AGENDA

This year’s agenda is still in development. You can view the agenda for last year at these links: Day 1 and Day 2.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

Keynote: CA Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot


Internet of Water

The Aspen Institute whitepaper called attention to the current challenges in answering simple questions about water:

  • How much is used?

  • Where is it used?

  • Who used it?

This panel will discuss the progress that has been made across the State. 


Data Enabled Financing Innovations

Modern data technology can enable transformative new models for financing to address California's water challenges. This panel will survey examples of data enabling new finance models, with a focus on performance bonds, pay for performance contracts, and credit systems as applied to stormwater resiliency, groundwater balance, and Disadvantaged Community remediation.

Lightning Talks

Short presentations from experts on a variety of topics. Quick turnaround and rapid delivery will keep you on your toes and eager to follow up with the speakers after the session.

Using Data to Innovate and Iterate in Water Efficiency

Data are needed to inform decision-making throughout the life-cycle of a water efficiency program. This panel will explore how data help water managers determine whether to explore innovative financing options, forecast consumption and project programmatic funding, use

Data for Groundwater Sustainability

As basins around the state race to implement groundwater sustainability plans, our panelists will discuss how modeling and forecasting powered by open data can realize new opportunities for groundwater managers.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Bridging Water Technology & Talent

Innovation is fundamentally driven by people.  The best technology in the world is useless without the people to put it to use.  Come listen to a panel of experts from state and local governments talk about efforts to build a culture of data literacy and technological collaboration.

An Introduction to APIs and Data Integration

APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are  software "smart valves" on data, allowing secure data sharing, and new capabilities for integrating water data. This panel offers a non-techie intro to how to think about and plan for new data integration opportunities in compliance, utility operations, basin balance management, and other areas, with a special focus on Open Water Information Architecture integration integration.


Driving Customer Engagement and Water Efficiency Program Performance with Market Data

Data-driven market research is key to optimizing customer engagement and water efficiency program performance. Attend this session to hear from our panel of water managers, communications professionals, and academic researchers, about their efforts to mine complex housing market data, understand water-efficient device purchasing drivers, administer wide-scale customer behavior and preference surveys, and implement comprehensive customer engagement campaigns driven by market research.

Enabling Water Markets through Data 

Well functioning markets require rational actors and perfect information.  The Open and Transparent Water Data Act opens the accessibility of data collected by the State on water data such as on rights, usage, and water quality. One of the goals is to help support the development of well functioning water markets.  Our expert panelists will discuss how far this Act takes us towards more seamless water transactions and the barriers that remain.


Water Data: You Can Manage What You Measure

Informed decision-making requires data. Panelists in this session will discuss novel approaches to measuring and forecasting micro-level water usage to create actionable information for all types of water-use decision makers from agencies to individual households.  Topics include urban and agricultural water demands, machine learning, anomaly detection, remote sensing/metering, water loss, water-use benchmarking, and affordability.


Demystifying AI: Real-World Applications of Cutting-Edge Algorithms

What is ‘Artificial Intelligence’?  How can AI help the day-to-day operations of water agencies?  This session will begin with a user-friendly introduction to AI: what it actually is, what makes it different, how it learns, and how it can scale in today’s big-data world.  Panelists in this session will discuss practical applications of AI in the water industry including automated contract management and document review, database development, streamlined reporting, and increased data accessibility. 


Data Security: How Tech Companies and Water Utilities are Protecting Sensitive Information

With growing concerns about data vulnerabilities associated with cloud-based platforms and wireless data transfers, experts will discuss best practices and opportunities to improve security in the future. This panel discussion will feature a technology company which analyzes metering data, a local water utility and a cyber security expert to share perspectives and experiences around this topic. There will be an effort to engage the audience through interactive discussion and Q&A.

California Public Technology Roundtable

The California Public Technology is a volunteer group of civic technologists interested in helping support digital improvements across and by the State. Join the conversation by stopping by this workshop format discussion for updates on efforts to enable California’s digital innovation in government.