Industry-wide call for papers: Metering, Billing/MDM America 2010

Deadline for submission of abstracts: August 25, 2009

The Metering, Billing/MDM America 2010 program has been developed to provide a forum that identifies, discusses and forecasts developments in the industry. Top-level speakers from all key industry stakeholders will present their views using case studies, in-depth presentations and on interactive panels.

The target audience includes:

  • CEOs, CIOs, CTOs
  • AMI / Smart Metering Directors
  • Smart Grid Directors
  • Demand Response Directors
  • Meter Data Management Directors
  • Information Technology Directors
  • Customer Service Directors
  • Regulatory Affairs Directors
  • Billing Directors
  • Financial Directors
  • Revenue Protection Directors
  • Vendors of metering products and solutions
  • Vendors of smart grid products and solutions
  • Vendors of billing, CRM/CIS products and solutions
  • Product Directors
  • Business Development Directors
  • Sales Directors
  • Consultants to the utility industry
  • Academics with an interest in the utility industry
  • Venture capitalists
  • Associations and the media

We invite all those interested in:

  • presenting a paper
  • teaching a course
  • participating in a think-tank/panel discussion
  • becoming a participating association or media partner
  • sponsoring / exhibiting at the conference

to submit your proposals now.

Please see below for all information pertaining to the submission of abstracts / teaching courses etc. Diarize the dates, allocate the budget and make certain that you are in San Diego, CA, USA March 7 -10, 2009!

Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Matthews at phone: 888 559 8017 (US) EXT: 3535 ; +27 21 700 3535 (international), or via e-mail:

General information:
Presenting a paper:  Presenters are asked to submit an extended abstract (400 to 800 words) by August 25, 2009 via e-mail. The abstracts will then be reviewed by a Reviewing Committee and presenters will be informed regarding acceptance on or before September 24, 2009.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to submit your full paper and your presentation slides according to a format that will be sent to you. Accepted abstracts, papers and presentations will be published in the proceedings.

Presentations can take two standard formats:
Regular presentation: Spaced 30 minutes apart on the schedule, with approximately 25 minutes spent on the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Most presentations will be in this format.
Panel discussion: These last for one hour, with approximately 40 minutes spent on introducing the panelists and presentation of their views, and 20 minutes of questions and discussion. Panelists should be experts in the specialized field to be discussed, which should be relevant to conference attendees. If you would like to organize and lead a panel discussion, then please submit an abstract containing the agenda, and listing your panelists as co-authors.

Paper topics: The following is a list of suggested topics for your papers. This is just to get you thinking. You are welcome to come up with a topic that has not been listed.

  • Practical lessons for making your AMI program a success
  • Smart grid technology options
  • Developing a smart grid strategy
  • Residential real-time pricing: Increasing savings and performance
  • A new frontier for energy efficiency
  • Taking energy management beyond the meter
  • Measuring utility data
  • Collecting customer data
  • Upgrading and migrating your CIS
  • Tariff and load management
  • Making the transition to dynamic pricing
  • Integrating demand response and AMI
  • Establishing business value for AMI data beyond billing
  • Turning complex services billing into customized, quality-assured statements
  • Leveraging the data to achieve customer satisfaction
  • Securing AMI and the smart grid
  • Cyber security standards and implications for utilities

Submission Guidelines: When making a submission, please ensure that:

  • Abstracts are written in English
  • Abstracts do not exceed one letter-size page
  • Each abstract contains full contact and designation details of the speaker
  • The session for which the abstract is being submitted is indicated
  • The abstract has not been presented before
  • The abstract and presentation is of a non-commercial nature; sales pitches will not be accepted

As the author you commit yourself to presenting the paper at the event should the abstract be selected by the Reviewing Committee. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.

Teaching a course: Instructors are asked to submit a course outline by August 25, 2009. The outlines will be reviewed by a Reviewing Committee and instructors informed about acceptance on or before September 24, 2009.

Accepted course outlines will be published as course descriptions in the program. They should therefore be directed at those who might register for the course, rather than the reviewers.

Courses are a half-day in length. If you feel your course requires a full day, it will be divided into parts I and II, each lasting half a day.

We are interested in proposals for both beginner courses and advanced courses, to meet the diverse needs of all conference attendees.

Here is a list of topics of potential interest for courses. Feel free to either volunteer for one of these or propose your own topic.

  • AMI security
  • Home Area Networks
  • AMI operations and scalability
  • Understanding the smart grid
  • Venture capital and investor management

Sponsoring/exhibiting opportunities: Companies wishing to exhibit products or services of interest to the Metering, Billing/MDM America 2010 target audience are asked to submit information describing the company and its offerings, for publishing in the program guide. You will also need to register for the exhibition booth package.

A sponsorship of Metering, Billing/MDM America 2010 is an ideal way to position your company as a market leader at this premier event. By sponsoring you will showcase your brand optimally and generate great brand awareness.

Contact Neil Borthwick for additional information:
Phone: 888 559 8017 EXT: 3538 (US) ; +27 21 700 3538 (international)

Participating association / media partner opportunities: A number of leading international and national media and associations will be supporting the event. For those wishing to be involved in the event please contact Brigitte Hart:
Phone: 888 559 8017 EXT: 3570 (US) ; +27 21 700 3570 (international)