BlueTech Forum 2017Water & the 4th Industrial Revolution
The theme for this years event is Water and the 4th Industrial Revolution.
BlueTech Forum is synonymous with water innovation and is known for always being one step ahead of the market. People come to broaden their horizons, expand their network and to do business.
Roundtable briefings, key notes and case studies
This year a series of roundtables briefings, key notes and case studies will illustrate how the future of the water sector is being shaped and changed by the broader mega-trend of the 4th Industrial Revolution and what our strategy should be to adapt and thrive in this environment.
The combination of high-level networking with industry thought-leaders and access to unique BlueTech Market Insights form the basis for the carefully crafted agenda
Different people, new technologies, real global advances
BlueTech Forum is much more than a talking shop where you’ll hear the same platitudes and meet the same people. Life is too short for ‘just- another-water-conference’: we want to facilitate real progress which comes into play in the real world quickly.
While being very business-focused, the event has an intimate and convivial feel to it which facilitates conversation and relationship-building.
2017 Speakers Include BlueTech Forum
John leads the natural resources agenda for EYQ, drawing on his 17 years of experience in developing insights into market transformations in innovation capital, energy and clean technology...2017
Dr. Glen Daigger has more than 30 years of experience in wastewater treatment plant evaluation, troubleshooting, and process design....2017
As the chief marketing officer for GE Power, Water & Process Technologies, Ralph Exton is responsible for providing strategic leadership and program direction for the business’s marketing activities and sustainability efforts....2017
Emilio Tenuta’s 30-year tenure at Ecolab includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, lodging, healthcare, primary metals and automotive....2017
Venkee Sharma has been at the helm of Aquatech for more than 20 years. In this time, the company has transformed from a small, regional manufacturer of industrial water treatment equipment to a recognized and respected major player in global water industry...2017
Hans-Ulrich Buchholz is working at L’Oréal corporate QEHS (Quality, Environment, Health and Safety) department as water and waste water expert. His responsibility is water and waste water management of L’Oréal’s Operations worldwide in order to evaluate and to reduce the impact of the industrial activities, especially on local water resources....2017
Recent Interviews WaterWorld Magazine
A collection of recent interviews by Angela Godwin courtesy of WaterWorld Magazine.
Sponsors BlueTech Forum 2017
With operations in 130 countries and employing over 7500 people worldwide, GE Water & Process Technologies leverages our innovation, expertise and global capabilities to solve our customers’ toughest water and process challenges wherever they occur.
XPV Water Partners
XPV Water Partners is comprised of experienced water entrepreneurs, operators, and investment professionals dedicated to making a difference in water. XPV partners with, invests in, and actively supports entrepreneurial companies so they can grow and deliver value for all stakeholders. XPV manages over $400 million in investment capital from some of the top institutional investors in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
BlueTech Research is a global provider of water technology market intelligence. The bottom line: we provide not just access, but analysis and context. You get the information you need, through tools that help you answer your own questions quickly.
Drylet’s team of biological, chemical, and process engineers develop products that outperform traditional solutions. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the venture backed start-up designs and supports solutions for the global agriculture, energy, and wastewater treatment industries.
Aquatech is a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets. Dedicated to meeting water and environmental needs through their innovative technology solutions, products and services, Aquatech has successfully observed 35 years in business.
Want To Become a BlueTech Forum Sponsor?
Raise your brand’s profile as a BlueTech Forum sponsor, with plenty of sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorship will allow selected companies to receive high visibility with the leading water industry professionals.
Day 1 - Tuesday, 6th June 2017
Optional: Walking tour of historic Dublin
Settle in by taking a scenic walk through Ireland’s capital city. The tour offers a relaxed networking opportunity for all delegates.
Welcome Reception Drinks
BlueTech Forum welcomes delegates with a networking drinks reception followed by dinner in the beautiful Christchurch Cathedral in the heart of Dublin city.
Pre-Conference Networking Dinner
A networking dinner will take place in the Historic- Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin. The Cathedral (found- ed c.1028) is the spiritual heart of Dublin City, and one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. Traditional Irish music will create a convivial atmosphere followed by candlelit dinner in the crypt.
Day 2 - Wednesday, 7th June 2017
Networking Breakfast Meetings
Connecting people is a value-add that BlueTech Forum can deliver through our extensive network of water industry contacts. Our team will also be available throughout the day to help facilitate introductions and meetings.
Welcome Address: Water & the 4th Industrial Revolution
Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech Research will provide an opening address on the conference theme of Water and the 4th Industrial Revolution. This will help to set the scene, map out the day and provide an overview of the key themes of the conference.
KeyNote Address: The impact of megatrends on water
Water Technology Market Opportunities
Moderators will provide five-minute introductory primers on the topic after which there will be a facilitated discussion. These bite-size interactive briefings will provide intelligence in an easy-to-digest format, setting the stage for informed discussions throughout the day and allowing you to interact with fellow delegates.
Roundtable Topics will include:
1. Nano-Filtration tech trends and market opportunities
Chaired by Graeme Pearce, TAG Expert
2. Micropollutants removal and AOP
Chaired by Steve Gluck, TAG Expert. Conversation Starters include David Parocki, Arvia Technology Ltd.
3. Managing brine and challenges and opportunities in the ZLD continuum
Chaired by Michael Mickley, TAG Expert. Conversation starters will include Venkee Sharma, CEO, Aquatech and Brian Powers, Director, External Options Development, Dow Energy & Water Solution
4. Ultrapure and high purity water markets
Chaired by Slava Libman, Director of Advanced Water Analysis, Air Liquide. Conversation starters will include Frederik Dejaeghere, Business Development Manager, Pollet Water Group
5. The impact of regulations driving the ballast water treatment market
Chaired by Judith Hershell, TAG Expert
6. Key drivers for innovation & market growth
Chaired by Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech Research. Conversation starters will include Cees Buisman, Scientific Director of Wetsus and Professor of Sustainable Technology at Wageningen University and Jon Grant, Research Manager, Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP)
7. Trends and opportunities in biosolids management
Chaired by William Toffey, TAG Expert.Conversation starters will include Steve Kaye, Head of Innovation, Anglian Water and Art Umble, Americas Wastewater Practice Leader, MWH
8. International trends in municipal and industrial water reuse
Chaired by Wade Miller, TAG Expert. Conversation starters will include Jeff Mosher, Chief Research Officer, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and Joseph Jacangelo, MWH
9. Future trends in Biological WWT and market impacts
Chaired by Glen Daigger, TAG Expert.Conversation starters will include Song Wang, Global Strategic Marketing Manager, Honeywell UOP and Luka Erceg, President and CEO, Drylet
10. Sensors and Big Data in Buried Infrastructure Asset Management
Chaired by Corina Carpentier, TAG Expert
11. Beneficial Use of Produced Water – Challenges and Opportunities.
Chaired by John Veil, TAG Expert
12. Corporate sustainability and the circular economy
Chaired by Laura Shenkar, Principal, Artemis Water Strategy. Conversation starters will include Menno Holterman, CEO, Nijhuis Industries and Orlaith Delargy, Global Program Manager, Water Program, CDP
13. The Internet of Water - digital water
Chaired by Ralph Exton, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Water. Conversation starters will include Jim Hanna, Director of Datacenter Sustainability, Microsoft and Robin Gilthorpe, CEO, Watersmart Software Inc.
Networking Coffee Break
Innovation Showcase Technology Company Pitches
Innovation Showcase Company Interactive Case Study Presentations
Case studies will introduce delegates to the technology concept, its value proposition, the problem it solved, the influencers on the choice of technology, the experience during implementation and what this means for future rollout.
Confirmed show case companies include:
Inflowmatix - InflowSense - monitoring and analytical technology enables water companies to transform data into operational intelligence by continuously measuring and analysing the dynamic hydraulic performance and health of water supply networks.
Fireside Chat Interview
This fireside chat with Aquatech CEO Venkee Sharma will explore the the Aquatech story from a US based start-up and family founded business, to a global leader and pioneer in areas such as ZLD and advanced treatment of industrial process and wastewater.
Venkee will share lessons learned along the way, how serendipity and external events played a role in the evolution of the company, how they saw opportunities helped pioneer areas such as ZLD, the challenges and growing pains in scaling a global business, how the philosophy of continual innovation is a part of the company culture and what the future holds with the new partnership with Ecolab.
Keynote Address: Jim Hanna, Director of Datacenter Sustainability for Microsoft and Emilio Tenuta, VP, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab
End User Innovation Needs Session
BlueTech together with CDP will lead a session focused around the A-List Companies. This session will be in an interactive roundtable format meeting where industrial and utility end users will be invited to identify key innovation challenges in their businesses, the challenges they have and solutions required.
Corporate companies will outline the industrial needs and challenges they face. This session will also detail their experience of working with technology companies and provide example case studies.
Participating companies include Irish Water, Microsoft, Nestle, L'Oreal, Anglian Water, ABP Food Group, US EPA, Metsä Board, and PepsiCo. More will be announced shortly.
Afternoon Networking Coffee Break
Keynote Address: Philip Moynagh, Intel Corporation (Ex Vice President, Internet of Things Group)
Philip Moynagh will provide a perspective on what IoT means to leading companies such as Intel, where the roots of IoT came from, what has changed now that is making this a world wide phenomenon that is changing and disrupting markets.
IoT, a fusing of technology, connectivity and software, is not new in itself, and can be traced back to the first Apollo unmanned Space Missions. What has changed is the cost and availability of connectivity, sensors and processing power. This is enabling IoT to permeate aspects of human life that were unimaginable in the past. This talk will explore both the history of IoT, the enabling factors that have led to the current tidal wave of activity and what the future impacts may be and how these will permeate and impact the world of water.
Keynote Address: Menno Holterman, CEO, Nijhuis Industries
A World Tour Overview of Key Industrial Market Trends
Menno M. Holterman, CEO of Nijhuis, will share insights with us by taking us on a global Tour de Force, starting in South America and moving eastwards to Africa, Europe, Russia and China showing real-life examples that illustrate innovations to address the food-water nexus, circular economy, water scarcity and the need for new business models to help create and deliver projects.
Some of the highlights will include:
- Argentina - examples of fusing urban waste, with energy production and ultimately food production.
- Ghana - in Africa where innovative finance models are being used to unlock latent market opportunities and pent up client demands.
- China - how Intensive Agriculture in Arid regions is necessitating the drive water re-use in greenhouse food production.
- Russia - how water re-use is being built into new facilities such as Ikea facility as part of a vision to make this part of the customer experience.
BlueTech Innovation Awards Ceremony
Companies taking part in the Innovation Showcase will receive nominations and votes from the Technology Assessment Group (TAG) to win one of two BlueTech Awards: The BlueTech Disrupt-o-Meter Award and the BlueTech BlueTuffle Award.
Closing Networking Drinks Reception & Taste of Ireland Experience
BlueTech Research invites all delegates to join us for a last hoorah, offering a final chance to network before you head your separate ways.
This culinary highlight will introduce the Taste of Ireland, featuring local artisan produce including cheese, succulent meats, seafood, and craft beers.
Relax with some music, drinks, and food, on the rooftop of the Marker Hotel, overlooking Dublin’s impressive landscape in the heart of the new financial district, - this event is not to be missed.
Everything You Need To Know BlueTech Forum 2017
BlueTech Forum focuses on strategic investment opportunities in industrial water and wastewater including mining, oil & gas and food & beverage. This high level event explores technology trends in water reuse, decentralized treatment, energy and resource recovery, smart water, water-as-a-service and innovative business models.
Attendees learn about the emerging technologies necessary to future-proof your technology portfolio, will understand how macro drivers link with themes to create technology market opportunities and identify the best thematic areas for strategic investment and acquisition
Attendees can also participate in intelligence briefings led by market sector experts, network with industry peers, help identify solutions and concierge facilitated networking.
The Marker Hotel, Dublin
Extraordinary, surprising and luxurious, The Marker Hotel is the perfect urban retreat for those who crave the unconventional, yet still expect the exceptional standards of service that are the signature of a member of The Leading Hotels of the World®.
Rising up from the rich urban heartland of the Dublin Docklands, the hotel slots into one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Dublin City.
Highlights BlueTech Forum 2016
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Menno Holterman, CEO of Nijhuis Industries and keynote speaker at BlueTech Forum shares his experiences of water challenges across the globe
As Chief Executive of Nijhuis Industries and founder of Naesta, Menno Holterman has the opportunity to experience water challenges across the globe. Nijhuis Industries, founded in 1904 and headquartered in the Netherlands, provides consultancy, design & build,...read more
John Durkan, ABP Food Group, explains how cost-efficiency and sustainable practice is at the forefront of business operations
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