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Innovation Agora Studio Sessions

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Top thought leaders and industry executives participate in interactive discussions in an intimate theater-in-the-round environment as we explore technologies that are transforming the energy industry in meaningful ways.


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Monday, March 5

  • Energy + Robotics
  • Forecasting Oil Demand: Art or Science?
  • Waves of Innovation: Oceans, Technology & the Energy Future
  • Manufacturing Without Borders: Agile and Additive
  • Blockchain Rising: What Does it Mean for Upstream and Trading?
  • What Future for Hydrogen?
  • Driving Innovation in Mobility: ABB Formula-E

Tuesday, March 6

  • Inclusion and Diversity: Faces of the Energy Future
  • Biofuel: Fulfilling the Promise?
  • The Long Game: What's Next in Upstream Technology?
  • EV vs. ICE: Battle of Technologies
  • Digitalization and Oil & Gas: What's Next?
  • Data and Analytics: The Next Frontier
  • New Ways to Finance Energy Innovation

Wednesday, March 7

  • Energy Innovation Pioneers: Increasing Resilience by Leveraging Technology to Find New Opportunities
  • AI & Energy: Revolution or Evolution?
  • Methane: The Challenge of Zero Emissions
  • Blockchain: The Potential to Disrupt Power and the Consumer
  • Educating Tomorrow's Workforce: Skills, STEM and Beyond
  • Energy and Cyber Risk
  • The Cloud vs. the Edge: The Future of Connectivity?

Thursday, March 8

  • Energy Innovation Pioneers: Harnessing Innovation to Cut Costs and Increase Consumer Choice
  • Electric Power: Disruption, Innovation and New Business Models
  • Energy, Mobility and the Future of the City
  • Building the Resilient Grid of the Future: Microgrids and Beyond
  • NextGen Nuclear: Breakthroughs on the Horizon?
  • Habitat: Future of the Built Environment
  • Electrification of Everything: The Transformation of Energy Systems
  • EVs and the Grid: Challenges and Opportunities

Voices of Innovation

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Hear from influential and inspirational executives and authors who will present thoughtful and critical commentary on innovation from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Throughout the week these unique views offer focused reflection on innovation and disruption.


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Tuesday, March 6

Are we at a tipping point?
Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Cloud Meets Energy
Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud and Ashok Belani, CTO, Schlumberger

R&D Strategies for the Energy Future 
Ahmad Al Khowaiter, CTO Saudi Aramco and Robert Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Evolving Ourselves 
Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management

Wednesday, March 7

Progress and the Energy Future 
Lord John Browne, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy and Board Member, IHS Markit

Future of Mobility 
Adam Jonas, Managing Director, Research Division, Morgan Stanley

Technology and the Future of Indonesian Upstream
Arcandra Tahar, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia

Energy Transitions
Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Thursday, March 8

Taming the Sun
Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology, Council on Foreign Relations

Inspiring the Next Generation 
Rich Wilson, President, sitesALIVE Foundation: 

Inventive Imagination 
Walter Isaacson, President, The Aspen Institute, and author of Leonardo Da Vinci