Thanks for attending the 2018 WASH Symposium!

This year's symposium was amazing, thanks to the support of our presenters, participants, attendees, and sponsors. Thank you for your participation, and keep an eye out for an email where you can provide feedback for the planning committee so we can continue improving the symposium.


2018 Program:

The 2018 Program has been finalized and can be viewed in full here.

Lunches will be provided each day by Qdoba and Sherpa's. The Symposium Planning Committee is suggesting a $10 donation for lunch each day in order to help us keep registration free for future symposiums. You can donate to the CO WASH Symposium by cash or check both days of the symposium.

Registration is Still Open!

Please let the planning committee know if you are coming so we can plan meals and events appropriately, here! The program has bee finalized, and it can be viewed at the 2018 Program tab above. We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!


The symposium will feature two full days of speakers from the US and abroad representing non-profits, businesses, researchers, and practitioners tackling current water, sanitation and hygiene issues in developing communities.


Topics include:

- WASH in challenging contexts

- the future of WASH research

- market-based approaches

- container-based sanitation

- anaerobic digestion for developing communities

- and more!


Registration is open now! This event is free and open to all.

2018 WASH Symposium Poster


(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 knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene in the context of development. The symposium brings together leaders and WASH practitioners in social enterprises, the  private sector, NGOs, academia, and development agencies.

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. 


Thanks for Attending the 2017 WASH Symposium!

The 2017 WASH Symposium was a great success. The themes of this year's event were behavior change, business of WASH, humanitarian, refugee, and other challenging contexts, social dimensions of WASH, systems of WASH, and technology and instrument innovation. Below is a list of the symposium participants:

2017 Symposium Program2017 CO WASH Symposium Program pg 1

2017 CO WASH Symposium Program pg 2

Your feedback from 2016: