South by South West is arguably the largest interactive festival in the world. Certainly, it’s the most friendly. When a bunch of tech geeks get together, the talk invariably turns to energy.
I moderated the panel, “Can the Creative Class Transform the Energy Business.” Garry Golden and I talk about the energy discussions I’ve been having at SXSW.
We talk about:
- the Chevy Volt
- takeaways from the energy SXSW panel.
- upcoming podcasts, such as, lessons learned from the telecom industry that we can apply to electrical utilities.
- when the grid becomes a software platform
- are electric vehicles the new electricity reservoir?
Why talk about energy at SXSW? Because this is a crowd of people who have grown up swimming in innovation. The SXSW interactive audience has a lot to contribute. Today began the conversation of how they can participate in energy.
Also, the energy industry feels a lot like the computer industry in 1982, or the Internet industry in 1992. That is, we’re on the verge of new innovation. You can feel it in the air. No one was really having this conversation before at SXSW.
These were the people on my panel:
The image is a Chevy Volt chasis that was on display outside the Austin Convention Center at SXSW.