SWIM 2013 Archives

Earl SWIM13  To view the summary video from SWIM 2013 click here


Presenters included


Deval Patrick
Former Governor of Massachusetts


Gretchen McClain
Former CEO, Xylem Inc

Rick Sullivan

Richard Sullivan
Former Secretary, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

The Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts

is our industry’s gathering of senior executives working in collaboration to further the state’s position in the global marketplace.  SWIM’13 occurred on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and convened top leaders who explored global opportunities and how the industry can accelerate the delivery of innovative solutions to the world’s water needs. Governor Deval Patrick summed up the symposium by saying “What we’re trying to do is marry brain power, our natural resource, with commerce, through innovation. It’s not that complicated, but it is a winning formula.”SWIM ’13 

  • An all-day conference for over 150 invited senior executives from business, academia, and government. By advanced registration and confirmation only.
  • Water Innovation Exhibition showcasing water-industry innovations from research labs, start-ups, engineering firms, and equipment technology companies
  • The Headwaters Innovation Prize (HIP), a business plan contest designed to further stimulate and promote water technology innovation

For proceedings and exhibitor directory, click here

Other Speakers included:
Hugh Courtney, Dean, Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Kenneth Kimmel, Commissioner, MassDEP
Frederick Laskey, Executive Director, MWRA
Jim Matheson, President & CEO, Oasys Water
Chris McIntire, Senior Vice President and President of Xylem’s Analytics Value Center


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   


Exhibitor Directory

Headwaters (HIP) Innovation Prize Finalist Presentations: Crowdio; DrinkwellHIP_NanoMembranes_pitch

AWWA Journal Article: “How To Get Real Innovation Flowing in the Water Industry” – Jim Matheson

NEWIN Test Bed Network- Per Suneby

GrowingBlue – Jonathan Kaledin

Israeli Delegation