Energy startups are leveraging AI and accelerated computing to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and enable new services in the traditionally slow-moving energy industry. Find out how the full NVIDIA stack—from accelerated hardware to system software, including NVIDIA CUDA-X™ and the NVIDIA HPC SDK, to platforms and application frameworks such as NVIDIA Omniverse™ and NVIDIA Modulus—is driving this digital transformation. Also learn how to accelerate startup growth with the NVIDIA Inception Program, a global network of over 10,000 technology startups. Hear from NVIDIA leaders and key Inception members working together to build a more robust, innovative energy ecosystem.
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Zack MacFarland graduated with a B.S. in business and a B.A. in political science from the University of South Florida. He has driven energy strategy at Google Cloud and recently exited a subsurface startup to a supermajor. He further grew his startup community work at the Google Launchpad Accelerator and the T-Mobile Accelerator. Zack now supports Inception energy startups in North America, focusing on machine learning, high performance computing, computer vision, and edge computing.
Reynaldo Gomez earned his B.S. in nuclear physics from the University of Texas in 2013 and is now working toward an M.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford. He spent three years at Schlumberger WesternGeco as a geophysicist before moving to IBM and eventually landing on the Energy team at NVIDIA. Reynaldo manages the partner ecosystem for the energy vertical with a focus on machine learning, deep learning, and high performance computing.
Christian Sanz is the Founder and CEO of Skycatch, a geospatial data software company based in San Francisco that combines robotics, next-gen industrial automation and drone data analytics to deliver comprehensive data solutions for the physical world. Skycatch is deployed at seven of the top 20 global mining companies, in more than 10,000 job sites as part of the Komatsu Smart Earthwork Initiative in Japan, and hundreds of other complex job sites. Sanz began his professional career as a Data Processor in the U.S. Navy and went on to hold Engineering leadership roles at Belkin, Infoseek, Disney Imagineering, and Break Media. Sanz has also held CTO and Founder roles at Kin Community, Storify, and Drone Games which ultimately prompted him to create Skycatch in 2013. His accomplishments include admission into the Navy Seal Trainee Class 216; oversight of the transition of Break Media into the biggest privately owned, viral video company in the world; scaling to over 50M unique visitors daily; helping build the first online multiplayer game at Disney imagineering, Toontown Online; raised over $200M in funding across multiple entities, including Kin community; growing Kin audience to millions of unique visitors a day; and multiple successful acquisitions by industry titans including Disney, LionsGate, Adobe, and CoStar.
Yingchen (YC) Zhang is the Vice President of Product Solutions at Utilidata, a technology company bringing open source distributed artificial intelligence (AI) to the edge of the electric grid to accelerate decarbonization and better serve people. In his role, YC leads the development of pilot projects to accelerate the deployment of Utilidata's smart grid chip. YC has over 15 years of experience in power systems operation, planning, markets, and technology development. He was most recently at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he developed a new research group for power systems predictive analytics and automation for large-scale renewable integration. YC is a graduate of Tianjin University in Tianjin, China and earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Zhang is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Power and Energy Society.
Whitney Mallicoat is the Lead Data Scientist at VoltaGrid with over 12 years of experience delivering modern data solutions to enable data driven decision making. Whitney leverages advanced analytics and machine learning to translate data into insights and generate business value. She joins VoltaGrid after successfully leading data science teams and building data science solutions for the US Army Special Operations community; bringing the same commitment and drive she developed working shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers to serve the energy sector. She has experience directly supporting the Psychological Operations community, the Special Forces community, the Army medical community, and academia. Whitney has a master’s degree in economics granted from Boston University.
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Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22, 2018