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WEST Summit 2013

By on April 24, 2013

23May 2013
Want to be part of a far-thinking regional showcase of sustainable solutions that will have a game-changing global impact?

Then attend the annual Water, Energy and Smart Technology (WEST) Summit and Showcase of Solutions on Thursday, May 23, 7:30 a.m.- 7 pm., with a reception from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif.

The all-day event, hosted by NASA and Sustainable Silicon Valley, will feature nearly 100 solutions to planetary sustainability, world-renowned speakers, break-out sessions ranging from the Life Support Systems of the Planet to Intelligent Integrated Infrastructure, as well as an expo featuring the latest in green technology. The symposium will create an opportunity for lively interchange among scientists, engineers, inventors, bankers, investors, corporate and government leaders to define the scope and scale of the challenges we face and to bring Silicon Valley ingenuity and NASA systems design capabilities to create revolutionary change for a sustainable future.

Some of the speakers at this year's event will include:

• Mohanijit Jolly, Managing Director, DFJ
• Rami Branitzky, CEO, Numenta
• Dr. Anthony D. Barnosky, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, Curator at Museum of Palentology, UC Berkeley
• Kristiina Vogt, Professor of Forest Resources, University of Washington
• Vince Siciliano, President & CEO, New Resource Bank
• Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
• Kathrin Winkler, VP Corporate Sustainability & Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC Corporation

NASA Ames Research Center will also be well represented by such sustainability experts as: Steven Zornetzer, Associate Director, NASA Ames Research Center; James E. Hansen, retired head of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; and Waleed Adbalati, Director of the Earth Science Observation Center at the University of Colorado and former chief scientist for NASA.

In addition, 10 winners will be selected among the finalists in the Call for Solutions for Planetary Sustainability competition. Those winners, whose entries range from energy-reduction technology to supply chain sustainability, will have the opportunity during "LAUNCHPAD!" to pitch their solutions to a panel of venture capitalists, academics, executives and government officials. They'll receive immediate feedback from the panel on feasibility, potential partnering, etc.
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