A Radical Collaboration for Regeneration
BlueTech Forum, an annual, two-day event focused on water conservation, the circular economy and corporate environmental goals, will return to the Vancouver Convention Centre on 7 June 2022.
Hosted by BlueTech Research under the theme, Radical Collaboration for Regeneration, next year’s event will seek to catalyse partnerships that support companies with realising their water and carbon goals – with the organiser promising an “immersive and inspiring experience” that bring the story of water to life.
With the focus of dialogues about water and climate shifting from minimising environmental impacts to explaining the need to for regrowth and regeneration, Paul O’Callaghan, BlueTech chief executive, says: “Radical collaborations between industry and the supply chain are now needed if bold ambitions are to be realised.
“Worldwide, industrial companies and utilities are striving to meet ambitious environmental goals, with many aiming for zero carbon and zero water. To achieve these, they must come together with the supply chain to adopt technologies and solutions they’ve never tried before – we see that as radical collaboration.
“The regeneration comes from moving the discussion beyond simply making things ‘less-worse’. With carbon, we want to get to the point where we’re not putting any more into the atmosphere, we’re drawing it down. With the environment, we need to make it better, to regenerate.
“This is where we see the dialogue shifting globally and BlueTech Forum plays a key role in bringing people together to meet those goals.”
The Science World science centre in False Creek, Vancouver, has been named as the reception venue for the event, with its first confirmed ‘Bluenote’ speaker named as leading environmentalist and best-selling author, Paul Hawken, whose latest book, Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, offers a visionary new approach to climate change.
An interactive programme of events will include workshops, end-user sessions, roundtable discussions and the BlueTech Innovation Showcase, with sessions centring on key research themes such as water quality, decentralised innovations, creative communications, circular cities and cyber-security. A hands-on team activity for delegates is also being planned, involving the creation of nature-based solutions and leaving a lasting positive impact on the water environment of the host city.
Now in its 10th year, the forum is unique in its capacity to attract a very high density of global industrial end-users, as well as utilities, municipalities, technology providers and academics.
O’Callaghan says: “Over the last two years, the BlueTech community has connected through virtual events and roundtables. These have been an unmitigated success which have set the stage for bringing the community together in-person at BlueTech Forum in Vancouver in 2022.
“Our sessions and group activities are being carefully planned to tell the story of water in a meaningful and tangible way, with our host venues – both with sustainability and innovation at their heart – providing an awe-inspiring backdrop to proceedings. The result will be an immersive experience, that goes beyond what might be expected at a traditional conference.
“As our theme suggests, we hope BlueTech Forum 2022 will be a platform for radical water and technology collaborations to spark real-world regeneration.”