SWIM 2013

The Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts 2013 – is a series of events to convene and promote the state’s water industry, based on local innovation and global export.

The 2013 Symposium was held on June 19, 2013 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA for 150 senior executives (by invitation) from business, academia, and government.  

The exhibitor directory and some presentations from the Symposium can be viewed here.

The program included:

7:30 – 8:30 AM – Registration and Networking 

8:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Welcome: Earl Jones, SWIM 2013 Chair & Partner, Liberation Capital

The Massachusetts Opportunity for Global Water Innovation

  • Secretary Richard Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Governor Deval Patrick, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AM Panel:

The Importance of Water – Gretchen McClain, Chief Executive Officer, Xylem, Inc.

Lifecycle of Innovation: Early Innovation

  • Earl Jones, Partner, Liberation Capital (Moderator)
  • Mel Bernstein, Northeastern University, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education
  • Karen Oates, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • John Lienhard, Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT

10:20 – 10:50 AM – Break – Water Innovation Exhibit

Taking Water Innovation Global

  • Jim Matheson, President & CEO, Oasys (Moderator)
  • Trey Kellet, Senior Director, GE Ventures
  • Sean Petersen, Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation of The World Bank
  • Carmichael Roberts, General Partner, North Bridge Partners

New England Water Innovation Network – Industry executives who first met at SWIM 2012 will present a draft proposal to develop a network of Massachusetts’ facilities to pilot, test, and demo new water and wastewater technology.

  • Per Suneby, President & CEO, BioConversion Solutions

12:15 – 1:00 PM – Lunch – Water Innovation Exhibition

1:00 – 5:00 PM

Headwaters Innovation Prize Finalists – Presentations 
The Headwaters Innovation Prize (HIP) is a business plan contest with a mission to further stimulate and promote water technology innovation in Massachusetts.  (winner to be announced prior to reception)

HIP Finalists: Crowd.io; Drinkwell; and NanoMembranes

Recognition of Mass Water Industry Cluster

  • Alicia Barton, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

PM Panels:
Breaking Down the Barriers to Innovation

  • Michael Murphy, Business Development Manager, Water Innovations, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Moderator)
  • Kenneth Kimmell, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Fred Laskey, Executive Director, Massachusetts Water Resource Authority

2:10 – 2:35 PM – Break – Water Innovation Exhibit

Building a Technology Cluster: Lessons Learned

  • Hugh Courtney, Dean, D’Amore McKim School of Business, Northeastern University (Moderator)
  • David Goodtree, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel, Co-Organizer SWIM 2012
  • Carolyn Dykema, State Representative, Massachusetts 8th Middlesex District
  • Jonathan Kaledin, Principal, 11th Avenue Strategies and part-time Secretariat for the Growing Blue Collaborative Project

3:15 – 3:45 PM – Working Session

3:45 – 3:50 PM – Presentation of Headwaters Winner

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Networking Reception and Welcome to the Representatives from the Global Water Market including the NEIBC Israel Water Delegation