The conference, a melting pot of expertise, brought together professionals, researchers, innovators, advisors and investors from all sectors to dive deep into discussions on water security and the approach to innovation.
Panel 1: Water Security
In alignment with Mark Mellett keynote, collaboration was underscored by all. Uisce Éireann Irish Water Mark Macaulay covered a wide spectrum, from extreme weather impacts to sustaining water sources. Ken Stockil of 20FIFTY PARTNERS noted rising business engagement, with leading companies embracing a transformative approach. Elaine Kelly Klir compared Irish and US water systems, emphasizing the US’s high valuation of water supply. Michelle Brogan Allianz highlighted flood risk, talking about their approach to prediction and monitoring these events.
During the panel sessions we had a visit from Minister of State Ossian Smyth demonstrating his support to the research taking place DCU Water Institute
Carolyn Hughes DCU Invent then presented on the current Innovation Funding landscape in Ireland Panel 2: Water Innovation & Disruption
Ronan Cunningham questioned how to maximize the impact of innovation in hashtagwatertech. John Robinson Mazarine Ventures advocated re framing hashtagwatertech towards users and those exposed to water risk. Marguerite Lynch Hovione and Damien Toner Bord Iascaigh Mhara – Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency expressed enthusiasm for the potential of machine learning and AI in water management. Triona McGrath The Water Forum An Fóram Uisce stressed the importance of connecting consumers to the process of obtaining clean water for effective water conservation.
Networking & Research Showcase
Coffee breaks turned into networking hubs, sparking new connections and collaborations. The research meet and greet poster session unveiled the incredible academic endeavors shaping the future of water.
John Joyce, PhD masterfully summarized the morning’s event, sparking insightful reflections from our engaged audience. The heightened awareness of water security, possibly fueled by escalating risks, signifies a significant shift.
Impact Beyond the Venue
As we disperse, the ripples of this conference continue—inspiring change, innovation, and reinforcing our collective commitment to safeguarding our most precious resource.