AGENDA

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

9:00 AM Registration Opens

10:00 AM Conference Begins and Opening (Main room: 2-456)

10:15 AM Activity (Main room: 2-456)

10:45 AM Plenary: Statewide policy -- how data can show the implications and inform the development of prospective policies that impact California water management. (Main room: 2-456)

  • Walt Wadlow, Utility Relations WaterNow
  • Patrick Atwater
  • Deven Upadhyay, COO Metropolitan Water District
  • Mark Gold, Director Metropolitan Water District 

12:00 PM Lunch

1:15 PM Breakouts (Will repeat at 2:10)

Leaders in Data: Making Data Accessible and Actionable (Room 2-414 on second floor)
Big data is complex. This session will feature leaders in the data realm who have been able to make data more digestible and manageable so it can be utilized by utilities, cities, or ratepayers. Featured speakers have employed visualization tools, dataset integration, geospatial techniques, and a host of other strategies. Speakers will represent perspectives from private industry, academia, and water utilities.

  • Ora Chaiken, Water Smart Software
  • Lauren Steely, Water Resource Analyst, Metropolitan Water District
  • Nicole Beck, Founder, 2nd Nature
  • Lindsey Stuvick, Water Efficiency Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District

Water Efficiency as an Integral Part of Resource Management (Room 2-456 on second floor)
Water reliability and resilience requires creating balance between supply and demand. Water efficiency is an essential part of the water manager’s toolbox as we work to provide reliable service for our customers. In this session water managers discuss how data plays a role in improving water efficiency efforts and how water managers are using water use efficiency to plan for a reliable future.

  • Elizabeth Lovsted, Director of Supply Planning, Eastern Municipal Water District
  • Jason Martin, Director of Administration, Rancho California Water District
  • Brandon Goshi, Manager of Water Policy and Strategy, Metropolitan Water District
  • Christopher Tull, Data Scientist, California Data Collaborative 

Capitalizing on Conservation: How to Pay for Water Efficiency (Room 2-145 on second floor)
The energy sector has seen incredible changes in consumer behavior, especially in the area of efficiency, as smart data apps and controllers become more ubiquitous in day-to-day life. As the water sector begins to integrate this knowledge and technology into their services, there are a number of opportunities, and challenges, for utilities. In this panel we will look at the positives of emerging smart water technologies for utilities and consumers alike, and address concerns from how to capitalize on conservation to how pay for them at scale.

  • Walt Wadlow, Utility Relations, WaterNow
  • Drew Atwater, Director of Planning, Moulton Niguel Water District
  • Jordan Wildish, Earth Economics
  • Erik Porse, UCLA

Creative Collaboration: Enabling Tech and Water Agency Partnership (ROOM: Executive Dining on first floor)
Water can be a challenging industry for innovators to operate in. This session will bring together water technology leaders and showcase new creative solutions to break through long standing barriers preventing innovation.

  • Mariel Reed, Founder CoProcure
  • Gary Eton, Water Pigeon

2:15 PM Transition between Breakouts

2:25 PM Breakouts Two -- 

Leaders in Data: Making Data Accessible and Actionable (Room 2-414 on second floor)

Water Efficiency as an Integral Part of Resource Management (Room 2-456 on second floor)

Capitalizing on Conservation: How to Pay for Water Efficiency (Room 2-145 on second floor)

Creative Collaboration: Enabling Tech and Water Agency Partnership (Room: Executive Dining on first floor)

3:25 PM Transition between Breakouts

3:30 PM Plenary: People and Workforce -- how data can be a way for the next generation of talent to enter the water industry. (Main room: 2-456)

  • Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District
  • Wallace Walrod, Orange County Business Council Chief Economic Adviser
  • Brad Coffey, Water Resources Group Manager, Metropolitan Water District 

4:30 PM Mixer


FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

9:00 AM Registration Opens

10:00 AM Opening presentation -- a roadmap for the future of water management (Main room: 2-456)

  • Patrick Atwater

10:15 AM Activity

10:45 AM Plenary: Public communications -- how data can enable the water industry to better connect and engage with Californians. (Main room: 2-456)

  • Mark Gold, Director Metropolitan Water District
  • Joanne Fletcher, Vice President Energy and Water Solutions
  • Amye Osti, CEO 34 North
  • Rafa Maestu, Chief Data Scientist State Water Resources Control Board
  • Ora Chaiken, Water Smart Software

11:45 PM Lunch

12:15 PM Keynote by Milty Brizan Amazon World Wide Public Sector (Main room: 2-456)

1:00 PM Break

1:15 PM Breakout One (Will repeat at 2:05)

Data Best Practices in Silicon Valley (Room 2-450 on the second floor)
What can the water industry learn from leading data practices? This session will feature cutting edge case studies from Silicon Valley innovators in energy, land use and other areas where data science has made a positive public impact.

  • Louis Potok, Associate, The Data Guild
  • Martha Davis, Davis Consulting

Data Ethics in the Age of Big Data Breaches (Room 2-414 on the second floor)
The news seems to be filled with a string of high profile data breaches. How can we ensure public data projects adhere to high ethical standards? This panel will discuss how to integrate the need to protect customer privacy as well as prudently steward taxpayer resources through smart use of public data.

  • Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub, based at UC Berkeley
  • Damian Moos, Partner, Best Best and Krieger
  • Carla Casilli, Project Manager, LA Counts
  • Mike Hollis, Statistician, Metropolitan Water District 

Research in Advancing Water Management (Room 1-102 on the first floor)

  • Antonio Bento, Director, USC Sustainability Center
  • JR DeShanzo, Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
  • Casey Wichman, Resources for the Future

          Building the internet of water (Room 2-456 on the second floor)

At the annual Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum in May, the Aspen Institute released The Internet of Water. The work was based on a yearlong dialogue series that brought together some of the nation’s foremost thinkers on water management, big data and possibilities. This panel will surface key case studies showing great potential and broader progress in implementing this vision. 

  • Gonzalo Cortez, Project Scientist, UCLA
  • Joya Banerjee, Senior Program Officer Bechtel Foundation
  • Glen Low, Co-Founder The Earth Genome

2:15 PM Transition between Breakouts

2:25 PM Breakouts Two -- 

Data Best Practices in Silicon Valley (Room 2-450 on the second floor)

Data Ethics in the Age of Big Data Breaches  (Room 2-414 on the second floor)

Research in Advancing Water Management  (Room 1-102 on the first floor)

Building the internet of water (Room 2-456 on the second floor)

3:30 PM Closing Remarks (Main room: 2-456)