WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
2:00-5:00 Activity TBA
6:00-8:00 Welcome Reception at The Wooly
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Breakfast and Registration
Intro from the SeaAhead Team – What is Bluetech, Why Now?
Opening Keynote — Victor Vescovo, Five Deeps Expedition
Panel — The Future of Food from the Ocean
The combination of population growth and an expanding middle class is driving continued increases in demand for seafood. Given the low carbon footprint of seafood, we should support its growth. Meeting demand sustainably though will require new thinking in both the fisheries and aquaculture industries — and investments in new technology, from traceability to selectivity, communications and remote operations to new products.
Panel — Bluetech and Blue Economy: Forging Urban Waterfronts that are Smart and Resilient
More than 50% of humanity lives where the water meets the land. On waterways and oceans globally, city populations and pressures continue to spike. But cities can be more than the source of the problems, they can be the core of solutions, starting with the urban waterfront nexus. From port operations to plastic leakage, from tourism to energy development, fisheries and citizen access - waterfronts offer innovators, entrepreneurs, municipalities and investors the opportunity for catalytic change in how we interface with the sea. Join us as we touch on technology, infrastructure and finance to grow “blue impact” for the city waterfront and beyond.
Innovator Flash Talks
Panel — Transforming the Shipping Industry
For a long time the shipping industry had avoided the global regulatory spotlight — and its complex international nature has inhibited the influx of digitization that has overtaken most other industries. Here we will explore the changes taking place in the shipping industry, from the shipyard to the port.
Fireside Chat — The Role of Impact Investors in the Blue Economy
In every movement, early investors act as true believers, taking the most risk in exchange for the most potential upside later on. In this conversation with two impact investors, one from public and one from private equities, we discuss the role that ocean impact investors can have in framing the market.
Afternoon Keynote — Ayana Johnson
Panel — Offshore Wind in the US: A New 'Triple Bottom Line'
The U.S. is new to the offshore wind industry. Today, there are 30MW of installed capacity but this is projected to grow to 18.6GW by 2030, with an associated $70 billion spend. The explosion of this new industry has the potential to spur environmental benefits, economic benefits and job creation.
Panel: Infrastructure for Ocean Innovation: Accelerators, Regional Clusters and Seed Capital
The ocean innovation community is a relatively new sector, called variously bluetech, maritech and seatech. In this panel, we will explore how nascent ocean cluster organizations and accelerators can support new ventures in their development. Views from the US, Asia and the EU will highlight differences and similarities in the regional approaches.
Speaker: New England Aquarium
Innovator Flash Talks
Panel — Climate Change and the Ocean
Typically, when the ocean is discussed in the context of climate change, it is as a victim of the increasing temperatures and acidity. What might we develop if instead we think of the ocean as a source of innovative solutions?
Fireside Chat — Tackling the Scourge of Ocean Plastics
The plastic straw has become a favored enemy of environmentalists — the exemplar of unnecessary waste and carelessness associated with modern living. Meanwhile, concerns about the ubiquity of microplastics in the water are generating anxiety. What can global brands and investors do to turn the tide?
Cocktail reception at Weylin