The 2017 edition of the Clean Acres Annual Conference and First Pitch is a one-day conference on best practices in real estate + technology. From facilities design to security, and from energy efficiency to project finance, the Clean Acres conference provides insights into the challenges faced by innovative companies every day. The lineup features leading authorities in energy, infrastructure, finance, commercial real estate technology, and more.




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Clean Acres 2017 plenary sessions

The plenary sessions at Clean Acres are power-packed with stellar speakers and new insights.

  The Hon. James Connaughton is CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, and former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

The Hon. James Connaughton is CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, and former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Opening Plenary: Sustainable Transformation in Established Industries

James Connaughton is Chief Executive Officer of Nautilus Data Technologies. Prior to this role, Mr. Connaughton, served as Executive Vice President of C3 Energy, enabling energy companies to realize the full benefit of their IoT and system investments by applying the power of big data, advanced analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of power generation and delivery – making the ‘Internet of Energy’ a reality.

Previously, Mr. Connaughton was Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at Exelon and Constellation Energy (which merged with Exelon). Mr. Connaughton was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. From 2001-2009 he served as President Bush’s senior advisor on energy, environment and natural resources, and as Director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy. 

 Andrew McMahon is Regional Director for Dcode42 and Former Region 9 Administrator for the GSA.

Andrew McMahon is Regional Director for Dcode42 and Former Region 9 Administrator for the GSA.

Closing Plenary: A Fireside Chat With Andrew McMahon

Our closing plenary will be a fireside chat with Andrew McMahon, Regional Director for Dcode42 and Former Region 9 Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Dcode42 is a unique accelerator program that specializes in helping bring innovative, cutting-edge technologies into the federal government.

Andrew served as Regional Administrator for GSA's Pacific Rim Region. As Regional Administrator. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the Pacific Rim Region has an annual operating budget of nearly $1 billion. Its 36 million square foot real estate portfolio, which houses over 100,000 federal employees and GSA associates, includes 179 government-owned buildings and leased space in 944 commercial buildings. Mr. McMahon also supported the agency as the Senior Advisor for Technology, providing advice on technology policy, digital government, and agency operations.

He co-founded and helped build 18F, GSA's digital delivery team and scaled the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Prior to joining GSA, Mr. McMahon served as a Policy Analyst at the White House. There he advised the first two Federal Chief Information Officers and managed major federal policy initiatives, including the Federal IT Reform Plan. Mr. McMahon holds a BA from Boston College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.



Closing Reception

Join us for the closing reception and meet the entrepreneurs, industry leaders on the frontiers of CRE tech and sustainability.


first pitch: clean Acres 2017

Join us for our unique take on a demo day. CTC First Pitch events are a combination of three elements: pitches from early-stage companies, usually between seed and series A stages, technology showcases of applied research from partner labs and universities, and "reverse pitches" from investors, incubators, and accelerators specializing in the technology category of interest. For Clean Acres 2017, the First Pitch track will feature energy, building technologies, CRE tech, sustainability, and related themes.



Catch the next generation on the way up. First Pitch startups selected include early-stage companies in real estate technology, energy, buildings, water tech, lighting, solar, and more.

Presenting startups for Clean Acres 2017 include:

Emberlight - Emberlight is building a home automation product that turns any light into a smart light. Our device is a plug and play adapter that screws into your existing light socket, connects to your home WiFi network and enables you to control that light from anywhere in the world.

CalWave - CalWave Power Technologies provides a solution to harness the renewable power of ocean waves to produce electricity and freshwater. Our device is a novel Wave Energy Converter (WEC) that is simple and scalable. Our patented solution operates submerged, allowing it to survive stormy seas while causing no visual pollution or posing any collision danger. CalWave Power Technologies is a winner of the US Wave Energy Prize.

CloudKeyz has taken the traditional access management system and reinvented it to be faster, safer and more convenient for property managers, their tenants, guests and employees. Property managers use a simple tool to manage property from the cloud and give their users the power to move about the property key-free.

Flow Labs - We are bringing building owners real-time water insights. We combine hardware and software to help building owners gain insight into their water usage, reduce consumption, save money, and increase sustainability.



Drishyam AI - wants to disrupt the way users discover, learn, visualize & buy home décor products. It will do so by fundamentally changing the way users search for products, leveraging its patented image recognition algorithms. Drishyam also offers a smartphone based design pallet app that let users visualize home improvement upgrades. This is made possible by Drishyam's patented image replacement algorithms.

iPAR Impact is a patent pending platform that facilitates better reporting and intuitive analysis of impact investments.

Buoy Labs allows users to take control of water use. Buoy™ is a simple device that tells you how and where you use water, notifies you when you have a leak and shuts off your water in an emergency.


ConnectMyEV is the world's leading provider of smart and hands free chargers for Electric Vehicles (EVs). ConnectMyEV’s charging system is based on its proprietary conductive hands free charging technology which is 100% efficient and is scalable to high power levels required for DC fast charging.

Property damage from water leaks is expensive - over $10 billion of damage annually in the United States alone. Unlike spot detectors or single point sensors, the AquaSeca system detects activity throughout the building from a network of inexpensive, non-invasive sensors.



Our First Pitch format includes reverse pitches from investors specializing in these categories. Learn what they're looking for, what they've invested in, and what these investors do to support their portfolio companies.


Incubators & Accelerators

Entrepreneurs have options when it comes to finding an incubator or accelerator right for their startups. First Pitch features presentations by some of these programs. Startups can hear directly from program managers about the companies they seek and the support they provide.

Presenting incubators for Clean Acres 2017 include:

LACI is a non-profit organization funded by the CRA/LA and the LADWP for the City of Los Angeles. In partnership with the city’s exceptional educational and research organizations – UCLA, USC, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory – LACI helps accelerate the commercialization of their clean technologies in addition to accelerating new products developed by independent entrepreneurs. LACI is a result of the Clean Tech Los Angeles (CTLA) alliance among the Mayor’s office, the City’s universities, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Business Council, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, LADWP and the CRA/LA.


The 2017 Clean Acres Conference features a range of speakers from a wide variety of perspectives on CRE tech, operational excellence, and sustainability. Join us as we dive into the changes driving the industry and the innovators making transformation possible.

Session 1: Updating GIS for CRE Applications

GIS tools have broad implications for real estate, planning, development, and investment. Systems and platforms are undergoing a generational transformation expected to drive waves of change in commercial real estate, building management, and much more.

Speakers include:

  • Sean Casey, CEO, Silicon Valley Space Center (Moderator)
  • Brad Hauser, VP Analytics, Xceligent
  • Pavel Machalek, Co-Founder, SpaceKnow
  • Eric Anderson, Founder, AndOne Technologies
  • Justin Thompson, Partner, Nixon Peabody
  • Kevin Stein, CEO, Delos

Session 2: Investing in California

California stakeholders are leading change by making investments in sustainability through large organizations and the entrepreneurs that drive innovation.

Speakers include:

  • Greg Stevens, Green Per Square Foot (Moderator)
  • Erik Stokes, California Energy Commission
  • Derek Reichstein, YGrene Energy Fund