The Blue Innovation Symposium, 2021’s kickoff event for the Blue Economy, today revealed the names of its keynote speakers and panelists for its virtual conference being held on February 2, from 2-4PM. This, the sixth edition of the Blue Innovation Symposium, will gather ocean industry leaders, blue tech startups, government officials and key marine tech associations to discuss the conference’s theme: The Next Wave in Ocean Tech.
As part of the Blue Innovation Symposium in January 2020, Brian Holden, the Chairman and President of USMRC kindly arranged for the USMRC facility to be made available for delegates to take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the USMRC facility in Middletown RI. The USMRC is an independent, nonprofit marine operation and maritime risk research center and education institution with a focus on navigation and operational safety, maritime risk mitigation, and the development of human capital, among other things.
Flash Talks at the Blue Innovation Symposium—where individuals are given five minutes to deliver their elevator pitch for a product or service—are one of the most unique aspects of the event. One of the most compelling Flash Talks given at the January event in Newport, RI, was a presentation from Aquabotix that introduced the concept of synoptic data gathering and centered on using swarm technology to create dynamic mapping utilizing linked data.
One of the more notable and unique features of last month’s Blue Innovation Symposium was the five-minute flash talks. The flash talks were focused on cutting edge technologies which could be summed up as the future in the review. Here are recaps of three of the flash talk presentations.
The key to our future is our workforce and the critical importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education was underscored in a presentation at the Blue Innovation Symposium by Alan Leonardi, director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. For NOAA, outreach, engagement and the focus on workforce development are the key drivers to not only their success but the overall success of any industry.
A new decade always provokes speculation—what aspect of our industry will define the coming years? Data seems to be a consensus among many of the ocean industries and was central to discussions at the Blue Innovation Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, in January. The theme of the two-day event, Sensors and the Next Wave of Data featured a number of keynote speeches, including that of Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, a senior policy advisor to the ocean conservancy.
Just as many parts of the world are far ahead of the United States in the transitioning to renewable energy, some states are ahead of others when it comes to embracing and moving toward sustainable and renewable energy. An illustration of energy independence progress in Rhode Island, the first state to have an offshore wind farm that has been operational for two years.
The Blue Innovation Symposium, a premier networking event for the Blue Economy, was held in January 2020, in Newport RI. With nearly 300 attendees and 40 sponsors, the event was a rousing success. From the quality of the speakers and presenters to breaking news from the Governor of Rhode Island’s office, as well as the presentation of the first-ever Rising Tide awards, the level of excitement at the event reflected the robust agenda.