iWIDGET Stakeholder Event - June 2013
On the 26th June, iWIDGET partner Waterwise, held a Stakeholder Workshop at their offices in London. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the iWIDGET project to relevant stakeholders, and to consider and develop the various ways in which iWIDGET can assist stakeholders in understanding and managing urban water demand.
There was a wide level of representation of stakeholders across the water industry including; Atkins, the Environment Agency, British Water, WRAP, Southern Water, Essex Suffolk Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, South East Water, Yorkshire Water and Anglian Water.
The day started off with Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia from the University of Exeter (iWIDGET Project co-ordinator) providing a background to iWIDGET. This was followed with a further presentation by Joanne Smith from the University of Exeter, explaining exactly what a Use Case is.
Stakeholders were then asked to individually decide what use cases there might be for both the consumer and utilities. They were then put in small groups which resulted in a high level of discussion as each use case was carefully considered and prioritised. The discussions continued throughout the lunch break with a lot of engagement with partners to answer questions about iWIDGET.
After lunch there was one more presentation which revealed the results of a similar workshop held in Portugal, and which use cases had been prioritised highly from the Portuguese workshop and the iWIDGET partners. A further session involved the stakeholders prioritising the actual use cases as defined in the iWIDGET Project Plan (Work Package 1).
To conclude the day there was a panel style discussion with a Q&A session. This brought about some interesting points about how iWIDGET will work, barriers that might be encountered and future plans for the project. Overall, it was a highly successful workshop which yielded some vital information to aid iWIDGET going forward. Further to this there was a high level of interest in holding a technical workshop in Autumn – watch this space!