5 December 2019

8:45 am

Registration, refreshments & exhibition

9:20 am

Welcome from conference chair

Speaker

  • Ana Soares

    Ana Soares
    Senior lecturer in biological engineering - Cranfield University

9:25 am

UNLOCKING INNOVATION IN AMP7

9:25 am

Delivering innovation in AMP7: risks, challenges and opportunities

  • Maintaining momentum from trials to adoption at scale
  • Seeking opportunities from beyond our industry boundaries
  • Goldilocks investment: not too much or too little

Speaker

  • Chris Thomas

    Chris Thomas
    Head of business improvement and innovation - Bristol Water

9:45 am

The relationship between standards and innovation

  • Changing procurement strategies
  • Utilising innovation through different models
  • Worldwide innovation fund plans

Speaker

10:05 am

The innovation journey: technology, people and processes

  • Why innovation is everyone’s job
  • Getting ideas from ‘the ground’ up to senior management
  • Why getting the people and processes right is key to an innovative future

Speaker

  • Paul Gaskin

    Paul Gaskin
    Research and innovation manager - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

10:25 am

Questions and answers

10:40 am

Panel discussion, snap poll, questions and answers

  • How do you transform water utility operations to work on operational initiatives that require collaboration and coordination across multiple teams?
  • How can we better overcome the fear of failure?
  • How are and should water companies be prioritising digital technologies in their innovation strategies?
  • How can the industry transition to better meet customer expectations for example by enhancing engagement with mobile phones?

Speakers to be joined by:

Speakers

11:05 am

Refreshments, networking & exhibition

11:35 am

TECH VS PEOPLE: WHAT IS THE PERFECT FORMULA FOR DRIVING INNOVATION?

11:35 am

Demystifying Smart Networks

  • What is a Smart Network
  • Networks underpinned by technology
  • Smart Networks in practice

Speakers

  • Ruth Clarke

    Ruth Clarke
    Business development manager - Advanced infrastructure analytics - Xylem Water Solutions

  • Loic Flageul

    Loic Flageul
    Sales director, UK&I - Sensus - A Xylem Brand

11:50 am

Project 13: learnings from a cultural transformation journey

  • Developing the strategy for Project 13
  • Opening up to innovation and business improvement
  • Working to tough government targets

Speaker

  • Richard Lennard

    Richard Lennard
    Head of commercial – programme and project partner - Sellafield Ltd, Project 13

12:05 pm

Using blockchain and artificial intelligence for digital transformation in water

  • An overview of blockchain and what it can be used for
  • A look at a blockchain productivity pilot
  • The future: harnessing AI and data to produce efficiency gains

Speaker

12:20 pm

Tech + People – the perfect formula for an innovative future

  • Northumbrian Water’s innovation strategy to deliver business plans
  • Digital vs workforce skills
  • Future opportunities

Speaker

12:35 pm

Snap poll, questions & answers

12:50 pm

Buffet lunch, networking & exhibition

1:50 pm

TECH PITCH COMPETITION

Have your say on the game-changing technologies entering the industry! Attend a dedicated session filled with innovation from our technical industry experts who will present their ideas in a short, sharp format. The opportunity for interactive voting and discussion will follow.

2:30 pm

Refreshments, networking & exhibition

3:00 pm

INTERACTIVE WORKING GROUPS

4:30 pm
Close of the WWT Water Industry Innovation Conference