Cleanweb and the City 2

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Featured Speakers

Richard Kauffman

Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York, Chair of the NYSERDA Board

Don’t Come to Listen. Come to Engage.

Our goal is to bring together an exclusive set of the industry’s top thought leaders to tackle the real issues, expose areas for future work, and make connections that will propel the cleanweb ecosystem forward.

The summit will have no “audience” and no “speakers.” All attendees will be true participants in a workshop-style, inter­active, highly moderated group discussions. If you are look­ing to sit back and listen to panels, you will want to skip this gathering. We are looking for participants who will voice strong opinions, raise hard questions, and contribute to a spirited, fun learning environment.

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What You'll Experience

Cleanweb and the City 2 will explore business opportunities related to the continued convergence of data, analytics, mobile/web applications, and resource sharing that address energy and resource challenges.

Building on our engaging summit last November, Cleanweb and the City 2 will focus on corporates whose growth depends on successful engagement with emerging cleanweb models and who are looking to develop new business ideas, market applications, or partnerships. With an eye toward software and a distributed, resilient infrastructure, we will touch on themes including mobility, buildings of the future, and urban resource challenges and will engage potential customers, partners, forward-thinking government officials, experts, and entrepreneurs who do not regularly interact.

For more insights, watch highlights from the 2013 Cleanweb and the City executive summit and download our report on cleanweb and corporate partnerships!


Summit Speakers

  • Rachel Charlesworth, RideScout

    Rachel Charlesworth is a marketing professional with 7+ years of experience in the digital sphere. As an early employee and the VP of Brand at RideScout, she currently manages all marketing and communications strategy, user engagement, mobile growth, launches and advertising efforts. RideScout is a technology platform that displays all the transportation options around a user in real time. RideScout was acquired by Daimler, the maker of Mercedes Benz, in September of 2014.

    Thursday, November 13, 201410:40am - 11:20am
  • Richard Kauffman, Office of the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

    Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Kauffman is responsible for developing and advancing the Governor’s ambitious plan to create a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system in New York.

    Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages the State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s Board on June 19, 2013.

    Under Mr. Kauffman’s leadership, the State has launched the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a fundamental restructuring of its energy industry regulations, and committed $5 billion through 2023 to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets through the proposed Clean Energy Fund. In addition, he has overseen the establishment of the NY Green Bank and the historic $1 billion investment in NY-Sun solar initiative.

    Thursday, November 13, 20149:30am - 10:00am
  • Shobin Uralil, Retroficiency

    Shobin Uralil is responsible for customer delivery and operations at Retroficiency. He leads all major project delivery, operations, and execution, serving as the conduit between clients and Retroficiency engineering team leaders. He has successfully delivered various solutions from Retroficiency’s Building Efficiency Intelligence platform to more than 10 different utility programs.

    Prior to Retroficiency, Shobin was the co-founder and CEO of kWhOURS, Inc., an energy auditing software and services provider to ESCOs and engineering services firms. Shobin also worked for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services company, which owns both San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company. As part of Sempra Energy’s Corporate Development group, he assessed numerous potential acquisition candidates and helped them create a renewable energy platform. Shobin earned a BS in business administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, where he was the recipient of the inaugural Howard and Carol Anderson Fellowship in Entrepreneurship.

    Thursday, November 13, 201410:00am - 10:40am

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Agenda 2014

  • WEDNESDAY, November 12, 2014

    • 6:15pm - 8:00pm

      New York Law School

      Opening Networking & Cocktails

      Join us for the opening of Cleanweb and the City 2! Connect with our partners and conversation starters while sipping cool cocktails and networking with leading members of the global cleanweb community.

  • THURSDAY, November 13, 2014

    • 9:00am - 9:30am

      New York Law School

      Registration and Welcome Coffee

    • 9:30am - 10:00am

      New York Law School

      Summit Kick-off & Opening Keynote

      We will kick off the summit, briefly sharing an overview of the day, top themes we will discuss, and desired outcomes.

      Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Chair of the NYSERDA Board will share NYSERDA’s priorities, discuss the significance of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, and set the tone for the day’s discussions. Q&A will follow his remarks.

      • Richard Kauffman
        Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York, Chair of the NYSERDA Board
      • Michael Ellis
        EVP, Cleantech Group
    • 10:00am - 10:40am

      New York Law School

      What's Next in Cleanweb: The Built Environment

      The built environment is increasingly connected, and leaders like Nest and Wink are bringing connectivity to your fingertips through mobile apps, while companies like Retroficiency bring large-scale building efficiency to commercial spaces. We will explore the future of connected, intelligent buildings—focused on large multi-unit residential and large commercial—and the market opportunity for new cleanweb and digital energy platforms that will improve connectivity and efficiency.

      Cable, telecom and home security companies have taken an early lead in shaping the residential market by offering connected home services, but utilities are also critical players in the space.  While some are moving quickly on home appliances and related services opportunities, most seem slow to adapt. How can utilities leverage the market penetration tech companies have acquired so far?

      Technology companies and their partners have been able to answer the extensive demand for remote-enabled convenience in the energy, comfort, and security spaces. But the consumer demand for connectivity is also being expanded by health challenges like indoor air quality and water quality. These trends represent untapped business opportunities where market players can monetize resources to add services adjacent to their existing offerings. How can these dimensions be integrated into the building management platforms we’ve seen proliferated recently?

      • Jun Shimada
        CEO, ThinkEco
      • Shobin Uralil
        Director of Strategic Initiatives, Retroficiency
      • Vladi Shunturov
        CEO and Founder, Lucid
      • Andrew Chen
        CEO, Wegowise
    • 10:40am - 11:20am

      New York Law School

      What's Next in Cleanweb: Urban Mobility

      Car sharing and private car services, enabled by mobile apps for individuals and companies, have been leading the way for innovative, disruptive Cleanweb business models for the past decade. Leaders like Zipcar and other sharing models have turned the traditional transportation industry upside down. Disrupters like Uber and Lyft are continuing to evolve with recent “car-pooling” features. Additionally, EVs are gaining momentum and as new connected car technologies infiltrate the vehicle we will see new opportunities for addressing urban mobility challenges.

      How do we further scale these shifting models? Cities will continue to face urban mobility challenges from population growth and air quality to traffic congestion and parking space constraints. How will cities attract innovation in their public transportation infrastructure to match the pace of development in the start-up community? How will the big automotive corporates help play an increasingly large role in shaping our consumer-based economy? As the concept of ownership continues to change, how will the big automotive corporates take advantage of cleanweb solutions in shaping our consumer-based economy?

      It is exciting to see the potential for more new business models using cleanweb enabled solutions. Large companies like Daimler and BMW are catching on with recent acquisitions of startups like RideScout and Parkmobile. Who will win the struggle to blend the cleanweb and the connected car: OEMs, tech giants, mobility services, or another kind of company?

      • Rachel Charlesworth
        VP, Brand, Ride Scout
      • Nick Grossman
        General Manager, Policy & Outreach, Union Square Ventures
      • Ulrich Quay
        Managing Director, BMW i Ventures
    • 11:20am - 11:50pm

      New York Law School

      Networking Break

    • 11:50am - 12:30pm

      New York Law School

      What's Next in Cleanweb: The City as a Living Laboratory

      Over the course of our Summit, we will explore opportunities in building resource management and advanced mobility in the context of the city. As our populations continue to urbanize, cities are growing to a scale that will expose new challenges and further stress those they already face. On top of basic energy, water, and air quality concerns, cities are now at greater risk from major weather events such Hurricane Sandy that wreak havoc on our resource resiliency.

      These are the challenges our cities face, and many of them can only be faced by engaging the scale of our utilities and corporates. How can these utilities and corporates leverage data, connectivity, and decentralization—core elements of cleanweb business models—to evolve and face these challenges? Who will they need to work with? How can they better connect with urban populations? How will their businesses need to change to prepare for the next 20 years?

      • Micah Kotch
        Director of NY Prize, and Strategic Advisor for Innovation, NYSERDA
      • David Gilford
        VP & Director, Center for Economic Transformation, NYC Economic Development Corporation
      • Jackson Lehr
        Director of Market Strategy, Customer Strategy & Environmental, National Grid
    • 12:30pm - 1:30pm

      New York Law School


    • 1:30pm - 2:00pm

      New York Law School

      Areas of Opportunity

      When studying the challenges our cities face, several key opportunity areas are most impactful:

      1. Advanced buildings
      2. Transportation
      3. Resiliency and reliability
      4. Renewables and distributed energy
      5. Digital energy solutions


      These will set the stage for the afternoon’s breakout sessions, which will be guided in part by the following discussion questions:

      A. Where are the market gaps in each of these opportunity areas?
      B. In what direction is each of the opportunity markets moving?
      C. What are the barriers to market entry for early stage companies in these opportunity areas?
      D. What are the most promising new business/service models in cleanweb and energy innovation and what else is needed to speed their development?
      E. In particular, how can the government support cleanweb and energy innovation through policy, incentives, and program development?
      F. How can participants in this summit make further progress together?

      • Micah Kotch
        Director of NY Prize, and Strategic Advisor for Innovation, NYSERDA
      • Bryan Berry
        Project Manager, Innovation & Business Development, NYSERDA
    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      New York Law School

      Strategy Breakouts

      In small groups, participants will collaborate to address the questions just posed. One or two groups will focus on advanced buildings and one or two on transportation.

      For both advanced buildings and transportation, each breakout will answer the questions above (A through F) while considering the other opportunity areas of resiliency/reliability, renewables/distributed energy, and digital energy solutions.

      The goals for these sessions are to generate market intelligence, begin forming relationships among participants who may not often collaborate, and to set the stage for tangible next steps following the summit.

    • 3:30pm - 4:00pm

      New York Law School

      Networking Break

    • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

      New York Law School

      Debrief Strategy Breakouts

      Following the strategy breakouts, we will come back together so that each group can present its answers to questions A through E. After each report out, the entire group will discuss, add ideas, and commit to next steps to further develop the ideas generated.

    • 5:30pm - 5:45pm

      New York Law School

      Closing Remarks

    • 5:45pm - 6:30pm

      Closing Reception

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