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Innovation Showcase

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 Pavilion

Come and see cutting-edge products and services brought to you by WEF and our innovation partners, Imagine H2O and BlueTech Research. Featured exhibitors include finalists and winners of the Imagine H2O Water Innovation Prize and the 2014 BlueTech Forum Showcase. The theater in the Pavilion includes exciting programs and discussions about innovative ideas, businesses and practices.

The Innovation Showcase next to the WEF Innovation Pavilion includes the Wisconsin Innovation Pavilion, with the entrepreneurs from Milwaukee’s The Water Council’s BREW Accelerator exhibiting. The Showcase also features GNO Inc., highlighting the winners of the Greater New Orleans Water Challenge, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and Kore Infrastructure (2012 EPA Green Chemistry winner).

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.

The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series 

EPA and WEF are convening working sessions throughout WEFTEC to address key questions about how WEF and its members can foster water sustainability and influence and support the EPA’s Water Technology Innovation Blueprint. This is an opportunity for WEFTEC attendees to have an early and ongoing influence in water. The following The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series sessions will be held in the Innovation Pavilion:

Session 233 Energy Conservation & Recovery: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Area 1
Monday, September 29, 2014, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 234 Recovering Nutrients: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Area 2 

Monday, September 29, 2014, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 235 Water Reuse: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Area 4 

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 620 EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint: Pulling it All Together – Sustainability 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 

Innovation Pavilion Programming

 /uploadedImages/Program/Innovation_Showcase/Innovate_Cover.png New! Innovate Book 

What's Inside: 

  • WEFTEC 2014 Innovation Showcase, begins on p. 10
  • Innovation Showcase Exhibitors, see p. 17
  • Excerpt articles from WE&T and World Water-- special focuses on energy, nutrients, resilience, reuse and stormwater
  • Upcoming events for 2014-2015 and more!  



Turn acquaintances into colleagues and expand your network. Networking receptions will be held Monday and Tuesday in the Innovation Pavilion. These can’t-be-missed gatherings help investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and YOU make the connections that move the industry forward.


Monday, September 26, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Network with innovators from all parts of the water industry at this casual reception.
Sponsored by: Parsons Brinkerhoff

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Charting New Waters Reception

Tuesday, September 30, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join our innovation partners, Imagine H2O and BlueTech Research, and our sponsor, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, in a networking reception where you can continue to turn your curiosity about innovation into knowledge and your contacts into connections. 

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is building upon the rich collaboration and partnership that has characterized their Charting New Waters initiative since its inception. The current phase of work is focused on catalyzing the widespread adoption of more sustainable and resilient water infrastructure systems in the United States, including nutrient and energy recovery. By aiming to help local, state, and national leaders set a course for and navigate decisions regarding the conception, construction, financing, and management of water infrastructure, Charging New Waters’ ultimate goal is identify elements of a new paradigm for water infrastructure and the steps needed to transition to it.