The Ion Innovation Summit - The Future of Energy Technology

Online Webinar

On June 23, Baker Botts hosted a new quarterly Innovation Summit Series with The Ion. The  inaugural Innovation Summit focused on the transformation of the energy sector – from digitalization to the investment landscape to support the energy transition. The event was virtual, with the fireside chat and rapid fire conversations broadcast live for the virtual audience from the forum stairs at The Ion.

To view the event, please visit the links below.

Fireside Chat: How Digitalization is Transforming the Energy Sector
The fireside chat will focus on the changing energy ecosystem, the impact on Houston and beyond for innovation within the energy sector, the ramifications for investment, and how the energy transition will impact each of our daily lives.


  • John Martin, Managing Partner, Baker Botts
  • Barbara Burger, Vice President, Innovation and President, Technology Ventures, Chevron
  • Darryl Willis, Corporate Vice President, Energy Sector, Microsoft

Rapid Fire Conversation: Clean Energy Initiatives at The Ion
A rapid fire conversation between The Ion and Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship on how they are supporting entrepreneurs focused on clean energy technologies.

  • Jan Odegard, Executive Director, The Ion
  • Brad Burke, Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship

Panel Discussion: The Changing Energy Landscape: Energy Transition Investment Trends and Predictions
Panelists will discuss how investment trends are shaping the energy transition and provide predictions for how we will navigate the changing energy landscape.


  • Alexina Jackson, Customer Innovation & Solutions Lead, VP, AES Next, The AES Corporation
  • Chad Bown, Managing Partner, BP Ventures
  • John Berger, Founder & CEO, Sunnova Energy Corporation
  • Trevor Best, CEO, Syzygy Plasmonics Inc.


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