WHY CLEANTECH WEEK: Small Wins Guided by A Big Dream

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"The annual California Cleantech Open startup competition is always a fun event to attend, because you just might be present for the debut of the Google of green energy or the General Motors of electric cars. Beyond that, the competition serves as a leading indicator of emerging green tech trends. And given that the Silicon Valley establishment judges the event, it’s an opportunity to gauge which way they see the wind blowing."

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Humanity is coming to terms with the fact that we have radically disrupted natural systems to treacherous thresholds of near collapse. We are also coming to the realization that we have built our civilization on brittle infrastructures dependent on the very stability of the narrow range of conditions that our industrial systems are habitually destabilizing. To bring sustainable infrastructure to billions of people around the world, the required changes are massive. To slow climate change we need to translate climate risks into business opportunities, build a global architecture of participation for climate action, and stabilize the climate system by shifting away from dirty unsustainable technology. We must rebuild every industrial sector—each representing an investment opportunity of $1 trillion or more. How in the world can we do this? According to Columbia University Political Scientist Johannes Urpelainen, successful climate cooperation will likely be comprised of a series of feasible “small wins” guided by a “big dream” of a comprehensive future climate regime.

We hereby invite you to Cleantech WeekFebruary 6-10, 2017 in San Francisco—a showcase of “small wins” guided by a “big dream.” Take, for instance, 19-year-old Swarnav Pujari, a University of Illinois materials science and engineering student who has made “Power Pads,” one-square foot devices placed under carpet or flooring that generate electricity with each footfall. Or take the two research professors who have developed a system that uses organic food waste—rather than the electricity—to generate a mobile, containerized aquaponics farm that will bring locally produced food to food-poor areas while also cutting down on the pollution that contributes to global warming. Two Cleantech Open 2017 technology accelerator alumni: two small wins, one big dream.

In its annual “Global Forum,” held every November for just over a decade, the Cleantech Open has celebrated the graduation of a new cohort of entrepreneurs tackling our evermore pressing energy, environmental, and economic challenges. On its eleventh year, at the eleventh hour, the Cleantech Open is expanding its reach. In addition and in complement to its ten year track record of hosting the Global Forum and Investor Connect, the Cleantech Open is making the connections necessary for a movement come industrial revolution.

As long ago as 2009, one reporter said of the Cleantech Open's award ceremony: "The annual California Cleantech Open startup competition isalways a fun event to attend, because you just might be present for the debutof the Google of green energy or the General Motors of electric cars. Beyond that, the competition serves as a leading indicator of emerging green tech trends. And given that theSilicon Valley establishment judges the event, it’s an opportunity to gauge which way they see the wind blowing."

Now a whole five days in February, Cleantech Week merges the cleantech industry and the climate movement to create new business opportunities, highlight solutions, engage citizens, cultivate partnerships, and spur further massive investment—following the $320 billion of global capital invested in the cleantech space last year alone. Cleantech Week is a calling of the tribes, a gathering of all those seeking to create careers and generate capital by answering the climate change technology challenge. Join us in building this cleantech future: where industry is sustainable; where homes produce more energy than they consume; where electric, autonomous cars make traffic and urban smog remnants of the past; and where agriculture supports local ecosystems. Join us in celebrating a series of small wins guided by one big dream. #WeAreTheFix

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Updated on November 1, 2017 12:44 PM