Program

*Working program, subject to change. To nominate a speaker for Convergence Paris please submit a nomination form here.

* Wednesday, June 26 2013

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome & Introductions

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group; Pete May President, GreenBiz Group; Eric Faurot CEO, GreenBiz Group

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

How Microsoft Accelerates the Low Carbon Economy

Presented by: Alain Crozier President, Microsoft France

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Convergence Talk: Building the Smartest Campus in the World

Presented by: Darrell Smith Director of Facilities and Energy, Microsoft Corporation

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Convergence Talk: Sustainia 100 Cities Trends - 10 Sustainable Solutions Changing Our Cities

Every year, international think tank Sustainia identifies innovative and groundbreaking solutions from around the world within 10 different sectors. Read more…

Presented by: Christopher Sveen Interim Executive Director, Sustainia

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Panel: Future Cities

Cities are more economically active and have a lower environmental footprint than average, but they are struggling with climate change, changes in population, congestion and pressure on resources. Read more…

Presented by: Peter Madden CEO, Future Cities Catapult; Sterling Hughes Head of Advanced Technology, Silver Spring Networks

In conversation with: Geoff Kendall Development Director, SustainAbility

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote Panel: The EcoCité Project - Open Platforms for Innovation

Learn how the public and private sector are working together in one French city to build the city of the future, creating an urban laboratory to accelerate innovation and sustainable development. Read more…

Presented by: Gilbert Pastor Vice President of Economic Development, Montpellier Aglomeration; Philippe Sajhau Vice-President Smarter Cities, IBM France; François Grosse SVP Digital Services, Veolia Environnement

In conversation with: François Girodolle Program Director, Cleantech Open

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Convergence Talk: How Trust Builds Transactions in the Sharing Economy

BlaBlaCar is a trusted community marketplace that connects drivers with empty seats to passengers looking for a ride. Read more…

Presented by: Frédéric Mazzella Founder, BlaBlaCar

11:10 AM - 11:20 AM

Convergence Talk: The Power of Culture for Resource Efficiency

How can organizations effectively build sustainability into the fabric of their business? Read more…

Presented by: Luke Nicholson Founder, CarbonCulture

11:20 AM - 11:30 AM

Convergence Talk: Buildings as Nutrient Banks

Park 20|20 is a revolutionary new building project, the first full service Cradle to Cradle working environment in The Netherlands. Designed according to MBDC principles, the main building materials of the project can be endlessly recycled. Read more…

Presented by: Coert Zachariasse Owner, Delta Development Group

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Panel: Financing Renewables 3.0

It is clear that renewable energy is an important aspect of climate change mitigation, but the barriers to implementation and expansion of these projects can be overwhelming. Read more…

Presented by: Seb Beloe Partner, Head of Sustainability Research, WHEB Asset Management; Olivier Dupont Chairman of the Board, Demeter Partners

In conversation with: Katie Fehrenbacher Senior Writer, Greentech Editor, GigaOm

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

Convergence Talk: Making Smart Cities a Reality - Breaking Down the Barriers

The five key success factors for a city to become a smart city, and several barriers that need to be overcome. Read more…

Presented by: Cécile Tuil VP, Influence Strategy, Schneider Electric

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM

Open Data Strategies Move From Transparency to Growth

Open data is moving beyond government transparency and accountability to become a source of value creation. But governments are challenged to seize the opportunities. Read more…

Presented by: Jennifer Bélissent Principal Analyst, Forrester Research; Christian Frisch Co-Founder & CTO, Data Publica

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch

 

BREAKOUTS I

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Inventing a New Business Model for Smart City Projects

Presented by: Cécile Tuil VP, Influence Strategy, Schneider Electric

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How Smarter Collaboration Transforms Supply Chains

How are companies leveraging technologies to reduce risk and control operational costs while improving performance and developing competitive advantage in global supply chains? Read more…

Presented by: Martin Chilcott Founder & CEO, 2degrees

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Enabling Next-Generation Buildings

Introducing "restorative" buildings is essential to meet the energy and other resource challenges we face. How can we create aesthetic, technical and economic success stories and in a sufficient time frame to make a difference? Read more…

Presented by: Steven Borncamp Founding President & CEO of Romania Green Building Council, Managing Director of Living Future Europe, Europe Green Building Council; Coert Zachariasse Owner, Delta Development Group; Steven Beckers Co-Founder, Lateral Thinking Factory

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

 

BREAKOUTS II

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Financing Renewables 3.0

What is the key to “unlocking” the financing required to drive sustainability initiatives at scale? What are the key policy drivers and incentives to open up billion-dollar markets with a host of new products and services? Read more…

Presented by: Seb Beloe Partner, Head of Sustainability Research, WHEB Asset Management; Olivier Dupont Chairman of the Board, Demeter Partners

In conversation with: Katie Fehrenbacher Senior Writer, Greentech Editor, GigaOm

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sustainable for All: Creating Greener Workplaces

How does your company's workplace impact the performance of its employees? We are today seeing a trend away from designing workplaces for Policies to designing for People. Read more…

Presented by: Marie Puybaraud Director of Workplace Innovation, Johnson Controls

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Leveraging Open Data to Create Smarter Cities

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

* Thursday, June 27 2013

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Keynote Interview: How Transportation and Mobility Technology is Revolutionizing the Future of Cities

Presented by: Philippe Forestier Executive Vice President, Global Affairs & Communities, Dassault Systemes

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Keynote Panel: Scaling Energy Efficient Buildings

Implementing large-scale, smart building systems remains a cross-functional challenge. What does it take to engage all stakeholders for effective energy management? Read more…

Presented by: Olivier Chaudet Vice President, Building Segment, Lafarge; Yamina Saheb Head, Sustainable Buildings Center, International Energy Agency; Peter Graham Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network

In conversation with: Philippe Fonta Managing Director Cement (CSI), Buildings (EEB) and Tires (TIP) projects, WBCSD

9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

Keynote Interview

Presented by: Suman Bery Chief Economist, Shell International

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

10:10 AM - 10:20 AM

Convergence Talk: Listening to the Vines to Make Better Wines

Hear from "vine nerd" Sebastien Payen how his company's technology has the potential to transform thousands of years of farming practices. Read more…

Presented by: Sébastien Payen Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Fruition Sciences

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote Interview

Presented by: André Santini Mayor, Issy-les-Moulineaux

In conversation with: Patrick Arnoux Editor in Chief, Le Nouvel Economiste

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Panel: IssyGrid Case Study

Learn about the first district smart grid in France, IssyGrid in Issy-les-Moulineaux, built with the goal of enabling energy optimization at the neighbourhood level. Read more…

Presented by: Marc Jalabert Director, Consumer Channel Group, Microsoft France; Guillaume Parisot Head of Innovation, Bouygues Immobilier

In conversation with: Alain Baritault Executive Director, FI Paris, Founder Institute

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Convergence Paris Accelerate

Convergence Paris Accelerate, produced in partnership with Cleanweb, the Cleantech Open, and the Founder Institute, brings together a dynamic mix of innovative start-ups that are leveraging smart, data-driven technologies to buildings and transportation. Read more…

Presented by: Grégoire Aladjidi Investment Director & Partner, TechFund; Nicolas Chaudron Partner, Head of Sustainability Research, Idinvest Partners; Renaud Trnka Innovation & Business Development Director, Bouygues Telecom

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch

 

BREAKOUTS I

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Trillion-Euro M2M Opportunity

The business opportunity for machine-to-machine communications is vast — and just getting going. This breakout session will address the current and emerging opportunities in the transportation, building, and energy industries. Read more…

Presented by: Christèle Delbe Head of Sustainability, Vodafone

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

IssyGrid Case Study

Take a deeper dive into the Issy Smart Grid with a highly interactive Q&A session with the companies behind the project. Read more…

Presented by: Gaizka Alberdi Smart Grid Project Manager, ERDF; Joris Gaudion Smartbuildings Solutions & Office Segment Director, Schneider Electric; Marc Jalabert Director, Consumer Channel Group, Microsoft France; Guillaume Parisot Head of Innovation, Bouygues Immobilier; Jean-Luc Roy Smart Grid Partnerships and M&A Director , Alstrom Grid

In conversation with: Alain Baritault Executive Director, FI Paris, Founder Institute

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Systems Thinking for Smarter Logistics

Technology is transforming transport and logistics, reducing inefficiencies, congestion and environmental impacts. Learn how one startup is developing a technology platform to break through some of the entrenched behavior that create roadblocks for innovation. Read more…

Presented by: James Swanston CEO, Carbon Voyage

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

 

BREAKOUTS II

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How Big Data is Driving Sustainability

Learn from leading ICT companies how new technologies, information-sharing and data transparency are maximizing efficiency in city infrastructures and helping to reduce and control environmental footprint. Read more…

Presented by: Niall Dunne Chief Sustainability Officer, BT; Arja Mehtälä Director, Nokia

In conversation with: Alice Valvodova Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Manager, Advisory Services, BSR

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Natural Capital Accounting: Calculating the Benefits of Technologies, Assets, Business Models and Sustainability Initiatives

How can natural capital accounting be used to calculate the net benefits of Capex and Opex decisions in order to justify the business case? We’ll provide a simplified example to demonstrate how natural capital decisions can be valued using environmental and business data. Read more…

Presented by: Etienne Fiquet Veolia’s Development, Strategy & Marketing Department, Veolia Water; Tom Barnett Account Director, Trucost; Steven Bullock Head of Research, Trucost

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Reception

* Tuesday, October 15 2013

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Big Data and the Business of the Built Environment

* Thursday, October 17 2013

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Autonomous Trucking: The Practicality of Disruptive Tech in Freight Efficiency