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Clean Tech and Energy Special Interest Group (SIG) 

Meets 2nd Thursday. Networking and registration at 5:30p with program proceedings 6:30p to 8:30pm. $25 early bird/ $30 until day before program/ $35 day of or at door; Includes food. Members are admitted free.

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April 13, 2017 Energy-Saving Lighting Technology                                             

The world of both indoor and outdoor lighting is changing fast.  It’s a confluence of rapid advances in energy-saving LED light sources with new materials and electronics + the advent of IoT and Smart Cities. IoT introduces smart controls attached to light sources, as well as a wide variety of sensors, to measure not only the light environment but also variables such as traffic, temperatures, parking spaces, etc.

Also, there are new uses for lights – Li-Fi is becoming a substitute for Wi-Fi as well as for indoor geo-location; adjusting the brightness and color of lighting improves health, productivity and ability to learn.

This session will illuminate entrepreneurial opportunities within lighting applications.  The technical program will open with ….…, will then explore and discuss entrepreneurial opportunities driven by recent innovations, and will conclude with an audience-interactive panel session.


  • John Goscha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Finally Light Bulb Company
  • Mike Browner, Managing Member and Vice President of Sales for REDI
  • Dinesh Wadhwani, Co-Founder & CEO, ThinkLite, LLC

Moderated by John Piret

John Goscha   Mike Browner  dinesh wadhwani


Mike Browner is a Managing Member and is Vice President of Sales for REDI, Renewable Energy Design, a renewable energy savings consultancy, systems design and contract company - in business since 2012.

He has a background in personal finance, Human Resources Recruitment, Cost Reduction, Production Control, Business Development, B2B Sales, Life Skills Coach for Prison Ministry. Mike is a veteran having served in the US Navy.

John Goscha is an inventor, innovator and entrepreneur. While an undergrad at Babson College, John invented Whiteboard Paint, a roller applied paint that transforms any smooth surface into a high-quality dry-erase surface. John founded IdeaPaint, Inc. which raised $15 million in venture capital and was awarded top "Innovation" and "Best Wallcovering"  at the 2008 NeoCon, one of the design industry's largest showcases.  Today, IdeaPaint has painted more than 200,000 organizations, is distributed through Lowe’s, Staples, Glidden, and Sherwin-Williams, and can be found in more than 20 countries. 

With this success behind him, John decided to tackle the newest paradox in consumer lighting: how to generate warm, pleasing, high quality light that is both energy-efficient and affordable. He founded the Finally Light Bulb Company and surrounded himself with some of the greatest minds in lighting, including the former heads of research at General Electric and Osram Sylvania.

Together they successfully brought to market Tesla’s invention for a light bulb by combining it with modern technology - creating a light bulb that replicates the design, authenticity and warmth of the incandescent bulbs plus long life and energy-efficiency.  Finally’s Tesla bulbs are non-LED and non- CFL and will be one of only two legal technologies in the United States Starting in 2020.  

In 2009, John was named one of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek and “30 Under 30” by Inc. Magazine. In Dec 2011, Forbes listed John on their list of “Top 30 Under 30 in Technology.”

Dinesh Wadhwani, Co-Founder & CEO, ThinkLite, LLC. He is Indian by origin, and was born and raised in Ghana, Western Africa. He was always interested in technology and creating value to a society from scratch. At the age of 13, he started a technology company in high school that built websites and simple online applications for small businesses in his neighborhood. At the age of 18, he was awarded a full tuition scholarship at Babson College, where he continued his technological and entrepreneurship endeavors, leading him to the founding of ThinkLite.

ThinkLite is an energy efficiency company specializing in lighting by retrofitting existing fixtures with better lamps and saving 60% of the energy.

      Contact the Chairs if you have an interest in serving on the Steering Committee. One year+ commitment,  attendance at committee meetings and programs, ability to attract panelists/speakers/cases and organize/ moderate the program 2x a year in a timely fashion. Build a strong(er) network, meet interesting people, lead, and help. Membership included as a small reward fro us to you.

      Cam Carey  and  Eric Ross, Co-Chairs, Steering Committee: John Piret, Jeff Barnes, Brad Rolph 

      Contact our Chairs with questions or if you want to volunteer in some capacity.

      Cam Carey, co-chair clean tech and energy SIG at TechSandBox     Eric Ross   John Piret JeffBarnes  Brad Rolph       

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