15:01 | 10.11.2017
Digital Opportunities and Threats Covered at Oilfield Event, Minute Maid Park

As digital technologies disrupt the oil and gas industry, leaders across
the energy sector will converge in Houston to discuss trends, new
advances, and emerging threats that are driving short and long-term
shifts in corporate strategy and competitive advantage.

Scheduled for November 13-14 at Minute Maid Ballpark – home field for
the World Series champion Houston Astros – the American Energy Society
hosts “The
Digital Oilfield”, and will highlight pressing issues:
next-generation disruptive technologies (AI-led upstream efficiencies to
new blockchain developments); critical geopolitical threats (Iran,
Russia, Saudi Arabia…) and cyber-security risks (Fancy Bear is not
alone). A concluding scenario planning seminar will provide a framework
for companies to build longer-term strategies around digital technology
adoption that address these critical themes.

The event will also feature keynote presentations by Commander Kirk
Lippold USN, ret. (the Commander of the USS Cole when it was attacked in
Yemen, 2000) and Mark Mills (“Energy Writer of the Year, 2016”). Panel
speakers include but are not limited to: Raymond Smelley, CIO at
Chevron; Bill Johnson, CTO at DCP Midstream; Binu Mathew, Global Head of
Digital Products, at BHGE; as well as executives from cutting edge
oil-tech ventures like Google Energy, Enthought, and Invatare.

Other event highlights include: a tour of Minute Maid Park (neither
confirming nor denying the World Series trophy will be on display!); a
Shark-Tank-Lite competition between ten proven energy-technology
startups; an award for this year’s “Energy Writer of the Year”; and
complimentary Whiskey & Wine tastings (by Balcones and Hess from Napa).

“The rapid adoption of new digital technologies by the oil and gas
sector is fueling a historic market-driven revolution,” said Eric
Vettel, President of the American Energy Society. “However, like
most revolutions, change is chaotic, and not all of the adopted
solutions are rational. Those who lead the next generation of this
industry have a deep understanding of the disruptive technologies that
enhance efficiency, improve productivity, and provide security. Others
will find their companies left behind. We are pleased to host a
conference that highlights first-mover insights and practical,
value-driven solutions.”

Registration for this special event is limited and available
online. Credentialed members of the media may receive complimentary
registration up to 48 hours in advance of the event. To register,
and use the discount code: DIGITAL10 . Sponsors include J.P. Morgan,
PwC, Merrill Lynch, McKinsey, Bank of Texas, North Highland, Cavanal
Hill Investment Management and Accenture. A limited number of group
ticket options are also available.
About American Energy SocietyAmerican
Energy Society (AES) is a non-partisan, independent network of more
than 490,000 global energy professionals spanning the entire industry.
To learn more about AES or to become a member, visit

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