Blockchain in Energy & Industry Summit 2017

Featured Speakers

Jeffrey Katz

CTO, Energy & Utilities Industry, IBM

Mark D'Agostino

Co-Founder, Grid+

Ranga Krishnan

VP Technology, Skuchain

Dominik Schiener

Co-Founder, IOTA

Joanna Hubbard

COO & Co-Founder, Electron

Shilpi Kumar

Head of Product Commercialization, Filament

Stina Brock

Senior Director of Utility & Grid Solutions, Sunverge Energy

Jesse Morris

Foundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation

Joe Madden

CEO, Xpansiv Data

Killian Tobin

CEO, Omega Grid

Jules Besnainou

Director, CTG

Drew Weinstein

President, Velo Payments


Summit Overview

Cleantech Group (CTG), in collaboration with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, will be holding an invitation-only Executive Summit in Boston on November 9, 2017 at Babson College.

Blockchain has been a major area of interest for the energy sector over the past couple of years. With growing traction, distributed ledger technology could power the future of energy, transportation and industry. But for all its hype, blockchain is still a nascent technology, and finding financial and strategic backing for energy use cases has not been easy.

In this one-day Executive Summit, we will aim to give utilities, industrials, and investors a better understanding of blockchain technology, dive into the most mature use cases, and introduce them to some of the top innovators in the space. No prior knowledge is needed to attend this Summit – we will catch up on key concepts needed for the discussion early in the day. However, given very limited seats, we will prioritize attendees from utilities, industrials, investors and blockchain start-ups.

Summit Format

Don’t Come to Listen. Come to Engage. This Executive Summit is invitation-only to ensure the highest quality dialogue in an intimate setting. We will pull from the ranks of leading corporates, innovators and investors engaged in the space.

We will start the day with a brief technical introduction, so that all attendees have a clear understanding of basic concepts of blockchain technology. We will then dive into use cases: how to choose them, how to create value, what pitfalls to avoid.

The Summit will have conversation starters, but all attendees will be true participants in interactive group discussions.

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*Please note: There is a fee to attend this event. The regular rate is $495 – the early-bird fee (until Sept. 9) is $395.*

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Summit Agenda 2017

  • THURSDAY, November 9, 2017

    • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

      Technical Breakfast: Introduction to Blockchain Technology

      With this concise introduction to blockchain technology, we’ll define the concepts needed for the day of discussions. Expect to hear about key blockchain elements and systems, such as public/private keys, hash functions, proof of work, proof of stake, ethereum, etc.

      • Ranga Krishnan
        VP Technology, Skuchain
    • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

      Use Case Discovery: Where to Start?

      In this interactive workshop, we will learn how to identify processes that present potential blockchain use cases in your organization, and proceed to a guided discussion on how to get started with blockchain technology, from discovery to pilots.

      • Jeffrey Katz
        CTO, Energy and Utilities Industry, IBM
    • 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

      Networking Break

    • 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

      Use Case #1: IoT and Machine-to-Machine Transactions

      Connected devices and sensors are the building blocks of the future of energy and industry. But the rise of IoT has been plagued by cybersecurity concerns and doubts about associated business models. With presentations from top innovators, we’ll discuss how blockchain can change the IoT game.

      • Moderator: Jules Besnainou
        Director, CTG
      • Gerd Goette
        Head of Energy Practice, Siemens (next47)
      • Shilpi Kumar
        Head of Product Commercialization, Filament
      • Ranga Krishnan
        VP Technology, Skuchain
      • Dominik Schiener
        Co-Founder, IOTA
      • Drew Weinstein
        President, Velo Payments
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

      Partnership, Investment, Consortium: Seeding Blockchain Innovation in Large Corporates

      A technical innovation shrouded in hype, blockchain is posing multiple challenges to corporate innovators. Nonetheless, some organizations have placed major bets on the distributed revolution. What is the best way to do so, and what are pitfalls to avoid?

      • Moderator: Jules Besnainou
        Director, CTG
      • Florian Kolb
        Managing Director, innogy
      • Jesse Morris
        Foundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation
      • Rob Rosenblum
        Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
      • John Tough
        Partner, Invenergy Future Fund
    • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

      Use Case #2: Upstream Energy

      Blockchain has the potential to disrupt the entire energy value chain, starting with commodities tracking and wholesale trading. We’ll hear from promising ventures in the field and discuss how blockchain is already improving processes.

      • Moderator: Wendolyn Holland
        Director, Holland Consulting
      • Joe Madden
        CEO, Xpansiv Data
      • Carl Stjernfeldt
        North American Venture Manager, Shell Technology Ventures
      • Killian Tobin
        CEO, Omega Grid
    • 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

      Networking Break

    • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

      Use Case #3: Transactive Energy and Flexibility Markets

      Allowing prosumers to buy and sell energy using blockchain is the most publicized use case at the intersection between blockchain and energy. With the top players in the field, we’ll discuss how close we are to this futuristic vision, and how roles and business models could be re-shaped in a distributed world.

      • Moderator: Stina Brock
        Senior Director of Utility & Grid, Sunverge Energy
      • Heather Curlee
        Of Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
      • Mark D'Agostino
        Co-Founder, Grid+
      • Joanna Hubbard
        COO & Co-Founder, Electron
      • Mathew Sachs
        Vice President, Distributed Energy Development, National Grid
    • 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

      Closing Words

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