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AI, Smart Cities, and Start-Ups Take Center Stage at Start@ETS - Register Today

  • Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX United States (map)

Join Zpryme along with partners Austin Energy and Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) for the second year of Start@ets on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Part time-machine and part rear-view mirror – trust us my friends, you don’t want to miss this.

This year’s program will feature a jam-packed afternoon filled with engaging talks about AI, smart cities and virtual reality, dynamic brainstorming sessions and a rousing pilot pitch competition. Toast the winning team and mingle with esteemed guests at our networking reception at The Highball following the event. Check out the agenda below!


Start@ets has no registration fee, but is accepting monetary donations for the local non-profit, Bike Austin


Registration | 1:00PM - 7:00PM
 
Welcome | 2:00PM - 2:15PM

  • H. Christine Richards, Chief Content Officer, Zpryme
  • Special Remarks by: Council-members Ann Kitchen & Jimmy Flannigan, City of Austin 

Fireside Chat > From Ideas to Innovation | 2:15PM - 2:30PM

  • George Koutitas, CEO & Co-Founder, Gridmates, Inc. (2016 start@ets winnner) 
  • Erin Hardick, Research Analyst, Zpryme [Moderator]

 ETS Talk > Artificial Intelligence and What’s Next for Communities | 2:30PM - 2:45PM

  • Slavek Zaremba, Chief Architect of IIOT, SparkCognition 

Break | 2:45PM - 3:00PM

Pilot Pitch Competition > Top 5 Finalists Pitch Their Solution | 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Judging Panel

  • Michael Britt, Vice President of Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
  • Nancy Bui-Thompson, Director, SMUD
  • Mark Dowd, Visiting Scholar (Smart Cities), UC Berkeley
  • Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin
  • Sini George, Head of Growth Ventures, Direct Energy
  • Jessica Hamm, Manager of Emerging Technology Strategy, Duke Energy
  • Mitch Jacobson, ATI Program Manager, Austin Technology Incubator
  • Sameer Kalra, Smart Grid Tech Strategy and Product Innovation Manager, PG&E
  • Ann Kitchen, District 5 Councilwoman, City of Austin
  • Jeff Norman, Vice President of Industry Solutions, City of Austin
  • Karl Popham, Manager of Emerging Technologies and EV, Austin Energy
  • Shailesh Shere, Assistant Director, City of Port Angeles 

Brainstorming Session > Building the Innovation Ecosystem | 4:15PM - 4:45PM

  • Michael Britt, Vice President of Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
  • Jessica Hamm, Manager of Emerging Technology Strategy, Duke Energy
  • Sameer Kalra, Smart Grid Tech Strategy and Product Innovation Manager, PG&E
  • H. Christine Richards, Chief Content Officer, Zpryme [Moderator]

Panel > Whats Next for Smart Infrastructure? | 4:45PM - 5:15PM

  • Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin
  • Nancy Bui-Thompson, Director, SMUD
  • Sini George, Head of Growth Ventures, Direct Energy
  • Karl Popham, Manager of Emerging Technologies and EV, Austin Energy
  • Erin Hardick, Research Analyst, Zpryme [Moderator]

 Networking Reception > Winner Announcement & Demos | 5:15PM - 7:30PM

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Earlier Event: October 24
GCPA Dallas Luncheon, October 24
Later Event: November 7
AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium 2017