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Kickin’ on the high beams for a blue marine technology economy

NOAA/Hatfield Marine Science Center, South Beach

NOAA/Hatfield Marine Science Center, South Beach
Ken Gagne

Newport, Oregon will host the NW Marine Technology Summit on October 20-22.
From Marine Technology Summit

Lincoln County is uniquely positioned to be a key player in the emerging Maritime or “Blue” Economy, given its abundant ocean resources and supporting marine businesses and infrastructure. In recent years, there have been over a
billion dollars of investment in ocean observing technologies on the Oregon coast alone. Now is the time to plan strategically—not only about developing new innovations in marine technology, but also about the leading role that Lincoln County will play in the Blue Economy.

The NW Marine Technology Summit, hosted by the Marine Technology Society (MTS), provides a venue for the Northwest’s marine science community to converge and consider new, collaborative opportunities and possibilities related to innovating around BlueTech and creating BlueTech jobs in Lincoln County. It convenes at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn October 20th-22nd in Newport and features a variety of session topics, private receptions at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center, keynote speakers, and more. Funds raised from the conference will go toward MTS Oregon’s outreach programs, including their college scholarship program.

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The plenary session will include a report on the marine science economy in the Northwest region given by Oregon State University’s Gil Sylvia. It will also include a report on various marine technologies being applied in the Northwest region from Robert Cowen of Hatfield Marine Science Center.

The NW Marine Technology Summit will provide opportunities for businesses, researchers, and students to learn more about key blue sector interest areas, visit with local technological innovators, and network with like-minded individuals. Featured sessions include: UAV’s and drones, underwater optics and vision systems, innovations in underwater communications, ROVs and submersibles, new sensors, and more. In addition, there will be a track focused on the state of the NW marine science economy.

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The Summit will host two internationally recognized speakers! Michael Jones, President of San Diego’s The Maritime Alliance, will present a keynote address on promoting BlueTech and BlueTech Jobs. Rob McCallum is Founding Partner of EYOS Expeditions, the former General Manager of Deep Ocean Expeditions, and a CNN Analyst. Rob’s photographic talk is entitled Abyssal Adventures: allowing the common man to explore ‘Inner Space.’ It will cover explorations of the Titanic, Bismarck, and Deepsea Challenge.

The full agenda for the summit: Click here.

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