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Day One — October 24, 2018 Morning

Welcome Remarks
Keynote Address
Fostering Innovation: Acceleration Adoption and Reducing Risk for Utilities

• How are forward-thinking utilities developing innovation programs to evaluate and pilot new technologies? What’s the key to their success?
• Business model innovation is as important as the technology itself – how can we bridge the gap between a utility’s need and what technology companies are offering?
• How can we facilitate greater flexibility and cooperation between actors to allow technologies to be tested and proven? Is there scope to create a regulatory sandbox model?
• What does a culture of innovation look like? Is it about investment, incubation or creative thinking?

Mobilizing Private Sector Participation in Project Delivery

• With an estimated $1 trillion of capital investment needed over the next 25 years in US, how could utilities collaborate with private sector operators to meet this demand?
• How can public-private alliances help share risk and reward, and encourage the deployment of advanced technologies and solutions?
• How can we be more competitive within the procurement process to share and reduce risk? How can new business models help utilities access and accelerate the adoption of new technologies?
• Do private utilities have more scope to work with the private sector more competitively? What are the risks and opportunities?
• What does a successful project delivery model look like? Can we learn from the successes of other countries? Which methods deliver innovation and effective risk management?

Networking Coffee Break
Are Corporate Venture Arms the Real Disruptors of the Industry?

• With M&A activity buoyant in the water sector, what areas of innovation are of most interest to corporate venture arms? What is the split between internal and external sources of innovation and how should we expect to see this evolve moving forward?
• What are the critical success factors for collaboration, investment or a merger and acquisition? At what stage of the lifecycle is this likely to happen?
• Can private corporates help reduce the time to market? What has been the route to commercialization for some of the success stories in water tech?
• Are strategic investors and family offices taking the place of traditional VCs?

Day One — October 24, 2018 Afternoon

Fireside Chat: Long Term Investment Potential – Family Offices vs Sovereign Wealth
Technology Showcase Sessions: Early Stage Companies Pitch Their Innovation Solutions in 7 minutes
Networking Lunch Break
Rethinking Water Management: From Centralized to Decentralized Systems

• Where should we expect to see future growth in decentralized water and wastewater treatment markets? Is there a market outside of developing countries?
• Are decentralized systems key to leapfrogging conventional large-scale wastewater infrastructure in remote communities?
• What financing mechanisms and business models are most effective when rolling out modular systems and bringing these to scale?
• Is it a viable approach for all? What regions and markets are most suitable? What are the pros and cons?

Roundtable Discussions

Drill down into specific topics and share your insight and expertise with a small group of delegates. Come prepared for lively discussions and diverse debate!

Networking Coffee Break
Securing Future Water Supply through Water Reuse and Recycling

• How far have we come in the journey to direct and indirect potable reuse?
• What are the biggest hurdles to water reuse and recycling? How can we get buy-in from stakeholders?
• How can we overcome the yuck factor associated with water reuse? What can we learn from communities and cities that have successfully influenced public perception?
• What other innovative methods of producing alternative water supplies are emerging?

Corporate Water Stewardship and Water Strategy: The Business Case

• Is there a need to adopt a more holistic approach towards water management? How can we foster more creative thinking?
• Where are we seeing positive examples of wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling?
• How are industrial end-users pricing water stewardship and managing their operations accordingly? Can long-term sustainability goals be quantified?
• What areas of innovation are delivering most value to industrial end-users? Is there room for improvement?

Closing Remarks

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Day Two — October 25, 2018 Morning

Welcome Remarks
Operation Transformation: Harnessing the Digital Revolution

• Big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain – what digital solutions and innovations are utilities looking for? How can we leverage these solutions to optimise operations?
• How can we amplify the power of data to optimize energy efficiencies across water networks? Beyond raw data, how must utilities approach the Analytics of Things?
• What are the barriers to digitization? Do challenges arise with implementing the technology itself or is it the realignment of resources and operations that goes with it?
• How are stakeholders within the supply chain successfully adapting to and transforming their approach to support digital integration across utility networks?
• To what extent is digitization changing the relationship between utilities and customers? Are utilities becoming more customer-centric as a result?
• What new business models are emerging as a result?

Lightning Talk: Threat and Innovation in Industrial Cyber Security and What it Means for Water
Technology Showcase Sessions: Early Stage Companies Pitch Their Innovation Solutions in 7 minutes
Networking Coffee Break

Day Two — October 25, 2018 Afternoon

Asset Management and Reducing Risk in Response to New Realities

• With everyday stresses and climate change putting extreme strain on infrastructure and assets, how are utilities rethinking long-term planning and adjusting their operations to account for lower and higher temperatures?
• What technologies are needed to help utilities plan, monitor and manage critical infrastructure and assets? How can we de-risk our systems?
• How are utilities managing costs and adapting their operations as a result of population growth and fluctuation across regions? How can we better engage and communicate the extent of the problem to customers?
• Is the sector resilient enough to predict and respond to potential failures before they arise?
• Do we have the investment blocks currently in place to eliminate future risk? Can we calculate the potential cost of crisis to justify investment?

Building the Business Case for Energy Efficiency

• How can we maximize energy efficiencies and usage in water and wastewater treatment plants? How can technologies help unlock value?
• What could the energy-optimised and resource-efficient utility of the future look like? How can we incentivize utilities to become more innovative in their approach?
• What are the barriers and opportunities to achieving an energy neutral water sector? Are current technologies commercially viable and at what scale?

Investor Debate: The Next Big Thing in Tech

• Are there any game-changers on the horizon that could transform the industry as we know it? What areas of innovation offer greatest potential?
• How can early-stage companies secure the investment needed to commercialize and achieve significant scale-up? What’s the best route to exit?
• If you had one piece of advice to give to startups, what would it be?
• And finally, what predictions can be made on how the water technology landscape will change into 2019 and beyond?

Networking Lunch Break

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