Innovative Energy Technology: Including AI, Automation, Big Data and Blockchain


1 hour and 15 minutes


This session will look at the digital transformation within energy management and how advancements in Smart Meters, AR/VR, Cloud Data Analytics, IoT, Blockchain and more can evolve to optimise our energy usage.



Bianca Sylvester
Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Bianca has 12 years of experience in climate change policy and clean energy markets. She is currently a Director at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation based in Sydney, Australia, is the CEFC’s Government and Stakeholder Relations Team and is a board member for the Australian Alliance of Energy Productivity. Ms Sylvester previously spent 6 years as an Energy and Climate Change Specialist at the World Bank based in Washington DC. Previously, Ms Sylvester was a trader in J.P. Morgan’s commodities sales and trading team, based in Singapore and Sydney. She is a co-author and editor of ‘Transforming Climate Finance and Green Investment with Blockchains’, editor of the World Bank’s State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2012, and has peer reviewed several journals relating to climate change and clean energy. Ms Sylvester holds a Masters of Government from the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.


Kaspar Kaarlep
Co-Founder & CTO, WePower

Kaspar is a leader in the European Utility and DSO sector. As a speaker, technology strategist and complex problem solver he has been very active not only in his native Estonia, where he was serving as CTO of Elektrilevi - Estonia's largest DSO, but across Europe. Kaspar is the Co-Founder and CTO of WePower – an innovative energy transaction marketplace.

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Shama Islam
Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Dr Shama Naz Islam is a senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Deakin University. She is a leading researcher in the area of smart grid communication, IoT for smart energy applications, energy management, renewable powered base stations, and smart grid security. In 2015, she completed her PhD from the Australian National University. She is one of the investigators of the project “Development of a Proposed Performance Standard for a Battery Storage System connected to a Domestic/Small Commercial Solar PV System”, that secured 1.4 million AUD funding from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in 2018. She has successfully attracted internal grants worth of $200,000 over the last 4 years along with other investigators from Deakin University. She has received Future Women Leader’s Award from Monash University in 2017. She has been awarded Victoria Fellowship 2019 for her contributions in scientific innovations in Victoria.

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Bob Sharon
Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Blue IoT

During these most challenging of times, it's most imperative that we look for opportunities to innovate in the operations of smart buildings, assets and cities. By leveraging the IoT, OT, smart wireless sensors, Cloud, LPWANs, AI, Analytics, Machine Learning, Cyber Security and trusted supply chains, our world could be a much better place to live and work. As the founder, Bob is particularly proud of Blue IoT's Proptech/Greentech global leadership in the development of the first IoT cloud based BMS/EMS platform called Encompass Blue which is saving up to 50% of total building energy and carbon footprint. This Aussie innovation is now going to the world and will make a real difference to the global triple bottom line. Bob has been privileged to have conducted the first NABERS Data Centre Energy rating back in 2013. Then in early 2016, From a cyber security perspective, he was honoured to have been part of the company that supplied and implemented the first commercial firewall back in 1994, Checkpoint FireWall 1 version 1.0.

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Justine Jarvinen
CEO, UNSW Energy Institute 

Justine Jarvinen is the Chief Executive Officer of the UNSW Energy Institute. Justine has more than 25 years of experience spanning the energy value chain in technical, commercial, strategic, advisory and board roles. She has been employed by ExxonMobil, Shell and AGL Energy, has been a trusted advisor to a variety of energy sector organisations, and was a leading energy equity analyst at JBWere.

Justine has a track record of ‘future proofing’ the energy sector. She particularly enjoys helping organisations and their boards to anticipate change, reposition strategy, conceive new business models, create partnerships and build capabilities. She helped to lead the digitisation of the electricity industry at AGL, and was instrumental in establishing AGL’s New Energy division.

Justine holds a first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment; she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of FINSIA. In addition to being Chair of Wattwatchers, she is a director of ASX-listed Milton Corporation.

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