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Maritime Innovations-December 2015

UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Maritime Innovation: Connecting, Training & Advancing Event

Wednesday December 2, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA, 02723

Please join us for the first annual maritime innovation: connecting, training and advancing conference. This event will bring together leading edge marine technology companies for an afternoon of programming aimed at providing an overview of current trends in the industry, information about export controls and SBIRs specifically for marine tech companies,and a showcase of start up companies to discuss their new technologies.

This event is Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Center for innovation and Entrepreneurship and is part of our mission to connect the university with industry, organizations, state and federal agencies, and other key stakeholders in order to grow the regions economy.


Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

The 72nd and current Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, since 2015. She currently chairs Seaport Economic Council . From 2001 to 2011 she was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives  representing the Eleventh Worcester District - consisting of the town of Shrewsbury, and precincts 1 and 4 of the town of Westborough, both in the county of Worcester.

Dr. James Bellingham

Dr. Bellingham is the founding Director of the Center for Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is a leader in the field of marine autonomous robotics, having created a large number of robotic systems and pioneered their use at sea. He started the MIT Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Laboratory at Sea Grant in 1988, led the multi-institutional Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network program through the mid and late 90s, co-founded Bluefin Robotics Corporation in 1997,and led the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's Engineering Department in the '00s. Most recently, he was MBARI's Chief Technologist, before moving to WHOI. Although his concepts of small,high-performance vehicles and distributed operations were controversial in the 90s, many of the component technologies and approaches he championed are widely embraced today. Jim is a recipient of many awards, including the Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering, the 14th Robert Bruce Wallace Lecture at MIT,and the Antarctica Service Medal.


2:00 Welcome

Toby Stapleton, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2:05 Opening Remarks

Steve Lohrenz, UMass Dartmouth SMAST

2:15 Lt. Governor Polito, Chair, Seaport Economic Council

2:30 Leading the Way to Innovation and Commercialization

Dr. James Bellingham, Director, Center for Marine Robotics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

3:10 Break

3:20 Education Sessions

Track1 - Update on Export Controls: Representatives from US Department of Commerce & the Massachusetts Export Center

Track 2 - SBIRs (US Government Small Business Innovations Research awards): Representatives from the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

4:40 New company Introductions

5:00 - 7:00 US & Canadian Marine Tech companies will each get 5 minutes to present their new technologies.

Canada logo5:30 - 6:30 Networking sponsored by the Canadian Consulate


Our Sponsors

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Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network





Presenting Companies








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