Model S Programs Manager, Tesla Motors

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