The Knowledge Conference at IUW

The Knowledge Conference is the main event at Itron Utility Week. Conference delegates can choose from over 90 breakout sessions, attend two impactful keynotes, participate in a number of networking activities, and visit the Knowledge Center to learn about Itron's end-to-end solutions, as well as complementary offerings from our partners.

Each morning begins with breakfast and an opening keynote session followed by 45-minute breakout sessions—built upon tracks that are focused on key industry trends and drivers—throughout the day, with a group lunch and several breaks in between.

Most people participating in Itron Utility Week attend the Knowledge Conference and extend their stay by adding pre- or post-conference training sessions to their itinerary. If you are not attending pre-conference training sessions, plan to arrive in Houston by mid-day Sunday to participate in the Opening Networking Reception, hosted by the Itron Users' Advisory Board, on Sunday evening. For new attendees to Itron Utility Week, we also have a First Timers’ Reception on Sunday evening to introduce you to the conference, key leaders, events and more.

All meals and networking events are included with your Knowledge Conference registration fee.

To see the full schedule of the Knowledge Conference breakout sessions on Monday, Oct. 16 and Tuesday, Oct. 17, see the Agenda-at-a-Glance.
Scott Prochazka

Monday General Session Keynote:

Scott Prochazka, CenterPoint Energy

Join president and CEO of CenterPoint Energy Scott Prochazka for a special welcome keynote address and kickoff to #IUW17, which takes place in CNP’s service territory. Hear about CNP’s vision for the future and drive to deliver increasing service, value and safety to CNP’s customers

Monday Big Picture Session

Where IoT Meets the Smart Grid: The Intersection of Edge Intelligence, Sensors and Networks

3:45 - 4:45 p.m., Texan Ballroom Salon B


The Internet of Things (IoT) represents both a technology revolution and a buzz word bandied about our industry. But what does it really mean? It’s clear that IoT technology developments—such as distributed intelligence, ubiquitous connectivity, machine-to-machine learning and cloud computing are redefining what’s possible in grid operations and customer service. These technologies are also driving the smart cities movement. In this session, we will feature experts who will provide perspective on what impact the Internet of Things is having on the utility industry, its technology decisions and business transformation efforts.



  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal Northbridge Energy Partners & Forbes Writer



  • Gordon Feller, Co-founder, Meeting of the Minds
  • Bryan Tantzen, General Manager Connected Industries/Manufacturing BU, Cisco
  • Zoe Wood, Senior Manager Digital IOT, Accenture

Resourceful Insights

Join Dr. Michael Webber and Sharelynn Moore on Tuesday for an update on the Resourcefulness App, the energy and water nexus and more.

Mike Mullane

Tuesday General Session Keynote:

Colonel Mike Mullane (retired)

With 134 combat missions in Vietnam and 356 hours logged in space, retired Colonel Mike Mullane of the US Air Force and NASA has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety.

Tuesday Big Picture Session

Connected Communities and the Partnerships and Projects that Power Them
10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Texan Ballroom Salon B


As more and more cities leverage technology and key partnerships to innovate, drive economic development and create more resourceful communities, the smart cities movement has gone beyond concept to reality. This discussion features speakers who will share the progress made in their city and what it takes to drive successful initiatives. Panelists will share the lessons learned and insights you can take back to your company.


•    Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal Northbridge Energy Partners & Forbes Writer


•    Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
•    Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance
•    Emily Yates, Deputy Director, Envision Charlotte

Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center

Sunday, Oct. 15th: 2 - 5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 16th: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17th: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
How does today's utility become more efficient, more effective and more resourceful? A great first step is a visit to our Knowledge Center at Itron Utility Week.

The Knowledge Center is a showcase of Itron's comprehensive solutions and partner offerings. It's a thriving ecosystem that demonstrates the value of Itron technology, software and services—and is staffed by knowledgeable experts that can show you how your utility can become operationally excellent and make the most of its electricity, gas and water resources.

Together with our partners in the Knowledge Center, the Itron team is committed to delivering the business outcomes you need for continued success. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to speak with our technology experts.

Refreshments and snacks will be served in the Knowledge Center during all breaks on Monday and Tuesday.