As the world faces the challenges and risks of volatile commodity markets and geopolitical uncertainty, one constant is technology advancement. In the Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek, we bring a focus to the innovation and disruption at the intersection of energy and technology that is transforming the industry.
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Through dynamic and interactive programming, we provide an open marketplace for ideas, dialogue, new experiences, and connections among a remarkable assembly of thought leaders from the technology, industrial, communications, mobility, academic, and energy industries discussing the transformative forces of innovation and new technology. We are proud to provide a platform which features senior executives, startup founders, researchers, policy makers, and investors coming together to explore these critical questions - and opportunities.
The program is built around 6 key themes addressing the grand challenges in areas such as decarbonization, costs & efficiency, electrification, and the innovation ecosystem:
Another enhancement to the Innovation Agora program for 2019, we are featuring the OGCI Climate Investments Venture Day - offering investment in companies with promising energy efficiency technologies and business models ready for pilots or deployment. Please visit the OGCI website for more details on this special event.
Join us in the expanded CERAWeek venue on the third level of the George R. Brown Convention Center, just across the short skywalk from the Hilton Americas Hotel, in Houston, Texas.
CERAWeek passholders are welcome to attend all Innovation Agora sessions, and additional details will be coming soon regarding special Agora Pass options.
Providing interactive dialogues with industry leaders on emerging and disruptive technologies, models of innovation and investment strategies.
Featuring deep-dive presentations in an intimate, relaxed setting including start-ups, our Energy Innovation Pioneers, case studies, and primers by leading technologists.
Offering candid conversations with foremost and sometimes controversial thought leaders.
The Lyceum is the hub for high impact learning through engagement and collaboration in two formats:
Innovation Agora participants additionally network and connect with peers through:
All Agora Only passholders will have access to all sessions within the Innovation Agora.Registration fee for the Agora (List Price): US $2,750
The Agora agenda includes topics from the new world of innovation – from AI and machine learning to e-mobility, robotics, digital ledgers, additive manufacturing, connectivity, cloud and digital technology – that are transforming the energy future.
We are proud to host this exciting community of thought leaders and executives from start-ups, technologists, investors, academics, energy companies, and policy-makers – all dedicated to shared learning and exploration.
CERAWeek Agora Partners help to build a culture of idea exchange, learning, and relationship-building as we explore new ideas and technologies impacting the energy future. Our Partners support and help make possible the Innovation Agora program through contributions to thought leadership and topic development – and directly benefit from the enthusiasm and excitement of the Agora immersive experiences and dynamic environment.
Agora Partners are provided special codes to use to invite technologists, early-stage companies, partners, colleagues, and clients, to participate in ALL Agora sessions as their invited guests. We encourage Partners to invite companies and contacts who would contribute to this vibrant and dynamic environment and community.
Additionally, we have allocated a limited number of complimentary Agora Passes that are available through a special Application to Attend.
For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 60 Availability Zones (AZs) within 20 geographic regions, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com.
Emerson is a global automation engineering, technology and digital transformation leader, propelling the world’s premier industrial companies into benchmark setting performance throughout the lifecycle of their investments. At Emerson, we call it Top Quartile. For decades, leaders in oil & gas, refining, power, chemical, mining and other industries have turned to Emerson’s expertise and innovations to deliver predictable project success. Emerson has been called upon to provide services and technologies to the world’s largest and most complex projects, helping customers eliminate unnecessary capital construction costs, reduce project complexity and restore schedule certainty. Once an asset is up and running, our clients leverage Emerson’s unparalleled automation technology portfolio to achieve Top Quartile operational performance through maximum production availability and throughput, lower energy costs and reduced safety risk. Emerson’s leadership extends from pervasive sensing technologies and the most reliable control elements to the industry’s most advanced software platforms for operations management and asset health. Emerson’s employees around the world wake up each day ready to take on our customers’ toughest challenges, turning “never been done before” into “consider it solved”
Saudi Aramco is the leading global integrated energy and chemicals company. We are driven by the core belief that energy is opportunity. From producing approximately one in every eight barrels of the world’s oil supply to developing new energy technologies, our global team is dedicated to creating impact in all that we do. We focus on making our resources more dependable, more sustainable and more useful. Further information can be found at www.saudiaramco.com.
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. is an integrated investment and merchant bank providing high quality advice and services to the energy industry. The company offers sales and trading, and research coverage on approximately 140 issuers worldwide. The firm’s investment management complex has more than $1.9 billion AUM dedicated to the energy space. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, TPH also has offices in Calgary, Denver, London and New York.
Uptake is a leading independent advanced analytics software company creating a world that works. We challenge what’s possible with the energy that powers our world and chemicals that create modern-day life.
Industry giants like Berkshire Hathaway Energy, multinational petrochemical companies, and others across the globe use Uptake’s software to identify problems before they occur. Together, we are setting new standards for productive, secure, safe and reliable operations.
Centrica is a customer facing, international energy and services company. Our business is founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people. We supply energy and services to over 25 million customer accounts mainly in the UK, Ireland and North America through brands such as British Gas, Bord Gáis and Direct Energy, supported by around 15,000 engineers and technicians. Everything we do is focused on satisfying the changing needs of our customers, as we help to reduce their carbon footprint through advances in technology.
Globally, the energy system is becoming more decentralised, customers have more choice, and technology is accelerating the pace of change. Our strategy is aligned to these trends by giving customers more choice and control, enabling them to be increasingly efficient in their use of energy.
We are focusing investment on our customer-facing businesses and see growth potential in five key areas:
• Energy Supply
• Energy Services
• Connected Home
• Distributed Energy and Power
• Energy Marketing and Trading
We have three divisions: Centrica Consumer, Centrica Business and Exploration & Production.
The anchor of our Centrica Consumer business has always been energy supply and in-home installation and servicing. This remains the core of this division.
Centrica Business is structured to deliver the full range of energy solutions – from on-site power generation to data-driven insight – which today’s businesses and public sector bodies demand.
Our Exploration & Production business, Spirit Energy, is a joint venture with Bayerngas Norge AS. Its role is to provide the cash flow diversity and balance sheet strength needed to manage our exposure to volatile energy commodity markets.
Hunt Consolidated, Inc. is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. The areas of activity of the different Hunt companies include oil and gas exploration and production, refining, LNG, power, real estate, investments, ranching and infrastructure. Hunt seeks to be a growth-oriented industry leader respected throughout the world for the quality and competency of its people, the efficiency and scope of its operations, and its rich heritage of honesty and integrity.
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IndianOil) is India's flagship national oil company with business interests straddling the entire hydrocarbon value chain – from refining, pipeline transportation and marketing of petroleum products to exploration & production of crude oil & gas, petrochemicals and natural gas and globalisation of downstream operations.
With a turnover of US$ 78.56 billion for the year 2017-18, IndianOil is India's largest commercial enterprise and the leading Indian corporate in Fortune's 'Global 500' listing, currently ranked at the 137th position.
The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 11 of India's 23 refineries with a combined capacity of 80.70 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA), i.e., approximately 1.60 million barrels per day. Its cross-country pipelines network spans over 14,100 km and its 47,800 customer touch-points cater to the energy needs of a billion people.
With a 33,000-plus work-force, extensive refining, distribution & marketing infrastructure and advanced R&D facilities, lndianOil plays a significant role in fuelling the socio-economic development of the country. With a mandate to ensure India's energy security and self-sufficiency in refining & marketing of petroleum products, lndianOil has in the past six decades provided energy access to millions of people across the length and breadth of the country.
With India being the fastest growing large economy in the world today, IndianOil is investing big in refining, petrochemicals and natural gas segments. IndianOil continues to expand its business operations abroad through its overseas establishments in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the UAE, Singapore and USA. During the year 2017-18, the Company has set up offices in Myanmar and Bangladesh too.
With a Vision to be The Energy of India, IndianOil is on the path of becoming A Globally Admired Company.
More information about IndianOil can be found at www.iocl.com
Maana organizes the world's industrial data and human expertise into digital knowledge to enable millions of experts to make better decisions affecting global economy and human civilization. Using our Knowledge Platform and its proprietary Computational Knowledge Graph , Fortune Global 500 industrial companies drive answers to operational questions that direct the future. Operating internationally, Maana is a privately-held company with offices in Menlo Park, California; Bellevue, Washington; Houston, Texas; London, UK; and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. To learn more about Maana and our Knowledge Platform , visit www.maana.io.
Letter from the CEO:
Dear CERAWeek Friends, I am energized by the intensity of the changing variables in the industry. More than ever, we are tasked with the fantastic challenge to make our world turn for generations to come. We collectively face an unprecedented opportunity to leap humanity forward economically, societally, environmentally and intellectually. And I am very passionate about the role of digitization in this pursuit. Recognized by the World Economic Forum and CERAWeek as a Fourth Industrial Revolution and Energy Technology Pioneer, my company, Maana is on a mission to help you organize your companies’ data and human expertise into a new digital knowledge to drive answers to questions that direct the future. I very much look forward to learning from you about your companies’ individual journey into digitization. Best wishes, Babur Ozden Founder and CEO
Climate Investments is a $1+ billion fund investing in technologies and business models that lower the carbon footprint of the energy and industrial sectors and their value chains. The fund was created by the CEOs of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative to take practical action on climate change. We invest in innovative companies that are ready to be commercialized and we collaborate with global co-investors and industrials to achieve speed and scale.
This year we’re excited to partner with CERAWeek to host our first Venture Day of 2019, part of our ongoing venture series aimed at attracting leading technology that can materially reduce CO2. On March 11, we will be offering up to $50M to promising technologies or business models that reduce CO2 via increased energy efficiency in the Energy and Industrial value chain.
To learn more about OGCI Climate Investments, please visit www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments/.
Letter from the CEO:
Dear CERAWeek Participant,
As CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, I am thrilled to partner with CERAWeek to host our first Venture Day of 2019, focused on Energy Efficiency to reduce CO2. This event is part of our ongoing venture series aimed at attracting leading technologies that can impact our carbon footprint.
Our focus on Energy Efficiency is just one answer to a complex equation: how do we address the growing demand for access to reliable and affordable energy, while also helping to meet the critical challenges of climate change and air pollution?
There is no simple solution, but it is our hope that we can collaborate with the best and the brightest and that together, we can help solve this equation.
If you’re not familiar with OGCI Climate Investments, we are the $1+ billion fund set up by the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and we invest in technologies and business models that lower the carbon footprint of the energy and industrial sectors and their value chains. In addition to investments, we also support our investee companies in gaining access to customers and deployment. We’ve been operational since June 2017 and in this short time, we’ve made nine investments across our three focus areas: Reducing methane leakage; Reducing CO2; and Recycling CO2.
e plan to significantly ramp up our investments this year and we’re always interested in meeting with co-investors, innovative companies, and industrials to discuss opportunities. CERAWeek brings together industry experts, global energy leaders and policymakers; it is an exceptional space to build connections and begin the conversations that may lead to the next game changing idea.
Climate Investments will be present in several sessions and we look forward to connecting with many of you to discuss the important, innovative work that lies ahead.
Dr. Pratima Rangarajan
CEO, OGCI Climate Investments
Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation's top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice's undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Rice is a comprehensive, leading research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow's thinking.
Salesforce is the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologies—cloud, mobile, social, internet of things, and artificial intelligence—to connect to their customer in a whole new way.
The Salesforce Customer Success Platform includes industry-leading services spanning sales, service, marketing, commerce, and across every customer touchpoint. Salesforce will power more than 2 trillion B2B and B2C transactions this year for more than 150,000 companies and millions of Trailblazers--the individuals and their organizations who are using Salesforce to drive innovation, grow their careers and transform their businesses.
Salesforce is committed to a set of core values—trust, customer success, innovation, and equality of every human being. The company is ranked #1 on Fortune’s World's Best Workplaces list, and Forbes has ranked the company one of the world's most innovative companies for eight years in a row.
Salesforce is #285 out of the Fortune 500 (2018). Salesforce is headquartered in San Francisco with 30,000 employees globally, and is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange as CRM (2004).
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.
With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.
In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency.
We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.