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Webinar #1 ///  ICOs and tokens in the blockchain & energy field
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Blockchain is finding its way to mainstream adoption. Many of these explored applications include the tokenization of energy or related certificates and their corresponding initial coin offerings (ICOs) or token sales. These ICOs recently attracted a great deal of media coverage, often with a negative connotation due to (fear of) scams, bans and bubbles. This webinar (recordings available) discussed this concept from various perspectives.

ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE /// FOUNDER & CEO - THE SUN EXCHANGE
In 2008 I completed an MSc in the Science of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, UK. It became to clear to me that solar energy is a crucial part of the ‘save the world’ tool-kit. Since then I have established several businesses that use solar energy as a means for creating positive changes in society. In 2010 I pioneered utility-scale solar in Britain and in 2012 a business I co-founded, The Renewable Energy Co-operative, was nominated 'International Co-operative of The Year' in the United Nations Year of Co-operatives. In 2014 my wife and I moved to South Africa to identify opportunities in the emerging African solar energy industry, I appreciate the sunshine!
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE
FOUNDER & CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE
ARTÜRAS ASAKAVICIUS /// CO-FOUNDER & FINANCE - WEPOWER
Artüras is practicing law at one of the biggest law firms in the Baltics, where he is repsonsible for all fintech blockchain and crypto currency related businesses and regulations. He is also Lithuanian fintech association chairman and two times recognised as the Lithuanian crowdfunding patron by the EU Commission.
ARTÜRAS ASAKAVICIUS
CO-FOUNDER & FINANCE /// WEPOWER
DAVID ORBAN /// FOUNDER - NETWORK SOCIETY VENTURES
David is the Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, a seed stage global investment firm focused on innovative startups at the intersection of exponential technologies and decentralized networks.
He is an investor, entrepreneur, author, blogger, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years.
An early adopter of blockchain technologies and an active Bitcoin investor since 2010, he was the first to own Ether during the Ethereum launch in 2014. He also led the adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain in start-ups and is an advisor and investor in numerous blockchain companies and funds, such as Bitnation, Sun Exchange, Wealth Migrate, Blockchain Capital, Bancor, Swarm Fund, and others. David was the keynote speaker at the first Ethereal Summit in May 2017 in New York with an inspiring vision of how blockchain technologies will catalyze a phase change in the socio-economic organization of our societies.
DAVID ORBAN
FOUNDER /// NETWORK SOCIETY VENTURES
Webinar #2 /// Blockchain-enabled use cases for energy utilities
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The proliferation of blockchain technology in the energy sector has seen a remarkable new breadth of applications for utilities. Utilities are facing an extremely uncertain future with the advent of disintermediated p2p energy transactions. Nonetheless, utilities can use blockchain to enhance and develop new business models. This webinar will present the opportunities that blockchain offers to utilities along with a real-world example.

DAVID GROARKE /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - INDIGO ADVISORY GROUP
David Groarke is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has designed large capital technology and modernization programs and provided subject matter expertise for a range of utilities in the areas of technology strategy, strategic planning, innovation management, business model evolution, customer engagement, utility automation, distributed energy resource management, blockchain and data analytics. He has published several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. Prior to Indigo Advisory Group, David was part of Accenture’s and PA Consulting's Global Energy Practices and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research (GTM). He is a published author of several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.
DAVID GROARKE
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// INDIGO ADVISORY GROUP
KILLIAN TOBIN /// CEO - OMEGA GRID
Killian is an engineer with an MS in computer science and applied knowledge of system optimization using neural networks and genetic algorithms. Killian has consulted or sold software to utilities for over 18 years. He was responsible for energy platform sales at Oracle Utilities and business development at Uptake (the fastest growing startup of 2015 according to Forbes, beating Slack and Uber).
KILLIAN TOBIN
CEO /// OMEGA GRID
Webinar #3 /// Vehicle-to-Grid: Potential & Early Experiences
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With the decentralization of power production and the prospect of millions of high-draw consumption points being added in the form of electric vehicles, there is an increasing need for flexibility in the energy system. In this webinar we will explore how and to what extent vehicles can be an effective resource for the grid. This will be done by sharing and discussing data and insights of seven pilot projects from around the world.

ABIGAIL TINKER /// PROJECT MANAGER VEHICLE GRID INTEGRATION STRATEGY & PILOTS - PG&E
Abigail Tinker leads Pacific Gas & Electric’s Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) strategy & pilots as part of the Grid Integration & Innovation team. She has been working to advance green technologies in the utility sector for over 10 years including roles in strategic and data analysis to enable increasing utility-scale renewables, distributed generation, demand response, and electric vehicles. Abigail is also passionate about the impact bike transportation can have on reducing carbon emissions, she currently serves on the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Strategic Plan Committee. Abigail attended Wellesley College then received an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
ABIGAIL TINKER
PROJECT MANAGER VEHICLE GRID INTEGRATION STRATEGY & PILOTS /// PG&E
HUGO NIESING /// PROJECT MANAGER - SEEV4-CITY
Hugo Niesing is working as project-managemer for the SEEV4-City project. His main experience is on the initiation and management of innovative projects on sustainable city development. Experience, expertise and networks focus on clean urban energy and mobility systems, the working scope ranges from local to national and European level. Mr. Niesing speaks regularly at international forums about city-energy transition and innovation. The core of the SEEV4-City project is making a huge step forward in green city development by a smart combination of electric vehicles, renewable energy sources and ICT solutions.
HUGO NIESING
PROJECT MANAGER /// SEEV4-CITY