InvestH2O Forum: Investing in Resiliency

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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.

NOTE: DUE TO NATIONAL EMERGENCIES, PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE AMONG FEDERAL AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES, THE 2018 FORUM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 17-18th. UPDATES TO CONFIRMED SPEAKERS AND PANELIST WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

Agenda (as of September 17, 2018)

October 17, 2018

Noon – 3:00pm Pre-Workshop One: Branding, Marketing, Communications

Resiliency Engagement Strategies with Public and Private Sector Interests

Pre-Workshop Two: Houston Water Innovation Hub Tour and Resiliency Presentation

On-site Tour with City of Houston Water Innovation Hub Leadership

3:30pm-5:30pm Forum Kickoff Keynote Panel and Town Hall:

Welcoming Remarks: City of Houston Senior Executive

Special Briefing: Zurich International Hurricane After-Action Report

Town-Hall: “The Business Case for Investing in Resiliency”

The Honorable Linda Capuano, Administrator – Energy Information Administration –

US Department of Energy

Seamus McGraw – Author – “A Thirsty Land”, UT Press

Ebie Holst – CEO, SplashLink and Co-Founder, Project ECHO (Emergency Response)

*Additional speakers in progress

6-8pm Reception & Presentation of Innovators of the Year Award (Resiliency Focus)

InvestH2O/AccelerateH2O Annual Innovators of the Year, Presentation of Youth and

Student Hackathon Winners, and Opening Reception

Innovator of the Year Awardees: Exxon Mobil, Siemens, City of Houston; Special Recognition the GSD Network

October 18, 2018

7:30am-8:00am Registration and Breakfast

8:00am-9:15am Welcome: Special Guest

Opening Keynote: The Honorable David Maurstad, Deputy Associate Administrator, FEMA Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

9:15am-10:30am Interactive Town-Hall: Federal & Private Sector Partnerships for Resilient

Communities, Industries

Moderator: Doug Maughan, US Department of Homeland Security – S&T Cyber Directorate

Nick Shufro, Director of Strategic Alliances, FEMA Headquarters 
The Honorable Anne Idsal, EPA Region 6 Administrator
Edward Craner, SVP – Holt Caterpillar Ventures and Strategy
Alfred Kennedy, National Water Strategy Team – Siemens SVP for Resiliency Programs – ExxonMobil
Additional Corporate Participant

NOTE: Quick Pitch Sessions*

Between formal sessions, three-minute pitch introductions by breakthrough, growth, mature stage companies seeking investment, procurement, licensing, and/or strategic partnerships. Investor-Company one-on-one conversation areas will be available throughout the Forum venue as well as Pitch Session Cocktails upon conclusion. Further, we will arrange special briefings for international delegations and companies based on level of participation and interests.

10:45am-11:30am Global Collaboratory – World’s Water Resiliency Leaders Perspective

Moderator: Piet Dircke, Senior Global Resiliency Director – Arcadis

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

The Honorable Dr. Run Wang – Hubei University, China – Director, Sponge City Jennifer Turner, Senior Policy Director for Global Environment, Woodrow Wilson Center 

Special Remarks: European Union Senior Official 

11:30am-12:30pm Facilities, P3s, and the Future of Alternative Financing for Resilient-Critical

Infrastructure Project Development

Moderator: Bob Butler – SVP, Critical Infrastructure Protection, AECOM

Eric Letsinger – CEO, Qualified Ventures

The Honorable Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

12:30-1:45pm Lunch and Keynote “Fireside Chat” with Crystal and Mark Victor Hansen – best-selling author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and entrepreneurial book series, globally- recognized speaker, philanthropist and water-technology investor and advocate.

Moderator: Chris Tomlinson, Business & Economic Reporter, Houston Chronicle

2:00pm-3:00pm Roundtables:

Option 1: Resiliency “Unplugged”: Off the Grid, Out of the Box Investments

Option 2: CyberH2O: Internet of Things and Protecting Digital Platforms

Option 3: One-Water Resiliency Challenges & Opportunities

3:00pm-4:00pm Wrap-up Session: Where We’re Headed – Projected 2018-2020 Resiliency Investing

Roundtable of Investment Managers and Advisors

Moderator: Christine Martini, RonovoBlu

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

Chris Rezendes, Context Labs

4:00pm-4:30pm Concluding Session “Resiliency: A Call to Action & National Prize Competition”

5:00pm-6:30pm Pitch-Investor Meetup & Happy Hour Texas “Cocktails” (Off-Site Location)