Luminaries From Autodesk, Chevron, Intel and CalCEF Join Stellar Speaker and Panelist Line-Up at Cleantech Open National Conference

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jul 15, 2010 -- The Cleantech Open, the world's largest clean-technology business competition, has added energy and sustainability experts from Autodesk, CalCEF, Chevron, and Intel to its stellar line-up of keynote speakers and panelists for its upcoming National Conference, which will be held on July 22, 2010 in San Jose, California. These speakers join a roster of top thought leaders from the cleantech sector, including Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, Department of Energy; Lesa Mitchell and Jonathan Ortmans of the Kauffman Foundation; and Ron Gonen of RecycleBank. A complete list of keynote speakers and their bios is online here.

At the conference, the best in cleantech thinking will be supplemented by the best in cleantech innovation. 26 Cleantech Open alumni companies are exhibiting at the event, including several that have already secured significant capital to advance them toward commercialization, such as Adura Technologies and Mission Motors. Alongside these proven innovators will be a selection of 70 startups from this year's competition semifinalists, with technology ideas spanning the gamut of air/water/waste, energy efficiency, green building, renewables, smart power, and transportation.

Panelists recently added to an already deep bench of cleantech thinking include:

At Autodesk, Sarah Krasley is responsible for making digital prototyping an ideal environment to enable sustainable design decisions by industrial designers and mechanical engineers. A proven design-thinker, Sarah blends more than 10 years of experience in design, environmental policy analysis, and marketing communications to influence and guide strategy.
Panel: The Next Renewable Energy Renaissance

Paul Hamer is a Senior Consulting Engineer, Electrical Machinery and Power Systems, with Chevron Energy Technology Company, and has been with Chevron since 1979. Paul has worked on many refining, chemical, and oil production projects during his career with Chevron. In 2008, he was appointed a Chevron Fellow, Chevron's highest recognition for individual accomplishment. He has contributed to the American Petroleum Institute (API) standards for induction and synchronous machines and the API recommended practice on electrical area classification.
Panel: Smart Decision-Making for a Dumb Grid

Harry Sigworth is a Chevron Fellow and Senior Consulting Engineer in the Process Planning Group at Chevron's Energy Technology Center. He joined Chevron, as a member of its solar projects group, in 1980. Since 1990, his work has evolved to strategic technical evaluations of future fuel use, renewables and other new energy technologies and their fuel needs in transportation, electricity generation, and related areas. This also includes future energy scenarios, technical/economic due diligence, and greenhouse gas mitigation options.
Panel: The Next Renewable Energy Renaissance

John is responsible for managing alliances and communications related to Intel's "Eco Technology" thrusts: Energy Efficient Performance, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for the Environment, and Policy and Industry Leadership. In this capacity, John is co-chair of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative marketing council, and supports Intel's activities within The Green Grid consortium. John is a 24 year veteran of the computing industry, with significant experience in business development, marketing, and technology program management. John is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology to help address the challenge of climate change, and enable a more sustainable world. John is an active leader within the Intel Employee Sustainability Network, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and the Cleantech Open communities.
Panel: Smart Decision-Making for a Dumb Grid

Karen Zelmar manages technical engineering, codes and standards, audits and metrics and analytics support for PG&E's Integrated Demand Side Management products division that includes energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation product initiatives. Before joining PG&E, Karen worked at SunPower to develop lead generation programs for their solar commercial business unit. Prior to that, she worked in product management for the high-technology sector, leading product management and planning organizations for AOL in both Mountain View, CA and Dulles, VA. Karen also directed the development of a suite of online and print mapping products at NAVTEQ.
Panel: Not Just CFL Bulbs: What's Slowing Down Energy Efficiency Adoption?

About the Cleantech Open National Conference
The Cleantech Open National Conference is the first of its kind, placing a sharp focus on the intersection of next-generation clean technology and strategies to spur jobs in this crucial sector. The Conference will assemble the brightest and most talented minds in the industry to debate how cleantech entrepreneurship and innovation can infuse the global economy with sustainable energy and new jobs. To register for the conference, visit the Cleantech Open website.

Cleantech Open Sponsors
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by Global Partner: Chevron; and, in California, Platinum Sponsor: PG&E; Gold Sponsors: Autodesk, The Cleantech Circle, Google, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Silver Sponsors: Accretive Solutions and RoseRyan; and Program Sponsors: California Clean Energy Fund, Ernst and Young, and Korn/Ferry International.

Useful Web resources
Cleantech Open blog -- Facebook -- LinkedIn -- Twitter: @cleantechopen

The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech business competition. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The program provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of clean-technology startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped alumni contestants raise over $260M, and created an estimated 1,200 green-collar jobs. Fueled by a network of more than 600 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's cleantech sector a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit,, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.

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