Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016

Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016

Direct Energy made a lasting impression at Energy Thought Summit (ETS) in Austin, TX on March 29th-31st, 2016. Direct Energy President & CEO, Badar Khan and other Direct Energy colleagues spoke at the 3rd Annual ETS, an event that brings together thought leaders from government and business to debate the state and future of energy.

ETS Speakers

Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016

The three-day summit featured several keynote speakers, including: Dr. Vint CERF of Google, Dr. Bob Metcalfe of the University of Texas, Anne Pramaggiore of ComEd, Gil Quiniones of New York Power Authority, Iain McLeod of Queensland Future Institute, Sahwn Dubravac of the Consumer Electronics Association; George P. Bush of the Texas General Land Office, Kenneth W. Cornew of Exelon Generation, Dr. Thomas P. Wagner of NASA, and our own Badar Khan of Direct Energy.

Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016

Badar kicked off the 2016 Energy Thought Summit by giving a keynote address on “Innovation and the Evolution of the Energy Consumer.”

Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016
Robbie Wright (far right)

On day two of the event, Centrica Connected Homes North America VP Robbie Wright served as a panelist in a session on “Critical Applications for Our Next Gen Grid.”

Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016
Garrett Hester (second from left)

Garrett Hester,  Connected Homes Director, was also featured in a breakout session entitled “Future Use Cases Driving Trends in Advanced Tech Implantation in Utility Today. “

Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016
Bill Kenworthy (far left)

Wrapping up day three of the event, Direct Energy Business Head of Service Innovation Bill Kenworthy took the main stage in a session on “Innovation & Adaptation.”

Networking with Technology

Direct Energy Inspires at Energy Thought Summit 2016

To kick things up another notch, we parked the Direct Energy Innovation to Inspiration Mobile Exhibit directly in front of the historic Paramount Theatre only a few short blocks away from the Texas State Capitol Building. Throughout the day, visitors had the opportunity to interact with our innovative tools and technology. Over 200 ETS conference attendees, including key government officials, venture capitalists, start-up entrepreneurs, and other energy industry professionals, stopped by during an evening networking extravaganza we held on iTOi exhibit.

To learn where the Direct Energy Innovation to Inspiration Mobile Exhibit will head next, click on our Tour Calendar. We’d love to see you!

 

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As an External Relations Specialist at Direct Energy, Alle Houstoun puts her public relations acumen to work by wrangling the media at tour stops for the Innovation to Inspiration mobile exhibit. She also oversees corporate events where we share how the future of smart home and smart business technology can help our customers make smarter energy decisions so they buy less of what we sell. When not on the road, Alle follows all things #energy, #tech, #cycling, and #wine.

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