Archive for August, 2015

Wichita State will play lead role in Water 2.0 Conference 11/18 DC

Posted on August 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Wichita State University’s Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI) will play a lead role at the upcoming Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference.






Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Conference Location:
Foley & Lardner LLP
3000 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20007-5109

The conference is spearheaded by the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF), an organization that promotes the development of water technologies and innovations. ATAI is a co-sponsor of the event with companies such as GE, Duke Energy and Watercura®.

The registration fee includes lunch and a post-conference networking reception.

Water 2.0 will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Those in attendance will include water and energy industry authorities, utility professionals and representatives from the EPA.








ATAI recently hired Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation, as a consultant to help with the institute’s impact on water and energy industries. Caprio is the conference chair for the Water 2.0 Conference and will give the opening remarks for the event.

“The collaboration between ATAI and WIAF has already yielded results,” said Caprio. “ATAI’s participation in our Water 2.0 Conference introduces them to a whole new group of water industry professionals.”

Ken Russell, Executive Director of ATAI, will also speak at the event in November and hopes to expand the conversation about the connection between water, land and energy.

“The ATAI works to bring proven technology solutions to the municipal water industry in order to help utilities work smarter and upgrade systems effectively,” said Russell. “Challenges facing the nation’s water infrastructure are extremely difficult and complex, and ATAI is dedicated to informing the public about emerging water technologies, which can play a critical role in maintaining and repairing the nation’s outdated water infrastructure.”

Before working at WSU, Russell was the director of intellectual capital and organization strategist for Cisco Systems. He is co-author of “Social Knowledge: Organizational Currencies in the New Knowledge Economy.”

Additional conference speakers include:

Chanley T. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

Christopher Peacock, Director Strategic Accounts, FATHOM

Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., Manager – Innovation Development, American Water

Alan Hinchman, Chief Operating Officer, The Water Initiative

David Schoenberger, CIO, Secure Cloud Systems, LLC

Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

Maryanne E. McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy

Speaker from the FBI: Economic Espionage Program

ATAI is a key component of WSU’s Innovation University strategy. The institute promotes a practical approach to solving complex technology problems. ATAI is focused on building strong partnerships and providing applied and experiential learning opportunities for students while transforming the very way the educational experience is developed, packaged, delivered and supported.

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-2000

$329 per night
Cut-off date to receive room block rate is Monday, October 26, 2105

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Looking forward to seeing you in the fall!

WIAF Selects Watercura® Portable Filter as 2015 Innovative Product

Posted on August 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) is proud to select Watercura’s portable water filter as our 2015 Innovative Product of the Year.  We have followed the evolution of this product from concept, to design of a prototype, to manufacturing.  Congratulations to Kevin McGovern and the Watercura® team for bringing this product to market.





Watercura® Portable Water Filter

There is no other water filter in the world as effective, as the compact Watercura® Portable Water Filter. This unique, easy-to-use portable filter brings you the safest, cleanest drinking water possible.

Watercura’s advanced filtration technology not only eliminates harmful Synthetic Hormones, Pharmaceuticals, Steroids, Cadmium, Pesticides, and Pathogens — it is the only filter on the market to eliminate 99% of bacteria found in tap water every day.   This filter doesn’t just take out harmful contaminants in your water – it leaves in healthy nutrients such as calcium and magnesium.

PrintCompact in design, the Watercura® Portable Filter is small enough to go anywhere and is engineered to fit most of your drinkware, pitchers, bottles and pet supplies.  It is easy-to-grip and simple enough for anyone to use. Watercura’s unique top-fill design allows you to scoop water or fill it from virtually any source. Its innovative portable design features a large ½ liter funnel, germ resistant BPA free plastic, soft non-marking exterior grip, and a powerful replaceable filter that lasts for 150 liters. The Watercura® Portable Filter is ideal not only for home, but can travel with you too … to sporting events, work, school, gym, camping, boating, travel, etc.

Clean Water. Healthy Life. Clean water starts with Watercura®.

For further information please contact Jeff Howes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at

Kudos to Watercura® for successfully accomplishing the goal of providing portable access to clean water.


Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation