Conference Programme

09 - 12 September 2019   |   Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

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09:00 09:50

Keynote - Innovation: The pathway to prosperity

10:00 11:15

Opening Session

11:45 15:30

Interactive Parallel Sessions

11:45

Start Up Energy Transition: The Power of the bold

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Bold entrepreneurs are tackling some of the world’s most pressing energy challenges, many of them using radically new business models and technologies. The winners of this years’ Start up Energy Transition Award illustrate the power of the bold and demonstrate a vision beyond conventions.

11:45

Energy innovation: Technology push versus society pull

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Key drivers of the energy transition including decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation deliver entirely new solutions and expose incumbent business models, assets and resources. Some of these solutions entirely depend on the willingness of the consumer and society to embrace them. However, many driven by digitalisation are not directly visible to the consumer but may profoundly change the realities of the energy system. 1) What is the role of the consumer on the way to a next generation energy system? 2) What are the most critical demand-side disruptions on the horizon? 3) What are examples of new business models and technology developments with disruptive potential? 4) What are the key gaps and barriers to scale?

11:45

Agile giants: What defines the successful incumbent?

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Many incumbents face financial pressure, lose market shares to new players, and are exposed to a rapidly changing context where future success depends on the capability to innovate. Good innovators learn from others' success and the best learn from own failure - whether this be in the realms of technology, business practice, policy or investment. 1) What are success stories and failures of incumbents adopting change and innovation? 2) What is the role of open innovation collaboration? 3) What does it take to create an innovation culture?

11:45

Innovation culture: the power of diversity

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Diversity and the culture to absorb its’ seeds are the fertile ground of innovation. Effective innovation requires a diverse set of ideas and perspectives, best drawn from a team with different backgrounds, genders, and ages. The Googles and Amazons pride themselves with working cultures that facilitate diversity and build on its riches. 1) What are examples of good innovation cultures and which role does diversity play? 2) What does it take to change the culture in a traditionally conservative energy sector? 3) Which companies have managed to go through deep cultural change and what are the learnings?

11:45

Empowered cities: Driving the change

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Generating 85% of global GDP and home to over half of the world’s population, cities are increasingly becoming powerful drivers of change. By 2050 the urban population will grow by an additional 2.5 billion people, mostly in Asia and Africa. Acting both locally and collaboratively, cities are taking action and leading the way on a number of critical energy, resources and resilience issues. Resources and resilience challenges will change the way cities will have to deliver and solve these. 1) What are examples of cities driving new solutions in energy, resources and resilience challenges? 2) What are key barriers for cities to be effective in solving these issues? 3) Do cities have the necessary autonomy and authority to solve these issues? 4) What action today will define the most successful city of the future?

11:45

From kit to bit and chit: Where is the future in energy value-adding services?

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The concept of equity has moved in recent decades from physical assets (the kit) to data and information (the bit), and now moves into an era where tokens (the chit) are an accepted currency of corporate value. Is the energy market stuck in an out of date era of measuring value by industrial assets, or are the opportunities of the brave new business world been adopted and exploited? This session looks at how we assess and develop value in today's world and identifies the practice that all progressive organisations need to adopt.

11:45

The innovation ecosystem: What does success look like?

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Effective innovation will be needed to successfully navigate the energy transition and achieve energy prosperity for all. However, creating effective innovation ecosystems is not easy and requires the combination of robust skills development, adequate public and private sector investments, effective policy enabling environments and open interaction among the diverse actors. What are the key conditions for nurturing a healthy innovation ecosystem? 1) What are success stories of countries/companies who have created an effective innovation ecosystem? What were the key enablers of these? 2) What are the cultural, economic and political barriers to creating innovation ecosystems? 3) Is public-private collaboration a prerequisite for building successful innovation ecosystems?

16:00 17:30

Closing Session

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