Tedx San Jose Features Clean Tech Rockstars

Jason Halpern

Tedx San Jose promises to inspire some serious brain-cell activity this Friday at Historic Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California. The independently organized TED event features three clean tech rockstars, in addition to several others involved in the arts, education, and digital media field.

So who will be on hand to present “ideas worth spreading” in the clean tech industry? Kevin Surace, who was named Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, is one speaker I am especially looking forward to hearing. Surace is the CEO of Serious Materials, a company on a mission to reduce energy usage of buildings and redefine the way buildings are made. Here’s a brief video of a previous TED talk he gave:

Another emerging clean tech pioneer on the stage is Jason Halpern. Halpern is the founder and CEO of PowerFlower Solar, a seed stage solar technology company that is developing a portable solar generator for farmers and the military. Halpern works to integrate ideas from the fields of engineering, business, and design for solving social problems.

The the third clean tech speaker for this Friday is Jonathan Trent, an oceanographer who heads up the Global Research into Energy and the Environment at NASA (GREEN). Trent and the GREEN team are developing a system for producing biofuels from carbon-neutral feedstock. Trent’s other research and inventions include methods for processing municipal wastewater and freshwater by desalination.

I hope to provide an intriguing synopsis of these three speaker’s presentations in a follow-up post. In addition, 3P readers will be glad to know that you can also watch the event live this Friday.

Shannon Arvizu, Ph.D, is a cleantech educator and spokesperson. You can read more at MissElectric.com.

Shannon Arvizu, Ph.D., is a clean tech educator and cutting-edge consultant for the auto industry. You can follow her test drives in the cars of the future at www.misselectric.com.

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