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Live Programming Schedule

* Monday, November 12 2012

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
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VERGE Welcome

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
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The Power of a Billion-Member Platform

How Facebook activates a billion-member platform to reduce energy consumption while providing leadership and transparency in data center design and sustainability.

Presented by: Bill Weihl Manager of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Facebook

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM
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Special Announcement

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
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One Great Idea: How the Social Web Transforms Real Estate

Data and web-based tools unlock energy efficiency opportunities for real estate stakeholders.

Presented by: Riggs Kubiak CEO, Honest Buildings

10:10 AM - 10:20 AM
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One Great Idea: Pecan Street Project

Texas demonstration project uncovering what's possible for consumer applications through the convergence of smart grid, EVs, mobile devices and cloud computing.

Presented by: Brewster McCracken President & CEO, Pecan Street, Inc.

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM
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One Great Idea: Big Data Made Concrete

A visual presentation of real-world big data applications.

Presented by: Kathrin Winkler Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, EMC Corporation

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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GreenBiz Sidebar

Conversations with VERGE speakers, participants, and special guests.

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
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One Great Idea: From Smart Grid to Smart City

Convergence of smart city technologies is ushering in a new era of convenience, sustainability and innovation-driven economic development.

Presented by: Jesse Berst Managing Director and Head of Environmental Affairs, Global Smart Energy

11:10 AM - 11:45 AM
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Future of Energy Innovation

How policy drivers, smart grid opportunities and strategic partnerships are transforming global energy and transportation markets.

Presented by: Alan Salzman CEO & Managing Partner, VantagePoint Capital Partners; Steve Malnight VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas & Electric

In conversation with: Jesse Berst Managing Director and Head of Environmental Affairs, Global Smart Energy

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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Drivers of Change: An Audience Experience

An interactive workshop to better understand the opportunities created by future change in the built environment, energy, urbanization and sustainability.

Presented by: Chris Luebkeman Director, Global Foresight & Innovation, Arup

* Tuesday, November 13 2012

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
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One Great Idea: CityStates

How cities are vital to the future of sustainability

Presented by: Mark Lee Executive Director, SustainAbility

9:10 AM - 10:10 AM
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The City as a Startup

How revitalization in major downtown areas achieves community-focused sustainability goals, maximizing economic development and inspiring other cities to do the same.

Presented by: Tony Hsieh CEO, Zappos

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
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One Great Idea: Unleashing Capital for Clean Energy

Presented by: Dan Reicher Professor, Stanford Law School

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM
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One Great Idea: Peer-to-Peer Bike Share

How creating a “liquid marketplace” for sharing bikes will change the future of collaborative consumption.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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GreenBiz Sidebar

Conversations with VERGE speakers, participants, and special guests.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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The City as a Platform

How open data and innovation strategies build resiliency and help cities achieve sustainability goals.

Presented by: Melanie Nutter Director, Department of the Environment, City of San Francisco; Rohit Aggarwala Special Advisor to the Chair, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; Kerrie Romanow Director of Environmental Services, City of San Jose

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM
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One Great Idea: Picking Up the PACE

How innovative clean-energy financing can change the world.

Presented by: Clay Nesler Vice President of Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls

11:40 AM - 11:50 AM
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One Great Idea: Attracting Business at the Speed of Light

How unique public-private partnerships, that do not rely on public funding, can modernize the necessary communications infrastructure to attract world class businesses and reinvigorate communities.

Presented by: Patrick Kennedy CEO, OSIsoft

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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VERGE and the Built Environment

How design technologies and creative urban development is reshaping the built environment in sustainable cities.

Presented by: William McDonough Founder and Principal, MBDC and William McDonough + Partners

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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GreenBiz Sidebar

Conversations with VERGE speakers, participants, and special guests.

 
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VERGE Accelerate

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
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VERGE Accelerate: Where is the Money in Cleanetch?

VERGE Accelerate: Investors are now looking for nimble, innovative startups offering IT and data-intensive business ideas, how can entrepreneurs position themselves to succeed?

Presented by: Josh Green President of National Venture Capital Assocation, MDV; Mitch Lowe Founder / Managing Partner , Greenstart; Rodrigo Prudencio Partner, Nth Power

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
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GreenBiz Sidebar

Conversations with VERGE speakers, participants, and special guests.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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VERGE Accelerate: Pitch Competition

VERGE Accelerate: A heart-pumping, crowd-sourced pitch battle featuring startups in digital transportation, smart energy systems and collaborative consumption.
Presenters include: Michael Keating, CEO, Scoot Networks; Ryan Wartena, CEO, GELI; Nick Yecke, CEO, PV Power; Will Dennis, Co-Founder, Liquid; Archie Gupta, CEO, Root3; Dan Rosen, CEO, Solar Mosaic; Nathalie Criou, CEO, RidePal; Jason Riley CEO, Genability; Andrew Chen, CEO, WegoWise

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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GreenBiz Sidebar

Conversations with VERGE speakers, participants, and special guests.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Platforms for Disruptive Transportation

Pioneers in sustainable mobility -- from the Zipcar for electric scooters to tech-enabled ride-sharing and a cutting-edge electric motorcycle -- talk about disruptive business models and the future of transportation.

Presented by: Daniel Kim Founder & President, Lit Motors Corporation; Sunil Paul Founding Partner, Spring Ventures; Michael Keating CEO, Scoot Networks