Speaker Nomination

Overview: VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. This global event series convenes the ecosystem of leading players working to turn the promise of sustainability into tangible opportunities for business, the environment, and society.

Audience: Participants come from a broad range of sectors and job functions, including buildings and facilities, fleets, IT, energy, sustainability, strategy, policymakers and the public sector.

Program: VERGE promises fresh perspectives on the innovative ideas and enabling technologies shaping our future. We are accepting proposals for the following types of session formats:

  • VERGE Talks — Individual, 10-minute stand-and-deliver presentations (à la TED Talks) by innovators sharing a breakthrough, achievement or other “great idea” that is as inspiring as it is informative.

  • Technical Tutorials (or “How To’s”) — 1-3 hour in-depth “how-to” sessions, presented by technical experts, addressing operational challenges and innovative products and solutions to build the clean economy.

  • Case Studies (or “Stories from the Field”) — 1-hour deep dives around specific case studies where multiple speakers (representing the ecosystem involved) discuss their real-life experiences in solving specific challenges.

  • General Breakouts — 1-2 hour exploratory sessions focused on expansive topics in policy, trends and innovation. Speakers reflect a range of perspectives and are experts in their respective fields.

  • Interactive Workshops — 1-3 hour participatory workshops that surface key insights by leveraging the collective intelligence of those in the room. This is the most open, flexible format.

General themes (not inclusive): Trends and memes at the intersection of technology and sustainability to accelerate systems-based solutions to create a clean economy: big data, the cloud, smart grid, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, intelligent buildings, connected vehicles, the future of cities, the sharing economy, decentralized systems and more.

Program topics focus on transformative yet practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through six program tracks:

  • City and Regional Resilience: Strengthening the infrastructure and social fabric of cities while effectively addressing climate and other disruptions.

  • Renewable Energy Procurement: The state of the art of buying clean, renewable power.

  • Grid 2.0: Bringing efficient, low-carbon power to market while maintaining grid stability, reliability, flexibility and affordability.

  • Next-Gen Buildings: Making commercial and industrial facilities more efficient, even regenerative.

  • Connected Transportation and MobilityEnabling clean, efficient transportation, accessible to all.

  • Circular Economy: Optimizing resource use through systems that are restorative and regenerative by design.

What we are looking for: VERGE isn’t your typical event of talking heads. Especially when it comes to afternoon breakouts, we prioritize those that are:

  • Solutions-focused and outcomes based — and leave participants with clear, actionable insights

  • Participatory — integrate into the session design meaningful opportunities for audience interaction with one another and the speakers

  • Diverse — accurately represent the diverse perspectives and people working across sectors on the topic being discussed

  • Convergent — build on the VERGE theme of convergence, not just exploring one topic in isolation

In 2017, we will be curating more exploratory, interactive, outcomes-based sessions than ever before; and ensuring the inclusion of diverse stakeholders with important perspectives who are not always at the table. Please keep this in mind.

Submissions: Please fill out the form below and we will contact you if we are interested in more information. We encourage you to submit your proposal early, as speaking slots do fill up very quickly.

Deadline to submit speaker nominations:
VERGE 17 (September 19-21): March 31, 2017

To learn more about VERGE, please visit http://www.greenbiz.com/microsite/verge. For more information, please contact Elaine Hsieh, VERGE Program Director, at (510) 740-2360 or [email protected].


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