Bright ideas for smart grid?

Contest for best new idea to make the electricity grid more energy efficient.

There's a contest going on for the best, new idea to make tomorrow's smart grid ever more clever. The contest is open until November 4 and it's being sponsored by VentureBeat. They're accepting nominations for the "First Innovation Competition" at GreenBeat 2009. Innovation Competition entries must be submitted online by November 4. Nominees, which will be selected according to how much they are likely to drive the way to an efficient, carbon-reduced super grid, will be announced as winners at the GreenBeat 2009 conference in San Mateo, California, November 18-19.

Nominees will pitch in front of a world class group of industry influencers. Also attending GreenBeat 2009 are luminaries such as Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore, as well as Venture Capitalist John Doerr and leading executives from companies such as PG and E, Oracle, IBM, Cisco and General Electric.

The Innovation Competition is looking for companies and ideas that will help the smart grid to achieve its primary goals, such as decarbonizing the grid, transmitting data alongside power, and driving increased efficiency and conservation of power.

Here's the contest entry form.

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