By now, you’ve probably heard about the new Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC 2012, but still might not be sure about what exactly will be taking place Oct. 1–3 in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Below is a brief rundown of the Pavilion’s daily events.
Monday, October 1
WEF Innovative Technology Award Showcase
Learn about the 2012 WEF Innovative Technology Award winners and their projects and services related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of treatment facilities.
An opportunity for investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and end users the time to get to know the ideas, products, and needs in the industry in a relaxed and energetic gathering.
Programming is scheduled to include:
Commercializing Campus Technology
Hear ideas from campus technology centers that have successfully turned research into commercial products
Water Leaders 2012: Rethinking Water Services
A panel of thought leaders will share their experiences and discuss their vision for water services. But come prepared to share your views on a new shared vision for urban water management and how the sector can achieve this.
Tuesday, October 2
Lessons Learned in the Commercialization of Water Industry Products
The presentation will include models for starting a business, ways to avoid too much competition at the start, and recommendations on selecting partners.
Innovations from Imagine H20Winners of the 2011 and 2012 prize will discuss their ideas and how they have progressed in funding, product development, and delivery to market.
Investors Forum: What You Need To Know About Venture Capital and Investors
Learn about the different types of investors and what their interests are, investment capital, and the process of turning your breakthrough to business from the investors themselves
Wednesday, October 3
Operator Ingenuity Contest Winners
Come hear from your colleagues on their innovative ideas in all areas of operations.
Water Entrepreneurship: Funding Through Strategic Partners
Attend this exciting session where strategic partners such as Veolia, Lucent Energy, and others will let you in on their secrets to finding new products in partnership with other companies.
Work for Water
This session will discuss ways WEF and EPA are working with non-traditional government agencies such as the Department of Labor and the Department of Veteran Affairs as a means to increase the awareness of jobs in water