The State of Clean Energy: Global Challenges and Opportunities



  • SDForum is Proud to Announce its Third Annual
    The State of Clean Energy:
    Global Challenges and Opportunities 


    Press Release

    Updates from the Event

    DJ Cline's Blog

    Sally Benson Slides

    Hing Wong, Managing Director, Walden Intl

    Cleantech Group


    Greentech Media

    Seeking Alpha

    Venture Beat [1] [2]


    We are sorry, but this event is closed.  Registration is full

    and there will be no walk-ins allowed. 


    Clean and green technology has quickly taken center stage in the public arena as well as in boardrooms.  The promise of new wealth creation, job growth for the ailing economy, and the opportunity to reduce cost through sustainability practices are all driving the industry forward.  Yet, not everyone is moving forward at the same pace. Clean technology may have taken over in the world as the pre-eminent sector for development but in many areas, the United States is playing catch up.
    The third annual SDForum conference on clean energy will take a critical look at the country-level adoption gap and what the leaders are really doing.  Where are the leaders? How has public policy accelerated development and what needs to be done? In Silicon Valley, what are corporations, start ups, investors, universities and governments doing? Where are we ahead, where are we behind and what’s next? This conference brings together global leaders to share best practices and connect with industry movers and shakers. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn and collaborate on how to move the industry forward.

    Quotes from this years conference:

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and found the presentations and networking stimulating and valuable."
    Bruce S. Klafter, Sr. Director, EHS Head, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Applied Materials

    "The candid and genuine discussions by the panelists provided an outstanding opportunity to learn about what industry leaders are doing not only to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, but how to leverage the reach of their products to reduce future emissions of their clients. High quality exchanges like this provide insights into just how big the opportunity is to make an impact…and create a competitive advantage by getting ahead of the curve."
    Sally M. Benson, Director of Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University



    Agenda with Confirmed Speakers:


    8:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Networking
    9:00 - 9:45 am USA Opening Keynote - Commissioner Dian Grueneich, California Public Utilities Commission
    9:45 - 10:45 am

    The Greening of Corporations
        Scott C. Bolick, SAP
        Mukesh Khattar, Oracle
        Bruce Klafter, Applied Materials
        Rich Lechner, IBM
    Moderated by: Lynelle Cameron, Autodesk

    10:45 - 11:00 am Morning Break
    11:00 - 11:30 am Technologies and Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future
    Sally M. Benson, Stanford University  
    11:30 - 12:30 pm

    The Role of Public Policy and Research in Private Innovation
        Patrick Bray, PacificVision Partners, Osaka City Investment

        Hal LaFlash, PG&E
        Marc LePage, Embassy of Canada
        Dean Arthur Ramirez, UCSC School of Engineering
    Moderated by: Cassandra Sweet, Dow Jones Newswire

    12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch and Exhibit Hall
    1:15 - 1:45 pm China's Cleantech Big Leap
    Hing Wong, Walden International
    1:45 - 2:30 pm Leaders in Innovation: Global Success Stories in Clean Energy
        Gregg Dixon - EnerNoc
        Kate Sherwood, Recurrent Energy
     Moderated by: Brad Rock, DLA Piper
    2:30 - 3:15 pm Early Stage Investors: What Does This Mean for Entrepreneurs?
        Dan Lankford, Wavepoint Ventures
        Bruce Pasternack, CMEA Capital
        Dylan Steeg, Intel Capital
        Robert Walker, Sierra Ventures
        Moderated by: Camille Ricketts, VentureBeat
    3:15 - 3:30 pm Break
    3:30 - 4:15 pm

    Financing the Next Level: Global Investment Climate
        Tim Carey, PricewaterhouseCoopers
        Larry Kellerman, Goldman Sachs
        Randy Lewis, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
        Prakash Ramachandran, Nordic Windpower
    Moderated by: Mike Kanellos, Greentech Media

    4:15 - 5:00 pm

    Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: Ten Technologies to Save Our World
    Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
    5:00 pm Closing

    Online Registration Pricing 
    $150 SDForum Members; $180 Non Members; $100 Platinum Pass; $75 Students

    Registration Pricing at the Door
    $170 SDForum Members; $200 Non Members; $120 Platinum Pass; $75 Students

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