RAI Amsterdam | 6 - 9 November 2023

Aquatech Innovation Award 2023

It’s all about innovation at Aquatech Amsterdam and to place the innovations of our exhibitors in the spotlight we organise the Aquatech Innovation Awards.

This year we will again host the Aquatech Innovation Dinner (5 November 2023), this will be held at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam.

At our InnovationLAB all nominees will be displayed and every innovation which is submitted for the Aquatech Amsterdam Innovation Awards by an exhibitor will be part of the special Aquatech Amsterdam Innovation Route.

After we receive all the entries an expert jury will select a line-up of the most innovative technologies. These nominees will receive global media coverage through our social canals, website, mailings and press releases. On November 5th, during the official Opening Ceremony, the winners will be announced. Next to that, the winners will be put in the spotlight during the Aquatech Innovation Dinner.

Submit your innovation now


For submitting your innovation for the Aquatech Innovation Award 2023 please fill in the registration form 1 & 2.

Registration form 1 Aquatech Innovation Award

Registration form 2 Aquatech Innovation Award

The deadline for registration for participation in the Aquatech Innovation Award is September 1, 2023.

Conditions of participation >

The Aquatech Innovation Award Categories

  • Water supply (including point-of-use)
  • Waste water treatment
  • Transport and Process & Control
  • Green Chemicals for Water Technology
  • Innovation – not to market yet

The entries will be judged on 3 criteria

  • Originality (50%)
  • Practicality (technical, economical, feasibility, 25%)
  • Sustainability (environment, security, energy, efficiency, 25%)

The Aquatech Innovation Award jury

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. C.J.N. Buisman (Wetsus – Chairman of the Jury)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. W.M. de Vos (TU Twente)
  • Ir. P. Kamp (PUM Netherlands Senior Experts)
  • Dr. Ir. Wilbert van de Ven EMBA (Grundfos Holding A/S)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. A.J.H. Janssen (Shell Global Solutions)
  • Ir. C.A. Uijterlinde (STOWA)
  • Prof. M. Kennedy, PhD (IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education)
  • Prof. Drs. J.S. Vrouwenvelder, PhD (KAUST King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Aquatech Innovation Dinner 2023

The night of the Aquatech Innovation Stars!

Invite your guests to a unique and exciting evening of celebration and inspiration at the Night of the Aquatech Innovation Stars. You and your organisation as co-hosts for your special guests: (potential) customers, dealers, business associates or perhaps as an exclusive evening with your own staff!


  • We (can) invite your guests with a personalised invitation
  • You welcome them while cruising the canals of Amsterdam
  • Sit down at your fully branded table for 10 in the Westerkerk
  • Enjoy the company, the dinner and being part of this exclusive event
  • Attend the Innovation Award Ceremony front row

Date: 5 November 2023
Time: 19:00 – 22:30 hrs
Location: Westerkerk Amsterdam


Do you want more information about the Night of the Aquatech Innovation Stars?
Or do you want to reserve a table? Contact Tessa!
Tessa Schuit
Tessa Schuit
Sales Consultant

Aquatech Innovation Award Overall Winner 2021


An autonomous robot that can help utilities map infrastructure and detect faults in drinking water pipes has been crowned the Overall Winner of this year’s Aquatech Innovation Award. The development by Submerge is a result of multiple stakeholders, including Vitens, Brabant Water and Evides.

Known as ‘Autonomic Inspection Robot – Submerge’, the robot can help to detect leaks, corrosions and even be used to map pipe networks to eventually help create a digital twin.

Read Jury Report

Overall Winner Innovation Awards 2021

Category winners 2021

A total of 12 innovative technologies were nominated from over 50 entries by an expert jury. Category winners and the overall winner of the Aquatech Innovation Award 2021 were revealed at the opening ceremony of Aquatech Amsterdam.

The category winners are:

  • Wastewater Treatment: CLC for decentralised water provision - Nijhuis Saur Industries & Semilla Sanitation
  • Transport and Process & Control: Live KEY - Hawle Service GmbH.
  • Innovation - not yet to market: Autonomic Inspection Robot - Submerge
  • Water Supply: BIO-310 UV LED Reactor - Typhon Treatment Systems Ltd.
  • Green Chemicals for Water: Wasser 3.0 detect | remove | reuse - Wasser 3.0 GmbH

Launching the Aquatech Community Award

Besides the official Jury, water tech professionals can now also vote for their own favourite innovation – the popular vote. The entry with the highest number of votes receives the Aquatech Innovation – Community Award.

Aquatech Community Award 2021 goes to...

For the first time in the history of the Innovation Award, the Aquatech Community Award was organised. Next to the official Jury, water tech professionals voted for their own favourite innovation – the popular vote. The nominee with the highest number of votes is Nijhuis Saur Industries & Semilla Sanitation for 'CLC for decentralised water provision', they are the winner of the Aquatech Innovation – Community Award.

Editha Hoogenberg-Derksen, Director Aquatech Amsterdam, added: “Innovation is always centre stage at Aquatech Amsterdam and our Innovation Awards embody this. We’re so proud of the number of entries this year. Congratulations to all of the winners!”