The Planning Committee of the 2020 Colorado WASH Symposium would like to extend our sincere thanks for your attendance at this year's symposium. Every year, we are excited to bring in a more diverse and insightful group of speakers, panelists, poster presenters, and attendees. We are grateful that we are still able to continue as a student-run conference with no registration fees - supported by our wonderful sponsers. We look forward to seeing you again next year and hope for even more thought-provoking discussions. Watch for updates on this website and our social media pages over the next year! See you soon!


During the Colorado WASH Sypmosium this week, please tweet using the hashtag #COWASH2020 and follow the Colorado WASH Symposium account, @coloradowash! We look forward to seeing your insights, reflections, and photos from the sessions at the symposium, side events, and other social engagements!

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(i) Bring experts in the WASH sector as speakers to highlight promising global approaches to selected topics

(ii) Feature exciting, recent work in the WASH sector of students, professors, researchers, development practitioners and social entrepreneurs from Colorado.


The intent of the Colorado WASH Symposium is to provide a platform for sharing and expanding collective knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene in both domestic and international contexts. The symposium brings together leaders and WASH practitioners in social enterprises, the private sector, NGOs, academia, and development agencies. The Colorado WASH Symposium is deliberately small and intimate - designed around in-depth conversations and unrushed sessions where each individual’s contribution is valued.

Colorado WASH Symposium: A Brief History

In 2012, a small interdisciplinary group of students interested in issues in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector applied for a small Engineering Excellence Fund grant to support a panel discussion on WASH. With their enthusiasm, the panel discussion grew to a two-day symposium with speakers from the World Bank, FHI 360, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a host of local businesses and NGOs engaged in WASH activities. The event attracted over 140 participants, from different backgrounds and disciplines, and fostered provocative debate and collaboration between important players within the WASH sector. 

The WASH Symposium is still coordinated by students at CU-Boulder, and continues to grow in popularity with WASH professionals from around the world. 

See what our speakers have had to say about previous years! Jonathan Annis (WASHplus) 2013, Katie Borden (Improve International) 2015, and Darren Saywell (PLAN International) 2015. 

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