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Water: Two Views of a Vital Resource

(1) Water Shortage:  Crisis or Opportunity Olivier Jerphagnon of PowWow Energy

(2) Water: The Lifeblood of Silicon Valley Jim Fiedler of Santa Clara Valley Water District

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Olivier JerphagnonOlivier Jerphagnon of PowWow Energy and winner of the 2013 Cleantech Open will talk about how PowWow Energy's technology and data analysis give farmers significant savings in both water and energy use.  Olivier will also talk about his lessons learned as an entrepreneur, including how they got started and what they learned while going through the Cleantech Open program, leading up to the national competition.

Olivier Jerphagnon is co-founder and CEO of PowWow Energy, a SaaS company addressing the growing energy-water crisis in the Agriculture sector.  Previously Olivier was CEO of Monitoring Division Inc., a provider of data sensing and machine learning technology professional services to tier-1 carriers. Olivier also was part of the original team at Calient and rose to European Managing Director. He has a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from INP Grenoble, France and an MS from UC Santa Barbara.


Jim Fiedler picJim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water, is responsible for leading Santa Clara’s water supply program consisting of: water importation, surface reservoir operations and storage, groundwater management, raw and treated water delivery, drinking water treatment, water recycling and water conservation programs. Jim is Chair of the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) Board of Directors; and serves on the Board of the WateReuse Association and holds other industry leadership roles. Jim has a BS from Loyola Marymount and an MS from Stanford in Civil Engineering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD), formed in 1929 following a multiyear drought, has built a comprehensive water management system that has supported the transformation from the agricultural “Valley of Heart’s Delight” to the technological “Silicon Valley.”  Come learn where your water comes from, how it is stored and managed.  How will the current drought affect Silicon Valley?  What challenges does the SCVWD face and how does it work with other agencies?  What innovations are allowing water re-use?


Thursday Evening, February 6, 2014
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Check-in, Networking & Light Refreshments
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Presentation and Q&A (No Morning EGG Meeting)

SEMI Building “Main Entrance” (for questions email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 3081 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134



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