Innovation 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.
The Innovation Showcase comprises many different activities including educational sessions, networking events, and exhibits. These activities 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
Described below are a few of the activities we have in the “pipeline” for you.
The Innovation Pavilion
Cutting-edge products and services brought to you by WEF and our innovation partners, Imagine H2O and BlueTech Research, 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.
Preparations are underway for several forward-looking educational sessions in the Innovation Showcase relevant to utilities, investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and technology providers. Check the
mobile app for details as we shape these sessions.
Sessions already planned include:
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.
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.
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 finalists 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.