Where melting pot meets mega watt

Can you believe it? It’s almost here!

We are a little less than a week away from HydroVision International and our staff is basically eating, drinking, sleeping, and dreaming HydroVision.

As a HydroVision rookie, I am very excited about the event and all there will be to see and do. I have a running list of things I want to be sure to ‘take in,’ observe, enjoy, and later write about to share with all of you who were there with me and those who were unable to attend.

One aspect of the event that I am excited about speaks to my inner history nerd. You see, history was my thing in school. I loved studying and explaining how cultures came to be and how different events such as wars and famines caused groups of people to be uprooted and moved. The diaspora that followed such an event always fascinated me, as did the melting pot effect that resulted when those groups of people resettled in a new place.

As a student of American history in particular, I became very familiar with the term “melting pot” from a very young age. I even used it to explain why a Portuguese girl like me was living in a region full of Native American heritage in northeastern Oklahoma. This characteristic is part of what makes the United States a great country. It’s the string that ties all of the diverse cultures and ethnicities in the US into the common goals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

After looking at the demographics of HydroVision International this week, I have to say that the same effect is also what makes HydroVision International such a great event.

Amazingly, delegates from every corner of the world and each continent will be present in Denver, Colorado this year, making it a truly global event of attendees with the common goals of networking, knowledge and the pursuit of mega watts.

Despite its location in North America, this event is drawing attendees from as far as Australia and Iceland, to as close as Canada. The European contingent includes attendees from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Portugal, while attendees from Asia are coming from Singapore, India, Thailand, Nepal, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Iraq, Russia, and the Czech Republic, among others.

Attendance from South American and Central American countries is highly indicative of the current growth of the hydro market in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and others. There is also a strong presence from the Africa continent, including attendees from Lesotho, South Africa, Mozambique, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

These figures tell me two things. First, that the name “HydroVision International” is an incredibly accurate moniker. Yes, the HydroVision event series includes HydroVision Russia, India, and Brasil, but HydroVision International is where these events come together. Secondly, HydroVision is it’s own melting pot of cultures, diverse perspectives, and unique histories which all come together each July to look ahead to the future of hydropower on a global scale.

See you all soon!

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Bethany Duarte formerly was associate editor of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines.

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