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Digital 360 Summit

Welcome to the Inaugural Digital 360 Summit

Sponsored by:



Hosted by:

Produced by:

Tuesday May 21 – Wednesday May 22, 2019 — Invitation Only Event

Greater Austin, TX area selection being made

Smart Infrastructure is emerging on all major segments of the economy and as a unified 21stcentury megatrend.

Smart Utilities have emerged as a large megatrend of the 21stcentury and they service one or multiple cities and communities throughout their services territories along with many commercial, industrial, and residential customers.  Smart Cities are emerging as another large megatrend in the 21stcentury, which own many buildings and service citizens and visitors in many open spaces, roads, buildings and homes.  Smart Buildings, a large megatrend of the 20th century is transforming again, are finally getting actively integrated with Smart Utilities and being actively planned and managed by Smart Cities. Positive Energy Buildings is a key 21stmegatrend.

As these trends are coming together at a very fast pace, the possibilities for innovation, shared infrastructure, cost reductions, new business models and unrivaled customer experiences await to be discovered.

CMG has put together the very first Digital 360 Summit™ that brings together top minds per field of expertise and tackle the obvious and sometimes hardest problems.

This invitation only event is created to bring you as an expert and also as a user of many other products and services to collaborate like never before with others and have a dialogue that drives new paradigms, experiences, technologies, business models and solutions into the marketplace.


Siemens, Itron, Spencer Stuart, Tantalus.


Host Companies:

City of Austin, Austin Energy, CMG, Texas State University, University of Texas.


Confirmed Speakers:

Jon Wellinghoff, CEO of GridPolicy and Former FERC Chairman

Michael Pesin – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Advanced Grid Research & Development at DOE

Charles Dickerson – COO of Austin Energy

Walt Horton – Chief Research Officer at Texas State University

Mike Carlson – President of Digital Grid North America at Siemens

Jay Zoellner – CEO of Edison Energy

Greg Dudkin – President of PPL Electric Utilities

Cris Eugster – COO of CPS Energy

Cheryl Mele – SVP and COO at ERCOT

Peter Londa – CEO of Tantalus Systems Inc.

Paul Lau – Grid Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Stephen Elkins – CIO at City of Austin

Ty Roberts – VP of Product Marketing at Itron

Joe Svachula – VP Strategic Planning at Exelon and former VP Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd

Amy Akers – Board Director at Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Lawanda Parnell – Chief Information Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Sonny Garg – Energy Solutions Leader at Uptake and Former CIO of Exelon

Mike Bates – General Manager of Energy Solutions at Intel

Greg Carter – SVP Software Business Unit at Acuity Brands

John Schemmel – Professor/Coordinator of Civil Engineering Program at Texas State University Ingram School of Engineering

Cengizhan Yenerim – Director of Demand Risk Management at Engie

Ron Zimmer – CEO of CABA

Brad Williams – VP Industry Strategy at Oracle Utilities

Steve Tarnowski – Director of Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure at General Motors

Mark Buckner – Power & Energy System Group Leader at Oak Ridge National Lab

Steve Lowe – National Smart Cities Sales Practice Leader at AT&T

Noa Rimini – CEO of Grid4C

Taylor Presswood – CEO of Z-Bikez

Alpert Uzmezler – CEO of Anka Labs

Karl Popham – EV Charging and Emerging Technologies Manager at Austin Energy

Andres Carvallo – CEO and Founder of CMG and Former CIO of Austin Energy

Tom Rose – Principal, CMG and Former VP of TXU

Bill Marsh – Principal, CMG

Dave Shpigler – Principal, CMG

Bill Haser – Principal, CMG

More to come….


Draft Agenda

Day 1

4:00-5:00 (60min) – Registration opens – Sponsored by

5:00-7:00 (120min) – Welcome Reception and Dinner – Sponsored by

6:00-6:10 (10min) – Gold Sponsor Keynote

Day 2

8:00-12:00 – Registration

8:00-9:00 (60min) – Breakfast – Sponsored by

9:00-9:05 (5min) – Silver Sponsor Keynote

9:05-9:30 (30 min) – Opening Keynote – Charles Dickerson – Austin Energy – Sponsored by

9:30-10:00 (30min) – Internet, Private Networks & IoT Panel

Moderator: Andres Carvallo – CMG

Panel: AT&T, PDV Wireless, Tantalus, Itron, Cisco

10:00-10:30 (30min) – Smart Grid / Smart Edge Panel

Moderator: Andres Carvallo – CMG

Panel: Exelon, Austin Energy, Siemens, Sempra, SMUD

10:30-10:45 (15min) – Break

10:45-11:15 (30min) – Smart Buildings Panel

Moderator: Ron Zimmer – CABA

Panel: Acuity, Honeywell, Intel, Anka Labs

11:15-11:45 (30min) – Smart Factory / Industry 4.0 Panel

Moderator: Bill Haser – CMG

Panel: Edison Energy, Texas State, MOMI, TBD

11:45-12:45 (60min) – Lunch – Sponsored by

12:45-12:50 (5min) – Silver Sponsor Keynote

12:50-1:15 (30min) – Midday Keynote – Walter Horton – Texas State University – Sponsored by

1:15-1:45 (30min) – Smart Cities Panel

Moderator: Dave Shpigler – CMG

Panel: National Grid, City of Austin, City of Irving-TX, Itron, AT&T

1:45-2:15 (30min) – AI/ML Panel

Moderator: Andres Carvallo – CMG

Panel: ORNL, Spark Cognition, Uptake, C3 IoT, Grid4C

2:15-2:45 (30min) – Blockchain, Cloud, and DataBases Panel

Moderator: Andres Carvallo – CMG

Panel: PowerLedger, OsiSoft, E.ON, Oracle, Google

2:45-3:00 (15min) – Break

3:00-3:30 (30min) – Electric Mobility Panel

Moderator: Bill Marsh – CMG

Panel: GM, Z-Bikez, Austin Energy, Honda, Mercedez

3:30-4:00 (30min) – New Regulations and Business Models Panel

Moderator: Tom Rose – CMG

Jon Wellinghoff (GridPolicy), DOE, ERCOT, NYPUC

4:00-4:30 (30min) – Closing Keynote – tbd

4:30-5:00 (30min) – Break

5:00-5:10 (10min) – Gold Sponsor Keynote

5:10-7:00 (110min) – Reception and Dinner – Sponsored by


CMG will create a white paper per panel with the new key ideas/solutions, issues, and takeaways.  CMG will anonymize all commentary and will not embarrass or print anything that would put any speaker and/or company at risk.  All content selected for the white papers will be cleared with the appropriate participants.



Why CMG?

CMG has built a library of over 500 use cases and 18 frameworks. Each framework delivers the answers to use cases, technologies, vendors, business models, business cases, policy models, and best practices.

CMG’s corporate development, go-to-market planning, and commercialization are world-class.

CMG’s team has planned for and successfully deployed over $20 billion of technology solutions in the last 20 years.

CMG team has developed smart grid roadmaps for multiple utilities in the US, EU, Middle East and South America.

CMG team has developed smart city roadmaps for several fast growing cities.

CMG offers advisory services per month, 1-day workshops for each framework, 3-day workshops for each framework, and customer-defined consulting projects (e.g. 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, and beyond as needed).

The CMG advantage is world-class advise by former senior executives with 25 years plus of successful experience for 50% less than the Big Old Brands.  CMG is Cheaper, Faster and Better !!!

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