About the 6th Smart Grids & Cleanpower 2014 Conference 3-4 June Cambridge

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Where & When?
Cambridge, UK, (centre, near top of Castle Hill, 10 minute taxi from train station)
Murray Edwards Conference Centre, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0DF on 3-4 June 2014. Register at 0930am for 10am prompt start – ends around 5:30pm with drinks networking
Tiered, plush conference lecture theatres for up to 140 & 70 delegates.

What type and level of delegates attend?
This conference is a “must attend” meeting for companies, executives, entrepreneurs and university business development people. Those in energy, utilities, cities & infrastructure meet those in communications, connectivity, industrial internet and innovation.
It is a mixture of leading researchers, innovators, executives, public sector people and service providers. The typical level is CxO, director, senior or project manager, interspersed with top students and MBAs seeking to learn and join or build companies. CIR invites you to become one of the best business delegates, nurturing your business development and personal and corporate success by leaning into the value network.

Who is speaking? The Chairmen are Gavin Jones of Electralink and Jeremy Nicholson Senior Advisor to the EEF Energy Intensive User’s Group (Cleanpower Stream). Invited players range from leading smart multinationals to smaller younger companies with innovation in these areas. The full agenda of around 16 speakers per stream is typically completed around 8-6 weeks before a conference. We have  confirmed Keynotes: Andrew Stanford Clark, CTO Smart Energy at IBM; Martin Dunlea, Global Head, Utilities at data giant, Oracle;  Rich Hampshire, Principal at communications giant, CGI; legendary internet guru Peter Drake of Intelligent Networks, London; Dr Bernie Bulkin, Senior Advisor, Ludgate Investments & Cambridge University; Peter Sharratt, smart cities expert formerly Director at WSP and Deloitte; Mary Turner, CEO, AlertMe (tbc) / Pilgrim Beart, Founder Director, AlertMe; Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation, DECC; Dermot Dolan, CEO, Ofgem (tbc).

Who are the organisers? Cambridge Investment Research (CIR), the independent consultancy, who have been organising and innovating across HVM and Smart Conferences & Briefings since 2002, with over 3000 delighted delegates so far.

What does it cost to attend, exhibit or sponsor?
The most discounted rate is £205 in 2014. This corresponds to 42% off. The standard rate is £349 in 2014. There is a 10% discount for early bird bookings 2 months in advance. On top of this, there is a 5% discount for payment by direct by BACs or cheque (why? Because e-commerce providers charge fees and keep the money until after the conference!) On top of these discounts there is a 30% discount for full-time entrepreneurs, academics and public sector.

Exhibitors can choose rates of £775 (small stand 1.5m) or £995 (large 3m)
Those marketing as sponsors have 3 options: Lead or Conference Sponsor (1 of); Stage Gold Meme Package (3 of); Exhibition & Pitch Sponsor (6 of). Please call CIR 01223 303500 for costs of marketing packages for Oxford and for the HVMG Series.
Bookings are held for 24 hours with full refunds to that point, after which you may only substitute your booking or receive conference summary and slides straight after the event.

How can I sign up? The booking form enables this at the top of the page here, for all series events including this event. It is simple, quick, mobile- and tablet-friendly and it takes a few moments to register. You can pay at the site by card via eventbrite or pay direct by BACs or cheque on receipt of the booking auto-email. We can take your booking details over the phone at 01223 303500.

How will I get there? There are regular direct trains from London to Cambridge and from cities to the North and East. The venue is 10 minutes by taxi from the train station. There is a large car park at the venue. The venue provides the following detailed directions page

What is the format of the conference? The conference has 4 discussion sessions. There are networking sessions not to miss at registration, 2 coffee breaks and an hour for a lunch exhibition 1-2pm. There are usually drinks networking at the end of the conference too when many delegates like to unwind!

What are the programmes/themes? Up to date information is here.

Day1 Executive Briefings & Private Meetings:

  1. Introduction to Smart Grids & Energy (Andy Stanford Clark, CTO Smart Energy, IBM)
  • Definitions
  • Basics
  • Demand Side Management – the nub of the smart grid
  • Cases of grids that are smart

2.  Technology (led by Director at Arqiva (tbc)

  • Trends & Drivers
  • Interoperability (introduction)
  • Meters & AMI
  • Resilience
  • Distributed Generation (by Alan South, Commercial Director of Solar Century plc)
  • Renewables and storage, markets and intermittency in relation to grids (by Graham Ford, Founding Partner, Mansion Partners )

3.  Markets – (led by Mike Wilks, Director of Smart Energy, Poyry)

  • Social and Innovation Cartography in Smart Grids and Energy
  • Key players – Visions & strategies
  • Key players – activities
  • Porter’s & Market Characteristics
  • Monetisation (by Pilgrim Beart, Founder Director, AlertMe and 1248.io)
  • Market forecasts
  • End game scenarios, UK and overseas
  • Tapping the Industrial Internet (by Amyas Phillips)
  • Big Data, Data Sharing and Data Privacy (by Gavin Jones, Business Development Director, Electralink)
  • Interoperability – the landscape and challenges (by Stephen Cunningham, CEO UK&I, Nordics (tbc) Landis & Gyr)

4.   Innovation – (led by Rob McNamara, Founder, Smart Grid GB)

  • The Status Quo – tbc large utility executive
  • The Value of and Funding Innovators – Steve Dawson, VP, Sentec
  • Discussion
  • Summary of Day 1

Close of Day 1 with networking and private meetings

In the evening between conference days, on 3 June from 7pm, there is a roundtable dinner at King’s College, Cambridge, open to attendees of Day 1, but otherwise invitation only. Key speakers are attending.

Sessions Day 2 Grids:

  • Collected Intelligence – Crowdsourcing the Conference & Introductions (CIR, Smart Grid GB, Electralink, Landis & Gyr (tbc))
  • Connected Intelligence: data apps | analytics | servers, networks, M2M & the industrial internet for grids (Arqiva, NPL, Space-time Insight, Oracle, Intelligent Networks)
  • Smart Cities: real systems | end-to-end solutions at scale | collaboration & interoperability (IBM, UK Power Networks (tbc), Arkessa (tbc), CGI, Moixa Technology)
  • Plenary Policy debate: innovators | funding | regulation & reform (DECC, Ofgem, Sentec, AlertMe)

Day2 Cleanpower 2014 Conference Stream

  • The Energy trilemma: Resilience – Affordability – Targets & transition techs (Jeremy Nicholson – EEF, Bernie Bulkin, Peter Sharratt)
  • Fracking in Focus (BPI & Cambridge, NPL, San Leon Energy, Cuadrilla Resources (tbc), SLR)
  • Energy markets: competition & pricing (Poyry, Green Energy UK, Buro Happold, rwe nPower (tbc), Consumer Futures (tbc), UK Power Networks (tbc))
  • Plenary policy debate: innovators | funding | regulation & reforms (see above)

Will I be able to arrange private meetings at the venue? Is there wifi / productive work space at the venue? Yes and yes. Just let the Front of House know on the morning, any names of delegates listed that you are looking to meet and she will arrange it with the other person where possible, for you.

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