California has always been a leader when it comes to clean technology, as State and local governments partner with business and college students to bring forth emerging technologies that are in harmony with the environment.
In its fourth incarnation, the California Clean Innovation (CACI) conference is a great example of academia playing a leading role in presenting clean issues and solutions to the public. The 2010 edition occurs on Friday, May 7th at UCLA’s Covel Commons.
This unique program brings together investors, entrepreneurs, students and business leaders to review the current state of clean technology trends. During this intensive day-long conference, attendees will have an opportunity to explore viable, as well as future solutions to the many difficult problems we must deal with in order to create a sustainable society. This is a rare chance to interact with people on the front lines, addressing the issues and solving tough problems.
Organized by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and UCSD’s Rady School of Management, the 2010 conference will feature three tracks of panels, and attendees can mix and match these panels to their liking throughout the day:
- California Energy
- Clean-Tech Innovation
- Developing and Financing Clean Technologies
A topic of special interest to Global Patriot involves the available of clean water, and the efforts of Matt Beaumont, Josh Rutenberg and Cindy Chang from UCSD’s Rady School of Management resulted in this esteemed panel of industry experts.
California’s Growing Thirst for Energy Intensive Clean Water
- Bryan Bjorndal, President and CEO, Assure Controls
- Ron Chaffee, CEO, UV Sciences
- Dr. Yoram Cohen, Director, UCLA Water Technology Research (WaTeR) Center
- Richard Atwater, CEO, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
- Rob Steiner, Co-founder, WaterSmart Software
- Jeff Mosher, Executive Director, National Water Research Institute
The water supply for Southern California is dependent upon two sources, the Colorado River and the Sacramento Delta. Both are finite sources, yet the population in Southern California is growing rapidly. As such, it is important to consider the future of our water supply and the water cycle as sources become limited for consumption due to use, contamination, and replenishment. Such considerations bring up questions regarding the sustainability of the H2O cycle.
Opening Remarks From Antonio Villaraigosa
City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the opening remarks for CACI 2010. Mr. Villaraigosa is leading “to put Los Angeles at the forefront of the clean tech revolution.” The Mayor’s clean initiatives include the Cleantech Corridor, an urban renewal project that will serve as an “incubator for green jobs, technology and the growth of the LA economy,” and the Technology Advancement Program to support and create green businesses.
Fast Pitch Competition
The Fast Pitch Competition provides early stage, clean technology companies a platform to showcase their business to a panel of Venture Capital judges and a wide array of conference attendees. All the participants will receive valuable feedback and attention from industry leaders and investors.
This year, we are extremely pleased to introduce a joint CACI & Cleantech Open Fast Pitch Business competition. The winner will gain free entrance to the Cleantech Open National Competition. The mission of CTO is to find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges.
2010 Fast Pitch Judges
- Kate Zeng, Technology Planning & Analysis Manager, Sempra Energy Utilities
- Shahin Farshchi, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Lux Capital Management
- Anil Tammineedi, Associate, Angeleno Group
- Rajesh Swaminathan, Applied Materials
- John Babcock, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners
- Eric Steeb, LA Chair, CleanTech Open