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11-13 September 2019

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce is a futurist, inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and podcaster. 

In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the Web. 

Pesce was a judge on the ABC’s hit series The New Inventors, celebrating Australia’s newest inventions, and writes an award-winning column for the global tech publication The Register. 

Pesce brings his skills as a futurist to diverse sectors of the economy, including financial institutions ranging from Westpac, World Bank, HSBC and SWIFT, and regularly facilitates and mentors hackathons on topics as diverse as fintech, blockchain, virtual reality, and education. 

Pesce hosts two podcasts: This Week in Startups Australia – exploring tech startups; and The Next Billion Seconds – winner of the Best Technical and Scientific Podcast of 2018 – connecting the work of today’s brightest thinkers with the world of tomorrow. 

Pesce has written six books, including The Playful World, which used toys such as Furby and LEGO Mindstorms to illuminate the interactive world of the 21st century. 

Pesce founded graduate programs at both the University of Southern California and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School, holding appointments as Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, and Honorary Adjunct at UTS.

Mr Mark Pesce appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.

David Harper

David Harper is one of the leading experts in the field of Legionella, waterborne contamination prevention and emergency response. David provides the engineering expertise to a medical team which investigates via epidemiology methods. When the problem is identified, it is David’s job to “Engineer the problem out”.

David was part of the investigating teams of the PHE and the H.S.E. in the U.K. at the B.B.C., Stafford Hospital, Glasgow, London, Scotland, North and Southern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Australia, on board ships, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Cruise Liners, Submarines, gas and oil platforms, and has carried out investigations in many other countries throughout the world.

He is a qualified electrician and qualified in healthcare engineering and estate management, a fellow of the Water Management Society, a member of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and an honorary fellow of the Society of Public Health Engineers.

David has published many articles on Legionella and other waterborne disease. He is registered as an Expert Witness, has been awarded the IHEEM lifetime achievement award for work with waterborne diseases and a medal from the Portuguese government for service in the holiday industry concerning Legionella prevention.

David is known as the leading authority on Legionnaires’ disease, not only in the U.K. but also abroad and is called upon to help with investigations in various parts of the world. David has also been made a Freeman of the City of London and a Livery Man of The City London by The Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

Dr Pete DeMarco

Pete DeMarco is the Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Research for the IAPMO Group.  His responsibilities include oversight of IAPMO’s government relations department, water efficiency and green building initiatives, standards development activities, domestic and international plumbing programs, industry outreach programs and development of research projects relating to water efficiency. 

Pete is the founder of the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC), an organization dedicated to conducting research pertaining to plumbing systems in consideration of the emerging trends towards lower water consuming plumbing fixtures and appliances.  He has acted as lead facilitator for the American National Standards Institute’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative.

Notably, Pete also co-chaired the Steering Committee for Water Efficient Products which helped to foster the development of the US EPA WaterSense®program.  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and previously served on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee for the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI).


Dr Markus Lenger

Dr. Markus Lenger is CEO and Co-founder of CleanBlu Corporation, which is dedicated to inspiring an environmental revolution in wastewater management.

Markus holds a Doctorate in High Energy Physics and during his 30-year career in wastewater has developed, patented and marketed the CleanBlu FOG-DS, an at-source, in-situ FOG Disposal System.

More recently, Markus has designed and developed water reuse control and building management systems, integrating IoT software and custom PC boards, all while establishing a full in-house production and manufacturing facility in Orange County, CA.

Phil Woolhouse

Phil started investigating piping failures in 2012 when he was initially focussed on a German-engineered polypropylene random copolymer (‘PP-R’) piping system that had been used successfully in Europe for more than 20 years but was showing signs of failure in Australian buildings.

His research has now expanded to all types of piping materials given the failures are no longer limited to PP-R and the time period from installation to failure is rapidly reducing.  From data recordings of fluid dynamics collected from approximately 80 buildings over a six-year period, Phil has been able to identify many behaviours in and from the plumbing systems that have contributed to piping failures of all materials. The problems that lead to pipe failure are complex only because of the multiple factors that frequently occur in the system simultaneously.  Sometimes, there has been as many as 10 issues working simultaneously in a system which has led its failure.

Phil is often engaged by major plumbing manufacturers to investigate the operational performance of a building system in relation to material or equipment failures. He is also sought out to act as an expert witness in material failure lawsuits, where he is supported by a team of polymer scientists and leading corrosion experts.  The research and findings that Phil has made are now being recognised worldwide and he continues to encourage industry leaders to help educate and correct the current issues facing the plumbing industry. 

Phil is a licenced plumber and an Associate of the Australian Hydraulic Service Consultant Association (AHSCA), the Institute of Plumbing Australia and a former Queensland TAFE lecturer and course developer for the Diploma of Hydraulic Services (2014). 

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