updated 12/9/2010 2:15:21 AM ET 2010-12-09T07:15:21

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced its "The Global Water Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Clean Energy" conference to be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. PST at AMD Commons Auditorium in Sunnyvale, CA.









Water, our most precious commodity, continues to garner more attention in the media as climate change and increasing demand constrain supplies worldwide. Where are we ahead, where are we behind and what's next? This conference brings together global leaders and influencers to share best practices and learn more about the intersection of technology driving innovation to solve a pressing world problem which is the energy crisis and limited water supply.

This conference is brought to you in partnership with Australia as part of the 'G'day USA 2011 program'. Australia is well known for unique approaches to water policy, management, distribution and efficiency. Australian Consul-General Nigel Warren said "Many people may not realize that the United States is Australia's largest trading and investment partner. Because of the significance of this relationship, the annual G'day USA program brings together industry and government leaders to enhance the long term and deep Australia-United States partnership. In the technology capital of the world, Silicon Valley, the G'day USA Committee is pleased to partner with SDForum to deliver this comprehensive event that brings together Australian as well as global thoughts leaders sharing their knowledge about the water crisis; and showcases Australia's leading technology and business solutions that we have developed as the world's driest inhabited continent."

"PwC is proud to sponsor the SDForum, which brings together the Silicon Valley technology community to discuss important global issues," said Wayne Hedden, PwC Cleantech partner. "According to the MoneyTreeTM Report from PwC and the National Venture Capital Association based on data provided by Thomson Reuters, over $2.8 billion in venture capital has been invested in cleantech companies so far this year, including alternative energy, pollution and recycling, power supplies and conservation. The increased focus on water as a sustainable resource is becoming a critical global issue, providing a unique opportunity for advancements and growth. PwC's Cleantech Practice is eager to work hand-in-hand with the cleantech community to foster awareness and support emerging trends in water innovation."

"Canada's water resources are an essential part of our heritage, our environment, and our economy," said Thierry Weissenburger, Consul of Canada and Senior Trade Commissioner. "Canada and the United States have a long history of cooperation on water issues and we are committed to continue our strong partnership in finding competitive solutions to our shared environmental issues and economic interests."

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • James Cameron, National Water Commission, Australia
  • Senator David Cogdill, California State Senate
  • Drew Clark, IBM
  • Dr. Craig Criddle, Stanford University
  • Jim Davis, SAP
  • Amol Deshpande, Kleiner Perkins
  • Cassie Doyle, Consulate General of Canada
  • Bill Kocher, City of Santa Cruz Water Dept.
  • Henrik Skov Laursen, Grundfos
  • Susan Leal, Co-Author, Running out of Water
  • Ron Verdugo, Cisco Systems
  • Don Wood, Draper Fisher Jurveston

Price & Registration

Online pricing is $145 for SDForum members and $180 for Non-members.

For more information visit http://www.sdforum.org/water

Location: AMD Commons Auditorium, One AMD Place, Sunnyvale, CA

For press contact and sponsorship details: julie@sdforum.org.

Follow event activities on Twitter at #SDFWater

Visit G'day USA 2011: http://www.australia-week.com/

About SDForum

SDForum has been instrumental in setting the technology industry agenda for more than 25 years. As the largest and oldest non-profit in the valley dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology community, SDForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. The SDForum reaches 12,000 professionals annually. Long-standing relationships include HP, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia and SAP as well as over 30 venture capital firms, financial institutions and international organizations. For more information, visit www.sdforum.org .

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