Category Archives: Smart X Series

The Smart X Series of Conference takes place in Cambridge, London and Oxford and covers grids, energy, systems, homes, cities, transport and services.

Meeting market demands: Cambridge Consultants at 8th Smart Grids Conference Cambridge

Cambridge Consultants, the technology cluster leader, features at the ARM-sponsored 8th Smart Grids Cleanpower Cambridge conference next month. The company, which has spun out many technology startups across five decades, will propose a framework to create more insightful products, technologies and digital services to meet the demands of the market created by the Smart Grid.

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Organiser C4IR is delighted to welcome the technology cluster leader Cambridge Consultants to the conference.

Andrew Strong of Cambridge Consultants says that maintaining leadership in a rapidly developing market with equally rapid technology evolution is a growing multidisciplinary challenge for both small and multinational enterprises.

This talk will propose a framework to create more insightful products, technologies and digital services that will meet the demands of the market created by the Smart Grid.

He will outline a phased approach – from identifying opportunities to developing successful commercial offerings, illustrated using real project examples including sensing, communications, data analytics, machine learning and digital services.

Jo-Jo Hubbard (pictured), CTO of Electron, a young technology company, will speak to the provocative title “Energy blockchains and why you should care.” Her session will discuss ways in which blockchain technology can drive efficiencies and new business models in the energy industry. Jo-Jo will elaborate on Blockchain capabilities, use cases and opportunities and how to drive adoption. IBM will also discuss blockchain in a session with ARM.

There is three weeks to go to this event and it will be very interesting and timely indeed, one not to miss! To attract startups,  a few tickets are available for the Business Conference on 20 June at just £149 pv(please email the organisers or buy these & a full set of special options via Eventbrite here (+ card fee)), courtesy of ARM sponsorship of the conference.

ARM, the global chip design ecosystem leader returns to SGCP17. Along with ARM & UtilityWise, sponsors also include NERA and Cambridge Consultants and media partners Pan European Networks & Cambridge TV.

Conference Outline

This 8th high level conference expo (with lead event sponsor ARM) brings together innovators, kit manufacturers with smart grids project buyers. It develops themes requested by global participants in previous series conferences since 2009, and new trends, drivers, innovations, solutions, the global market & value network.

Dr Justin Hayward, Director of C4IR added: “Just three weeks to go now to this event and we are delighted with the programmes and attendee mix! We have a VC & ARM-led innovation pitching session on the 20th at the business conference and a high quality delve into basics, technologies, markets and innovation on the 19th in the briefing day.”

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Economic principles of the market – regulatory models that have been used traditionally in the electricity sector – why they are coming under stress

Transactive grid development & market structure change by UtilityWise at 8th Grids Conference

At the ARM-sponsored 8th Smart Grids Cleanpower Cambridge conference next month, Jon Ferris, Strategy Director (Markets) at UtilityWise, covers how the market structure is changing and asks what constraints do the changes place on transactive grid development? What still needs to change, and how can consumers become more market-engaged?

Jon Ferris returns to speak at SGCP17 in Cambridge 19-20 June.

Event Sponsors: ARM | Gold Sponsors: UtilityWise | Silver Sponsors: Cambridge Consultants; NERA Key speakers: UK Power Networks, National Grid, RWE, Ofgem, EON, Dept for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, IBM, Arrowhead.

C4IR is delighted to welcome back its Gold Sponsor UtilityWise to the 8th Smart Grids conference in Cambridge (19-20 June). They are focused on and will speak about enabling the Transactive Grid.

Jon Ferris, Strategy Director (Markets) at UtilityWise, covers how the market structure is changing and asks what constraints do the changes place on transactive grid development? What still needs to change, and how can consumers become more engaged with the market?

UtilityWise will also speak on Day 2 on “IoT in the wild”. This investigates practical applications of IoT for business energy consumers in today’s marketplace.

Conference Outline

This 8th high level conference expo (with lead event sponsor ARM) brings together innovators, kit manufacturers with smart grids project buyers. It develops themes requested by global participants in previous series conferences since 2009, and new trends, drivers, innovations, solutions, the global market & value network.

Dr Justin Hayward, Director of C4IR added: “Just a month to go now to this event and we are delighted with the programmes and attendee mix! We have a VC & ARM-led innovation pitching session on the 20th at the business conference and a high quality delve into basics, technologies, markets and innovation on the 19th in the briefing day.”

Book fast (book with event hotel) | Book medium pace with more info | All C4IR events ticket shop | SGCP17 Event BrochureEventbrite with all incl concessionary tickets. Or call C4IR on 07720 047 402 to book or discuss event.

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Front of House, C4IR

 

These are the key topics in energy says Chair 8th Smart Grids Cleanpower 19-20 June Cambridge

IBM cover 4 key technologies in a session at Smart Grids & Cleanpower 2017 Cambridge

The Value of the Smart Systems Summit 2014 1-2 October London IoD

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This is a special summit culminating 7 years of smart systems conferences within various segments

We form media partnerships with those who can extend our reach further

We are a strategy consultancy rather than an event organiser following instructions

We specialise in market research, using contact referrals and social media to obtain top speakers year after year

The value is in the bringing together of industry leaders beyond your own lists, with government and other academic groups

Our databases are large, from 12 years of conferences with 3,200 delegates

Network with industry innovators to create and develop critical new business collaborations and to exchange knowledge

Minimize risk by keeping up with technology developments – where is the industry going

Bring in cross-over engineering situations that might lend valuable ideas to work already being done

The spice of high level events in the capital, a greater chance of serendipity in networking

We’re bringing together top people from no fewer than 21 conferences in Cambridge and Oxford on these topics – so it’ll be a unique group, not the same people

If communications are important to you, this will be a well-covered conference in social media and in print

It will quickly generate a legacy website and slides for the site Slideshare, which are looked at by delegates and referred to others over time, something which builds over a long period

Gain industry recognition for yourself and your company through speaking, roundtable participation

For buyers – what new systems, products and services are there to buy?

It’s a prestigious venue – one of the best in the UK

It’s in a central location easy to reach from all directions –  In the capital, in exciting West London, near parliament.

Book now via this link

Top 12 Reasons to attend Smart Grids & Cleanpower 2014 Cambridge

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Top 12 Reasons to Attend SGCP14

1. See and mingle with 40 top speakers
2. Influence the debate – audience reverses & open panels
3. Build your network – new and old partners & clients
4. Pleasant dinner roundtable in Cambridge with decision makers and influencers
5. Help innovators at smaller and large companies
6. Debate fracking rationally
7. Debate energy pricing & market structure
8. Debate the energy vs internet cultural challenges
9. Help increase grid resilience
10. Learn all about smart grids and energy
11. Get latest updates in markets
12. Challenge your assumptions
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AGENDA – DAY 1 – EXECUTIVE BRIEFING MASTERCLASS DAY JUNE 3
10:15 – 11:00 Session 1: Introduction Smart Grids & Energy – led by Gavin Jones, Business Development Director, ElectraLink
10:15 Introduction to Day 1
10:20 Definitions
10:30 Basics
10:40 Trends and Drivers
10:50 Review & discussion

Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00 Session 2: Technology led by Dr Andy Stanford Clark, CTO Smart Energy, IBM
11:15 Demand Side Management (DSM) – the key to the smart grid
11:30 Case studies
11:40 Smart Meters & AMI | Interoperability
12:00 Distributed generation – Alan South, Commercial Director, Solar Century
12:30 Renewables and storage, markets and intermittency – Graham Ford, Mansion Partners
Review

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch networking & meetings

14:00 – 16:00 Session 3 Markets – led by Mike Wilks, Director Smart Energy, Poyry
14:00 Social & Innovation Cartography in grids and energy
Key players – visions, strategies and what they are doing
Porter’s Market Characteristics & Forecasts
14:45 Demand Response Economics – Anneesha Patten, Poyry
15:00 Big Data, Data sharing & privacy – Gavin Jones, Business Development Director ElectraLink
15:20 Monetisation of energy management systems – Pilgrim Beart, Founder AlertMe & 1248.io
15:40 The Industrial Internet – Dr Amyas Philips
Review

16:05 Tea break

16:30 – 17:30 Session 4 Innovation – led by Rob McNamara, Founder, Smart Grids GB
The status quo & change challenges
The value & funding of innovation – Steve Dawson, VP Consulting, Sentec
17:10 Discussion
Summary of Day

19:00 – 21:15 Roundtable dinner at King’s College, Cambridge

AGENDA – DAY 2 – SMART GRIDS 4 JUNE
Session 1 Smart Grids & Collected Intelligence
10:00 Dr Justin Hayward, Director, Cambridge Investment Research, Introduction
10:05 Gavin Jones, Business Development Director, ElectraLink, Chairman’s Opener
10:10 Rob McNamara, Founder, Smart Grids GB, The Value of a Smart Grid to Great Britain
10:20 Audience Collected intelligence, Comments & questions for day speakers and panellists from audience – one minute each
10:50 Stephen Cunningham, CEO, UK, Ireland & Nordic, Landis & Gyr, Keynote: Managing Energy Better – The landscape for smart grid
11:10 Panel with speakers and chair

Morning coffee & showcase of products and services

Session 2 Connected Intelligence: servers, networks, meters, fast data analytics & grids
Dr Sean Cochrane, Director Cyan Technology A connected energy network through metering and lighting
Dr Paul Wright, CCM National Physical Laboratory Smart grid measurement
John Di Stasio, CEO Sacramento Municipal Utility Department (SMUD) Jt Keynote: Smart grid intelligence and risk, Smart grid intelligence and risk
Martin Dunlea, Global Industries Lead, Utilities, Oracle, Jt Keynote: Fast Data, Actionable Data
Panel with Peter Drake, Managing Director, Intelligent Networks

Lunch networking & exhibition of products & services

Session 3 Smart Cities & Infrastructure: real systems solutions at scale | the industrial internet
Michael Clark, Programme Director – Low Carbon London UK Power Networks, A Smart Grid for London
Rich Hampshire, Principal Consultant CGI, End-to-end smart grid & consumer engagement
Philip Burr, Director of Product Marketing Arkessa, Case study: an M2M platforms for IoT Solutions
Chris Wright, CTO, Moixa Technology, Smart Direct Current
Dr Andy Stanford Clark, CTO Smart Energy, IBM, Keynote: Smarter planet works
Panel with Tony Rooke, Sustainable Strategy Director; Smart Cities & Innovation, Infosys

Coffee networking & expo of products & services

Session 4 Plenary Policy debate grids and energy: innovators | funding | regulation & reforms
Dora Guzeleva, Head of Network Policy Ofgem, How regulation can be a win-win for stakeholders
Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation, DECC, The key role of innovators in changing the energy industry
Steve Dawson, VP / Dr Mark England, EVP Smart Grid, Sentec, Routes to market for energy innovators
Pilgrim Beart, Founder, AlertMe, Keynote: UK energy management innovation in global markets
Panel with Chairman – followed by Chairmen’s summaries

Drinks networking

AGENDA – DAY 2 – CLEANPOWER CONFERENCE 4 JUNESession 1 The Energy Trilemma: Resilience | Affordability | Targets & transition technologies
10:00 Mike McCreary, Director, Cambridge Investment Research, Introduction
10:05 Jeremy Nicholson, Senior Advisor, EEF, Energy Intensive Users Group, Chairman’s Opener
10:10 Peter Sharratt, Director – Sustainability Services, SBP (spin out Deloitte), Guiding future investments for property, infrastructure & sustainability needs
10:20 Audience Collected intelligence, Comments & questions for day speakers and panellists from audience – one minute each
10:50 Dr Bernard J Bulkin, NED, Ludgate Investments (former Chief Scientist BP) & Cambridge Univ., Keynote: The Energy Trilemma
11:10 Panel with speakers and chair

Morning coffee & showcase of products and services

Session 2 Fracking in Focus
Professor Andy Woods, Lead Scientist, CU BPI, Science & the Risks and rewards of fracturing for shale gas
Marieke Beckmann, Research Lead National Physical Laboratory, CCM, Emissions measurement in fracking
Dr Tony Smith, Technical Director SLR Consulting Separating Myth from reality – Fracking and the social licence
Joel Price, COO San Leon Energy, Experiences of shale development in the EU
Michael Bradshaw – Professor of Global Energy Warwick University Keynote: The impact of the US shale gas revolution on UK gas security
Panel with moderator Professor Woods CU BP Institute

Lunch networking & exhibition of products & services

Session 3 Energy markets: competition & pricing
Mike Wilks, Director Smart Energy Poyry, Energy market structure: could do better?
Hen Cooke & Emilia Melville Buro Happold, TSB-funded case study: domestic demand response & smart grids
Doug Stewart, CEO Green Energy UK, The role of alternative suppliers of energy
Ashleye Gunn, Programme Director Which? , Consumer policy and market solutions
Neil Pennington, Programme Director: Smart, rwe nPower, Keynote: Vertical integration, other structures and the real effects on energy supply prices
Panel with chairman

Coffee networking & expo of products & services

Session 4 Plenary Policy debate grids and energy: innovators | funding | regulation & reforms
Dora Guzeleva, Head of Network Policy Ofgem, How regulation can be a win-win for stakeholders
Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation, DECC, The key role of innovators in changing the energy industry
Steve Dawson, VP / Dr Mark England, EVP Smart Grid, Sentec, Routes to market for energy innovators
Pilgrim Beart, Founder, AlertMe, Keynote: UK energy management innovation in global markets
Panel with Chairman – followed by Chairmen’s summaries

Drinks networking

VENUES
Murray Edwards College, Buckingham House Conference Centre, Cambridge, England, CB3 0DR – state-of-art tiered auditorium, excellent, light networking & exhibition spaces, meeting areas, great food, plentiful coffee. CIR invites you to become one of the best business delegates in the world, nurturing your business development and personal and corporate success by leaning into the value network & having fun at the same time. And the Roundtable Dinner is at King’s College, Cambridge. It doesn’t get better than that!

Once upon a time, there was an old power grid…

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Once upon a time, there was an old power grid.
Every day, the grid creaked under more strain and got older, less reliable and more stretched.
One day, people said – we want more renewable power on a grid that enables demand response so it doesn’t fall over, and wherein energy is affordable for consumers. This set of requirements caused even more problems. They then said: but we can fix this. We can make it better, more robust, affordable, smarter and cleaner.
Because of that, people who understand how they might improve things for this complex problem got together in conferences, briefings and workshops.
Because of that – they talked through issues and solutions and prioritised the plans for getting there safely.
Until finally, the Smart Grid became a reality!!!
6th Smart Grids & Cleanpower 2014
An excellent 2-day conference in Cambridge 3-4 June. The first day is an executive briefing day with experts giving in-depth talks, with private meetings, drinks, and culminating in a dinner roundtable at King’s College Cambridge.
The second day is a two-stream business conference with short talks and long panels, amid great speakers and businesspeople and entrepreneurs. One stream on smart grids and the other on smart energy, including fracking and energy trilemma sessions.
Don’t miss out!

Experience economy and conferences

It has come to my attention that one or two people feel that there are too many conferences happening. I believe there is a limit, but that the opposite is still true by some margin.

Some people choose to live in hotels. They do so as it gives them a great level of service, a low hassle life and a freer, less cluttered one. They can focus on the high value stuff. Well, of course they must have a budget! But one can see the attraction. They can be incredibly productive and flexible. Entrepreneurs who can, might well do so as often as possible.

Now what about conferences? Yes, conference organisers should take a very careful look at what others are doing where possible and think of the audiences rather than compete and try to kill off their competitors. That is silly. It destroys value. It looks bad. People see it – all is so transparent.

With a little differentiation, there is huge value to be added. Choices but not choking. The calendar looks excellent and coherent across providers of events be they conferences, breakfast briefings, evening drinks networking, speed-dating, investor champagne box pitching, seminars, summits, workshops and so on. Some are like “movies” – polished and even legendary. Many others are like TV shows – little and often, not so memorable, usually.

In this situation of having a differentiated, coherent calendar across event organisers, you have choice. And for the “hotel users” there is the option to be phenomenally productive. Conferences and other events can be massively productive days for those who are good at networking, using high level meetings and absorbing new information and analysis. So it is worth becoming a better networker and conference goer. Remember the positive externalities of doing so? It’s good for you, and it’s good for the others as you prolifically make connections for yourself and others, and then reap back the referrals. You are up, you feel good, you’re meeting new people, you’re getting to know those you already met, and you are getting things done and moving forward – all without being in the office – that’s increasingly the way!

So I would say there aren’t enough “high time events”. Not enough summits and conferences. Not well-enough arrayed events even in “sexy sectors”. And it’s headed in one direction – the experience economy is growing, so get used to it! The analogy with living in a hotel is of going to a much higher number of events whether they be free or paid for (you get what you pay for and invest in, by the way).

So “live in hotels”. Plan, choose and go to more conferences: take more uptime, build those productive places into your work: get out there more, get more mobile and less tied to an office, and be uber-productive!