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UPDATE: Cleantech Open Announces Keynote Speakers for National Conference

National Conference titled "Cleantech Entrepreneurship: Can it get the nation back to work?" occurring on July 22

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2010) - The Cleantech Open, the world's largest clean-technology business competition, has released the initial line-up of keynote speakers and presenters for its upcoming National Conference, which will be held on July 22, 2010 in San Jose, California. The Cleantech Open National Conference is the first of its kind, placing a sharp focus on the intersection of next-generation clean technology and strategies to spur jobs in this crucial sector. The Conference will assemble the brightest and most talented minds in the industry to debate how cleantech entrepreneurship and innovation can infuse the global economy with sustainable energy and new jobs.


To register, visit the Cleantech Open website.


Keynote speakers
Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, Department of Energy
Dr. Johnson is under secretary of energy at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. This year, she was named the "Women of Vision Award" Winner by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and received the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award for her dedication to science and education. She has 142 refereed papers and 129 U.S. and international patents.


Ron Gonen, RecycleBank
Ron Gonen is the founder, chairman and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, RecycleBank has grown from an idea to a company that today is rewarding millions of people for their positive green actions across North America and the UK.


Lesa Mitchell, Kauffman Foundation
As vice-president of innovation at Kauffman Foundation, Lesa Mitchell has been responsible for the Foundation's frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universities into the commercial market. The Kauffman Foundation is synonymous with entrepreneurship and works in close partnership with the Cleantech Open.


Distinguished Panelists
Bruce Cahan, Urban Logic
President of Urban Logic and Ashoka Fellow, Bruce Cahan is working to create a bank that promotes commercial investment in the economic and environmental sustainability of an entire region. Mr. Cahan posits a concept of "sustainable resiliency" that assesses global warming, air quality, and disaster preparedness in order to determine how a region can cope with change.


Andy Hargadon, U.C. Davis
As faculty director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and professor of technology management at UC Davis, Hargadon researches, writes and teaches on effective management of innovation, specifically in the development of sustainable technologies.


Randy Knox, Adobe Systems
Randy Knox is senior director of global facilities and real estate at Adobe Systems, where he has coordinated countless sustainability minded projects to make Adobe the "greenest office in America." Under his direction, Adobe has earned accolades as one of America's most eco-friendly corporations and the first commercial enterprise to earn three Platinum LEED certifications.


Kevin Surace, Serious Materials
A noted speaker and writer on climate change, Kevin Surace is chairman and CEO of Serious Materials, a green-building company that develops new materials and processes that require little energy to manufacture.


Other Panelists
David Arfin
As vice president of strategy at SolarCity, Arfin has created SolarLease, a solar-financing option that allows homeowners to pay less for solar power than they currently pay for electricity.


Joseph Brakohiapa
As president and CEO of Clean Power Finance, Brakohiapa advocates for the mass-market adoption of renewable energy. Clean Power Finance is dedicated to making residential and commercial energy systems easy and affordable.


Carl Blumstein
After serving 10 years as the director of CIEE at the University of California Energy Institute, Blumstein has been a great contributor mostly through his establishment of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.


Ted Driscoll
Already a very distinguished businessman and investor, Driscoll is the technology partner of Claremont Creek Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage information technology companies focused on energy efficiency and healthcare.


Zach Gentry
Chief strategy officer and co-founder of Adura Technologies, Gentry is working to drastically increase energy efficiency by improving lighting controls.


Margot Gerritsen
Gerritsen teaches about solar energy and has performed research in energy resource analysis as assistant professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford University.


Marc Gottschalk
Partner in law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and co-founder of the Cleantech Open, Gottschalk has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental sustainability through his ongoing work with the Cleantech Open and elsewhere.


Mike Jackson
As senior director of transportation and energy systems at TIAX, Jackson is responsible for transportation technologies that improve air quality and energy diversification.


Sharon Talbott
A new member of Control4 Energy and the manager of marketing communications, Talbott has worked extensively on global smart green grid promotion and development.


Edward West
As founder and president of Mission Motors, West is working hard to create an electric motorcycle that offers extremely high performance and zero emissions, embodied in an iconic design.


Devra Wang
As director of the California Energy Program Natural Resources Defense Council, Wang researches renewable energy resources and promotes energy efficiency.


Cleantech Open Sponsors
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by Global Partner: Chevron; and, in California, Platinum Sponsor: PG&E; Gold Sponsors: Autodesk, The Cleantech Circle, Google, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Silver Sponsors: Accretive Solutions and RoseRyan; and Program Sponsors: California Clean Energy Fund, Ernst and Young, and Korn/Ferry International.


Useful Web resources
Cleantech Open blog -- Facebook -- LinkedIn -- Twitter: @cleantechopen


The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech business competition. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The program provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of clean-technology startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped alumni contestants raise over $260M, and created an estimated 1,200 green-collar jobs. Fueled by a network of more than 600 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's cleantech sector a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit,, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.


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