Frequently Asked Questions from Summit VIP Utility Attendees
What are the AGORA Summits?
The AGORA Summits are one-of-a-kind events modeled on a formula proven to be highly productive in the Utility Industry. AGORA offers an unprecedented opportunity for influential Public Power Utility Executives of Electric, & Water Utilities from Municipalities and Rural Cooperatives across North America to connect with the Industry's leading and most promising Vendors. In addition, AGORA provides Utility Executives an opportunity to network with their peers, share opinions, strategies and solutions for success.
How do I connect with Leading Vendors at a Summit?
The Summits are designed specifically to optimize your time, making this the most productive event you have ever experienced. There are three main ways to connect with Vendors. You will participate in intimate Boardroom Vendor Presentations, with 10 to 12 of your peers, allowing you to meet and speak with Senior Executives of the leading Vendors of technologies, services and solutions. The Boardroom Presentations are aimed at creating Industry relationships and partnerships which strengthen your Utilities understanding and knowledge of the latest technology and product breakthroughs. The Summit Solution Showcase enables productive, one-on-one meetings ideal for evaluating new technologies and conducting in-depth discussions. Executive Premier Presentations are interactive forums where analysts, editors and other Industry experts present the latest technology trends, market conditions and strategies designed to further enhance your knowledge regarding Utility Modernization, as well as addressing specific issues facing the Industry today. In addition, a dynamic series of social and networking activities are designed to solidify new business relationships and give you the forum you need for productive conversations.
Why attend a Summit if I already connect with Vendors?
At a Summit, you have the opportunity to meet with 45- 65+ Industry Leading Vendors in less than 3 days! You will have access to the latest technology breakthroughs and benefit from new product announcements that are helping to shape the future of the Industry. Plus, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers from across North America.
Who is invited to the AGORA Summits?
The Summit's exclusive, invitation-only, list of Utility Executives is comprised of 120 - 165+ C-level Utility Executives of Municipal/Rural Electric Distribution/ Investor Owned Utilities and Water Utilities from across the United States. Utility Executives are considered for one of the 120-165+ "VIP Utility Attendee Badges" based on several criteria: customer base, market influence and breadth of service to name a few. The final guest list consists of Utility Executives who are leaders in their respective regions and markets who seek progressive, forward thinking solutions.
What is the cost to attend a Summit?
Our "VIP Utility Attendees" attend at OUR expense. We pay for your transportation, luxury resort accommodations and exquisite meals!
What is expected as a VIP Utility Attendee?
You are expected to attend ALL Agenda functions: Private Boardroom Appointments, Solutions/Product Showcase, Meals, Seminars, Panels and Social/Networking functions, as well as complete all Survey materials. We encourage you to participate in discussions, provide feedback to Vendors and peers, and gain product knowledge and information.
How will my time be scheduled at the Summit?
The Summits have been organized for maximum productivity, offering a full schedule of business and networking activities throughout each day and evening with regular breaks to allow you to connect with your office and check emails. Summit Private Boardroom Appointments, Executive Premiers, the Solution Showcase and Keynote Presentations all provide the focus and the face time with Industry Pundits/Leaders you just can't tap into during your busy daily routine.
What Topics are Presented at the Summits?
Presentations and Keynotes at the Summits vary as technologies/ regulations advance over time, but the technologies and products discussed the most are as listed below. Attend the Summits to view these technologies and more!
Billing & CIS
Advanced Distribution Management Systems
Outage Management Systems
Energy Management Systems
Distributed Energy Resources
Work Management Systems
Enterprise Asset Management Systems
Content Management Systems
Conservation Voltage Reduction
Volt / VAR Optimization
Grid Edge Technology