The Year of Digital Energy Has Arrived

It’s computers vs. climate change, and we’re rooting for the machines. 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 promote energy efficiency and prevent climate change. Whether you’re in the budding smart grid sector, working in a corporation that wants to learn about green IT best practices or you’re an entrepreneur looking for your next venture in green, GigaOM’s Green:Net 2011 conference in San Francisco is the must-attend event for all things green and IT.

We are building a roster of expert presenters to talk about the opportunities to leverage computing power to make a difference in climate change. Speakers include:

  • NRG Energy CEO David Crane
  • Carl Bass, President and CEO, Autodesk
  • Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft
  • Marthin De Beer, SVP, Emerging Technologies Business Group, Cisco
  • Jonathan Silver, Executive Director, Loan Guarantee Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Bill Weihl, Green Energy Czar, Google
  • Daniel Yates, CEO of OPower
  • Will West, CEO of Control4

See the full list of speakers here.

Some of the ideas we’ll explore include consumer technology, enterprise innovations and funding trends. Topics include:

  • The Next-Gen Smart Grid: It’s All About Apps. The future of the smart grid will be software and applications. Which killer apps will be the next pot of gold?
  • Opportunities in Connected Cars. The connected car is a technology platform ripe for development. See the latest innovations in electric and hybrid vehicles.
  • Now a Competitive Advantage: Green Data Centers. Google and Yahoo! are innovating around greener, more efficient data centers to save money. Learn how green data centers can add more to your bottom line.
  • Energy Storage: The Lynchpin of Energy Breakthroughs. 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?
  • Digital Energy: Are We Making Money Yet? Where’s the money in digital energy? What sectors and companies are showing the most promising returns for the intersection of IT and green?

Check the Green:Net conference schedule for more details. We look forward to seeing you again this year at Green:Net on April 21 in San Francisco. Get your earlybird ticket today.