DOE Announces Apps for Energy Winners, U.S. CTO Addresses Green Button Initiative at ConnectivityWeek, Leading Conference on Smart Grid and Energy 2.0
ConnectivityWeek and Zpryme to Release Smart Grid/Energy 2.0 Roadmap
-- Department of Energy (DOE) "Apps for Energy" winners announced at ConnectivityWeek, leading Smart Grid/Energy 2.0 show in Silicon Valley, with $100,000 in cash prizes.
-- Local utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), early Green-Button adopter, sits on panel of judges, demonstrates "apps" at conference.
-- U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park discusses Green Button.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kicking off ConnectivityWeek, a national conference gathering of top Smart Grid leaders in Santa Clara, Calif., Senior Energy Department Official Patricia Hoffman today announced the winners of the DOE's "Apps for Energy" contest. Winners were based on an expert vote, and four of the five judges participated in ConnectivityWeek's opening panel.
According to the DOE's press release, the competition "challenged innovative software developers to build new apps – for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more – that utilize data from major utility companies to help consumers and businesses use less energy and save money." More on "Apps for Energy"
Judges were joined this morning by U.S. CTO Todd Park and California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, who provided keynotes. Panelists included:
- Karen Austin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, PG&E.
- Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, DOE.
- Sharelynn Moore, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Itron.
- Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures.
The remainder of ConnectivityWeek will focus on defining the Energy 2.0 market, with a Wednesday keynote by Sunil Paul, Founding Partner of Spring Ventures, on "Why Cleanweb Beats Cleantech." Zpryme will also release a 10-year Smart Grid/Energy 2.0 roadmap.
"As information technologies evolve and rising energy costs lead to customer-demanded control, Energy 2.0 is inevitable," said Anto Budiardjo, Clasma President. "ConnectivityWeek is gathering the players to define this market."
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 Aaron Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer, HUGE, was a judge but not present on the panel.
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