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March 21st 2019  |  ONE KEARNY CLUB, San Francisco  |  8:30 - 4:30


The 3rd annual IH2O/WEF Water Innovation Summit will focus on a challenge shared across the water industry: ushering in the Next Generation. With particular emphasis on technology and human capital - elements integral to a resilient water future - topics will include:

  • Attracting, hiring and retaining talent; cultivating future leaders

  • Building a culture of innovation and ensuring continuity

  • The technology opportunity; allocating dollars for deployment

Offering unique access to timely tools and strategies, attendee’s - GM’s and other water executives - are strongly encouraged to bring a next generation / rising leader from within their organization (under the age of 40).

Attendees will also be invited to join us at Imagine H2O’s first Demo Day for the 2019 Accelerator Companies on the morning of March 20th at 333 Market Street (9:00 to 12:00), and WaterGala ‘19: CASCADE - our annual celebration of water innovators on the evening of March 21st. 

Registration open now. Click below to purchase your ticket. Space is strictly limited so book early.


2019 Summit - Program

8:30 - Breakfast

9:00 - Welcome & Setting the Scene with Data

9:20 - Opening Keynote: Building the Next Generation of Water Professionals

9:50 - Panel: PrevGen/NextGen - Challenges & Opportunities

10:40 - Break (to meet people you have never met before)

11:00 - Issue Roundtables: Utility Talent Management / Hiring / Culture / Innovation (3 x 25-minute sessions)

12:25 - Lunch (to continue the conversation. And eat.)

1:40 - Company Pitches & Lightning Roundtables: Imagine H2O’s 2019 Accelerator Companies

2:30 - Panel: Controversial Questions

3:00 - Break (to meet people you have never met before)

3:20 - Case Studies & Discussion: 2 Sides of the Issue - Pushing Talent up the Organization

4:00 - Closing Keynote: Harnessing the Future - The Way Ahead for Water

4:15 - Closing Comments

4:30 - Close

6:30 - WaterGala’19: CASCADE @ Mezzanine, San Francisco

2019 Sponsors

For information on sponsoring the event please email connect@imagineh2o.org

2019 confirmed speakers

Venue - One Kearny Club, san francisco



Praise for Water Innovation Summit 2018

“Imagine H2O’s leaders are creating positive impact within the water sector by driving innovation, and creating the space for emerging leaders and next generation technologies to thrive.” Rick Warner, former WEF President

“Imagine H2O manages to bring together every corner of the water space. With water agencies, entrepreneurs, regulators, investors and students all represented, you don't want to miss the conversation and connection at their events.” Kate Gasner, WSO

“If you work in the water world and you long for evidence that there is a place where people have permission to do things smarter, quicker, better and more efficiently using technology, data science and collaboration, then you absolutely need to attend this forum” Greg Gearhart, State Water Resources Control Board (CA)

“The IH2O-WEF Innovation Summit was an excellent forum for greater awareness of how technology and an "innovation culture" can be leveraged to meet the utility service goals and sustainability challenges within the public water service space.” Greg Norby, Ross Valley Sanitation District

“An extremely valuable spotlight on the issues and successes in innovation for the water industry.” Dan Kroll, Hach

IH2O/WEF Water Innovation SUMMIT ‘18: Deployment for Impact - SOLD OUT

Presented by Imagine H2O and the Water Environment Federation

The sold out second annual Water Innovation Forum convened 130+ sector leaders to address the barriers slowing the deployment of innovative water technologies. Drawing on diverse expertise and lessons learned from within and beyond the water industry, attendees will gain new insights, develop actionable tools, and network with peers to identify new pathways for the adoption of innovative technologies and practices.

VIEW 2018 Program