SOURCE: Clasma Events Inc.

Clasma Events Inc.

May 05, 2010 12:40 ET

ConnectivityWeek 2010 Provides Critical Perspectives on Smart Grid Innovation

Sessions Explore Market Growth, Business Opportunities, Emerging Technologies and Consumer Impact

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) -  Nearly 250 speakers at ConnectivityWeek 2010 will address the ways smart technologies and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will converge to maximize energy efficiency. Held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 24-27, ConnectivityWeek will bring together technology leaders, government, utilities, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to discuss key issues impacting residential, commercial and industrial energy consumers. Key participants include Cisco, Elster, Itron, Aclara, Bridge Energy Group, ClimateTalk Alliance, Ember, EnerNex Corporation, OSIsoft, Sensus M.I., Southern California Edison, Trilliant, Wi-Fi Alliance and Z-Wave Alliance.

Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist of Google, will kick off ConnectivityWeek by sharing his perspective on the architecture for the information network that is the Smart Grid. He will address how social networking and socially-responsible networking will merge into what could be a much greener environment than we are experiencing now. Regarded by many as the father of the Internet, Cerf was recently elected a Governing Board member of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

"Both the public and private sectors recognize the impact smart technologies are having on our energy systems today," said Anto Budiardjo, CEO of Clasma Events and the producer of ConnectivityWeek 2010. "The rapid pace of technological innovation is driving significant investments in energy infrastructure that will shape the way we produce and consume energy."

According to a report from Pike Research, a cleantech market intelligence firm, the overhaul of the grid infrastructure and the development of related technologies and applications are expected "to attract $200 billion in worldwide investment between 2008 and 2015," said Clint Wheelock, managing director of Pike Research. More than 120 panels and breakout sessions at ConnectivityWeek will cover the opportunities for innovation and highlight smart, connected devices and systems that will shape energy consumption across commercial and residential settings.

From multi-million dollar stimulus projects to make federal buildings more energy efficient, to workforce training and infrastructure upgrades, ConnectivityWeek 2010 will focus on the major industries and energy consumption areas of commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure illustrating how IT can be leveraged toward the new energy paradigm facing the world. Participants will discuss how to marry short-term and long-term costs and efficiencies, and consumer needs for smart energy where issues such as privacy and cost cannot be ignored. Specific topics include:

- Cloud Computing: Information Technology for Smart Grid
- Enterprise IT: Practical Applications for Remote Monitoring, Control, Reporting and Management
- Business Infrastructure for Smart Energy
- Clever Start-ups and New Player Approaches
- Electric Vehicles -- Impacts on the Electric Grid and our Cities
- Integrating Renewables Into the Grid
- Security & Privacy for the Smart Grid
- Connecting Venture Capitalists and Investors to the Smart Grid
- Government Rebates and Incentives: Facility Retrofits Key Target for Green Jobs and Market Growth
- Energy Hogs: Lighting, HVAC and Plug Loads
- The Interface between the Smart Grid and Smart Buildings
- Your Future Relationship with Your Utility: How the Smart Grid Will Impact You and Your Company
- Reaching the Energy-Conscious Consumer
- Understanding Residential Energy Management
- Career Development
- Smart Grid 101

"With all areas of the energy consumption market represented, ConnectivityWeek provides opportunities for broad and deep conversations with top influencers as well as prospective partners and customers," continued Budiardjo. "This is the event to attend if you want to understand the growth and nuances of smart energy."

About ConnectivityWeek 2010
ConnectivityWeek 2010 is a collection of events focused on the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for energy management and efficiency. Its unique format creates a cohesive understanding of how smart, connected devices and systems will shape our future. Keynotes and sessions are focused on implementation technologies, business development and market growth in a new energy paradigm. ConnectivityWeek 2010 will take place May 24-27 in Silicon Valley and is sponsored by Cisco, Elster, Itron, Aclara, Bridge Energy Group, ClimateTalk Alliance, Ember, EnerNex Corporation, HomePlug Powerline Alliance, OSIsoft, Sensus M.I., Southern California Edison, Trilliant, Wi-Fi Alliance, Z-Wave Alliance, Akuacom, Convergence Wireless, Echelon, EnerNOC, Subnet Solutions and Tantalus. Learn more at http://www.connectivityweek.com/2010/ and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. ConnectivityWeek is produced by Clasma Events, Inc., a global company specializing in strategic conferences at the center of the worldwide energy discussion. Clasma's major events include ConnectivityWeek, GridWeek and Grid-Interop.

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