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

The Blue Innovation Symposium has developed an exciting, concise, virtual program which brings global innovators in ocean technology to our historic regional audience and beyond. This year’s agenda begins with a keynote from Professor Matthew Dunbabin, Queensland University of Technology, who will present recent results of robotics applied to the restoration of coral reefs. This will be followed by a panel of emerging ocean technology innovators and entrepreneurs.

Building on the conference’s long-standing relationship with Canada this panel will be moderated by Melanie Nadeau, CEO of the Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Panel participants will include representatives from Seahawk Robotics, Dartmouth Ocean Technologies, BAE Systems (Riptide), Dive Technologies, and Ocius. These participants from Canada, the USA and Australia will speak to Uncrewed Undersea Vehicles (UUVs), Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (USVs), Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) and novel instrumentation.

“For this year’s conference, we have assembled a terrific line up of speakers to discuss cutting edge applications and new technologies in marine robotics,” according to Dr. Toby Stapleton, the managing director for the Blue Innovation Symposium.

The 2021 virtual event is being organized by The Consulate General of Canada in Boston, the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, and TSC Strategic, an ocean industries marketing and media agency whose portfolio of publications includes Ocean News & Technology, also known as ON&T.

“This is an important time for the ocean industry as a whole, and this year’s symposium will allow us to highlight some of the recent advances that are taking place in uncrewed vessels and novel instrumentation. These new technologies are very real and have clearly peaked interest among our community and sponsors,” according to Justin Manley, President of Just Innovation Inc., and a member of the organizing committee.