Energy Blockchain Symposium And Training

An opportunity for power producers and utilities to learn about emerging energy Blockchain technologies and the nation’s largest energy transmission and distribution event.

Energy Blockchain Symposium

Monday, February 4, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Training & Workshop
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rooms 280-282

Utility Full Conference / Utility Visitors - of DistribuTECH
$399 - Symposium only
$249 - Training only
$549 - Combo

Individual Full Conference / Individual Visitors - of DistribuTECH
$499 - Symposium only
$299 - Training only
$599 - Combo

Highlighted speakers

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Christopher Irwin

Program Manager for Transactive Energy, Communications and Interoperability in Smart Grid - U.S. Department of Energy

Christopher Irwin has spent over 24 years in a diverse spectrum of high technology fields from HVAC to semiconductor manufacturing, communication networks, and Smart Grid infrastructure.

At the DOE Office of Electricity, he has managed over $1.7B in grid modernization projects. Chris leads DOE's Smart Grid standards and interoperability efforts, DOE’s role in the Green Button consumer data access initiative, and the OE Dynamic Controls & Communications program, which includes Transactive Energy.

Chris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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Kristen Brown

Principal, Innovation & Partnerships, Exelon

Kristen Brown is a Principal in the Innovation & Partnerships team for Exelon Utilities. In this role, she works with Exelon’s 6 regulated utilities to understand the impact of emerging technologies on the road to “Connected Communities”. She works closely with external partners to identify and assess emerging trends and capabilities, and translates opportunities into recommendations for utility projects.

Prior to joining Exelon, Kristen was a Fellow at the “Advanced Project Research Agency – Energy” (or ARPA-E) with the U.S. Department of Energy, and responsible for designing new program concepts to accelerate our pathways towards reduced emissions and low-cost energy. Kristen has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a B.S. in chemical engineering.

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Stuart McCafferty

Managing Director DER - Black & Veatch

Stuart McCafferty, Managing Director DER, joined Black & Veatch Management Consulting in April 2018.  Prior to that, he was VP of EnergyIoT for Hitachi, where he led the architectural design of a distribution system platform supporting microgrid and DER-related businesses.  At B&V, Stuart supports the utility and vendor communities in strategy and pragmatic application of DER that combines IoT best practices and technologies with energy standards and protocols.

As a contributing member of the Energy Blockchain Consortium, Stuart works with the leadership team to identify practical “low hanging fruit” use cases that leverage Distributed Ledger Technologies such as blockchain.  His white paper, “Distribution System Operator (DSO) Models for Utility Stakeholders – Organizational Models for a Digital, Distributed Modern Grid” provides a unique perspective that describes a spectrum of DSO organizational constructs from highly centralized transmission system operator models to highly distributed peer-to-peer models.

Stuart is an Energy Fellow for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for community resilience and an energy “expert” for Energy Central. He also Co-Chairs the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) user group.

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Killian Tobin

Co-founder & CEO - Omega Grid

Killian Tobin is co-founder and CEO of Omega Grid. Killian has a MS in Computer Science, and has worked for Oracle Utilities, Uptake, and Black & Veatch. Omega Grid is a blockchain energy start-up and is exhibiting as part of DistribuTECH 2019's Initiate!  

Omega Grid (OG) was founded in February 2017, by July, OG received seed investment from a F500 Midwest utility (Ameren, Inc.) and participated in their inaugural Ameren Accelerator program. OG piloted their software at the Stone Edge Farm microgrid in Sonoma, CA from 8/2017 to 3/2018. In 3/2018, OG was awarded an APPA DEED grant to design and deploy an opt-in blockchain market incentive peak shaving program with the city of Burlington, VT.


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


Session 1: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Chairman’s Welcome
Session 2: 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Session 3: 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Blockchain Overview: The Trust Machine
Session 4: 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Blockchain Potential: For the Utility of the Future

Break 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

Session 5: 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Blockchain Technologies: What you need to know
Session 6: 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   
Blockchain Use Cases: Low Hanging Fruit for Utilities
Session 7: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Blockchain Security: Cyber security in the Brave new world

Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Convention Center Foodservice Vendors

Session 8 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Regulatory Landscape with Blockchain
Session 9 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Blockchain for Consumer Empowerment
Session 10 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Investors and Accelerators in Blockchain

Break 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break

Session 11 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Blockchain Bakeoff & Hackathon
Session 12: 4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.    
Tell me more: An Open Q&A session
Session 13: 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Key Take away & Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Energy Blockchain Training & Workshop

Overview of Training

Energy Blockchain Consortium will conduct a half day training session for DistribuTech attendees. This training is designed for anyone in the Energy industry interested in learning about Blockchain and its impact in the Energy industry. The presentation will be provided by two experts from the Utility industry with experience in developing applications and solutions for energy Industry.

Who should attend?

Anyone who works in the Energy industry in any role -- from CxO (CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, CMO etc.) to Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers in Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Individuals from IT departments will also benefit from this training. 

What are the Pre-Requisites?

Anyone form the Energy industry. No prior experience in IT is necessary.

Will there be Handout/Material?

You will receive: (a) Course Material, (b) Blockchain Startup Guide and Blockchain Checklist

What is the Benefit?

This training will provide you with the information and knowledge you need to understand Blockchain technology and its implications, limitations and its potential. A step by step guide will walk you through how you can apply this technology in your organization. A use case discussion with a peer community of like-minded people will provide you with an opportunity to collaborate on a real problem and potential approach to the solution with Blockchain.  Walking out of this training will give you the confidence that (a) you understand Blockchain, (b) you understand how it can be applied in the Utility industry, (c) you will understand what steps you need to take to apply this in your company.

Topics Covered

  1. Blockchain Essentials
  2. Blockchain Technology Overview
  3. Key Capabilities: SmartContract, Consensus, Provenance, Security etc.
  4. Implications: Blockchain Implications in the Energy industry
  5. Energy Use Cases: Candidates for Blockchain
  6. Workshop: Case Study & Group Discussion
  7. Getting Started: How to get started with Blockchain in your organization
  8. Conclusions & Takeaways: Key Points, Startup Guide and A Checklist will be provided


What is the difference between the Energy Blockchain Symposium on Monday and Energy Blockchain Training & Workshop on Tuesday?

• The Energy Blockchain Symposium on Monday is a ‘conference’ with 12 sessions from 8am to 5pm with invited speakers who present their views on various topics related to Blockchain. Some of the sessions are TED talks (10-15 minute speeches) where as other sessions are structured as panels with a moderator.

• The Energy Blockchain Training is designed as a half day training in a ‘classroom’ like setting that is led by 2 instructors. The training comes with course material with focus on 8 core topics. For most people attending the training, this will be their first step in learning about Blockchain. No technology or IT experience is necessary.

Is the Energy Blockchain Training & Workshop for half day?

• Yes it’s for half day on Tuesday 1-5 pm.

Do I need a computer for the training?

• No it is not necessary

Do I need to be an IT person?

• No you do not need to be an IT person

Do I do some homework prior to coming to the training?

• No preparation is needed

If I am participating in the Symposium on Monday, then can I still attend the training?

• Yes. The training is complimentary to the symposium. It is more extensive, more hands on, and provides more details with real case studies and collaboration. The training includes course material, handouts. It will also provide an opportunity to collaborate more actively with your peer community.

Can I attend both the Energy Blockchain Symposium on Monday and Energy Blockchain Training & Workshop for half day on Tuesday?

• Yes, the two are very complimentary. If you attend the symposium on Monday, the training will provide more value to you.

How is The Energy Blockchain Symposium on Monday and Energy Blockchain Training & Workshop on Tuesday for half day related to DistribuTECH on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday?

The symposium and training are jointly organized through  partnership with DistribuTech and Energy Blockchain Consortium. The Symposium and Training can be added to your DistribuTech plans.

We are coming to DistribuTECH. Can we automatically attend the Symposium on Monday and the half-day Training on Tuesday or do we need to register separately for the Symposium and Training

• If you have already registered or will be registering for DistribuTECH (for 3 days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday), then you will need to add Energy Blockchain Symposium to be held on Monday to your ticket and/or you will need to add the Energy Blockchain Training on Tuesday to your ticket. The Energy Blockchain Symposium and Energy Blockchain Training are ofcourse discounted with combo pricing.

• We are anticipating that many attendees and exhibitors who will be coming to DistribuTECH, may decide to come a day or so early to attend the Energy Blockchain Symposium on Monday and/or the Energy Blockchain Training on Tuesday. The Symposium on Monday and Training on Tuesday will not impact the attendees plans to enjoy the DistribuTECH event.