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Day One — November, 2 2017 Morning

Welcome Address
Trailblazing Ahead: Innovating for the Needs of Tomorrow

– What is the single biggest challenge facing the water industry today, and how are we innovating to meet these needs?
– What areas are ripe for technological advancements and what is missing from the industry?
– How can we truly create environments that are conducive to innovation? What successful innovation programs are we seeing that evaluate, validate and pilot new technologies?
– What are the barriers and drivers to accelerating the adoption of solutions and how can we be more creative in building value propositions that better meet the sector’s needs?

Paving the Way for Innovation in Procurement Models

– What alternative project delivery models are emerging between utilities, engineering consultancies and technology providers to accelerate the development and implementation of technology? What enables a business model to deliver on a technology’s potential?
– Which project structures and approaches are favoured by municipalities who are looking to manage and mitigate technology risk in large-scale water projects?
– What can we learn from other industries who have successfully adopted more innovative approaches to procurement? How can we foster greater collaboration between each stakeholder in the water supply chain?

Networking Coffee Break
Digitization and a New Intelligent Era of Opportunity

– How can we leverage digitization to transform centralized, reactive, asset-intensive utilities to create more intelligent, adaptive and proactive environments?
– What are the different layers that make up digitization?
– What key areas of technology and data management have the power to transform the traditional utility model? How are utilities evolving their structure to effectively manage and integrate new data and information? How will this impact on traditional operations?
– Who are the advocates of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, and how have they effectively integrated these solutions into their operational procedures?

Masterclass in Deep Learning: How AI is Set to Disrupt the Industry
The Role of Telecommunications in Advancing the Digitization of Water
Technology Showcase: Early Stage Tech Companies Pitch Their Solutions in 7 Minutes
Networking Lunch Break

Day One — November, 2 2017 Afternoon

Maximizing Financing and Investment in the Water Sector

– Dwindling supply and increasing demand signals a real need for innovative solutions to solve the global water crisis, so why isn’t the industry flooded with investment and opportunity?
– How can we overcome the roadblocks to making water the next big investment sector? Does water fit into the 21st century venture capital model?
– Are we seeing new players enter the market? Where are the investments in early-stage technology companies?
– Which areas of technology are the most lucrative? What water unicorns should we expect to see galloping from the stables?

Fireside Chat: A New Direction for Water Financing?
Roundtable Discussions
Networking Coffee Break
Generating Capital for Future Financing

– With federal support under threat, how are utilities intending to finance initiatives to become more self-sufficient and resilient? What new revenue streams will we see emerge to help balance capital needs?
– How can we free up capital for future investment by harnessing the power of technology to save on current operations and drive efficiencies? What is the best use of investment dollars to enhance operations and maximize ROI?
– As the conservation conundrum spells trouble for some, how are utilities innovating to balance declining water consumption and resulting lower revenues to finance future needs?

Energy and Resource Recovery: A New Paradigm for Utilities

– As the water sector aspires to optimize energy efficiencies, how can utilities fast track to energy neutral/positive? What are the barriers to supporting and achieving energy neutral goals?
– Who is leading the way in terms of resource recovery?
– What technologies are most in demand? What we can learn from recent case studies of success?

Day Two — November, 3 2017 Morning

Ministerial Address
Building Resilience in Response to Crisis and Extreme Events

– As feast or famine scenarios become the new norm, how are cities with traditionally stable climates adapting to and reducing the impact of more frequent extremes?
– What solutions are emerging to reduce severity, disruption and cost? How can technological innovation help to build resilience and mitigate climate risks?
– What have we learned from recent disasters? Has this changed standard practice and what do the future hold for the Paris Agreement?
– How do utilities intend to address new pain points such as emerging contaminants?

In the Spotlight: How Cities Across the Globe are Building Resilience Through Innovation
Technology Showcase: Early Stage Tech Companies Pitch Their Solutions in 7 Minutes
Networking Coffee Break
Industrial vs Municipal: Presenting the Pioneers in Water Reuse

This session will showcase case studies of success in water reuse across industrial and municipal sectors. Discussion will focus opportunities to accelerate the growth of alternative water sources, in addition to analyzing the roadblocks to such an approach. Emphasis will also be placed on the main reasons for implementing water reuse strategies and new drivers that are gaining traction.

Day Two — November, 3 2017 Afternoon

Breaking New Ground: Accelerating the Adoption of Water Technologies in Mining

– What are the main challenges facing the mining sector? What is the role of technology and innovation in helping major mining companies overcome these hurdles?
– How do changing regulations impact on technology selection, and what innovations are spurring most interest?
– How can incentive schemes and greater collaboration between key water players foster water stewardship initiatives and create opportunities?

Mergers & Acquisitions: Strengthening Corporate Portfolios and Successful Startup Exits

– How have corporate players evolved their approach to M&A over the past few years? Is preference being placed on internal R&D, external collaboration or corporate venture capital arms to foster innovation and technology implementation?
– What are the main factors influencing the diversification of portfolios? What market forces are driving deal flow?
– What do the critical success-factors for a water-tech investment or acquisition look like?
– How can startups prepare for a successful exit? Are exits in the form of M&As or IPOs most attractive?

Networking Lunch and Close of Summit
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