Innovation Forum launch creates a real buzz
这launch of the Innovation Forum kickstarting Aquatech Amsterdam and the wider Amsterdam International Water Week was a roaring success.
Over 40 speakers, including 16 water utilities came together to discuss the tagline: ‘Mastering Water’s Digital Transformation’.
Rather than ‘Death by Powerpoint’, the Innovation Forum instead fostered two-way interaction, with the audience actively involved in the agenda, voting and communicating digitally, as well as physically voting and moving around the Colosseum.
Innovation Forum guests voted on topics such as the relationship between water utilities and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data.
Investment into digital across Europe
Julien Guerrier, director of the EU Commission, Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) gave a strong closing keynote signalling ambitions and investment in digital water projects, as part of ICT4Water.
Guerrier announced that €143 million would be invested between 2021-27 in more than 50 projects across Europe.
“Simple automated processes are turning into data driven systems…over seven years we want to invest in the digitalisation of the water sector,” he said.
Tom Freyberg, content director, Aquatech Global Events, added: “We really wanted to create something original with the Innovation Forum – a fresh alternative and antidote to ‘Conference fatigue’. We are thrilled with the result and would like to thank all of the speakers, moderators, partners, sponsors and team to make this happen.”
Will Sarni, founder and CEO of Water Foundry, added: “The Innovation Forum has spoilt me because it’s changed my expectations for other water events. It was the most human-centric, engaging event I’ve been to in my career.”
Prof Dragan Savić, chair of the IWA Digital Water Programme Steering Committee and CEO of KWR Water Research Institute, said: “It was great to actively participate in the Innovation Forum and help progress the discussion on ‘Mastering Water’s Digital Transformation’. The parliamentary-style debates provided some welcome provocative discussion between a variety of industry stakeholders.”
有趣的辩论＃aqf19: How do we communicate to shareholders the benefits from#digital#water超越金融店？我们如何将数据打开到中小企业以利用#AI.potential? Will utilities be fully#AI.在附近的Futuee中启用了吗？@3vaMartinez在今天早些时候的舞台上pic.twitter.com/Ce6CQEjXOg- Sotiris Kanellopoulo（@stkanellopoulos）2019年11月4日
Really enjoying the “gladiator” debate format of this#Aquatechinnovation forum. Great to have some disruptive conversations about#digitalwater和the transition towards a digital firstname.lastname@example.org/djwaz0pekk.— Lisa Andrews (@LisaMAndrews_)2019年11月4日
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