Day Two

WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018

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8.15
Registration
8:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

Wayne Pales
CEO
The Chapel Group
 

ACCELERATING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
9:00
The future of utilities or utilities of the future?
  • What is the industry’s direction for the next 5,10 and 15 years??
  • What are companies doing now to achieve their vision?
  • Are all players sharing the same view of the future?

Fereidoon Sioshansi
President
Menlo Energy Economics

9:30
From utilities to digital enterprises: How can utilities speed and scale their digital transformation to reinvent themselves?
  • If you want to survive in an era of constant disruption you need to transform and rely on technology innovations.
  • Producing new applications and insights using digital native methods
  • Modernising the IT architecture and environment
  • Engaging research and development in your organization
  • Harnessing the energy of the entire team and organisation

Paul Siemers
Program Director – Digital Transformation
Melbourne Water

10:00
Panel session: How should utility executives determine their digital strategy?

Digital technology has been roiling markets and disrupting companies for more than two decades, but despite that lengthy history, executives are still struggling to enact and deliver on digital transformations.

  • Assessing capacity for transformation
  • How to select and integrate the right technology for your business and why
  • What trends are relevant for each market?

Moderator:

Wayne Pales
CEO
The Chapel Group

Panellists:

Timothy Scholes
Head of Enterprise Architecture & Digital
ActewAGL

Fereidoon Sioshansi
President
Menlo Energy Economics

Paul Siemers
Program Director – Digital Transformation
Melbourne Water

10:45
Networking break & showcase viewing
EMBEDDING INNOVATION
11:15
The power of partnerships and a fail-fast approach
  • Adopting an “outside-in” approach to accelerate the trialing of emerging technologies
  • Overcoming regulatory challenges through partnerships
  • Bringing in additional capabilities and tangible assets
  • Think big, start small, and scale fast
  • Identifying and implementing sustainable solutions

Craig Chambers
Senior Consultant and Advisory Panel Member
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

11:45
Engaging with start-ups and establishing innovation centres to drive change

Start-ups have an agile mindset that they use for business and product development. They can turn uncertainty into opportunity, and flourish when other businesses fail. By collaborating with start-ups, corporations can also learn and adopt this way of working.

  • Are start-ups a clear partner in the innovation path?
  • How are they supporting the digitalisation of the energy sector?
  • Who will capture the value?

Richard Celm
Program Director
Startupbootcamp Energy Australia

12:15
How to create a culture of innovation

Creating a culture of innovation requires a significant change that executives will need to be prepared to take on. While all organizations value innovation, they struggle to achieve it.

  • Why radical reskilling is the key to reinvention
  • Attracting and retaining digital talent
  • Moving beyond compliance-driven structures
  • The importance of change management

Timothy Scholes
Head of Enterprise Architecture & Digital
ActewAGL

 

12.45
Lunch & Showcase viewing
EMERGING TECH SPOTLIGHT SESSION

This session will shine a spotlight on some of the emerging technologies that are disrupting and transforming the way that utilities operate.

13:45
The Blockchain disruption
  • Emerging transactive energy platforms
  • Integrating distributed energy and water systems
  • Improving demand management
  • How can blockchain impact on energy and water provision in the future?

James Eggleston
Senior Analyst
Power Ledger

 

14:15
Enabling the future of utilities through virtual power plants
  • How to get the best out of a VPP by orchestrating for markets and optimising for customers
  • How do we build the right capabilities to drive better outcomes for customers?
  • Overcoming the challenges of moving VPPs from small trials to big projects
  • What tech and other challenges will need to be overcome along the way?

Eadaoin Doherty
Chief Product Officer
Greensync

 

14:35
Drones: Improving inspections from a new perspective

• Rapid data collection without causing disruption to services: UAV LiDAR systems
• Understanding the environmental impacts of assets
• Improving network condition data

Andrew Chapman
Director of operations NSW
Australian UAV

14:55
Intelligent sensor network and analytics for IIoT
  • Leveraging IoT for a new revenue stream
  • Monitors the health and diagnostics of industrial assets
  • Advanced diagnostic algorithms for  timely and informative decisions
  • Improving system efficiency, situational awareness, and flexibility

Oleg Roizman
Managing Director
INTELLPOWER

 

15:15
Networking break & showcase viewing
15:45
Beyond cloud: edge computing
  • How is edge computing helping to take better and more real time decisions?
  • Advantages and disadvantages: Edge vs. Fog computing
  • Edge computing security

Andrew Mears
PhD, CEO & Founder
SwitchDin

 

16:05
Electric Vehicles and infrastructure

Fast Cities Australia is building an ultrafast (350kW) charging network across the highways of Australia.   This network will be a catalyst for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, which will be a boon to electricity networks facing falling demand from other sectors. 

  • What are the practical challenges for deploying a 350kW chargers?
  • What can regulators and utilities do to move the transportation sector from petroleum to electricity?

Paul Fox
Head of Corporate Development
Fast Cities Australia

 

16:25
Panel discussion: Accelerating the adoption of analytics

The utility industry is facing many challenges to the adoption of analytics. Your utility may be one that is struggling with things like strapped resources and budgets, enterprise solutions, and a culture that is hesitant to change. This panel discussion will explore how to turn those challenges into opportunities.

  • Why making sense of big data is the big challenge for Utilities
  • How should utilities be thinking about data now and in the future?
  • Is public access to data important to engage customers and utility companies?
  • What will be needed to process the growing amounts of data?

Moderator:

Wayne Pales
CEO
The Chapel Group

Panellist:

Gerald FitzGibbon
General Manager
Asset Management Services, Melbourne Water

Ross McIntyre
Chief Data Officer and  Co-founder
Wattblock

 
17:10
Closing remarks from the chair
17:20
End of conference