20th May 2020 "Towards Carbon Zero Digital Infrastructure" Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago's efficiency and sustainability challenge!
Chicago is already the 3rd largest datacenter market in North America and with recent tax incentives it is being predicted to double in size within 4-5 years according to Cushman & Wakefield. Combine this with the Cities ambition to becoming carbon neutral by 2035 and using 100% renewable energy by 2050 - the digital infrastructure industry needs to re-think it's approach to meet these goals.
Working “Towards Carbon Zero 2030” addresses not only the demand for carbon-clean energy to power business and industry operations. It also speaks to the Circular Economy as it applies to our industry, calling for a substantial reduction in the carbon embedded in everything from construction materials to both the facilities and IT hardware infrastructure, and its performance from a lifecycle management perspective.
Digital Infra Network and the "Towards Carbon Zero 2030" Summit Series is our response to the now urgent mandate requiring the combined industry sectors that make up modern Digital Infrastructure meet and even exceed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.
Our mission focuses on several key areas:
Smart, Clean Energy - Generation, Transmission, Smart-Grid Distribution, Clean Power Purchasing, Virtual Power Plants, On-Site/Near-Site Clean Power Generation, Micro-grids and Blockchain, Demand Response Management, RECs and Carbon Credit Markets. All of which play their part in “Scorecarding” how we get to carbon zero.
Green Telecom Networks - High-Speed/Low-Latency for Long-Distance and Short-Haul metro Fiber, 5G Mobile and Wireless, IoT Edge.
Sustainable Data Center Facilities Infrastructure - Power and Cooling of Infrastructure from the New IoT Edge to the Multi-tenant Colo to Hyperscale Cloud.
IT and Facilities Infrastructure Life-Cycle - Managing towards the Circular Economy, for the full, holistic infrastructure “chip to chiller”.
Industry Self-Governance, the UN SDGs 2030 - Aligning with, Measuring and Reporting Performance on fulfilment of the Zero Carbon 2030 Mandate (in global affiliation with the SmartNations Foundation)
Sustainable Design/Construction and Supply Chain - How current methodologies are evolving to meet the sustainability challenge
Sustainable Outsourcing - How clean is your cloud? Do Operators Sustainability goals align with those of the End User?
Join over 400+ end users, solution providers, service providers and experts to discuss how we steward the move towards a more sustainable and carbon neutral future for Digital Infrastructure - including Edge, Telco, Service Provider, Enterprise and Hyperscale operators. Attendees will network with their peers and hear from leading-industry specialists and solution providers who have the know-how and technology to solve efficiency and sustainability challenges.
Who should attend?
Typical job titles for Digital Infra attendees: CEO, CFO, COO Heads/Directors/Managers of: Construction - Site selection - Digital Infrastructure - Data Centers/Telcos - Data Center/Telco Infrastructure Engineering - Network Engineering - Energy Management - Operations- Sustainability - Water Strategy - Facilities - Power/Cooling - Artificial Intelligence Specialists - Corporate Social Responsibility - Outsourcing - Facilities Management - Investment - Fibre
Infrastructure Upgrades - Advancements in technology and engineering solutions - Operational performance - Power/Cooling - Energy - Efficiency - Water - Microgrids - Network Infrastructure - Onsite Power Generation - Wind/Solar/Hydro - Fuel Cells - AI - Corporate Social Responsibility - Sustainable Outsourcing - Sustainable Site Selection - Embedded Carbon - Circular Economy - Sustainable Construction Methodologies.
You are invited to meet with the founders and members of the Working Group behind the Smart Nations Foundation (SNF) at Digital Infra Chicago
SNF is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of 21st century technologies, from sustainable energy and digital infrastructure to SmartCities programs and applications at scales necessary to enable the sustainable digital transformation of societies and economies in the fast-evolving global “4.0” era.
SNF recognizes that emerging economies often need significant planning, knowledge-sharing expertise, and financial resources to help ensure that they are fully able to participate in and benefit from the Digital Transformation of the global economy.
SNF is, therefore, dedicated to working in close strategic and developmental partnership with the United Nations and its United SmartCities program, through the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) and other interrelated UN agencies and NGO efforts, with a particular focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SNF stakeholders can tap into, learn, and develop professional skills and networks for collaboration and co-creation using high-value research and case studies-based content. The intention is to help accelerate the adoption of technologies that will enable full participation in the global Digital Transformation Economy and Society 4.0.
Smart Nations will be joining us in several locations throughout 2020. If you are interested in contributing articles, content or have interest in exhibiting at Digital Infra Chicago, please drop us a line and one of our Team will be delighted to assist you.
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Argonne National Laboratory
Anthony (TJ) Johnson
Sr. Director, Global Lead, IT Management
VP, North America
T5 Data Centers
Dr. Timothy Oergel
Chair & CEO
American Advanced Technology + Cybersecurity University
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Joint Force Solutions
Data Center Incidents Reporting Network (DCIRN)
Digital Infra Chicago is free to attend for qualifying delegates.
If you are responsible for investment, site selection, energy efficiency, power/cooling, sustainability & corporate social responsibility, or design, build/operate some form of digital infrastructure you will qualify for a VIP ticket so please complete the following form and we will confirm your VIP status.
If you work in sales/business development, are employed by an equipment manufacturer, reseller or integrator then kindly fill out the form and a member of the Digital Infra team will contact you to discuss participation options and arrange your attendance at this event.
We hope to see you there!
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