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Water Forum

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The inaugural VERGE 23 Water Forum is an invitation-only, half-day gathering of leaders — from businesses, governments, investors, NGOs, solution providers and startups — at the forefront of creating sustainable, resilient and equitable water systems. 

Solving wicked water problems is critical to economic development, business growth, social well-being and ecosystem health. We believe there are untapped private- and public-sector opportunities to solve these water challenges through new types of collaborations that accelerate technology and policy innovation. Together, we have the potential to solve water scarcity and poor quality, and ensure the availability of safe and affordable drinking water by all.

What's Covered

VERGE 23 Water Forum participants will share innovative approaches to corporate and public-sector water strategies, partnerships, funding and financing. They will be introduced to innovative technologies and services to achieve their global water commitments while ensuring beneficial outcomes for local communities and ecosystems. Participants will form collaborative relationships with peers and thought leaders by engaging in interactive problem-solving and networking sessions. The result will be a dynamic community working together to create a healthy economy and environment.


The forum will convene a curated group of about 100 leaders working to reform how we value and manage water. Roughly half will represent business: Fortune 1,000 companies from sectors such as food and beverage, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, semiconductor, retailers and power generation, along with global technology providers, startups and investors The balance will come from the public sector, water utilities, local, national and global nonprofits, academia and civil society.

Key Topics

  • Moving from individual action to catalytic communities accelerating solutions

  • Advancing innovative public policies and corporate strategies and governance 

  • Increasing funding and financing of public and private water infrastructure

  • Addressing water-land-energy nexus challenges

  • Restoring, building and nurturing healthy watersheds


Water Forum Schedule

The forum will take place at the San Jose Convention Center on October 23, 2023, from 12-4pm PT, with a reception to follow. Further schedule details will be announced on this page soon.

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