MIT Water Summit 2018: Thirsty Cities

November 15-16, Wong Auditorium, MIT

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, up from 50% today. Many cities are already running out of water. This year’s MIT Water Summit brings together representatives of industry, academia, government, and NGOs to reflect upon the unique water challenges facing cities from around the globe.

The MIT Water Summit is a great opportunity to meet and hear from top people in the water sector, featuring keynote speeches from:

Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency
James Workman, Founder of AquaShares
Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager of Denver Water
Alex Bakalian, Global Lead, Water Supply and Sanitation, World Bank Water Global Practice

Come learn about the future of urban water, including speakers from:

Water utilities: Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, Orange County Water District, Denver Water, Boston Water & Sewer Commission
Government agencies: The World Bank Group, US Geological Survey, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Industry & start-ups: Visenti (Xylem), Sasaki Associates, Watchtower Robotics, AquaShares
Non-governmental organizations: The Water Research Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, Global Water Works, Consensus Building Institute, the International Water Association
Academia: MIT, NYU, Water in the West (Stanford), Texas A&M, Northern Illinois University, Duke University

Are you working in the water space?
Share your project at the Summit

Do you have the next breakthrough in the water sector?
Pitch your idea at the MIT Water Innovation Prize Kick-Off

Interested in organizing or helping out?
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Thursday, November 15th

8:00 am Breakfast & Networking Session
9:00 am Keynote: Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency
9:40 am Panel: Water consumption in cities
11:15am Break
11:30 am Keynote: James Workman, Founder, AquaShares
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Panel: A complex management environment
3:00 pm Break
3:20 pm Panel: Urban water economics
5:00 pm Networking session
6:00 pm MIT Water Innovation Prize Kick-Off Dinner

Friday, November 16th

8:00 am Breakfast & Networking Session
9:00 am Keynote: Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager, Denver Water
9:45 am Panel: Implementing innovative solutions
11:35 am Lunch + Poster Session and Technology Showcase
1:00 pm Panel: How to design a city from scratch
2:30pm Break
3:00 pm Panel: Water sharing beyond a city’s limits
4:30 pm Closing remarks: Alex Bakalian, Global Lead, Water Supply & Sanitation, World Bank Water Global Practice


The Summit will be held on MIT campus in Wong Auditorium: 2 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02142

Due to ongoing construction, parking around MIT is limited so we strongly encourage you to take public transportation or use a taxi/ride-sharing service. Wong Auditorium is a 3 minute walk from the Kendall/MIT Station on the Red Line.  By bus, the #1 or Dudley/Harvard Station bus stops at MIT on Massachusetts Avenue, where Wong Auditorium is a 15 minute walk through campus.  There is bicycle parking in front of and across the street from Wong Auditorium.


The MIT Water Summit is a gathering of students and faculty from MIT and the greater Boston area as well as leaders from industry, finance, government, and academia organized annually by the MIT Water Club to explore current problems and potential solutions surrounding water resources.