Wednesday, June 01, 2011

BlueTech Forum: Solving the World's Water Problems through Innovation

The 2nd Annual BlueTech Forum is today, June 1st at the San Francisco Airport. It is being organized by O2 Environmental and IBF (International Business Forum). O2 Environmental has worked with many water technology start-ups and IBF is a leading supporter of new technologies and innovations.

The BlueTech Forum is a gathering spot for creative water technology as people strive to create solutions for the world's water problems. Keynote speakers include Hank Vander Laan, founder of TrojanUV, James Thompson, CFO of Halosource, and Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist at NASA Langley. TrojanUV focuses on maximizing water usage through technology-based solutions, while Halosource is a leading clean water company.

Making clean water available to people everywhere is a fundamental step in the fight against global poverty. Every two minutes, a child dies from drinking bad water. Millions of people every day do not have access to sanitary water. Furthermore, having clean water has led to increased economic growth. One of the goals of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which the Borgen Project supports, is to "halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation."

Water innovation is crucial to the fight against global poverty. With the constant increases in technology, it is likely we can find a way to supply clean water to every area of the world.

-Michael Kan

SOURCE: BlueTech Forum, A Dollar a Day, UN Millenium Project