Archive for November, 2015

Final Agenda – Water 2.0 Conference – Weds 11/18 Washington DC

Posted on November 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Our Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference is just a few weeks away!  We would like to announce the final agenda.

Revised Water 2.0 Data Analytics banner




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

Our conference promotes the development of water technologies through innovation. Event co-sponsors include companies such as GE, American Water, Duke Energy and Watercura®.

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

Our Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference 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.










We are excited to have the following talented leaders from the water industry:

Legal issues and best practices for Big Data analytics and data security in the water utilities industry
Chanley T. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Discovering Water 2.0: How Dynamic Data Analysis is transforming the water industry with a wellspring of new scientists
Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Author of Social Knowledge

The Industrial Internet – Making it Real. Today.
– Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

How Digital Technologies and Advanced Data Analytics Can Reduce the Cost of Shale Oil/Gas Production
– Piers Wells, CEO, Digital H2O

– Jonathan Litchman, Founder, The Providence Group

– FBI: Economic Espionage Program

Financing innovative water technology companies
Scott B. Livingston, Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC

Get Social: Connecting water resources and increasing the flow of knowledge
– Becky Scott, Social Knowledge Program Manager, Cisco

New Tools for Improving Water Efficiency
Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

Fluorescence-based cell assay for high-throughput detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water sources
Diana A. Stavreva, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute, CCR, NIH

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

Carbon Capture: Predicting, Managing and Optimizing Water Treatment
Gary Miller, President & Chief Operating Officer, ClearCove Systems

Data Analytics and IoT Start-Up Companies for the Water Industry
Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, WIAF & Water 2.0 Conference Chair
– Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange

Little Data…Before Big Data
Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

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

$329 per night

When making reservations please refer to the room block name:
Water 2.0 Conference



Global Water Technologies and AquiSense Technologies sign MOU for UV LEDs

JFK’s Famous Water Quote: A Brief History
Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts Blog

I’ve Looked at the Cloud from Both Sides Now
Jim Lauria
Our Water Counts Blog

Where Is the Water Industry’s Silicon Valley?
Dan Grech
Our Water Counts Blog

Touchdown for Water Conservation
Jill Burdette
Our Water Counts Blog

Clock is ticking on bid to block EPA water rule
Daren Bakst
The Hill
Looking forward to seeing you in DC on November 18th!

NanoBCA Congratulates OSTP on Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge

Posted on November 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to congratulate the Office of Science and Technology Policy on the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing.  I would like to share with you the following announcement.

A Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing
By Lloyd Whitman, Randy Bryant, and Tom Kalil
October 20, 2015

Today, the White House is announcing a grand challenge to develop transformational computing capabilities by combining innovations in multiple scientific disciplines.

In June, the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a Request for Information seeking suggestions for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade. After considering over 100 responses, OSTP is excited to announce the following grand challenge that addresses three Administration priorities—the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), and the BRAIN initiative:

Create a new type of computer that can proactively interpret and learn from data, solve unfamiliar problems using what it has learned, and operate with the energy efficiency of the human brain.

While it continues to be a national priority to advance conventional digital computing—which has been the engine of the information technology revolution—current technology falls far short of the human brain in terms of both the brain’s sensing and problem-solving abilities and its low power consumption. Many experts predict that fundamental physical limitations will prevent transistor technology from ever matching these twin characteristics. We are therefore challenging the nanotechnology and computer science communities to look beyond the decades-old approach to computing based on the Von Neumann architecture as implemented with transistor-based processors, and chart a new path that will continue the rapid pace of innovation beyond the next decade.

There are growing problems facing the Nation that the new computing capabilities envisioned in this challenge might address, from delivering individualized treatments for disease, to allowing advanced robots to work safely alongside people, to proactively identifying and blocking cyber intrusions. To meet this challenge, major breakthroughs are needed not only in the basic devices that store and process information and the amount of energy they require, but in the way a computer analyzes images, sounds, and patterns; interprets and learns from data; and identifies and solves problems.

Many of these breakthroughs will require new kinds of nanoscale devices and materials integrated into three-dimensional systems and may take a decade or more to achieve. These nanotechnology innovations will have to be developed in close coordination with new computer architectures, and will likely be informed by our growing understanding of the brain—a remarkable, fault-tolerant system that consumes less power than an incandescent light bulb.

Recent progress in developing novel, low-power methods of sensing and computation—including neuromorphic, magneto-electronic, and analog systems—combined with dramatic advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences, lead us to believe that this ambitious challenge is now within our reach. The Federal government is driving many of these initial advances through programs such as Expeditions in Computing and Robust Intelligence at the National Science Foundation (NSF); Computational Cognition and Machine Intelligence, Nanoscale Computing Devices and Systems, DARPA SyNAPSE, DARPA UPSIDE, and DARPA STARnet (a public-private partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation) at the Department of Defense; and MICrONS at IARPA.

Some of the problems to be addressed by this grand challenge are highlighted in a recent report sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corporation with support from NSF, and white papers released today by the IEEE and the Computing Community Consortium. Over the coming months, Federal agencies, professional societies, industry groups, and non-profit organizations will be coming together in workshops and other forums to determine the best path forward to address this grand challenge, with the first Department of Energy study group roundtable discussion planned for next week. Information about agency activities and other relevant resources are available at a new grand challenges portal at

We look forward to working with colleagues from across the nanotechnology, computer science, and neuroscience communities to transform future computing. If you’d like to help organize or participate in a planning activity, let us know at

Lloyd Whitman is Assistant Director for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Randy Bryant is Assistant Director for Information Technology Research and Development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Learn More:

Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges on
A Call for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges (OSTP Blog)
21st Century Grand Challenges


PEN Inc. Develops Graphene-Based Product for Use in Medical Imaging

NanoMech Launches Transport Division

HZO & Deutsche Telekom Join Again to Reveal the Water Resistant Tolino 3 HD eReader

IBM Reports Breakthrough on Carbon Nanotube Transistors
Mike Orcutt
MIT Technology Review

Could Nanotechnology Dramatically Reduce Clothing’s Environmental Impact?
Kathleen Webber
Chemistry and Materials

I read over 100 articles per week in regard to nanotechnology products.  It appears that Time Magazine does not.
Here’s Why Nobody’s Talking About Nanotech Anymore
Kevin Kelleher
Time Magazine

10 years ago we heard that nanomaterials would be the new asbestos.  Now we are told that bacon is the new asbestos.
Bacon’s as bad as asbestos? WHO thinks so: Report
Javier E. David


1st Annual “Livingston Securities Advanced & Renewable Energy Summit”
November 2nd Denver, CO
For more information please email

Water 2.0 Conference – Data Analytics for the Water Industry
November 18, 2015
Offices of Foley & Lardner, LLP
Washington, DC

Nanotechnology for Health Care
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute – Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:AM – Friday, December 4, 2015 10:AM (PT)
Morrilton, AR


Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio or 203-402-7200 to discuss.


We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become Individual Members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, November 19th at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $150.

Once again, congratulations to the OSTP!