ARPA-E News Alert: November 29, 2016

Speakers Announced for 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit; Early Bird Rates End Tomorrow

ARPA-E today announced the first wave of speakers for the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, to be held February 27, 2017 through March 1, 2017 in National Harbor, Md. These experts sit at the forefront of energy innovation and entrepreneurship, underscoring ARPA-E’s mission of advancing transformative energy technologies to improve U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness: 
  • Lynn Good, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy
  • L. Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Jeffrey Sachs, university professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
  • Thomas Siebel, founder, chairman and CEO of C3 IoT
  • Thomas Hager, author of The Alchemy of Air
  • Saul Griffith, founder and CEO of Otherlab
ARPA-E will announce additional speakers as the Summit date approaches. 

“The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit represents the Department’s commitment to advancing breakthrough technologies that are critical for our energy and economic future,” said ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams. “The summit is an excellent opportunity to learn about the next generation of groundbreaking energy technologies, and we are delighted to host a diverse array of speakers to spark a discussion about what the future holds.” 

Now in its eighth year, the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit draws more than 2,200 participants from across the United States and 25 countries to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and cultivate relationships with leaders from industry, government and academia to advance technologies towards deployment. The ARPA-E Summit will also feature a variety of breakout sessions led by today’s top minds in energy.

The Technology Showcase at the ARPA-E summit features more than 275 innovative technologies from across all energy sectors, including prototypes and commercial-ready products—many on public display for the first time. The showcase brings ARPA-E awardees and other top technologists together with investors and corporate decision makers who are looking to transform how energy is created, used, and stored.

Additionally, the Student Program at the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is a unique opportunity for graduate students to network with organizations searching for new talent and learn about advanced energy technologies. The 100 graduate-level students selected may attend the Summit, participate in student-focused programming, and meet with corporate recruiters. Applications due by December 5, 2016.

Early-bird registration rates end November 30. For more information, or to register for the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, please visit