Typhon UV LED @ SIWW
Singapore International Water Week returns in style to the Mariana Bay Sands resort
SIWW 2022 was one of the first large-scale, in person, global water shows since the pandemic and it can be regarded as a great success. Held from 17 – 21 April 2022, the event welcomed attendees from all over the world at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre.
The four days were packed with networking sessions, product showcases, technical site visits to high-level plenaries and panel discussions.
This was Typhons first experience of SIWW. We joined with the Imagine H2O Asia team and the rest of their Cohort 3 in the Innovation Pavillion. The IH2O Accelerator programme is designed to support water startups with the resources they need to develop their organisations to suit the Asia markets and this was a fantastic start to that process with the IH2O team choreographing visits by a wide range of organisations from potential partners, investors and customers throughout.
The week started with the PUB organised TechXchange on the Sunday - an event aimed at connecting innovators with investors, partners and buyers to advance commercialisation of exciting, new water technologies. Typhon CEO Matt Simpson took part in the Innovation Showcase pitching sessions and we were very proud to receive the Rising Star award as voted for by the assembled audience of investors, entrepreneurs, utility leaders and technology executives.
You can see Matt's 5 minute pitch here (though this version was actually delivered at the Mondays IH2O Demo Day):
Many of the subjects voiced during the TechXchange were echoed throughout the next 3 days of the main event, not least during the Water Leaders Summit, attended by the great and good of the water industry. Their discussions were captured in these excellent diagrams which have been widely circulated on social media and clearly highlight the challenges which, the water industry, as well as us all as a global community face today.
Those challenges are shared to a greater or lesser extent around the world and it was a positive feature of SIWW that there were high profile connections formed between national organisations to deepen collaboration, and share innovations and best practice.
PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rwanda’s Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) and the picture here shows the signing ceremony for the MoU between the Singapore Water Association and British Water, witnessed by Chew Men Leong (President, SWA) and H.E. Kara Owen (British High Commissioner to Singapore).
For Typhon, the week was an ideal introduction to the SE Asia market and there were lively, informative, discussions with interesting people from across the region throughout the week. It is clear that there is a real appetite for innovation and a strong interest in UV LED in particular with the potential to remove mercury from water treatment high on the agenda in a part of the world where Minamata is very much close to home.
The week concluded for the IH2O Cohort with a PUB networking event specially arranged at SgWX which offered all of the companies the chance to engage with senior people in the PUB organisation and understand how PUB is looking to deal with their, very real, and very imminent, water scarcity challenges.
That done, it was straight to the airport for the 'short' 18hr 'hop' back to Manchester. A very intense week, but with some great memories, lots of new connections, and interesting opportunities for the future.
With over 25-years' knowledge and experience in the water industry in general and UV water treatment in particular. Mike is Sales & Marketing Lead for Typhon Treatment Systems.
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