Woz to deliver keynote address at Energy Thought Summit

Steve Wozniak will conduct an in-depth keynote interview at Energy Thought Summit (ETS) in Austin, Texas on March 24th, delivering insights related to the event’s theme, “Thought Leadership Through Energy.” Colin Pope, Editor of the Austin Business Journal, will be conducting the one hour in-depth interview with Woz at the historic Paramount Theatre.

“It’s great to see so many thought leaders rallying around energy issues that matter. I’m proud to be a part of not only Zpryme’s ETS, but also share in the procession of Austin events that promote new ideas and innovation”, said Woz, Co–founder of Apple Computer and Chief Scientist at Fusion–io, in a statement.

“If there is anyone that knows technology, it is Steve Wozniak,” said Mark Ishac, Zpryme Managing Director, in a statement. “From his experience with Apple Computer, to serving as Chief Scientist at Fusion-io, Steve is the perfect thought leader to kickoff ETS. We are thrilled that he will be joining us.”

Woz is the latest addition to a lineup of more than 60 speakers who will debate the state and future of energy in Austin, Texas on March 24th and 25th.

Other “thought leaders” include:
• Jon Wellinghoff, FERC, Former Chairman & Stoel Rives LLP, Partner
• Dr. George W. Arnold, NIST, Director, Standards Coordination Office
• Dr. S. Massoud Amin, University of Minnesota, Professor
• Andres Carvallo, Proximetry, CSO
• Cheryl Mele, Austin Energy, COO
• Christian Okonsky, KLD Energy, CEO
• John D. Hewa, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, CEO
• Amit Narayan, AutoGrid, CEO
• Larsh Johnson, eMeter, a Siemens Business, CTO & Co-Founder
• Michael Raiford, Samsung Semiconductor, VP
• David Harkness, Xcel Energy, VP & CIO
• Todd Raba, GridPoint, CEO
• Adrian Tuck, Tendril, CEO
• Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Inc., CEO
• Craig Wilkins, ViZn Energy, CEO
• Paul Bundschuh, Ideal Power, CEO
• Becky Harrison, GridWise Alliance, CEO
• Tom Pierson, TAS Energy, CTO & Founder
• Mei Shibata, ThinkEco, CSO & Co-Founder
• Raiford Smith, Duke Energy, Director, Smart Grid Emerging Technology
• Audrey Lee Ph.D., California Public Utilities Commission, Energy Advisor to the President
• Brian M. Huey, Sprint, Business Development & Strategy – M2M Smart Grid, Utilities
• M. Mobeen Khan, AT&T, M2M Practice Leader
• Thierry Godart, Siemens, U.S. President Smart Grid
• Gary Rackliffe, ABB, VP Smart Grids
• Scott Hennebery, Schneider Electric, VP, Strategic Perspective
• Jeffrey A. Norman, Leidos, VP of Emerging Technologies
• Stephen Callahan, IBM, Partner Executive, Energy & Utilities
• Tim Fairchild, SAS, Director, Global Utilities Practice
• Hector Puente, El Paso Electric, Executive VP
• Steve Winstead, Leidos, Senior Systems Architect
• Paul Molitor, NEMA, Assistant VP, Smart Grid & Special Projects
• Neel Gulhar, Exelon, Corporate Functional Manager
• Bill Meehan, Esri, Director of Utility Solutions
• Karl Popham, Austin Energy, Emerging Technologies & EV Manager
• Brett Luedde, ViaSat, Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection
• Steve Collier, Milsoft Utility Solutions, Director of Smart Grid Strategies
• Jacob Harb, BMW of North America, Head of Electric Vehicle Operations & Strategy
• David N. Patterson, PE, Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Emissions/Fuel Economy Compliance
• Robert Langford, American Honda Motor Co., Manager, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales & Marketing
• Russ Eling, General Motors, Manager, Smart Grid & EV Services
• Ken Laberteaux, Ph.D., Toyota Research Institute-North America, Sr. Principal Scientist
• David Peterson, Nissan, EV Regional Manager, Marketing & Sales Strategy
• Rob Threlkeld, General Motors, Manager of Renewable Energy Initiatives
• David Dollihite, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Energy & Resources
• David C. DuCharme, Capgemini, VP North American Energy Practice
• Martin G. Travers, Black & Veatch, President, Telecom Division
• John Slanina, CenterPoint Energy, VP of Operations Support & Technology
• Stan McClellan, Texas State University, Director, Ingram School of Engineering
• Professor Rajit Gadh Ph.D., UCLA, WINMEC Director
• Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), Executive Director
• Joël Pointon, Sempra Energy (SDG&E), Manager of Electric Transportation – Clean Transportation Program
• Rick Nicholson, Ventyx, an ABB Company, VP of T&D Solutions
• Scott Emley, Smart Modular Technologies, VP & GM, Integrated Memory Solutions
• Russ Vanos, Itron, Sr. VP of Strategy & Business Development
• Emir José Macari, Ph.D., California State University, Sacramento, Dean of Engineering & Computer Science
• Charlie Wernette, H-E-B, Director of Energy
• Phillip W. Powell, Dominion, DVI Director of Grid Innovations
• John King, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Director of Clean Energy & Power Technology
• Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal, Editor
• Clark Jernigan, Austin Ventures, Venture Partner

More info about ETS Registration here.

Note that venue seating at the Paramount Theatre is extremely limited. In order to secure a seat, Zpryme highly recommends registering by January 24, 2014.

Source: Zpryme


    1. “Here’s to the Crazy Ones…” (you know the rest.)
      Woz was, and still is an original – one of a kind.
      Tell me please, who gets to decide when he, or you or I have “had their turn?”

    2. I didn’t think it was necessary, but I guess I need to post the entire quote:
      “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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