WHOI Center for Marine Robotics - 6th Annual Entrepreneurs Forum



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Theme: A Rising Tide - Organizing for Success

2020 Cost to Attend: $0 / Pre-Registration Required / Registration Open until August 25, 2020 at 5:00pm.

The marine robotics industry is maturing, and its’ continued success increasingly depends on organizing to create the conditions for future growth. This meeting of marine robotics entrepreneurs will improve your awareness of opportunities and technological trends while you contribute to a shared vision for the future. Emerging industries such as offshore wind, naval autonomy, and aquaculture are creating market opportunities for your companies. Increasing demand brings challenges into sharp focus. Customers are demanding that we bring innovative, interoperable systems to market faster and simultaneously improve reliability. Workforce issues remain a challenge, but many companies are proving that the dynamic environment in our industry is attracting top talent. While the challenges are daunting, the potential for growth is attracting investment from states, the federal government, non-profits and the private sector. The world depends on the responsible use of the ocean. Marine autonomy is making that possible. Please join us as we help you develop the tools for success of your companies and our shared industry.

Stay tuned for the Forum Agenda. We will be accepting online flash talks or 3 minute video demonstrations to share.

Keynote Speaker:

Rear Admiral Selby is a decorated submarine commander, naval engineer, and acquisition officer was sworn in as the new Chief of Naval Research (CNR) on June 1, 2020. As the new head of ONR, Selby will oversee the roughly $2 billion Department of the Navy budget for naval science and technology programs. Concurrent with the duties of CNR, he also will serve as director, Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation (OPNAV N94). RADM Selby holds a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia—as well as a Master of Science in nuclear engineering and a Nuclear Engineer degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He takes ONR’s helm after serving as the Naval Sea Systems Command’s chief engineer and deputy commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering.

Event Info

Date & Time 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
United States