Alex Bandar, Ph.D.
In addition to the outstanding educational lineup and hundreds of exhibitors you’ve come to expect at the Groundwater Expo, this year’s event has an opening session not to be missed!
Join Alex Bandar, Ph.D., founder and CEO of the Columbus Idea Foundry, as he presents the H2O Talk “Improving the World — One Idea at a Time” a journey into the exciting world of the Maker Movement. Explore how new opportunities such as free online education, open-source software, digital prototyping resources (think 3-D printers), and crowdfunding, combined with more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts, are empowering people like never before. Bandar presents the history of the “makerspace” and provides examples of how “makers” of all types — from scientists and designers to entrepreneurs and inventors — are coming together to bring about the next generation of products and innovations to improve the world…one idea at a time. You’re sure to leave feeling encouraged, creative, and emboldened to rediscover your own DIY spirit.
Next up are the NGWA award presentations. After all, there’s no better way to recognize innovation in the groundwater industry than with the awards that spotlight the best and the brightest.
To round out the morning’s events– and get you in the mood for the opening of the exhibit hall — is country music’s Josh Gracin. A member of the U.S. Marine Corps at the time, he skyrocketed to fame after becoming the fourth-place finalist in the second season of American Idol. Following his appearance on the series, Gracin completed his military service, was honorably discharged in 2004, and then released his self-titled debut album that summer. Three Top Five singles later, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
So come to Vegas this December and be inspired at The Complete Groundwater Event!