Event season in full swing

Written by Brian Seitz

This is always an active time of year for industry events, and 2018 is no different. Buddy team members have spanned the globe, participating in events focused on schools, sustainability, IoT and more. It’s great to demonstrate the impact and application Buddy Ohm can have in wide variety of building and facility types.

Most recently I was in Honolulu, Hawaii attending the VERGE Hawaii 2018 Conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This gathering focuses on clean energy, and sustainability in Asia-Pacific, with a focus on issues and opportunities in the State of Hawaii. A collection of policy makers, NGOs and technology providers shared best practices and blockers to achieving Hawaii’s commitments to carbon neutrality by 2045, increases in electrified vehicles, and measuring progress against the Aloha+ challenge.

A couple takeaways from the event:

  • Hawaii has the motivation and the will to push aggressively against their sustainability targets
  • The encouragement and support from local government agencies is strong, but there is still much to be done to translate this into quick wins for the business community
  • Building on quick wins derived from monitoring and visualizing utility and environmental conditions, the opportunity for reduction across the state is large
  • Building strategies for infrastructure resiliency is top of mind, and there is a role to play for every building owner and operator across the State
  • Hawaii attracts millions of visitors from around the World every year, and while they are attracted to the natural beauty and culture, that volume of visits also puts those things at risk
  • Visitors to the State can play a role in preserving the natural beauty of the island by choosing properties with meaningful sustainability programs, as a visitor reducing negative impact, even taking time out to give back through voluntourism efforts provided by great organizations like travel2change.

VERGE Hawaii isn’t the only place Buddy has landed this Spring:

IoT World 2018 – one of the largest shows we participate in every year, and it’s interesting to see the maturation of IoT. More and more, large platform vendors are exhibiting, speaking and sponsoring, showing that momentum continues to build, and more companies are actively planning and evaluating how IoT can play a role in achieving their business strategies.

Buddy’s presence at the show was as strong as in past years, with exhibition space that showcased our Works with Ohm program, a video case study on Whitefish School District, and real electrical panel [not live of course] to demonstrate exactly how Ohm can be used to essentially submeter a building. We also had live demonstrations of our Ohm View Portal, showing how we can help visualize data that was previously hidden inside a monthly utility bill.

Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Conference – our second year attending the conference, this time featuring Buddy VP of Sales and Partnerships, Tim Ritchie. As part of our research sponsorship, Tim unveiled the results of a study we conducted that got to the root of the natural tension between building managers and occupants. The 45-minute presentation was well received and helped to show both managers and occupants actually have similar goals when it comes to building health, just coming at it from different angles. With some simple steps, and greater access to building health data, these two constituents can be powerful allies in efforts to make the building a more financially and environmentally sustainable facility. Get the whole whitepaper here to learn more.

Cloud Summit – Ingram Micro – as part of our global distributor network for Buddy Ohm, connecting with Ingram Micro resellers in person was important to us. Members of the Buddy team spent a couple days in Florida connecting with resellers helping them understand the opportunity Ohm could provide them in deepening their relationships with new and existing customers.

Green Schools Conference and Expo – schools are in many ways at the forefront of sustainability efforts. Not only are schools increasing built using green materials and practices, the students represent a new generation of global citizen that can help reduce negative impact on the planet. The Green Schools Conference and Expo provided an excellent platform to show how Buddy Ohm could help the facilities run more efficiently, but also serve a learning platform for curriculum and data driven programs.

As I mentioned, a busy but worthwhile effort on the events front this Spring. We learned lots, made many new connections, and now we take that information back into the team to ensure Buddy Ohm is a service that can have outsized impact for our customers and their business goals.