InvestH2O Forum: Investing in Resiliency

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Ideson Historic Library

550 McKinney Street

Houston, TX 77002

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Our fourth annual InvestH2O 2018 Forum is focused on "Investing in Resiliency: Families, Communities, Industries" and brings the world's best minds, experts, investors and technologies together to solve challenges from drought, storm-flood, cyber threats, lack of critical infrastructure, and demand for uninterruptible supply. Our agenda has been organized to convert "...lessons learned into innovations, after-action reports into investments..." across myriad water-related opportunities in the public and private sectors.


We recommend, for our out-of-town attendees, reserving overnight hotel rooms (average $165/night) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown, 400 Dallas Street, Houston 1-713-759-0202

“Investing in Resiliency” Agenda (as of October 10, 2018)

October 17, 2018

3:00pm-5:30pm Forum Town-Hall: “The Business Case for Investing in Resiliency”

Welcome and Introduction of Forum “Framework for Water Resiliency”

Kick-Off Keynote Remarks:

Addressing the Nation’s Energy-Water Resilient Challenges: Impact for Texas, the Southwest US, the Gulf Coast

The Honorable Daniel Simmons, US Department of Energy, Renewable Energy and Efficiency

Global Resilient Technology Strategies and Investment

Dr. Gerard Schouten, Partner, Dutch Water Technologies

Special Briefing: Zurich International – After-Action Assessment 2017

Senior Executive Zurich and Lead Research Director “Post Hurricane After-Action Reports”

Roundtable of Public and Corporate Water-Resiliency Experts: A Framework for New Partnerships, Investments, Technologies

Ebie Holst, SplashLink and Project ECHO

Kevin Sofen, W.S. Darley & Company

Pete Philips, Sr. Deputy Director, Community Development & Revitalization Texas General Land Office

Federal & Local Government Executives tbd

6pm-8pm Reception & Presentation of Innovators of the Year Awards

InvestH2O/AccelerateH2O Annual Innovators of the Year, Presentation of Youth and Student Inventathon Winners, and Opening Reception

October 18, 2018

7:15am-8:00am Registration and Breakfast

7:45am-8:45am Welcome: Special Guest Keynote Remarks

8:45am-9:45am Interactive Town-Hall: Federal & Private Sector Partnerships for Resilient Communities, Industries

Keynote & Moderator: Chuck Chaitovitz, VP, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability US Chamber of Commerce

  • Senior US Homeland Security/FEMA Executive

  • Edward Craner, SVP – Holt Caterpillar Ventures and Corporate Strategy

  • Angela Hedgecock, Siemens National Project Developer- Water & Wastewater Solutions

9:45-11:00am Global Collaboratory - World’s Water Resiliency Leaders Perspective

Keynote & Moderator: Piet Dircke - Global Water & Resiliency Leader – Arcadis

The Honorable Jacob Vind – Consul General – Denmark and North American Water Sector Lead

Special Presentation: Dr. Run Wang, Hubei University, China’s Sponge City Program

11:00am-12:00pm Facilities, P3s, and the Future of Alternative Financing for Resilient-Critical Infrastructure Water Project Development

Roundtable of Leading Critical Infrastructure and Project Development Experts:

Randall Sandone, Executive Director, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute

Paul Choules, President, Texas Desalination Association

Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures

Peter Brooks, VP, AquaTecture/WaterTalent

12:15-1:30pm Lunch and Keynote “Fireside Chat”

Remarks and Interviewer: Chris Tomlinson, Business and Economic Reporter, Houston Chronicle

Crystal & Mark Victor Hansen, Globally-Recognized Authors and Speakers - “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and entrepreneurial series, Serial Water Technology Investors

1:30pm-2:30pm Regional Innovations in Resiliency: New Models for Investment & Collaboration

Moderator: Brett Perlman, Center for Houston’s Future, President

Elle Hempen, Co-Founder, The Atlas

Amit Pramanick, Water Research Foundation, Chief Innovation Officer

Matt Ringer, National Renewable Energy Lab & IN2 Program

2:45pm-3:30pm “From Lessons Learned to Innovations, After-Action Reports to Targeted Investments” Showcase

  • Resiliency “Unplugged”: Off the Grid, Out of the Box Engagement and Investments for Families, Neighborhoods, Communities – Nile Dixon, January Advisors

  • CyberH2O: Internet of Things and Protecting Digital Platforms - tbd

  • Public-Private One-Water Resiliency – Viktor Hlas, OptiRTC

3:30-4:30pm Investment Roundtable – Projected 2018-2020 Resiliency & Water Tech Investing

Moderator: Christine Martini, RonovoBlu

Zach Huhn, CEO, Venture Smarter, Chairman – Smart Regions Conference

Swamy Margan, Heartland Water Technologies

Chris Rezendes, Context Labs

John Robinson, Bluehouse Investments

Alex Rozenfeld, Climate Impact Capita

4:30pm-5:00pm Resiliency: A Call to Action & Conclusion of Forum

Announcement of Framework, Action Teams, and Investment Model

5:30pm-6:30pm Pitch Company-Investor Meetup & Happy Hour (Off-Site Location)

Quick Pitch Sessions*

Through our partnership with the Austin Technology Incubator WRIOT Initiative, Ms. Erin Keyes will over the course of the Forum, conduct five-minute pitch introductions by breakthrough, growth, mature stage companies seeking investment, procurement, licensing, and/or strategic partnerships. An Investor-Company ‘one-on-one conversation’ areas as been designated in the Reynolds Room (1st Floor Ideson Library). Further, we are arranging special briefings for international delegations and companies based on level of participation and interests…before, during and post the Forum.

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Ideson Historic Library

550 McKinney Street

Houston, TX 77002

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