Accelerating & Sustaining the Water Innovation Ecosystem

The summit will have no “audience” and no “speakers”.  All attendees will be true participants in a workshop-style, interactive, highly moderated group discussions.  If you are looking to sit back and listen to panels, you will want to skip this retreat.  We are looking for participants who will voice strong opinions, raise hard questions, and contribute to a spirited, fun learning environment. 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time Title & Description Conversation Starters
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Summit Kick-Off & Welcome Lunch

We will kick off with a welcome lunch for all summit participants spending time getting to know everyone in attendance and getting an overall sense of priorities and goals for the next 48 hours. We will set the context for innovation in the water ecosystem

  • Define the top innovation opportunities and challenges in the water ecosystem
  • Lessons learned over the past few years
  • Identify progress made in the past year in innovation 
  • Discuss ways to accelerate solutions and strengthen the ecosystem 
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Extraction to Distribution: Can Data Drive a Smarter Supply Network?

Innovation areas: Real-time quality monitoring and online sensors, asset management, optimized pumping and network management, automated leak detection, metering

To get the conversation started, we will begin with the first phase of water’s journey—extraction to distribution—where system losses and contamination contribute to significant inefficiencies in the water cycle. From leak detection and pressure control to asset management and online water-quality monitoring, the goal of this session is to explore opportunities to create a more efficient, smarter water supply system with a focus on how data can play a role in getting us over the barriers. We will consider ways data can help to reduce loss in transmission, better manage utility assets, and turn non-revenue water into profit. Where are the opportunities to transform the water infrastructure, including decentralizing the water system where appropriate? How can our innovation community help utilities and engineering firms safely implement new technologies and business models?

Clark, Drew

Drew
Clark
Director of Strategy
IBM

Gagliardo, Paul

Paul
Gagliardo
Manager Innovation Development
American Water

Harris, Richard

Richard
Harris
Manager of Water Conservation
Eastbay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)

Skov Laursen, Henrik

Henrik
Skov Laursen
Director
Grundfos
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break

Break

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Use to Consumption: Predicting Demand and Managing Use

Innovation areas: Demand-side monitoring/control, metering, consumer water management tools, behavioral change, data transparency for consumers

At the consumption phase, there are major innovation opportunities for both customers and providers and an increasing need for both sides to understand the other better. In this session we plan to explore how innovation can enable utilities to better predict customer demands, allow customers to more efficiently manage their own water, improve the customer-utility relationship, and broaden education about water conservation. We will consider: How can technology lead to better understanding of customer water needs? What are the opportunities to enable water conservation through technology? How can the industry better engage consumers? How can utilities incentivize consumers to better manage their own water use?

Davenport, Audrey

Audrey
Davenport
Energy & Sustainability
Google

Fulgham, Jeff

Jeff
Fulgham
CSO
Banyan Water

Javey, Shahram

Shahram
Javey
CEO
Aquaque

Morrison, Chris

Chris
Morrison
Assistant Vice President, Technology Scout Team
Ecolab/Nalco

Yolles, Peter

Peter
Yolles
CEO & Founder
WaterSmart Software
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break

Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wastewater Treatment: Recycling, Reuse & Resource Recovery

Innovation areas: Resource recovery & value creation, recycling and reuse, perception challenges

In this session, we will discuss the last phase in the water cycle: wastewater treatment. While once seen as an issue of treatment and disposal, opportunities for resource recovery as well as recycle and reuse are quickly changing how we understand the “end of life” for water. In this session we will explore: where are the most promising opportunities for wastewater? Can we implement this at municipal level? What are the barriers to overcome with recycle and reuse practices? What role can industry play in turning wastewater into value?

Abrary, Phillip

Phillip
Abrary
CEO
Ostara

Hahn, Steve

Steve
Hahn
Ventures and Business Development
The Dow Chemical Company

Sedlak , David

David
Sedlak
Professor and Co-Director
UC Berkeley, Berkeley Water Center
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm Break

Break

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Financing Innovation Throughout the Cycle

New innovative approaches to spurring investment in the water ecosystem

The obstacles to innovation for water innovation financing are well-documented. However, following a year of groundbreaking examples to water innovation financing, we will consider once again: What are the emerging models/mechanisms for financing that could play a role (e.g., “water as a service”)? How do we incentivize and make it easier for financially-strapped utilities to invest in innovation? What approaches for contracting, leasing, and co-funding models within water facilities and municipalities can help to reduce the financing barriers?

Camus, Bertrand

Bertrand
Camus
CEO
United Water

Coburn, John

John
Coburn
Managing Director
XPV

Olsen, Evan P

Evan P
Olsen
Chief Operating Officer
Waterfund LLC

Wood, Don

Don
Wood
Managing Director
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm Nature's Solutions

Spotlight on the role of biomimicry in finding innovative water solutions, with start-up incubator StartupNectar. Biomimicry is the process of emulating nature’s effective designs to drive product and service innovation. Hear how the Egy-osmo team improved irrigation conditions across agricultural Egypt by learning from the strategies of giraffes and camels to move and filter water.

Constantinovici , Lina

Lina
Constantinovici
Chief Executive Officer
StartupNectar
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Welcome Reception & Strolling Dinner
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time Title & Description Conversation Starters
8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome Back and Highlights from Day One

We'll review the highlights of the discussions from our first day and take a look at the key themes driving the conversations today.

9:15 am - 11:00 am Breakout Sessions

Oil and gas:  

The Oil & Gas industry has long since used water throughout the value chain but this demand is now growing at a feverish pace.  As leaders in the water technology sector, we seek to earn profit without compromising the planet.  Are these objectives at odds with each other?  In this breakout session, we’ll discuss innovation at the intersection of water and fuels production, including produced water treatment and recycling, water reuse through injection, and how advanced water technologies can be adapted to the O&G sector to increase energy savings and mitigate environmental concerns.

Conversation Starters:

Ashish Aneja, Advanced Technologies Leader, GE

Craig Beckman, President, MIOX

Mark Blackwell, Cenovus Energy Inc.

Tom Rooney, CEO, Energy Recovery

Kirsten Thorne, Manager, Environmental Strategy, Chevron

Agriculture:

As the global population increases, water innovation will be critical to meeting multiplying food needs & agricultural output.  This breakout session will explore issues critical to ensuring water efficiency throughout the agriculture industry, including the systems and sensors for determining optimum irrigation, recycling and reuse, water conservation, and resource recovery from agricultural wastewater. 

Conversation Starters:

Scott Bryan, COO, Imagine H2O

Lance Donny, CEO, OnFarm

Steve Maxwell, MD, TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group

Aric Olson, President, Jain Irrigation

Marty Reed, Principal, The Roda Group

Municipal and operators: 

Municipalities and operators may be facing some of the biggest, multifaceted challenges in the water ecosystem. In this session, we will explore innovation solutions to critical issues including accelerating the adoption of new technologies, tackling grand infrastructure challenges, multilateral collaboration, and more. 

Conversation Starters:
 
Richard Harris, Manager of Water Conservation, EBMUD
 
Doug Bennett, Conservation Manager, Nevada Utility

Aneja, Ashish

Ashish
Aneja
Advanced Technologies Leader
GE

Beckman, Craig

Craig
Beckman
President
MIOX

Bennett, Doug

Doug
Bennett
Conservation Manager
Southern Nevada Water Authority

Blackwell, Mark

Mark
Blackwell
Environmental Opportunity Fund Investment Analyst
Cenovus Energy

Bryan, Scott

Scott
Bryan
COO
Imagine H2O

Donny, Lance

Lance
Donny
CEO
OnFarm

Maxwell, Steve

Steve
Maxwell
Managing Director
Techknowledgey

Olson, Aric

Aric
Olson
President
Jain Irrigation

Reed, Marty

Marty
Reed
Principal
The Roda Group

Rooney, Tom

Tom
Rooney
CEO
Energy Recovery
11:00 am - 11:30 am Break

Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Emerging Markets – Understanding Needs & Accessing Innovation

We will bring the group back together to discuss water innovation needs in emerging markets, including accessing innovation ecosystems in these new markets, accelerating innovation to meet global water demands, and applying local solutions to global issues.

Bhatnagar, Sanjay

Sanjay
Bhatnagar
CEO
WaterHealth International

Chang, Fred

Fred
Chang
Managing Director
Everest Cleantech Advisors

Chu, Jim

Jim
Chu
CEO
dloHaiti

Jinsi, Nikunj

Nikunj
Jinsi
Global Head - Clean Technology Investments
International Finance Corporation

Sjogren Raab, Matías

Matías
Sjogren Raab
CEO
Biofiltro
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Energy-Water Nexus – Beyond the Buzz

The last session of the day will focus on uncovering the real innovation challenges and opportunities at the heart of the energy-water nexus. In particular, we will explore opportunities to spur innovation through integrated systems-approaches, resiliency as it relates to the two integrated systems, and the convergence of the smart water and energy grid.

Furlong, James

James
Furlong
Vice President & General Manager
North America Industrial Refrigeration, Johnson Controls Incorporated

Green , Jeff

Jeff
Green
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
NanoH2O

Habicht, Hank

Hank
Habicht
Managing Partner
SAIL Capital Partners

Jordan, Brian

Brian
Jordan
Vice President & Director
Global Corporate Development, MWH
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Summit Closing

Gleick, Peter

Peter
Gleick
President & Co-Founder
Pacific Institute