#BlueTechForum2019 – Innovating Towards Resilient Water Systems | 5th & 6th June 2019 | Kew Gardens, London, UK

Techxchange

TechXchange Programme – June 1, 2014

 

9.00 Keynote Welcome Address – Singapore’s Vision for Innovation in Water

Speaker:

Chew Men Leong, CEO, PUB, SINGAPORE

 

09.20 Plenary session – Innovation to Commercialization and Internationalization

• What has been the route to market of some of the biggest success stories in water technology?
• What has been the number one challenge?
• How can corporate investors, technology and engineering companies work with early stage companies to take their solutions to market?
• What can we learn from global hubs about facilitating water innovation and adoption?

Session Chair:
David Henderson, Managing Director, XPV CAPITAL, CANADA

Speakers:

Steve Loranger, CEO, XYLEM, USA
Laurent Auguste, Director, Innovation and Markets, VEOLIA, FRANCE
Shimon Ben Hamo, CEO, MEKOROT, ISRAEL
Chuck Hansen, CEO, ELECTROSCAN, USA

 

10.20 Technology Innovation Session 1: Energy & Resource Recovery

Selected water-tech start-ups present short, 7 minute snapshots of their technologies and solutions to a panel of investors with “Dragons Den” style questioning.

Innovators:
Udi Leshem, CEO and Co-Founder, AQUANOS, ISRAEL
Joseph NG, CEO, MEDAD, SINGAPORE
Howard Leemon, Senior Director, Commercial Engagement, LODOMAT, AUSTRALIA

Investors:
Steve Kloos, Partner, TRUE NORTH VENTURE PARTNERS, USA
Veronique Hervouet, Senior VP, TOTAL ENERGY VENTURES, FRANCE

 

11.00 Networking Coffee


11.30 Implementing Innovation from the Boardroom to the Tap: CTOs Share Experiences of Integrating Advanced Technologies into their Operations

• How do CTOs identify their technology needs and plan for future requirements?
• What are the pros and cons of internal R&D versus external collaboration and partnership?
• What is the best approach to select and screen for truly innovative technologies verses a technology that is a variation on a theme?
• How can we ensure that every aspect of the business is open to innovation, and that new ways of operating are successfully implemented?
• Case studies of successful implementation of advanced technologies and models

Speakers:
Harry Seah, CTO, PUB, SINGAPORE
Mohamed El Ramahi, Head of Utilities and Assets Management, MASDAR, UAE
Thierry Mallet, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Business Performance, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, FRANCE
Valerio Nannini , Managing Director, Singapore, NESTLE, SINGAPORE

 

12.30 Technology Innovation Session 2: Next- Generation Membrances and Advanced Biotech

Selected water-tech start-ups present short, 7 minute snapshots of their technologies and solutions to a Panel of investors with “Dragons Den” style questioning.

Innovators:
Susan Mackay, President & CEO, CERAHELIX, USA
Ludek Karasek
,
CEOLENTIKAT’S, CZECH REPUBLIC
Mark Perry,
COOAQUAPORIN ASIA, SINGAPORE
Michael Chua,
Business DevelopmentCERAFLO, SINGAPORE

Investors:
Peter Kennedy,
Managing PartnerCLSA, SINGAPORE 
Girish Nadkarni
,
Managing DirectorABB TECHNOLOGY VENTURES, SWITZERLAND

 

13:10 Networking Lunch


14.00 Roundtable Sessions

Delegates will break into roundtable discussion groups. Each group will focus on a specific theme and will be hosted by a moderator who will prepare questions and direct the discussion. Delegates will have the opportunity to rotate between three different tables during the session.

Theme 1: Innovative Thinking in WasteWater Treatment and ReUse

Topics:

Identifying technology innovations with the potential to leapfrog those in developed economies

Which markets currently offer the most exciting opportunities for advanced wastewater treatment technologies?

Advances in modular, scalable, low-energy wastewater treatment: Understanding the market opportunity

The transformation from wastewater industry to water resource recovery centres

Where are the opportunities for cooperation within and between industries, municipal water and agriculture for water re-use?

Theme 2: Convergence in the Oil and Water Industries

Topics:

Oil and gas majors are increasingly looking at water-related technologies as investment targets.  What critical issues are they looking to solve?

Which areas of water technology offer the greatest potential value to the oil and gas industry?

How significant are the savings delivered by current water technologies in the oil and gas sector and are there any game-changing solutions on the horizon?

How is the regulatory environment in India and China creating market opportunities for water and wastewater treatment in the refinery industry?

Piloting and partnerships: Which business models work best for scaling up and deploying new technology in the oil and gas industry?

Theme 3: Low Energy Desalination

Topics:

Do current proven desalination technologies offer a step change in low energy desalination?

Is there a disruptive technology on the horizon or have we reached the law of diminishing returns?

Using alternative energy for sustainable desalination:  How big is the market opportunity?

How can desalination technologies be tailored to treat produced water in the oil and gas industry?

Theme 4: The Revolution of Smart, Data-Driven Technologies

Topics:

Building a smarter utility.  How can data create a more efficient and smarter utility system?

Sustainable Cities: Will new megacities be the drivers of the ‘smart’ water revolution?

What new business models can utilities use to pilot smart technologies?

Innovations in advanced data analytics: What information do end-users need and what are they willing to pay for?

Innovation in real-time quality monitoring and sensor technologies, optimized pumping, network management, automated leak detection and metering.

 

15.30 Networking Coffee


16.00 Fireside Chat

One of the most successful water technology enrepreneurs, and a globally recognised authority in water and wastewater treatment technologies, ZENON founder Andrew Benedek takes part in a candid interview about the challenges in developing and commercializing new water technologies.

Andrew Benedek, Executive Officer and CTOANAERGIA, CANADA

To be interviewed by Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, O2 ENVIRONMENTAL, IRELAND

 

16.20 Technology Innovation Session 3: Smart Water & Nanotech

Selected water-tech start-ups present short, 7 minute snapshots of their technologies and solutions to a panel of investors with “Dragons Den” style questioning.

Innovators:
Thomas Hies, Managing Director, HYDROVISION ASIA, SINGAPORE
Mark Owern, CEO, PURALYTICS, USA
Ai Qun, Founder, WATER OPTICS TECHNOLOGY, SINGAPORE

Investors:
Helge Daebel, Investment Director, EMERALD TECHNOLOGY VENTURES, SWITZERLAND
Andreas Kroll, Director and Partner, NEW ASIA INVESTMENTS, SINGAPORE


17.00 Concluding Panel

Roundtable hosts from each theme will feed back some key findings from the discussions earlier in the day.

Session Chair:
Harry Seah,
CTOPUB, SINGAPORE

Panellists:
Cindy Wallis-Lage,
President, BLACK & VEATCH, USA
Ashish Aneja,
Advanced Technologies LeaderGE WATER & PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES, USA
Daniel Ishag,
CEOBLUEWATER BIO, UK

 

17:50 Disrupt-o-meterTM & BlueTruffle Awards

Companies will compete for the Disrupt-o-meterTM & BlueTruffle Awards, presented by BlueTech Research at the end of the TechXchange. The Disrupt-o-meterTM will be presented to the company with the most innovative, disruptive technology, and the BlueTruffle Award is presented to companies with the strongest go-to-market strategy.