Monday October 25th is the submission deadline for the GreenBeat 2010 Innovation Competition. We’re looking for the freshest, most promising ideas for making the power grid smarter, more efficient, or more potent.

By grid, we’re not referring merely to utility lines and smart meters. We’re referring to the grid’s “edges” too, and so we’re looking for ideas that transform everything from sourcing more climate-friendly renewables, to the types of cars we drive, to the way consumers decide when and how to use electricity at home or office. Click here for complete competition details.

If you are working on an idea that could disrupt the way we think about the grid today, then we want you in the running, whether you’re a startup, big business, or research institution. The deadline to submit an is October 25! Apply here.

Up to 10 finalists will present live onstage at GreenBeat 2010, the executive summit we’re hosting with SSE Labs on the Super Grid. The event is on Nov. 3 and 4, at Stanford University.

Also, we’re offering winners of the Innovation Competition the opportunity to launch their products at DEMO in 2011 — a prize valued at $18,500. Notable runner-ups will also be mentioned on VentureBeat. DEMO, a conference VentureBeat also produces, is the leading launch platform for emerging technologies.

Participating in the GreenBeat Innovation competition will get exposure in front of an audience of 400 plus Super Grid industry leaders, including venture capitalists, utility executives, other entrepreneurs and the best of the green press.

We’re thrilled to have DLA Piper as the official host of this year’s Innovation Competition, and we’re excited to announce that Craig Tighe, partner at DLA Piper, will emcee the competition.

Here are a few recently announced speakers:

  • John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Partner
  • Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Partner
  • Andres Carvallo, Grid Net, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer
  • Mark Wyatt, Duke Energy, Vice PresidentBill Weihl Google, Green Energy Czar
  • Christine Lyon, Morrison & Foerster, Partner
  • Kenneth Davies, Google Ventures, Cleantech Advisor
  • Edward Fenster, SunRun, Co-Founder
  • Yi Cui, Stanford University, Associate Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Dian Grueneich, California Public Utilities Commission,
  • Paul Holland, Foundation Capital, General Partner
  • John Voelcker, High Gear Media, Senior Editor
  • Scott Lang, Silver Spring Network, President & CEO
  • Plus many more! See them here.

Early-Bird pricing ends today (10/22). Act now to save 30%!