Hot Seat with Craig Burton
Craig Burton is presently completing a Masters degree in Urban Design at the University of Melbourne on a scholarship provided by the Low Carbon Living CRC. His research topic will see a home energy conservation experiment run in Melbourne homes in 2017/18 which will determine how well groups of neighbours can share a simulated renewable energy system. He is a consultant in renewable energy embedded networks and is
advising on three sites in inner Melbourne and rural Victoria.
Craig has been an energy activist since 2010 when he and others publicly campaigned against ³gold plating² of electricity networks. This led to a State Parliamentary Inquiry which found numerous deficiencies in the planning process for a large terminal station. In 2015 Craig, together with Moreland Energy Foundation and Greensync won an ARENA grant to explore microgrids in urban areas. This resulted in a large report which is in press and due out this year.
Craig founded a number of start-ups and grew one of them into an international business based in San Diego. Software Craig designed now runs the Academy Award elections process and a number of other high profile balloting systems including for US military. After that Craig was a contractor in the Victorian State Government for six years during which time he was Project Manager and Development Manager in development of a pioneering high security computer application for Android devices. This was successfully deployed, is open source, and is now the subject of several publications in the field of verifiable cryptographic systems.