Salve Regina University
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Top ocean industry leaders, blue tech startups, government officials and key marine tech associations will set in motion a working agenda for the Blue Economy over the next decade when Salve Regina University hosts the fifth Blue Innovation Symposium on Jan. 14-16, 2020.

“Sensors and the Next Wave of Data” will be the theme over three days of the symposium, expected to draw about 250 participants, with activities planned both on Salve Regina’s oceanside campus and at Wyndham Newport Hotel. The event will include presentations, panel discussions, five-minute “flash talks” highlighting new and innovative products, presentation of Ocean Innovator Awards by Ocean News & Technology magazine, and networking.

“Hosting the Blue Innovation Symposium is an important part of our effort to connect the University with industry, organizations, state and federal agencies, and other key stakeholders in order to grow the region’s economy,” said Dr. Tobias Stapleton, dean of graduate studies at Salve Regina and one of the event’s founders. “We have a growing list of sponsors confirmed, including FLIR, Hydroid, Boston Engineering, L3Harris, Woods Hole Group, Innovate Newport and Survey Equipment Services. This impressive line-up of industry pioneers is indicative of the health and innovation in this industry sector.”

Featured speakers will include Sandra Whitehouse, an environmental consultant on ocean policy for more than 25 years; Jim Bellingham, director of the Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI); and Olivier Cadet, president of Kongsberg Maritime U.S. Salve Regina President Kelli J. Armstrong will officially welcome symposium participants.

The 2020 symposium is being organized by Salve Regina University, The Canadian Consulate in Boston and TSC Strategic, an ocean industries marketing and media agency whose portfolio of publications includes Ocean News & Technology. The founding principles of the Blue Innovation Symposium are to create an environment conducive to networking and, in particular, afford exposure for emerging startups and technologies.

Early-bird rates for sponsorship packages and delegate passes are available through Dec. 2. For more information visit: