Sparking conversations that matter.
Wednesday, September 13th
Welcome Reception, 5:30PM
Join us for cocktails at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center Atrium and Courtyard!
Thursday, September 14th
Agenda information subject to change
|Main Session||Room 236|
|7:15 – 8:30 AM||Registration & Breakfast|
|8:30 – 8:40 AM||Welcome|
Erik Becker, VP Sales, Urjanet
|8:40 – 9:20 AM||Evaluating Sustainability: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future
Steve Swartz, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Steve Swartz from McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice will share insights from McKinsey’s 2017 Sustainability Assessment Survey, a global cross-industry survey taken by several thousand executives. Delving into past practices and data, Swartz will compare the direction of the companies and industries to previous action and resource allocation. Swartz will emphasize the McKinsey survey data and their client impact.
|9:20 – 9:40 AM||What’s New at Urjanet?|
Sanjoy Malik, CEO, Urjanet
Urjanet CEO Sanjoy Malik proudly presents Urjanet’s successes, progressions, and company trajectory. Focusing on the company’s innovation and development, Malik will detail Urjanet’s transformation in utility data aggregation, addressing the application of utility data in multiple sectors and industries, and our newest venture into the financial services market.
|9:40 – 9:55 AM||BREAK|
|9:55 – 10:35 AM||TBA|
|10:35 – 11:15 AM||The Business Case for Sustainability
Lee Ballin, Head of Sustainability Programs, Bloomberg
By looking at its operations thru an environmental lens, Bloomberg has reduced costs, increased efficiency, and managed its carbon emissions. Bloomberg takes a unique portfolio approach to identifying the projects that they undertake. This session will give you an inside look at how the sustainability department has saved the firm $85M since 2007.
|11:15 – 11:30 AM||BREAK|
|11:30 – 12:00 PM||Urjanet Product Vision
Michael Pridemore, VP Products, Urjanet
|12:00 – 1:15 PM||LUNCH|
|BREAKOUT A||Room 236|
|1:15 – 1:50 PM||The Future of Energy
Eric Gebhardt, VP Product Management, GE Energy Connections
As the energy sector evolves in the future we see increased diversity in the way energy is produced, distributed, and converted to useful work. Incorporating data and digital solutions is key to drive a flexible grid both at a utility level as well as at end nodes. Technology will drive increased flexibility and productivity in the energy ecosystem, from hybrid production systems to advanced analytics and grid control.
|1:50 – 2:30 PM||Utility Bill Management: Driving Value for Customers
Don Jenkins, Vice President and General Manager of Global Utility Bill Management, EnerNOC
This discussion will highlight how a diverse set of global customers are improving their business by working with EnerNOC UBM software and services. EnerNOC partners with Urjanet software and services to streamline utility bill data acquisition. Several customer case studies will be covered showing how customers use that utility bill data to solve their unique business challenges of 1) saving money on energy spend, 2) improving financial planning and operations, 3) providing effective reporting and compliance, 4) streamlining business operations, and/or 5) enhancing data access for business intelligence.
|2:45 – 3:20 PM||Overcoming Obstacles for Effective Water Data Management
Moderator: Tim Porter, Director of Partnerships, Urjanet
Juliette Apicella, Director of Sustainability, Gables Residential
|3:20 – 4:00 PM||Fighting Vendors for ‘OUR DATA’ – Another Challenge in the Smart Building Journey
Moderator: Vladi Shunturov, President, Lucid
Nate Nilles, VP Business Development, Lucid
One of the first and most important aspects of connecting building systems to a network is the ability to access and retrieve data from those systems. Data collection and the subsequent analysis is the first step in the journey which allows companies to better understand how to run the systems that run their buildings. Despite the growing demand for access to the data found in equipment, many are experiencing passive (or in some cases aggressive) lack of cooperation by system manufacturers. This instructive session will focus on identifying various accounts of this ‘data access denial’ as well as strategies to circumvent the problem. The discussion will also include how the industry can come together to help mitigate this problem. Among other topics, Vladi Shunturov will address what it means to be an “open” system in today’s connected building landscape, and why building owners and operators should care.
|BREAKOUT B||Room 225|
|1:15 – 1:50 PM||Financial Inclusion – A Case Study on Alternative Credit Data
Kevin King, Director of Product Marketing, ID Analytics / Symantec
Alternative credit scores may be the key to financial inclusion – many lenders seek to extend credit to consumers who lack sufficient credit history to receive a traditional credit score or whose score underestimates their true potential. A study by ID Analytics analyzed the effectiveness or alternative data (such as telecommunications data) for accurately predicting consumer credit risk for unscorable consumers and improving predictive quality over traditional data scores. This presentation will review several case studies that demonstrate how alternative data produces better lending outcomes, both for the institution and for specific consumers.
|1:50 – 2:30 PM||TBA|
|2:30 – 2:45 PM||BREAK|
|2:45 – 3:20 PM||TBA|
|3:20 – 4:00 PM||TBA|
|BREAKOUT C||Room 222|
|1:15 – 1:50 PM||TBA|
|1:50 – 2:30 PM||How Innovative Organizations Are Refining Their Data Acquisition and Management Strategies
Alex Herceg, Lead Analyst, Lux Research
With an increasing focus on data acquisition and analytics tools, companies have sometimes fallen short in identifying the business case to support their implementation. Through a series of case studies of emerging companies in the innovation ecosystem, we will identify winning strategies related to data acquisition and value opportunity – at the intersection of energy, digital, and IoT.
|2:30 – 2:45 PM||BREAK|
|2:45 – 3:20 PM||Lighting as a Gateway for IoT in Buildings
Krystal Maxwell, Research Analyst, Navigant Research
The Internet of Things (IoT) market includes a variety of technologies and solutions, including devices, software, services, cloud computing, and analytics. IoT is gaining popularity and transforming the way in which we operate and interact. Customers and employees have become accustomed to real-time data for increased productivity, convenience, and sustainability. IoT is changing facilities management and shaping the next generation of intelligent buildings. IoT for lighting provides a gateway for IoT within buildings. This presentation with discuss how IoT for lighting provides a foundation and low hanging fruit for IoT in buildings. A key trend in commercial buildings, is healthy buildings, an area lighting can provide a large benefit. In addition to healthy buildings, lighting provides location services and scheduling in commercial office buildings, such as finding an available conference room, scheduling it, and ensuring updating schedules if a conference room or office that was booked, but is not needed. Beyond energy data, such as increased energy savings or system failure alerts, IoT for lighting provides building owners and managers the opportunity for increased productivity among their employees and a more desirable work space, leading to higher employee retention and increased revenue. This presentation will highlight these opportunities and the emerging technologies surrounding IoT for lighting.
|4:15 – 4:45 PM||The Shift to a More Distributed and Smarter U.S. Power System
Marilyn Brown, Ph.D., Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
The way in which electricity is generated, delivered, and used is in the midst of significant transformation. Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are growing rapidly and are now a significant and growing part of the power system. They will become more important as consumers and states increasingly value choice, resilience, and clean energy resources. This is a period of significant innovation and development of new technologies. Today, the growth of DERs presents opportunities to improve power system reliability, affordability, and sustainability. However, it also introduces key challenges. In this session, Marilyn will address the outlook of our power system as technological advances and consumer demands converge.
|4:45 – 5:15 PM||TBA|
|5:15 – 5:30 PM||Closing Remarks|
|AFTER-PARTY AT PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER|
|6:00 – 6:30 PM||Bus Transportation to Porsche Experience Center|
|6:30 – 9:00 PM||Food, Drinks and Porsche Race Track Rides
(Race Track Rides from 7:00 – 8:30 PM)
|9:00 – 9:30 PM||Bus Transportation Back to Georgia Tech Global Learning Center|
|3:20 – 4:00 PM||Providing a #1 Customer Experience in Retail Energy
Kevin Greiner, President & CEO, Gas South
In a fully regulated and non-competitive utility market, the customer experience is largely determined and managed by one company: the integrated utility. In contrast, in competitive electric and natural gas markets, delivering on the customer experience is a team sport that requires contributions and coordination among the entire value chain – which may encompass stakeholders like the retail energy provider, the local distribution company, energy brokers and consultants, and energy data providers. The unbundled structure of competitive energy market creates some challenges, but also presents enormous opportunities because best-in-class capabilities can be leveraged from a variety of service providers to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Kevin Greiner, President and CEO of Gas South, will talk about specific initiatives that Gas South is undertaking to improve the customer experience through its own efforts as well as collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure that disaggregation does not equate to disorganization as energy services are delivered in a competitive market.
|4:00PM – 4:15PM||BREAK|
Friday, September 15th
Agenda information subject to change