Interconnect Expo and Special Programs

Interconnect Expo

Interconnect Exhibitors

The Interconnect Expo features over 80 companies sharing the latest innovations and solutions advancing the clean economy.

Startup Showcase

Startup Showcase

Meet more than 40 entrepreneurs building the clean economy. Companies will include Accelerate  finalists and other startups offering innovative solutions and looking for partnerships. Co-sponsored by Steelcase, Autodesk and Energy Excelerator, the Startup Showcase is part of the Interconnect Expo. 


VERGE Microgrid

The Microgrid illuminates the potential for distributed energy and smart systems as a standalone, reliable and cost-effective power resource. It features renewable energy resources, energy storage and controls to provide power to VERGE using off-the-shelf equipment.

Stanford Solar Car

Stanford Solar Car

The Stanford Solar Car Project is an entirely student-run, non-profit organization fueled by its members’ passion for environmentally sustainable technology. Meet with the students who design, build, test, and race this solar-powered vehicle and check out their latest sun-powered masterpiece.


Solutions Series

VERGE 16 Solutions Series

At the Solutions Series, you’ll hear from leading technology and service providers sharing innovative products and services to build the clean economy. These in-depth, hour-long sessions are free to all registered VERGE attendees.

Speaker Office Hours

Speaker Office Hours

Speaker Office Hours give you a chance to meet face-to-face with expert VERGE speakers and presenters. Discuss the speaker's area of expertise, give feedback about their sessions, or ask questions. Speaker Office Hours will take place in the Interconnect Hall.  View Schedule

EV Test Drives

EV Test Drives

Take the latest GM electric vehicles for a spin and feel the power of the next-generation of electric cars.


Receptions planned throughout the event allow for countless opportunties to meet fellow event attendees, speakers and sponsors.

Zero Waste Challenge

Waste Management

Each year, VERGE strives to mitigate its environmental impact. This year, we have established a challenge of recycling or composting 100% of the waste generated by our conference. Zero Waste is a policy and a culture. Therefore, we have eliminated all trash bins that would be sent to landfill within the defined conference area. Only compost and recycling bins will be available at VERGE 16.

Tour a Smart House Exhibit

Direct Energy Mobile Exhibit

Direct Energy’s Innovation to Inspiration mobile exhibit offers attendees a taste of a connected living experience — from smart thermostats to smoke detectors and even the future of light bulbs, this mobile exhibit shares the most forward-thinking home products that you can manage from your smartphone.

Birds of a Feather Dinners

Birds of a Feather Dinners

These are no-host dinners where attendees can connect over topics of interest. Dinners are first come, first serve, so we encourage you to reserve your spot early — visit the registration desk to sign up. 

Carbon Offsets

Natural Capital Partners

We'll offset the VERGE 16's carbon impact with the help of Natural Capital Partners, who works with clients to combine business success with positive impact on the environment and society. Attendee travel, energy consumption, waste emissions and other carbon impacts associated with VERGE 16 will be offset in verified carbon reduction projects, reducing the emissions to net zero.

VERGE Tree Giveaway

Tree grow kits provided by ForestNation will be offered in the Interconnect Expo each day to the first 50 visitors! Plus, ForestNation will plant
a tree in a developing country for every tree kit given away. Get to Interconnect early for a chance to grab your very own VERGE tree.

After Dark Party

VERGE After Dark Party

Join us at the NRG Solar Terrace at Levi's® Stadium on Wednesday, September 21 at 9pm for the After Dark Party -- a VERGE tradition! Sponsored by NRG, it will be a fun-filled evening with music, drinks and more opportunities to connect with fellow attendees. Space is limited so come early. Directions to get there by driving and public transportation here.

(Requires All Access or Conference pass.)

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