Water Conference

Xylem Visits the 2019 PNCWA Conference

By: Jenna Mariano, Business Development Manager

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This year’s Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) Annual Conference & Exhibition was held on September 8-11 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. PNCWA is one of 75 global Member Associations that collectively form a federation of like-purpose organizations called the Water Environment Federation (WEF). This year’s conference had over 1,000 attendees and 134 exhibitors from all over the Pacific Northwest. There were multiple tracks in the technical sessions that highlighted different areas of the water industry. For example, the Utility Management Committee had fantastic and engaging discussions on the impact of water conservation and climate change on wastewater treatment and utilities. There were also great sessions from the Leadership, Social Equity, and Workforce Development Committee. I specifically enjoyed the session on team building and the Five P’s of Leadership (Problem, Person, People, Process, and Purpose). Overall, this was a very successful conference with a great attendance from both the public and private sector of the water industry. I look forward to attending future conferences.

Link to conference website: https://pcwm.memberclicks.net/

Congratulations Imagine H2O Asia!

By: Christine Boyle, CEO

On July 16-19 in Singapore, Imagine H2O Asia launched its inaugural Asia Water Innovation Week. Activities were hosted by Enterprise Singapore, and in collaboration with Singapore PUB. Eight companies were selected for the inaugural Imagine H2O Asia cohort, from an application pool of 110 water startups. Here is a listing of the cohort companies, plus WateROAM, a participant of the San Francisco 2019 cohort:

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Xylem - Digital Solutions Director Christine Boyle delivered a talk to the startups called ‘All the Way to the Exit: A Founder’s Perspective on Managing Growth’ during the Day-2 activities at Singapore Water Exchange. Founders were engaged and full of the energy it takes to build a successful water start up. 

The culmination of the week was Demo Day Presentations and Awards. Each founder gave a four-minute long demo to an audience of investors, startups, utility officials, sponsors, and more. Nine judges deliberated to decide on the 2019 prize winners. After a hard-fought deliberation session, the judges selected Pani Energy as the 2019 Imagine H2O Asia winner. MicroHAOPS received honorable mention.

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Three cheers to Nimesh Modak, Tom Ferguson, Scott Bryan, Kelly Trott, Kelven Lam, and Ellie Baker for this successful launch in Asia.