Water Innovation Lab



Is the Water Innovation Lab just another talkfest or can I really emerge with something new to build on?

There will certainly be dialogue yet there will also be tremendous skill and knowledge-building and ideas that will transform over the course of the Lab into prototypes and actions! WIL India is not about a one-way transfer of information. The program is about drawing on the group’s collective wisdom, which is formed by individuals’ unique experiences and knowledge from around the world. The program will also have established leaders on hand to help you develop your knowledge and stimulate ideas.

Everything about WIL India is designed to bring to the surface new thinking and solutions that can be implemented once you return to your place of work. Bottom line: you will leave the program with valuable new connections you can turn to in the years ahead.  Furthermore, you will experience a deep learning environment and opportunity for practice, helping you to embed your new skills and insights developed at the Lab. Oh, and by the way, you’ll have a great time!

Who will be at the Water Innovation Lab India?

Participants and resource guests will be from diverse backgrounds and sectors. See the Resource and Facilitators section of the website to learn more.

Why does this Lab focus on 20-35 year olds?

Our focus at is supporting and developing the next generation of water leaders. For this reason our target audience usually ranges between 20-35 years of age. However, if you are drawn to the Water Innovation Lab and fall outside this age range, please be in touch by emailing us.

What is included in the registration fee? Are there any additional costs?

Please visit the “What’s Included” page on this website for details.

Please visit the Apply Now page.

When do I need to register by?

The registration deadline for the Water Innovation Lab is October 31, 2016.

I would love to come to WIL India but I am concerned about costs. Can you suggest ways to ease the financial load?

If you have a receptive boss, make the business case for attending — your organization benefits when you develop your network and leadership and problem solving skills.  You can also make application for a travel grant subsidy which will be awarded on a competitive basis. See the application forms.

What happens if I have to cancel?

If you need to cancel your participation at the Lab, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Below are the refund amounts and deadlines:

  • Last day for a full refund for the Water Innovation Lab fee is Nov 30, 2016
  • Last day for a 50% refund for the Water Innovation Lab fee is Dec 21, 2016
  • No refund will be granted after December 21, 2016.

Where will the event be held and what are the accommodations like?

WIL India takes place in Mumbai, and regions surrounding Bhuj and Udaipur.  In Mumbai, a good quality hotel will be where everyone stays.  Based on double occupancy with someone of same gender. If two selected individuals know each other, they can request to stay in same room.

In Bhuj and Udaipur we will stay in “retreat like” setting. Please visit http://www.swarajuniversity.org/campus.html to read about space.  These will be shared rooms, by gender.  Resource Guests will likely be accommodated in a hotel in Udaipur city (Swaraj is 20 minutes outside city) as we will be at full capacity at Swaraj. We will post photos on this website of accommodations as they are booked.  In all cases, we are focused on adequate comfort and safety of all participants and guests.  All meals will be of high quality.

I have special food needs. Can I be accommodated?

India has many vegetarian options, so vegetarian and vegan individuals will eat well.  We will do the best we can to accommodate other dietary requirements. However, we cannot cater to very specific needs.  Please be in touch with us, if accepted and we will do our best.

What should I pack for the event?

A list of things to bring will be sent to confirmed participants closer to the Lab to help prepare for an awesome time.

Should I bring a laptop computer, tablet device, or camcorder? Will there be internet connection or WiFi available?

There will be downtime built into the Lab, when you can reconnect with the internet. We encourage participants, however, to immerse themselves in the experience, and ask that non-Lab related internet time be used sparingly.

Can I receive academic credit by attending the Water Innovation Lab?

Unfortunately, participation at the Water innovation Lab India is not for academic credit. BUT the connections and experiences gained made at the Lab will be valuable to draw on during your studies.