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Jun. 29, 2010 SDF Batteries

On June 29, 2010 in Palo Alto at SAP, SDForum presented a Clean Tech Breakfast titled “Next Generation Batteries: Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Storage.” Jeffrey Selman of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Dania Ghantous of Qnovo, Ashok Lahiri of Enovix, Mark Platshon of VantagePoint and Camille Ricketts of VentureBeat.

To give you an idea how much things are changing, Tesla has gone public on the NASDAQ. Storing alternative energy and  the growth of mobile technology is driving the need for more efficient and environmentally sustainable batteries. The demand of batteries for cell phones, laptops and cameras will only skyrocket when we need thousands of batteries for electric cars. We need more students majoring in math, science and particularly chemistry. Buy your child a chemistry set and walk them through a periodic table. In the mean time there will be a scramble for the raw materials for lithium ion batteries and in countries like Afghanistan and Bolivia just as there is for oil in the Middle East. There is strong interest in the outcome of battery technology. In the audience I saw people from Lawrence Livermore, Sony, Wells Fargo and one mysterious gentleman in the corner who did not want to be identified.

I mention him because over the weekend I saw a movie starring Tom Cruise called Knight and Day. A crazy secret agent finds and protects a genius who develops a super battery. I never thought batteries would be a major plot point in a Hollywood movie, but I think it will be key to our economy in the future.

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Oct. 15, 2009 SDF Rich Moore

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On October 15, 2009 in Palo Alto at SAP, SDForum’s Engineering Leadership SIG hosted Rich Moore CTO/VPE of iLoop Mobile. He presented “My Path to fame, wealth, accolades – Engineering Management in the year 2009” or “How can I achieve my Engineering Management career objective during these challenging times?  Is Engineering Leadership for me?” Moore talked about how he deals with the toughest economic climate of our time taking care of clients like Coke, Western Union, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony, Deutsche Bank, E Online and Comcast.

Also attending was a delegation from the Asian-Oceania Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO). The organization is a bridge for IT companies in the region seeking to expand their network of contacts, do business together and develop their capabilities. Pictured below are SDForum EL SIG Chair of Kimberly Weifling, ASOCIO Secretary General Lim Lucas, Mohamed Siraj, ASOCIO President Ashank Desai, Wakensys Managing Director Mohamed Suhurdeen, UCP’s Reza Jannetpour and EL SIG Chair Sam Hahn.

Scrappy Chicken also attended. More about that later.

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