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VIA Visionaries: Cybersecurity Lessons from the Frontlines with Stan Byers of USAID

Have you ever wondered what role cybersecurity plays in development and humanitarian aid organizations? Us too! That’s why we’ve invited Stan Byers, Cybersecurity Team Lead at USAID, to VIA’s HQ to chat with our CEO, Colin Gounden, for the latest installment of our VIA Visionaries interview series.

Holding true to the purpose of our VIA Visionaries series, Stan shares a collective mission with VIA of making our communities cleaner, safer, and more equitable. We’re going to chat about Stan’s role at USAID, an independent U.S. government agency that is responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance, and his remarkable career. From advocating for clean energy in post-conflict regions to driving cybersecurity initiatives at the national level, Stan has surely cemented his standing as an exceptional expert in cybersecurity and humanitarian aid.

Be sure to RSVP for the event on our LinkedIn page and tune in to our YouTube channel on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 2:30pm ET to watch!

VIA leadership invited to host a kiosk at Second Front Systems’ Offset Symposium in Washington, D.C.

VIA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Babiec and Director, Client Delivery, Haden Snyder will be hosting a kiosk at the Second Front Systems’ Offset Symposium Customer Gallery on May 16, 2024 in Washington, D.C. This event brings together leading national security professionals, including renowned speakers, leaders in emerging tech, government, and venture capital.

VIA will be showcasing our AI-enabled electrical vehicle fleet optimization and energy resilience solution, eJARVIS. There is still time to register, visit Second Front’s website to secure your spot and catch Joe and Haden in person:

VIA team travels to France for the finals of ABB Scaleup Challenge 2024

We made it to the finals of the ABB Scaleup Challenge 2024! What started out as 150+ high-caliber competitors from 35 countries around the world has dwindled down to three (including us!) in our category: Smart Buildings.

VIA team members, CEO Colin Gounden, Client Delivery Lead, Becky McClements, and Expansion Manager, Ray Neubauer, can’t wait to showcase the value of Skylight in Switzerland to support grid resilience, carbon reduction, and data protection. The final 2.5 day event takes place in Sophia Antipolis, France from April 25-27. The winner will be announced at the end of the day on April 26th, followed by a fun-filled day on April 27th at the 7th Monaco E-Prix race.

Follow along on LinkedInXInstagram, and Threads to hear the latest from VIA in this journey!

VIA Visionaries: Exploring Swiss Energy Systems with Arnab Chatterjee

If there’s one thing devoted VIA followers know about us: we love all things clean energy and Switzerland 🇨🇭! That’s precisely why we are thrilled to host Arnab Chatterjee, Postdoctoral Researcher at EMPA’s Urban Energy Systems Lab, for the latest installment of our VIA Visionaries interview series.

In Arnab’s current role at EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research in Switzerland, he is involved in research projects that explore user behavior and energy systems using machine learning. One project we are particularly excited to chat with Arnab about is called LANTERN (Living Labs Interfaces for Energy Transition). LANTERN is an 8-year clean energy project, one that VIA is proud to be a partner in. To hear more about this project and Arnab’s experience in developing smarter, more energy-efficient buildings, tune in to our livestream on Friday, April 5th at 10:30am ET, by RSVPing on our LinkedIn event page.

VIA attending Energy Exchange in Pittsburgh, PA

VIA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Babiec, and Director, Client Delivery, Haden Snyder will be attending the upcoming Energy Exchange conference, hosted by the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program.

Renowned as the largest agency-driven training event and tradeshow for the federal utility community, the event focuses on innovative strategies, emerging technologies and solutions paramount to advancing towards a clean energy economy. Further details on the event can be found on the Energy Exchange website.

AWS invites VIA’s Chief Commercial Officer Joe Babiec to represent VIA at CERAWeek Innovation Agora

AWS has invited VIA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Babiec, to host a booth at AWS’ Agora House during CERAWeek 2024. According to the Financial Times, CERAWeek is “arguably the most important event on the energy industry’s calendar.” Innovation Agora is CERAWeek’s open marketplace hosting 200+ pods, 420+ sessions, and 650+ speakers with the goal of sharing ideas and insights on energy innovation, emerging technologies, and solutions.

If you are attending Innovation Agora, reach out to Joe Babiec and meet him at AWS’ Agora House: #370 AB from March 18-21. For more information on the event, check out the Innovation Agora website.

VIA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Babiec, attends Elemental Excelerator’s Clean Energy Business and Innovation Week in Washington, D.C.

Elemental Excelerator invited VIA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Babiec, to join its first-ever Clean Energy Business and Innovation Week event. The highly anticipated event, which took place in Washington, D.C. from March 4-6, 2024, brought together 150+ climate tech companies, policymakers, business leaders, and investors to discuss the importance of the clean energy transition.

During the action-packed event, Joe met with Kaylah Fermaint of the U.S. House of Representatives to talk about VIA’s mission and ventured to Axios’ HQ for a series of interviews that covered the accomplishments of the Inflation Reduction Act. Overall, we were impressed by the commitment of fellow attendees (seen together above) in following a similar mission to VIA’s of making our communities cleaner, safer, and more equitable 🌱.

VIA energy experts attending Geotab Connect 2024 in Las Vegas

VIA’s VP, Strategic Alliances, Michael DeNitto, and Energy Solutions Lead, Will Chapman will be attending Geotab Connect 2024 in Las Vegas, taking place February 14-16, 2024. The event focuses on best practices and innovative technologies for fleet management. For more information on the event, visit the Geotab website. If you plan to attend, reach out to Michael or Will to set up a time to meet!

VIA Visionaries: Smart Policies for a Smarter Grid with Graham Turk

It’s the VIA Visionaries you know and love, but on location! Join us LIVE from MIT as VIA’s CEO Colin Gounden sits down for a chat with MIT Energy Initiative’s Graham Turk to talk about smart policies for a smarter grid!
In Graham’s current role at MIT, he is in charge of researching grid impacts of rapid electrification and tariff design to promote adoption of heat pumps and electric vehicles. Prior to joining MIT, Graham spent several years with Green Mountain Power, well known for providing 100% carbon-free electricity to 266,000 customers across Vermont.
For those of you interested in clean energy, EVs, and overall love a good conversation, this is a must! Tune in on Thursday, February 8th at 12:00pm ET by RSVPing on our LinkedIn event page.

Power Up!: Accelerating Growth in 2024

We’re gearing up to Power Up! VIAneers worldwide will unite to shape our vision for 2024. This two-day event, with the theme, “VIA Vision”, aims to fuel accelerated growth for a groundbreaking 2024! Follow along on LinkedInX, and Instagram for pics and snippets of our hybrid event.

VIA’s CEO Colin Gounden invited to speak at GBBC’s 7th Annual Blockchain Central Davos event in Switzerland

We’re thrilled to announce that VIA’s CEO, Colin Gounden, has been invited to participate in the esteemed 7th Annual Blockchain Central Davos event, hosted by the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) from January 14-18, 2024. This prestigious conference coincides with the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, a testament to the magnitude and influential reach of this event.

Colin will be on a panel that covers the topic of AI and blockchain and will take place on January 17, 2024 from 3:00-3:40pm CET.

For more details, visit GBBC’s official event page and follow us on LinkedInXInstagram for the latest updates!

VIA Visionaries: Data, AI, and Enterprise Innovation with Kim Crider

We’re thrilled to host our next VIA Visionaries live stream event, featuring special guest, Major General Kim Crider (ret.). Maj. Gen. Crider, the former Chief Technology Innovation Officer for the United States Space Force, will sit down with VIA’s CEO, Colin Gounden live at our VIA HQ.

Having spent over 35 years with the United States Air Force, Maj. Gen. Crider possesses a deep and unique insight into the intersection of aerospace and technology. As the Air Force Chief Data Officer, and later the Chief Technology Innovation Officer, she was at the forefront of operationalizing technology-driven solutions within the space sector.

Join us as we delve into Maj. Gen. Crider’s remarkable experiences. Tune in at 1:00 PM ET on Monday, December 4th to hear first-hand perspectives from a true visionary in the field.

VIA’s CEO Colin Gounden Invited to Present at Swiss Blockchain Federation Event in Switzerland

VIA’s CEO, Colin Gounden, will be traveling to Switzerland next week to speak at the kick-off meeting for the Swiss Blockchain Federation’s new “Energy” Working Group. This event, taking place on November 30th, 2023, will unite industry thought leaders from the corporate and energy sectors at the Switzerland Innovation Park Central in Rotkreuz.

Colin will share VIA’s expertise on the intersection of blockchain technology and the energy sector during his talk, “Blockchain Applications in the US Energy Sector” at 5:45 PM (local time).

To join this event, register by sending an email to by November 27, 2023.

VIA Visionaries: The Future of Sustainability and Climate Solutions with Ann Davlin

Ann Davlin, Partnership Development & Commercialization at Constellation will join VIA’s CEO, Colin Gounden, for the latest live stream event as part of our VIA Visionaries interview series. Ann’s mission at Constellation is to “intersect business, technology, and humanity to drive impactful partnerships and solutions.” We’re looking forward to our interview with Ann as she shares her experience on the future of sustainability and climate solutions. Don’t miss the interview, tune in at 2:30PM ET on Thursday, November 2nd for our live stream event!

VIA Visionaries: Policy, Investment, and Climate with Hilary Flynn

Join Hilary Flynn, Managing Director, Investments at MassCEC and VIA CEO Colin Gounden for a discussion on sustainable investment strategies, the influence of finance on climate and policy, and the latest innovations driving climate solutions. Hilary has dedicated the majority of her career to the energy space and has a wealth of knowledge in commercializing new technologies, investments, and policy development. This is a chat you don’t want to miss! Tune in for the livestream of VIA Visionaries on October 12th at 2:30pm.