News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
949-724-6077

5/23/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #13-05-23
Subject :

Exhibitors and Speakers Wanted at the XPO: Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Exposition
Contact :Craig Reem    949-724-6077
    creem@cityofirvine.org

·         Exhibitor and speaker applications available now on XPO website
·         Deadline for speaker applications is June 15; deadline for exhibitor applications is July 1 

IRVINE, CA (May 23, 2013):  Exhibitor and speaker applications are now available for companies, organizations and individuals looking to participate in the first-ever XPO – a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition that will be hosted alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 this October at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

Solar Decathlon 2013 will be the first time the world-renowned international competition is held outside of Washington, D.C. For eight days (October 3-6 and October 10-13), Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over California and the world to experience an event designed to empower innovative thinking and positive change – showing the world that the future of energy is NOW.

Orange County’s reputation as a center for high-tech, bio-tech, clean-tech and green-tech makes it the perfect home for the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO. Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will educate visitors about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education.

Tremendous opportunities exist in the XPO for companies, organizations and individuals looking to showcase their products, services and thought leadership for consumers, industry stakeholders, and government officials. 

Speaker Application Deadline: June 15, 2013
XPO speaker and panel presentations must be related to the clean, renewable and efficient theme of the XPO and should be educational in nature. Speaker opportunities are available during the XPO’s Powerful Ideas Symposium. The deadline to submit an application is June 15, 2013. More information and the speaker application are available on the XPO website.

Exhibitor Application Deadline: July 1, 2013
XPO exhibitors have the opportunity to showcase their company or organization and its product, services and ideas. Exhibitor booths are available in high traffic venues in both indoor and outdoor areas. The deadline to submit an application is July 1, 2013. More information and the exhibitor application are available on the XPO website.

XPO exhibitor space and speaking opportunities are limited.

About the XPO
The XPO is a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition, featuring visionary and innovative companies, products and educational opportunities that will be hosted alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The XPO will run concurrently with the Solar Decathlon 2013 from October 3-6 and 10-13 at the Orange County Great Park. Through fun, interactive exhibits and activities, the XPO will educate visitors about the broad spectrum of energy efficiency in home design, transportation, consumer products, food production and education. Visitors will experience actionable ways to implement energy efficiency today and into the future and leave the XPO with tools and resources to live differently. Visit the-xpo.org for more information.

About Solar Decathlon 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate energy-efficient houses powered by the sun. These teams spend almost two years creating houses to compete in 10 contests. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. The next event will take place from October 3 through October 13, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. The competition houses will be open to visitors free of charge on eight days over two weekends. 

Public hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:
    
Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, 2013
    Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2013

Learn more at solardecathlon.gov.

About the Orange County Great Park
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park’s array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. Other Great Park features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and historic Hangar 244. In addition to sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit ocgp.org.



Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 242,651, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.  For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.

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