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Innovation Showcase


This is a sample of the excellent programming available at WEFTEC and we are currently putting together the Innovation Showcase program for 2014 - stay tuned for details.

2013 Innovation booklet SmallInnovation is the lifeblood of a dynamic water sector.  WEF is committed to Innovation.  It is in WEF’s Strategic Direction and it is here to stay.  You can see that mind-set manifested at WEFTEC.  We are all about thinking differently, facilitating conversations that transform ideas into solutions, and making new connections to help you turn challenges into accomplishments.

Take a look at this special World Water focus on the Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC® 2013 

The Innovation Showcase comprises many different activities including educational sessions, networking events, and exhibits.  These activities, brought to you by WEF and our innovation partners, Blue Tech Research and Imagine H2O, are focused to give you information on new ideas including:

  • New products
  • Technology evaluation
  • Utilities and early adopters of new technologies
  • Financing and alternative project delivery
  • Water clusters and other innovation incubators
  • Regulations and their key relation to new technology
  • Operations – where creative workforces innovate, test, and partner to make everything happen

Relevant to utilities, investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and technology providers, Innovation Showcase programming will: 

  • Help reinvent the toilet with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the opportunity to see the Omni-Ingestor and OmniProcessor prototypes at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water Sanitation & Hygiene exhibit. 
  • Learn how market and water sector leaders facilitate innovation from True North Venture Partners, M3 Capital, Veolia’s Innovation Accelerator, and XPV Capital. 
  • Hear the top success factors from innovative utilities and early adopters from PUB Singapore, Booky Oren Global Water Technologies, and DC Water. 
  • Meet the winners of Imagine H2O’s competition, BlueTech Forum, WEF Innovation Awards, and The Water Council’s Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator. These startup companies will present and exhibit in the Innovation Showcase Pavilion on the topics such as resource recovery, leak detection, and innovative green infrastructure solutions. 
  • Discover advances in technologies including renewable diesel generation from biosolids and FOG, application of industrial semiconductor carbon capture techniques to clean biogas, and advances in desalination and nutrient recovery. 
  • Recognize true innovation where it counts at the Operator Ingenuity contest. 
  • Collaborate with Water Clusters professionals from Confluence, The Water Council, WaterTAP Ontario and more. 

Described below are a few of the activities we have in the “pipeline” for you.

The Innovation Pavilion

Take a look at this special World Water focus on the Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC® 2013. The Pavilion (Booth #775) features visionary programming and winners from our innovation partners,  Imagine H2O and BlueTech Research. Read two features from the Innovation Showcase programming — one article on bringing innovations to market and another on a Fort Worth utility's energy program. Also find highlights from the upcoming innovation program at WEFTEC.

Cutting-edge products and services brought to you by WEF and our innovation partners are housed in this exhibition pavilion. Featured exhibitors include finalists and winners of the Imagine H2O Water Innovation Prize and the 2013 BlueTech Forum Showcase. The theater in the Pavilion includes exciting programs and discussions on many innovative ideas, businesses, and practices.

Educational Sessions

The Innovation Showcase includes several forward-looking educational sessions relevant to utilities, investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and technology providers.  Check the mobile app for the final details of these sessions and others in the innovation track.

Featured sessions include: 

Session 229: WEF Innovative Technology Award Showcase – WEF’s award for Innovative Technology recognizes companies that have introduced new innovative products and services.  The winners will present their ingenious ideas and new products and let you learn directly from the source of their great ideas.

Session 204: WEF Exhibitor’s Innovative Solutions Session – Exhibitors are on the forefront of innovation and product development.  This session highlights a few key companies that are truly innovators.

Session 232: Imagine H2O Presents Facilitating Water Innovation — Innovation takes vision, talent, determination, risk management, and money.  Hear from innovative project delivery financiers who help fund public private partnerships, strategic investors who mentor and provide technical, as well as financial, resources and structure to start-up firms, and targeted capital investment firms who help fund water entrepreneurs. Session participants include XPV Capital, True North Venture Partners, Veolia Innovation Accelerator, and more.

Session 331: Engineering for International Development — Together with Imagine H2O, WEF is pleased to support and learn from those in the profession providing aid to the developing world.  We have held several sessions over the last few years and they have been extremely popular.  This year promises to be just as exciting with ½ hour presentations from UPADI (The Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies), Water for People and World Water Corps, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Session 432: BlueTech Forum Award Winners Each year at the BlueTech® Forum, BlueTech® Research identifies innovative and disruptive technologies in the global water market for the BlueTech® Forum Showcase. These groundbreaking technologies provide solutions for key water industry areas, including food and beverage, oil and gas, agriculture and smart water. Each company is rated by BlueTech® Forum attendees, who include leading industry executives, influencers and innovators. The Disrupt-o-Meter™ Award is presented to the company with the most potentially disruptive technology, and the BlueTruffle™ Award is presented to the company based on the strength of its go-to-market strategy.   

Session 332: Imagine H2O Winners and Finalists — ImagineH2O provides a path-to-market opportunity to promising water businesses.  This session features four water technology companies identified by Imagine H2O’s annual business innovations program.  Hear how these companies are gaining customers and working with partners to successfully implement innovative water solutions.  

Session 402: Blue Tech Research Bringing Innovative Technology to Market — One of the biggest challenges facing the water industry is to bring new technologies fully into the market place where they can be applied full-scale. Many ideas that appear effective spring out of bench scale research, but often never make it through the commercialization process, which involves integrating many diverse resources, stakeholders and disciplines. In this first presentation, Paul O’Callaghan and Conor Dennehy will introduce the BlueTech® Research sessions focused around “Bringing Innovative Technology to Market” and highlight the integral steps in commercializing innovative technologies. 

Session 526: Operator Ingenuity Contest Winners — Innovation is a way of thinking and doing that can help you to do more with less, with more efficiency. Operations personnel at utilities live and breathe innovation. WEF’s second annual contest highlights some creative ideas put into practice by operators. Come hear from the contest winners on their innovative ideas in all areas of operations.


Turn acquaintances into colleagues and expand your network. Networking receptions will be held Monday and Tuesday from 5-6 in the Innovation Pavilion.  These energetic gatherings help investors,
strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and end users make the connections that move innovation forward. 

Innovation shifts our business-as-usual thinking to something different, something better.  The WEFTEC Innovation Showcase puts the spotlight on water sector innovation and provides access to the leaders and the technologies making it all happen.