Milwaukee YP Week Water Events

YPWeek_LogoMilwaukee’s Young Professional Week is fast approaching and we wanted to give you all a heads-up for events slated for Tuesday April 16. Each day has a unique theme, and Tuesday’s theme is The Silicon Valley of Water. Events that day are all about what Milwaukee is doing in the water sector and how the growing water-technology sector is creating “an exhilarating community for Young Professionals to work and live.”

The Silicon Valley of Water day is sponsored by Badger Meter, Rexnord, The Water Council, Stone Creek Coffee, Bartolotta Restaurants, Translator, Milwaukee County Historical Society, and VIA Downer. A full event listing for the day is listed below and on the YP Week website.

Milwaukee: A World Class City
Presented by: The Water Council, Badger Meter and Rexnord
​Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 7:30 – 9:00AM
Location: Milwaukee County Historical Society
Address: 910 N Old World 3rd St Milwaukee, WI 

Water Day begins with Mayor Tom Barrett and The Water Council talking about how Milwaukee is positioned as a World-Class hub for water-technology. This event will focus on what efforts the city has taken to transform itself over the last 50 years into what Forbes Magazine recently called a “water-technology Mecca.”

Open Lab
Presented by: Translator 
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 8-10AM
Location: Translator Headquarters
Address: 415 E Menomonee St Milwaukee WI 53202

Open Lab we will be talking about what it means to own water like Silicon Valley owns tech, what does it do for us and YPs in terms of opportunities. What elements of the community in Silicon Valley contributed to its explosion and owning the tech scene? What’s here, and how can we continue to be known as the go to place for fresh water initiatives?

Water Innovation: Academic, Startup and Corporate Culture
Presented by: The Water Council and Badger Meter
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Location: UWM School of Fresh Water Science
Address: 600 East Greenfield Ave Milwaukee, WI

​​Academics and industry professionals come together for a panel discussion outlining the importance of creating resources for students and researchers to grow within the water industry.  Members of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences and Badger Meter will discuss why Milwaukee is the ideal place for these types of relationships.  Presenters will discuss the importance of establishing immediate careers for a growing industry, while also creating a pipeline of future talent, ensuring longevity Milwaukee’s business community.

Complimentary lunch provided by Via Downer.

Fresh Water Hub of North America
Presented by: Badger Meter
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Discovery World
Address: 500 North Harbor Drive Milwaukee, WI

Parking is $8 within the Discovery World underground parking structure.

Rich Meeusen, CEO of Badger Meter and Co-chair of The Water Council will discuss the idea behind The Water Council and why Milwaukee is positioned to become to Freshwater Hub of North America.  Made up of 130+ non-competing local water technology companies, The Water Council utilizes current industry talent, academic programs and proximity to Lake Michigan to become the go-to city for all things H2O.

Discovery World’s state-of-the-art Aquatarium serves as host for Tuesday night’s speech by Rich Meeusen. But that’s only the beginning as The Center for Public Innovation showcases one of the world’s largest interactive models of the Great Lakes, the ten tanks of the Reiman Aquarium, and a hands-on exploration of water and its overlooked role in the creation of everyday products inside the MillerCoors THIRST Lab. Discovery World will also feature appetizers by Bartolotta’s, two cash bars, and special displays from organizations around the area that utilize water on a daily basis. Here is what to expect that night at Discovery World:

  • Create your own fragrance in the MillerCoors THIRST Lab
  • Laser-cut Great Lakes swag with the Design It! Lab Team
  • Screen print a t-shirt with the crew from the Print & Publishing Lab
  • Experience life in front of the green screen with the video studio staff
  • Meet Fritz, binaural recording device, and professional audio engineers
  • Enjoy some home-brewed ale from Barley’s Angels 
  • Enjoy  appetizers by Bartolotta’s and a cash bar

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About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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